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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.


    Prior to going to this foodie meetup, I did a little researching about Frank & Dean, and the term "third wave" kept coming up. I drink coffee occasionally or unless really needed and my knowledge is limited to frappes and blended beverages and "iced" so I'm clueless as to what 'third wave coffee' meant. 

    According to this website, which tackled the first, second and third wave coffee:
    Third Wave references the current movement within specialty coffee that appreciates coffee as an artisan or craft beverage. Coffee, in all of its processes, from the origin of the harvested bean to the roasting and brewing process, is treated with the same reverence as fine wine and craft beer.
    In the first wave, the consumer led the way. It was all about availability to the masses on a national scale. With second wave, the coffee was better, but marketing the experience was the driving force. With third wave, production and marketing take the back seat, and the product takes center stage. So basically, the third wave of coffee is a movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity. (Thanks, Wiki!) Oh there goes that term, artisanal, it's been thrown around a lot these days. But wait, is Frank and Dean going to be... hipster-ish?

    (On a side note, I guess Manila's on a third wave high right now because there are a bunch of new coffee shops opening here and there, proclaiming themselves to be third wave cafes, to the delight of coffee enthusiasts.)


    Frank & Dean is tucked away in a corner, out of sight from the more popular restaurants that are actually near the rotund in Burgos Circle. It has that relaxed ambiance, nothing felt rushed considering the foodie meetup was held at lunch time. It doesn't have that intimidating vibe that I feel with some upscale restos and cafes (IDK if that's just me or what). It's contemporary and cool.

    The same people behind the crowd favorite, Pablo's Pub & Restaurant were also the ones responsible for opening Frank & Dean. If Pablo's was named after Pablo Escobar, this 'cafe x kitchen' was named after Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, two of the most influential music icons back in the day.


    . Friday, March 25, 2016 .

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    . Friday, March 25, 2016 .


    Prior to going to this foodie meetup, I did a little researching about Frank & Dean, and the term "third wave" kept coming up. I drink coffee occasionally or unless really needed and my knowledge is limited to frappes and blended beverages and "iced" so I'm clueless as to what 'third wave coffee' meant. 

    According to this website, which tackled the first, second and third wave coffee:
    Third Wave references the current movement within specialty coffee that appreciates coffee as an artisan or craft beverage. Coffee, in all of its processes, from the origin of the harvested bean to the roasting and brewing process, is treated with the same reverence as fine wine and craft beer.
    In the first wave, the consumer led the way. It was all about availability to the masses on a national scale. With second wave, the coffee was better, but marketing the experience was the driving force. With third wave, production and marketing take the back seat, and the product takes center stage. So basically, the third wave of coffee is a movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity. (Thanks, Wiki!) Oh there goes that term, artisanal, it's been thrown around a lot these days. But wait, is Frank and Dean going to be... hipster-ish?

    (On a side note, I guess Manila's on a third wave high right now because there are a bunch of new coffee shops opening here and there, proclaiming themselves to be third wave cafes, to the delight of coffee enthusiasts.)


    Frank & Dean is tucked away in a corner, out of sight from the more popular restaurants that are actually near the rotund in Burgos Circle. It has that relaxed ambiance, nothing felt rushed considering the foodie meetup was held at lunch time. It doesn't have that intimidating vibe that I feel with some upscale restos and cafes (IDK if that's just me or what). It's contemporary and cool.

    The same people behind the crowd favorite, Pablo's Pub & Restaurant were also the ones responsible for opening Frank & Dean. If Pablo's was named after Pablo Escobar, this 'cafe x kitchen' was named after Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, two of the most influential music icons back in the day.


    . Thursday, March 24, 2016 .


    It's been months since I last did this because work became too hectic once again! I was finally able to catch up and I've just finished my 31st film for the year. Anyhoo, here are some that I've seen recently. It's been a while since I went to the cinema to watch movies! haha!

    1. Paper Towns. Maybe I've just gotten too old for this. Coming of age story of a boy who falls in love with his manic pixie girl once best friend turned stranger. What a cliche. The story is so bland and the leads doesn't have any chemistry. It felt too forced. I don't know why they keep making films like this. Even Quentin's friends' characters are so shallow and annoying. There were a lot of things that didn't make sense to me and Margo's actions are so not believable in real life. I like Nat Wolff but this film is just ugh. Cara Delevingne was okay. Maybe teenagers will appreciate this, but yeah, I'm way, WAAAAY past that.

