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    Patricia

    Majority of my friends call me Trish, I guess you could call me that too. I'm a transcriptions editor with a really messed up body clock and never ending affinity for films, food and written words. I like street art, sweets, neutrals and monochromes, sushi, window seats, golf carts and lazy weekends.

    Some of the things that completely preoccupy me are my fixation with the now defunct The Civil Wars and their beautiful art of sadness, Oh Sehun, sleeping, CSS and HTML, @iameden, and those damn hypnotizing Tasty videos. Top country in my travel bucketlist? Iceland. But the one that will always have my heart? Hong Kong.

    Image credits to Mirror.co.uk

    Feels like 38 degrees Celsius out there, this heat is just unbearable. I do not like summer that much. Yeah, I would like to travel in this smoldering heat provided a proper, fully working air conditioning system in the vehicle, preferably with a DVD player and some pillows, and the car better be heavily tinted! If none of the conditions are met, I'd rather stay at home.

    Heh. I'm just joking. But it doesn't change that fact that I don't like summer. The air feels so warm and thick, I can choke on it. Joking again.

    Before this turns into a long rant about the heat that I basically experience every year (haha), let me just tell you about our failed attempts to watch The Avengers this weekend.

    It's a little frustrating that all I see on my Facebook and Twitter are people who just watched, currently watching, will be watching the movie with 100% certainty (heck, there are even those who'll be watching it for the second time!) and here we are clueless as to why we just can't. Or I guess, we should just have waited for the only available slot: LAST FULL SHOW or online reservations, no?

    Attempt #1 (Saturday): We met up at SM Makati (original plan was at SM Megamall) to have lunch before watching the movie. We decided beforehand that we will be eating something Asian this time around (I already listed a couple of restaurants we would try) but after roaming around Greenbelt 3, we ended up eating at Papa John's.


    The place was nice and quiet though there were a handful of people dining already when we got there. We were already so hungry, we ordered right away. But before anything else, let me just have this opportunity to post this:

    I got a rose from him. (Of course, I will be blogging about it!) Thank you. <3
    . Monday, April 30, 2012 .

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    . Monday, April 30, 2012 .

    Image credits to Mirror.co.uk

    Feels like 38 degrees Celsius out there, this heat is just unbearable. I do not like summer that much. Yeah, I would like to travel in this smoldering heat provided a proper, fully working air conditioning system in the vehicle, preferably with a DVD player and some pillows, and the car better be heavily tinted! If none of the conditions are met, I'd rather stay at home.

    Heh. I'm just joking. But it doesn't change that fact that I don't like summer. The air feels so warm and thick, I can choke on it. Joking again.

    Before this turns into a long rant about the heat that I basically experience every year (haha), let me just tell you about our failed attempts to watch The Avengers this weekend.

    It's a little frustrating that all I see on my Facebook and Twitter are people who just watched, currently watching, will be watching the movie with 100% certainty (heck, there are even those who'll be watching it for the second time!) and here we are clueless as to why we just can't. Or I guess, we should just have waited for the only available slot: LAST FULL SHOW or online reservations, no?

    Attempt #1 (Saturday): We met up at SM Makati (original plan was at SM Megamall) to have lunch before watching the movie. We decided beforehand that we will be eating something Asian this time around (I already listed a couple of restaurants we would try) but after roaming around Greenbelt 3, we ended up eating at Papa John's.


    The place was nice and quiet though there were a handful of people dining already when we got there. We were already so hungry, we ordered right away. But before anything else, let me just have this opportunity to post this:

    I got a rose from him. (Of course, I will be blogging about it!) Thank you. <3
    . Sunday, April 29, 2012 .


