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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.

    Original image from here.
    Happiness is subjective.

    I could probably tell you a thousand reasons (things/people/situations) that make/made me happy. But somehow I feel like it's always just for a fleeting moment.
    Eating breakfast food at midnight. Being appreciated. Watching movies that hit the spot. Seeing old friends. Meeting my favorite band in the whole world. Sinking my teeth on that cupcake I've been craving for the longest time. Waking up to weekend music. Having dinner with my family. Finding and staying at a job I love. A surprise visit from my lover. Getting a new tattoo. Conversations with my best friend about life and love in the wee hours of the morning. Meeting the most unexpected type of person. No traffic Fridays. Chocolate. Internet. Roadtrips. Waking up and realizing you're in some other place.
    All of those things make me happy. It comes in all shapes and sizes, impacting my life in the littlest and biggest ways possible. But I always felt like I experience happiness in brief instances only. It's like it's just passing by. Always just encapsulated in memories that's later archived in your brain, free for you to remember whenever you're feeling blue. It's never a state of mind/being for long periods of time. It's like little pockets of euphoric instances to help you get through life. I feel like it's always in bits and pieces.

    If you ask me if I'm happy, my honest answer would be, "I'm okay." But if you ask me later after I've played with my dog whom I haven't seen for 2 weeks, I would probably answer, "Yes, I am." If you've asked me 3 days ago, I would've probably said no.

    Maybe that's enough. Maybe that's all it takes--small servings of joy and contentment to last you through this lifetime. Now that I thought about it, I've never really met anyone that's been perpetually happy.

    Yeah, happiness is such a fuzzy concept.



    This post is in response to Truth Thursdays' current prompt, Happiness Is. 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.
    . Friday, January 31, 2014 .

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    . Friday, January 31, 2014 .

    Original image from here.
    Happiness is subjective.

    I could probably tell you a thousand reasons (things/people/situations) that make/made me happy. But somehow I feel like it's always just for a fleeting moment.
    Eating breakfast food at midnight. Being appreciated. Watching movies that hit the spot. Seeing old friends. Meeting my favorite band in the whole world. Sinking my teeth on that cupcake I've been craving for the longest time. Waking up to weekend music. Having dinner with my family. Finding and staying at a job I love. A surprise visit from my lover. Getting a new tattoo. Conversations with my best friend about life and love in the wee hours of the morning. Meeting the most unexpected type of person. No traffic Fridays. Chocolate. Internet. Roadtrips. Waking up and realizing you're in some other place.
    All of those things make me happy. It comes in all shapes and sizes, impacting my life in the littlest and biggest ways possible. But I always felt like I experience happiness in brief instances only. It's like it's just passing by. Always just encapsulated in memories that's later archived in your brain, free for you to remember whenever you're feeling blue. It's never a state of mind/being for long periods of time. It's like little pockets of euphoric instances to help you get through life. I feel like it's always in bits and pieces.

    If you ask me if I'm happy, my honest answer would be, "I'm okay." But if you ask me later after I've played with my dog whom I haven't seen for 2 weeks, I would probably answer, "Yes, I am." If you've asked me 3 days ago, I would've probably said no.

    Maybe that's enough. Maybe that's all it takes--small servings of joy and contentment to last you through this lifetime. Now that I thought about it, I've never really met anyone that's been perpetually happy.

    Yeah, happiness is such a fuzzy concept.



    This post is in response to Truth Thursdays' current prompt, Happiness Is. 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.
    . Saturday, January 25, 2014 .

    So many great movies this year! While the internet is buzzing with the news that 2015 just might be the biggest movie year ever because of the gigantic sequels (OMG, there's a Jurassic Park 4!) and some other upcoming movies that already have a considerable following around the world, let's just hold our horses for a minute and appreciate the beauty that is 2014 because it is, after all, brimming with excellent movies as well.

    A lot of 'must see' movie lists already sprouted at the beginning of this year and I browsed and browsed and browsed and picked a few out of it and made a list of that I will definitely be watching:

    (Some movies have no official poster yet since they are still in production.)

    1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Image from here.
    Plot: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

    My Reason(s) To Watch: So far, all the Wes Anderson movies I've watched haven't disappointed me. I'm sure this will not too. Prepare for extreme quirkiness!

    Release Date: March 7, 2014

    2. The Fault in Our Stars
    Image from here.
    Plot: Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

    My Reason(s) To Watch: I really liked the book, and I'm just as curious as everybody else how they translated it to film.

    Release Date: June 6, 2014

    3. Nymphomaniac Volume 1
    Image from here.
    Plot: A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

    My Reason(s) To Watch: It has mixed reviews. I read somewhere before that when something gets both great and bad reviews, it's worth the watch. So far, it's true. But it's getting a lot of hate as it is linked to soft pornography and having Shia LaBeouf in the cast. Hahaha.