    2. Irrational Man. Put a middle-aged alcoholic professor with an existential crisis and a wide-eyed college undergraduate together, of course, it'll end up in an affair. Though, to be honest, this story line resonated with me. Hahaha. Another movie in which I found the leads to have this disconnect when they should be 'in love.' Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are fine actors on their own but I can't feel any connection between them. If you manage to get through half of the film, it actually turns good. Almost all of the characters are selfish, especially Abe (Phoenix), doing something stupid out of an existential epiphany. My favorite in this film is Parker Posey, she was great. And I wished there was more of Jamie Blackley.

    3. Sicario. Absolutely riveting and suspenseful. That scene at the bridge, gahd, that was so good. Every minute is so intense and I loved Emily Blunt's bad ass but naive character. I love how she can change from totally brutal to shaken to her core. *clap clap clap* The film never loses tension, the director somehow learned to control it. Then boom, a punch filled with adrenaline that takes you to the edge of your seat. Both Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro's characters were unapologetic and ruthless. They nailed it. I really enjoyed this film!

    4. The Intern. It was a charming, sweet movie that touched me because both my parents are retired now, just like Robert De Niro's character. And surprisingly, De Niro and Anne Hathaway had that chemistry without this film being romantic! I love the fact that they managed to cover so many aspects of our life and discuss real problems that people deal with career-wise. I kept putting off watching this movie because I honestly thought it would bore me but I was very wrong, fortunately. What a heart-warming film.

    5. Ang Taba Ko Kasi. I think this movie is still screened somewhere so I'm going to keep it short just in case you still go and prefer to watch it on the big screen. It's pretty obvious that the story revolves around Olga's (Cai Cortez) dilemmas about being overweight and then develops into a love triangle plot between her good looking swimming instructor and her new found jogging friend who definitely understands all her pains regarding losing weight. I found the film really funny, to the point we were laughing out loud inside the cinema, without being tacky. The film has depth (tackles obesity in this time and age, and a bit on self-acceptance), but I have to admit there are some parts that felt undercooked and needed more fleshing out.

    6. Sakaling Hindi Makarating. Cielo's (Alessandra de Rossi) eat-pray-love journey was triggered by her breakup with her 11 year-relationship and then started receiving these beautiful hand-painted postcards from someone named "M." I think we're all too familiar with this heartbroken, will travel type of films. What I loved about SHM was that, one, there were no hugot scenes. (Thank God! It was fun the first few times, but seriously, we need to be over that already.) Two, its aim to direct attention to the art of letter writing as a means of communication. And lastly, the cinematography of Cielo's travels. (I may have blurted "Ang ganda!" so many times while watching.) It's an inspiration to people who would want to just, one day, get up and leave to discover the beauty of this country, just to have some temporary escape. It teaches you that there is indeed more to life than you could ever imagine (so true), there are colorful people you're yet to meet, that things always turns out for the better, and ultimately, it's the journey, not the destination

    . Thursday, March 17, 2016 .


    And just when the last Zomato foodie meet-up I attended made me swear I'm not getting within a foot from burgers (or food, in general at that time), the awesome peeps from Zomato invited me once again for a foodie meeting, but this time for a food crawl. I kinda had an idea on what a food crawl entails so this time I knew better. Haha. The key to this type of activity: pacing! But it's still a bit overwhelming when I saw on the e-mail that we'll be sampling dishes from 6 food chains!

    This food crawl is a tie-up with SM City Bicutan with the aim of promoting the variety of cuisines that can be found inside SM Malls! Food court chow doesn't just mean budget-friendly meals, you'd be surprised with how many different types of noms are available for everyone. After a quick chat with SM Bicutan's food court marketing team, we were whisked away to our first grub for the day:


    I remember our college cafeteria having a kiosk of Chansel and we'd order pizza whenever we feel festive or if there's any celebration (#collegebudget). They've been around for a long time so we're definitely no stranger to their pizza.