    Supposed to have posted about the half of the weekend I had with him but creative juices are not flowing for 2 days now. So I watched this movie instead, and of course I had to quote a line from it. I was actually watching a lot of animations this whole week, I don't know why. Anyway, this is the one that stuck the most:
    "You'll meet a lot of jerks in life. If they hurt you, remember it's because they're stupid. Don't react to their cruelty. There's nothing worse than bitterness and revenge. Keep your dignity and be true to yourself. Everything will be all right."
    My thinking face.
    Most of the time I end up looking like that (above picture sans the veil and cig) when I ponder about different things that happen to me. I consider myself a relatively nice person (right?) and sometimes I can't help but think why the bullshit just wouldn't stop.

    There's nothing worse than bitterness and revenge. That just really hit me hard. I just realized that maybe, it is not me after all. It's not some karmic reaction. It's not that I had a share of the fault. It's not that I am lacking something. It's not that I didn't give enough.



    Everything is a two-way street. It's not me. It's their own decision to act that way. It's not destiny. It's them. They made a choice. It was their own choice. Nothing forced them. That's the path they decided to take.

    I'm quite expecting the expected with the movie and I'm glad that it was not predictable. Somehow, everyone went through the same thing but of course, we all know never at the same level since she survived the war and all that. I was really laughing on the part where her first boyfriend cheated on her and she had all these realizations about him.


    Somehow, this movie is all too familiar when in fact it's not. I don't know.

    Everything will be alright.

    We hope.

    Here's something to revive your spirits and induce a little laughter:

    . Tuesday, April 24, 2012 .


    Okay, I admit it: I am almost broke and I need an upgrade on my wardrobe and accessories so bad. So imagine my happiness when I got this e-mail notification from Nuffnang that they are holding a contest together with Zalora! I am not really much of a shopper and I am nowhere near being a shopaholic but of course if given the chance, I would like to splurge!

    Zalora offers a wide variety of products from scarves, tops, jumpsuits down to slippers and sandals, it was really a convenience to find everything in one place while sitting at home, plus for most items the shipping is free! It was really hard to choose the top 5 things I would really want to have as an addition to my wardrobe... or lack thereof.

    Here are the top 5 items I really, really, really, really would like to have in my closet:

    1. Lianne Polka Dots Dress by Bayo
    This would definitely be a refreshing addition to my list simply because I don't have any dresses on my cabinet (well, except my graduation dress circa 2008). A lot of people perceive me as the boyish type of girl and some of my friends at work sometimes insist on giving me a makeover! Hahaha! This dress is a must have for me because this is definitely something out of my comfort zone but I am so willing to try.

    2. Winnetou watch by STAMPS
    I have a life long affinity with big, bulky, colorful watches! I think watches complete an entire outfit or could just be the main accent. And for this particular watch just feels ~creative~. And whenever I feel like that, I could just be wear this and literally wear my heart on my wrist!

    3. Square soft satchel by The Little Things She Needs

    If there's what we call a little black dress that is a staple on every girl's closet, there is also the big, black bag. This is a classic and simply my must have because this bag compliments all types of get ups. And the design is just perfect for me since I carry a lot of things with me everyday and the overall design is not too formal and not rugged. Indeed, this is one of the little things that I need!

    4. Brown woven top by Missy
    On the more comfortable side, this one I picture wearing most of the time. A versatile article of clothing: pair it with skinny jeans and flats or sneakers; or with pencil skirt and pumps for a more formal look (as suggested on Zalora's website). This is perfect for a laid back person like me! And hehe, I am really digging the color!

    5. Joker printed T-Shirt by Area 27
    Why so serious? Of course, I need this t-shirt to complete the entire list! We all (at least I did) loved Mr Ledger's portrayal of one of Batman's most famous arch enemy! It was his best indeed and some of his lines truly stuck with me, especially "You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!" and "Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!". The best way to appreciate and immortalize is by having this shirt! I know, it's for men but I just have to have this! This shirt just really puts a smile on my face! *wink*

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    . Thursday, April 19, 2012 .


    (As part of my My Places To Dine In List 2012)


    J.Co Donuts and Coffee is a well-known brand that is from Indonesia. Its first branch in the Philippines is located at SM Megamall and was opened last March 15, 2012. When you look them up on the net, the most famous flavor out of all their donuts is probably the Al Capone.

