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and the winner is….

A total of 402 entries were counted and submitted to List Randomizer. The winner of a brand new Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner 2010 is…

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Win a Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner 2010!

Update: Please make it easy for us to track your twitter accounts. As long as you use the format provided below you will definitely be counted. For protected accounts, you may leave a message in the comments below that you tweet about this so I can “follow” you, or just follow @avalonph. If you use a comment user name that is different from your twitter name, do inform us. In short, make it easy for us to track you. Thanks!

The year 2009 has been an excellent year for the Moleskine notebook. They’ve expanded their product line, and more people Philippines included, are using it to expound their creativity. has been a regular destination for competitively priced Moleskine notebooks. We’ve quickly sold out our stocks of the Moleskine 2010 planner — except for one.

To thank all those who have patronized our website the past 11 years (yes we’re that old), as well as a welcome to those who are visiting and its blog for the first time, we’re giving away the last Moleskine 2010 planner we have!

Now, let’s get straight to the point!

Win One (1) Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner in 12 Notebooks 2010: 12 different soft coloured covers + hard cover case.

Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner in 12 Notebooks 2010 (link from, retails for Php2,750.00 locally. This is your chance to own one for FREE!

Just answer:

What are you thankful for this 2009?

a) Answering directly in the comments section below gives you one (1) point.

– or –

b) Answering in your blog with a link back to this post gives you three (3) points. You must indicate in the comments section below where to find your blog (with your answer). AND, very important, you must spell Moleskine properly in your blog post, do not forget the “E”.

c) One (1) point when you use your active twitter account (as of 11/30/09) and tweet about this contest. Make sure you include the #avalonph hashtag for me to easily track your tweet. Please take note that I cannot track ‘protected’ twitter accounts. If you have one and intend to avail of this extra point you should know what to do (follow avalonph). Exact format of tweet should be as written below in order to qualify:

RT @avalonph: Win a Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner 2010! Check out details at #avalonph

You may tweet using your own variation as some of you like to share stuff like this on twitter, however they will not count as an entry. No spamming, no twitter cheating (using both personal & corporate/shared accounts). In short, play fair.

d) if I like your entry, you get plus two (2) points. This is purely my unbiased, unbribable and fair discretion.

All entries for additional points should be verifiable. Maximum available points is six (6). All entries will be summarized before the electronic raffle to be done through’s List Randomizer or something similar.

Too much work? Satisfied to submit a silly, rushed, boring entry just for the sake of submission? Think again, up your chances to win this:

This contest/sweepstakes will run from December 1, 12:01am until December 15, 9:00pm Manila time. Sweepstakes is only open for those with a Philippine-based address that’s serviceable by major couriers.

Sweepstakes winner will be announced before 8:00am December 16. Winner must give their contact information before 12nn December 18. We will exert best effort to communicate with the winner, but if efforts fail we will use our discretion in choosing a new winner. Remember, this is a 2010 Planner so it is essential that the winner receives the item before 2010! We hope that’s clear for everyone especially those planning a long vacation this Holiday season.

Loophole or oversight regarding rules- common sense apply. is the SOLE arbiter to decide on issues with regards to this contest/sweepstakes.

Good luck everyone!

Image credit: Journaling Arts (Beautiful Living) &

Most Interesting Book in stock lately…



PICTOPLASMA: The Character Encyclopaedia

by: Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin

date: November 2006
editor: Peter Thaler, Lars Denicke

pages: 396
size: 18.4 x 22.3 cm / 7.24 x 8.78 in
features: full colour, special hardcover

ISBN: 3-9810458-3-1 Price: Php3,500.00

Sold out from the publisher! Probably your only chance to get a copy locally, exclusive on

Condition: Some light scratches on cover (visible on image), very good condition, unread copy. Only opened (carefully) for images.

From Pictoplasma Publishing website:

“With this long awaited follow-up publication Pictoplasma delivers an in-depth exploration of the latest tendencies in current character design and art, spanning from drawing, design and painting to its use in installations and sculpture.

Pictoplasma not only creates the world’s first Encyclopaedia of figurative design – by cataloguing the characters as independent life-forms of their own right, the compilation enables to examine similarities and permutations of globally recurring motifs and styles.

Building on the graphical roots of today’s character culture, the selection examines the essential qualities that enable these reduced character depictions to hit home with the universal power of anthropomorphic appeal.

By sorting, clustering, cross-referencing and inter-linking the creations of a disparate scene of artists, the encyclopaedia creates a unique cartography of the latest generations populating the character universe.

The 396-page volume features fresh and surprising work by over 250 artists, designers and newcomers, including Ana Bagayan, Friends With You, Fons Schiedon, eBoy, Akinori Oishi, Koralie, Doma, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Klaus Haapaniemi, Eun-Ha Paek, Nicholas Deakin, Shoboshobo, Gary Taxali and many, many more…”

New Titles Posted, Oct 2009 (2nd)

Che Guevara
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
The Solitudes (The Aegypt Cycle) by John Crowley
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville (Hardbound)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (RARE Advance Reading Copy)
Hers 3: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbian Writers
Herotica 5: A New Collection of Women’s Erotic Fiction
Adrienne Rich: Poems – Selected and New, 1950-1974
Pablo Neruda: Antologia esencial (All Spanish)
The Paris Review: Fortieth Anniversary Issue
I Want Candy by Kim Wong Keltner
Second Chance by Jane Green
She Went All The Way by Meg Cabot
Big Boned by Meg Cabot

