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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.

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    Like all year-end posts, I'm going to start by saying I can't believe there's only a day left until 2014! 2013 was such a crazy, crazy year and yes, it was also bittersweet. I had high hopes for 2013 since I had an amazing year before that (I still get super giddy when I read that) and I'm so happy that this year truly delivered!

    I look back and think of all the things that happened. Some days were fantastic and some days I feel like the joke's on me. The roads were definitely rough and I'm just so glad to have friends to help me along the way. I wish I could say that it was as great and smooth as 2012 but no, it's not. But that's not enough reason to say that this year sucked because it definitely did not.

    This year taught me one thing: In life, there's always different perspectives.

    And like what I always do every year, I've compiled a list of things that made my 2013 an awesome year:

    1. The Travels

    This year, I attended the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Pampanga, went to Ilocos, San Juan, La Union, visited Enchanted Kingdom for the first time, been to Baguio twice (celebrated my birthday there!), had a trip to Naga and Legazpi, and went to Boracay with my family.

    I've been to so many places this year, I think I've developed wanderlust. And for some reason, it gives me satisfaction whenever I wake up in a different place. There's comfort in knowing that you're not constantly in the same place, waking up on the same bed, opening your eyes and seeing the same white-colored ceiling, and just that thrill that there's something to look forward to everytime you wake up.

    2. The New People

    So. Many. New. People. This. Year! New friends. New acquaintances. New stories. New lessons. I immensely enjoyed meeting all the people I met this year because they were all different in their own little ways. But I do admit that sometimes I get intimidated. They all had their stories to tell. There's so much personality, it's hard not to soak up all the newness and not get infected and be inspired by it! Inspired to write more, inspired to be my best self, inspired to push myself further, inspired to try something new, inspired to inspire others. And sometimes I feel like I'm not the same person anymore. My favorites were attending the Luna Festival, the tribute event to Agit Sustento and Talahib's gig at Baluarte JTG last Saturday! Too many awesome people! Thanks for always letting me tag along, Muffet and Burn!

    And then there's the new people that always let me crash at their place when I have nowhere to go in the middle of the night or just because I feel like it, those that I had long talks and shared stories with, those who gave me advice on how to go about things, those that I barely knew but assured me that things will get better.

    3.  The Old People

    Of course, the people who stuck with me amid my cray-cray episodes this year. This year was fun but there was also a bit of drama. I know some of my life long friends are tired of hearing the almost decade old news of my indecisiveness but still they were true friends and listened until their ears fell off. Hahaha. I couldn't be more thankful for having friends like these.

    The officemates that I've gotten to know better this year, friends that always stayed in touch eventhough I'm so bad at replying to their text messages or returning their calls. College friends that I get to see every month and forgive me everytime I'm late or did not show up. My childhood friends that are just always there, just a phone call away.

    4. More Food Discoveries

    Heeh. Yep. We had a lot of gastronomical adventures this year. So happy to have found gems such as Ba Noi's and Joe's Meatshack in Kapitolyo, Kanto Freestyle Breakfast, Happy Han Bapsang, Torch Restaurant, Rustic Mornings and all the restaurants we went to in Baguio and Naga!

    More to come next year... after we lose x pounds. Hahaha!

    5. Finally purchasing a laptop

    Not to be materialistic or anything, but I felt a sense of accomplishment when I FINALLY purchased my own laptop with my own money! Felt so damn good. I've been wanting a laptop as far as I can remember and finally, this year, I crossed it off my list. I can be a better blogger now. Or not. Hahaha. Thank you for your patience, too, Ian. Haha.

    6. My favorite people in the world right now

    To my 3 dear friends, 2013 would have sucked big time if it weren't for you, guys. Everything on this list would have not been possible without all your help. That slump on my road would have been impossible to get through if you guys did not knock some sense in me each and every time I needed it. Thank you for saying the right words. Thank you for lightening up the mood after I ugly-cried. Thank you for just knowing when I needed help. Thank you for being brutally honest (but you can tone it down sometimes haha). Thanks for all the advice and all the new experiences. I don't want to get too sentimental and cheesy but I want to say a big thank you to you three. Thank you! You have no idea how things have gotten better for me. :)




    So long, 2013! It's been a great year. Let's make the next year even better!

