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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.


    Here's an irony: I'm practically living in the South all my life but (considering how much I love to try new places for food and CUPCAKES) I've only been to BF Homes once. Hahaha. After the whole cupcake phenomenon hit our shores, I've always heard about this cupcake shop in BF called Larcy's, and everyone seems to love their pastries. Of course, I've attempted to (meaning asked people to go with me) visit Parañaque's version of Maginhawa Street again, but all efforts are always in vain (cc: Quich, Ton, Joyce!)

    After having breakfast at Juanita's a couple of weeks back, Ian, Charm and I decided to scout for something sweet. Quickly whipped out my phone and used my Zomato app to search for the nearest cupcake shop and surprise, surprise: Larcy's has opened a branch in Capitol Commons! (Okay, if you just saw our reactions IRL, you'd be laughing at how passionate we are for cupcakes. Hahaha.)


    Being located in a mall, their little space (though there's a second floor) is not as cutesy as their flagship store in BF but still very charming, girly and... cupcake-y. You know what I mean.

    Hello, Charm!
    More seats upstairs!
    I think the second floor can seat 10 people or so. We also opted to sit by that little corner where there's a see thru window where you can watch as they make the cupcakes (which is so therapeutic), you know, like the ones in Krispy Kreme?


    Serving the cupcakes in pastel-colored cupcake holders was a nice, nice touch! Props for the presentation. Our dessert choices were: Toblerone Cheesecake (Charm's, a definite must-try -- the cupcake, not Charm haha), Pink Velvet (mine) and Kit Kat Overload (Ian's). Charm's been to the BF branch and told me that their red velvet cupcake was a tad dry for her liking. But still I went ahead and tried it. It's always the first thing I go for in any cupcake shop!

    For me, I found it to be an absolute delight. The cream cheese frosting is the bomb! I can safely say that it's one of the best I've had because you can just taste that they're not scrimping on their ingredients. I've had more expensive cupcakes that don't deserve their price. As opposed to Charm's experience, my cupcake was moist and the cream cheese frosting on top was just superb!


    I was also really excited to try their Frozen Hot Choco Velvet, which is apparently a crowd favorite. It's even included in looloo's Top 8 Most Popular Hot Chocolate Drinks in Manila. It's really something thirst-quenching on a hot summer day, it was fine. But as for the taste, there's nothing really extraordinary about it, given it's price of PhP 185. I wish there was more personality to it!

    If you have sweet tooth, sampling cupcakes from Larcy's is a must. The prices of the cupcakes were in a reasonable range (this bunch ranged from PhP 75 - 95) though the drinks maybe a bit steep. But since this one is located in a mall near where I work, I would be back in a heart beat to try all the other cupcake flavors that they offer. I've also read that they serve all-day breakfast here so I guess you could have a proper meal and dessert in one go. :)

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    Larcy's Cupcakery Cafe is located at Basement 1, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City
    Other branch: 178 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Paranaque City
    Official Facebook Page
    @larcyscupcakery on Twitter

    (Photos by Ian Manzon)
    . Thursday, April 23, 2015 .

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    . Thursday, April 23, 2015 .


    Here's an irony: I'm practically living in the South all my life but (considering how much I love to try new places for food and CUPCAKES) I've only been to BF Homes once. Hahaha. After the whole cupcake phenomenon hit our shores, I've always heard about this cupcake shop in BF called Larcy's, and everyone seems to love their pastries. Of course, I've attempted to (meaning asked people to go with me) visit Parañaque's version of Maginhawa Street again, but all efforts are always in vain (cc: Quich, Ton, Joyce!)

    After having breakfast at Juanita's a couple of weeks back, Ian, Charm and I decided to scout for something sweet. Quickly whipped out my phone and used my Zomato app to search for the nearest cupcake shop and surprise, surprise: Larcy's has opened a branch in Capitol Commons! (Okay, if you just saw our reactions IRL, you'd be laughing at how passionate we are for cupcakes. Hahaha.)


