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    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.

    I know I said I'm not going to post anything fashion related here because it's definitely an area I have zero knowledge but let me make this (rare) exception.

    I like most pieces to Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 collection because it looks comfortable and definitely wearable. Not too costume-y and the prints are just fresh and fun. I usually go for neutrals (a lot of blacks and grays) but these bright colors and patterns are such an eyecandy! I am no fashion expert but I found the whole collection great, enjoyable and inspiring.

    So, what is a best friend? Lena Dunham (Girls) made this short film that showcases Antonoff's collection and sheds some light on what goes around a typical best friend relationship. It stars Alice Gregory and Grace Dunham, and narrated by Adam Driver (yes, Adam in Girls) in his thick English accent.

    Here are some of my favorites from the clothing line:

    You may view the entire collection here.

    . Tuesday, March 26, 2013 .

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    . Tuesday, March 26, 2013 .

    I know I said I'm not going to post anything fashion related here because it's definitely an area I have zero knowledge but let me make this (rare) exception.

    I like most pieces to Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 collection because it looks comfortable and definitely wearable. Not too costume-y and the prints are just fresh and fun. I usually go for neutrals (a lot of blacks and grays) but these bright colors and patterns are such an eyecandy! I am no fashion expert but I found the whole collection great, enjoyable and inspiring.

    So, what is a best friend? Lena Dunham (Girls) made this short film that showcases Antonoff's collection and sheds some light on what goes around a typical best friend relationship. It stars Alice Gregory and Grace Dunham, and narrated by Adam Driver (yes, Adam in Girls) in his thick English accent.

    Here are some of my favorites from the clothing line:

    You may view the entire collection here.

    . Wednesday, March 20, 2013 .

    About a week ago, I saw these yummy looking macaron purses posted on Nylon's Facebook page:

    OH MY ELLE WOODS! Imagine a scratch-and-sniff sticker had a baby with our favorite french cookie, the macaroon, and ta-da! Meet the Scented Macaroon Coin Purse.
    A wild idea, we know. Take a breath. Wait until your head stops spinning.Okay, ready? So here’s what we’re thinking: The upside is pretty obvious. It’s pretty much Marie Antoinette meets Lisa Frank, with a splash of the Legally Blonde heroine herself, Ms. Elle Woods (“It’s pink…And it’s scented”). Wow, this is a smoothie of girly perfection. (via)
    I'm absolutely no Elle Woods nor Marie Antoinette but I don't mind getting my hands on these eye candies. They are just too cute and it almost looks like the real thing! I don't know if this is spacious enough to hold that much coins though. And I think I'd pass on the "scented" part -- the smell of metal and the macaron coin purse's sweetness, I'm sure, is not a great match.

    You may order these online (it comes in 6 colors) through FredFlare.com. But if you're a crafty soul that would rather make a customized piece for herself, I found an tutorial on how you can make your own macaron coin purses!

    A little background about this gem I found on the Internet:
    Craft Passion, authored by Joanne L., is a craft website with hundreds of free patterns & tutorials covering sewing, crochet, knitting, beading, paper crafts and more. The site also offers many tutorials on how to recycle unwanted materials into a useful handmade. (via)
    Craft Passion offers a wide variety of topics and tutorials, from crafts of every kind to recipes! Every tutorial is detailed and every step is photographed so that you can easily follow the instructions. This is certainly a wonderful website that is of great help for all your crafting needs!

    Before we start, here's the list of things you will need to make this cute little purse:

    Image from www.craftpassion.com
    Macaron Coin Purse Tutorial by Craft Passion:

    • Get ready all the materials and tools needed to sew a macaron coin purse.
    • Sew to join the zipper tape together above the top stops. Fold the ribbon into half and sew it on the bottom stop with ends facing zipper end.
    • Fold the zipper right side together and sew to join it into a ring.
    • Trim the zipper ends to 1/2″ seam allowance from the stops. Fold the 1 1/2″ square fabric into half then fold a seam allowance of 1/4″.

    . Sunday, March 17, 2013 .

    Last January, I was finally able to visit the mother of all cupcakes, Cupcakes by Sonja. Ironic how this is the first cupcake shop before all the craze began, and yet this is the last great cupcake shop I've visited. There was so much hype around their cupcakes but it was only after 6 months that I was able to join the bandwagon. This is the brainchild of Sonja Ocampo, who had worked in the famous Magnolia Bakery in New York (yes, that famous shop featured in Sex and the City, SNL and The Devil Wears Prada). Most people would say that cupcakes are overrated, I would kind of agree with that but it's overrated for a reason, right? And I find cupcakes comforting so, slowly, it has become quite an obsession.

