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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.


    The albums I always listen to whenever I go out of town or even just commuting to and from work are the following: All of The Civil Wars' albums, Radiohead's In Rainbows and Kodaline's In a Perfect World. Lately, I've added Jeff Buckley's Grace to the rotation. These take turns weekly but mostly I just like listening to The Civil Wars. Hahaha. Last week's trip made me realize listening to TCW isn't the best way to set the mood to a vacation, and I just wanted a mix of feel good songs I can listen to during a car/bus ride or just anything that I can have as background music while chilling out with friends.

    I was listening to a couple of other summer/road trip mixes in Spotify, picked out songs that I liked and added a few favorite tracks of my own:


    1 // The Beatles - Two Of Us
    2 // Noah and The Whale - Five Years Time
    3 // Two Door Cinema Club - Sun
    4 // Coconut Records - West Coast
    5 // Pinback - Loro
    6 // Bon Iver - Re: Stacks
    7 // Passion Pit - Moth's Wings
    8 // Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
    9 // Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
    10 // Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
    11 // The Head and The Heart - Lost In My Mind
    12 // Death Cab For Cutie - You Are A Tourist
    13 // Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    14 // Dan Mangan - Road Regrets
    15 // Modest Mouse - Interstate 8
    16 // Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
    17 // Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
    18 // My Morning Jacket - Golden
    19 // Beck - The Golden Age

    As opposed to what Florence Welch was singing about, dog days aren't really over because summer isn't just a once a year season, it's a state of mind! Enjoy!

    . Sunday, June 28, 2015 .

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    . Sunday, June 28, 2015 .


    The albums I always listen to whenever I go out of town or even just commuting to and from work are the following: All of The Civil Wars' albums, Radiohead's In Rainbows and Kodaline's In a Perfect World. Lately, I've added Jeff Buckley's Grace to the rotation. These take turns weekly but mostly I just like listening to The Civil Wars. Hahaha. Last week's trip made me realize listening to TCW isn't the best way to set the mood to a vacation, and I just wanted a mix of feel good songs I can listen to during a car/bus ride or just anything that I can have as background music while chilling out with friends.

    I was listening to a couple of other summer/road trip mixes in Spotify, picked out songs that I liked and added a few favorite tracks of my own:


    1 // The Beatles - Two Of Us
    2 // Noah and The Whale - Five Years Time
    3 // Two Door Cinema Club - Sun
    4 // Coconut Records - West Coast
    5 // Pinback - Loro
    6 // Bon Iver - Re: Stacks
    7 // Passion Pit - Moth's Wings
    8 // Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
    9 // Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
    10 // Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
    11 // The Head and The Heart - Lost In My Mind
    12 // Death Cab For Cutie - You Are A Tourist
    13 // Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    14 // Dan Mangan - Road Regrets
    15 // Modest Mouse - Interstate 8
    16 // Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
    17 // Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
    18 // My Morning Jacket - Golden
    19 // Beck - The Golden Age

    As opposed to what Florence Welch was singing about, dog days aren't really over because summer isn't just a once a year season, it's a state of mind! Enjoy!

    . Friday, June 26, 2015 .


    Another week, another list! The past few weeks have been all about vacation and relaxation, I'm having the best time so far! After our trip to El Nido, workload has been really light. I'm really making the most out of it before the peak season comes again around July.

    1. Sorting gigabytes and gigabytes of photos and videos from our El Nido vacation! I still have island hopping hangover! I'm laughing alone right now while watching our GoPro videos!

    2. Muffet and I went to SM, originally planning to buy cheap white bed sheets. I ended up buying shoes, curtains, bed sheets and pillows. I kind of feel guilty about buying so much stuff but it makes me happy that I get to design my place the way I want. :)

    3. Finally getting a copy of Grey's Anatomy's seasons 8 to 11, True Detective's sophomore season's first episode, Orange is the New Black's entire Season 3 and Mr. Robot!

