Archive for May 31, 2011

#MoleskineLove2011 week two winner and this week’s giveaway!

Update (May 31, 5:00pm): Congratulations to @ybiang from Cebu! You won a Moleskine Classic Pocket Ruled Notebook! She declared her co-winner as @firedancer67, also from Cebu City.

 

 

For Week 3, everything starts fresh. All entries back to zero. We want to make things very simple so we can get most of our Twitter followers to participate.

This week, the giveaway is one (1) Moleskine Large Ruled Reporter Notebook!

Joining is as simple as one tweet and forget. Just tweet:

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#MoleskineLove2011 Moleskine & *somethingelse*. @avalonph http://bit.ly/irekKE

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– Obviously, replace *somethingelse* with one or a few words. Keep it clean, somehow relevant and no trolling.

– Contest starts May 31, 4:00pm and ends June 8 (Wednesday), 2:00pm 2011. Philippine residents only.

– One tweet = one entry. Repeating a ‘combination’ will not count. Winner through a List Randomizer or something similar.

– Bonus +four (+4) entries for creative posts. This will be our discretion.

– Negative points for people tweeting “*somethingelse*” as-is.

– No limits* to entries but do not encourage SPAM. Please be aware that SPAMMING your twitter stream might cause some of your followers to unfollow or even BAN you. Please use discretion and respect your follower’s annoyance threshold. *- if it  is obvious you are trolling, we will disqualify your tweets.

– If you are new to Avalon.ph Twitter giveaways 2011, please check our past rules and mechanics here. The specifics still generally apply.

Thank you for reading and complying. Good luck everyone and tweet away!

* Moleskine Large Ruled Reporter image from Sasha Martinez (Jan. 2009)

Random Post 0001: A Student’s Redesign of Avalon.ph

 

Found this one while browsing for “Avalon.ph”. A student’s redesign of Avalon.ph by batongbato.

– Image from batongbato’s deviantart (link above)

 

#MoleskineLove2011 winner and this week’s giveaway!

Congratulations to @joiz! She won a Moleskine Classic Large Ruled Notebook!

This week, we are giving away a pair (2) of Moleskine Classic Pocket Ruled Notebook!

The winner (via List Randomizer) wins one (1) Moleskine Notebook, and he/she can pick anyone in his Twitter friends list as a co-winner!

Good news to those that participated last week, all past entries will count!

What do I tweet this time?

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#MoleskineLove2011 @twitterusername let’s win a Moleskine together from @avalonph – http://bit.ly/iLqyCo

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– Contest starts May 23, 4:00pm and ends May 31 (Tuesday), 2:00pm 2011.

– You can check our previous giveaway mechanics here. They are generally still applicable for this week’s run.

– You can tweet again Twitter names that you tweeted during the first week’s giveaway. You can still use the @twitterusername1, @twitterusername2 format in your tweets.

– If you are the winner, you can pick anyone from your Twitter friends list. Winners must be willing to be publicly announced as the winner and both should have a Philippine mailing address.

– If you pick someone from your Twitter friends list that won’t respond to us during a reasonable period, it will be forfeited! Pick your co-winners carefully!

One Moleskine for you, one Moleskine for your friend. Share #MoleskineLove2011!

Good luck everyone!

Raw Images (Books – 05/23/11)

For inquiries please use this link, it is the most efficient way for us to read and reply to your message. Please be considerate and immediately settle the transaction if you reserve/order any.

Most books in this batch are in very good-good condition slightly used. Some may have price stickers/used book tags (please excuse this). There are no junks, you will be notified if condition deserves some clarification before purchase.

CLICK on the image you want to view, and click again to zoom them. Happy viewing!

 

#MoleskineLove2011 Twitter Giveaways!

We’re back to spread Moleskine Love! It’s been almost a year since our last giveaway, and we’re coming back to run a giveaway series to keep everyone excited.

From May 17 up to the end of June 2011 we will stage a series of Twitter Moleskine giveaways to share Moleskine Love!

To those who participated before, try your luck again!

To our visitors who found their way here via the giveaway news/tweets, welcome!

Avalon.ph is one of the oldest online shopping website in the Philippines. We’ve been online since February 1999 specializing on books, Moleskines, signed books/collectibles and other novelties.