    Since we went there around 8:00 PM, I wasn't able to photograph the lovely exterior of their little shop in Serendra. It was quite late but their store were still filled with people waiting to get their hands on the delicious looking cupcakes by Sonja Ocampo.

    When I got inside, everything was prettier and daintier, just like most cupcake shops now around the metro. I felt like a little girl inside a candy store, my eyes were darting everywhere, my short attention span was entertained by the endless little trinkets inside the cute shop! I was really excited!

    . Friday, March 15, 2013 .

    Remember the movies Thirteen, Heathers, Sugar & Spice, Wild Things and Pretty Persuasion? What is the one thing they have in common? Yes. Girls behaving badly.

    These movies generally have a coming of age theme to it with undertones of teenage rebellion (or is it the other way around?) The setting's always during high school or college and the characters want to do something different with their lives and actually did extraordinary measures to achieve it but yes, most intentions were not really good. 

    These movies might always send the wrong message but what the hell, it's my guilty pleasure. And I do believe every generation has an iconic bad girls movie. 

    Here's a list of movies (upcoming or recently released) with girls making some very poor decisions at some point in their lives:

    1. Spring Breakers (2012)

    This movie reminded me of Sugar & Spice (sans being cheerleaders). Four best friends (who seems to be always scantily clad in bright colored little pieces of clothing) want to have the ultimate spring break adventure of their lives. One problem: where are they going to get the money?

    I was laughing out loud at how ridiculous James Franco looked at this film (cornrows and gold grillz) and even more at how he is ridiculously named as "Alien" in the movie. Hahaha. Seriously? But then again there's Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez (in swimsuits), and yeah, Harmony Korine.

    2. Electrick Children (2012)

    Witness meets Almost Famous by way of early Gus Van Sant in this gleefully odd, dazzling coming-of-age tale. The film follows young Mormon virgin Rachel (Julia Garner), who awakens one day to find herself inexplicably pregnant after secretly listening to a forbidden tape of The Nerves' classic hit Hanging on the Telephone. Facing shame in her community and a forced marriage, Rachel flees and, accompanied by her stern cousin Mr. Will (Liam Aiken), hits the road in search of the singer on the tape - the man she is convinced has made her pregnant through music. Lost in Las Vegas, the oddball pair fall in with a bunch of slacker skater punk-rockers led by dreamy lost boy Clyde (Rory Culkin), and are thrown into a very different new world full of music, romance and possibility. (from Youtube.com/Picturehouse)

    3. Yelling to the Sky (2011)

    In this gripping urban drama, rising star ZoĆ« Kravitz plays 17-year old Sweetness O’Hara, the daughter of an African American mother and a white father, who is struggling to find her place in a rough inner city neighborhood. Her father is either absent or abusive; her mixed race background makes her an outsider; and drugs and violence abound. Sweetness finds herself in a downward spiral of drug dealing, shoplifting and fights with a bully (played by Gabourey Sidibe, Precious) before a series of events leads her to rethink her life and to explore her options for a fresh start... (from Trailers.apple.com)

    4. The Bling Ring (2013)

    The movie is based on the real-life string of robberies that began in 2008, and continued for a year and a half before anyone was caught. The "Bling Ring" was a group of teenagers that ransacked celebrity homes, including Paris Hilton's, Lindsay Lohan's, and Orlando Bloom's, among others.

    Emma Watson plays one of the teenagers who used the Internet to figure out when stars would be away, leaving their homes open for a shopping spree. The teaser shows flashes of Watson's character and her five friends trying on clothes in celebrity closets, partying in clubs, and flaunting their newly acquired bling on the streets of L.A. Sounds juicy, right? It gets even juicier when they get caught. (from News.moviefone.com)

    What is up with robber chicks? A29 released this movie this year after Spring Breakers. Reasons to watch: film was directed by Sofia Coppola among other things. Other noteworthy reason: Emma Watson not only being long gone from Hogwarts and her character from Perks of Being a Wallflower but also being a bad girl leader of a group of rich-people-stealing teenagers.

    . Tuesday, March 12, 2013 .

    If you were given an opportunity to go to another continent (or another part of the world), live there for 10 days, experience the foreign culture and be given the power to, in your own way, change the world, would you take it?

