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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.


    Christmas is over just like that. I have been spending the past few days in slumberland (damn sleeping patterns) and I have this insatiable appetite for snoozing lately.

    And nope, it's not time for a year end recap. Not yet. But before the new year begins, let me give you my second to the last list for 2012.

    1. Sizzling Pepper Steak's Pork BBQ Pepper Rice 


    Food is actually good and price is affordable. Like the whole MOO-OOVE and STOP signs they have going on in their store. But I don't think the exhausts are working, smoke coming from our plates were in no way sucked and we ended up smelling like ulam afterwards. If ever you'll be dropping by, make sure you also try their Turtle Cheesecake. Delicious.

    2. Casa Reyes Restaurant's Kare-Kareng Bagnet


    I have found a gem in Greenhills! Bagnet 8065's Kare-Kareng Bagnet fails in comparison TBH because this dish is pure win in so many levels. Presentation is perfect, generous serving and the restaurant's customer service is great. Seriously, try this. You won't regret it.

    3. Buddy's Longganisang Lucban and Pancit Lucban


    Eating at Buddy's Kalayaan became an annual thing every All Saint's Day since the place was a quick drive from Manila South Cemetery. The ambiance is truly Filipino with the festive decorations here and there. Both these house specialties are best eaten with their vinegar. Somehow the condiment enhances the flavor of the food making it more satisfyingly good. I especially loved their Pancit Lucban because of the equally hefty toppings of vegetable and meat. Yummy!

    4. Yellowcab's Serendipity Ice Cream


    Just in time for the holidays! Serendipity is Yellowcab's new ice cream flavor (New York Cheesecake inspired) that is perfect after munching on their pizza. This dessert is smooth, creamy, surprisingly not too sweet and the cheesecake flavors were really evident, complete with the graham crust bits. Packaging is also cute (and reusable)!

    So, that's it. Can't believe it's a brand new year again for all of us. Happy New Year, everyone! :)
    . Thursday, December 27, 2012 .

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    . Thursday, December 27, 2012 .


    Christmas is over just like that. I have been spending the past few days in slumberland (damn sleeping patterns) and I have this insatiable appetite for snoozing lately.

    And nope, it's not time for a year end recap. Not yet. But before the new year begins, let me give you my second to the last list for 2012.

    1. Sizzling Pepper Steak's Pork BBQ Pepper Rice 


    Food is actually good and price is affordable. Like the whole MOO-OOVE and STOP signs they have going on in their store. But I don't think the exhausts are working, smoke coming from our plates were in no way sucked and we ended up smelling like ulam afterwards. If ever you'll be dropping by, make sure you also try their Turtle Cheesecake. Delicious.

    2. Casa Reyes Restaurant's Kare-Kareng Bagnet


    I have found a gem in Greenhills! Bagnet 8065's Kare-Kareng Bagnet fails in comparison TBH because this dish is pure win in so many levels. Presentation is perfect, generous serving and the restaurant's customer service is great. Seriously, try this. You won't regret it.

    3. Buddy's Longganisang Lucban and Pancit Lucban


    Eating at Buddy's Kalayaan became an annual thing every All Saint's Day since the place was a quick drive from Manila South Cemetery. The ambiance is truly Filipino with the festive decorations here and there. Both these house specialties are best eaten with their vinegar. Somehow the condiment enhances the flavor of the food making it more satisfyingly good. I especially loved their Pancit Lucban because of the equally hefty toppings of vegetable and meat. Yummy!

    4. Yellowcab's Serendipity Ice Cream


    Just in time for the holidays! Serendipity is Yellowcab's new ice cream flavor (New York Cheesecake inspired) that is perfect after munching on their pizza. This dessert is smooth, creamy, surprisingly not too sweet and the cheesecake flavors were really evident, complete with the graham crust bits. Packaging is also cute (and reusable)!

    So, that's it. Can't believe it's a brand new year again for all of us. Happy New Year, everyone! :)
    . Monday, December 24, 2012 .

    “And I, infinitesima­l being, 
    drunk with the great starry void, 
    likeness, image of mystery, 
    I felt myself a pure part of the abyss, 
    I wheeled with the stars, 
    my heart broke loose on the wind.”



    Most people ask, "Why now?" It doesn't really matter when since a problem would always be a problem regardless the season or the timing. I know it's too old of a story for other people to even lend their ear/s to listen. I refuse to be dragged to that certain feeling again. I refuse to sink for I don't know how to swim, figuratively and literally. It always starts with the never ending gasping for breath, the push and pull of the heart's strings, and the constant debate inside my head. But then again, it all boils down to the facts. I'll get to where I should be someday. I'm glad I finally mustered the strength to take the first step. And I'm thankful you did, too.