    Release Date: March 21, 2014 and April 18, 2014

    . Friday, January 24, 2014 .


    There was the silence while walking, and the back of our hands touched every now and then.

    It was not awkward.

    And it was electric.

    . Wednesday, January 22, 2014 .

    After being struck by a meteorite, Henry wakes up and finds out he's now living 91 centimeters from himself. Yes, an odd situation he suddenly found himself in. Imagine going about your daily routine: answering the phone, peeing, looking out the window, etc. and you have to place yourself 91 centimeters away from where you would normally be. He tries his best to cope with this new life he had, with the short film opening with the scene Henry talking to his psychologist.


    '91 centimeters from himself' already got me intrigued to watch the film, and I was really curious as to how went about his life. It was such a unique and strange concept but in a way, there are circumstances where we will find ourselves in the same spot where Henry is--just not physically of course. I felt that the animation had a sadness to it but was very, very compelling.

    And my heart sank a little when I heard the line, "So, there was no actual damage after all, is that right?"


    . Tuesday, January 21, 2014 .


    I know this post is long overdue! Yesterday, I finally decided not to be lazy and compiled and fixed every photo and tried to remember everything about our Baguio trips last year! Muffet, Ian and I loved our Baguio trip last September so much that I decided to celebrate my birthday there with them, too. Baguio definitely holds a lot of memories for me, especially when I was young. My family and I would frequent Baguio be it ordinary weekends or long holidays. It was nice to go back after a long, long while.

    A lot of things happened in the last quarter of 2013. I got busy (yeah right) and I went to so many places that I never got the time to post anything about our Baguio escapades since then (and I might have procrastinated a teeny bit). This post is for our September trip, I figured I'd have a separate entry for our October trip because I got really confused with the timeline and all. Hehehe.

    After the cut:

    Glenn 50's Diner
    Tam-Awan Village
    Zola Cafe



    . Sunday, January 19, 2014 .

    1. I absolutely dread dating because I don't know how to.

    2. I really don't know how to. I've never actually dated. Anyone. Ever. I mean prior to being in a relationship. My last relationship went on for 8 years. And it was my first. So yes. Never dated. Ever. Noob, I know.

    3. I have this notion that going to a job interview and dating would feel like the same thing. Hahaha. I don't like job interviews because you have to wear uncomfortable clothes, they make me feel anxious and nervous and extra perky and sometimes (just sometimes) not myself.

    4. I was reading this book, Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell and I read this line:
    "He wasn't scared, exactly, to start dating again. He just couldn't visualize it. He could imagine himself a year in, at the comfortable place, the hand-at-the-small-of-the-back place. But the meeting, the making a girl like him... He was useless at all that."
     Okay. So apparently, I'm not the only one who feels that way. That pretty much sums up everything I feel.

    5. I should stop thinking about this too much.

    6. I remember all these dating tips guidelines that Dino told me way back. I thought it was really absurd though he had a point (on most parts). He made me think that going on a date was like being seen under a microscope where the teeniest tiniest things mattered. Ugh.


    What the hell, let's just get on with it.

    . Wednesday, January 15, 2014 .


    1. Weekend mornings at home (HAHA. That's my weekend look.)
    2. Weekend mornings at Guadalupe #medyoboarder
    3. 'Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too' book cover at the back of a matchbox
    4. 'Our Bipolar Bears' by Elli Austria*
    5. 'Alice Dixon in Wonder Bra' by Marius Black*
    6. De Original Jamaican Pattie Shop's Cheesy Beef
    7. Knick-knacks at my office desk courtesy of friends <3

    *Our Bipolar Bears and Alice Dixon in Wonder Bra can be viewed and are for sale at
    ART is FAIR: Democratizing Art Now!, a project of Kanto Artist-Run Space.
    It's running until today, January 15, 2013.

    . Saturday, January 11, 2014 .



    He was sitting on the opposite end of the bed, his face only illuminated by soft, yellow light.

    The air was thick with unspoken words and everything unacknowledged. She could see from the corner of her eye that he followed her every move. He said nothing. After she took a drag on her cigarette, she stood in front of him and leaned to whisper in his ear, "I don't want to go, too."

    I didn't want to go. I really didn't want to. But I had to.

    . Friday, January 10, 2014 .


    Once in a while, you find yourself in a dark place. But life has this silly way of knocking some sense into you and tell you, "Hey, stupid! You have the greatest friends and... breakfast. So cheer up!" That's exactly what happened. Well, not literally but my friends were just uber awesome, we're not supposed to eat out that day but we did. And surprise, surprise, they chose an all-day breakfast spot that was quite far from our office. (Considering it's the middle of the work week and Ian has to go home to Cavite.) I love them to bits. I was really touched. Haha.

    I first knew about Ally's through Helga's post about their food. She wasn't really thrilled about the food that they ordered but I have faith on their pancakes. Or anything else on their menu that Helga didn't order. Hehehe.

