“Hush Hush” Giveaway Winner!

Sorry this took FOREVER. Congratulations to Pau-pau A.! You won the signed copy of “Hush Hush”. Please wait for a message on Twitter or your e-mail to find out how you can claim your prize. Please make sure to provide your contact info within 3 days after receipt of the image or your prize will be forfeited. Enjoy the book!

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Giveaway: Signed copy of “Hush Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick

If you missed Becca Fitzpatrick’s book signings here in the Philippines, here’s your chance to win a signed paperback copy of “Hush Hush”.

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The contest is open only to residents of the Philippines. If you are not a resident but know someone with a Philippine mailing address who is willing to mail you the prize if you win, then you are welcome to join the contest. Contest ends 8 June 2014..

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Guest Post: “Raising Kids in a Multicultural Environment” by Marie Claire Lim Moore

The “Don’t Forget The Soap” promo blog tour makes its second stop here at The Girl Who Read and Other Stories with a guest post (the very first that I’m hosting) by the author herself!

Marie Claire Lim Moore is now raising her kids in an environment similar to where she was raised–surrounded by various cultures. In this guest post, she talks about the advantages of raising her kids in a multicultural environment and the challenges she encounters as a mother.

The advantages of raising kids in a multicultural environment are endless. Children gain exposure to a diverse set of cultures and values that reflect a microcosm of the world, which often leads to unique opportunities. My brother and I were fortunate to have had this kind of upbringing and to this day I’m so grateful for these enriching experiences.

That being said, there are also challenges for parents when they set out to provide a multicultural environment for their kids. It is far simpler to bring up children in a setting where everyone has the same culture and values that you do. The “no sleepovers” rule is easier to maintain in an environment where slumber parties are few and far between. When I was growing up in New York City and it was the cultural norm for kids to date and have boyfriends and girlfriends in their early teens I know my parents sometimes wished they were back in the Philippines where they recalled only group outings at this age were socially acceptable. I also caught them wincing on occasions upon hear stories about grandparents being put in nursing homes not because they were sick with special care needs but because their children didn’t want them living with them.

My parents somehow managed to embraced new cultures and opportunities while maintaining traditional Filipino values at home. It took a lot of conscious effort on their part to make sure they continued to be the biggest influence in our lives. This was done through continuous open discussions, sitting down together for dinner every night, and regular family bonding — many times over karaoke or mahjong!

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Don't Forget the Soap Book CoverDon’t Forget the Soap (And Other Reminders From My Fabulous Filipina Mother) is a collection of anecdotes: stories from the tight-knit Filipino community in Vancouver mix with memories of her move to New York, experiences at Yale and travels as a young executive. Underlying this narrative is the story of a global citizen who does not want to forget the fundamental values that come along with the “immigrant experience” as she and her husband raise their children in the increasingly glitzy expat bubble of Singapore. Her parents continue to remain a big influence in her life and her mother’s reminders a grounding force.

Share this inspiring book with the awesome women in your life! The book is available online via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also pick up a copy at Fully Booked (Php650). If you are in Singapore, copies are available at MPH and Kinokuniya (SGD 18.60).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
marie claire lim moore - author photoMarie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore.

Don’t forget to join the GIVEAWAY! Just click on the image below:

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Read my review of “Don’t Forget the Soap” here.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with “Don’t Forget The Soap” by Marie Claire Lim Moore +Giveaway!

Don't Forget the Soap Book CoverDon’t Forget the Soap (And Other Reminders From My Fabulous Filipina Mother) is a collection of anecdotes: stories from the tight-knit Filipino community in Vancouver mix with memories of her move to New York, experiences at Yale and travels as a young executive. Underlying this narrative is the story of a global citizen who does not want to forget the fundamental values that come along with the “immigrant experience” as she and her husband raise their children in the increasingly glitzy expat bubble of Singapore. Her parents continue to remain a big influence in her life and her mother’s reminders a grounding force.

