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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.


    When I received the invite for BioBalance Insititute's "D"-coding, the first thing that came to mind was "There's actually a condition such as Vitamin D deficiency?" For us Filipinos that live in a tropical country, you would think that we are far from having insufficient sun exposure -- which we all know enhances the absorption of calcium, but a local research shows that 70% of Filipinos are actually low on the D. And for me, Vitamin D is one of those that I admit I have very limited knowledge on.

    BioBalance Institute is the first ever established wellness center that focuses on this concept: balance the borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities in nutrients, toxins, enzymes, hormones, cells, and other bioactive agents found in the body, also known as Health Optimization Medicine or HOMe. These "borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities of nutrients" are first measured through comprehensive testing, then a bespoke food and supplement protocol is carefully crafted to return you to optimal nutrient balance. Each body has a unique nutrient and metabolic profile, so your optimal levels will be different from others. Increased energy, resistance to disease, and overall vitality are but a few of the benefits of being in optimal health.

    . Sunday, November 29, 2015 .

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    . Sunday, November 29, 2015 .


    When I received the invite for BioBalance Insititute's "D"-coding, the first thing that came to mind was "There's actually a condition such as Vitamin D deficiency?" For us Filipinos that live in a tropical country, you would think that we are far from having insufficient sun exposure -- which we all know enhances the absorption of calcium, but a local research shows that 70% of Filipinos are actually low on the D. And for me, Vitamin D is one of those that I admit I have very limited knowledge on.

    BioBalance Institute is the first ever established wellness center that focuses on this concept: balance the borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities in nutrients, toxins, enzymes, hormones, cells, and other bioactive agents found in the body, also known as Health Optimization Medicine or HOMe. These "borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities of nutrients" are first measured through comprehensive testing, then a bespoke food and supplement protocol is carefully crafted to return you to optimal nutrient balance. Each body has a unique nutrient and metabolic profile, so your optimal levels will be different from others. Increased energy, resistance to disease, and overall vitality are but a few of the benefits of being in optimal health.

    . Friday, November 27, 2015 .


    I went on full Japanese flicks marathon around the middle of this month! Early November was peppered with a lot of news that sent little ripples through my placid state of mind. It's nothing major, really. Just a few tweaks here and there. Anyway, as I've mentioned a handful of times before, reading manga has been one of my preferred past times recently. Reading manga consequently makes you watch the anime versions and/or its live action film adaptations. So here's a couple that I've watched a few weekends back: (There are some spoilers.)

    1. Kimi ni Todoke. (From Me To You) I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film. A few months back, I just decided to download a bunch of shoujo/slice of life themed movies after sorting through different lists when you Google 'best romantic comedy Japanese films.' Hehe. I've seen Koizora prior to this and I have to admit I like Haruma Miura better here. Kudos to his acting chops for being able to pull it off, considering the characters are from different ends of the stick (I read that he's in Attack on Titan as well, maybe will watch it later). Kimi ni Todoke is a feel good, light-hearted film that I found myself watching after a stressful day at work. Mikako Tabe is just sooo cute! What I like about it too is that the usual exaggerated actions of manga/anime characters are executed well. (µ)

    2. Kinkyori Ren Ai. Based from the shoujo manga penned by Rin Mikimoto, in a nutshell, is about a love story between an 18 year-old student and her 27 year-old sensei. Now that may raise eyebrows but it's actually a common storyline with mangas. The first one I've read with the same age gap angle was Hirunaka no Ryuusei, which I really, really loved. Anyway, back to the film. Tomohisa Yamashita (Haruka Sakurai) is such a looker, which I thought was great for the part; Nana Komatsu (Yuni Kururugi) was spot on with her deadpan, cold personality. And they look good on screen. They have great chemistry which makes it all the more believable, no awkwardness at all. Some points I do not like: no back story for Yuni's character and the ending. But overall, it's still a good film. (µ)


    . Tuesday, November 24, 2015 .

    Do you like anything handmade, collaborate with other artists or just geek out for an entire day (or two!) and surround yourself with art, all for a good cause? Read on then!

    Type lovers and lettering enthusiasts will be in for a treat! This coming December 12th and 13th, the team behind Type Kita will be holding the 3rd installment of their annual typography exhibit! The previous Type Kita exhibits offered visitors with an incredible showcase of local typographic art pieces, on-the-spot workshops by some of the country’s well-known hand-letterers and calligraphers, and for the bargain hunters, a slew of handmade crafts and printed goods from local entrepreneurs. 

    The 3rd Type Kita exhibit promises to be even bigger than before, with over 60 participating exhibitors and artists sharing their talent for this event-for-a-cause. Set during the holiday season, the Type Kita exhibit will serve as a big Christmas gathering for type enthusiasts around the metro! With live art, demos, art trade and gift giving activities, it’s the perfect holiday feast for type lovers!

    With the theme “Pass on the Passion,” the event aims to foster camaraderie and to strengthen the local type community during the Christmas season by focusing on the value of collaboration and sharing! With this event, type-enthusiasts can give back to the community and share their passion to others as well. Proceeds from the event will be for the benefit of PEARLS -- a non-profit organization that aims to provide unprivileged kids with Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love & Smiles.


