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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.


    A s'more is a famous campfire treat composed of 3 things: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. I've never had legit s'mores before (meaning roasted mallows sandwiched in between graham crackers and a layer of chocolate enjoyed while camping under the stars hehe) and the closest thing I've ever had before are s'mores cupcakes. Also, to be honest, when we've got graham crackers stocked in our pantry, the first thing that comes to mind to prepare is a mango or peach refrigerator cake instead.

    We had an impromptu baby back ribs party last Sunday over at Muffet's house which became a sort of catch-up weekend also for us friends. And since we know Muffet is crazy over s'mores, Ian had this fantastic idea of preparing a s'mores dip as our dessert. Ever since we saw this Buzzfeed Food video, we've been itching to make one ourselves so we figured this is the perfect opportunity!


    It looked super easy that after we bought all the ingredients, we were afraid this will turn out as something of a Pinterest fail. Hahaha. But fortunately (and obviously), it didn't. It took us just 10 minutes to prepare and cook it! It was like magic happening right before our eyes! So I've decided to share it here. Because it is extremely easy to do and let's face it, photos of delicious desserts are just so nice to look at.


    Ingredients:
    1 pack 180 grams Goya Easy Melt Chocolate Buttons (milk chocolate variant)
    1 pack 500 grams marshmallow
    1 pack 200 grams M. Y. San Grahams
    2 pcs. 1/3 size deep foil pans


    Line the bottom of the foil pans with the chocolate buttons. Make sure it is covered with chocolate and it is evenly layered. Go crazy with it! (No, just joking. Put just enough.) Arrange the marshmallows on top of the chocolate. Put it in your oven toaster (yes, we used an ordinary oven toaster!) for 5 minutes or until you reach your desired golden brown shade of the marshmallows!

    TADAAAA!
    Break yourself a piece graham cracker and dig in to this sinful, sinful sweet snack! We never expected that it will turn out great. Hahaha. It's good to the last lick! :)


    . Friday, July 31, 2015 .

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    . Friday, July 31, 2015 .


    A s'more is a famous campfire treat composed of 3 things: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. I've never had legit s'mores before (meaning roasted mallows sandwiched in between graham crackers and a layer of chocolate enjoyed while camping under the stars hehe) and the closest thing I've ever had before are s'mores cupcakes. Also, to be honest, when we've got graham crackers stocked in our pantry, the first thing that comes to mind to prepare is a mango or peach refrigerator cake instead.

    We had an impromptu baby back ribs party last Sunday over at Muffet's house which became a sort of catch-up weekend also for us friends. And since we know Muffet is crazy over s'mores, Ian had this fantastic idea of preparing a s'mores dip as our dessert. Ever since we saw this Buzzfeed Food video, we've been itching to make one ourselves so we figured this is the perfect opportunity!


    It looked super easy that after we bought all the ingredients, we were afraid this will turn out as something of a Pinterest fail. Hahaha. But fortunately (and obviously), it didn't. It took us just 10 minutes to prepare and cook it! It was like magic happening right before our eyes! So I've decided to share it here. Because it is extremely easy to do and let's face it, photos of delicious desserts are just so nice to look at.


    Ingredients:
    1 pack 180 grams Goya Easy Melt Chocolate Buttons (milk chocolate variant)
    1 pack 500 grams marshmallow
    1 pack 200 grams M. Y. San Grahams
    2 pcs. 1/3 size deep foil pans


    Line the bottom of the foil pans with the chocolate buttons. Make sure it is covered with chocolate and it is evenly layered. Go crazy with it! (No, just joking. Put just enough.) Arrange the marshmallows on top of the chocolate. Put it in your oven toaster (yes, we used an ordinary oven toaster!) for 5 minutes or until you reach your desired golden brown shade of the marshmallows!

    TADAAAA!
    Break yourself a piece graham cracker and dig in to this sinful, sinful sweet snack! We never expected that it will turn out great. Hahaha. It's good to the last lick! :)


    . Wednesday, July 29, 2015 .


    Day Three

    The (shy) sun and clear sea worshiping continues! Tour A consisted of island hopping (or should I say, lagoon hopping) through 3 different lagoons and 2 beaches. During our stay there, pouring rain kept happening every night so we're always apprehensive if a new day of exploring would push through. We woke up to just light drizzle again, thankfully, which means it's a go. Three days into this, I have been completely taken by this paradise. 