    Being located in a mall, their little space (though there's a second floor) is not as cutesy as their flagship store in BF but still very charming, girly and... cupcake-y. You know what I mean.

    Hello, Charm!
    More seats upstairs!
    I think the second floor can seat 10 people or so. We also opted to sit by that little corner where there's a see thru window where you can watch as they make the cupcakes (which is so therapeutic), you know, like the ones in Krispy Kreme?


    Serving the cupcakes in pastel-colored cupcake holders was a nice, nice touch! Props for the presentation. Our dessert choices were: Toblerone Cheesecake (Charm's, a definite must-try -- the cupcake, not Charm haha), Pink Velvet (mine) and Kit Kat Overload (Ian's). Charm's been to the BF branch and told me that their red velvet cupcake was a tad dry for her liking. But still I went ahead and tried it. It's always the first thing I go for in any cupcake shop!

    For me, I found it to be an absolute delight. The cream cheese frosting is the bomb! I can safely say that it's one of the best I've had because you can just taste that they're not scrimping on their ingredients. I've had more expensive cupcakes that don't deserve their price. As opposed to Charm's experience, my cupcake was moist and the cream cheese frosting on top was just superb!


    I was also really excited to try their Frozen Hot Choco Velvet, which is apparently a crowd favorite. It's even included in looloo's Top 8 Most Popular Hot Chocolate Drinks in Manila. It's really something thirst-quenching on a hot summer day, it was fine. But as for the taste, there's nothing really extraordinary about it, given it's price of PhP 185. I wish there was more personality to it!

    If you have sweet tooth, sampling cupcakes from Larcy's is a must. The prices of the cupcakes were in a reasonable range (this bunch ranged from PhP 75 - 95) though the drinks maybe a bit steep. But since this one is located in a mall near where I work, I would be back in a heart beat to try all the other cupcake flavors that they offer. I've also read that they serve all-day breakfast here so I guess you could have a proper meal and dessert in one go. :)

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    Click to add a blog post for Larcy's Cupcakery Cafe on Zomato
    Larcy's Cupcakery Cafe is located at Basement 1, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City
    Other branch: 178 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Paranaque City
    Official Facebook Page
    @larcyscupcakery on Twitter

    (Photos by Ian Manzon)
    . Sunday, April 19, 2015 .


    Three reasons this place piqued my curiosity: Breakfast, pies and well, the mathematical constant, π. To some degree, I like mathematics. Algebra is my favorite, differential calculus is okay but integral calculus is a whole different story. And I always find it cool when people incorporate math or science stuff in food. Oh, and another thing, π Breakfast and Pies is from the same people that gave us Pino, Pipino and The BRGR Project! Anyway, we've attempted to dine here last year -- twice, I think -- but it's always packed a couple of minutes after it opens.

    Last week, even though it's a Saturday, luck was on our side as we were able to get a table! Hurrah! Also, I'm not really sure if they had that extension at the back of the restaurant before. We were able to get seats but it's technically outside (though the area is covered), so no air conditioning system. But we really didn't mind since it's more spacious there.


    This is the view from the counter (that's why it appears dark). Sometimes, even though I've been blogging about restaurants for so long and been snapping photos of different places and the food that they serve, I am still hesitant to stand in a corner of a room to take a picture (and be stared at by people and be judged as some person who kills the experience because they spend more time taking pictures. I overthink too much. Haha.) Like most restaurants I've been to in Maginhawa/Malingap and Kapitolyo, π Breakfast and Pies' interior area is small.

    Since it doesn't quite show in the photo, let me paint you a picture: The floors are checkered, there's a white brick wall and wooden furniture all over, with those industrial-looking lights draping from the top.


                                                                                 More of the baked pastries they offer

    Prior to going here, I already checked my Zomato app for their menu so I have an idea what I would like to order. Same goes for my friends Charm and Yuri.