    We got there with the help of Google Maps (but the pointer was about a corner away from the actual spot). Ally's All-Day Breakfast Place is a hole-in-the-wall nook with happy, sunshine-y colors which probably can accommodate 25 people. Ally's is to Malingap Street as Milky & Sunny is to Kapitolyo. There were also other food joints in the area: Uncle Moe's Shawarma Hub, π Breakfast and Pies, Pino and Pipino.



    There were a lot of choices on their menu -- rice meals, crepes, pancakes, appetizers, french toasts and a wide selection of beverages!

    . Wednesday, January 08, 2014 .

    LOOPS & LINKS

    Got time to waste? Click away!

    1. This Isn't Happiness. A Tumblr account that showcases art, photography, design and disappointment. I'm on the 61st page already and I've no intention yet to stop browsing.

    2. Paul + Wendy Projects' Typing by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber. The digital prints all consist of either an old man or a young girl on their typewriters and a large white space that contains a typewritten message or a typography. I found them dark and funny, sometimes sad but all very quirky.


    3. These 2 articles on Thought Catalog, which kind of summarizes what happens after a break-up. Very spot on and inspiring.
        a. As Long As I Love You I'm Not Free
        b. The Second Time You Fall In Love With Someone

    4. Because I like illustrations! <3 Here's Neko: The Cat (Illustration by Hwei Lin Lim) and You Me She by Luke Howard. Click on the panels to read the whole thing!

         

    5. 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is...


    “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

    Pantone announced it's 2014 Color of the Year! I was quite ecstatic because though I prefer to mostly wear blacks and grays, I absolutely adore this color. It's very rich and sweet and feminine, but a few shades darker and it can turn sullen and depressing. I think it's a very manic color. Yay for purple Radiant Orchid!

    . Tuesday, January 07, 2014 .

    Last Saturday, after my best friend's birthday celebration, I headed to 19 East to tag along some of my friends (Muffet, Burn and Drei) for the launch of 3 Headed Dog's album, Maynilad. I really knew nothing about the band except that Wolf Gemora handles the drums.

    It turned out to be such an awesome night! Other members of Razorback (Tirso Ripoll and Jose Mari Cuervo!) went on stage to perform. It just felt so surreal because I've never seen Razorback live before, and it's amazing that I was given the chance to see a sort of reunion performance on stage. Pepe Smith was also there, doing vocals for Wally Gonzales Bandwagon and joining 3 Headed Dog in their set as well. Jay Ortega of DRT was also present! It's my first time watching Wally Gonzales Bandwagon perform (I know, I know)! I don't know where I've been hiding all this time! Hahaha. It sucks that I've learned to appreciate this type of music at a much later part of my life. Hehe.

    3 Headed Dog is composed of David Aguirre (formerly of Razorback) on vocals and guitars, Danny Gonzalez (formerly of Lokomotiv) on bass and Wolf Gemora (formerly of Wolfgang) on drums.



    . Saturday, January 04, 2014 .


    Currently re-watching the Veronica Mars series. (So excited for the movie!) Came across this line when Piz and Veronica were talking at the school cafeteria.

    Some might argue that something is better than nothing. But for me, I'd rather not settle for the crumbs. Not anymore.

    . Thursday, January 02, 2014 .

    Original image from here.

    If ever it came to a point when you start to be a bit puzzled, then you ask yourself certain things or you try and rationalize it with yourself then, congratulations, you may be back to that all too familiar place you are trying to get yourself out of.

    I don't understand why you gravitate towards situations like this. Is this a genetic quirk? A psychological defect? Can you not control your subconscious? Or are you just plain stupid? Also, you're a moron to even entertain the idea. You're like a moth drawn to the flame each and every time.

    Please do yourself a favor and mean what you say when you said "I should say no to..."

    No more bending of rules.

    No gray areas.

    No exceptions.

    Do not dip your feet in the water if you have no intention to swim.

    Because you don't know how to swim. You crash and burn and drown whenever this happens.

    It's only the second day of the year and you're already breaking your resolutions. Please try harder.


    This post is in response to Truth Thursdays' current prompt, This Is What I Mean When I Say. 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.
    . Wednesday, January 01, 2014 .


    And you said, “This is the first day of my life,
    I’m glad I didn't die before I met you.
    But now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you
    And I’d probably be happy.”

    Tracks:

    01 // Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - Shampoo
    02 // Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life
    03 // The Lumineers - Dead Sea
    04 // Camera Obscura - Other Towns and Cities
    05 // Radiohead - All I Need
    06 // The Magic Numbers - I See You, You See Me
    07 // The Postal Service - Be Still My Heart
    08 // Belle and Sebastian - I Didn't See It Coming
    09 // Best Coast - When I'm With You


    Mix cover image from here.