    . Monday, July 27, 2015 .


    When you ask anyone who's from Cavite where to go to eat, the obvious answer will be in Tagaytay. I think it's one of the top reasons why people bother going to Cavite. There's a slew of restaurants that doubles as attractions in Tagaytay that people go out of their way for: Sonya's Garden, Chateau Hestia, Antonio's, Marcia Adams, Bawai's, Lime and Basil, Don Limone Grill (!!!), a whole bunch of Korean restaurants along Silang and some cozy nooks along the way. You go to Tagaytay usually for quick escapades, Ternate for the mountains, Kawit for the dose of history. Bacoor? Bacoor is synonymous to traffic, most definitely not reminiscent of Maginhawa or BF Homes Parañaque. Believe me.

    Then I heard about The Backyard Food Truck Community in Dasmariñas late last year. I was so happy about it (but never been there yet) just because somehow, this place where I've lived all my life is beginning to show potential that it can actually be a food hub.

    And earlier this year, this hole-in-the-wall resto, cleverly named Sebo Pacific, started popping up in my Facebook News Feed. A lot of acquaintances from Cavite have been recommending it! I give it a five agad for that super witty name. Hahaha. After finding out that it's about 10 minutes away from where I live, of course, of course, OF COURSE, we had to go there and try their food.


    I've had so many attempts to go here prior our actual visit: with colleagues from work, with high school friends, with anybody willing and available on a weekend (haha) until finally, after accompanying my best friend, Cy, and her boyfriend, Pabs, to visit their wedding venue, we decided to drop by here and have early dinner. FINALLY!



    The place reminded me of the Kapitolyo neighborhood and also, House of Bulalugaw in Project 4, Quezon City. It's one of those garage-turned-restaurant types. Though this one is decorated with metal concert posters and horror movie-themed things. *cringing at A Serbian Film* I know my brother would love it here. Less than 20 seating capacity, I think? So yes, this spot gets filled pretty quick. It's a good thing the place was empty when we arrived.

    Their catchphrase is "Putok Batok!" so yes, their menu is pretty straight up in that league: meaty, juicy and sizzling goodness. All meals come with a cup of rice and veggies as side. Here's what we had (plus a pitcher of Dalandan juice and Leche Flan for dessert lol):

    Mine - Barbecue Ribs (PhP 120)
    Cy's - Breaded Porkchop (PhP 90)
    Pab's - Sizzling Bulalo (PhP 140)
    Crispy Dinuguan (PhP 90)
    First things first. It took around 45 minutes before they served our food. 45 freaking minutes. It was a full house that night with a queue building up but no food was coming out their kitchen. So basically, our food was delivered at our table the same time the last seated person's order was delivered. No one from their team came out to tell anyone why it's taking so long. We were all just looking at each other wondering what's happening in their kitchen. Well, actually, one couple did follow up and one of their food attendants said, "Palabas na po yun."

    Now that's out of the way, let me say that I liked their Barbecue Ribs. I think you get your money's worth for it, but it was cold when it reached our table. *sad face* Nonetheless, I still liked it. I love the smoky, tangy barbecue sauce-smothered tender slab of ribs.

    Though their white sauce seems to be a big hit for most people, Cy and Pabs didn't like it. Pabs said there was too much sauce, he can't taste the bulalo in the Sizzling Bulalo anymore. It got lost in all the buttery, creamy flavor. Same goes for Cy. I guess different strokes for different folks.

    I think their Crispy Dinuguan is a must try. Perfectly crunchy. Perfect with another cup of rice. We all loved it. It was sooooo good.

    Overall, Sebo Pacific should still be on your must-visit spots in Cavite. After all, we must support hole-in-the-wall nooks like this! I don't know if that kitchen trouble was just a hiccup or it's a long standing problem but I think the dishes are still worth the trip (well, if you're from the South haha), but I do hope they do something about it. Another pro is that they have free Wi-Fi and unlimited ice! That definitely counts for something, no! Big groups of friends will definitely appreciate this place! Will come back for the Barbecue Wings! :)

    *

    Sebo Pacific is located at 332 Diamond Street, Perpetual Village 4 (inside Justinville), Panapaan 8, Bacoor, Cavite
    Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays / 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Contact No.: +639223841569
    Official Facebook Page
    @sebopacific on Instagram
    . Friday, July 24, 2015 .