    . Monday, December 30, 2013 .

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    . Monday, December 30, 2013 .

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    Like all year-end posts, I'm going to start by saying I can't believe there's only a day left until 2014! 2013 was such a crazy, crazy year and yes, it was also bittersweet. I had high hopes for 2013 since I had an amazing year before that (I still get super giddy when I read that) and I'm so happy that this year truly delivered!

    I look back and think of all the things that happened. Some days were fantastic and some days I feel like the joke's on me. The roads were definitely rough and I'm just so glad to have friends to help me along the way. I wish I could say that it was as great and smooth as 2012 but no, it's not. But that's not enough reason to say that this year sucked because it definitely did not.

    This year taught me one thing: In life, there's always different perspectives.

    And like what I always do every year, I've compiled a list of things that made my 2013 an awesome year:

    1. The Travels

    This year, I attended the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Pampanga, went to Ilocos, San Juan, La Union, visited Enchanted Kingdom for the first time, been to Baguio twice (celebrated my birthday there!), had a trip to Naga and Legazpi, and went to Boracay with my family.

    I've been to so many places this year, I think I've developed wanderlust. And for some reason, it gives me satisfaction whenever I wake up in a different place. There's comfort in knowing that you're not constantly in the same place, waking up on the same bed, opening your eyes and seeing the same white-colored ceiling, and just that thrill that there's something to look forward to everytime you wake up.

    2. The New People

    So. Many. New. People. This. Year! New friends. New acquaintances. New stories. New lessons. I immensely enjoyed meeting all the people I met this year because they were all different in their own little ways. But I do admit that sometimes I get intimidated. They all had their stories to tell. There's so much personality, it's hard not to soak up all the newness and not get infected and be inspired by it! Inspired to write more, inspired to be my best self, inspired to push myself further, inspired to try something new, inspired to inspire others. And sometimes I feel like I'm not the same person anymore. My favorites were attending the Luna Festival, the tribute event to Agit Sustento and Talahib's gig at Baluarte JTG last Saturday! Too many awesome people! Thanks for always letting me tag along, Muffet and Burn!

    And then there's the new people that always let me crash at their place when I have nowhere to go in the middle of the night or just because I feel like it, those that I had long talks and shared stories with, those who gave me advice on how to go about things, those that I barely knew but assured me that things will get better.

    3.  The Old People

    Of course, the people who stuck with me amid my cray-cray episodes this year. This year was fun but there was also a bit of drama. I know some of my life long friends are tired of hearing the almost decade old news of my indecisiveness but still they were true friends and listened until their ears fell off. Hahaha. I couldn't be more thankful for having friends like these.

    The officemates that I've gotten to know better this year, friends that always stayed in touch eventhough I'm so bad at replying to their text messages or returning their calls. College friends that I get to see every month and forgive me everytime I'm late or did not show up. My childhood friends that are just always there, just a phone call away.

    4. More Food Discoveries

    Heeh. Yep. We had a lot of gastronomical adventures this year. So happy to have found gems such as Ba Noi's and Joe's Meatshack in Kapitolyo, Kanto Freestyle Breakfast, Happy Han Bapsang, Torch Restaurant, Rustic Mornings and all the restaurants we went to in Baguio and Naga!

    More to come next year... after we lose x pounds. Hahaha!

    5. Finally purchasing a laptop

    Not to be materialistic or anything, but I felt a sense of accomplishment when I FINALLY purchased my own laptop with my own money! Felt so damn good. I've been wanting a laptop as far as I can remember and finally, this year, I crossed it off my list. I can be a better blogger now. Or not. Hahaha. Thank you for your patience, too, Ian. Haha.

