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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.


    (This post is photo heavy.)

    Honestly, I didn't know what to expect with this event when I joined it. Muffet suggested I take part in it, and I went ahead and gave it a shot. I've heard other people's stories about the GK Enchanted Farm. How it's beautiful and picturesque and the tea is delicious. So I thought why not try travelling alone (even though it's not really that far), leave the city and spend an entire weekend doing something totally different from my usual routine, right?

    May 17th came, and it started with an early morning road trip (I was part of a group of bloggers invited there) that I vaguely remember (I came straight from work so I was asleep the entire car ride) to what is indeed a beautiful and enchanting farm. I can't remember the last time I was in a farm! Seeing this place somehow takes me back to my childhood!


    There were already a lot of people upon our arrival, we were told beforehand that employees from Citibank (700 of them!) will be having their Global Community Day there as well. We went straight to the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation which was this beautiful infrastructure which was built using bamboo (among other things)!


    We were greeted by the lively music performed by a percussion pool outside the HCGI. I especially liked the plastic cup chandelier (top right and bottom right photos) that's made with ordinary plastic cups and lit by a LED light bulb in the middle. Very, very cool and environment-friendly.

    We then proceeded to the Human Heart Nature room for a briefing and to decide which product demos each of us would prefer attending. Of course, I chose chocolate and cheese!


    We had the artisan chocolate making demo for our first activity. I was so thrilled when I learned that Philo Chua of Theo and Philo was the one conducting the demo. He told us how the business started, some history about chocolates, and he got all science-y and taught us the step-by-step process that cacao beans go through before it becomes our favorite sweet treat, the chocolate. He even had these small scale equipments on the table and a pile of cacao beans to show us the process in more detail.

    . Thursday, May 29, 2014 .

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    . Thursday, May 29, 2014 .


    (This post is photo heavy.)

    Honestly, I didn't know what to expect with this event when I joined it. Muffet suggested I take part in it, and I went ahead and gave it a shot. I've heard other people's stories about the GK Enchanted Farm. How it's beautiful and picturesque and the tea is delicious. So I thought why not try travelling alone (even though it's not really that far), leave the city and spend an entire weekend doing something totally different from my usual routine, right?

    May 17th came, and it started with an early morning road trip (I was part of a group of bloggers invited there) that I vaguely remember (I came straight from work so I was asleep the entire car ride) to what is indeed a beautiful and enchanting farm. I can't remember the last time I was in a farm! Seeing this place somehow takes me back to my childhood!


    There were already a lot of people upon our arrival, we were told beforehand that employees from Citibank (700 of them!) will be having their Global Community Day there as well. We went straight to the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation which was this beautiful infrastructure which was built using bamboo (among other things)!


    We were greeted by the lively music performed by a percussion pool outside the HCGI. I especially liked the plastic cup chandelier (top right and bottom right photos) that's made with ordinary plastic cups and lit by a LED light bulb in the middle. Very, very cool and environment-friendly.

    We then proceeded to the Human Heart Nature room for a briefing and to decide which product demos each of us would prefer attending. Of course, I chose chocolate and cheese!


    We had the artisan chocolate making demo for our first activity. I was so thrilled when I learned that Philo Chua of Theo and Philo was the one conducting the demo. He told us how the business started, some history about chocolates, and he got all science-y and taught us the step-by-step process that cacao beans go through before it becomes our favorite sweet treat, the chocolate. He even had these small scale equipments on the table and a pile of cacao beans to show us the process in more detail.

    . Tuesday, May 27, 2014 .


    This is Josh Radnor's directorial debut but I preferred to watch Liberal Arts first because this movie has such low ratings in Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. I decided to give this a shot last night because I loved Liberal Arts so much, I felt like there must be something worth watching in this film.

    Radnor must really like the struggling 20-something story line because he played that character again (well, technically this is the first one he made, not Liberal Arts). I kind of lost interest at some parts because some were very cliche and pointless. The best example would be the way Radnor's character, Sam, met his love interest, Mississippi. And taking in a child he met at a subway for days! Who does that?! (Not going to put too much details in case you want to watch this.)

    And as much as I love Zoe Kazan, her character in this movie was disposable. I feel a disconnect between her own story to the protagonist's story. It was as if her role was unnecessary. But I guess, a lot of people can relate to that type of struggle.