    Here's what we had:

    Pino Iced Tea (PhP 65) / Cranberry Celery Cooler (PhP 75) / Lemon Basil Fritz (PhP 75)
    Yuri's - Wagyu Beef Sirloin Tapa (PhP 245) / Mine - Beef Brisket Corned Beef (PhP 245)
    / Charm's - Caramelized Spam (PhP 245)
    We all enjoyed the food that we picked! Since Yuri's also craving for something Korean, the garlic kimchi fried rice served with the tapa curbed her cravings (for the time being haha!) The Caramelized Spam, from the looks of it, you think would be something that would taste simple because it's just Spam. But this actually surprised me a lot! A definite must-try if you happen to visit π Breakfast and Pies one day. It's got that right balance of sweet and salty, and though the mix is kinda weird (served with garlic fried rice, kimchi, 5-minute egg, pesto and scallions), it actually works!


    As for the Beef Brisket Corned Beef, it was delicious, hearty and absolutely filling. I've been reading flak on this dish on other blogs, how the amount of meat was not enough, how it lacks flavor or how there's too much fat. Fortunately, I loved the one they served me. It was tasty, tender and had the right amount of fat trimming because fat will always be a guilty pleasure! Haha! One thing though. It says on the menu that the fried rice served with is herbed, it tastes like plain fried rice. I overlooked the option also that the beef can be served in chili and garlic variety. Will definitely try that next time!

    π Breakfast and Pies certainly didn't disappoint. Service was fast and the crew were friendly! There's just a rushed feeling overall, as the customers enter the restaurant nonstop. But it was a great dining experience nonetheless. I'm definitely coming back for a second round because I've had the breakfast but not yet the pies. :)

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    Pi Breakfast and Pies is located at #39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
    Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
    For deliveries, call (02) 212-1312
    For reservations and pick-ups, call (02) 441-1773

    . Thursday, April 16, 2015 .


    You discover that home is not a person or place but a feeling you can't get back.

    But you're kissing me again, and I can't see it.
    You've got a lot of nerve, half naked in my bed, you said, "This will be the last time you take me."

    . Saturday, April 11, 2015 .


    1. The Skeleton Twins. Some parts of the film got too dark and depressing, it's like having a glimpse of someone's private moment that makes you feel like you're intruding. I was truly blown away by both Hader and Wiig's performances. I remember Hader playing the character Stefon Meyers in SNL. I was almost kind of waiting for a little bit of Stefon to come out in his execution of this role but he gave so much more than that. And I almost forgot to mention Ty Burrell! I'm on a Modern Family marathon recently and it was a bit of a surprise to me to see him not playing Phil Dunphy. This movie is heartbreakingly awesome. (µ)

    2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Michael Keaton and the film as well made such a buzz at most award giving bodies this year, it's hard to not to want to watch this film. You'll be the judge. There's a general uncertainty as to why this film won so much awards because there's a lot of people who found this pretentious and boring. Personally, it took a while before the film became engaging, showing us the the struggles of an actor famous for that one film. I am still a bit perplexed on some parts. Though I really, really liked Emma Stone in this film. Also: read this Birdman analysis. It helped me to understand the confusing parts. (µ)

    3. Magic in the Moonlight. Last Woody Allen movie I've watched was the powerful Blue Jasmine, but I know it would be unfair to compare the 2 films given the big difference in their storylines. Magic in the Moonlight is heart-warming and pleasant but not the first film that would come to mind if you want to watch something on a Saturday night. (µ)

    4. Penelope. If I remember correctly, this was the movie that made me fall in love with James McAvoy (hahaha). Both characters of Christina Ricci and McAvoy were pleasing to watch (~chemistry~) and the story was whimsy and quirky and enjoyable. I love Catherine O'Hara as Penelope's mom! This movie is just adorable! (µ)

    5. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Her). If you're expecting a film about a Beatles' song, this is not it. However, it is indeed about the sort of "disappearance" of someone named Eleanor Rigby. The film is in 3 parts. Well, each movie can stand alone, there's just 3 perspectives: Her, Him and Them. It's about how people dealt with grief, trauma and loss, as told in the protagonists' point of views. (µ)

    6. Lilting. This movie deals with cultural and age differences as well as sexuality. There's something dream-like and delicate in the way Lilting was made. It's quiet and slow, almost tiptoeing but moving in its own way. I found myself close to tears in some scenes because every now and then, a chord is struck. A touching film worth the watch. (µ)

    . Tuesday, April 07, 2015 .