    And I finally was able to squeeze a quick trip to this new coffee and donut joint! This is me joining the hype~ We originally planned to attend the opening of its first branch last February 16 (but then it got moved to March 15th) and wasn't able to make it because I was in Palawan that time.

    The pictures I'm gonna be posting are from two separate occasions. The first time I went there was when I bought my ticket for Taking Back Sunday's concert and I cursed that mall for being so big and myself for being so poor at directions, we spent a considerable amount of time looking for J.Co Donuts and Coffee.


    We weren't in there very long, there were just too many people in line and the Al Capone and Tiramisu flavors were not yet available. I guess it was really that good? I thought what would be the sense if I wouldn't be able to taste their best sellers, right?

    After a month, I was able to go to Megamall again and this time, I made sure I would get a taste of their donuts. Yay! We finally got there but we had the order of a dozen donuts to go since I had a shift that night and I really need to go home to sleep at least 3 hours.

    Aww, that's sweet. :)
    Tadaaaa~ Such an eye candy!
    . Monday, April 16, 2012 .


    Today is the start of the second half of April and time to get down to business. All the things that happened in the past few months were really a blessing. And now that as of the moment, I have nothing to look forward to, I realized I should be focusing on the things that really matter and those things that are my long term goals.

    For the remaining days of this hot, hot month of April, here are some of my realizations and goals:

    1. Those things you never thought of happening can come true. 



    Meeting the band was something I never expected to happen this soon. On the left side, that was me circa 2004 with my awesome Photoshop skillz~ embedding frontman Adam Lazzara on the picture as if he was trying to make up to me by giving a banana. I know, that picture is really bananas. Seeing them perform live is even included in my bucket list because I thought I still have my entire life time to do it. After 8 years, the unthinkable finally happened.


    2. Doesn't matter how much people did you wrong, you still have to rise above.


    It's a little insulting already to still be at your most proper behavior even though *some* people are stomping at your feet/at your existence like there's no tomorrow. But yes, my mama taught me better than to stoop down your whore-ing level and just breathe in and breathe out and wish you have the best time of your life... not. Let me just say this once and for all: You are the very meaning of contradiction. You are the living and breathing example of it. I gave a fuck before but it ends now.

    3. Leave behind things weighing you down.
    And as that Taking Back Sunday song goes, "This is all I ever asked from you, the only thing you couldn't do: tell me the whole truth." Bow. It was never true that it's not about how long it ran because like everything else, time is also an investment. Things are just not the same anymore and I am so glad everything happened, finally. :)

    3. Self-improvements 2012
    Still trying to keep the ball rolling for all those tweaks I mentioned in my previous post. This year has just been amazing that it brings me to tears sometimes. Everything feels surreal, everything is going the way it's supposed to be. Like the universe is telling me this is your time to do everything you needed to do to make it somewhere. This year is such an inspiration to me, I cannot even gather enough words.

    4. Making the Multimedia happen
    This year. I will make this happen. This year. I promise. I can do this!

    5. Show some love!
    I should start showing appreciation to those who never ever left me, time to party and reconnect:

    First is Papa J, up there, silently watching and posing ala The Thinker sculpture. Hehe, jowkz~!
    Natz, always and forever my home girl (LOL WHAT IS HOME GIRL, I JUST FELT THAT IS A GREAT DESCRIPTION OF HER), she is the true epitome of a friend, she is the best kind of friend anyone could ever have. Thanks, my whore!
    Music, because you need music. Music can always make you believe everything is possible.
    The food crew: Cy, Zena, Papa Pabz: Hoy guys! Ano na inamag na tayo!

    Now, excuse me while I go back listening to Taking Back Sunday and relive the concert. Hahaha!

    . Sunday, April 15, 2012 .


    Hi. So. Yeah. Yeaaaaaaaah. I told you, it was the best night of my life. Yes sir, it was. No words to describe. I am so on fangirl mode all over again! I know, I know the post title was such a cliche. Hahaha.

