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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.


    "You are the only one who has understood even a whisper of me, and I will tell you that I am the only person who has understood even a whisper of you."

    — Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

    Home is whoever, wherever, or whatever brings me a sigh of relief. I am an introvert and I always find something new to intimidate me, on a daily basis. I always test the waters before even dipping my foot in. I am always in a panicked state of mind and home is someone, something, a feeling that will drown the noise (of my head, of my heart) down. 

    Home is when I need not words to express how I feel. Just the shadow in my eyes, the twitch of my lips or the hoarseness of my voice are enough signs for them to know how I feel at that moment. Deer in headlights! 

    That reassuring feeling that nothing is going to go wrong, you can be at your worst and you will still be loved best. 

    A comforting memory of the past that seemed so distant, it's almost vague. But it's the only memory you cling on to in times you feel everything and nothing at the same time.

    A plate of goodness that is prepared with utmost love and care. Every little bit, every little piece raises your spirits and warms you from the inside, driving you into an empowered state that everything is going to be just fine.

    "Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable? That's when you know you've found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence."

    — Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction

    Home is the feeling of ease, no pretentiousness, and absolute acceptance. Home is the brutal truth, the whitest lie, and, again, absolute acceptance. Home is a familiar sanctuary, the end of a wandering road. Where roots are made unconsciously and removing yourself from it makes you useless pieces and useless chunks.

    My home is whenever expression is never a struggle. Home is in the presence of people that I always wanted to see and people who notice when I'm not around. Home is realizations and finally getting things right. 

    "I am strangely glad to get back again to you: and wherever you are is my home—my only home."

    — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre




    SoulPancake is the brainchild of Rainn Wilson (yes, from The Office), Devon Gundry, Shabnam Mogharabi, Golriz Lucina, and their other creative friends. It is a creative movement/project that touches art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor that encourages people to open their minds, speak out and be real.

    . Sunday, October 28, 2012 .

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    . Sunday, October 28, 2012 .


    "You are the only one who has understood even a whisper of me, and I will tell you that I am the only person who has understood even a whisper of you."

    — Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

    Home is whoever, wherever, or whatever brings me a sigh of relief. I am an introvert and I always find something new to intimidate me, on a daily basis. I always test the waters before even dipping my foot in. I am always in a panicked state of mind and home is someone, something, a feeling that will drown the noise (of my head, of my heart) down. 

    Home is when I need not words to express how I feel. Just the shadow in my eyes, the twitch of my lips or the hoarseness of my voice are enough signs for them to know how I feel at that moment. Deer in headlights! 

    That reassuring feeling that nothing is going to go wrong, you can be at your worst and you will still be loved best. 

    A comforting memory of the past that seemed so distant, it's almost vague. But it's the only memory you cling on to in times you feel everything and nothing at the same time.

    A plate of goodness that is prepared with utmost love and care. Every little bit, every little piece raises your spirits and warms you from the inside, driving you into an empowered state that everything is going to be just fine.

    "Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable? That's when you know you've found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence."

    — Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction

    Home is the feeling of ease, no pretentiousness, and absolute acceptance. Home is the brutal truth, the whitest lie, and, again, absolute acceptance. Home is a familiar sanctuary, the end of a wandering road. Where roots are made unconsciously and removing yourself from it makes you useless pieces and useless chunks.

    My home is whenever expression is never a struggle. Home is in the presence of people that I always wanted to see and people who notice when I'm not around. Home is realizations and finally getting things right. 

    "I am strangely glad to get back again to you: and wherever you are is my home—my only home."

    — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre




    SoulPancake is the brainchild of Rainn Wilson (yes, from The Office), Devon Gundry, Shabnam Mogharabi, Golriz Lucina, and their other creative friends. It is a creative movement/project that touches art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor that encourages people to open their minds, speak out and be real.

    . Friday, October 26, 2012 .

    Any place that has a facade like this is worth visiting.
    I gave in to the Banapple madness when they opened their branch in Makati (Ayala Triangle). I liked the place, food was okay, and I didn't really understood what all the raving was about. I thought, maybe, the magic was in the desserts which I wasn't able to try before.