    . Tuesday, November 17, 2015 .

    Image from Pickle.ph
    Indulging myself in delicious food, I realized, is one of the things I can never truly give up on. Ever. I learned that through years and years of "dieting" and some attempts at a healthier lifestyle (also, I mostly blog about food so IDK why I even bothered). I could safely say that last year was the most success I've had in years because I actually enrolled in a gym and changed my eating habits! I think I can say that I have tried it all: slimming pills, crash diets, the works! But I guess I'm one who can't let go of good grub. I can't imagine myself not eating carbs for the rest of my existence. There's got to be more to life than this!

    I've heard about calorie-controlled meals because it made quite a buzz the past year. I've also had colleagues try it which had significant results. As much as it had intrigued me, I never tried it because I had this notion in mind that diets always equated to bland food. I was proven wrong when I tried Pickle Food Co for an entire week.


    I had my meals delivered at work since I work nights. They arrive in this manner, each in microwavable containers with little bright stickers as labels (complete with motivational phrases!) and instructions if the food needed to be heated or best eaten cold.


    . Sunday, November 15, 2015 .


    I remember when I first started using Instagram back in '13, it was just basically where I dump photos in square form. There was no VSCO or Afterlight yet and everyone made use of Instagram's own filters (Rise and Valencia were my preferred ones) and no one really cared how crappy your photos were. It could go from places to faces to something super random in the most weird angles and the lowest of low resolutions.

    But now the game has changed. People prefer to 'curate' their feeds to best represent their aesthetic and somehow show their brand. It's all good because, of course, you'd want to 'follow' someone who always posts something that's pretty and creative, right? Instagram became much more than an online photo album. Nowadays, people actually earn money from posting photos. Everyone certainly upped the ante. #flatlay #feedgoals

    We all like wasting time looking at our phones, scrolling through feeds, might as well make it worth our time, right? I love those accounts that offer fresh ideas amid the sea of generic accounts that look like the same thing. Something that encourages me to start something new and creative as well. I don't know if I can ever have the same dedication and inventiveness as some of these people but every once in a while, the inspiration does rub off on me!


    . Tuesday, November 10, 2015 .


    Aside from keeping journals, I am a big, big fan of planners. For one, it helps my mind unclutter (I try to keep too many lists in my head), remember important appointments, and listing down things actually calm me down (I'm not the only one). I get little panic attacks when I realize I have too much on my plate (e.g. when the things I need to blog about keep on piling up, among other things) and jotting it down in bullet points somehow soothes my nerves. For me, choosing a planner is serious business. Hahaha. 

    How serious? Serious to the point that I have specifications. HAHAHA. First, it has to be in black and white or gray. I like it really simple but efficient. I do exhaust my planners and actually fill every page with scribbles, so I make it a point to find an organizer that has enough space for all my doodles and little notes. I tend to lean on minimalist designs because I really need all that space. Also, it has to be budget-friendly. I can't really imagine myself getting a moleskin planner for the sole reason that it's too pricey, I would rather not write on it. My preferred planner from 2013 to 2014 was Slate because I loved the incorporation of films in it. The cover was simple but I loved all the artwork inside! Then I switched to Moonleaf's because it was the epitome of a perfect planner to me. No fuss and sleek. It does the job.

    I was set on getting Moonleaf's 2016 planner again but after going through some lists, I found some favorites. Here are my top 5 top 6 2016 planner picks!


    . Thursday, November 05, 2015 .


    There's so much happening right now that sometimes, I can't help but freak out. No, not the full-on going berserk mode, but more of the, "Hey, let me take a moment to stare into space so I could fully digest all the things you're telling me right now." kind. The last week of October up until mid-November will keep me preoccupied once again because of our current workload, add the fact that my schedule got pushed later by an hour because of DST. I have so much emotions for all the things that's going on with my friends, I can't totally wrap my head around all the new information.

    . Monday, November 02, 2015 .


    Being in tip-top shape has always been at the top of my New Year's resolution list every year. Some years, I was able to attain my ideal weight, but most years, I don't bother. I think one's perspective of being healthy sometimes depend at what stage you are in your life. At least for me, that is. I remember back in college, I was obsessed with losing so much weight that I took shortcuts (crash diet + slimming pills combo) to achieve it. I did lose a considerable number of pounds but I gained it back as fast as I lost it. And though I was so thin, I felt so unhealthy. Years passed and then came the realization that as you add more years to your age, the harder it is to keep off the weight. I've always been on the chubby side, and I came to terms that I will never be super thin unless I totally give up on everything I love (I really can't. Just can't. I love food too much.) 

    Late 2013, I was at my heaviest and decided I needed some lifestyle change. I took the longer and better route: signed up for a gym membership and drastically changed my eating habits. Slowly, I was shedding off pounds and feeling more energetic. I've never felt better in my life! Hahaha! But old habits die hard. When I'm too tired from work, I skip preparing my meals and resort to fast food deliveries. And before I realized it, I'm gaining weight again.