Share this inspiring book with the awesome women in your life! The book is available online via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also pick up a copy at Fully Booked (Php650). If you are in Singapore, copies are available at MPH and Kinokuniya (SGD 18.60).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
marie claire lim moore - author photoMarie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore.

And now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY! Just click on the image below to join.

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Read my review of Don’t Forget the Soap here.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard-working moms out there! 🙂

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“THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN” GIVEAWAY WINNER! So sorry for the delay. Congratulations to Rose Ann F.! Please e-mail me (thegirlwhoread at gmail dot com) your Full Name, Complete Mailing Address, and Contact Number so that I can make arrangements to send you the book. Please e-mail me within 3 days so that you will not be disqualified, as per the contest rules. 🙂 To everyone else who follows the blog, watch out for the next giveaway, which I will announce next week!

And also, to Rose Ann, in answer to your question for Mitch Albom: he did talk about some of his inspirations for his novels. You can read about them in my article here.

Giveaway: Signed copy of “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom

This contest is now CLOSED. Please check back soon for the announcement of the winner.
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It’s almost Holy Week, so I thought it would be a good time to finally post this giveaway. 🙂

If you missed Mitch Albom’s blockbuster-movie-level book signings here in the Philippines, here’s your chance to win a signed paperback copy of “The Five People You Meet In Heaven,” Albom’s first novel. There is a Filipino character in the novel named Tala, and the protagonist was based on Albom’s uncle, who served in the U.S. military and was deployed here to fight against the Japanese occupation during World War II.

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The contest is open only to residents of the Philippines. If you are not a resident but know someone with a Philippine mailing address who is willing to mail you the prize if you win, then you are welcome to join the contest. Contest ends 20 April 2014 (Easter Sunday)..

Spread the word, and May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!

Lunar New Year Giveaway winner!

I was finally able to draw the winner of my Lunar New Year Giveaway of a signed copy of “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman! Congratulations to Christine (@kitinmeowmeow)!

Christine: Please check your e-mail for the notification with instructions on how to claim your prize. Please respond within 3 days or, according to the mechanics, your prize will be forfeited in favor of another winner.

To everyone: Stay tuned for the next giveaway sometime in March. This one is sure to be…heavenly. 😉

Lunar New Year Giveaway: Signed copy of “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

20140227: Congratulations to Christine (@kitinmeowmeow)! Please wait for my message via Twitter so that we can arrange shipment of your book. 🙂

20140215: This giveaway is CLOSED.

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HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!

I’m hoping this year will be better for me, so to maybe get some more positive energy, I’m going to hold another giveaway!

If you missed Gayle Forman’s book signing here in the Philippines, here’s your chance to win a signed trade paperback copy of “If I Stay”, Ms. Forman’s bestselling novel, and soon to be movie!

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REMINDER: When you comment here, please don’t forget to answer the contest question (What is your Chinese Zodiac sign?), otherwise, your points for this entry will be invalid.

The contest is open only to residents of the Philippines. If you are not a resident, please read the Terms and Conditions at the Rafflecopter widget carefully because there might still be a way for you to qualify. Contest ends 15 February 2014.

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Disclaimer (to satisfy the WordPress.com Terms of Service): This giveaway is not being posted in lieu of paid advertising on this blog. I bought the book myself and had it signed during Gayle Forman’s book signing here in the Philippines on January 2014. ☺

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: Signed copy of “Icons” by Margaret Stohl

Congratulations to Anjanette (@aanjgarcia)! You win the signed copy of “Icons” and the Beautiful Creatures tote bag. Happy new year! 🙂

WERE YOU NAUGHTY OR NICE THIS YEAR?

Well, that’s the big question, isn’t it? But I’ll let you guys settle that with Santa Claus by yourselves.

xmassmileyAs for me, I’m gonna play Christmas Elf this year and bring you some gifts!

If you missed Margaret Stohl’s book signing here in the Philippines, here’s your chance to win a signed trade paperback copy of “Icons” and a “Beautiful Creatures” tote bag.