    A month ago, I had the chance to eat again at Banapple (I know, this is such a late post) with my friends from work but this time, in Katipunan. Apparently, they all love Banapple that we decided to eat there after we got our first pay.

    I was awestruck by the restaurant's appearance! I felt like I was Alice and this is what I discovered after I fell in the rabbithole!

    Welcomed by triangles~

    . Wednesday, October 24, 2012 .

    I made it known here (read: my Places To Dine In List 2 post) that I will eat at Tokyo Cafe to celebrate my birthday.

    Of course, I did.

    We (boyfriend + I) went there (Robinsons Cybergate Plaza branch) after our shifts to finally satisfy our curiosity with this restaurant.


    Bad news is, since we went there super early, they were only serving breakfast at that time. I love breakfast food, don't get me wrong, it's just that I had been really looking forward to eating this:

    Chicken Cutlet (photo from www.dencio.com)
    Heheh. A little bummed about it but I'm not gonna turn down this awesome opportunity for this dining experience!

    The place looks very modern for a Japanese restaurant (I guess, that was what they're aiming for). Very laid back interiors with a pastel palette (I think) with accents here and there. I would've loved to sit on the couch but all seats were taken when we got there.


    . Saturday, October 20, 2012 .


    So what's this all about?

    After going through my files here in our PC and in my phone, I noticed that I have a growing pile of snapshots of food (of course) that didn't make it here in my blog for the following reasons:

    1. The photos were too limited (no photos of the place, just the food alone)
    2. I didn't have my camera with me to take decent photos (BB camera resolution sucks)
    3. It's automatic: I always shoot before I eat (don't hate/judge me please) so that's that
    4. I made mental plans of somehow showcasing all these photos into one entry here (ehem)

    Okay. So those were enough reasons for me to come up with something like this. And I call it Quick Bites! (ang witty ko, no? hahahaha)

    Let's start!

    1. Sumo Sam (Greenbelt)

    Man, this was just so long ago. I went here with Fritzie for dinner on a Sunday night. Also, I love bacon.

    Yakiniku Bacon Rice and Sumo Sam Bacon Kani
    Serving was huge and food was delicious. Not complaining here since I had all the bacon I can from a restaurant that bears a name that's extremely Japanese! ~Bacon here, bacon there~

    2. Johnny Rockets (Robinsons Galleria)
    Very Archie comics. Hehe.
    I had Spam Burger. We both had Vanilla milkshakes. I forgot what burger he had.
    Unlimited fries! Hurrah! Sadly, we weren't able to go another round. We were so freaking full. The burgers look small in the photos I took but they are absolutely not. The boyfriend wasn't even able to finish his burger! Hahaha.

    3. Mercato Centrale (BGC)



    I was on a dessert frenzy when we went there. I was so excited when I saw a food stall serving Deep Fried Snickers! It's actually not bad! I had the Snickers Almond underneath that fried batter! Yum yum! Thank you, Funnel Cakes!


    4. Rodic's Diner (UP Diliman)


    My friends from work mostly were UP graduates. One morning, we just decided to eat at Rodic's and I, of course, was excited to try their famous tapsilog! I liked it! I felt like I was in college all over again in that brief moment! Haha!

    Hopefully, I can continue making this list. I actually had a weekly list here called "Things I Like Wednesdays" but it's been too long since I last did that. Hehe.
    . Friday, October 19, 2012 .


    The things I am able to consistently do on an everyday basis are work, eat and sleep. I decided to come home this week again (I miss you, friends.) so I can go online (I miss you too, internet.) and disrupt my lifeless daily routine. I am proud to say now that I was able to do 4 things everyday: work, eat, surf the net and sleep. Hahaha.

    This just made me realize it's been a while since my eyes were glued on the boob tube for a daily/weekly dose of my favorite show(s) or anything worth my time (as if I was ever that busy!). The last TV series I actually watched on TV (and not downloaded from some cyber realm, ehem) was Grey's Anatomy, which I avidly followed until Season 4 (out of 8). The other one, with the help of µ (hehe), was Bones which I watched until Season 6 (out of 8).

