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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.


    Ever since I first stepped foot inside Subspace, I was taken by it. I know back then it was Kpop-inspired or something along that line, and though I was not particularly fascinated with the K culture, it just enthralls me when owners put effort to details in terms of the aesthetic of the place. Don't you just like it when a place has so much character? Subspace is a definite stand out.

    The news of a recent innovation which I leaned through their Instagram account definitely excited me to make a trip back again after a long while, so I asked Muffet if she wanted to have breakfast there.



    I like the new concept of the place. It's more... relaxed. Not too much things happening in every nook and corner, but it's still got that unconventional vibe. The chained chairs are still there as well as the grilled walls but most pieces are now different. My favorites were this black wall doodled with flowers and rabbits and porcupines, the deer head and the group of portraits occupying the wall where, if I remember correctly, the photo of the astronaut was once.


    I wanted to try their bacon slab but it's only available during lunch, and we're too early for that. :(

    Photo (left) by Muffet Sta. Maria

    Muffet had the marshmallow chocolate cake and purple yam latte, while I ordered their truffled macaroni and cheese and red velvet milkshake. The mac and cheese tastes good! And you have to try their red velvet milkshake because... *I can't stop myself from saying this lame joke* it will bring all the boys to your yard! Hahahahaha.

    The place is cozy, perfect for just hanging out and conversations over coffee, and that's exactly what we did. Glad we were first there, too. For, I think, an entire hour, we had the place to ourselves. So nobody's looking at us weird when we took too much food photos. Hahaha. The baristas present were super friendly and accommodating too.

    I think I mentioned before that this is one of those places that I could occasionally go to, but since I'm now working in the Ortigas area, I don't mind coming back to try all their other products.

    Bacon slab, I got my eyes on you!


    Subspace Coffee House is located at GF Unit 103, Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    Contact No.: (02) 655-7077
    Operating Hours: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Closed during Sundays
    Official Facebook Page
    Official Instagram Account
    Official Tumblr Account

    . Tuesday, July 29, 2014 .

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    . Tuesday, July 29, 2014 .


    Ever since I first stepped foot inside Subspace, I was taken by it. I know back then it was Kpop-inspired or something along that line, and though I was not particularly fascinated with the K culture, it just enthralls me when owners put effort to details in terms of the aesthetic of the place. Don't you just like it when a place has so much character? Subspace is a definite stand out.

    The news of a recent innovation which I leaned through their Instagram account definitely excited me to make a trip back again after a long while, so I asked Muffet if she wanted to have breakfast there.



    I like the new concept of the place. It's more... relaxed. Not too much things happening in every nook and corner, but it's still got that unconventional vibe. The chained chairs are still there as well as the grilled walls but most pieces are now different. My favorites were this black wall doodled with flowers and rabbits and porcupines, the deer head and the group of portraits occupying the wall where, if I remember correctly, the photo of the astronaut was once.


    I wanted to try their bacon slab but it's only available during lunch, and we're too early for that. :(

    Photo (left) by Muffet Sta. Maria

    Muffet had the marshmallow chocolate cake and purple yam latte, while I ordered their truffled macaroni and cheese and red velvet milkshake. The mac and cheese tastes good! And you have to try their red velvet milkshake because... *I can't stop myself from saying this lame joke* it will bring all the boys to your yard! Hahahahaha.

    The place is cozy, perfect for just hanging out and conversations over coffee, and that's exactly what we did. Glad we were first there, too. For, I think, an entire hour, we had the place to ourselves. So nobody's looking at us weird when we took too much food photos. Hahaha. The baristas present were super friendly and accommodating too.

    I think I mentioned before that this is one of those places that I could occasionally go to, but since I'm now working in the Ortigas area, I don't mind coming back to try all their other products.

    Bacon slab, I got my eyes on you!


    Subspace Coffee House is located at GF Unit 103, Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    Contact No.: (02) 655-7077
    Operating Hours: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Closed during Sundays
    Official Facebook Page
    Official Instagram Account
    Official Tumblr Account

    . Sunday, July 27, 2014 .