Men of Tomorrow

The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (Hardbound)
Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book
International Dictionary of Gastronomy by Guido Gomez de Silva
The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
The Mammoth Book of Secret Codes and Cryptograms
The Top 100 Immunity Boosters by Charlotte Haigh
Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon by Trisha Ziff
Mental Floss: What’s the Difference?
Pornology by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey (Relationships)
Useless Sexual Trivia by Shane Mooney
Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering by Henry Petroski
Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers by Martin Gardner
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College
Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature by Brian Stableford (HB Rare)

Science Fiction Literature
Back in Stock:

Shaking A Leg: Collected Writings by Angela Carter
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Written On The Body by Jeanette Winterson
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Anything Considered by Peter Mayle
A Good Year by Peter Mayle
Ulysses by James Joyce (Leatherbound, Facsimile of 1922 ed.)
The Best American Erotica 2005 (Edited by Susie Bright)
The New Kings of Nonfiction (Gladwell, Orlean & more)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Play Cover)
Playback: From Victrola to MP3… by Mark Coleman (HB)
Worlds Enough & Time: Five Tales of Speculative Fiction by Dan Simmons
More Wandering Stars: Anthology of Jewish Fantasy & SF
The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunits
The Ultimate Alien (Clarke, Silverberg, McCaffrey..)
The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore

Farewell Melinda, Farewell The Last Unicorn… Rare Books Sold

Books depart from me all the time, sometimes they make it somewhat depressing. Last week, two of my personal favorites left my bookshelves.

Melinda by Neil Gaiman (Signed and Limited to 1,000 copies)

Melinda Cover


The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version by Peter Beagle (Signed and Limited to 1,000 copies)

Last Unicorn cover

I did get a significant monetary rate in return, but these are titles I do not expect to have again in my lifetime. Both are currently out-of-print, and very expensive in the collectible books market. Both titles appreciated in value immediately as they were released, and they were probably the only copies actually available for sale in the Philippines.

At the same time, buyer also bought these titles:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean (Signed & Limited 1/1000)

Coraline Limited


Interworld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves (Signed & Limited 1/500)

Interworld Limited

To the person who bought them (you will remain anonymous from others), love them, boldly display them, treasure them and most of all amidst the price, make sure your kids will read them. It is sad I never even read them, because of my intent of putting them up for sale I like to think even the first pass of actually reading the books should belong to you.

Below are additional images of Melinda and The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version. So if I have to reminisce, I just have to take a look here. Read more

New Titles Posted, Oct 2009 (1st)

Electric Sheep

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (Edited by Michael Chabon)
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft
No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Story-Teller: Thirteen Tales by Saki
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (Rackham)
Stories From A Ming Collection: The Art of the Chinese Story-Teller
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Hardbound)
Reflections on The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (HB)
Buddha Baby by Kim Wong Keltner
The Big U by Neal Stephenson
Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction
Yellow Silk: Erotic Arts and Letters
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Billy Collins)
180 more: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Billy Collins)

How to Eat

How to Eat: The Pleasure and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson (Hardcover)
Unexplained Phenomena: A Rough Guide Special
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (Hardbound)
The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (3rd Edition)
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (Hardbound)
The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
Mental Floss: Genius Instruction Manual
What’s Science Ever Done For Us? (The Simpsons) by Paul Halpern
Eat This! 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet by Ian Jackman
Secret Weapons of World War II by William B. Breuer
Was Napoleon Poisoned: and Other Unsolved Mysteries of Royal History
Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade
The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality
Human Monsters : An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World’s Most Vicious Murderers
The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died by Michael Largo
The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism by Karen Armstrong
The Riddles of the Sphinx.. and the Puzzles… by David J. Bodycombe
The James Beard Cookbook (3rd Revised Edition)

Back in Stock:

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist (HB)
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (Dave Eggers)
The Music of the Primes: Mathematics Mystery
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Hardbound)
Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Girl Anatomy by Rebecca Bloom (Hardbound)
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
The Holy Grail: Its Origins, Secrets & Meaning Revealed
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest… by A.J. Jacobs
Anime Poster Art: Japan’s Movie House Masterpieces
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart (Daily Show)
The Short Story: 50 Masterpieces (Edited by Ellen C. Wynn)

Happy shopping!

Winner of the Oodles and Goodles Moleskine Contest!

Congratulations to Chel of The Casual Observer blog! You won a Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook + Php500.00 worth of Gift Certificate!

The Casual Observer

Thank you very much to Oodles and Goodles for hosting the contest, and a big thank you to all those who participated. The Moleskine Blog Hopping Giveaways 2009 – Series 2 is suspended at the moment but we will be back! Be sure to add us to your RSS feed so you won’t miss any announcement, or simply add our Social Media accounts:

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Gift Certificate

Buying a gift and can’t decide what to give your friends? Why not give them Gift Certificates? Gift Certificate comes in denomination of Php300.00, Php500.00 and Php1,000.00 and they make excellent gifts! Let them decide what they want to get, hassle-free! generates a unique code that allows the recipient to receive an equivalent amount off of items purchased on the store. The recipient is automatically notified via e-mail if the buyer opts to do so. Or you may opt to e-mail yourself the unique code and give it to the recipient. Partially redeemed Gift Certificates can be used again until fully redeemed.

Once again, we apologize for suspending the contest at the moment because we want the focus of people to be about helping others. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Moleskine Blog Hopping Giveaways Suspended

Due to Typhoon Ondoy’s aftermath, we are temporarily suspending the Blog Hopping Moleskine Giveaways contest series. We like the focus of people to be about helping others.

Glenda of Oodles of Goodles was placed in a very uncomfortable position of declaring a winner on Oct. 1 amidst the recent events. Thanks Glenda for your professionalism and understanding. Thank you also to Rico and Gail for working with us in suspending the contest series.

For now, let’s help. Thank you very much.

Note: Winner of the Oodles of Goodles will be posted here as soon as it is available.