    One. Satchmi's wall mural at their SM Megamall store. This music and lifestyle store's one that you'll fall in love with. They got vinyl, books, coffee and a listening room! Don't forget to drop by their Vinyl Day 2015 on April 11 at Bonifacio Highstreet Ampitheater! It's for free!

    Two. Juju Eats' Big Boy wrap* -- romaine, grilled chicken, bacon, hard boiled egg, sun dried tomato, grated cheddar, red kidney beans, roasted red pepper, french dressing. So soooo good. If you're hungry and still want something on the healthy side, this will do the trick.

    Three. Meringue, cream puffs and crinkles* #Kalayaanfinds WANT RIGHT NOW.

    Four. Alba Restaurante Español's Spanish buffet. Was able to enjoy this when I attended an event there. If only I was more hungry than sleepy that day, I would definitely have a second round of everything. The chorizo/cold cuts, Lengua Sevillana and Cochinillo Asado were delicious.

    Five. La Union-kada. LOL. I don't know how to properly call this group of people. I miss La Union!

    Six. Morning play time with some dogs. <3

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    *Photos by Muffet Sta. Maria
    . Saturday, April 04, 2015 .


    "Somewhere in your journey, you will find places. Places special enough that will make you want to stay for a while. Places that will make you dream of having a piece of it to your own one day. Places that you’ll want to keep forever. These places are rare. Because our wandering feet can’t stay still so when we find something like this, something that begs us to stay, it makes our hearts quiver and grow roots."
    - Stephanie Dandan, Infinite Satori

    The long hours from work made us crave for an escapade. Summer was unfolding and we've never been anywhere. Just a little break, it was all we needed. A weekend free from the confines of our night schedule, spent with friends, just to take our minds away from it all. What started as an out of town trip for a few people, turned into a full blown party for 15. (My best friend and her boyfriend who started the whole thing eventually backed out so did a college friend. Hehe.)

    Here, where the temperatures rise and the waves are high, I may have found another favorite place. Funny, because I never really liked summer -- Baguio still takes the cake for being the place I will never get tired of -- and I did not even attempt to chase or ride any ripples when we were there. But the place had a whole new meaning to me since the last time I've been there 2 years ago.

    I figured it must be the company you're with. There are people you meet in your life you could go on without noticing. There are some small interactions, your lives just infinite asymptotes of each other. Then there are those you meet and there's a click, and you know your life will never be the same again.


    It was a bright Saturday morning when we ventured to San Juan, La Union. I was so excited the night before, I was all giggly and happy when I met up with friends the following morning. It was a 6-hour ride filled with laughter, stories, power naps and pan de sal with Nutella while coursing through the panoramic but traffic NLEX. We entertained ourselves with questions like, "P'ano kung makatuluyan mo yung dream boy/girl mo pero dyan kayo nakatira?" (referring to certain abandoned, isolated houses in the middle of the stretch of NLEX, maybe somewhere in Tarlac or Pampanga), and heated discussions about people who wear Crocs. Yes, we're very mature. We then arrived at The Circle Hostel an hour after lunch.



    The Circle Hostel is an unconventional accommodation in LU. I've met one of its owners, Raf Dionisio, in a bloggers' event at GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan. It's an eco-hostel that's got that creative, laid back and peaceful ambiance perfect for the surf and beach environment. It's the epitome of a great summer weekend. If you're after an affordable, different and friendly lodging experience, you should definitely try staying at The Circle Hostel. They offer 2 open air bunk bed dormitories (one co-ed, one exclusively for girls), hammocks, a common area (perfect for group activities or if you just want to take a nap or lounge with your friends), shower areas (they've got hot and cold water, ppl!), comfort rooms (of course), a tree house and a swing set! <3

    Creativity is certainly encouraged there. The place was filled with graffiti and color, adding an even more unique charm to the already great place. There are paints and brushes available for use by the hostel guests. You can paint and doodle any time you like!