    1. The Wind Rises. I have to admit I fell asleep the first time I watched this, and I kind of was looking for the whimsical factor in the film as with most Miyazaki films. When I watched it again, I have to say that this was the most serious film of Miyazaki. His aerial fixation was still there, with a more adult storyline (war, aircraft, tuberculosis). Here's an interesting read about the movie getting complaints. (Torrent link)

    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was funny with the signature Wes Anderson quirkiness all over. The Royal Tenenbaums is still my favorite though. (Torrent link)

    3. Into the Wild. Nobody told me that this was a sad movie (which is a good thing in a way or else, everything would have been spoiled). Chris was certainly very wise for his years and we all wish we could do that adventure he did and live life truly the way it's meant to be lived. Such a heartbreaking-ly beautiful film. Alexander Supertramp! (Torrent link)

    4. Donnie Darko. Coincidentally, this movie also had Jena Malone in it. The movie is a clash of science and religion. The plot was really good and Gyllenhaal's acting was ugh... great. There's a whole discussion over the Internet about the Tangent Universe and a blow by blow explanation based on Grandma Death's book, The Philosophy of Time Travel. (Torrent link)

    5. Secretary. Maggie Gyllenhaal being in Donnie Darko reminded me that I had this movie. Certainly not your typical romance film but it is worth watching. Most of us will never get the BDSM/Dominant-Submissive lifestyle, but what I liked about the story was that this new lifestyle Gyllenhaal's character found with James Spader freed her from being a cutter, and Spader's character was finally able to truly accept his natural self. So good. (Torrent link)

    6. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Okay. So I haven't watched this yet because I just finished downloading it. I included it in the list since a friend recommended it, and it's part of The Vengeance Trilogy, out of which, Old Boy is the only one I've seen. So it must be good, no? (Torrent link)

    . Monday, July 21, 2014 .


    Finally, it was Buddha-Bar Manila's turn last July 5 to experience the famous The Masato Show by world famous sushi chef Masato Nakabayashi. This sushi exhibition featured the live cutting of a whole 40-kilogram fresh tuna and turning it into delectable and unusual sushi and sashimi creations right before our eyes! The lush and sophisticated interiors and elegant ambiance of Buddha-Bar definitely was the best place for this event.

    For a brief background around Chef Masato, his journey began at a small oceanside town in Japan. He soon moved to Utah in the US to learn the fine art of sushi making at a longtime friend’s traditional Japanese restaurant. After a decade of honing his skills, Masato achieved fame as a Sushi expert known for his uncanny ability to surprise the most discerning of diners and for his exuberant creativity.

    Masato was then appointed to create the menu of the Little Buddha CafĂ© that was about to be opened in the Palms Casino Resort in 2001. There was no looking back from thereon as Masato’s inventive creations and unconventional style sealed his reputation as one of the best Sushi Chefs in the world, now recognized as Buddha-Bar style. Currently working at the Buddha-Bar Paris main headquarters, Masato spends most of his time developing exciting and unexpected recipes and training new sushi chefs for Buddha-Bar outlets worldwide.



    With the tuna ready on the table, Chef Masato, armed with his array of special knives, proceeded to cutting and carving the fish with impeccable precision. You can really tell that he is an expert at his craft.


    After a few minutes, the signature appetizer is served.


    Tuna Tartare and Seared Tuna
    I'm no expert when it comes to sushi or sashimi but one thing I can comment is that the freshness of the tuna was really evident. And even though the portions served were small (but looked really dainty on the plate), the flavors really popped. 



    The first course was served and paired with Gekkelkan Sparkling Sake, which was a nice partner to the fish. And this was the only alcoholic drink I was able to take that night because, honestly, I was afraid of trying the other drinks served that night. One whiff and I could tell those could reach way beyond my alcohol limit. Haha.


    The Signature Rolls and Classic Nigiri plate was served next. It consisted of Crazy Spicy Maguro, Pink Lady, Salmon Sushi, Tuna Sushi and Red Snapper Sushi. I loved the variety and the colors on this plate, and this was my favorite out of all the courses. The Salmon Sushi and Pink Lady won my heart!



