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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.


    Before my Saturdays (and Sundays) turned into weekly adventures heavily influenced by my amazing friends, wandering off to places to have a music-filled night, discovering new food to tickle my palate, and turning strangers into someone familiar, this is how I spent my weekends: in bed, with my laptop, burning one hour at a time by watching films. 

    I have the oddest sleeping patterns -- well, there's actually no pattern, chaos is more like it. I fall asleep whenever and wake up whenever. Especially on weekends. So for those times that I wake up at 2 in the morning, I just watch films until it's the proper time to eat breakfast or something.


    I think I may have lived inside this tiny weekend bubble for quite some time. After all, what more do you really need? I was fine with it because I thought this was the best it could get for me. And it felt good because I, at that time, never wanted more. What may seem as the most uneventful thing to some was the highlight of my week, being able to watch 6 films was my feat.

    A simple thing like this reminds me of how my life has changed. Sometimes, it still hits me, everything still feels new to me to some degree. And I think I will never get tired of appreciating the small things that made a whole lot of difference.

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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.

    . Sunday, March 22, 2015 .

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    . Sunday, March 22, 2015 .


    Before my Saturdays (and Sundays) turned into weekly adventures heavily influenced by my amazing friends, wandering off to places to have a music-filled night, discovering new food to tickle my palate, and turning strangers into someone familiar, this is how I spent my weekends: in bed, with my laptop, burning one hour at a time by watching films. 

    I have the oddest sleeping patterns -- well, there's actually no pattern, chaos is more like it. I fall asleep whenever and wake up whenever. Especially on weekends. So for those times that I wake up at 2 in the morning, I just watch films until it's the proper time to eat breakfast or something.


    I think I may have lived inside this tiny weekend bubble for quite some time. After all, what more do you really need? I was fine with it because I thought this was the best it could get for me. And it felt good because I, at that time, never wanted more. What may seem as the most uneventful thing to some was the highlight of my week, being able to watch 6 films was my feat.

    A simple thing like this reminds me of how my life has changed. Sometimes, it still hits me, everything still feels new to me to some degree. And I think I will never get tired of appreciating the small things that made a whole lot of difference.

    *

    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.

    . Saturday, March 21, 2015 .


    Picked this recipe off of A Beautiful Mess' website. Although I'm no stranger to this dish (I kinda order this each and every time at Yellowcab), I've always fancied making a somewhat slightly ~healthier~ version (aka sans the bacon) of this at home. Those ones at Yellowcab are just too greasy (but ugh so good) that you wish you could eat it every day but you know you can't.

    So here's a more basic version because God knows what disaster I might end up with if I try to prettify this recipe or put my own twist to it. (Who am I kidding? I don't even have a twist.) Also, if you've seen my past recipes here, you'd know that I make do with what we have available in our kitchen. So really, nothing so fancy.

    Ingredients:
    Potatoes
    Eggs (will depend on how many and how large the potatoes you have)
    Shredded cheese
    Butter
    Milk
    Chives
    Salt
    Pepper

    Directions:
    Firstly, after washing the potatoes (I used 3), I popped them inside the microwave to bake them for about 8 minutes (really depends on how small/large the potatoes you use). You could test if it's soft by piercing it with a fork or a knife. If done, let it cool for a few minutes.

    Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the center, forming a sort of... well. Be careful as you may scoop through the skin and break the potato in half. Transfer the scooped potato flesh into a bowl, add some butter, milk, cheese, chives and salt and pepper and mash it all together.

    Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the whites. Fill the hollowed potato with the mashed mixture but leave some room for the egg yolk. I used very little of the mashed potato mixture since my baked potatoes are so small and the yolks were quite big. Top with more cheese, salt, pepper and chives and put it back in the microwave. Bake until desired consistency of the egg and when the cheese melted. A lighter yellow would mean that it's a more cooked egg yolk. 


    I thought runny eggs wouldn't quite fit this dish so I added a few more minutes to thoroughly cook the eggs. Look how pretty (and yummy) it turned out! A scoop of sour cream is highly recommended but I didn't have that so I left that part out. An even healthier alternative is using the egg white instead of the yolk, but seriously, where's the fun in that? :)

    . Thursday, March 19, 2015 .


    Here are some of my favorite clickables this week:

    One First thing's first. I've been sick the past week (it seems like a whole bunch of people at work got it) and still got a nagging cough, so here's a few pointers on how to take care of yourself if you're coming down with colds, or worse, flu, especially if you're living by yourself.