    I sure did. I've been seeing the Big Blog Exchange icon on some blogs that I follow the past week and was instantly curious about it. I have never read or heard anything about it before. Here's what their official website says:
    The Big Blog Exchange
    Run by Hostelling International, The Big Blog Exchange is an exciting, unique and exclusive project that has never before been explored. Sixteen passionate bloggers will swap lives, blogs, cultures and places simultaneously in real life for ten days (7th June to 17th June).
    They are offering this once in a lifetime chance of experiencing an adventure by flying you to a different place, a different culture and make a difference to the world through your blog.

    What I love about this is that any blogger can join, be it a small blog that just started a month ago or a blog with a big following that's been on the world wide web for 5 years. They will select 100 finalists (the top 25 for each of the four regions) and will then be narrowed to a group of 16. Each of the 16 finalists will then be given their exchange partner.

    It doesn't matter what type of blog you have, as long as you have the passion and the drive to experience new things, you have a chance to win (Also, encourage your family and friends to vote. Hehe.)

    This is one of the most unique projects that I've ever known and I'm glad they launched it. I thought this is finally a chance to make something out of my love for blogging all these years plus, I could go out and experience the big world! Since last year, I've promised myself to go out there and live life and this is the perfect adventure for it.

    Nothing beats learning through first hand experience. Good luck to all those who joined!

    (I'm going to update this post once they have confirmed my entry.)

    For more information about The Big Blog Exchange, please visit their official website.
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    . Monday, March 11, 2013 .

    • Last Saturday was Hayden's last day at work. He resigned so he could pursue a teaching job -- a job that he always wanted. I will definitely miss him.
    • Saturday lunch at Kanin Club courtesy of my college best friend, Joyce. She just told everybody that she's engaged (yay)! I am now waiting for the dreaded domino effect. I can feel that a lot of my college buddies are going to be engaged soon. Really, really soon. ANYWAY, Crispy Dinuguan was so yummy! I don't eat Dinuguan ever since but I'd gladly make an exception. I want to eat it everyday!!! (But of course, I can't.)
    • A mandatory group picture of the girls at the Ayala Triangle Garden. These are my favorite people in the world!
    • We continued our lovely Saturday with a dinner at Wingman at The Collective. We brought our other 2 college buddies there, Quich and Ton. Original plan was to watch The Oktaves perform at B-SIDE for their album re-launch. It was supposed to start at 9 PM. We finished our dinner around 10:30 PM but things haven't even started. I told them there were 2 front acts before Oktaves would play and the gig could be finished really late. Since they still had to go home to Las Pinas, we decided to skip it. We saw that fat cat at Wingman again! Look at his right paw reaching out and wanting attention. Hahaha.
    • Saturday night didn't end with our lovely dinner at Wingman. We had a few drinks at Central BBQ Boy Grill beside Cash & Carry. That is a photo of their drink Badtrip. It was my first time trying that and going to that place. I sure was tipsy! But it was a hella great night!
    • My favorite food and my comfort food! I could live eating Ma Ling for the rest of my life if it wasn't so unhealthy. Ever since college, I always eat Ma Ling paired with a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup. After a late night of drinks, this was our lunch! 
    • We went to Cash & Carry last night to buy stuff that we need for this week. For dinner, I tried Jollibee's new offering, the Ultimate Burger Steak meal. It was a good combination (the fries and burger steak patty) and filling. 
    • This morning's breakfast: 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 tomato, broccoli and cauliflower. Time to have a healthier lifestyle and I'm going to start by eating healthier. I ate all the carbs I can over the weekend and I'm starting my low-carb diet today. 
    Things have been quite busy but I'm pretty sure work load will be easier in the coming weeks, and hopefully, I could maintain my low carb diet so I could experience changes in my life. I really need to do this. I can do this!

    (more on instagram)

    . Sunday, March 10, 2013 .

    Original image by Lisa Beebe
    for the new opportunity given to me. Things happen for reasons we don't understand at first. I am where I am today due to all the choices I made in the past, be it good or bad. Still, I am where I wanted to be. I love my work right now. I really do.

    for what might be my first solo out of town trip on April! It is not set in stone yet but the thought of traveling Pampanga alone for an entire day and experiencing their cuisine gets me all giddy and excited. Another thing I am really anticipating is a close friend's wedding. This is the first time a close friend of mine is getting married and I'm looking forward to be a (small) part of the preparations!

    by other people that are able to get something going. Be it small projects or something big that a whole nation can participate in. The Internet continuously introduces me to proactive people that I truly admire. Their creative and original ideas, how the execute everything and how once is not enough. I am truly inspired with people who always find different ways of celebrating creativity and individuality!