    6. My favorite people in the world right now

    To my 3 dear friends, 2013 would have sucked big time if it weren't for you, guys. Everything on this list would have not been possible without all your help. That slump on my road would have been impossible to get through if you guys did not knock some sense in me each and every time I needed it. Thank you for saying the right words. Thank you for lightening up the mood after I ugly-cried. Thank you for just knowing when I needed help. Thank you for being brutally honest (but you can tone it down sometimes haha). Thanks for all the advice and all the new experiences. I don't want to get too sentimental and cheesy but I want to say a big thank you to you three. Thank you! You have no idea how things have gotten better for me. :)




    So long, 2013! It's been a great year. Let's make the next year even better!

    . Saturday, December 28, 2013 .

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    Eventhough we frequent Kapitolyo, we never got to try Ba Noi's -- until last November. We had to wait for it to open (11 AM, our work ends 9:30 AM) just to try Vietnamese cuisine (and of course, to stick with our promise to try new food everytime we go out). That's the beauty of Kapitolyo, it's a melting pot of different types of restaurants and different cuisines. You'll never get tired of it because it has so much to offer.
    Ba Noi's was actually originally located in Makati, and they transferred to Kapitolyo earlier this year. It's got that cozy ambiance which somehow makes you feel the authenticity of the place. Blown up photos of their food on one side and black and white Vietnam photos (I assume) on the other. Wooden tables and chairs were arranged on the space, there were chopsticks placed in a certain angle on the plates and bamboo blinds were placed on the door and windows.


    I've never been to Vietnam, never tasted Vietnamese food nor ate at that other Vietnamese restaurant known in Tagaytay, Bawai. So I have no point of comparison, really, on how food should taste like. But what I do know about Vietnamese food is that it's always on the healthy side. That and pho. Hehehe.


    . Thursday, December 26, 2013 .


    There was no intention. There was nothing else behind it. It's just what it is.

    There was just something reassuring, like a dependable friend.

    Well, he is.

    . Tuesday, December 24, 2013 .


    I was thinking of putting up another Christmas wishlist that no one ever reads (I know that for a fact because people never get me anything from my list! Don't get me wrong, I love their gifts but it would be great if people took time to read my list haha) but I thought why not a list of New Year's resolutions instead.

    I never make resolutions because I'm bad at keeping them. And I think my only resolution every year is to lose weight but... yeah. You know how that went. But then I woke up this morning and realized it's a day before Christmas and 7 days until a new year unfolds, maybe I should scratch the wishlist that nobody pays attention to and make a list of things that I want to do for myself.

    So, here it goes:

    1. I will not get involved with somebody who just broke up with their girlfriend or somebody that's in a relationship that's about to end. (Because a, how it starts is how it ends; and b, look where that got you. This is also a resolution that would apply to every year remaining in my life.)

    2. I will not get involved with somebody that has a girlfriend. (Because a, DUH it's wrong; b, it's a complicated, hot bowl of mess; and c, LOOK WHERE THAT GOT YOU! Again, year 2014 until forever resolution.)

    3. I will always think twice about my decisions because, obviously, I don't make the best choices in life. And my head seems to not function at certain times. (Like when I get to know someone that's totally not right and he's all ten shades of complicated but my savior complex kicks in and I feel like this person needs my help and we end up tangled with each other and feel like we had the ~right love at the wrong time~ because timing is ALWAYS a bitch, and they end up breaking my heart and changing me 4EVER.)

    4. I will shed a few pounds. Okay, a lot of pounds. OKAY.

    5. I will be a less boring person. Boring is my middle name and I hate it.

    6. I will take care of myself better. I should take care of myself better. Last year, I didn't. I'm not getting any younger so self, please take care of yourself better.

