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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.


    (Backtrack: First day at El Nido and the Tour B adventure)
    (Backtrack: El Nido Adventure Part Two - Tour C)
    (Backtrack: El Nido Adventures Part Three - Tour A)

    As if the beautiful islands and lagoons weren't enough, we ended our El Nido trip the most splendid way possible: spending a day at Nacpan.

    After our hearty lunch at Angel Wish, we were whisked off to the off beaten path leading to Barangay Bucana, where our accommodation, Where 2 Next, is located. Getting there took us about an hour, maybe an hour and 10 minutes tops. Our tricycle even got stuck in the mud because it's been raining the entire week in El Nido. I was really excited reaching the twin beaches because it's said to be breathtaking and still unspoiled.


    We arrived at Where 2 Next and was greeted by one of the owners/manager, Vicky. Yes, this is the same Where 2 Next in Manila, but instead of a hostel, they provide camping grounds for their guests. The Nacpan branch, at the time of our visit, was still new. In fact, there's still some construction on going when we got there. We really didn't mind though. They only accept guests who made reservations via hostelworld.com, and I think that's how Ian found out about them. Vicky even told us we were the first Filipino guests of the camp! Camping during our last 2 days in El Nido? Perfect!


    . Thursday, August 27, 2015 .

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    . Thursday, August 27, 2015 .


    (Backtrack: First day at El Nido and the Tour B adventure)
    (Backtrack: El Nido Adventure Part Two - Tour C)
    (Backtrack: El Nido Adventures Part Three - Tour A)

    As if the beautiful islands and lagoons weren't enough, we ended our El Nido trip the most splendid way possible: spending a day at Nacpan.

    After our hearty lunch at Angel Wish, we were whisked off to the off beaten path leading to Barangay Bucana, where our accommodation, Where 2 Next, is located. Getting there took us about an hour, maybe an hour and 10 minutes tops. Our tricycle even got stuck in the mud because it's been raining the entire week in El Nido. I was really excited reaching the twin beaches because it's said to be breathtaking and still unspoiled.


    We arrived at Where 2 Next and was greeted by one of the owners/manager, Vicky. Yes, this is the same Where 2 Next in Manila, but instead of a hostel, they provide camping grounds for their guests. The Nacpan branch, at the time of our visit, was still new. In fact, there's still some construction on going when we got there. We really didn't mind though. They only accept guests who made reservations via hostelworld.com, and I think that's how Ian found out about them. Vicky even told us we were the first Filipino guests of the camp! Camping during our last 2 days in El Nido? Perfect!


    . Monday, August 24, 2015 .


    This week, it's half new movies and half old ones!

    1. Dark Places. It was a movie with Charlize Theron in it and was based from Gillian Flynn's book with the same title, and yet I've never really heard about the film until I saw a link from a blog. There wasn't so much buzz or exposure about the existence of this film. I'm surprised it was not hyped given the 2 points I mentioned above. So was it a good film? Yes, it was not that bad. It's decent to watch but I found the story trudging at one point and overall, it's not that memorable. I thought there was a bit of miscast too. (ยต)

    2. Far From The Madding Crowd. Only reason I bothered watching this: Carey Mulligan. I've never read the classic novel by Thomas Hardy (shame) nor watched the first adaptation of it. The cinematography was great! I loved seeing the beautiful, lush English countryside, but the protagonist of the film, Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan) took forever to make the right decision regarding the matters of the heart. She's established that she's a woman who values her independence and declined many wedding proposals but fell in love with the person people told her to stay away from. Oh well, it happens to the best of us, I guess. Hahaha. I wished there was more of Juno Temple's character, too. Her importance in the film appeared too limited.


    . Sunday, August 23, 2015 .

    Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal
    One These new behind the scene photos of Harley Quinn inking a man's arm, and the sign that reads "Harley's Tattoo Parlour." Jay Hernandez also posted other photos from the set.

    Two This video of Batdad and his son, Ben. Super cute and funny! (I would love to put the video here but I always have a hard time embedding Facebook's code.)

    Three I've been reading a lot of write-ups about The Witch lately, which I found really awesome. Here's the trailer:


    Four I have never watched American Horror Story because I am such a chicken shit sometimes. But when I saw these American Horror Story: Hotel teasers, I wanted to download all the past seasons and binge watch it. Okay, let me think about it first. Hahaha.

    Five Theuselessweb.com. Because the Internet is filled with everything and nothing. If you just want to waste time, visit the website and explore the world wide web's most pointless places. Have absolutely nothing to do right now? Here's a list of some other more just like it.

    Six Mindy Kaling's Guide To Killer Confidence. "Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine." Best piece of advice ever.

    Seven For all your classic horror book needs (for free!), click here.

    Eight I'm on the 7th season of Parks & Recreation and it kinda sucks that it's coming to an end. When I saw the Unity Concert episode that featured The Decemberists, Yo La Tengo and Letters to Cleo (OMGYES!!!), it made me a bit teary-eyed. Hahaha. I seriously have gotten so attached to this series. So here's every single time that Andy Dwyer sang on Parks & Recreation, before he's the all ripped and sexy Star-Lord.