    4. Parks and Recreation's Leslie and Ben! They are so damn cute.

    5. Parks and Recreation's April and Andy. Yes, they deserve a separate bullet point. These weirdos are just so adorable and funny.

    6. Noah and the Whale's 5 Years Time. I'm currently making a summer/road trip playlist and this is my favorite track so far. I can't help but bob my head and tap my feet to the music.

    7. Finally making the trip to Baguio next month with my college friends happen! This is kind of a big deal for all of us because we've never been on an out of town trip together and we've been friends for 11 years. Go figure! Haha!

    8. My mom's text message that she cooked spaghetti and saved some for me. :)

    9. The trailer for the new local film Waves. Breathtaking cinematography.

    10. Making this list. :)

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    . Wednesday, June 24, 2015 .


    "Anong gagawin mo sa El Nido eh hindi ka naman marunong lumangoy?" ("What are you supposed to do in El Nido when you don't even know how to swim?") That's my mom's initial reaction when I informed her that I'd be gone for 5 days to go to El Nido with a few friends. To be honest, I really thought of backing out. Because it was insane for me to spend that much time on huge bodies of water when in fact it makes me nervous. *cringing at the thought of seeing a Portuguese Man-of-War* Our tickets were booked last year, and as the days crept nearer and nearer, I was really having second thoughts on pushing through. See the following tweets I posted ~3 days before our trip:


    Add the fact that I have less that PhP 3,000 in my bank account (bills, bills, bills ate my budget), I was so afraid everything was going to be a disaster for me. But then I finally realized why I wanted to go: I miss flying. Flying gives me a natural high more than being on foreign land. It actually doesn't matter where I'm going, I just missed riding planes and traversing the skies and clouds.

    (Related Reading: El Nido Adventures Part Two - Tour C)
    (Related Reading: El Nido Adventures Part Three - Tour A)
    (Related Reading: El Nido Adventures Part Four - Nacpan & Calitang Twin Beaches)


    . Sunday, June 21, 2015 .


    "Why do you smell like pancakes?" I lazily asked him when he stirred beside me. I woke up nuzzled against his right shoulder and for some reason, I could smell cinnamon and maple syrup. The sun hasn't fully risen yet, I could see the stretch of deep blue night skies making way for the sun over his slumped body.

    "Is that your subtle way of asking me to get up and make breakfast now?" He answered. He then turned to me, eyes still closed, and laughed.

    I didn't realize I have been staring at my now cold coffee far too long and my thoughts have drifted to those memories that have been tucked away for me to hopefully not remember. Most days, time flies as fast as I turn a book's pages. And I can't do anything about it.

    ***

    I stretched my arms and legs after hours of much needed rest. I have been everywhere last week, the moment I sat on my bed, I succumbed to all the sleeplessness my soul has felt. I opened my eyes and waited for it to adjust to the darkness. Everything was pitch black. At the bottom of my bed, my phone buzzed and its screen lit up. My toes reached for it, my body contorting like some acrobat, my hands grasping, but still with as little movement as possible.

    "I just fell asleep while eating tacos. What the hell! Are you home already?"
    2:49 AM.

    I chuckled. I stood up and realized I'm still in last night's clothes. I changed to my favorite tattered white shirt and boxers and made my way out the door. I typed my answer to his text message: "I'm hungry."

    I didn't notice I had been standing in front of my fridge, bathed in its peeking soft yellow light, holding its door far too long until I felt a waft of cold air on my arms then a soft tap on the door.

    "You're cold." was the only thing he said when he gave me a hug. I can feel him smiling even though I can't see it.

    I held his hand. So warm.


    (Artwork, titled I Can't Put It In Words, by Daniel Segrove)
    . Monday, June 08, 2015 .


    It's time to finally join Helga's blog link-up! I thought it was a pretty cool way of reminding ourselves that there's a lot to be thankful for and we could always find things (big or small) to smile about. Posting it on a Monday though (~such rebel~) because I just came up with my list today. 