    7. Everyday, I will have to try harder.

    8. I will start conversations. #greatestselfchallenge2014

    9. Start (and finish!) a personal project.

    10. I will get a passport and travel out of the country.

    11. I will stop using living in Cavite as an excuse not to make it to events.

    Keeping one promise is hard enough, let's see how I'll fare with 9 11. Hahaha. The past years have been absolutely wonderful, 2013 is not an exception. I'll try my very best to make 2014 even better. :)

    Cheers to keeping promises! Cheers to the new year! Oh, and Merry Christmas, too!

    . Saturday, December 21, 2013 .


    When we went to SM Aura a couple of weeks back, Muffet recommended we try Shine Bakery & Cafe. She's been there once before after she won the shopping spree from L'Indochine.


    This tray of sweet goodies welcomed us when we got there. Cupcakes and eclairs? I already love this place!

    They actually have a small nook on the other side of the restaurant where they showcase and sell their pastries separately. When we had cupcakes and eclairs to go, I was curious why on the paper bag it said Gourmandise Patisserie.

    With a little research, I found out that Shine Bakery & Cafe was previously the Gourmandise Patisserie, a desserts spot known for their eclairs and other pastries (which was located in Serendra). The shop closed and was given a new name and other items were added to the menu. The restaurant was actually named after Chef Sunshine Puey Pengson, Chef Rob Pengson's wife.



    . Thursday, December 19, 2013 .

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    1. Before Sunset was my favorite out of the Before trilogy. I found website that features this map of all the locations Jesse and Celine went to when they met again after 9 years. (There's also one for both Sunrise and Midnight.) Definitely doing a tour of these places one day. DEFINITELY.

    The image above is my favorite scene out of the movie. The one where Celine was testing if Jesse was going to dissolve into molecules. I love the fact that the whole movie happened in that remaining hour or so before Jesse's flight back to the States. It's like that thing he was talking about, writing a book that took place within a pop song, no?

    2. When I find something nice to listen to, I latch on to it for a long time. So it's nice to find a website like Did.You Hear The New Mixtape. I listen to some songs from each month's mixtape, pick a favorite and research more about the artist. Still looking for a favorite though.

    3. Here's some nice read about Lisa Frank. And by nice I mean it's lengthy and worth the read. Not necessarily a nice story. I never really knew what happened with all the unicorns and rainbows and stars and hearts. Click here if you're as curious as me or move along if you don't care.

    4. Breakfast with Strangers. I love the thought that someone thought about doing this. I think it's just a lovely to share a meal with a stranger and just talk about the little things and big things. And somehow break the stigma that strangers are automatically dangerous. Sometimes, you just need a hearty meal and a good conversation to turn a stranger into a friend.

    . Tuesday, December 17, 2013 .


    All I ask for is a state of mind / where i can keep myself in line with all the changes and all that stays the same / I think I'll leave the past behind

    And now I see no reason to pretend / And I won't tell you that you're not my only friend / But say a thousand things to try to change your mind / But I cannot trust you this time

    No, I cannot trust you this time

    Light a candle, it slowly flickers out / As the memory fades away

    . Sunday, December 15, 2013 .

    For the last 3 months, most of my food adventures were swept under the rug. I was such a procrastinator, I ended not blogging about food at all. Believe me, I try 9 times out of 10 but I always end up doing something else. 

    Here's a few of them that accumulated since last October that I thought of sharing:


    Slice's Red Velvet Cheesecake. So far, the best red velvet cheesecake that I've tasted though it's too red that it almost appears not natural.

    Early Bird Breakfast Club's Butterbeer. Name says beer but there's actually no alcohol in this drink. It's actually cream soda mixed with honey, topped with whipped cream, little marshmallows and caramel tuile. Really very good!

    Wabi-Sabi's Shoyu Ramen. It's healthy (Wabi-Sabi is a vegetarian restaurant) and it's a burst of flavors in a bowl. It's gives you that warm, hearty feeling plus it is also filling. Haha. You will not miss the photo wall they also have, it's kinda funny. Also, please try their Lemongrass Iced Tea. It was very refreshing and delicious.