    Blogging is one of the very few things I was able to sustain throughout the years. I am in no way an artist -- I can't hit notes, I'm no good at dancing, I'm not particularly exceptional at playing any instrument, I can't draw or paint to save my life, I take pretty interesting photos every now and then but writing (and eventually blogging) is the only solid creative outlet I have.

    I love weaving words, stitching in photos and forming stories until it fills the blank page that's been staring at me since I clicked the "New Post" button. I love to create something out of impulses and moments of pure inspiration and share it with everyone. I equally love it when days drag on and I just look fixedly at my laptop not knowing how to start. When my brain is ripe with ideas and I'm able to execute it the way I envisioned it, it gives me a certain satisfaction, a little calming rush. But sometimes there are just those moments when your mind is filled to the brim and yet you can't transform it into something, you can't seem to bleed.

    I remember late last year, I almost gave up blogging and I can't even recall the exact reason for it. I skipped a whole month here and it was not even because I had nothing to write about, maybe it's because too much was happening but I was so uninspired. I'm just so happy I got over that phase because I can't ever imagine my life not doing this. Ever.

    Whatever your creation maybe: a song, a photograph, your thesis, a novel or an app, before you finally produce your best piece of work, your magnum opus, the creative juices must be a constant stream, the innovative spark must not die and your muse must be looking down on you. So the question remains: Where the hell does one get inspiration? As the popular saying goes:

    Inspiration is everywhere.

    Here's my list (applicable to everything else as well):

    1. Food. My blog started out like others: with cryptic, angsty posts filled with emotions. Hahaha. As time went by, I focused on a certain niche, and that's giving feedback on different restaurants I try with my friends and folks. I love delectable dishes and a pleasant dining always puts me in a good mood. I figured, why not? It branched out to 'The Lazy Girl Tries To Cook" wherein I whip up something easy and filling and prompted gastronomical adventures when I visit different towns and regions. I love to eat, I love to write, let's do them both!  

    2. Music, movies and books. This is probably my biggest stimuli. This post is actually inspired by the first page of Chuck Palahniuk's novel, Diary (that photo at the top.) Great movies and soundtracks trigger me to write short stories and create playlists and most of the personal stuff I put here. I love discussing my favorite films, sharing my current mood through music and taking photos to capture moments. When you feel you think you're going through a creative drought, surround yourself with books, play some background music or just scroll through your favorite Instagram account.

    3. Observations. I love people watching. The simplest things I observe from other people prompts me to write. Day-to-day happenings, the weather, street art, people's remarks and comments, the surroundings, personal goals; I always have a little notebook and pen in hand, ready to jot down different ideas and concepts that come to mind.

    4. Other blogs, online art magazines, online design magazines, comics, etc. I spend so much time on my laptop that coursing my way through different websites is still the best way to keep interesting ideas at bay for me. The Internet's infinite and will never run out of fascinating things. Take advantage of it. Browse people's personal endeavors online like the 365 project, Pinterest, participate in link-ups, help other people turn their visions into reality, team up with other bloggers/designers/art enthusiasts, do a guest post, contribute an article, contribute your art.

    5. Going out, traveling, meeting and engaging with new people. I've been blessed to have been able to travel at least once a month since late last year and the feeling of first stepping foot on an unknown place never gets old, and I get to discover something new about myself each time I travel with my friends. It doesn't even have to be out of town trips! A few years ago, I decided to change my life's pace a bit. As opposed to forever staying home to sleep, I went out during weekends. I attended music festivals, art galleries, museums, met a ton of people from the local art and music scene, participated in blogging workshops and experimented on dating apps. Hahaha!

    Basically, these are the things and experiences that surround us. So yes, in a nutshell, inspiration is everywhere. But you see, here's the real truth:

    Inspiration is everywhere but you have to be looking.
    - Jane Pauley, The Texas Conference for Women

    You should have the initiative. Start something and do it everyday. Just make something beautiful, never mind what other people would think, never mind if other people don't care. Don't wait for your muse to come visit you in your dreams. Stop waiting for epiphanies. Stare at the blank page as long as you have to, write down whatever comes to mind, be willing to make mistakes. Go ahead and fill your canvas with colors of how you feel. Just show up and don't just wait for the inspiration come to you. Inspiration can only do so much for us. It's a boost and a driving force, but what sustains is when you work hard for it, the passion and always striving for the better. That's the most important thing: carrying on after the creative catalyst has passed and you're met with the tedious work that comes with it.

