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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.


    I made these recipes three separate weekends of ~nothing but apples~ left in our fridge. I mostly whip stuff up during Monday mornings, and just decided to steer away from usual breakfast staples like eggs, cereals, and more eggs. After rummaging the fridge, I decided to prepare something out of the ordinary, and the challenge presented itself in the form of apples. If you're planning to eat healthier since it's a turn of a new month, this may be a good way to start.

    So just how do you incorporate apples into your breakfast?


    Apple Cheddar Toast

    This one's super easy. It's great for those mornings when you're in a rush but want something to eat that's sweet and savory at the same time. You may think that apples and cheese is a weird combination, but it's really a party in your mouth! Kind of like peanut butter and cheese, or peanut butter and banana!

    I forgot to bookmark the link where I got this recipe, so I'll just list down the ingredients I used and how I made them.

    Ingredients:
    2 slices of white sandwich bread (use wheat bread for a healthier version)
    a small apple (thinly sliced)
    cheddar cheese (using vegan cheese instantly makes this a vegan recipe!)
    olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions:
    You can first toast your bread in a traditional toaster for a few minutes, then lay slices of cheese on it. Microwave the sandwich so that the cheese would melt faster. If you don't have a microwave, you can still use the toaster but I think it would take a longer time. You can now top the toasted bread with melted cheese with the apple slices. (Note: Don't slice it too thinly as it would most likely end up soggy.) You can serve it directly this way, but what I did was I toasted it a little bit more to achieve that chewy, tarty texture of the apple when you take a bite. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Add a dash of salt and pepper. I also added a pinch of the 5 spices powder we had at home for a twist in flavor.

    . Sunday, August 31, 2014 .

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    . Sunday, August 31, 2014 .


    I made these recipes three separate weekends of ~nothing but apples~ left in our fridge. I mostly whip stuff up during Monday mornings, and just decided to steer away from usual breakfast staples like eggs, cereals, and more eggs. After rummaging the fridge, I decided to prepare something out of the ordinary, and the challenge presented itself in the form of apples. If you're planning to eat healthier since it's a turn of a new month, this may be a good way to start.

    So just how do you incorporate apples into your breakfast?


    Apple Cheddar Toast

    This one's super easy. It's great for those mornings when you're in a rush but want something to eat that's sweet and savory at the same time. You may think that apples and cheese is a weird combination, but it's really a party in your mouth! Kind of like peanut butter and cheese, or peanut butter and banana!

    I forgot to bookmark the link where I got this recipe, so I'll just list down the ingredients I used and how I made them.

    Ingredients:
    2 slices of white sandwich bread (use wheat bread for a healthier version)
    a small apple (thinly sliced)
    cheddar cheese (using vegan cheese instantly makes this a vegan recipe!)
    olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions:
    You can first toast your bread in a traditional toaster for a few minutes, then lay slices of cheese on it. Microwave the sandwich so that the cheese would melt faster. If you don't have a microwave, you can still use the toaster but I think it would take a longer time. You can now top the toasted bread with melted cheese with the apple slices. (Note: Don't slice it too thinly as it would most likely end up soggy.) You can serve it directly this way, but what I did was I toasted it a little bit more to achieve that chewy, tarty texture of the apple when you take a bite. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Add a dash of salt and pepper. I also added a pinch of the 5 spices powder we had at home for a twist in flavor.

    . Friday, August 29, 2014 .


    Over the weekend, my friends and I ended up at Tanay for some ~outdoor~ activities. It has been quite a while since I've been out and it was nice to join a couple of my friends for some adventure on the rugged terrains of Rizal. There were only 6 of us who pushed through with the trip but it was still fun. It was one of those rare moments when I enjoyed trekking (I swore the spelunking I did in Palawan would be the last but oh well, it was really fun.)

    Our itinerary that day included a visit to Daranak Falls, Calinawan Cave and Batlag Falls. But we bailed out on Batlag Falls because the whole trip (including travel from Shaw Boulevard and back) from exploring Calinawan Cave, the trek towards Daranak Falls and staying at Daranak Falls already consumed a 3/4 of our day. We also aimed this to be a 500-peso-budget trip, which, if I remember correctly, we managed to do.

    Here are some photos we took during the trip:

    After a 2-hour long trip from Shaw Boulevard to Tanay's public market (there are vans going straight from Shaw to Tanay at Starmall; fare was PhP70. We ended up paying for the 2 extra seats at the back of the van just so we could have a more comfortable ride, so that's amounting to PhP93 per head), we arrived at their transport terminal and arranged for a tricycle to bring us wherever we need to go. Our tricycle driver's name is Toter and we had a crazy ride going to Calinawan Cave. The roads were not all smooth and of asphalt, there were rough roads and uphills where he did all these crazy stints just to get us 7 (him included, yes all of us fitted in that tricycle) to Barangay Tandang Kutyo where Calinawan Cave was located.

    After that crazy tricycle ride we finally made it to Calinawan Cave! To those interested, entrance fee for Calinawan Cave was PhP40. There would be an additional fee if you decide to explore all 5 layers of the cave (amount is entirely up to you) and another PhP50 to go on a trek to Daranak Falls.

    My mandatory feet shot whenever I travel to places I've never been before. Hehe.

    We were briefed about the 5 layers of caving. Initially, we would be able to trek 2 layers, and Ate Janna, our guide, told us we could decide after if we would want to continue with the 3 more layers, which, she added, was a tad bit more difficult than the first 2 levels. Also, apparently, Calinawan Cave is a favorite location to shoot for popular TV shows and some movies with a fantasy theme. We saw some areas of the cave covered with glitters. Though I wish they would stop doing that, they've ruined the cave's natural state.


    . Wednesday, August 27, 2014 .