    Slice's Sir Francis M. Bacon Cupcake. It's a bacon cupcake. I thought it was made for me because that's the two best things in existence that makes all the problem go away. HELLO? It's a bacon cupcake. Well, being it a combination of my 2 favorite things, I expected a party in my mouth. But it's not. It was a trap. I'm happy to have tasted it once but certainly not a favorite.

    Pagliacci's Carpaccio di Manzo. I don't eat raw food. And I don't know why I even ordered this dish when we visited Pagliacci. Surprisingly, it was really good. The beef is actually mixed with lemon, arugula (I love arugula!) and shaved Parmesan cheese. It worked and it tasted delicious! The lemon added an acidic kick but not too overwhelming, the Parmesan cheese kind of ties it all together along with the earthy flavors of the arugula.

    Torch's Smoked Jabañero Glazed Salmon. There are times when I don't want to eat anything but seafood, sometimes it's Bicol Express, sometimes it's Jollibee's Palabok. On this particular visit to Torch, I craved for salmon eventhough I had salmon for lunch (haha). This was sooooo good. I can eat it everyday. The sauce was perfect, the salmon was perfect, the mango salsa on the side was perfect. Just perfect.

    Sweet Bella Cafe's Macarons. I'm not a big fan of their flavors. I thought it was overpriced for PhP 60 a piece. I've had better macarons for less! But I'll be sure to try the Salted Caramel one because I've read that, that's their best seller.

    Early Bird Breakfast Club's Puto Bumbong Pancake. It's amazing that they thought of translating the Christmas favorite, puto bumbong, into a pancake. Genius. We went to EBBC for Muffet's birthday breakfast and decided to try this out. I loved the colors, a nice pop of purple and red! It tasted really good, somewhere in between being sticky (like that of the real thing) and fluffy! Very christmas-y. Hehe. The coconut whipped cream made it taste like almost the real thing!

    . Friday, December 13, 2013 .


    Finally was able to sink my feet in the fine white sands of Boracay! My family and I went there for a short vacation a week ago. It was really a great way to cap off my travels this year, and I loved spending time with my folks. I have to say that my wanderlust has been thoroughly fed this year, I went to so many places and Boracay was the icing on my travel cake.

    Boracay was really beautiful, but I got to be honest, the roads leading there are not so picturesque. I remember Sabang Beach in Palawan and Pagudpud in Ilocos. Those are my favorites!

    Here are some photos I took during the trip. There aren't really many because my phone kept on dying on me and my charger is busted. :(
    I managed to get us plane tickets to Kalibo (so hard to get Caticlan tickets!) last May. I thought the December 6 weekend would be the perfect choice of dates but unfortunately all the Christmas parties we're supposed to attend were scheduled on that weekend. Hahaha.



    My mom booked us at 357 Boracay for our 3-day stay. 357 is located at Station 3, which I think is the most laid back area. Not much night life happened there as far as I know, just some bossa nova gigs a few blocks from us, which is just fine with me. My mom and dad just really wanted a few days off from their corporate lives and enjoy the sand and the sea.

    . Thursday, December 12, 2013 .

    Image from here.

    If you ask some of my friends, they'd say leaving behind things is a skill that I may have already perfected. I was in a cab the other day with Ian and we were having this conversation about our past careers when I realized I'm already in my 6th job, considering I've finished school just 5 years ago. I remember leaving these past jobs without notice just because at that point, I felt like giving up. I ditched my engineering work for something totally unrelated to my degree, but at least I'm happier now.

    I've left a handful of jobs, I flee when I panic, and sometimes, I run away when I'm put under pressure. But I guess it's kind of different when it comes to people. I admit that sometimes I let people come in and out of my life so easily that I make it seem like I don't feel anything with their departure, which, of course is never the case. And sometimes, I hold on to people too much that I mold myself according to their liking just for them to stay. Well, it worked for some, and for some, it didn't.

    Is there a difference between leaving people behind and losing them?