    All Meat and Hawaiian pizzas
    Spicy Tuna and Honey Bacon pizzas
    We were served 5 different flavors of pizza: the classic Hawaiian, All Meat, Beef and Mushroom, Honey Bacon and Spicy Tuna. One thing I truly applaud with Chansel is their consistency. Their crunchy-chewy type of crust never fails. Sure, it's cheap pizza but it's definitely worth the buck you spent. And it's great that they're exploring new flavors as well! The Spicy Tuna was something unexpected (tuna + corn kernels combi, anyone?) since I can't recall any other pizza chain putting fish on their pizza (seafood, yes, but fish, no). It was surprisingly good too! But of course, Honey Bacon's my favorite because bacon! Haha. Chansel: filed under oldie but goodie!


    . Saturday, March 12, 2016 .


    Ever since the announcement that Death Cab For Cutie will headline this year's Wanderland Music Festival, I was already sold. I already missed it when they first came here last 2012, so definitely not skipping it this time. "Oh. My. Gawd. I will be seeing them in the flesh, finally!" is all I could think of. My 2005 self can't help but scream her head off.

    Fast forward to days before the concert itself, March 5, 2016, I was so anxious about everything. First off, I was going to the concert alone. It's actually not much of a problem since it's not the first time I've done it (first was Incubus' Crow Left of the Murder tour way back in '04) but IDK, it's been a while since I've attended a concert, much more a ~music festival~. Second, the decision to be super early at the venue or to arrive during Bon Iver and DCFC's set only? I'm so torn between just watching the 2 reasons I bought a ticket and be early so I could be front and center (if possible) for concert photos. Lastly, to watch Panama or not? This was my biggest dilemma since Panama's set is approximately 6 hours from Bon Iver's (which was the second to the final act), and I'd be going there straight from work. I was thinking I could definitely use the 6 hours for shuteye.

    With only an hour of rest, I headed to Globe Circuit Even Grounds, and thought, 'Fcuk it, I'm watching Panama perform.'

    As with every event I attend, I always aim (and I fail a lot of times LOL) to blog about the happening comprehensively. But since I arrived just in time as Panama opened with their first song, How We Feel, I was not able to take photos of the booths or of anything else for that matter. Hahaha. I inched my way to the front since most of the concert goers are still sitting and sprawled.



    It was such a hot afternoon and everybody was sweaty but I could see that everyone's having a great time. This duo is amazing! I was happy I was able to see them perform live my faves: How We Feel, Destroyer, and of course, Always. Here's an Instavideo I uploaded of their performance.


    . Friday, March 11, 2016 .


    When it comes to nail polish and nail care, Caronia's pretty much the majority of Filipino's go-to brand for generations now, you know, like how Colgate is synonymous to toothpaste. I still remember their TVC jingle, complete with the 4 women clad in colorful head-to-toe tights dancing while surrounded with nail polish bottles. All together now: "Your beauty shines with Caronia!" 

    I received an invite for Caronia's launch of their newest collection, and I was pleased with how youthful and vibrant the new colors are. Very summer-ready! The event was held in Romulo Cafe in Jupiter Street in Makati, which was set-up in sort of a slumber party for us bloggers. (I thought the black and white theme of the restaurant was perfect since the colors popped out more!) It was complete with a mani-pedi corner, cocktails, refreshing popsicles, a booth of Genevieve Gozum clothing, a candy/sweets buffet and even a cotton candy stand!





    So colorful, right? Janeena Chan hosted the event, and Shaira Mae, Caronia's brand ambassador and it girl, was also at the event. She was super cute and bubbly!


    And here's Caronia's Popsicle Collection 2016:


    Try Brain Freeze for a more mysterious yet alluring aura. It's a pale blue shade in matte finish that just draws attention to your fingertips. For beach parties or when you simply want to brighten up your day, choose the Tequila Sunrise, a subdued red orange shade with a matte finish. Peach Perfect is perfect for a fresh, natural look. It's a nude shade with a slight hint of pink for a rosy look. And to achieve a vibrant, fun color, it's best to put on the Lemon Cool nail polish. We call this the "happy yellow" shade with a slightly glossy finish.

    So what are you waiting for? Dip your fingers in these fresh, fantastic shades from Caronia for a hipper, more colorful summer!