    Another tidbit of wisdom I found on this website:

    Like a mistress set out to tempt you, then suddenly leave, inspiration is not your true love. The work is.

    So whenever you feel unmotivated, just keep in mind that successful medical trials, unforgettable films, life-changing blog posts and heart-wrenching poems don't happen over night. Set aside your excuses. Just do it. Keep on going. Experiment. One day, the inspiration will come crashing through your door. Let it hang around and let it move you. Work even harder, then let go of it together with all your mistakes, stay passionate, and every little thing will be worth it.

    . Tuesday, July 21, 2015 .


    Coffee, tea or hot choco always seem to be the preferred accompaniment to reading a good book. True enough for me, I usually have hot choco on one hand while I flip through pages with the other. But you see, desserts are actually more fitting. There's nothing better than nibbling on your favorite sweet treats while getting lost in your favorite piece of popular literature. Well, the next best thing to that would be to munch on something that's actually lifted off your favorite book's pages, right? Enjoying a mug of Butterbeer while reading Harry Potter? How about strawberry crepes while burying your nose in Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl? That, in my opinion, is the finest way to fully appreciate a great story.

    Folks from Shari's Berries sent me a copy of this infographic to share with everyone, so the next time you pick up a copy of these novels, you would know what dessert to go with it! Enjoy!


    (Images from berries.com used with permission)
    . Sunday, July 19, 2015 .


    1. Spring. My friend, Terrence, brought this film to my attention as the movie boasts to be "a hybrid of Richard Linklater and H. P. Lovecraft." That reason was enough to make me devote around 2 hours of my weekend to watch this flick. The build up of the story was gradual (maybe considered slow for other people), treating us with picturesque scenery (like going through some European travelogue) and intelligent (and sometimes cynical) conversations while the plot marches on. I loved the exchange of breath-taking landscapes and mystical hints all throughout. I won't spoil the movie for you, if you're planning to watch it. Yes, it's definitely got the elements of Linklater's Before series in it and how Lovecraft comes in the picture, you have to see for yourself. Props to the directors for the blending 2 genres just right. Surprisingly good and memorable. (µ)

    2. True Romance. Watching this film made me feel like riding a rollercoaster. Exhilirating! Hahaha. Even though it's got a little bit of a cheesy romantic title, it is DEFINITELY anything but that. IT is an action/thriller/suspense/crime fueled-film with a powerhouse cast and kick ass director (also, penned by Tarantino). In-your-face violence, sex, rough language, pop culture references, great cameos (spot Brad Pitt in the movie!), true romance -- everything rolled into one! An absolutely brilliant film that deserve its cult status and a must-watch for every film lover. (µ)

    3. Ex Machina. This Alex Garland movie has been on my radar since late last year as it's consistently popping up as one of the must-see films of 2015. Garland, having also directed 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go (2 of my favorites), I figured this must be great as well. The movie was spell binding, I should say, and thought-provoking and complex. At some point, in the middle of all the mindfuckery, the story pushes you to the edge of your seat with your teeth gritting because you have no clue what's gonna happen next. It's an AI film without the car chases and fight scenes with armies of robots, it's sober and sleek and the naked truth about being human and gets under your skin by the end of the film. (µ)

    4. Almost Famous. Now where do I begin with this movie? First, is it weird that my favorite character was William Miller's overbearing mother (Frances McDormand) and not the free-spirited Band Aid, Penny Lane (Kate Hudson)? I've watched this film twice before but never really got to finish it. Last month, I was finally able to see it til the end and my God, this is one of the best films I've ever seen. I want to hug myself (lol) while watching it. Every line and dialogue was gold. Sooooo good. How did I even not finish it the first two times? Almost Famous is about William Miller but not really all about him. Almost Famous is about rock and roll but it's not a rock and roll film. It's a coming-of-age film that progressed to a much more elaborate story of heartbreaks, adventures, the world of rock and roll, honesty, life-changing music, self-discovery and every bit in between. It's all happening! (µ)