    The Special Creation Salmon Sashimi. These are fillets of salmon in skewers with kabayaki and chili oil sauce. I've read online that kabayaki is a way of cooking fish wherein you fillet and debone the fish and glaze-grill it with a sweet soy sauce-based sauce. In this case, we were served with fresh salmon to be dipped in the sweet and hot chili oil sauce. Kudos to the consistency of all the fish served! They all tasted fresh and clean.



    The last two courses were served at the same time. The one on the left is the New Style Tuna Sashimi with Black and White Sesame Dressing and Wasabi Ebiko, and the one on the right is the New Style Tuna Sashimi with Kizami and Black Tobiko.

    The night ended with the 40-kilogram fish gone and Chef Masato's delicious creations in our tummies. It was a visual and gastronomic treat, and definitely a night of firsts for me!

    Special thanks to my friend CJ for letting me attend in his behalf and Zomato for the invite!



    Buddha-Bar is located at  Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City (in front of Century City Mall)
    Contact Nos.: (02) 856-6719 / (02) 856-6859 (Reservation is recommended)
    Official Facebook Page

    . Friday, July 18, 2014 .

    Still stuck in a ~*~blogging funk~*~ and I don't think I could come up with some ooh and aah worthy posts anytime soon. IDRK what's happening but I guess this thing just comes and goes. Add the fact that I'm moving out of our place in Makati (huhuhu I will miss Makatilyf~) and will be moving somewhere in Ortigas or Cainta. Also, I may be acquiring (or already acquired haha) a folding bike because bike to work with Muffet!

    Life has still been pretty great, I've been busy with some worthwhile and not-so-worthwhile things but I still equally enjoy them. Haha.


    So how's life treating me lately? Not bad at all.

    1. Went to the Masato Show 2 weeks ago in Buddha Bar (LOL I know Buddha Bar~) for my friend, CJ, who got an invite from Zomato. 
    2. Finally checked out the new resto in The Collective, Rewind, which I think replaced Calda Pizza. :( So many stores there closing down, including Polaroid PH (double huhu) and Mochiko, recently. :( For those interested, Rewind serves mostly sizzling dishes. Nothing fancy. But place was cool.
    3. Just another day at work with nothing to do. Friends trying to make me look like a ninja, but I think I turned out looking like a tired lady bug. Hahaha.
    4. Breakfast at Subspace (puro pagkain talaga haha)! I liked the new design of the place: cleaner, daintier, prettier but still quirky. Try their red velvet milkshake!
    5. Attended Yummy Eats 2014 with some friends, and this is the only photo I took the entire time! I think this was Pio's Kitchen's Bagnet Paella. One of the best concessionaires that day. My other favorites were The Butchery's saffron sausage, the caviar cake (was it by Kitchen Feather?), Yuan's Wings' chicken wings that were lip-smackingly good, Alchemy's macarons (of course), MAD Meats' smoked bacon, Lia's Cakes in Season's avocado cupcake, and Gourmet Keso's coffee flavored carabao's milk!
    6. Spent my weekend in Cavite (yey) because I missed being hooooome!
    7. But then typhoon Glenda came, so we were forced to stay in the office because the winds and rain were just outrageous!
    8. Made the most out of pulling an all-nighter at work by watching Paprika in one of our conference rooms. Hehehe.

    I don't know how long this silence in my head is going to stay but I'm quite getting the hang of it... which may be a bad thing. Haha. Hopefully next time, when I click 'Create Post,' I would be able to put something and not just stare at it the entire day. 

    Have a lovely weekend!

    (more on instagram)

    . Friday, July 11, 2014 .


    Around the last week of June, I received an e-mail invite to the second leg of the Avida Food Hunt. I was really intrigued with the thought of participating in a "food hunt," with the e-mail containing clues such as sampling a 30-year old authentic Japanese restaurant, a Korean-inspired cafe, a DLSU dining institution and many more. Considering I live in Gil Puyat Avenue, I was really curious of these places. And of course, I couldn't resist joining!

