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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.


    Upon receiving an e-mail invite last week to Chef's Noodle Robinsons Magnolia branch's ribbon-cutting ceremony, I immediately responded with a yes. I love Korean food! Before, the first (and maybe only) thing that comes to mind when someone says Korean food is kimchi, but after working at Samsung for a while, I got exposed to dining at some authentic Korean spots which made me fall in love with the hearty, most of the times spicy cuisine.

    What I found interesting about Chef's Noodle (after Google-ing) was that it appeared like a casual, fancy Korean restaurant. I've been to a couple of authentic Korean restaurants (apart from Bon Chon and Bulgogi Brothers) and I've never seen one that's looking so modern. Now, I'm really excited to try what they've got to offer.

    It was my first time visiting Robinsons Magnolia (good thing it was a short trip from the office), and luckily found Chef's Noodle right away.




    I'm totally smitten with the restaurant's interiors. I loved the yellow and black palette along with the wooden pieces of furniture. Also, I liked the fact that they didn't put paint on the right wall, which had these shelves that held some knick-knacks. It gave off a very modern, luxurious but laid back feeling. I thought it could even pass as a cafe because it somehow reminded me of Subspace. Whoever is responsible for designing the place deserves a gold medal. Hahaha.

    . Wednesday, April 30, 2014 .

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    . Wednesday, April 30, 2014 .


    Upon receiving an e-mail invite last week to Chef's Noodle Robinsons Magnolia branch's ribbon-cutting ceremony, I immediately responded with a yes. I love Korean food! Before, the first (and maybe only) thing that comes to mind when someone says Korean food is kimchi, but after working at Samsung for a while, I got exposed to dining at some authentic Korean spots which made me fall in love with the hearty, most of the times spicy cuisine.

    What I found interesting about Chef's Noodle (after Google-ing) was that it appeared like a casual, fancy Korean restaurant. I've been to a couple of authentic Korean restaurants (apart from Bon Chon and Bulgogi Brothers) and I've never seen one that's looking so modern. Now, I'm really excited to try what they've got to offer.

    It was my first time visiting Robinsons Magnolia (good thing it was a short trip from the office), and luckily found Chef's Noodle right away.




    I'm totally smitten with the restaurant's interiors. I loved the yellow and black palette along with the wooden pieces of furniture. Also, I liked the fact that they didn't put paint on the right wall, which had these shelves that held some knick-knacks. It gave off a very modern, luxurious but laid back feeling. I thought it could even pass as a cafe because it somehow reminded me of Subspace. Whoever is responsible for designing the place deserves a gold medal. Hahaha.

    . Monday, April 28, 2014 .

    LOOPS & LINKS

    For last week's round-up of links:

    1. 19 Everyday Situations That Are Impossibly Difficult For The Socially Awkward. Found myself laughing while reading this list because it's so spot on. Every one on the list. Most of my friends tell me I give the unapproachable vibe, so let me just say, it's not you, it's just me being me. Most of the time I just don't know what to do. Hahaha.

    2. Rookie's Ask A Grown Man featuring Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. I know I found this a year late but it's just pure win watching Thom and Nigel answering questions like 'How do you tell the boy you have a crush on that you have a crush on him?' talking about sparks and jolts, deodorant brands and Thom's eye. They gave very grown man advice, and you got to love the British humor! :)

    3. Wes Anderson movie palettes.

    4. The Fine Art Of Mixtape Seduction. Such an interesting, interesting read about mixtape making. I actually made mixes using cassette tapes way back but it's usually just for my listening pleasure. But I recently have been making mixes again but now using 8tracks. Everything on this article is so true. Haha. Mixtapes and their subliminal messages!

    5. Stache Magazine's Final Issue. BUT WHY? :(

    6. 9 Contestants Who Really Couldn’t Handle The Crystal Maze. Do you remember Crystal Maze? That awesome show from the 90s hosted by Richard O'Brien (somehow can't help but think of all the coats he wore on the show)? Here's some funny clips from the show featuring some contestants who couldn't really handle The Crystal Maze.

    . Saturday, April 26, 2014 .

    Image from here.

    At this day and age, everything seems to be at the touch of our fingertips. Movies, music, even food. Everything you need is most likely available online or through our smartphones.

    If you're someone who's made it a personal mission to try out different restaurants every time you're eating out or looking for healthy options because you're quitting fast food (ehem, like me), you must be familiar with food guide/restaurant guide websites and smartphone apps like Spot.ph, Munchpunch, ClickTheCity and looloo.

    Last year, I found about Zomato through some Google ads and decided to download the app and join. I thought I could do more of on-the-go food reviews here but after posting 3 reviews, I stopped using Zomato just because I don't feel like it anymore. I felt like it's the same big food bloggers that are posting reviews, just a different outlet. Also, the interface of their app before was not that appealing.