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REMINDER: When you comment, please don’t forget to answer the contest question (Were you Naughty or Nice this year?), otherwise, your points for this entry will be invalid.

The contest is open only to residents of the Philippines. If you are not a resident, please read the Terms and Conditions at the Rafflecopter widget carefully because there might still be a way for you to qualify. Contest ends 26 December 2013.

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Have a happy Christmas!

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Disclaimer (to satisfy the WordPress.com Terms of Service): This giveaway is not being posted in lieu of paid advertising on this blog. I bought the book myself and had it signed during Margaret Stohl’s book signing here in the Philippines. ☺
 

GIVEAWAY: Signed copy of “The Selection” by Kiera Cass

If you missed any of her book signings here in the Philippines, here’s your chance to win a signed trade paperback copy of “The Selection” by Kiera Cass!

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REMINDER: When you comment, please don’t forget to answer the contest question (Who do you think will America choose: Maxon or Aspen?), otherwise, your points for this entry will be invalid.

The contest is open only to residents of the Philippines. If you are not a resident, please read the Terms and Conditions at the Rafflecopter widget carefully because there might still be a way for you to qualify. Contest ends 30 September 2013.

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Disclaimer (to satisfy the WordPress.com Terms of Service): This giveaway is not being posted in lieu of paid advertising on this blog. I bought the book myself and had it signed during Kiera Cass’s book signing event last 3 August 2013 at National Book Store in Makati City, Philippines. ☺

Giveaway Winners: “All’s Fair in Blog and War”

Congratulations to the winners of my e-book giveaway of “All’s Fair in Blog and War” by Chrissie Peria:

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Dianne, minamic, and Macy will receive e-book copies of “All’s Fair in Blog and War” via Smashwords, courtesy of Chrissie Peria!

Winners, please e-mail me at: thegirlwhoread(at)gmail(dot)com so that I can send you instructions on how to claim your e-book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

And thanks to the other readers who joined the contest! Please watch out for the mechanics for my next giveaway of a signed copy of “The Selection” by Kiera Cass. 🙂

Review / Giveaway [Int’l]: “All’s Fair in Blog and War” by Chrissie Peria

✈ NOTICE (2013.08.05): The Giveaway is now CLOSED. ✈

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Author: Chrissie Peria
Read Date: 12 July 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when the Macau Tourism Board invites her over for an all-expense-paid blogger tour in exchange for blogging about Macau. But while she happily signs up for the trip, she didn’t sign up to be travel buddies with the infuriating Jesse. Will her dream vacation turn into a nightmare junket? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?

 

For someone who’s a self-confessed “First Time Everything”, Chrissie Peria managed to turn out a cute, fluffy, feel-good romance novella in “All’s Fair in Blog and War”.

#ArmchairTraveling – One of the things I loved about the story, and perhaps its strongest aspect, is how vivid the setting was. I actually felt like I was in Macau! When I asked her about it, the author said that she did actually go to Macau on a press junket before, so many of the things she did, sights she saw, and food she ate during her trip made its way into the story. As someone who has never traveled to Macau, I really appreciated all the details.

#VisceralThrills – Let’s just say that…maybe, just maybe, I’d consider signing up for the world’s highest commercial bungee jump…but only under similar circumstances. 😉

#ItsSoFluffy – There are a lot of super sweet moments here that romance junkies (and pretty much anyone who is a romantic at heart) will definitely enjoy. Wait, this needs a GIF.

#ClearProse – Peria’s writing style is straightforward, which serves the novella well.

#PointsForImprovement – There wasn’t a lot of conflict in the story, so we don’t see different facets of the characters. And also, considering the emphasis on Five as a blogger and social media user, I expected blog post excerpts or tweets, but there were none. Peria created actual character social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram, but that serves more as a post-read appreciation or expanded universe thing.

#Verdict – It’s a fun, fluffy, sweet literary getaway! Make sure a store that sells egg tarts / egg pies is just a stone’s throw away when you read this.

And I look forward to what Peria will write next. 🙂
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