    On the other hand, Sam's friendship with his alopecia-stricken bestfriend, Annie (played by Malin Akerman), was nice and very relatable from my perspective. Hahaha.

    Eventhough the movie felt like just a collection of ~*~lessons you'd learn while you're in your twenty-somethings~*~, it still had it's charm. It's funny and quite enjoyable.

    And there's still a few things I absolutely adored:
    • The scene where Kate Mara's character, Mississippi, tells Sam: "You write short stories, and I think you like living short stories. But I'm kind of ready for the novel, you know?" *rolls eyes* Cheesy, I know. But I liked it, what can I do?
    • When Annie recounts the time when she was in a cab and the Indian driver told her to be continuously grateful. That besides saying, "Thank you," always follow it up with "More please." I think that was just so positive and I might start adapting that in my life. Might.
    • Annie's second date with Sam #2. That scene was sooo good.
    • The scene pictured above. A friend once told me that I'm the 'We accept the love we think we deserve' type of person when I can have so much more. I used to say that it's not that I choose to be that way but she believes otherwise. And now, I do believe her. Hahaha.
    • The music.
    . Sunday, May 25, 2014 .


    I went here with my folks to celebrate Mothers' Day after I scored some GCs from Zomato the prior week. I think my parents already got the hang of my ~*~blogging~*~ as they always ask me to bring them somewhere new when there's an occasion. Since my mom loves Chinese food, she immediately said yes when I told her about Mandarin Palace eventhough she doesn't really like long car rides. Hahaha.

    Fun fact: I've lived in the South for almost all of my life but I have never set foot in BF Homes in Paranaque. I've been to Kapitolyo countless of times but I've never dined anywhere near the foodie haven that is BF Homes.

    So yes, we got a little bit lost going there. Hahaha. But after a few turns and asking for directions, we finally made it. And our tempers were flaring like the temperature that day, so we were really, really hungry when we found the place.



    I was expecting to have a low key lunch with my parents since I assumed that this place is not that popular. But I was very wrong. By the time we got there, the parking's almost full and by the time we got inside, we were informed there was already a waiting list. I think we're 3rd on the list.

    The restaurant was so busy. Shifting and moving bodies everywhere, non-stop food coming out and people chattering.

    You can also tell that huge groups or families flock this resto because of the set-up of the place. Every table, I think, has at least the capacity for 6 people.


    After waiting for a good 15 minutes, we were led to this room with one table unoccupied. It reminded me so much of Estero because the set-up was almost the same. It's like an upscale Estero.


    . Saturday, May 24, 2014 .



    Her x Lost in Translation
    Spike Jonze x Sofia Coppola

    (images from here)

    . Thursday, May 22, 2014 .


    See, you're a bore
    But you move me like a movie that you love

    . Monday, May 19, 2014 .


    I realized over the weekend that I haven't been living my life the way I'm supposed to. After existing for 27 years on this planet, I have just started to really 'live' the past 2 years and actually enjoying the crazy journey just last year.

    This is not meant to come off as a whine as to how I was raised or how my childhood was or whatever issues in life I had. (But no, I had no angsty teenage ~issues~) My parents raised me well (they're the best) and you could even say that I've lived a comfortable life. They always supported my decisions and trusted me that I know what I was doing. So no complains there.

    After being around inspiring people for the past 2 days, my head is just brimming with the thought: There's just so much we can do. And I, for one, am not doing anything about everything. I've been too passive to care and I just focus on the trivial details. Actually, the more accurate statement would be I focus my attention and energy on the things that least deserve it. I've been so cooped up in my little bubble that I fail to see the enormity of this world we live in, the beauty of places undiscovered, the countless possibilities that life has to offer and all the strangers just waiting to be turned into friends. There's happiness in the big things and the small things. The kindness of strangers. Your kindness to strangers. Love can be found in different faces and forms. The roads always lead somewhere, and the trip and the friends you meet along the way are what makes it worthwhile. Dreams are just dreams until you make it happen. And the uncertainty of life is what makes everything possible.

    Maybe it's not about finding yourself after all, it's about creating yourself and who you'd want to be.

