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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.



    Can you change your situation by seeing things with a new perspective?

    This SoulPancake question coudn't be more appropriate right now.

    Of course, my answer is yes. A big, fat YES. We are all creatures of habit and more often than not, we all fall under certain routines, stay behind lines. Just recently, I found myself at a crossroad. A crossroad I am very familiar with. I was frustrated for the nth time because I am back there, on that spot, again, after all these years.

    Stagnant and stuck were the words you can pretty much sum up the situation. It's been going on for so long that I've gotten used to thinking about that thing the same way over and over again. And I was almost caught up in the web again until I asked some friends from work what they thought about it.

    It was as if someone switched on the light and I can see everything better. Like getting a new pair of glasses and trying it on the first time and thought to yourself, "Why haven't I done this before?" Funny, after all the realizations, I was seeing myself in third person. And realized I got it really, really bad.

    I think it was the push (or reality check haha) I needed so I could finally see the bigger picture and well, everything made perfect sense for the first time. And man, it was not pretty at all. Have I changed my situation? Not yet completely. We all know that change is good but it's also a process. It would/could take time. But I can safely say that I already took the first step, which is the hardest one to do.

    And of course, there is always a silver lining. I know this situation in my life has a silver lining. And I'm thankful for it. It might not be the best way to realize the positive in things but in the end, I got there. I am there.

    So, if you feel anything like what I said above, be a friend to yourself and look at things through different eyes. (via)




    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”

    ― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

    ***


    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.

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    . Sunday, June 30, 2013 .

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    . Sunday, June 30, 2013 .



    Can you change your situation by seeing things with a new perspective?

    This SoulPancake question coudn't be more appropriate right now.

    Of course, my answer is yes. A big, fat YES. We are all creatures of habit and more often than not, we all fall under certain routines, stay behind lines. Just recently, I found myself at a crossroad. A crossroad I am very familiar with. I was frustrated for the nth time because I am back there, on that spot, again, after all these years.

    Stagnant and stuck were the words you can pretty much sum up the situation. It's been going on for so long that I've gotten used to thinking about that thing the same way over and over again. And I was almost caught up in the web again until I asked some friends from work what they thought about it.

    It was as if someone switched on the light and I can see everything better. Like getting a new pair of glasses and trying it on the first time and thought to yourself, "Why haven't I done this before?" Funny, after all the realizations, I was seeing myself in third person. And realized I got it really, really bad.

    I think it was the push (or reality check haha) I needed so I could finally see the bigger picture and well, everything made perfect sense for the first time. And man, it was not pretty at all. Have I changed my situation? Not yet completely. We all know that change is good but it's also a process. It would/could take time. But I can safely say that I already took the first step, which is the hardest one to do.

    And of course, there is always a silver lining. I know this situation in my life has a silver lining. And I'm thankful for it. It might not be the best way to realize the positive in things but in the end, I got there. I am there.

    So, if you feel anything like what I said above, be a friend to yourself and look at things through different eyes. (via)




    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”

    ― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

    ***


    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.

    SP Official Site / SP Facebook / SP Tumblr / SP Twitter

    . Tuesday, June 25, 2013 .


    I wish I could say that I could go a day without a sugar fix but sadly, that's not the case. I think I've already established the fact that a meal won't be complete without sweets/desserts. So after a hearty lunch somewhere in Kapitolyo, we stumbled upon Lia's Cakes in Season and decided this will be our destination for desserts that day.


    We went there around 11 in the morning so the place was practically empty, except for one customer who just bought a cake and left. The place felt casual but is a bit small, with only 2 long tables (6 square tables assembled into 2 long ones) and can accommodate 10-12 people. Probably less because 12 people would feel cramped in this little space. But the ambiance was okay, walls were painted with their trademark green and violet colors.