    1. Taking a leave from work on a Monday. There's just something oddly calming with the thought of not going to work on a Monday. It doesn't spoil your Sunday night and you don't feel extra anxious with the wave of workload ahead.

    2. Had an 'old lady weekend.' You know that moment when you preferred to stay home and watch some 90s films instead with hanging out with friends and going places? I did that this weekend. I watched Almost Famous (finishing the film this time), The Big Lebowski and The Shining.

    3. Looking out the window and seeing the blue skies and fluffy clouds. (Yup, that photo on the top.)

    4. Staying in the shower until my hands are all pruney. I hate the summer heat!

    5. Game of Thrones' episode 9. I'm still thinking if this should fall on this list given the turn of events in today's episode. I always wanted to watch this series with friends because of how freaked out I get each and every time! Hahaha!

    6. Waking up to bacon, eggs and hotdogs cooked by my mom.

    7. Champorado topped with Bear Brand powdered milk!

    8. Cleaning up my external HDD. I've been putting it off for the longest time because it's such tedious work but I finally did it today (halfway there haha) because I can't find my copy of She's All That. Hahaha!

    9. THE RAIN. Lots of it! Crazy weather we got! (Also, not worrying too much about the flood it will cause.)

    10. Chris Pratt in Parks and Recreation. ❤️‍


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    . Friday, June 05, 2015 .


    You know the saying, "When life gives you lemon, make a lemonade," right? Well, in my little kitchen, the lemons are always in the form of eggs. You may have also noticed that for my previously posted recipes, egg is always a component. I try to make one hell of a 'lemonade' out of these eggs. It's the constant thing I stock on the fridge because I think it's a kitchen essential for me: it's super easy to cook, high in protein, and of course, every damn dish is better with egg.

    A few weeks back, I got together with a friend and we were able to try this certain bistro's avocado cheesecake for dessert. It was so good, I fell in love with its green buttery goodness. After that, I developed an interest on how to integrate avocados with breakfast food. After a quick Google search, I found this recipe in The Corner Kitchen Blog.

    This is so simple to make, it will just need 5 minutes of your time!


    Ingredients: (These proportions can serve two)
    1 ripe avocado
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 eggs, cooked sunny side up (or really however you prefer -- scrambled, soft boiled, poached!)
    2 pieces of multi-grain bread, toasted (I used white bread because I'd be making French toast later this week)
    Optional toppings: cheese or cream cheese, black beans, bacon or prosciutto or chorizo, tomatoes, hot sauce, sriracha, etc.

    Instructions:
    1. Toast your bread.
    2. While the bread is toasting, prepare your avocado mash. Cut the avocado in half, lengthwise, twist to separate, and remove and discard the pit. Scoop out the avocado flesh. Add it to a small bowl, and mash with a fork. Stir in the lemon juice.
    3. Cook your eggs.
    4. Spread the avocado on your toast. Top each piece of toast with an egg, and sprinkle with sea salt, fresh ground pepper and any additional toppings. (What I did was after toasting the bread, I placed a pre-sliced cheddar cheese on top, followed by the avocado, the egg and I sprinkled it with pepper and parmesan cheese.)


    If you're looking for more ways to prepare your avocado toast, check out this post and this post!

    Recipe based on blog post on The Corner Kitchen.
    . Tuesday, June 02, 2015 .