    I've never felt so alive.

    . Thursday, May 15, 2014 .


    Authentic Laing and Bicol Express. This was actually from last year's trip to Naga and Legazpi. We stayed at a colleague's house and they cooked for us these spicy delicacies. Back then, I can't tolerate spicy food as much as I can today (but I make exceptions for viands with gata) so I was sweating like there's no tomorrow when I ate this. But it was really, really delicious.

    Tsa Kamot's Loglog. Perfect for the rainy weather during our stay in Naga. Super tender meat with chunks of melt-in-your-mouth beef tendon, which I thought at first was chicharon. Best eaten with fried plantains!

    Sili Ice Cream and Tinutong na Bagas Ice Cream. Our friends who are originally from Legazpi told us that these 2 are a must try being Bicol is the land of everything spicy. Of course, we were up for the challenge! Though I still personally prefer the Tinutong na Bagas ice cream. It had that a little burnt flavor without being bitter. You can find this in 1st Colonial Grill in Pacific Mall in Legazpi.

    Kerantang (steamed egg in hotpot) and Budaejjigae (spicy sausage soup) from Donu Pork & Beef Grill. Donu Pork & Grill's one of the many great Korean Restaurants found along the area of Jupiter Street (specifically, Polaris Street). I've always been a fan of the Budaejjigae (though we call it 'military soup' before) but it's my first time trying out the Kerantang (which I've never heard of considering I love Korean food) which was surprisingly delicious. Excellent service, too. The Kerantang was given to us for free! :)

    Home-made Pad Thai. A friend (Hi, Charm!) from work's mom whipped up her super satisfying version of pad thai. Definitely 5/5! Chewy-perfect noodles with complete with chunks of chicken and squid, generous amounts of bean sprouts and tofu and that nutty-tangy-spicy taste! Yummy!

    . Monday, May 12, 2014 .

    Original image from Pinasmuna.com.
    Last year, I had the chance of eating at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast's Mandaluyong branch (read about it here) and I have looked forward to dining there again since that day.

    Since then, I've read that Kanto Freestyle has opened 2 new branches in Libis and Kapitolyo, which was awesome news since it's nearer from where I work, plus I could now bring my friends to Kanto Freestyle and let them experience the affordable gourmet breakfast food that I've been babbling about!


    After an exhausting Thursday shift from work, we decided to finally pay a visit Kanto Freestyle's Kapitolyo branch.



    For one, this branch is waaaaaaaaaaay easier to find than the Mandaluyong branch. It's situated on the street in front of AsiaPro (LOL I've been there before). And I was silently thanking the higher powers that the dining area for this one's not along a friggin' street! I mean, I love the Mandaluyong branch and all, they serve kick-ass breakfast but if I could have a better dining experience (AKA not on the sidewalks), I'd definitely choose the option more comfortable.

    Not too much people there that morning, yey! And the Eggs Benedict is finally available. The gods must be smiling down on us at that moment. I AM SO READY FOR BREAKFAST.


    . Saturday, May 10, 2014 .


    I never really knew how to dance. This dance.
    So I (unintentionally) kept stepping on your toes.

    When you first came up to me and asked me, "How's it going?" I just gave you the most sheepish grin. Because I really didn't know what to say. Sorry I walked away.

    When you first called me and asked me, "What are you doing?" All I could say was "Nothing." because I was really doing nothing. We never got past that, there was complete silence and a click. I'm sorry I hung up.

    The next day, you invited me to watch a movie. I figured, why not? Watching films doesn't require talking. You probably knew at that point I'm not good at that.

    When you first asked me, "What do you think of the movie?" I muttered, "Good." Because it was really good. Actually, it was great but I was not yet ready to let you see me gush about a freaking movie. Then you went on and on about how cool it was and I barely heard you discuss about colors and textures and soundtracks, I was looking at you, and I can now see you.

    When you first told me, "Let's have lunch." I said, "Okay. I know a great place." Well, I love food so I should know at least one great place, right?

    You gave me that funny puzzled look when I called out that you can't touch the food unless I've already taken photos of it. I laughed and told you, "Yes. I'm one of those people." You smiled then asked if I wanted to have my photo taken too. "Well, yes."

    When you first messaged me if we could have dinner, I never replied. I'm sorry.