    Which made me, again, realize how I miss those Sunday nights when I would just sit on the couch, flip the channel to Studio 23 and wait for the latest episode of Gilmore Girls (Rory and Jess!!!) to be followed by the ever hilarious Will and Grace. Oh well.

    But finally, after a long while, I am now fixated again on these new shows:

    1. Awkward

    Who doesn't love high school? This TV series by MTV has all the needed characters to make the perfect high school drama schrama. The unpopular girl, her crazy best friend with the hilarious one-liners, her even crazier mother which at times remind me of Lorelai Gilmore but meaner, her Asian best friend, the school jock she secretly has a crush on, the bully cheerleader, and lastly, the accidental "suicide." This show is not of the drama genre per se (it's actually very funny and very witty) but it absolutely tackles all the ~issues~ of a high school girl (Is it this complicated with boys?)

    I'm not going to spoil the story for those who haven't watched yet but let me just say that at times, the story is a complete cliche but what the hell. I absolutely love Awkward!

    They just wrapped up Season 2 last September and they will be back next year for a 20-episode season.

    2. Breaking Bad


    When I first saw this, I thought of Bromine and Barium. Are they doing something with those elements? This series has been making a lot of noise in my Twitter feed lately that it got me curious. Walter White is a Chemistry teacher! Walter White is a dying Chemistry teacher and he decided to cook crystal meth! Walter White = kinda stupid but an absolute bad ass! Ding! Ding! Ding! I immediately got a copy and now I'm still watching Season 1. Hehehe. So far, so good!

    3. Master Chef 3

    I've always been a fan of Master Chef as well as Gordon Ramsay's other television shows (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word) but I was especially intrigued by this season because of the blind amateur cook, Christine Ha. But we all know of course that the judges are enough reason to watch this cooking competition. Hehe.

    It almost kinda feels like American Idol during the cooks' auditions. Hahaha. But eventually, the judges were able to trim the list down to a worthy group of 36.

    4. Kids on the Slope



    I just downloaded Kids on the Slope yesterday and I'm on my second episode.


    The plot via Wikipedia (lol):
    The beginning of summer, 1966.
    Because of his father's job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Sasebo in Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend.”
    Other characters include Sentaro's kind childhood friend, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers.
    I can totally relate to Kaoru's character. So far, I like it. A little slow paced but I read somewhere that the story will pick up on the fourth episode.

    ***

    So that's it. The only other show I'm planning to watch is The Walking Dead (I was able to watch season 1, currently re-watching season 2). Any TV series that you can recommend?

    . Tuesday, October 16, 2012 .

    Here are some of the photos taken during my birthday and the days that followed. Nothing grand, nothing too fancy. Just time well spent with people most dear to me. It was such a fantastic week with lots of cake involved.

    Unfortunately, I do not share my birthday with anyone famous. Boohoo. John Lennon was born October 9th, missed by a day! That would've been so cool. Haha.


    26. So what now? I know things are so much better for me right now. No doubt, 2012 was the best year of my life so far. And last week made it a little more special.

    This post is photo heavy and if we've been hanging out the past week, your face is definitely here.

    Let's start!

    October 10, 2012, 7:00 AM:

    Happy, shiny people. (Happy Birthday Part 1)
    Empty, air-conditioned buses . Perfect!
    Because they were at work when I got home. <3
    . Saturday, October 13, 2012 .

    I was back to going home to Cavite this past week for our--my mom and I's joint birthday celebration. I'm now officially 26. Sometimes, I still can't believe it. I feel old, wondering if I had done anything worthwhile in my quarter of a century existence in this planet. I'm 26 and I'm still finding my niche in this world. Let me steer away from such kind of thinking because that is not the point of this entry.

    Have you ever heard of the word mal de coucou?


    n. a phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends—people who you can trust, who you can be yourself with, who can help flush out the weird psychological toxins that tend to accumulate over time—which is a form of acute social malnutrition in which even if you devour an entire buffet of chitchat, you’ll still feel pangs of hunger.
    That quite nails how I feel whenever I'm in the presence (or absence) of my college friends. *sigh*

    I tried to find out what language it was or what it means and I got were "evil cuckoo" and "neck pain." I guess both kind of makes sense. Haha.

