2013 ArmchairBEA Introduction


It’s that time of the year again – ArmchairBEA! I’ve participated in ArmchairBEA before so I know that it’s a fun event to celebrate blogging and to get to know fellow bloggers. Today, we get to introduce ourselves through a self-interview post. If this is the first time you’re visiting my blog, thanks for dropping by and I hope you like what you see. 🙂

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

Hello everyone! My name is Chachic and I’m a Filipino book blogger, currently based in Singapore. I started my blog a little over three years ago – I was living and working in Manila then. I moved for a job opportunity in Singapore last year. I started my blog because I wanted to get in touch with fellow book lovers and to get recommendation similar to the books I read. I’ve been able to do that and so much more.

Santouka ramen

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

As previously mentioned, I’m blogging from Singapore. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and this is the first time I’ve lived outside of my home country. For such a small country, Singapore packs quite a punch – it’s one of the wealthiest countries around the world. It’s a very modern place and I feel like it’s a melting pot of various cultures because different types of people have settled down here. Because I enjoy eating good food, I love that there are so many restaurants and cuisines that are present in Singapore. It’s also pretty convenient to go around because there’s a good public transportation system. One of the advantages of moving here for me is that I now have access to a good public library, which we don’t have in the Philippines.

Central Public Library

Singapore library

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

Oh wow, we’re almost halfway through the year. This question made me go back through the list of books that I’ve read to see which are the ones in the running for my best of 2013. I really enjoyed reading A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand and Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson. Let’s see if all titles will make it to my list at the end of the year.

A Face Like GlassThe Chocolate ThiefThe Chocolate KissTiger Lily

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

Instead of pointing out a single post, I’d like to highlight two week-long blog events that I had so much fun organizing last year: Queen’s Thief Week and Marchetta Madness. The former celebrates the novels of Megan Whalen Turner while the latter was all about Melina Marchetta’s books. Both Megan Whalen Turner and Melina Marchetta are two of my favorite authors. If I manage to find time this year, I would love to do something similar!

Queen's Thief Badge

Marchetta Madness badge

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

I love the networking aspect of the book blogging community in the sense that I get to reach out to other people who get what it’s like to be into reading. I have friends and relatives who enjoy reading but none of them are as enthusiastic about it as I am. So it’s good to have a set of friends who understand what it’s like to geek out over books, to be ridiculously excited to finally have access to certain titles, to stay up late just to finish a good book and to fall in love with a story to the point where you can’t stop thinking about it. I have met so many amazing people through my blog and I hope that’s something that will continue in the years to come. 🙂

What about you, what are your answers to the questions listed above? Are you participating in ArmchairBEA this year or are you lucky enough to attend BEA in New York?

17 thoughts on “2013 ArmchairBEA Introduction

      • Aww thanks for that, Charlotte! I had an amazing time organizing it. I would have made it a yearly thing if I had enough time to do it.

    • Hi Jana, thanks for dropping by my blog! It’s nice to know that you’re interested in visiting Singapore, let me know if you ever get to go and I can give you tips on what to do. 🙂 hope you enjoy reading Tiger Lily, it’s such a lovely retelling. Happy ArmchairBEA!

  1. I’m a new fan of Marchetta, so I’ll have to check out the weeklong event that you organized. And Singapore is one of the places I’d love to visit one day, so it’s so awesome to “meet” someone that lives there.

    • Oooh a fellow Melina Marchetta fan! Hope you enjoy going through the posts, there was a guest post from the author herself. Have you read all of her novels? My favorites are Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son. 🙂 hope you get to visit Singapore some day!

  2. As you know. I’ll be at BEA this year for the second time! It’s really exciting, and I can’t wait for everything to start already 🙂 But Armchair BEA seems like such a great event too. I love that it puts you in touch with other book bloggers from all over the world!

    • Thanks for dropping by to comment on my blog even though you’re probably swamped with preparations for BEA. I hope you’re having a wonderful time right now! 🙂

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  4. Nice to meet you, Chachic! I’m so bummed I didn’t start blogging until the middle of last year, otherwise I would have definitely loved to participate in your event The Queen’s Thief week! I’ve been a fan of that series for a long, long time, and outside of my friend group, I didn’t really know any other fans of Megan Whalen Turner’s. So it’s been a pleasant surprise to have found other blogger fans. 🙂 That’s so interesting that you’re blogging in Singapore – I really don’t know anything about that country. But having access to a good public library system is always a good thing.

    • Yay, another Queen’s Thief fan! Have you heard of Sounis (http://sounis.livejournal.com/)? I was pretty active in that LJ community before I started my blog. I used to get recommendations from that site but I now I mostly rely on reviews from bloggers. I know what you mean about not knowing any other MWT fans, I felt the same way until I discovered Sounis. There weren’t a lot of bloggers who knew about the series when I first started but now, I think MWT has a solid fan base of bloggers. 😀 Hope you enjoy going through the Queen’s Thief Week posts.

      I’ve only been to Singapore once before I moved here (well, twice if I include the time when I flew in for an interview). I talk quite often about my experiences in Singapore both here on the blog and on Twitter if you’re interested. 🙂 Happy ArmchairBEA!

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