    After choosing our bunk beds and settling in, we all went to get a glimpse of the beach. Somehow, this trip has a personal meaning to me. Even though it's such old news and a gazillion years ago, I still find myself a bit awed at the changes that happened in my life. I feel like taking a peek at a fragment of the flurry of things a few years back, and how it feels so distant, almost like a dream, almost like it never happened at all.



    "Dream with the dreamers and invent things you never knew you had in you. Think with the thinkers and discover ideas that mold who you are. Smile at strangers and make friends that last a life time. Travel with travelers and explore a life beyond your imagination. Love only one and grow old with your best friend. Let these things bring fire to your soul, so when you look back at your life, you'll have no regrets, and you can leave this place a little better than when you found it." 
    - R. M. Drake


    Some of us went ahead and rode the waves. Some of us just dipped their feet on the water. A little bit of sand in between their toes, a little bit of the sea was enough. Some of us had a grand time letting the big waters crash onto us. Then letting the breeze send goosebumps to our bodies. Laughing each and every time like it was the greatest thing in the world. Some of us just lay on the sand, drinking the experience all in. It doesn't really matter. I know we all enjoyed it one way or another.


    Night time was spent drowning ourselves in music and sharing a bit of booze. Burn played non-stop as we all sang along, our bodies sprawled on bean bags and pillows, with our smartphones on our hands Google-ing lyrics to songs. Hahaha. Around 8:30 PM, electricity had to be shut off because The Circle Hostel participated in the Earth Hour and though it was dark and the air was a bit thick and humid, we still proceeded belting out songs.

    We stopped for a while to have dinner at a road side carinderia, the only place opened that time to accommodate us. We all had a serving of our choice of ~silog (huhu porksilog *insert sad face*) for our super late dinner then we started with games and booze when we got back to TCH's common area. Music in my ears, the laughter and banters were background noise. There were red cups handed out with Jack and Coke. They were playing Jenga, playfully trash talking each other. Muffet, Dino and A were in one team and kept making a "pyramid" using their hands. So hilarious. I was talking to Bell and Jef the entire night, once in a while laughing with everyone when the wooden blocks fall apart. Someone would shout "Cheers!" every now and then, and we would all toast to celebrate that wonderful evening that stretched to the very early morning of Sunday. Time indeed flies when you're having fun.



    I was awoken by footsteps and bright morning light. Everyone apparently woke up earlier than me (haha) and went ahead in groups to do what they want: More surfing, reading by the beach and/or scouting for breakfast and coffee. We went back to last night's carinderia and had pancit canton topped with fried egg and sampled El Union's coffee. (After this, I was already at my third cup of Moonleaf tea. Haha.) 


    With the hours remaining, we endlessly snapped group photos in the common area, wishing we could stay longer. This photo by Denvie is my favorite out of the bunch. :)


    And came the part I dread the most: leaving. You know that feeling when you really like someone and you just want to be around them all the time? That's how I felt during our stay. There's a bit of anxiety, there's a bit of longing. I'm already thinking of coming back even though we haven't left yet.

    I'm thankful for photographs and memories translated into words. I've grown roots for a place I never thought I would like again. I've developed bonds with people over a night of songs and jokes. I know I've spent such a short time in this wonderful place, but I send my gratitude for making me feel infinite; for making me enjoy summer and the sea; for turning former acquaintances into good friends; for everybody's warm smiles; for the funniest night of games; for the craziest impromptu version of La Bamba; for making me realize that I am fine where I am right now; for the comforting feeling that home is also whenever I am with my friends; for supporting my addiction with Yakult teas and cupcakes; and for giving me closure, for sealing things.

    I will be back soon.



    Photos by Honey Ramos, Muffet Sta. Maria, Denvie Balidoy, Ian Manzon and Chris Dino Belacho.

    The Circle Hostel is located at Barangay Urbiztondo, Circle Road, San Juan, La Union
    Contact No.: 0917 832 6253