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Mat advises you to find your feline soulmate

July 21, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats 1 Comment →

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Hello, I am Mat and I am a rescue cat. My human rescued me from hunger and homelessness, and I rescued her from boredom and sameness. We have been together since 2001. When people see me they ask what breed I am. I may be part-tabby, but I’m not sure. I do know that if you take in a stray cat, feed it properly and give it shelter and affection, he will look elegant (and sosyal) in a few weeks.

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There are many cats (and dogs) looking for the right humans at the shelter run by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, a non-government organization which has been around in 1954. PAWS accommodates homeless cats and dogs and finds humans for them to live with.

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PAWS also offers clinic services including low-cost spaying and neutering. Spaying and neutering are important, otherwise the stray cat population grows unchecked. I was neutered in 2005. It’s better for feline health. It also curbs my urge to walk the earth so I don’t get into fights with other cats or rummage in garbage cans and eat stuff that will make me sick. Or risk getting run over, kidnapped or lost. Plus I don’t pee on things to mark my territory. I stay indoors and play with Saffy and Drogon, who are also rescue cats.

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Consider adopting a cat. Cats are fun, as anyone with an internet connection knows. If you’re entertained by cat videos online, imagine how much more delightful it would be to have a feline housemate. Like Leo here, who loves humans.

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PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) on Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City is open to the public Mondays to Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. (Photos courtesy of PAWS volunteer Arnold Cabalza.)

To find out more about the cat adoption program and other activities including the Volunteer Orientation next week, visit the PAWS Facebook page.

At least they could’ve used real books.

July 11, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats, Design, Places No Comments →

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Photo by Juan Chua

At the W Hotel in Hong Kong, the design theme is “library”. This makes it difficult to locate the buttons for the elevator. Oh sorry, the lift.

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The books, though, are fake. Used books (which can be bought by the meter) would probably have been cheaper than fake books, but they’re harder to dust.

Ask this cat at a book stall in C.M. Recto.

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Photo by Uro dela Cruz

Drogon thanks you for coming to his signing.

July 07, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Projects 4 Comments →

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Human, cat, Roni, book.

Thanks for coming to my personal appearance at the human’s book-signing last Saturday. You can see all the pictures at

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Meanwhile, we must check our Minister of Propaganda Allan into Camera360 rehab for abusing what Deo calls “beauty by filtration”.

Also, thanks to Evan for figuring out that the reason I was listless and refused to come out of my carrier was because I was wearing a harness. I hate harnesses! A Drogon is not a slave.

And thanks to Cibo for letting us have the book-signings at their cafes. Catch the book-signings later this year at Cibo in Gateway, Greenhills, and Robinson’s Magnolia. I will be present if the malls allow cats.

See you at our pop-up book-signing with Drogon at Cibo Rockwell tomorrow

July 04, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats, Projects No Comments →

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Buy your copies of The Stories So Far (fiction, hardcover, Php399) and Geeks Vs Jocks (essays, hardcover, Php399) at the Library of Babel online store, or right at the venue, Cibo on the third floor of Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati. We’ll be signing books from 2pm to 4pm.

Get the special price of Php699 if you buy both books.

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Drogon Q&A

Q. You’re an all-white cat with blue eyes. Are you deaf?
A. Ask me again and I’ll bite your face off.
Q. Can we have our picture taken with you?
A. Yes, but don’t attempt to touch me because if I take a sudden dislike to you I may bite your face off. My designated yayas will be there to hold me for photos.
Q. What are your hobbies?
A. Grooming and chasing my toys.
Q. Do you have any messages from your human?
A. Don’t ask her how she is. She knows that you are concerned and mean well and thanks you for it, but she is tired of answering questions about her health. It has been a month since she left the hospital. If she weren’t feeling all right, she would not be having a book-signing.
Q. Where are you from?
A. Duh, Old Valyria.
Q. Shouldn’t you be named Viserion since you are creamy white?
A. Who wants to be named after that wuss?
Q. Will your human be doing other book-signings?
A. Maybe, maybe not. To be sure, attend her talks at the Ayala Museum.

Another Saturday, another Cibo, another book-signing, with a special furry guest

June 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Books, Cats 3 Comments →

Thanks to everyone who popped into our Pop-Up Book Sale and Signing at Cibo in Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong last Saturday.

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For the complete coverage of Saturday’s pop-up book sale and signing at Cibo Shangri-La Mall, contact our Ministry of Propaganda at

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I, Drogon, invite you, earthbound, combustible reader, to my personal appearance at the pop-up book sale and signing of my human, Jessica Zafra, on Saturday, 5 July 2014, from 2-4pm at Cibo on the third floor of Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati. You may have your photograph taken with me, that is, sitting or standing next to me. Although I am a very friendly cat, I can be extremely affectionate and there is the off-chance I might bite your face off from sheer adoration. So do not touch me or I might spew dragonfire and vaporize body parts you will miss. But look, I am so handsome. See you on Saturday!

The books are Php399 a pop or P699 for the pair. You can also get them online at The Library of Babel.

P.S. Drogon thinks the four-month suspension on Uruguay’s Luis Suarez for biting is excessive.

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (Sets)

June 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats, Contest 2 Comments →

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The winner of our Drogon and Sherlock caption contest are:

ayms for “The Sign of Fur”. (Which suggests you already have these books, in which case you could give them to someone who hasn’t read them yet.)

Momelia for “The Pale White Boys of Good Grooming”. Because we can’t tell who is whiter.

You both win the Bantam Classics Sherlock Holmes boxed set. Post your full names and current email addresses (The information will not be published) in Comments and we’ll email you directions for claiming your prize.

This contest was brought to you by National Bookstores.