    I guess it all boils down if it's a conscious decision or not. We leave people behind because we decide that we have to, whatever the reason is. And we lose people just because it's a part of a gradual process? I don't really know. I guess it's either you are the one that leaves or you are the one that gets left behind and loses someone, no? (If you have a better answer than my very confusing statement, I would love to hear it. I'm serious.)

    A few months back, I remember tweeting something like, "What happened to Robbie Bautista's blogs?" because I was researching about Baguio and his blog suddenly disappeared from the world wide web (Robbie Bautista runs the blogs TheTravellingDork.com and TheCreativeDork.com). A few weeks ago, I found out his blogs are up and running again, and I read this:
    Regarding the blog changes, the only reason I have for deleting all of my previous posts is because they no longer represent who I am now. Charot. And as much as I believe it is important to acknowledge one’s origins, holding on to the past won’t help anyone in moving forward. We must empty the cup before we can refill it. 
    As sad as it sounds, we outgrow people, too, and we realise that some relationships no longer fit in the world that we are recreating for ourselves so we just have to let them go. Friends become strangers and strangers become friends. That’s just how it is. I am starting my 27th year with less friends but a lot more room to meet new characters on the road.
    I wish I was that brave to let go of everything in the past so that I could start with a clean slate and recreate another story. He has a point, everything that happened from years ago until yesterday is already considered the past, and sometimes, the best thing to do is to purge everything out of your system. I was actually contemplating on doing the same thing just to have some sense of reset in my life but I can't bring myself to do it. It's like I'm erasing a huge part of myself and I'm afraid I would regret it in the end.

    So what else in my life am I planning to leave behind?

    I don't really know what I'm willing to leave behind right now. I'm at this point where I'm still putting together what's remained and I'm just looking at the brighter side of things. I'm standing at a curb and still figuring out which way is best to go. I hate that I'm latching onto inappropriate people with these inappropriate feelings that I have.

    I guess, today, I'll just leave behind the anger that still sometimes consumes my thoughts. I'll leave behind the questions that will forever remain unanswered and these thoughts that are constantly swimming inside my head. (Hell, I'll even leave behind those inappropriate feelings because those are just wrong. Haha.)

    Today, I get to finally let it all go.


    This post is in response to Truth Thursdays' previous prompt, Today I Leave Behind. Truth Thursdays exists to connect people through writing. To initiate something honest, thoughtful and meaningful. If you want to know more about Truth Thursdays and how to be a part of it, read here.

    . Tuesday, December 10, 2013 .

    LOOPS & LINKS
    We all know that the Internet is full of great things, and everything you need is right at your fingertips. The world wide web, being an infinite resource of anything and everything, sometimes, I stumble upon a few links that I find really interesting and inspirational. Here's a few of them:

    1. Donald Glover's Personal Notes. Donald Glover has a lot of thoughts and frustrations. And he penned each one of them on hotel paper. I found it very raw and very honest. I especially loved the last one. It reads:
    I got really lost last year. But I can't be lonely tho. Cause we're all here. We're all stuck here.
    I wanted to make something that says, no matter how bad you fuck up, or mistakes you've made during the year, your life, your eternity, you're always allowed to be better. You're always allowed to grow up. If you want. 
     I felt like giving him a hug after reading everything. You can read it all here.

    2. Frankie Magazine. It's a national bi-monthly based in Australia. Everything just looks too dainty and crafty and creative. Their magazine covers are just amazing.

    3. Illustrations by Julian Landini. What fascinates me is that most of his creations are done by just using ballpoint pens on paper. His illustrations depict women in their everyday intimate moments. It's so incredible how he manages to capture that moment just by using colored pens and sometimes a splash of watercolor!

    4. The Tent Scene from The Royal Tenembaums. I found this link that discusses in detail the beauty and misery that is encapsulated in that moment between Margot and Richie Tenembaum inside the tent. So much feels~!