    I got an e-mail from my friend, CJ, last week asking me if I want to tag along with him for a meeting with Zomato's Sarah Buendia. Of course I was interested. It's been a while since I've used my Zomato app and it would be nice to hear something new about them.

    Here's a list I compiled of the things I like about the new Zomato website and app, and some suggestions:

    WHAT I LIKE

    1. It's no longer a walled garden.

    Walled garden is the Internet term when a website needs you to sign up or log in first before you can explore it. Even though I already have an account with them because I have their app, it's nice to know that the desktop website of Zomato is no longer a closed platform. Now, everybody can do quick searches.

    2. More users.
    There's a significant increase in the number of users of Zomato since the last time I checked. At least it's not dominated anymore solely by the already famous food bloggers in the Philippines. Reviews are more diverse, I can even find reviews of some relatively unknown hole-in-the-wall spots!

    3. Improved Zomato widget

    The new widget definitely looks exponentially better than the old one though this still needs some improvement. I like that they turned the white, rectangular awkward looking widget into this, a sleeker one but I think they should replace the background with just a solid color as opposed to a blown-up blurred version of the user's default photo.

    4. A more 'social' layer

    When you open the app, there's 4 tabs that will show: Search, Nearby, Feed and Profile.

    For the Search tab, you can input whatever you want be it a specific dish, a restaurant, a cuisine. If you're feeling random, you can just tap the preset filters and suggestions will be given to you according to your location.

    Same goes for the Nearby tab. It will automatically give you all  the nearest restaurants via geolocation. Zomato currently has listings of Metro Manila and Tagaytay restaurants. I am in Bacoor, Cavite as of writing, so the app is showing its nearest known restaurants which are in Talon Dos in Las Pinas.

    The Feed tab, pretty much like Facebook's News Feed, shows the recent activity of the other people you follow. Photos (yes, they now allow photo uploads!), reviews or other recommendations. Mine's empty as of the moment since I haven't been active in Zomato and haven't followed anyone yet.

    Lastly, the Profile tab which showcases your information, recent activity and statistics. They also have this 'Foodie Levels' and network rank that increases everytime you post a review, gain a certain number of followers or post a food photo. I think this has always been a feature of Zomato and it's great to keep foodies interested and active.

    You can now also set a Zomato handle or username so your Zomato URL can be easily remembered or searching for your profile in the app is hassle-free.

    . Thursday, April 24, 2014 .

    Image from Walk and Eat (because mine was an epic fail)
    As what Pepper.ph said in their write up about AK Bistro, "The only thing better than breakfast, we think, is one that you don’t have to pay for." I totally agree. 


    Breakfast and the comfort it brings always had a good hold on me, so when they announced a contest with a prize of a free breakfast, I couldn't resist joining. The only thing we had to do was upload a photo of what best depicts your perfect morning. Fortunately, I had a blog post here before fittingly titled Perfect Mornings which had a photo of how my day started. I posted it and luckily for me, I won. :)

    Now, there's something better than free breakfast and that's having free breakfast with your bestfriend. Apparently, she also joined the contest and won, too!



    Located in the posh business district of One Rockwell in Makati, this restaurant (from the people behind Angels' Kitchen in Connecticut St., Greenhills) welcomes you with a modern but comfortable and homey ambiance. Wooden panels and furniture, and a color palette of brown, beige and white provided that cozy feel to the place.



    One side showcases their bottled pasta sauces and other baked goodies as well as their famous bottled products such as the lemon garlic tinapa and adobong tuyo.

    The second level of AK Bistro is even more charming. The wall by the staircase has been painted with this quote by Ina Garten of the famous American cooking show, The Barefoot Contessa, which by the way, has always been one of my favorite programs in The Food Network.


    . Tuesday, April 22, 2014 .

    Once upon a time, there was a boy who held my heart. The memory of how he possessed it is already so distant and fuzzy, but I knew it didn't start with the most intelligent conversations, or silent stares, or uncomfortable pauses, or coaxing, or fluttering, irregular heartbeats. He had it for so long, it almost resembled infinity. The promise of 'better' was always just a promise. And I had so much faith in him, he was almost my religion.

    Once upon a time, there was another boy who stole my heart. My heart still belonged to someone else but he managed to creep in, slowly filling my arteries, until my heart can only pump nothing but thoughts of him. The promise of 'better' was not just a promise but a reality. But I always knew that he could never ever hold my heart because he was too afraid. But I had so much faith in him, I believed I would win this otherwise losing game.

    Once upon a time, I had to leave it all behind. And I did.

    And now, there is another boy that I always dream about. He only appears in between those moments when I catch forty winks. He floods my subconscious with pleasant things but he's nothing but a vague memory when I wake up, his mumbled lullabies resonate in my ears. And as a friend once told me, "We could always dream of other dreams."