    Merry Christmas, everybody!

    Now let me get back to the mixtape. Hehehe.


    . Saturday, December 22, 2012 .


    (1) Limited edition and signed Wooden Print of a photo of Adam Lazzara and John Nolan (by Dirk Mai) during Taking Back Sunday's Tell All Your Friends 10th Anniversary tour. I don't know if there are any left, last time I read, there were only 6 pieces of these. But a girl can dream~

    (2) Automatic chopsticks from Howard Storage World. So people can stop asking me to learn how to use chopsticks.

    (3) Cupcakes from Frostings. Because they offer flavors like Mango Caramel, Mango Sansrival, Peaches and Cream, and Ube and Macapuno. They stole my heart. (photo by skysenshi.com)

    (4) Mango Bravo cake from Conti's. Death by dessert.

    (5) 32 Gig 5th Generation iPod Classic. Once upon a time, I owned one but it disappeared along with my favorite tunes and favorite movies that have the exceptional ability to make me forget about the world. Dramaz

    (6) Brunost or Norwegian fudge cheese. First saw this in the show New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad. He described the cheese as caramel, fudge, and sweet. How can my mind not wonder  how it tastes like? It just looks so smooth and caramel-y. I really have to get my hands on one.

    (7) Roshan's Mango Crepe Samurai. Yes. I am in love with mango.


    What's on your list this year?
    . Monday, December 17, 2012 .


    Me and friends from work found another place that could satisfy our late morning cravings that's classified nowhere near fast food! You probably heard of this place from some friend or a friend of a friend, aptly described as that upside down restaurant in Quezon City. Welcome to Pan de Amerikana!

    It was our choice of place for breakfast because (1) most of us have never been there, (2) the restaurant theme got us really interested, and (3) food was super cheap!

    I got a bunch of photos of the resto's themed interiors more than the treats because I think I was there because of my curiosity of the place than curiosity of the food they serve. We got there past 9 in the morning and pleased that the the resto's almost empty. We sat on our preferred spot and of course, our eyes were quickly diverted to the wonders of the interior.


    The place was such a mish and mash of all things you can imagine. According to their website, they focus more on a 4x4 country side ambiance. Not really sure how that's supposed to look like since I don't like the rugged outdoors that much. Aside from the Land Rover 4x4 Defender 90 on the facade, there was a dining set (complete with table wares) and a piano hinged upside down. On one side, there were photos of Filipino artists covering an entire wall. Plants were hanging everywhere, little things and trinkets decorating the entirety of the interiors. Even the restrooms are decorated with bits and pieces of colorful things! If you're someone with short attention span, you'll like this place. Hahaha. Though the place was filled with decorations, ventilation was great and it still feels roomy.

    Yey friends!
    Here's their current menu:


    Actually, we've been there twice already. The first time, I forgot to bring my camera to take photos but I still managed to take a snapshot of my food (huhlolz~) using my phone.

    Omelette Mushroom Cheese (PhP 65)
    Okay. They serve super affordable food here so don't expect anything to be extraordinarily life-changing delicious, maybe except the house specialties. So yes, this one is regular tasting omelette and not as much cheese as I expected.

    Pinaputok na Tilapia (PhP 80)
    The second time we went there, this is what I ordered. It was certainly nice to eat something that is not processed for a change. I enjoyed it immensely (though it needs more seasoning)! The fish was quite big, too!

    Tinomok (PhP 50)
    Although I wasn't the one who ordered this, I liked it a looooot. Everything was perfectly balanced, I loved the coconut milk goodness without going over board. I have low tolerance for spicy food that's why I loved it even more because usually, dishes like this has some added zing to it. 5 stars for Tinomok!

    Red Iced Tea (PhP 15) and Watermelon Shake (PhP 30)
    Red iced tea was a typical one, no special brew whatsoever but super cheap. The watermelon shake was all sorts of refreshing! I think watermelon shakes are refreshing by default, no?

    Also, try their Turon. It had strips of jackfruit inside, the outside was crispy while the banana inside feels mashed when you take a bite. Just the way I like it! I had one to go the first time we went there but I guess everybody likes Turon, it was out of stock at 9 in the morning the second time we dined there.

    And finally, no, I didn't buy their famous pan de sal. Haha. However, I've been reading online that it was indeed authentic 1950's pan de sal baked in a brick oven--soft and delicious. But don't take my word for it. Hehe.

    Pan de Amerikana is the perfect place for affordable food, great place with a visually stimulating atmosphere. A definite twist to your generic meals at fast food chains and other restaurants.



    Pan de Amerikana is located at 131 Katipunan Avenue near White Plains Village, Quezon City.
    (02) 442-5601
    Official website: pandeamerikana.multiply.com
    . Saturday, December 15, 2012 .