    I am forever in debt with Niles Chong, Carla Clavano, Dig Radio PH, Audio Mustachio, Kerplunk, Ovation Productions and Manila Concert Scene!
    . Saturday, April 14, 2012 .

    Today was the day. And now, I feel a little sad because it is over. And who knows how long it will take before we see them again. :(


    Arrived at Sky Dome and there was already a line outside the venue. I saw a lot of familiar faces, people I already saw at the autograph signing yesterday. Since we had to do the meet and greet first, we were on a different line. The meet and greet pre-concert was really very quick but I got to shake hands with the band again and chat and we had 3 photos with them. I was beside John Nolan and he is just the most adorable person ever! He is always smiling!

    Then, we exited and waited in line again since the gates officially open 8:00 pm, I think. And boy, it was really a long line. Gold ticket holders were sent in first and we had no choice but stay on the left side since everybody was directly on front of the stage.


    This was a highly anticipated event since the band is back to their old line up, lucky for us! It was an awesome show. Everyone was pumped up! I loved how they continuously play songs without stopping. A lot of old songs were played, it was old school night. Everybody was just amazing tonight!

    Imbue No Kudos and Typecast were the opening acts. I realized how much I am missing on OPM when I saw INK perform. They were really, really good! And while they were playing, I was just watching with my mouth a little bit open and secretly wishing I knew their songs!

    Imbue No Kudos' guitarist and people's heads. LOL.
    I stopped taking pictures at one point because there's always a fucking head showing on my photos. If it's not people's heads, it's their hands or other people's cellphones or cameras or it was just blurry. I just gave up on taking decent photographs that night and just enjoyed that wonderful, wonderful moment.

    Here's the set list for the night:

    photo credits to Jill from Twitter (yes, they played a Straylight Run song!)
    Disclaimer: These are the only photos I can salvage from the bunch. Most of them are John Nolan shots since he's on the left side of the stage, facing the crowd. Adam never left his position and Eddie and Shaun moved a lot on the right side only. 


    They are on stage!
    Everybody was just singing along, every word, back to the band. Adam taking care of the little talks in between songs. And I believe he was quite surprised with how things turned out tonight, he said they were definitely gonna come back soon. I was definitely at the right place at the right time and where I really wanted to be.

    . Friday, April 13, 2012 .

    Update: Apparently, this happened:

    I died~
    Though I won a pair of backstage meet and greet passes, I set my mind that I would still be going to the autograph signing at SM Mall of Asia last April 12, 2012. My ever reliable best friend, Natz, went to MOA with me so we could shop for clothes to make me look decent enough. I don't particularly like big malls because I just hate walking around all day to find one shop. LOL. But anyway, I kept saying where could the 'Atrium' be?

    Oh, there you are.
    My excitement was really building up. Hours away and my dream will come true~! Hahahaha.

    We went around, Natz helped me pick clothes. (And I just want to thank her eternally). After that we headed back to the Atrium and met up with my friend from work, Jhen. Since the place was not yet that packed, we decided to grab a quick bite first at French Baker which was directly in front of this. We settled on our chairs and began eating what we ordered. After a few bites, I saw Eddie walking by followed by Mark, then John, then Shaun and then finally Adam and his crutches.


    Lost all intentions to act cool and fangirl mode was so on! Natz was understanding enough and told me to go ahead, I should get my butt up there! I was very guilty but I just had to go! Hahaha.

    It still took a while before the band came out, and everyone just stood up and began shouting in delight. Hehehe. All the wait was definitely worth it.


    It was just a surreal feeling seeing them in person. They only existed in music videos, youtube clips and in magazine spreads before. And at that point, after years of professing how you love the band, there they are, right in front of you. Whew. Absolutely mind blown and getting crazier by the moment.