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    . Thursday, March 10, 2016 .



    Having to grow up with the fast-paced world wide web, all we need, indeed, is at touch of our fingertips -- yup, including shopping. And with all the time I've spent being online, it was inevitable that I eventually became an online purchaser. I've been buying stuff through websites for as long as I can remember, started way back when Multiply was still alive. Provided you do some research if a seller is legit, online shopping is one of the most convenient things. I don't mind shelling extra bucks just to get my hands on items I know will take serious effort for me to have.

    I think everyone's familiar with Lazada. They're currently on the forefront of online shopping websites here and abroad. Though I've never personally tried their services yet, I actually browse their site every once in a while just to window shop when I'm too stressed out with work. Hahaha. And what a joy it is to see the wide variety of products they have! My favorite? Their Home and Appliances section.
    Actually, the folks behind ShopCoupons.ph have an ongoing bloggers contest in partnership with Lazada, and I have a ton of bookmarked items from Lazada's website, so I decided to join! Who knows? I might win! Here are my top 5 picks:

    1. Goodbaby Luxury Ultra Lightweight Stroller. I wanted to gift this to my favorite god daughter, Jaden, who will be christened this week. I've been scouting for affordable but sturdy baby strollers since the start of the year but can't decide on which to buy. I have zero knowledge about babies! But I thought this would be a good one (if I had the moolah to buy it. Hehe.) for that cutie pie!

    2. Classic Home Luxe 250 Moderna Comforter. I need this in my life! I'll be moving to another place (for the nth time haha) soon and this would just be perfect for my new bed! I just want to be surrounded by this fluffy thing every waking day!

    3. Romoss Solo 5 10,000mAh Black Pearl Power Bank. I don't even know how I survive without a power bank especially when I have a long day ahead of me. A long-lasting power bank is what I need for a day's worth of blogging events or when I'm traveling.

    4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. I've been very hesitant in purchasing this because I still have a perfectly functioning Instax camera that's been of my service for ~5 years until it decided to give up on me yesterday. Yes, yesterday. Just when I bought a fresh pack of films, it stopped working. What a bummer. On the other hand, I have every reason now to purchase a new Instax camera! 

    5. Coup card game. I've only played this only once (when we hung out at Moonleaf'+Bunnies Cafe) but it was super fun! It's all about deception and bluffing and manipulation. It's easy to learn and the outcome of each and every game is different! Simple rules but a very strategic game. I'd really like to own one so we can play this whenever, wherever we want to!

    That's it! How about you? What are your top 5 must haves that can be seen on the Lazada website? I'm gonna go ahead and check out their Home and Appliances section once more because it's just so therapeutic!


    This post is an entry for the ShopCoupons X Lazada PH Blogger contest. Being hosted by ShopCouponsLazada voucher sponsored by Lazada Philippines. Contest is open to all bloggers in the Philippines. Interested to join? Click here, 

    . Wednesday, March 09, 2016 .


    I'm taking the day off this Friday and I couldn't be happier that the second installment of Valero Eat Street is happening on that day as well! I'm not much of a drinker but getting to experience these new food festivals showcasing all imaginable types of grub is just awesome! I just want to kick back and relax with maybe a little bit of booze, food to stuff my face with and feel good beats.

    If you're around the area as well or just looking to have a great time before the weekend, indulge yourself by going to Valero Eat Street! It’s a day of good brews and equally good beer-match grubs, plus fun activities and entertainment, specifically concocted for the city’s booze lovers. Make your way to Signa Designer Residences, Makati City this March 11, 2016! The event starts 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

    Here are a few things you can look forward to:

    1. Great booze and great food!

    Food coma is indeed on it's way with goodies from Bait’s, Crisp on 28th, Pink Panda, Pizza Morena, Ancho Mexican Cantina, BAO.MNL, Crunchybelly by Carlo’s Kitchen (yum!), Wagger, Alternative Food Lab, Pepi Cubano, Streetside Bakers, Saddam’s Shawarma, Snag Box Gourmet Hotdogs, Ice Pops Manila, Bits&Dips, RibsManila, Ricefix Cafe 162, Taco Vengo!, Serbs MNL, Native Gourmet, and Takao! Definitely not your usual food choices! Overflowing booze available the whole day (getting super drunk is optional lol)!