    I asked Ian to tag along because he loves gastronomic adventures as much as I do and we thought it would be a nice idea to film the event using his GoPro!


    All the invited participants were gathered at Avida Towers Prime Taft where the event started with a tour of the showroom. What's great about Avida Towers Prime Taft is that it is strategically placed in such a way that you are only a few minutes away from top universities. Plus, it is also nearest to three major city centers, namely Manila's Taft Avenue, Makati's central business district and Pasay's commercial centers!


    Chef JJ Yulo of Pinoy Eats World headed the event, and we were also joined by Thomas Torres, DLSU Green Archers' point guard, to give us some tips and tricks on eating smart while on a budget around the Taft area.

    As a teaser pre-food hunt, we were given this as clue to the places where we're heading for the day:


    . Tuesday, July 08, 2014 .


    I never really got there
    I just pretended that I had
    Words are blunt instruments
    Words are a sawn off shotguns

    . Friday, July 04, 2014 .


    I may have reached my "participating" limit over the last weekend. Had a migraine attack last Monday which totally sucked considering I was out with my friends from work for a supposed team building (I was asleep for 6 hours, I think). I realized I may have been going out too much (my mom never fails to ask me if I still sleep with all the things I do haha) and I may have to slow down. But there are times when I hate slowing down because when there's nothing left to keep myself busy on, I do a lot of thinking. And I don't like that.

    But of course, there are still a lot of things that made me happy this past few days because, you know, life is great! :)

    1. A photo of me taking a photo of something else. (Photo by Claire Magante!)
    2. The rain is finally here! *tap dances* But please don't be too cruel. :(
    3. Xiao long bao obsession in full effect
    4. Porterhouse steak from Rap's Steaks and Cakes (The gravy is divine!)
    5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower doodle in Cafe Noriter <3
    6. Still a happy team building! (LOL @ the Q&A session by the pool)
    7. Being reunited with my laptop. Hehe.
    8. Bought films and a pair of batteries for my Instax! Let's shoot!
    9. DIY peach mango yogurt parfait that I made (overhead shot because layering fail haha!)

    . Wednesday, July 02, 2014 .


    A few weeks back, my mom asked me to go on leave on a specific day because they wanted me to tag along with them going to this spa in Tagaytay. Since I know I haven't been home enough and it was a Fathers' Day weekend (and I won't be home again), I figured it was a good time to make up to them (hehe) so I went on leave and spent a sort of early weekend with my folks.



    The place was often called haven or sanctuary  by most blogs that I read online, and boy, it was  indeed those things and so much more. Tucked in the outskirts of Tagaytay, it was one of the most green and lush places I've ever been to. Trees and plants are sprawling everywhere but not overtaking the entire area. A perfect place for a weekend getaway from the city and the stress from work. Nurture was previously called just Nurture Spa and they rebranded to Nurture Wellness Village early this year.

    We arrived late in the afternoon, checked in and was told of all the services Nurture Wellness Village offers. We were also handed the menu so they could prepare our dinner while we're getting settled in our room.

    The lobby
    Our room
    We stayed at this room called Rosal, which is a part of a duplex-type structure (the other half was called Pamilya, I think). Rosal is one of the Superior Garden View Rooms that they have. Since there were only 3 of us, my folks decided that we'd just add an extra bed to the room.

    The place really is a village because the rooms are built like houses, creating a sort of neighborhood, if you may.

    The very romantic couple's bed LOL
    The room was spacious, well-maintained, super clean and it has all the toiletries that you need. It has a cable TV, an airconditioning unit, a dresser with a huge mirror and even a coffee pot and complementary coffee! Safe to say, everything you need is within reach.

    I didn't take photos of our dinner that night because I can't find good lighting so might as well just enjoy the food. We ordered Osso Buco (reaaally good) and if I remember correctly, Crusted Fish Fillet which was fried cream dory with mango cream sauce (it's okay, something new). They also have free WiFi but unfortunately that night, they were going through a maintenance so I was not able to make use of it.