    Two This list. Because there's a perfect eye roll GIF for all your eye roll needs. I'm pretty sure I do The Krysten most of the time. Hahaha.

    Three What's the one thing that Brad Pitt always seem to do in his movies? At least we got that in common. Even in his latest film, Fury, there was a scene where he was eating eggs. And I think that's one of my favorite scenes in that film. And here's other notable things from other actors. Oh, Sean Bean.

    Four Have you seen the movie Laggies? Chances are you didn't like it. Or it's just so-so. I can't really pinpoint to a specific reason but I was quite charmed by that film. And I was taken aback with all the negative reviews it's gained. So here's a nice review of the Knightley-starred film. I think it's not that bad, really. I liked that Knightley was great without the accent. I loved her white dress. The whole outgrowing people dilemma/reality was spot on. And I honestly think Sam Rockwell is extra sexy in this film. And that last scene! 

    Five Here's a list of music videos directed by famous filmmakers. Did you know that Meatloaf's I'd Do Anything For Love is directed by Michael Bay? And also, Gus Van Sant directed Red Hot Chili Pepper's Under The Bridge!

    Six I never actually imagined I would fall in love with a TV series so foolishly (sorry for the term) called Selfie. It was mentioned by friends (and said friends were even hesitant to tell me the gist of the series because they were already under the assumption that I wouldn't like it at all) and I even got a glimpse of the first few minutes of the first episode. Totally shallow and waste of time it seems. But then I still asked for a copy of its first season thinking it would be something I could watch over a boring weekend. And so the boring weekend came, I proceeded to watch Selfie while surfing the net. And by the time it was over, I was head over heels with it. I quickly Googled how many episodes Season 2 already has and I was met with the horror of horrors: Selfie was cancelled! I was almost pulling my hair out when I learned this. This was one of the best TV shows I've seen/followed in years. It was just heartbreaking how short-lived this was. Imperfect Harmony was my favorite episode (John Cho totally killed it! I was so sad and affected! Hahaha! There was so much ~feels~ just like my favorite episode from FRIENDS, The One with the Proposal) next to the final one, I Woke Up Like This. Forever #TeamCharmonique!

    John Cho's totally DILF material. Haha. #sorrynotsorry

    . Monday, March 16, 2015 .


    I was thinking of what to put here last week, I even made drafts and lists and all on my planner but all ideas scribbled down were scratched. I told myself (LOL not really talking to myself out loud) not to pressure myself anymore of placing anything here for the sake of keeping this up to date. Anyway, the weekend unfolded, and tadaa! I have something to write about now! Hahaha.

    First of all, my Instagram account could fade away into oblivion and I, right now, couldn't care any less. Look at those boring photos on top that I snapped throughout the weekend. Ugh. Without further ado, here's a rundown of the things I kept myself busy with over the weekend. Because the week really starts with the weekend, right?

    FILMS. Watched The Imitation Game and Reality Bites (yes, again) last Friday, and saw Cinderella at the cinema last Sunday. Took the night off last Friday because I was feeling like a 700-year-old woman all week long due to flu. After going to the doctor, spent a few hours watching films and eating liempo from Baliwag. Hahaha. Do you know what The Imitation Game and Cinderella have in common? They feature actors from Game of Thrones! Charles Dance stars in the former as this very Tywin Lannister character as well (hahaha) and Richard Madden's the prince in the latest adaptation of the fairytale.

    The Imitation Game is a great film and didn't fail at giving me goosebumps by the time it ended. Keira Knightley was amazing in this film, too! She's slowly becoming my favorite girl recently (where are you Kirsten Dunst!) with her pick for roles in the films she did last year! Cinderella, on the other hand... I don't know. Let's just say I highly disagree with the film's ratings at Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. Ever After is way, way better than this. Maybe I'm just expecting a modern approach but the people behind the film stuck 100% faithful with the original storyline. So if you're expecting any twists or spins, let me break it to you: there was no spinning or twisting or anything to that effect. None. And is it just me totally distracted by Helena Bonham Carter's false teeth???

    MUSIC. Rachael Yamagata and a teeny bit of Aqualung. I think I've only heard one song from her before which I copied from my brother's iPod. Burn got me reacquainted with her music last Friday and I've been listening to her albums through Spotify. My favorite track is Duet from her Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart album.

    FOOD. Had lunch at Wrong Ramen with Mitch after viewing a condo unit somewhere in Taguig. (See photos above!) Yep, decided to live in the city again! I just had it with the crazy traffic of the south and since rainy days are around the corner again, I really need to live somewhere nearer where I work. Had the FU Ramen which was basically the breakfast ramen as it had fried egg, spam and strips of bacon in it. Super sinful but delicious. Hahaha.