    5. Stoker. Stoker is one of those films that either you will love or you will hate. You see, you shouldn't always trust IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes when it comes to movie reviews because there will always be those films that everybody seems to agree to disagree. As for me, I loved this film. Not because it was directed by Park Chan-wook or because Mia Wasikowska was in it but because it was fantastic. The camera work was superb, the actors were impressive, I loved the little scenes that showed attention to detail (cinematography was stunning -- shoes, shoes and more shoes, blood-sprayed flowers, breaking of necks (lol), hems of dresses, body reactions, beautiful shot of the food, patterns on vases, the list goes on!) and for the most part that it was a sort of quiet movie with a certain twisted darkness undertone all throughout. It doesn't cater to everyone but I suggest you give it a shot. (µ)

    6. Rudderless. For one, I highly recommend you seeing this for the music. The songs alone are enough cause to see Rudderless. William H. Macy's indie directorial debut didn't fail to induce tears and leave a heaviness in my heart. The synopsis of the film may sound like a downer (and yes, there are moments that your eyes will well up), but it's also a story about coping and healing through music. It also gave me a different perspective, how it is on the other side. Billy Crudup was exceptional in his role as well as Anton Yelchin (though the kid's hair bothered me a bit lol). If a friend hadn't told me the gist of the story before hand, I would have been in for a treat because of the out of the ordinary story line. So it's best to watch the film without reading the spoilers. Well done, WHM. (µ)

    . Thursday, July 16, 2015 .


    I kept putting off posting about Day 2 of our El Nido trip last month because I dreaded the tasks that lie with completing a travel blog post: sorting photos, identifying which pictures were taken where, remembering the places and getting screenshots from Ian and Charm's combined GoPro videos. Anyway, this post is up, so that just means I managed to do everything, finally. I'm still trying to be as comprehensive as possible in blogging about my travels, so my apologies if you find the information inadequate. If you have any queries, feel free to drop a comment. So without further ado...

    (Backtrack: First day at El Nido and the Tour B Adventure)
    (Related Reading: El Nido Adventures Part Three - Tour A)
    (Related Reading: El Nido Adventures Part Four - Nacpan & Calitang Twin Beaches)

    Day Two

    After a quick breakfast again at Silog Republic, we started our Tour C adventure. We were now joined by Honey's cousin and funny girl, Doll, and her friend, Garnet. The morning was not so bad, still gloomy and all; this time, we were accompanied by another big group of Pinoy travelers.

    Our boatman cut off the boat's engine about 45 minutes after we left Buena Suerte's shore. We were informed that our first stop for the day was the Hidden Beach.


    . Tuesday, July 14, 2015 .


    One. “Be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside.” Click here to read (and hear) this rare 1995 interview with Jeff Buckley wherein he discusses his philosophies on life and music.

    Two. A few days back, someone who attended Comic-Con leaked the trailer for David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Since then, according to a statement by Warner Brothers posted on the film's official Facebook page, they have been doing measures to contain the clip but they failed. So they just released the high quality trailer for the reason they 'cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from their presentation.'


    The debate about Jared Leto's version of Joker is just endless. I know, I know, Mark Hamill is the real Joker and yes, Heath Ledger had the best performance as the villain. But I wouldn't toss the film just because of those facts. I'm actually more excited to see Jay Hernandez, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis! The trailer music was spot on too!

    Suicide Squad will be in theaters August 5, 2016.

    Three. I finally got to watch Jurassic World over the weekend! I got goosebumps when I heard the Jurassic Park theme again after 18 years. Pure nostalgia. Though I was hoping Chris Pratt would be funny or witty as the main lead, but it turned out to be this grumpy dinosaur-whisperer character. The storyline had a lot of loop holes too. But anyway, one of the things that I cannot forget about the film was how Zara, Bryce Dallas Howard's assistant, died. It was too much and a bit traumatic, actually. Apparently, I was not the only one who asked Why does Zara have to die so horribly in Jurassic World?

    Four. This very interesting and informative (but sad) piece about the "lonely deaths" of the Japanese elderly called kodokushi and how Toru Koremura's company, Risk-Benefit, fits in the picture. I haven't read such a well-written article for so long until this.

    Five. The Breakfast category of Roads & Kingdoms' website. I hope to do something like this in the future. Check out the June 25th entry!

    Six. The Power of 29: An Ode to Being Almost 30. THIS. This couldn't get any more accurate for me. When I was 23, I had no clue where I was going. When I was 25, I still had no clue. Aneth tweeted this question yesterday in which I quickly responded:

    Of course, I had ~*~no regrets~*~ about all my previous juvenile choices. Every slump in the road lead to where I am right now, and I know this is where I'm supposed to be. Everything started to change when I hit 26, just after my quarter life crisis. Here I am now, 28 years old and nowhere near where I was 5 years ago.