    Upon knowledge that they have cupcakes, I immediately asked the staff which one was their bestseller. Apparently, Lia's is best known for their avocado flavored desserts. I could not resist trying one! I had their Avocado Cupcake and my friend, Ian, had a Red Velvet Cupcake (we have this mission of tasting all red velvet cupcakes in town and ranking which is the best).

    . Monday, June 24, 2013 .


    Another day, another food trip in Kapitolyo!

    This time, we marched our hungry selves to Joe's Meatshack. It's the food joint that took over where Briggy Hall and Moonleaf Tea Shop once was, right next to Milky and Sunny.


    From what I've read online, they were formerly located in Katipunan and transferred to Kapitolyo this year (I think.) We were craving for meat and that was exactly what we got and a bit more!

    The walls were decorated with different puns and quotes related to food which I found both funny and entertaining.


    Red to orange hues were evident and it had a bit of a diner feel to it. I also really liked that the walls and tables and chairs were primarily made of wood. It had that very manly vibe to it. I don't know. Maybe it's because the term "meating" keeps popping up everywhere I look. HAHAHA. I felt like it was insinuating something naughty. LOL. Wow. That's the best I can come up with in terms of the ambiance of the place. (Plz don't judge me!)


    . Sunday, June 23, 2013 .


    (Note: This branch is already closed. They opened another one in Resorts World Manila.)

    Have you been to SM Aura Premiere? If you have, I'm sure you've already stumbled or at least took a peek at this new, extravagant looking cupcake place.

    I don't know if it's just me, but I think SM Aura Premiere totally lacks restaurants. When we went there about 2 weeks ago, yes, most of the boutiques were still closed, but I found it quite odd that the only opened fast food shops and restaurants were a Jollibee, a KFC, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen and of course, there's the food court (which was not that big).

    Anyway, back to The Royal Touch. I didn't hesitate to try their cupcakes that day. I was really excited!


    The place sure had an elegant ambiance. Most of the popular cupcake shops here in the Philippines can be described as cutesy and quaint but The Royal Touch definitely falls on the luxurious category. Chandeliers, elegant chairs, porcelain tea cups, velvet wall panels, mirrors, glass shelves, the works! (I wish I had more pictures to show but my camera had major tantrums that day and decided to delete some photos on its own.)



    Also, the whole "personal chef of the royal family" thing got me really interested. Chef Carolyn Robb is actually just half of the whole The Royal Touch business. You can even see here letters sent to Chef Robb from Prince Charles and Princess Diana! Very cool. We always have that need for a quick dose of the royalty, right?

    I heard from a friend that they had fewer selections a week prior we went there. So it was perfect timing! They already had their red velvet cupcake available!

    The presentation just felt so... refined. Haha. Looks so pretty!
    I read a couple of reviews online about The Royal Touch and most of the feedback were about the cupcakes being too dry. Well, it's a good thing that this red velvet cupcake named Red Velvet Empress Cupcake was anything but that. The cupcake was nice and moist, the cream cheese frosting was the right balance of sweetness and cream cheese-yness. There was something so good about this cupcake. I can't quite point out what made it the best for me so far, but overall, it was such a high quality red velvet cupcake. So good. Although the cupcake tasted nothing like that of a strawberry, the fresh, halved fruit dipped in chocolate was a really, really nice touch. The strawberry tasted fresh and refreshing. Definitely the #1 on my list now. Definitely.

    . Saturday, June 22, 2013 .




    Congratulations, ladies! And a big thanks to everyone who participated in my first blog giveaway!

    Kindly wait for my e-mail about the details on how you'll claim your prize.

    Thanks, again!


    . Thursday, June 20, 2013 .


    1. Alice in Wonderland sweatshirt

    2. Saving the best for last

    3. The irony of this word inked in my skin

    4. Fourteen and a half hours well spent

    5. More happy food discoveries

    6. The end and the new beginning

    . Sunday, June 16, 2013 .

