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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 oh_holy_mary

    (I know it's too early for a What did I learn this year list but I figured I'd do it anyway for Truth Thursdays because it's been a while.)

    When a certain time period comes to an end, human nature is to reflect. Every now and then, I still find myself in some sticky situations and I gathered that life/the universe/the higher powers seem to teach me a new thing or two about myself. I'm 28 years old. Most people at this age has got it all figured out, but not me. I feel like I've just awoken this past year and I still find myself surprised with all the new things I discover and learn and accept and absorb.

    - Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
    Original photo from The New Black
    Here comes one of the greatest struggles of the overthinker in me. Let's just say I'm one of those people who always tend to read between the lines or focus on the undertones too much, sometimes too much for my own good. Hahaha. But you see, I've always believed that actions in excess of the norm means something, that there are motives or unconscious intentions. Always. But I have learned that I am very wrong and that is not always the case. Some actions are just out of whim and that's that. Period. Plain and simple. There are no hidden agendas or other purpose. There's no more than meets the eye. You just have to leave them alone and stop digging deeper because in some situations, whatever it is you're looking for, it doesn't exist. All efforts will be futile.

    - Mary Schmich
    Original photo from Gorilla vs. Bear
    Friends turn into strangers and strangers turn into friends -- that's a sad fact. The new friends, you need for the new adventures, the fresh experiences, for the discovery of yourself, your version 2.0, for those little nudges that you need to go out there and explore, try something different. The old friends, you need to keep you grounded, to remind yourself to always look back and see how you've grown. Having a friend that falls in both categories is one of the best things a person could have, having someone that knows you from 15 years ago and still stayed to create more memories with you is just the best. But there's things that are just simply out of our hand that happen that may be the universe's way of leading you to empty some space to allow more room to meet new people down the road, but you still have to filter the few who could be exceptions to the rule, to know who are the ones worth holding on to and the ones you truly need to let go.

    - Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
    Original photo from OJ and Cigs
    I have to admit that there's something strangely comfortable about wallowing in self-pity. Disturbing, yes, but nonetheless, a fact. I realized there were times (okay, maybe a lot) that I took the backseat and let some circumstances take over the wheel and whined and whined about it. I keep on putting the blame on other people and their actions instead of assuming control and making changes. Bad things happen and yes, you're allowed to be miserable. Feeling sorry for yourself actually, at some point, feels good, but you can't feel miserable all the time. I've learned that it pays to be proactive instead of just being reactive.




    This post is in response to Truth Thursdays' previous prompt, I Have Learned. 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.
    . Thursday, November 20, 2014 .

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    . Thursday, November 20, 2014 .

    Original image from oh_holy_mary

    (I know it's too early for a What did I learn this year list but I figured I'd do it anyway for Truth Thursdays because it's been a while.)

    When a certain time period comes to an end, human nature is to reflect. Every now and then, I still find myself in some sticky situations and I gathered that life/the universe/the higher powers seem to teach me a new thing or two about myself. I'm 28 years old. Most people at this age has got it all figured out, but not me. I feel like I've just awoken this past year and I still find myself surprised with all the new things I discover and learn and accept and absorb.

    - Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
    Original photo from The New Black
    Here comes one of the greatest struggles of the overthinker in me. Let's just say I'm one of those people who always tend to read between the lines or focus on the undertones too much, sometimes too much for my own good. Hahaha. But you see, I've always believed that actions in excess of the norm means something, that there are motives or unconscious intentions. Always. But I have learned that I am very wrong and that is not always the case. Some actions are just out of whim and that's that. Period. Plain and simple. There are no hidden agendas or other purpose. There's no more than meets the eye. You just have to leave them alone and stop digging deeper because in some situations, whatever it is you're looking for, it doesn't exist. All efforts will be futile.

    - Mary Schmich
    Original photo from Gorilla vs. Bear
    Friends turn into strangers and strangers turn into friends -- that's a sad fact. The new friends, you need for the new adventures, the fresh experiences, for the discovery of yourself, your version 2.0, for those little nudges that you need to go out there and explore, try something different. The old friends, you need to keep you grounded, to remind yourself to always look back and see how you've grown. Having a friend that falls in both categories is one of the best things a person could have, having someone that knows you from 15 years ago and still stayed to create more memories with you is just the best. But there's things that are just simply out of our hand that happen that may be the universe's way of leading you to empty some space to allow more room to meet new people down the road, but you still have to filter the few who could be exceptions to the rule, to know who are the ones worth holding on to and the ones you truly need to let go.

    - Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
    Original photo from OJ and Cigs
    I have to admit that there's something strangely comfortable about wallowing in self-pity. Disturbing, yes, but nonetheless, a fact. I realized there were times (okay, maybe a lot) that I took the backseat and let some circumstances take over the wheel and whined and whined about it. I keep on putting the blame on other people and their actions instead of assuming control and making changes. Bad things happen and yes, you're allowed to be miserable. Feeling sorry for yourself actually, at some point, feels good, but you can't feel miserable all the time. I've learned that it pays to be proactive instead of just being reactive.




    This post is in response to Truth Thursdays' previous prompt, I Have Learned. 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.
    . Tuesday, November 18, 2014 .


    This month's theme is Urban.

    The usual morning scene after work
    Merriam-Webster defines the word urban as of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city.

    Yes, the word urban would always be synonymous to the word city. And the city, for me, will always connote something along the lines of both chaos and convenience. I was raised on the outskirts of Manila but I think my heart always belonged to the city. The past 2 years that I've lived in there, I fell in love with it even more. I might hate the merciless traffic on any given day and all the hustle and bustle, but there's just something about the skylines at night, the buzz of rush and excitement, and the thought that everything is within reach that makes living in the city all worth it.

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    Between Lenses is a blog link-up initiated by Tara of Tara Victoria and Trina of Of Trees and Hues. According to Trina's blog, Between Lenses' goal is "to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers." If you wish to participate in this blog link-up, please click here.
    . Monday, November 17, 2014 .


    1. DIY pancake sandwich inspired by Jollibee's. Instead of bacon, I used ham. Why I haven't thought of this before, I don't know, but it definitely works!
    2. Fishballs, squidballs and kikiam on a Sunday afternoon.
    3. Me and the sea. Not a usual sight but this is one of those moments that I really enjoyed being surrounded by a body of water. Hahaha.
    4. "Be the flower in the concrete." says on top of Urban Abode's beautiful door. <3
    5. Linguini Fini's Manila Caprese pizza (cherry tomatoes, house kesong puti, basil and olive oil). Yum! Their restaurant is definitely worth checking out because of the quirky interiors. Jose Rizal as Alex from A Clockwork Orange, anyone?
    6. Finally saw John Wick yesterday after completely giving up on watching it (I thought they already stopped showing it in cinemas). It was a straight up action movie, nothing more, nothing less. An hour and a half of Russian mobs, exploding faces and jiu jitsu and violence and revenge. Not too bad. It was really good seeing Keanu in action again but let's just say I expected more from this film.

    It's finally off peak season at work and I couldn't be happier. Looking forward to our family vacation in Ilocos this month end and spending the end of the year with friends at Sagada. Can't believe 2014's coming to a close soon. It's been too fast but so far, I am enjoying the ride. Life is good. :)

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    . Monday, November 03, 2014 .

    Original photo from The Civil Wars' tour Tumblr page. Photo by Allister Ann.
    Here's another round-up of my favorite Internet gems!

    One Have you ever heard of the Bacon Number? How about the game 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon? Apparently, there's this game where the objective is 'to start with any actor or actress who has been in a movie and connect them to Kevin Bacon in the smallest number of links possible.' Funny, because everybody seems to have a Bacon Number! Curious? Click here.

    Two This Thought Catalog article about the things over thinkers do when they have a crush on someone is just so freaking spot on, for a moment there, I thought I might have actually written this. Hahaha. While coursing through the list, I was a little freaked out when I realized I'm not the only one who actually thinks this way! Accuracy = 100%!

    Three Keanu Reeves was on Reddit last October 13 for his movie John Wick! It was just so fun to read, and he was just so adorbz~! I can't help but laugh along everytime he starts his answers with a Hehe! That is so not Sad Keanu, he's just so enthusiastic, which is totally fine by me! Also, most of his answers starts with "today," and the way he describes his favorite food, ugh! Go and read the entire thing! It's the best thing I've read on the Internet so far! It's so light and funny and such an enjoyable read.

    Four A photo that I took and uploaded on the VSCO Grid was selected and featured! Yay~!

    Five Lately, I've been reading more about Johnny Cash and June Carter, and found this website. I guess for some people, unconditional love does exist. I also got to read this heartbreaking story of Johnny Cash's first wife, Vivian. Johnny and June got their story book romance and she was just left behind.

    Six I've recently just discovered Trisha Velarmino's blog and I was instantly inspired by her stories in South America. She wrote this piece in Rappler titled How travel healed my broken heart, about what prompted her travels to the other side of the world. I know I'm nowhere near what she's doing but to some extent, I fully related to all the things she said.

    Seven <fangirl> I know it's been years already but sometimes it still kills me that The Civil Wars have broken up and are not making sweet and sad music anymore for as long as we all shall live. Ugh. Still kills me. This is my favorite video of them from their tour diary. And I just love every single word they both said here, "It's much more than 1 + 1 = 2; It's simply meant to be." *heart breaks into a million pieces* But this will always be my favorite performance of the two. </fangirl>