    Nine Still trying to finish everything on this list for the remaining months of 2015, and here's another list by IndieWire of the up and coming movies this fall. So excited for Crimson Peak, Spotlight, In the Heart of the Sea and Room!

    Ten Have you read about Banksy's new art exhibition called Dismaland? It's this depressing 'bemusement' park that artist Banksy created that shows the grim realities of life, with his usual politically-charged and often comical works. It's like a sad, catastrophic version of Disneyland. I really loved his take on these Disney princesses:

    Photo from The Daily Mail
    Photo from The Daily Mail

    . Saturday, August 22, 2015 .

    Street art by Bogie Ruiz, can be seen along EDSA-Magallanes.
    I'm just so happy that the third busiest time of the year at work is coming to a close! I was able to catch up on my writing deadlines and now have time here. I just became aware of the fact that Friday's 10 Happy Things is on it's 18th week but I'm just on my 4th entry! Hahaha. Oh well.

    Here's my list for this week:

    1. No more queued editing tasks! Woohoo! I know it's all I blabbed about in my previous entries but the amount of work we had the past 2 weeks had been insane. Like, an hour before the end of my shift, there would still be 40 tasks pending and I kind of die a little inside. Hahaha. I'm just glad things have began to simmer down.

    2. John Mayer's Continuum. I've been listening to it everyday the past week. I'm in love with this album and I wonder why I never took time to listen to it before.

    3. Went to Fully Booked BHS last Wednesday because I had the time (naks!) with the intention of buying David Levithan's The Realm of Possibility. But then I saw The Art of Satoshi Kon and The Art of Howl's Moving Castle, and decided just to save my money for those. I am  definitely getting them next week. Definitely.

    4. I checked my Twitter after I got home from Fully Booked and saw Helga's tweet. I asked her where she got it and she said from Fully Booked BHS (-_-) I really wanted to go back that moment but she suggested that I call to reserve copies then pick it up the next day. Turns out that Comic Alley BHS ran out of stocks so I went to Comic Quest in Megamall instead and finally got my copies! Yey!


    5. Morning walks with my brother. We're attempting to live healthier lives. Hahaha.

    6. Received a few e-mails this week for collaborations. :)

    7. Chapter 6 of Tsubaki chou Lonely Planet was finally released! Currently. So. Addicted. To. Manga.

    8. The news of Ruined Heart finally premiering here! I thought it would never get shown here, honestly. Details here.

    9. I've got a whole new bunch of films to watch for the weekends. Thanks, Terr! :)

    10. I'm just glad I made it to work tonight without being late. It was raining non-stop the whole day, and there was this knee-deep flood in front of our house (lol, what's new) that made me think twice about going to work. Fortunately, there's no traffic because it's a holiday. What a great way to close the week!


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    . Thursday, August 20, 2015 .


    During the past few arduous weeks at work, there were only 2 things that I look forward to at the end of the a tiring day to destress: reading manga and browsing Etsy for bedroom fixtures. Around 3 or so months ago, I moved to a condominium in Taguig with a friend, and it being the first time that I get my own room (I've lived in studio-types before in Makati), I've been kind of obsessed with decorating it. This is what a corner of it looks like now --yes, everything is predominantly in black and white, well, because I love black and white.

    I lean towards "effortless" designing (okay, I may just be lazy haha) and a bit of organized chaos. I'd trade picture frames for those electrical tapes to put photos and other things on the walls, and I'd rather have books pile up in a corner than have book shelves or book ends.

    Here are a few cute picks I've stumbled upon on Etsy and some other sites when I searched for pegs: 


    One Staggered pendant cluster lighting. I don't even need fourteen pendant lights. Haha. Maybe three is enough. Just to hang it beside the bed just like how it's shown on the photo. I don't have much space to have an actual bedside lamp so this is just perfect.

    Two Vintage metal alarm clock. Seriously need an alarm clock. This vintage one just looks so classy.

    Three Study table by Cactus. I've always wanted a little nook in my room where I can do my work properly and comfortably. As of the moment, I'm still figuring out how to position my table in a way that the natural light coming from the window would be more utilized. I haven't figured it out yet... so I do my work on the bed. Haha. #smallspaceproblems

    Four This particular poster. I live by these words. Haha. I need this in my life!

    Five // Six Pillows with geometric prints/designs. I like clean prints as accents. There's something soothing about straight lines and color blocks. So easy on the eyes. I always thought geometric prints are a great way to jazz up a minimalist, all-white room without going overboard!

    I normally do not delve into posting mood and inspiration boards because I know nothing about design (haha), but lately, the adult in me had me squealing at window treatments, duvets and bed sheets and side tables and clothes racks and quick trips to Ace Hardware. And I just need something to keep me on track throughout this whole deal. I easily get distracted so I figured this is a good way to visualize how I want the end product to be.

    Do you have any design inspirations you can share? :)

    . Wednesday, August 19, 2015 .