    . Friday, July 10, 2015 .


    This week sure did bring a whole lot of rain to the city. Traffic's already bad enough on normal days, bringing a heavy downpour to the equation could really, really, REALLY test one's patience. Aside from the fact that I got sick the past few days, it's been an okay week for me. Here's my third list for this link-up:

    1. My weekend is longer than my work week. I'm still enjoying my 5-day weekend right now. :)

    2. Date night with my family. I wasn't able to go home last week so I arranged a dinner date with my folks when I arrived home last Thursday.

    3. A creative collaboration with a certain brand. But the pressure. The pressure!

    4. Garlic cream cheese and tomato toast!

    5. Polite and funny conversations with cab drivers during traffic. Some of them have the most insane and hilarious stories!

    6. My latest unhealthy obsession: Mi Goreng topped with fried egg.

    7. Everything on 8-bitfiction. Gold.

    8. Crossing out bills that I've paid for on my list. #Adulthood2K15

    9. This video. I still laugh each and every time I watch it! Hahaha!

    10. Seeing Neve Campbell and Hilarie Burton in Grey's Anatomy.


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    . Thursday, July 09, 2015 .


    Yesterday, I made a list minute decision to do a photowalk at BGC for this project I'm working on. I didn't mind the weather since I needed a little drizzle for the photos. But when I arrived at High Street, the rain started to pour hard. There were barely any people there as much as I want to just people watch and take random pictures, so after a good half hour and much Google-ing, I decided to just make most of my time and effort by wandering around to find the art works made during the ArtBGC Next Act One Festival and maybe discover some other more along the way. I've been seeing some of the murals whenever I commute to and from work and I figured I'd take the rainy opportunity to do a sort of art hunt.

    Armed with my hoodie, this map and my ever trusty folding umbrella, I traipsed all over BGC to find these graffiti gems. (Disclaimer: I admit to not knowing any of the artists featured during the festival. Thankfully, the Internet is here to the rescue.)


    First up is this art by Nate Frizzell which can be found at Fully Booked (Marker E on the map). I've noticed that most of his works are combination of children and animals, this not being an exception. Looking at this particular piece, I can't help but feel the innocence, with the possibility of a wild heart underneath it. And this totally reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes. (Official site / Instagram)


    The second one I saw was this really huge mural (here's a scale for better idea) that's the width of an entire building wall, particularly the Icon Plaza (Marker D on the map). It was made by CYRCLE, a 2-artist team from Los Angeles, California. If I am not mistaken, this wall art is called Between the Lines, which is part of their exhibition titled Nothing Exists! Tilt your head to the right -- I love how this actually looks like an astronaut hovering outside planet Earth! (Official site / Facebook / Instagram)


    Faile is a Brooklyn-based duo that while their primary approach is centered around painting and print-making, over the past decade, Faile has adapted its signature mass culture-driven iconography to vast array of materials and techniques, from wooden boxes and window pallets to more traditional canvas, prints, sculptures, stencils, installation, and prayer wheels. (source) This is my second favorite out of all the murals I've seen. :) You can see this painted on the wall of the One Icon Place (Marker C on the map.) (Official site / Facebook / Instagram)


    I wish I took a better photo of AKACorleone's burst of color artwork instead of this one with a light pole in the middle (Marker B on the map). AKACorleone is Pedro Campiche's illustrator/graphic designer pseudonym. He is from Lisbon, Portugal, and his works are always a visual treat: captivating illustrations, experimental typography and strong hues. (Official site / Facebook / Instagram)


    Right beside AKA Corleone's illustration are these 2 murals made by Dee Jae Pa’este, which is part of a 4-mural art work called Mother Nature. Mother Nature was featured in last year's Arts BGC's Music in Art, Music is Art. I've already seen the first one before, when we would frequent Early Bird Breakfast Club but was surprised when I saw the second mural when I made a turn for the stairs towards High Street! (Instagram)


    Tucked in a little corner of the Globe Tower (Marker F in the map), this piece by Drew Merritt is my favorite out of the bunch. I felt a little bit sad just by looking at it, like there was some sort of inner struggle and loneliness in it. I don't really know if that's what he's trying to convey but I think it's powerful that his art was able to invoke intense emotions from spectators. (Official site / Facebook / Instagram)


    This one, titled Andres, Katipunan Supremo. is by Doppel. It was also featured in 2014's Music in Art, Music is Art by ArtBGC. (Official site / Facebook)


    And it came full circle. The last graffiti I saw that gloomy day was another one by Nate Frizzell. This one is located at ROX. There are actually a couple more of his works within High Street that I wasn't able to see because I made the decision to go home.