    Yesterday, after work, I sent them text messages and asked them if we could have lunch together since I miss them already and I wanted to catch up. They all agreed and we decided to have lunch at Ayala Triangle since everybody's within walking distance from there (except me hehe). 

    It was lunch time, the strip of restaurants in Ayala Triangle were swarming with people eating and those waiting to be seated. And since we're in queue in Kanin Club (we're number 10 in their waiting list!), we looked around and decided to eat at MoMo Cafe instead.



    I loved the place! It had different elements into it but it still looked cohesive, clean and neat. Nothing's out of place. It was spacious, well-ventilated and comfortable. I especially loved the wallpaper that was adorned on one wall of the restaurant. There's also more seats upstairs for larger groups of people.

    Joyce and her smirk.
    Once seated, we were served with the house appetizer which were 3 slices of what I assumed to be garlic bread (only a very small part was buttered) partnered with a pimiento dip (I think) which I totally forgot to take a picture of. Joyce then ordered these (which took about 10-15 minutes to serve):

    Pork Belly Katsudon topped on a bed of "Party" rice (not much of a party happening there)
    . Sunday, October 07, 2012 .


    Since my last list of places to dine in was such a success (I've visited 4 out of the 5 restaurants. I still don't have the chance of visiting Van Gogh is Bipolar. I will visit Maginhawa in the future, I promise!), and since October is my birth month (yey!), I've compiled a brand new list of other food joints I want to visit.

    I'm very happy to have met new people that I found I had common ground with (aka FOOD) so I had new insights of where to go and what to try and I could just panic at the thought that the choices are endless and there's just so little time!

    Here's the list I've compiled, the result of a week's research through the internet, of the most interesting restaurants (based on visual and palate appeal hehe) that I'd like to visit. The list, by the way, is in no particular order. Heheee.

    1. Cafe 1771

    photo from www.jinlovestoeat.com
    Really, really, really nice interiors. Mismatched chairs, wonderful palette of colors, books, laid back ambiance, and a lot of patterns here and there. I felt drawn in. Of course, judging by the pictures, eating there looks quite pricey but that's okay for me since I've never really read any bad reviews from food bloggers.

    What I'm excited to try:
    Holy Cow Pizza (photo from animetric.blogspot.com)
    Tomato and Cheese Fondue (photo from www.wheninmanila.com)
    Cafe 1771 is located at El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
    Cafe 1771 Official Facebook Page 


    2. La Creperie

    Saw this resto when the boyfriend and I dined at Johnny Rockets about two weeks ago. I must be a very visual person because I was enticed (again) by the place's lovely interiors. First thing that comes to mind when you say crepe was of course, dessert. Contrary to that, crepes can either be the sweet kind (desserts) or the savory kind.

    photo from www.thatgirltrixie.com
    Quaint, very French, feels cozy and homey because of the yellow color. When we passed by La Creperie, I quickly made a mental note (that I had to write down later because I am forgetful) to visit this place.

    What I'm excited to try:
    Mango and Peach with Nutella crepe. OH. MY. LORD. (photo from faultymemories.wordpress.com)
    La Creperie is located at 2nd Level, The Veranda, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City

    3. Wingman (Read my review here!)

    photo from www.manilareviews.com
    I was scurrying through the internet about two weeks ago to find a new place to go with my college friend, Janina. My search using Google led me to a blog (forgot which one) that reviewed/blogged about Wingman. I currently live in Makati but lazy me never really tried of looking for restaurants there (except for Bagnet 8065). 

    Okay, so the point is I'm really excited to try this:
    photo from nurseziba.wordpress.com
    HOLY MOTHER OF DESSERTS! The Deep Fried Snickers Bar! Yes, I've tried the fried Snickers bar in Mercato BGC (by Funnel Cakes, which will be discussed in another post) but this looks sinfully, sinfully nothing like the former.

    Snickers bar coated with pancake batter, then fried then topped with whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and a scoop vanilla ice cream. Heaven!

    Looking forward to be surprised by other items on their menu!

    Wingman is located at Suite B, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati
    Wingman Official Facebook Page