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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.


    After seeing The Jealous Curator's feature of Anatol Knotek's works, it surely left an impression on me. More than images, I like words and the art that come with it, and with Knotek's creations, it is an intricate and delicate mix of the two. And his ability to turn words and languages into something tangible is an incredible feat.

    Originally interested more in classical fine arts and painting, Anatol Knotek, from Vienna, Austria, his fascination with visual poetry after an encounter with an Austrian artist made him shift gears towards it more than a decade ago. Most of his works are as simple and as minimal as it can get but always with a loud, unmistakable meaning. He has a clever way of arranging and shaping phrases (scratch, burn, fade, bleed, among others), words and letters, making them malleable enough for him to create a whole new meaning. Some you get right off the bat, some may need more time than usual to fully comprehend. Some are heavy and some are humorous. He was able to inject human experience into the typefaces.


    . Thursday, January 14, 2016 .

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    . Thursday, January 14, 2016 .


    After seeing The Jealous Curator's feature of Anatol Knotek's works, it surely left an impression on me. More than images, I like words and the art that come with it, and with Knotek's creations, it is an intricate and delicate mix of the two. And his ability to turn words and languages into something tangible is an incredible feat.

    Originally interested more in classical fine arts and painting, Anatol Knotek, from Vienna, Austria, his fascination with visual poetry after an encounter with an Austrian artist made him shift gears towards it more than a decade ago. Most of his works are as simple and as minimal as it can get but always with a loud, unmistakable meaning. He has a clever way of arranging and shaping phrases (scratch, burn, fade, bleed, among others), words and letters, making them malleable enough for him to create a whole new meaning. Some you get right off the bat, some may need more time than usual to fully comprehend. Some are heavy and some are humorous. He was able to inject human experience into the typefaces.


    . Tuesday, January 12, 2016 .


    Yep, you read that right. My blog's got its very own app!

    Let's be real: It's not everyday you get a chance to have an app created for you, so when some awesome peeps from Boom Collective got in touch with me for this exciting collaboration, I said yes! In this day and age, majority of people rely on their mobile phones for interaction and information. So I figured this would be another medium for me to reach readers faster.


    . Sunday, January 10, 2016 .


    This past holiday vacation I had certainly was one of the most worthwhile breaks I've had for quite a while. Although I never went on any out of town trips, I was able to explore the gastronomic side of Cavite with my friends, among other places. This just goes to show that somehow, the culture of good food is very much alive in this side of town. 

    For the first Sunday of this month, we decided to go to Tagaytay to hear mass at Pink Sisters' Convent. Of course, making the most out of the trip would be to dine somewhere new! We had a few options: Bag of Beans, Pamana, the string of restos in Magallanes, and this certain cafe that we've never been to: Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe + Bed & Breakfast. Cy read about them on a friend's Facebook post and she recommended we go there. I saw photos online as well and was really excited to see the place!

    We ended having brunch at Bag of Beans (the one in Olivarez) but since we have all afternoon to unwind, we decided to look for Dreamland, and luckily, it was a stone's throw away from the Olivarez Rotonda.

    . Thursday, January 07, 2016 .


    The other thing I accomplished the past holiday season (other than to hunt for restaurants in Cavite haha) was to catch up on films that I queued late last year. It was one of those rare moments that I really liked everything I watched. Here's a few of them I recommend that you watch when you get the chance:

    1. The Lobster. Easily my favorite film discovery for 2015 and is now in my top 10 best movies. The plot is the weirdest I've seen in a long time, it's sooo good. In a nutshell, a man goes into a hotel and is given 45 days to find a soulmate. If he fails to do so, he will be turned into an animal of his choice. Definitely will not appeal to everyone due to its dark humor and satire. But man, the story just speaks volumes, it would be hard to look away. I'm pretty sure you haven't seen anything like this. I especially loved the symbolism in the film about modern romance: relationships and dating and not finding love when you're looking for it, and how when we find it, how far would we go to keep it. Two thumbs up! (ยต)

    2. Freelance/Heart Attack. I'm not familiar with Thai films so much except for the well-known ones like Shutter, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Last Life in the Universe. I've read on an Asian film blog about Freelance and decided to give it a try. I was expecting an upbeat romance comedy but met with a lot of internal monologues by the lead, which the overthinker in me finds so relatable. Another good point of the film is the viewer's exposure to life in Bangkok: the traditional funeral, the motorcycle driver that goes with the protagonist's boss everywhere, and the public hospital system. Most twenty to thirty-somethings will identify with this film as it mainly focuses on the struggles of balancing life with work. (link)


    . Monday, January 04, 2016 .


    Instagram (well, social media in general) has been a big part of our lives right now, and the saying "we eat with our eyes first" certainly has a whole new meaning these days. It was certainly a game changer for the food industry. Personally, a nice interior isn't necessarily the topmost requirement since quality of food will always be king, but of course, a quirky accent here and there or a corner with good lighting or a nice looking wall or an unconventional theme would be a great bonus for the patrons' eyes. In fact, those are the things that would attract other customers and make others come back. The curiosity turns to likes, taps and retweets, and the likes, taps and retweets can mean revenue for the restaurant.

    Terr shared this link on my wall because they know how I like my food pretty in photos (hahaha) and I was surprised to find these restaurants with impeccable design and decor. I've been to a few of them, mostly in the south, and I was always under the impression that themed restaurants are always hard to find because they're located somewhere remote.

    I automatically fell in love with Neil's Kitchen's interiors because of the prominence of the colors of black and white and the cluttered but coordinated overall feel. Of course, before going there, I was able to see photos online and I love their staircase! Reminds me so much of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland!


    . Friday, January 01, 2016 .


    I lie here in bed still thinking how to start this post which, by the way, is nowhere near the usual year-enders I make. I normally have year-end recap blog posts to relive the year that was and be thankful for all the wonderful things but I've decided to stop doing that since last year. Next year na lang ulit siguro. 

    For 2015, I thought letting interested folks have a peek at what I mostly listen/ed to this year (thanks for the idea, Spotify!) To be honest, I'm more of a movie than a music person. It's because when I find a great song, I never stop listening to it. Ever. It's easy peasy for me to watch films that I have no idea about than allowing a new album to occupy precious MBs in my phone or my laptop. (That's also the reason why I love soundtracks, especially of my favorite films! I get to discover the best kind of music!)

    This is one of the most unforgettable years of my life. I thought 2012 was the greatest year there is, and I was proven wrong. 2015 was an odd mix of adrenaline rushes from exhilaration and euphoria and distress but it was every bit worth the emotional roller coaster ride. It felt so damn good to be alive.

    So here are the top 10 albums that I listened to this year. Dig in!