    @helloquiet

    [Edit: 04/30/2013] I deleted my Instagram account today.
    [Edit: 05/19/2013] I made a new account just because.

    Remember that How much does a hipster weigh joke? Haha. No? Okay.

    I discovered Instagram way back 2010, I think, and back then it was for iPhone users only. Apparently, Instagram is not ~*~exclusively~*~ for hipsturrs nowadays because it seems that it has become everybody's weapon of choice in instant photo editing. Except me and every other Blackberry user out there. I must say the filters are pretty amazing and I like it because it gives you that instant artsy/creative feel without the hassle of reading through Photoshop tutorials, without knowledge about high end cameras (bokehhhh~) and without actually owning an analog camera for the lomo effects. Plus, I think it's a great way of capturing everyday events. Technology is amazing! I admit it, I'm guilty, but we all know of course that nothing beats the real thing.

    Finally, I have acquired a phone that enabled me to join the Instagram bandwagon. And lately, I've been editing the shit out of my camera photos. Hehehe. Cool stuff!

    What's your Instagram username? ☺
    . Tuesday, December 11, 2012 .



    [02/11/13 Edit: Read my detailed blog post about Vanilla Cupcake Bakery here.]

    Went to the mall earlier after work to buy a case for my phone, failed to find a phone case I like, and instead went home with 3 cupcakes from Vanilla Cupcake Bakery in Glorietta. Hahaha. Since I was in a rush, I wasn't able to eat there. The place was just so cute, and I think this was the first time I went to an actual cupcake store. I was just so excited.

    Well, I'm really super excited to come back there and try the other flavors! The ones I bought were their best sellers, according to them, it's the Vanilla, the Luscious Salted Caramel and of course, the Red Velvet.

    Haven't eaten all three yet, HAHA, but I can tell it's delicious.

    Definitely going back and will have a complete blog entry about it. Hehe.

    This uber cute cupcake store is located in Glorietta, I think it's where Kamiseta was before. They also have a branch in Trinoma.
    . Monday, December 10, 2012 .


    Since I am such a sucker for sweets, anything from sapin-sapin to key lime pie to Kinder Bueno, here's a list of desserts/sweets that I've tasted in the past month or so and truly liked love.

    1. J.Co Donuts & Coffee's Heaven Berry


    There's a reason why you have to spend 30 minutes or more in line just to get your hands on these donuts, they're either really that good or they are simply overrated. For me, it's the former. After my Al Capone and Tiramisu obsession, I quickly fell in love with J.Co's other flavor, Heaven Berry and it's going to stay that way for a looooong time. Marion can't seem to understand why I love strawberry-flavored snacks (Yan-Yan, Hello Panda, Knick Knacks) but have little affinity for the actual fruit. The actual strawberry is too sour for me. I am more inclined to the artificial goodness.

    What's to like? Heaven Berry is a strawberry cream filled donut, generously covered with strawberry glaze with a white chocolate swirl. It's not that sweet. Actually, all the flavors are not too sweet. Perfect to satisfy my strawberry cravings.

    2. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Red Velvet Ice Blended Drink


    I love Red Velvet Cupcakes with all my being and the fact that I can also drink it makes my existence in this world a lot more pleasant. I was expecting though that the drink would be a darker shade of red than this. I really enjoyed it though I was also waiting to taste a hint of cream cheese but it had none. I'm not complaining but they could always improve it, right? Hehe. I still love this drink.

    3. Tender Bob's Mango Caramel


    Everything I love (except the cherry on top) in one huge ice cream glass! Whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, generous caramel drizzle and of course, mango cubes! Just thinking about this right now makes me crave for it. I've read reviews online that some people usually get sour mangoes, I didn't think mine was though. The crispy graham crackers (wish it were smaller) complemented the smooth vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. The mango was a refreshing twist after eating all that goodness of well done meat.


    How about you, what are your unexpected dessert finds? :)

    . Sunday, December 09, 2012 .


    I think truth is a relative term. I think the whole question is subjective.

    There are accepted truths out there that applies to you but not to me. There is also the truth or the real story of things. I find it difficult to explain but I'm oddly intrigued by how I would put everything into words.

    People can always look you in the eye and tell you they're telling nothing but the truth. Personally, sometimes I rely on gut feelings (which by the way, have never failed me yet) and also, faith.

    We always have this never ending quest to find the truth, be it in our relationships to as huge as how did life really began. I try to be as logical as I can when dealing with lies and truths but most of the time, it's always that nagging feeling that I have that something isn't right, that after everything has been said and done, I still have a bad feeling about things. Luckily for me, I always end up right. When I feel like explanations doesn't suffice, I dig really deep until I find what I'm looking for.