    to lose weight. My lack of discipline and botched up sleeping patterns and eating habits led me to this huge weight gain. Today, I took the first step of starting a healthier lifestyle which meant choosing better types of food to eat and not to eat in excess. I just need to be focused because all of this will payoff in the future.

    by the movie Silver Linings Playbook. I honestly thought it would be a boring movie but I was very wrong. Sure, at one aspect, it was sort of a rom-com but it was an unconventional rom-com movie. Some scenes were just so intense, I can't help but get teary-eyed. The cast was fantastic, too! There were bits and pieces of the movie people can definitely relate to. There were a few heart-wrenching scenes that I think was a little familiar.


    of the different ways on how you can spice up food to be more visually appealing. I'm currently researching more about the low carb diet since most of the food I can eat consists of vegetables. I'm just cutting down on the carbs but it was really hard to think of a menu that is interesting enough that you can sustain for a long time. I love to eat rice so it's quite hard. But it's good that I was able to find some easy and quick recipes I can fix to keep myself on this lifestyle.

    This blog post is in response to Wanderrgirl's blogging challenge last February 13, 2013. Find something to inspire you or take Arriane's blog challenges by visiting Wanderrgirl.com.

    . Wednesday, March 06, 2013 .

    Before, it was such a grueling (a little exaggeration there) task to organize a get together with my college friends. Different schedules, different preferences and different work places. And when we start to plan something, it almost always never happens. Gladly, late last year, a couple of my friends transferred to Makati. We were able to have weekly dinners, spur of the moment eat outs or just basically hangout together during most weekends.

    Last February, I suggested we go out of town and attend the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Pampanga. Sure, it was a long shot by then but it never hurts to suggest doing something quite different for a weekend.

    I never thought it would actually push through, but it did! Since Fritzie was from Bataan, we thought we could spend the night there so we could avoid the early morning traffic from Manila going to Pampanga. We decided to attend the last day of the festivities since my shift ends on a Saturday morning as well.

    February 23:
    We all met up at the Bataan Transit bus station in Cubao right after I got out of work and endured the long ride going to Limay for almost 4 hours. It wasn't supposed to be that long but there were 2 accidents along NLEX that afternoon. We arrived there around 6 PM and I was dead tired and sleep deprived.

    Hello, PBR Housing!
    Hahaha. We ate dinner around 7 PM and I had to retire to the bedroom early because I couldn't function normally anymore. We were again up around 2 in the morning to prepare for our journey to see the hot air balloons!

    February 24:
    So, I guess, it was not a good idea to leave around 4AM since we were stuck in traffic (again) going to Dau. I just did not expect there would be that much crowd early in the morning. We met up with another classmate who was from Pampanga. Good thing he knew another way around so we could get closer to the Freeport Zone without being stuck at the main gate. Hot air balloon flight was scheduled at 6:40 AM. So to cut the story short, we were not able to see it. LOL.

    Excited, bored and stuck.
    So far away...
    These 2 were the only hot air balloons we saw upclose that was in flight. There were so many people and so many cars that we had no choice but to park at least a kilometer away from the Clark Freeport Zone. The place was brimming with people and it was such a challenge to get in. By the time we got inside, it was already around 8 AM (I think) so we settled at first possible open spot to buy breakfast and eat. After that, we roamed around, looked for souvenirs and watched the jet exhibition.

    . Sunday, March 03, 2013 .

    My No Food Blogging Month may come sooner than expected because I may have (LOL) to lose some pounds for an upcoming super important event. But before anything else, I would like to finish everything in my backlog so I could go start it whenever I want.

    It's about time I make permanent changes in my life. I know if I could successfully do one thing, it will all follow. And eventually, all will fall into place.

    Moving on from the serious stuff, let me tell you about that time last February when I went back to Jupiter Street.

    I've been meaning to go here since last year upon knowledge of their make-your-own burger theme which I thought was really original. Also, there were really a lot different food joints sprouting in Jupiter Street in Makati lately. We (Dianne and I) really wanted to try Pino (after seeing their delicious food on most blogs) but I totally forgot that they temporarily close at 2PM and resume again at around 5 PM. So, to BRGR: The Burger Project we went.

    The idea, for me, was a sure hit. A burger made out of a person's creativity! The results are just endless! Going on a Sunday afternoon was a good thing because the place was not packed. Upon seating, we were asked if we wanted a customized burger or a designer burger. Of course, we wouldn't miss the chance of creating our own meaty monster so we each took a (sort of) burger slip that's conveniently clipped on a board and we were handed colored pens.