    He exists only within a song. He takes form at the first beat of the instrument, moves along with the words, pierces my heart with subtleties and disappears as an echo in my head. He's nothing but embers slowly dissipating and metaphors and hushes and shushes.

    He comes alive as a secret.
    He's tangible but volatile.
    He's an ephemeral addiction.

    'And when the alarm wakes me from my dream,
    I seem to lose all that compliments your silhouette.'


    . Saturday, April 19, 2014 .


    We went to this little island as part of our Naga-Legazpi tour, November, last year. I thought of putting this up here because I really miss going places right now. :(

    Technically, Aguirangan Island is already a part of Camarines Sur, but to get there, you must go to Sabang Port in Naga City and then take a boat (we paid PhP 1,800; we were a group of 12) going to this paradise.

    The weather's a bit gloomy when we went there but we enjoyed it nonetheless.


    The entire island, which is also called the Rose Islet, is a hectare and a half stretch of fine sand and pulverized corals. There are no accommodations of any sort available (though there's a public restroom with a fee), just a row of cottages where you can stay while enjoying the sun and the water. You could bring a tent if you're planning to spend the night.



    The place was our personal playground for the day. We had the island all to ourselves.


    . Friday, April 18, 2014 .

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    I am your beloved bed that's unmade,
    stale from sunshine and yesternight's sweat,

    And you, my dear, have always been my favorite run-on sentence,
    fused but definitely flawed.

    This and the future still terrifies me.

    . Thursday, April 17, 2014 .


    We're half way through the month and can I just say that April's been amazing so far. I'm having a blast thus, less time in front of my laptop to blog about these things. But I'm pretty sure it's going to happen one of these days (I have too much stuff already in my drafts), if my upcoming crazy work schedule will permit.

    I was able to attend 2 weddings in a span of 2 days (first weekend of the month). Hahaha. First one was my college best friend's, and the other one, technically, I crashed because I didn't know both the bride and the groom but I tagged along still with Muffet and Burn. Also, I've been wearing dresses all those times, photos plastered all over Facebook, so finally, my mom and dad now knows about my shoulder tattoos. Biggest relief ever. I've been keeping it for a few years now and I'm so happy they were not upset about it (maybe a little at first haha).

    Though I'm on a diet, I was still able to sneak in a couple of food trips. One at Estero in Binondo (yay!) and the other one, a free breakfast (thanks, Pepper.ph!) at AK Bistro in Rockwell. Breakfast dates with my bestfriend are the best!

    I've been itching to go out of town but have failed to do so for some reason. The first quarter of the year's over and I haven't been anywhere yet! Though last week, we went to Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Dolores, Quezon to attend the Banahaw Tugtugan festival. I HAD SO MUCH FUN. I can't even stress how much. Picturesque views, kite flying, singing along to songs we know by heart under the stars, funniest photos, freezing cold weather, great music, company of good amazing friends, DANCING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE (yes! I can now cross that off my bucket list), endless laughter. Though there was a hiccup at the end of the trip (LOL I deserved it), everything else was p e r f e c t.

    Now, I'm back to reality. No holidays for me this week as peak season at work already started. Boo!

    Hope everyone's having a great long weekend! :)

    (more on instagram)

    . Wednesday, April 09, 2014 .


    From the GK Enchanted Farm Facebook Page:

    The GK Enchanted Farm is organizing a free weekend for bloggers! If you like writing about beautiful stories, interesting ideas and inspiring movements on your blog then you are more than welcome to join us either on the April 26-27 or May 17-18 weekends. You will enjoy a free tour of the farm and will be able to join demos of our social enterprises. Transportation, accommodation and meals will also be provided. You just need to send your blog URL to info@gkenchantedfarm.com to book your weekend. See you soon at the Farm!

    Happy to be attending this event! :)

    . Monday, April 07, 2014 .

    I choose the friendship. I choose the future. I choose to overthink. I choose to expect the worst. I choose not to participate. I choose to be safe. I choose to be around longer. I choose to overcome. I choose to just be here. I choose to never leave. I choose to fly. I choose to not fight.

    Because I have learned that I had to look at the bigger picture. Because there are consequences. Because there's only one sure way on how things will end. Because people just want the best. Because I can't be what I want to be. Because people have certain expectations.

    Because yes, I am the level headed one. I have always been the logical one. And no matter how I want to break loose, even just for one time, even just for a moment so I could feel alive and not give a fcuk about what other people think, I can't.

    And with that, I choose to stand still.

    . Sunday, April 06, 2014 .


    My biggest fear will be the rescue of me / Strange how it turns out that way
    . Wednesday, April 02, 2014 .


    1. Beautiful breakfasts
    2. Trying out another friend's recipe...
    3. And actually turning out good. :)
    4. Stories/storeys over hot milk
    5. Sriracha!
    6. Cute automatic chopsticks
    7. Distressed cupcakes from Singapore. Haha.
    8. Trying out a typewriter...
    9. And creating something out of it.