    Okay. So this is me trying so hard right now to incorporate a little post about cupcakes. If you've been here a while, you know that I'm a rabid fan of these sweets to the point that I had to make a little section for it on my sidebar, a form of profession of my fervent love to this pastry, showing the number of different cupcakes I've tried and consumed in the little time that red velvets became such a huge hit in this side of the world.

    Saw The Flour Girl's kiosk in SM Mall of Asia before proceeding to buy tickets for Cinderella. I haven't had cupcakes in a very long while (I can't remember the last time!) so I decided to buy 4 variants (Red Velvet, White Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Nutella) to take home to my folks (lol they're really just for me jk) Love the packaging but cupcakes were just... okay. I'm not really fond of grainy frosting and totally had that with the Red Velvet. And I was really hoping for a cream cheese flavor -- not there. White Pistachio was lacking any kind of flavor, though I loved the crusty outer layer of the bread and crunch of the chopped nuts.

    READS. Dino decided one afternoon to share the weirdness that is the story of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (best if you buy a copy, the illustrations are pretty). I don't really understand why he did that because, I thought, on normal circumstances, if it were me, I wouldn't really boggle another person's existence by asking them to read this book. Hahaha. It was a quick read that was super odd, and I kept anticipating for something to happen, for it to have a point, that everything will be justified in the end but that was it. It was weird. And sad. And I kind of hate feeling that way after reading a book or watching a film. This book bothered me so much I ended up watching Alice in Wonderland and Spirited Away this morning.

    Happy Monday, everyone!
    . Wednesday, March 11, 2015 .



    #1 I miss this.
    It's one of my favorite things to do, one of my favorite places to be in, one of my favorite memories to think of, an event I undoubtedly look forward to, and I always can't get enough of it to the point that I already long for it while it's still happening. A whirlwind -- always a whirlwind, a potpourri of emotions and silent thank yous and endless laughter. My heart will always want to miss this in the worst way.

    #2 It came full circle.
    The unexpected pleasure when, for some reason, a fortunate stroke of serendipity happens. Overwhelming but funny. That one instance of kismet. In all honesty about this matter, I never had any expectations. I do not see it as some huge divine providence from the skies. Really, it's just a matter of knowing the right people. That after a decade, I'm able to utter the name and converse and acquaint and can properly label myself as a friend (or not, maybe in the next few weeks).

    #3 Signs and non-believers.
    I've come a long way from being that wide-eyed girl with her heart skipping when every part of her mental checklist gets crossed out. Perpetuating a misconstrued notion, a mistaken idea or just plain bad situation. All at once the crowd begins to sing that this maybe it, but I could only reply with a smile because, obviously, it is not. I've learned to be quite cynical, I've learned not to wait (because it's been brought to my attention before that I've been good at this), I've learned not to hold back my time for other people.

    #4 This year, I will be 29.
    I've never really wrapped my head around this thought until I read a certain article from the Internet, and frankly, it caused me to panic for a few good minutes. So let me just lay it out there. This is the latest my 20s is going to get, and from here on out, for the next 10 years of my life, when someone asks how long I've been inhabiting this planet, I could only be as vague as I'm in my early 30s.

    #5 Not really forgetting you.
    The next time I talk about this with another person, you'll not be a part of it anymore. I'm reconstructing something from what we started into something new, and it kind of feels good that when I think about this, it will not remind me of how we held hands so tight under the skies, sand and sea in between our toes, and we promised not to part. That feels a lifetime ago.

    (Image from here.)

    . Thursday, March 05, 2015 .



    Colorful powder was thrown and sprinkled across Manila skies last March 1, 2015 for India's Holi Festival. An afternoon ('til night) celebration of music, dance, laughter and food (yay Indian chicken samosas and kebab!) signaling the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The Holi Festival is observed in India and other regions that are predominantly Hindus or significantly, people of Indian origin. And it's recently spread to other parts of the world as a celebration of love, new hope and joy.

    Much like Pinoys taking part in the Chinese's Lunar New Year festivities, the Holi Festival aims as well to strengthen our harmonious bonds with our Indian brothers and sisters here in the Philippines.

    Check out this ~3-minute video that Ian made summarizing our experience! Holi Hai!


    (Music: Abhi Toh Party shuru hui hai by Badshah & Aastha. No copyright infringement intended.)