We are staging a series of Twitter giveaways and we want you to be part of it. While our giveaways do not require participants to RT/retweet or “follow us” (except private profiles), we politely request that you give us a chance to show up in your Social Media timeline. Follow us, “Like” our Facebook Page or just check our Social Media accounts listed at the end of this post.

#MoleskineLove2011 – May to June 2011.

This is not your usual Twitter giveaway, we introduced a few twists so observe the rules. No worries, nothing is nosebleed material.

Avalon.ph is giving away a Moleskine Classic Large Ruled Notebook!


How to join? You need Twitter to post an entry and we will draw a winner by the end of the giveaway.

Just tweet:

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#MoleskineLove2011 Good luck to @twitterusername. I want you to win a Moleskine from @avalonph – http://bit.ly/mR3RrB

Note: This specific tweet giveaway over, please refer to latest entry of the giveaways.

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Tweet the line posted replacing @twitterusername to one of your Twitter friends. By doing that you automatically get:

– One (1) entry for every Twitter user posting the official giveaway tweet. You do not get additional entries by posting again even if you post different @twitterusernames.

– One (1) entry + more for every Twitter user @mentioned by their Twitter friends. The more people @mentioning them, the more entries they get. Multiple identical postings from the same Twitter user & username not counted (no repeats).

Remember the TWIST of this giveaway: the only way to increase your entries is to get your username @mentioned by your Twitter friends.

We did a similar Twitter giveaway before, only this time the poster gets a one-time entry.

As long as you enter your tweet in the format provided, Avalon.ph will easily track all your entries and @mentions. Twitter users with Private Profiles, make sure you take the necessary actions for your tweets to be visible to us (follow me & I’ll follow back, accept request even temporarily, or email us to follow you). Our twitter account is: avalonph.

Before you start tweeting @mention to your friends, here are the rest of the ‘formalities’.

– open to Twitter users with a Philippine-based address serviceable by major couriers. If you are out of the country, as long as you (or reliable friends) have a serviceable local address you/they are qualified to join.

– Giveaway duration is from May 17 (Tuesday) up to May 23 (Monday), 2:00pm, 2011. All valid entries will be tallied and a winner will be drawn via a List Randomizer website. We will announce it on Twitter + @mention within 24 hours. Winner must respond within a reasonable period, preferably 2-3 working days.

– the valid tweet must fit 140 characters. No use of link shortening and other related Twitter services. You are allowed to mention more than one username per tweet as long as they fit within 140 characters (… Good luck to @mention1 @mention2 @mention3…).

– We will not answer inquiries about the number of entries you received. We are very efficient in monitoring legitimate Twitter entries so do not worry.

– We will not notify a user if his entry is invalid. Avalon.ph reserves the right to invalidate entries that are considered ‘dubious’, ‘malicious’ or from ‘fake’ accounts.

– We do not encourage SPAM. Please be aware that SPAMMING your twitter stream might cause some of your followers to unfollow or even BAN you. Please use discretion and respect your follower’s annoyance threshold.

– COMMON SENSE apply on all disputes, loopholes and oversights. Avalon.ph is the SOLE arbiter to decide which entry is valid. Avalon.ph reserves the right not to really change, but to fine-tune the mechanics as we see fit during the duration of the giveaway.

That’s it! Thank you for reading and complying. Good luck everyone and tweet away!

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Customer Spotlight, Anina

Ms. Anina Rubio is our Featured Customer for the month of May. She is incidentally the winner of our Share Moleskine Love Moleskine giveaway held last year, June 2010. It is not just books and Moleskines for Ms. Rubio, she’s also into lomography, the Sandman and… just continue reading and enjoy the photos! Our comments section is very much open so feel free to name the books, graphic novels and spot the miscellanies!

– Let’s start with your love for Moleskine. How did it all began? What is your favorite type?

I’ve always had notebooks/journals since I was in high school. It was just 2 years ago when I decided I needed a sleek, elegant, and vintage looking journal which I can bring with me anywhere and everywhere. That’s when I got myself a Moleskine. Luckily I also won in Avalon.ph‘s Moleskine giveaway so I have about 7 Moleskine notebooks now 😀

My favorite would be the Pocket sketchbook! I like posting things from places Ive been to (tickets, mini photos, baggage tags, etc) and I draw most of the time when Im too lazy to write so I need that blank page to cover up an entire day’s worth of thoughts.