    I love desserts. I love pastries. Every meal is never complete without something sweet to end it. Whenever there's a new cupcake/eclair/macaron spot in town, I'm there. My blog sidebar can attest to that. I like to try out the newest dessert craze in town: cronuts, cupcakes topped with macarons, milk and cookie shots, salted caramel everything, and all that jazz, but I will never pass up the chance for goodies like quiches, canolis, pies and empanadas. Pastries, both sweet and savory, are something I love. 

    But my passion for pastries end there. I don't know if you could even call it that because my so-called eagerness never really reached the point where I actually thought of making the desserts myself or where I actually researched the science behind the baking. When I got the opportunity to cover the opening of Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts last August 5, I figured maybe this is some sort of omen that it's about time to venture to into the world of baking.

    The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines is under the flagship of the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia and is co-founded by world-renowned chef and MOF (2000) recipient, Jean-Francois Arnaud. I honestly had no idea how prestigious the award is until I looked it up and saw this article on Facebook. You're basically King of Pastry when you receive that award.

    Chef Jean has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and hotels and has participated and won numerous awards in artistic pastry, chocolate showpieces, and sugar arts competitions. His recipes have appeared in top pastry publications around the world like the Thuries Gastronomie Magazine and he has also participated in salon de chocolate, creating chocolate dresses for fashion shows. He has also served as Technical Director of the Ecole Nationale Superieure dela Patisserie (ENSP), which is recognized as the best pastry school in France. He came to Malaysia in 2009 to serve as international consultant for brands like Fonterra, Haagen-Dazs, Club Med group, and the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia. Wow. That just speaks volumes for this institute!


    Being the first ones to arrive, we were given the chance to meet some of the in-house instructors of the academy. The first pastry chef we met was Jess Chiam Ko Seen--one of the Executive Pastry Chefs at the academy. He was busy finishing the desserts on the table but was very accommodating to answer all our queries regarding the length of preparation for the desserts. Ironically, most of the fillings of the desserts take the shortest amount of time to prepare. It's the decorations (that perfect chocolate shaving, the little golden leaves or tiny butterflies on your dessert) that take a week or two to make.

    Pastry Chef Tan Wei Loon, Assistant Pastry Chef Tay Chee Siang and Assistant Pastry Chef Chong Ko Wai


    . Thursday, August 13, 2015 .


    Hello! I just realized it's almost mid-August and I haven't posted anything here yet! It was (and still is) an extremely busy month for me at work, all the extra time I have, I devote to sleeping and reading manga to relieve stress until I fall asleep. Hehe. (I've finished Hirunaka no Ryuusei, Ao Haru Ride and Hibi Chou Chou, and currently reading Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun and Tsubaki Chou Lonely Planet! Any recommendations?) Of course, I still manage to reply to blog comments, tweet and post photos in Instagram, but 95% of the time, my mind is just too fried to complete an entire blog post. Despite being so preoccupied the past two weeks, I managed to squeeze a few things in between. But I guess, I have to stop for the mean time. I'm loaded with write-ups to finish!

    One // Two. I succeeded convincing my parents to finally push through with the over-the-weekend staycation at Hotel H2O. I even brought my laptop there because I really wanted to write but we ended up buying tickets for Manila Ocean Park and spent an entire day roaming around. Have you been to Yexel's Toy Museum there? I gasped at the sight of the Storm Troopers! In the end, I didn't get any work done but I'm still happy I get to see up close a nautilus and penguins!

    Three // Four. I also went to Book & Borders Cafe's grand opening in Tomas Morato a few weeks back. It's perfect for bibliophiles because they have a wide range of contemporary books. The desserts that they offer were delicious. So good. I swear by it! I'll be writing about them for another website, that I hope I finish before this week ends. Hope to be back there again with friends!

    Five // Six. Seriously thought of taking a sabbatical for 6 months to enroll at Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts which officially opened last August 5. I have never ending love for sweets and being there, watching the magic happen, was exceptionally inspiring and motivating. I was only able to taste the eclairs because I had to leave the event early for work but damn, those were great! I can't wait for our chocolate-making weekend there this September!

    Seven // Eight. And just this Tuesday, I went to Intramuros to attend another event and was able to go back and visit my Alma Mater, Mapua. I never thought I'd miss school that much, not until I was standing in front and all my college memories came rushing! Hahaha. I barely recognize Mapua, it looked so different and I found myself saddened by that fact. Nostalgia at its finest. I've never stepped foot in Manila for a long while now and seeing the places I frequent to before just stirred up a lot of forgotten memories. But it was all good! Those few years in college were one of the best times of my life. :)



    So there you have it. Just a very quick update on how things are going right now. I wish you guys are having the best time as well! Things at work would be a bit mellow starting next week so I think (and I really hope) I would finally have time to finish everything in my Drafts folder. Before we know it, August is over and the ber (and brrrr) months are here. Then it's time to bring out the Christmas decorations once again! (Also, I have to turn 29 first. HAHAHA.) Why is everything so fast right now? Help! I need an extra day for my weekends!

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