    I named my creation after a certain person. LOL. Please don't judge me.
    *Name of Person* Burger Ingredients:
    A patty of 100% Beef Burger
    Sesame Bun
    Mozzarella Cheese
    Canadian Bacon
    Mango Salsa
    Honey Mustard

    We also ordered fries and their PINO Brewed Iced Tea. I really, really like house-blend iced teas! While waiting for our food, I took quick shots of the entirety of the burger shop. It's obviously not a big place but it's adequately ventilated and the colors of the walls, chalkboard menu and the ceiling are just so inviting. The space was well utilized as it doesn't feel cramped at all. The place will definitely inspire your creativity to make the most exciting burger of your life.

    Ceiling decor says create-your-own.

    Fries were already enough. I have this habit of always eating the fries first before the burger. I was almost full when I finished the entire basket. It was freshly prepared and it had that crisp on the outside and a little mushy on the inside consistency. Oh, I forgot to take a photo of the iced tea which was served in a tall plastic glass. I found it really delicious and refreshing!

    The burger was so huge, I was only able to finish half of it. It was really very juicy and tasty. I loved the mango salsa! It added a refreshing kick to the savory-salty taste of the burger. Make sure you eat there with an almost empty stomach so you can fully enjoy your food. Although it's a bit pricey, I think it's worth every penny. Serving was generous and tastes just the way you like it.

    You could be as creative as you want but if you're unsure of how you'd combine the ingredients or you just want to stay safe, try their designer burgers!

    Another plus for me was that they have mustard! Most burger joints that I've been to only have the usuals: mayonnaise and ketchup. So I was really happy to find a bottle of mustard there! Mustard mustard all over!

    Mayo + Ketchup + Mustard

    An unusual way of (making and) eating these American classics! Fresh, generous and delicious. And perfect because your imagination is the limit! A great hangout place with your friends on a weekend night as well! 

    BRGR: The Burger Project is located at 38 Jupiter St. corner Planet St., Makati City
    Right next to Pino/Pipino and beside Tong Yang
    Other branches: Maginhawa, Teacher's Village, Quezon City and Vito Cruz, Manila

    Official Facebook Page
    . Friday, March 01, 2013 .

    It's March! Where did time go? I had such a crappy day today but I thought it's just one lame day out of 365 better days.

    So many places, so little time. February was such a busy month for me at work. I have no spare time to post more about food (or about anything else, for that matter). I'm still getting accustomed to my new work schedule and I had to adjust some things so I can function well at work. I have this list of things/topics I want to blog about but I was swamped with work and I just wanted to sleep when time permits.

    Let me give you a rundown of some new treats I've tried the past month (maybe including the last week of January, I forgot).

    • Anchovy Lover's Pizza from Don Henrico's. A friend picked this one and let me just say... I never really liked anchovies.
    • Oreo Cheesecake from Jay-J's Inasal. Jay-J's is our place of comfort after a hard day at work because we just love their Kare-kareng Gulay and Sizzling Lechon. Their version of this dessert is still pretty decent compared to others. Might be a tad sweet for others.
    • Three Cheese Ensaymada from Cafe Mary Grace. Too much of a great thing (cheese) is sometimes... not that good.
    • Kansas City Style Baby Back Ribs from Racks. No words to describe how fantastic this is. It's been ages since I've been to Racks. Meat is so tender and it really falls off the bone. A must-try!
    • Thick Tomato Soup from SLICE. I ordered this along with their Seafood Puttanesca. Both were good, the pasta had generous chunks of salmon and shrimp, and the tomato soup was really a feel good food dish. It felt comforting and homey. Great resto, Ms. Cayetano!
    • Tanmen Ramen from Teriyaki Boy. Ramen craving because of Ponyo + a long day at work = stress eating. I never really frequent Japanese food chains so I don't have any sorts of expectations. I thought it was flavorful and filling!
    • Creme Brulee from Larry's Cafe. We found this posh cafe in Serendra and decided to have coffee and desserts there. I just wished it the colors popped a little bit more. A little more burned caramel on top would have done justice to the taste of this sweet treat. I especially loved the fresh mango on top.
    • Buffet at Yakimix. Went here with Fritzie. Girl bonding means gluttony. Yakimix - 1, Trish - 0.
    • Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies from Sophie's Mom. I think this is better than the Red Velvet Cookies with Cheese Cream frosting because the cream cheese was inside the cookie. I don't know if I'm making any sense there.

    Whew. That was quite a long list. Here's to hoping that the rest of March would be kinder! Cheers!