    5. Introversion comic strip by Luchie. Click here to read the entire thing. It's lovely and so spot on. Some people just enjoy the solitude and appreciate the silence more.

    6. One of my favorite PostSecrets ever. If you don't read PostSecret, I suggest you do. Now.


    . Monday, December 09, 2013 .


    I usually keep up with the newest restaurants and food trends through Pepper.ph. And yes, that's how I first knew about Red Onion Cafe. Around late November, this Taiwanese restaurant was featured along with "an opportunity to dine for free." I am certainly no food expert and I'm only guided by the principle "Always try something new" when choosing restaurants to dine in. Taiwanese cuisine and anything that's free sounds good so I thought, it wouldn't hurt to try, right?

    Long story short, I won. Haha. I got in touch with Mr. Wen-Szu Lin to make the arrangements on when I could visit.

    I went there with a couple of friends (Muffet, Ian and Bell) last Wednesday since I would be out for the weekend. It was also our first time visiting UP Town Center. It was a little far from our usual Katipunan foodtrips but it was worth the trip. We really got excited when we saw a branch of IHOP and Ba Noi's, and there was so many new restaurants to try! Hehe. I have a feeling we will be frequenting UP Town in the following weeks.

    As soon as we got there, I introduced myself; saying I was one of the Pepper.ph winners and showed them my ID card that I coincidentally just removed from being clipped on my right pocket.


    There was this huge wall covered with a photo of different spices usually used in Asian cooking. I remember asking my father when I was young why he prefers red onions over white ones. He told me it's because red onions are more flavorful. I guess it's one of things that make Asian cuisines different from others.


    Eventhough their 39 Spices Beef Noodle was a house specialty, we decided to skip it because we just felt it was a rice kind of morning.

    Wen-Szu also came up to us and introduced himself. He was such a pleasant guy! He talked to us for a few minutes before excusing himself.

    On the table:

    Vegetable Handmade Dumplings (8 pcs.) - PhP 138
    Ian picked this one because he likes vegetables and healthy food. Good thing that he chose steamed dumplings because I find the fried ones a tad bit difficult to eat and sometimes the flavor gets lost. Well, I was really surprised when I took a bite because it was very nice and chewy and the flavor was really good. I honestly didn't expect that from a vegetable dumpling!

    . Saturday, December 07, 2013 .


    Image from here.

    When another week approaches its end, I keep telling myself I would blog about it. But recently, that almost never happened. Blogging is not a job and my blog is definitely not a source of income. Nobody requires me to post x number of entries a week, neither am I in any sort of deadline. I blog because it's something that I've done growing up (well, writing at journals since I was in Grade 5 then blogging come year 2004) and I've always loved documenting what happens in my life as much as possible.

    The past few months I've taken a break from blogging about food and focused more on personal entries. Ian even referred to it as my "emo shit" posts. Hahaha. I have been to so many places and met so many people these past 3 months, I've always had this mental note of blogging about it. But I never got to. Muffet once told me it's because I'm actually living a life this time, that my time is actually consumed by activities happening in real life and not just by sitting in front of the computer writing and recounting how things happened.

    For the most parts, I realized, that yes, she's right. Most parts. Weekends are spent watching gigs, attending music festivals, hanging out with friends and there's nothing left to do when I get home but sleep. I'm not complaining because I enjoy every minute of it. I am too tired of all the drama, it's really nice to have my peace and quiet.

    Another reason is that I found it hard to think of pleasant things when I was not feeling very pleasant at all. After all, there's a reason for the change in lifestyle, right? It's hard to describe how something tastes like when your mind is too tired to think of adjectives. I needed a little shake in this dormant life I live.

    After a few months, things are so much better. I am very thankful for everything that happened, for the people that stuck with me and the unforgettable experiences. I am getting there.

    Now, let's get back to regular programming, shall we?

    . Thursday, December 05, 2013 .


    Some days I just look at things on Etsy. Here's a cute bunch featuring my favorite Disney character.



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