    When I first saw you after not seeing you for quite a while, you just sat beside me and told me how your day went. I only half listened. Not that you bore me, I was just thinking of all the things I wanted to tell you. But I never did. All I said was, "It was really nice seeing you today." I don't know if you thought I was only being polite, but I did mean it.

    When you first saw me after work, waiting for a cab, looking exhausted and frazzled, you smiled at me and asked me if I wanted to eat breakfast, I almost wanted to run away from you at that very moment but fried rice and over easy eggs sounds like a wonderful idea.

    When we first sat alongside each other, you whispered to me, "Thanks for not being weird."

    Funny, that's what I've been wanting to tell you all along.

    . Thursday, May 08, 2014 .

    Some weekends I just want to lay in bed and watch the movies that I've downloaded and is taking me forever to have the time to watch. Last weekend was definitely that kind of weekend. I have the craziest sleeping habits so imagine waking at 2 AM with nothing to do. So yes, I watch films. On those particular days, I had a bit too much time on my hands so... yep, movies.

    I've included their IMDB links so you can read the storyline (and a little feedback from me if it helps) and decide if it's your cup of tea, and also a link where you can obtain a copy. Hehehe. Enjoy!


    1. In Your Eyes. Something by Joss Whedon. So you should have an idea. If you read the synopsis, the story seems plain and borderline silly but it's still intimate and sweet. (Torrent link -- don't be shy, Joss Whedon already released this on Vimeo. LOL.)

    2. Mr. Nobody. Very abstract, visually compelling, a lot of jumping back and forth. But I got to say it will make you think about the life you live. (Torrent link)

    3. All The Real Girls. Was very curious about this movie. I decided to download it because it's by David Gordon Green, who also directed Undertow (which is a favorite). Both these movies has these kind of lull moments in it but it's not actually boring. I ended up loving the story of All The Real Girls as well (still deciding if Zooey Deschanel can really act though). It was honest, beautiful and gritty at the same time. (Torrent link)

    4. In The Mood For Love. YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS. ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER. (Torrent Link)

    5. Perfect Blue. A psychological thriller by Satoshi Kon! If you like Paprika, Ghost in the Shell or Evangelion, you'll like this movie. (Torrent link)

    6. Paper Heart. A sort of documentary about people's different views about love. It's real and charming, and I liked Charlene Yi's awkwardness here. This led me to believe that Michael Cera must love that hoodie jacket so much, he bought it in different colors. Haha. Check out his jacket in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist to see what I mean. (Torrent link)

    . Tuesday, May 06, 2014 .


    It is a restless moment.
    She has kept her head lowered,
    to give him a chance to come closer.
    But he could not, for lack of courage.
    She turns and walks away. 
    That era has passed.
    Nothing that belonged to it exists any more. 
    He remembers those vanished years.
    As though looking through a dusty window pane,
    the past is something he could see, but not touch.
    And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.
    — In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000)

    Tracks:

    1 // A Camp - Algebra
    2 // Athlete - Wires
    3 // Frou Frou - Breathe In
    4 // Morning Parade - Headlights
    5 // Mr. Little Jeans - Rescue Song
    6 // Said the Whale - Loveless
    7 // Santigold - The Riot's Gone
    8 // Of Monsters and Men - Lakehouse
    9 // Phillip LaRue - Found
    10 // Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing
    11 // Taking Back Sunday - Nothing At All

    (Original image of mix cover is art by Rachael Beame.)

    . Sunday, May 04, 2014 .


    1. Sansrival I bought somewhere in Kalayaan in Makati (not so bad for 25 pesos!)
    2. Vinyl record inspired wall clock from Dimensione (unfortunately, so pricey!)
    3. Forgetting about these DVDs and finding them again
    4. My favorite twins' birthday celebration* :)
    5. Gloomy summer mornings
    6. North Park's Hakaw (I can eat hakaw everyday)
    7. Talking Pictures by Ransom Riggs book for the low, low price of Php 150!
    8. The Pepper cupcake by Cupcakes by Sonja (I can eat this, too, everyday)
    9. The little morning Makati skyline I see from my balcony. Still looks amazing though.

    * Photo by Muffet Sta. Maria