    And sometimes, I give up. Sometimes, when we stop digging deeper and asking questions, somehow, things take it's natural course and eventually, the truth comes out in the most unexpected ways.

    I think I am lied to more than an average person has ever been lied to. I'm not really proud of that fact and how it reflects that I am gullible to lies, maybe I trust too much and easily believe in the good of this world. I never fail to give the benefit of the doubt even if you don't deserve it. But I do know that somewhere along the line, I ALWAYS find out the truth, whether it is the good or bad kind.

    But when you think about it, do we really know at all what the truth is? We think we do, we think we don't. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. Sometimes, we don't care. Lives happen everyday, situations overlap on top of each others', information passed on to too many people, moments when we could've made the right decision, moments that are out of our control, personal biases, people with different understanding of things.

    The absolute truth then is diluted, blurred until it becomes non-existent. The absolute truth is broken down into tiny little pieces and dispersed until it becomes our personal truths, our personal views and the reality we build our world around.


    "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."
    - Marcus Aurelius




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    . Friday, December 07, 2012 .


    I was supposed to blog about a restaurant we've been to last week but my mind got preoccupied with tweaking things here in my blog. As I was uploading pictures on Tinypic, I got these two Solve Media CAPTCHAs in succession.

    I can't help but laugh. Is this a sign? A warning? Or just a mere coincidence?

    It's funny because tonight's our last day of training and tomorrow's our Christmas Party. Nothing is certain until next week.

    This is freaking me out a bit. Hahaha.

    . Monday, December 03, 2012 .


    Thought I wouldn't make it to last Saturday's CraftMNL Glass Etching workshop in New Manila. I was quite tired from work, had a few minutes of rest, Cubao traffic was el terible and I was not really familiar with New Manila. Hehe. I still made it in one piece but I was very late. My apologies to everybody.

    This is part of CraftMNL's 13 Days of Christmas Handmade Gift-Making Sessions for December 2012. I was very excited when I got there. Was actually surprised that Craft Coffee Workshop wasn't really that hard to find. I met Marielle and Alex of CraftMNL, another girl who attended the workshop, Kara Pangilinan, and Craft Coffee Workshop's owner, Sly.

    Marielle shared tidbits on how CraftMNL started and also discussed the things we will be using throughout the workshop. See that red horse at the center? That's Porkyju, CraftMNL's paper mache resident mascot! :D


    Workspace!
    The whole process is actually very simple and quick. Of course, you just need to have the proper materials to start the project. But basically, most of the needed items are found inside your house except for the glass etching cream. (Yel said that they get theirs from Tulco.)

    A little trivia! Glass etching cream is actually a weak acid -- Hydrofluoric Acid (HF). And it indeed can dissolve silicates that's why it's so great to use for etching. Though classified as a weak acid, it is still extremely corrosive to human skin. Proper protection was provided to us while doing our bottles. :)

    My first ever etched amber bottle! Now, what can I use this bottle for?
    Kara goes freehand!
    More! more! more! My freehand "Imagine" design, snowflake, coffee bean mistletoe.
    Treats by Craft Coffee Workshop. Cold coffee and carrot cake which was absolutely delicious!
    Our freehand creations!
    I was super excited to learn about CraftMNL's future workshops! Kara and I had too many questions and Yel eagerly answered all! We talked about the other places where the workshops are held, will there be CraftMNL Workshop gift certificates created, availability of the raw materials we just used, other workshops that were finished, everything crafty under the sun!

    Welcome to Craft Coffee Workshop.
    I took photos of the interiors of this wonderful place though silly me forgot to take a picture of the outside. Hah. It kind of feels scientific as much as it shouts coffee because of all the equipment I saw. The place says: this is serious coffee business. Hehehe.

    After we used up all our glasses, it was time to go. Kara and I both agreed that our first etched bottles were our best, though she certainly made other pretty ones. Also, Kara handed out these pretty envelopes which she personally makes. Such a creative young lady and she's just 18!

    More of Kara's works at Details Ink
    Yel also gave us these gift tags that we can use partnered with the etched glasses:


    Sly also gave us 200g of coffee beans which I will be uploading a photo of soon. Yay for freebies!

    The creative people!
    It was really a productive afternoon for me. This will be the start of a glass etching obsession for me, I just have to get my hands on a couple of bottles of the glass etching cream. I already listed down ideas/designs I want to etch. I'm just so excited!

    I applaud all the people behind CraftMNL for having all these workshops. DIY is fun, creative and indeed adds a personalized touch. You really can't go wrong with it!

    A huge thank you again to Yel, Alex and Sly for this wonderful event (and of course, the freebies!), and also to Kara for the envelopes! Can't wait for more! :)