    Original photo credit to Camille

    (1)
    I've awoken three hundred thirty one times to a brand new 'me' and still sometimes, I wonder, how many more versions of myself do I need to wake up to before I am truly, at last, my best self.

    (2)
    There was tenderness in the way your hand held mine, which lasted a wee bit longer than you originally intended, a few seconds from what I expected. Sometimes, I unconsciously stare into nothing, and slowly, I realize your eyes are on me, as if trying to figure me out my thoughts, but I can't look back. At you. And you at me. Because some things are never meant to be anything more than a moment. And that was one of them. 

    (3)
    Everything is bare and white. And I think I've found home. But it takes some getting used to. I like familiarity. I like being surrounded with people and things I know. I like permanence. Being in new ground scares me. Everything is bare and white, and the ugly is beginning to show. Just when I sleep better. Just when I started to look forward to the bareness and whiteness and the comfort it strangely brings.

    (4)
    You know her. She was always in between. You told her she should be more of this, less of that. You told her she's not a bore but only when you feel like talking.* She remembers vividly how your smile permeated her half asleep mind when you decided to see her in the middle of the night.** She remembers all the excuses you made up but she blindly believed.*** No, she's not breathing old, recycled air anymore. 'Damaged goods' is no longer her favorite oxymoron.

    . Saturday, August 23, 2014 .


    We are no strangers to Kapitolyo because we go there almost everyday for breakfast (Kanto ~everyday~). We always made a mental note of paying Ramen Cool a visit whenever we're in one of ramen phases, but since it opens a bit late than most (11:00 AM), we tend to put it on the back burner and visit whenever we would have the liberty of waiting.

    Well, that opportunity came when Cath, one of our friends from work, was generous enough to treat us out for what was supposedly breakfast. Original plan was eating at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast but for some reason, we all wanted ramen that day so Ramen Cool became the place to visit.

    We arrived a quarter earlier than 11:00 AM but they were kind enough to let us in to lounge and to place our orders in advance.


    What greeted us when we went in was the warm lighting and modern Japanese feel. All the wooden panels and furniture made it appear and feel extra cozy. The place was mostly of the color yellow, as opposed to the usual red and black of most Japanese restaurants I've been to. Everything actually looks on the expensive side but their dishes are affordable!



    My favorite part: These vector-ish Japanese art hanging on one side of the restaurant
    Their menu has a wide variety. Ramen Cool offers staples like hot and cold noodles, salads, soups, rice meals and the Japanese favorites like sushi, maki, sashimi and gyoza.

    We were offered house blended hot tea while we're waiting for our food to be served. And for those curious, yes, they do have Wi-Fi available. Just ask any of their food attendants for the password. :)

    . Monday, August 18, 2014 .


    I've been hearing about Cafe Noriter for quite some time now, and it's a big hit among foodies as I always read blog posts about the place. Such cute interiors! A friend of mine from work frequented this place and told me it's one of her favorite cafes in Manila. The place must be really that pretty that people are continuously drawn to it, no?

    Imagine my excitement when I learned that Cafe Noriter was one of the places participants of the Avida Food Hunt will be visiting!


    This hole-in-the-wall Korean cafe is located along Taft Avenue in Manila. If you're studying in De La Salle University, you definitely should know this place.


    Indeed the place was very photogenic. Mismatched furnitures, trinkets and knickknacks on every corner and shelf, random scribbles, Post-it notes and pastel hues everywhere. The first word that came to mind was whimsical.


    . Sunday, August 10, 2014 .


    It feels kind of funny to be writing with no specific topic in mind. I always make it a point to put up something here as much as I can, but now that I'm actually exerting some effort to make an entry that's readworthy (or something that is Thought Catalog-y haha), it almost feels weird to be not able to come up with anything. Though if I think about it, it's also a good thing that I'm not whining about boys and feelings and all that depressing stuff I worry too much about before.

    Lately, I feel like I'm just floating but, you know, the good kind, not the wandering aimlessly kind.

    I had a fun week, too!

    Ramen Cool treat courtesy of Cath // Coffee and bikes at Epic // Movie marathon weekends at the Belachos' // packing all my stuff, which I hated // Stress eating at Chef's Noodles // Me from a working Saturday night ready to go home to Cavite

    Though I have no specific goals in mind the past few months, I guess, things are just unfolding on their own. I've been better at work, finally have my own place (recently moved out of our place in Makati and now obsessed with decorating my new home haha), set aside the things I don't need in my life (lol) so yes, peace of mind (lots and lots of it!) and meeting new people (through that famous app and otherwise hahaha).

    I hope it's not too late to say it (because mine's just started a few hours ago) but I hope you have a happy weekend! :)

    (more on instagram)

    . Friday, August 08, 2014 .

    Original photo credits to Pat Martires

    1. Something worth rediscovering: VSCO's Grid featuring photos taken in the Philippines.

    2. Something to ponder on: Your Wanderlust Is Inauthentic: The Real Difference Between Travel And Vacation

    3. Something to turn fiction into reality: Sweets are my weakness. I enjoyed watching The Grand Budapest a little bit more than most people at the sight of the fictional Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat. Don't fret because here's a sort of hack courtesy of Wes Anderson's team to finally taste those cute looking puffs.

    4. Something to inspire you more: How To Be Creative.

    5. Something new to learn today: So, What Exactly is Performance Art? (Also reading this right now because bike! Hahaha.)

    6. Something to laugh about: 38 Yahoo Questions That Will Destroy Your Faith In Humanity

    7. Something to make you surrender: Because sometimes, it just feels exponentially better to give in and just be happy.
    “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
    ― Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems

    8. Something to keep the spam mails at bay: Guerilla Mail.

    9. Something which is simple but most of the time not: Postsecret.

    10. Something for the things we learn to overcome: I Wrote This For You.