    Knowing that I had too much stuff to blog about but actually slacking off for almost an entire week to do it made me think about going into hiatus. And honestly, up until now, I can't seem to get my brain to focus and come up with something that can fill all this blank space.

    The past week has been a week of choices and truths and being unfair and being fair at the same time. I have drafted something last night about the whole truth of the matter in my perspective but I guess I'll post it some other time, at a better time.

    The past week did change a lot of things. I may not be ready for it but what the hell.
    . Tuesday, June 11, 2013 .


    You must think that I am quite the loser when you know that this was my first time stepping foot inside Sta. Rosa, Laguna's most loved theme park. I really can't remember why during my grade school or high school days I was not able to join field trips to this magical (so they say) place. I've been to Star City a few times but that's about it.

    Let me just take a moment and say, Enchanted Kingdom, finally!

    Now that, that's done, here are some photos I took while I was there. I am so KJ because I preferred not to ride the Space Shuttle because I feared I would die of heart attack eventhough everyone's telling me it's super fast and enjoyable. I think the EKstreme was the most exhilirating ride I've ever been to, not that I've been on many. I quite enjoyed Anchor's Away but can't help but feel that almost certain feeling that I would fall to my death and every second just felt too damn long. Hahahaha.

    The ticket now looks like this.

    I miss driving golf carts. :(
    Driving bump cars' already showing me how poor of a driver I will be in the future. I panic. I panic big time. I almost always get stuck and can't get my car to move. Hahaha. Kids were far better than me!



    I loved and hated it at the same time.

    . Thursday, June 06, 2013 .

    Past.

    Present.

    Future.
    . Tuesday, June 04, 2013 .

    May 24, 1997 was the time Jeff Buckley suddenly disappeared while wadding the waters of Wolf River Harbor but it was a few days after, June 4th, that his body was found caught in branches floating and facing Beale Street.

    So, in tribute to that day, here's a 1-hour documentary I found on YouTube called Everybody Wants You Here, a track from his unfinished second album, My Sweetheart, The Drunk.

    While through the years, some question the musical genius we have painted Jeff Buckley as, we all can't deny that he was indeed one of the finest musicians that ever lived (and died young).

    "Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise."
    - Bono, U2

    . Sunday, June 02, 2013 .


    Back in 2012, I came up with a second list of restaurants that I wanted to try, based on the recommendation of friends or just out of sheer curiosity. Yes, GRAMS Diner was a part of that list together with some other restaurants like Cafe 1771 and Torch.

    I always try to find great restaurants which serve all day breakfast and those that open earlier than others mainly because I'm on a graveyard shift and I love breakfast food (DUH).

    About a week ago, Ian and I went to BGC to eat at another place but ended up here at GRAMS Diner. I was still pleased because I am finally crossing another resto off my list after so long.


    I had quite high expectations but was disappointed. We arrived there, a few folks occupying other tables. We were told only 1 air conditioning unit was working that time so we cannot sit at a specific part of the resto because it would get too hot. Fine with us. So we were seated and handed the menu. We picked our orders and waited. We "checked in"  at GRAMS using Foursquare and found a tip posted April 11, 2013 that indeed only 1 AC was working. I'm not really sure if it was not fixed since then or this was another incident of machine breakdown. Sad.




    I know they aim to have that modern diner feel but I can't comprehend how a wall of red graffiti fits in the modern diner picture.

    Breakfast for Champions (PhP 225)
    A smiling plate of 2 fried eggs, 2 strips of bacon, silver dollar pancakes and spam! Yum! Everything I love in one plate. The plate was a bit big so it kind of appeared that the serving was small, although Breakfast for Champions looked like this 2 years ago. What happened, GRAMS?


    The food crew was certainly pleasant and attentive but overall, GRAMS Diner just doesn't cut it. Something about the ambiance perhaps? I couldn't point it out. I'll surely try another branch though.



    GRAMS Diner is located at Crossroad, 32nd Street,  Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
    Operating hours: 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    (02) 846-9822