    I've been living in the Taguig area for a few months now, and this is a great way of enjoying long walks along its streets, plus you get acquainted and get to learn to new types of art. Heck, I enjoyed it a lot even it was raining! Down side though is I'm currently down with the flu. Hahaha. Looking forward to doing another photo walk next week for those graffiti I've missed! Yay! More solo adventures!

    . Wednesday, July 01, 2015 .


    In this day and age, there is an abundance of smartphone apps that suit every possible human need, and the good news is, chances are, it's free! Did you know that there are about 1.4 million available apps for download in the Google Play Store? Crazy, right? But sadly, a lot of these are are mostly badly-designed and pop up-filled apps. Don't worry though, for every pile of bad apps, there's always a gem or two tucked somewhere there. 

    I've aggregated a brief list of Android apps that, basically, I never knew I would need until I had them on my phone. All of these are free but some of them offer premium/paid versions. Most are "Ooh. I didn't know there's an app for that!" types, and a bonus one that, personally, would be a life saver for me in some situations. LOL. Here's the shortlist:

    1. CamScanner

    I'm one of those people that when asked for scanned copies of documents, notes or other forms of paperwork, I just take photos of it then do some editing until it looks like it actually came out of a scanner. I am just so thankful for this app! All you need to do is take a snap of the document or the receipt or whatever it is and the app auto enhances the image to make it readable! It also recognizes texts in images so it's easier for you to search through all the documents. Best of all, you could instantly share it to social media, through e-mail or just save a copy of it in your phone!

    Also available in the Apple App Store.

    2. PackPoint


    I've been doing a lot of traveling lately but I have to admit, I hate packing. I always think that I'll forget something important or I don't know if I have enough clothes thrown in or what articles of clothing I should actually bring because of different activities. I actually forgot to bring our boarding passes during our flight to PPS for our El Nido trip which defeated the purpose of web check-in. Hahaha, PackPoint, for me, is heaven sent. It will organize and generate a list of things you would need to bring based on how long the trip is, the weather, the activities you planned and the location. Now I'll never leave anything out! I love their interface too! :)

    Also available in the Apple App Store.

    3. Shazam

    This is my go-to app for my movie soundtrack needs. The developers of this app are geniuses. Ian was the first one who introduced me to this app. We were inside a cab, a song played that we ended up liking but have no idea about. Instead of deciphering the lyrics and Google-ing it, he whipped out his phone and launched Shazam, and after a few seconds, the app was able to identify the song and the artist. After witnessing that feat, I immediately downloaded it at my phone. Now I use it to find out the song titles when watching films and my favorite TV series.


    4. GrabTaxi/Easy Taxi/Uber

    Any of these three cab-booking apps is wonderful. Of course, Uber is still the best (guaranteed top of the line vehicles and friendly drivers) but since I've sworn never to touch another credit card again, I've been mainly using GrabTaxi, and if the need comes, Easy Taxi. It's just that there are way more GrabTaxi cabs than Easy Taxi ones. Commuting at night became easier thanks to these booking apps. You don't have it in your phone? Why? Download it now.


    At the end of every lunch or dinner with friends is that task of splitting the bill. Lucky for us, Muffet (whether she wants it or not haha) takes that role. I found this simple app that equally splits a group's bill complete with tax and discount calculation. Now, no one has to have accounting of the bill as their dessert! There are a couple of other Google Play apps that does this kind of thing but so far, Advanced Bill Splitter's interface is the best for me.

    BONUS: Fake Text Message

    You're probably saying "Why would you need that?" Hahaha. Indeed, this app looks and sounds like trouble. But you see, I'm a little bit on the introverted side. And small talks with me are usually painfully awkward, and there are times that I just want to get out of the conversation without appearing rude. Not you, it's really me. Seriously. I haven't used this yet but I think it will be useful for me in the future if ever I'm met with sticky situations.

    That's it! Have you tried any of these? Do you have any more recommended apps for Android users?