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– What are the silliest things you write/keep in your Moleskine notebooks?

Im not sure if it counts as silly, but I whenever I leave a notebook, I write something on any form of paper – in most cases Starbucks tissue (of course, clean ones!) does the trick. Then, I stick the tissue with writings on the blank pages of my Moleskine.

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– Being both a Moleskine and a book lover, are you worried that eventually you will outgrow them and go solely digital?

Oh no, no, no. I don’t think Ill ever outgrow anything analog (I shoot in film as well)! When it comes to journals, I like writing/drawing a lot so I make sure I bring a pen and a notebook anywhere. When I have time, I use the typewriter (that my bestfriend gave me) to just make a single journal entry! In terms of books, for me, Books are best read when you can feel the pages and turn them one leaf at a time. There’s a sense of fulfillment whenever I see how much I’ve read or how many books I added to my library 🙂

 

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– On books, who do you collect? Give us 3 books that you want other people to read and why?

Palahniuk, Gaiman, Kerouac, Camus, Vonnegut – they are my favorite authors.

These are my top 3 picks, not necessarily from the authors i love:

1. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

The book in itself is thought-provoking and brilliant! The author wrote it in an unconventional manner but the story dealt with conventional issues of every person – work issues, mindless consumerism, violence, etc.

2. Griffin and Sabine trilogy – Nick Bantock


The story is not directly transcribed like how normal books are written. The reader is the one who creates the story by reading letters and postcards sent. It gives a sense of feeling that the reader is part of the story. The artworks are also magnificent 🙂

3. Tree of Codes – Jonathan Safran Foer

With it’s cut out pages, it literally looks like a tree of codes! The lines from the book are mostly from Schulz’s Street of Crocodile, but because of the die cut pages, it came out as if the combination of words from different pages made an entirely different story in itself! It’s visually captivating and poetic.

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– Blind buys. Sometimes people buy a book from an author they never heard before not having an idea what to expect. What is your best blind buy?

Anne Carson’s Nox.

I stumbled upon this book via google. I was searching for unique books with visuals and I came across Nox. After google-ing it further, I just felt I had to buy it. I had it shipped from UK and when the package finally arrived on my doorstep, I knew that the 1 month I waited was worth it.

The book is more like a box of memories intertwined with its accordion-like pages. It’s deeply moving, yes, in a way that it illuminates absence, loss, and a brother-sister relationship.

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– What are the writing and reading tools you can’t live without?

Pencil/Pens, Coffee/Milk tea, GOOD MUSIC!

When Im reading, though, I just keep a pencil with me. I put small check marks on lines that are worth remembering. My attention span is kind of short and Im easily distracted so I dont really listen to music if im reading. :))

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– Your taste in music, film, and books. Any connections?

 

Well I like music which aren’t overplayed on the radio or on MTV. I prefer rock, alternative, Indie music. Most books I read have have a dark theme.. books which make you think a lot (think: Palahniuk, Gaiman). Oh I don’t read chick lits nor do I watch chick flicks that often. In terms of films, I do enjoy watching those gangster slash mob, and artistic films (think Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, Donnie Darko). So yeah perhaps there’s a dark, twisted, and macabre-like feel to my music, books, and film collection 🙂

 

 

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– Share with us some pictures of your books and Moleskines


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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– Lastly, share with us your favorite last line from a book.

“Until someone came  and rested a hand lightly on my shoulder, my thoughts were of the sea.” South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

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About Anina Rubio.

Anina Rubio is an engineer, artist, and coffee-holic who is currently building her library of books. She shoots in film most of the time especially during her travels and explorations.  She is a graduate of engineering and is now pursuing motion picture and tv production.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aninarubio
Tumblr:
http://aninarubio.tumblr.com
Lomography:
http://lomography.com/homes/aninarubio

– all photos and images posted in this entry are the property of Ms. Anina Rubio.

Fashionary Sketchbooks now available!

Fashionary Sketchbook Mens/Womens

– Tailor made for fashion designers
– Aim for fast sketching and brainstorming
– Intensive fashion information
– Pocket in the back of the book

For more details, click here.

Now available in the Philippines. Only on Avalon.ph.