    1. Song One. If you are patient enough, at some point, you will like the film. I personally think it's a mood piece with that kind of slow, sometimes dragging, pace. It's kind of predictable when Anne Hathaway decided to join the indie scene sporting her already grown post-Les Miserables haircut. Of course, she would go indie with a pixie. (Oooh, that rhymed.) I know it doesn't really bear anything, (haha) but that's the first impression I got. It's got that Once and Begin Again vibe all over it but not quite hitting the right notes. (µ)

    2. The Hundred-Foot Journey. I love films that has the element of gastronomy in it. The film was touching and thoroughly enjoyable, especially on parts with all the cooking! If you've seen romcoms, I'm sure you have predicted on how it will end but it's just very well done. There were no too-big conflicts but all the characters' stories were very engaging! I loved the clash between the cultures, and later learning to blend the two. Such a great feel good movie with an excellent cast. (µ)

    3. The Last Five Years. I'm not a big fan of musicals (note: I didn't finish Dreamgirls when we watched it in the cinema). I love films, I love music but for some unexplainable reason, I don't like the combination of the two. The only ones I've liked are The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Across the Universe, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Dancer in the Dark (is that a musical?) I tried sitting through the entirety of The Last Five Years but I just can't (but I think I decided to watch something else by the middle of the film). There were even no talking parts! It's like this one big song cut into small chapters. It's like they're singing the same melody throughout the entire film. I believe fans of musicals will enjoy this but if you're new to the genre, I think this would not be a great first film to watch. (µ)

    4. Wild. The opening scene drew me into the movie quickly. And the idea of a solo hike by a first time hiker, I was really intrigued. Spoiler I love how this is a film about a woman's survival of a 4,286-kilometer hike, at the same time, her survival from her own self-destruction. End of spoiler There are no grand, exciting parts, Witherspoon was mostly talking to herself and having flashbacks about her life, but I liked how it was simple and honest. Of course, the title aside, this is compared to the film Into the Wild, which has the same concept though the latter is still better in my opinion. Head on to film discussion boards and you'll notice how people either think this film was great or a complete waste of time. For me, it might be boring on some parts but it serves its purpose of inspiring nonetheless. (µ)

    5. Kingsman: The Secret Service. I fell asleep watching this film. Not because the film was a bore but I think I was just too tired and sleepy when we decided to put this on. Hahaha. I'm including it in this list anyway since it has high ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes! (µ)

    6. The DUFF. Darn it. All the ~feels~ I have for this film. It looked like some typical movie about high school but I stopped for a second look because I like Mae Whitman as an actress. Reminded me a tiny bit of Mean Girls especially that part explaining the different types of groups of people in high school; also, the TV series Selfie because it had a bit of the story line of Pygmalion. Of course, one would think it's the same old story of not fitting in in high school but there were so many scenes that I'm sure a lot of us can relate to (I know I did. On a lot. A lot.) The film is funny and witty, but gets serious on some issues once in a while. I definitely enjoyed this film more than I thought I would. (µ)

    . Monday, June 01, 2015 .



    As someone who's been in a relationship that spanned for almost a decade, a short with a title like The Darkest Truth About Love is as inviting as my favorite brand of chocolate cake and as interest-spurring as some reality shows. I think I may have taken pride in knowing and experiencing some of the lowest kind of lows of being in a relationship, and when I stumbled upon this, I wonder, what is really the darkest truth about love?

    Love is most of the time depicted by hearts and roses, with a coating of electric touches, sleepless nights, butterflies in your stomach and stares that leave you breathless. But it is a double-edged sword. Because what comes with the hope of love is its unwanted sibling: loneliness. This film, made by two UK illustrators, Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee, for London-based The School of Life, is a bittersweet representation of the truth about love.

    I've asked a handful of my friends to watch it. Some found it too brutal, and that they would rather prefer to look at the positive side of things and keep the faith. Some said it was gloomy, and reminded them of me (haha). And some just remained stoic and agreed with the point that the short is trying to evoke in us.


    It's a delicate merging of bold and cold words (from a poem by writer and The School of Life founder, Alain de Botton), with the youthful and naive animation of Jacobs and Lee, and the soft, shimmery music by Tom Rosenthal. I think they absolutely succeeded in laying out the truth without the whole thing appearing either too cheesy or too depressing. It's a little bit of a rollercoaster of emotions in under 2 minutes.