    Here are some of the photos I got when I had my poster signed. My hands were all sweaty and shaky and some of the other photos were just... blurry. *sigh*


    WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!
    The whole band was very pleasant, especially Mark who really chats with the fans! He even told me "Nice shirt!" before I moved on to John to sign my poster. I was able to shake hands with them and told each one of them "Thank you so much for coming to Manila!" and they would just reply with a huge grin and a thank you in return. I kind of seized the moment, I asked Adam if I could take a picture of him and he agreed and smiled. MY HEART WAZ MELTIN'~

    John and his slippers.
    Show is over, for now.

    And as they say, the best is yet to come! Call time for backstage meet and greet pre-concert is 5:30 pm and all this anticipation all over again is giving me a tummy ache. I am so not prepared for that moment. I don't know if can still manage to pull off what I was planning to do since I'm really, really running out of time. I just need to have pictures pre-concert, during concert and maybe, stalk the band back to their hotel with the other winners! Haahaha! I'll make the most out of this!

    . Sunday, April 08, 2012 .

    How do I even begin this entry? I have nothing clever to say. I've got no punchlines. No witty remarks. Everything is just so freaking surreal right now. I've given up all hope in scoring those meet and greet passes after Taking Back Sunday's concert here. I was telling my friend that I never really had luck on raffles or draws or anything like that. In my entire existence, I was only picked one time: 2009 Christmas Party and I won a rice cooker.

    And then the most unexpected thing in the world happened: I actually won a pair of that most desired, most sought after meet and greet passes.

    I was at Burger King with my friend, Natz talking about how I wanted a lemon meringue but it was currently out of stock, and I was also tweeting with Zena.

    The best news then happened:



    Contrary to my previous post, I didn't do any of those things. But maybe, it was happening all at once inside my head. I just stopped and stared at my phone, wasn't able to utter a single word for around 20 seconds, held Natz' hand and asked her to feel how my heart pounded. Making her face be filled with worry and ask what is the problem and all I could reply was my most bashful grin.

    You see, we don't really have much in common when it comes to music but we are best friends in the whole wide universe! I explained to her everything and she began congratulating me and I was still floating in the clouds, still in a trance, imagination on full speed and all I can say was "Yeeeyyyyyy!"

    Dig Radio told me to contact Niles Chong for the details on how I could claim my meet and greet passes.



    I guess being persistent pays off! Hahaha. I couldn't keep my mouth shut about the concert and somehow, I was lucky enough to be noticed.

    And that last sentence (on Niles Chong's last tweet) is just amazing. I know there are a whole lot of other people that are bigger fans than me-- those who knows most lyrics to songs, more updated than anybody else, those who literally follow the band around. I'm just this Asian girl who has been a fan of the band since 2004 and since she can remember, it was part of her bucket list to meet the band or Adam Lazzara at least. And someone saying to me that I deserve this opportunity really had an impact.

    I just had to blog about this so I could immortalize the moment and maybe, 5 to 10 years from now, when I read this blog, I will get to relive at least in my memory that pure joy I felt when I finally was given an opportunity to fulfill a dream.

    Before I get too cheesy, let me just thank again Dig Radio and Niles Chong for this. And again, Kerplunk! Studios and Audio Mustachio for bringing them here.

    Now, my life is complete (so far)! Hehehe.
    . Friday, April 06, 2012 .

    This is what's in my head right now.
    People might be getting tired of me being ecstatic 24/7 about Taking Back Sunday's upcoming concert. I feel like I all have this excess energy in my body and a lot of anxiety right now. Hahaha. Even my friends from work say I get all hyped up when I talk about the concert. I don't know. Excited is definitely becoming an understatement about my feelings right now.


    1 more week. Seven. More. Days. I can't stand it any longer.

    All I have right now are a bunch of animated GIFs that explains how my heart truly feels~

    This.
    GPOY for the whole month of April.
    This could've been my reaction if I won those meet and greet passes.  Haha.
    When I read something off Twitter from @ManilaConcerts or @AudioMustachio
    My reaction while watching this video:

    Hahahaha! Seven days to go!!!!!!!!!
    And again.
    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!