    2. Fun, fun, fun with the entertainment and activities!

    For everyone's enjoyment, as if having all of our favorite yummies in one place isn't swell enough, there will be awesome entertainment and activities in stored for us to complete our Friday night bash: cocktail mixing with Erwan Heussaff, beer pong competition by Takao, Flip Cup Tourney by Zomato, live musicians (Aeon Mapa, Shirebound and Busking, DJ Pasta Groove, and Keiko Necessario), and raffle prizes!

    3. Cozy location

    You might think that an all-day outdoor event would be such a drag right now given the insane temperatures, but good news for us since it will be held at the covered al fresco atrium of Robinson’s Signa Designer Residences, home of Valero Eat Street. It’s a refreshing, outdoorsy location without the crazy heat, perfect for enjoying your booze and food anytime of the day. From lunch until evening cocktails, you can definitely spend it there!

    Bring your folks, bring your friends and have an awesome time this Friday at Valero Eats 2! See you there!

    This event is presented by Ampersand Collective, The Fat Kid Inside, Mothership F&B, Robinsons Residences, with their partner McCormick Philippines. Also with the participation of Zomato, ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com, Y101FM, What’s To Love, AktivShow, PYE.ph, 1DigiMedia.com, and Marketa.ph.

    . Monday, March 07, 2016 .


    (Last of my drafted posts for February is our Valentine's Day celebration at The Black Apartment in Imus! *confetti*)

    The Black Apartment's been generating quite a buzz in the local food scene of Bacoor that's why it's on our must-try list for the longest time (along with Tarapumwesto in Kawit). And finally, last month, we were able to try their food! Even though I've lived in Cavite all my life, I'm one of those people that still don't know the place (or at least Imus and Bacoor) like the back of my hand. Good thing there's Waze, otherwise, I think we would have missed it since we went there for dinner, and well, the place's facade was literally black.

    It sure was full house on a Sunday night. Cydell, Cy's sister, made a phone call hours before to ensure that we would have seats when we get there at our appointed time (because she's preggo and we're bringing bibi Jaden along with us). I'm not really certain if they're accommodating reservations or anything to that effect, but when we got there, we only waited a couple of minutes before we were led to our table. So I guess they do?

    . Saturday, March 05, 2016 .


    Hello! I realized it's been months since I've made a proper playlist for my blog. Well, there just wasn't enough new music to listen to in the latter part of 2015. But this year was different! Whenever I hear a new tune that catches my attention (and there've been a lot), I jot down as much audible lyrics as possible so I can Google it or right away Shazam it (if I have decent signal which is like only 60% of the time). It's crazy how there's an abundance of great music out there just waiting to be discovered. Sometimes, I even feel super giddy when I find one that perfectly encapsulates how I feel, and it's like my best kept secret in the world. Do you ever feel that? Actually, there's a commonality to all these songs that's why I was able to compile them into this list. 😊

    Anyway, here's my mix for the month of March! I was supposed to upload it to 8tracks (like what I've been doing for the longest time) but getting copies of all 24 songs is such a pain, and turns out, Spotify is much more convenient. Haha!


    Hope you enjoy the mix!

    (Original background image from here.)

    . Thursday, March 03, 2016 .


    When you ask most gourmands, "Where's a nice place to eat in Kapitolyo?" most likely Charlie's Grind and Grill would be in the top five places that would be recommended to you, top three even. They're one of Manila's best when it comes to burgers. In fact, when I started this whole blogging about food, this much-loved burger joint was one of the places I visited and wrote about. Sadly, that was the first and last time I ate at Charlie's. I attempted once before in their branch in San Juan but we were too early and too hungry to wait for it to open.

    I received another invite from Zomato to join their foodie meet-up about 3 weeks ago (super late post, I know)! I've been asked to go a couple of times before but either the event gets cancelled or I'm not available. So technically, this was my first time participating in their foodie meet-up! Even greater news is that it will be held in Charlie's Grind and Grill Kapitolyo! Finally!

    After a quick background about the restaurant (more on that later), we got reacquainted with some of their best sellers and were introduced to their newest and freshest offerings:


    . Wednesday, March 02, 2016 .


    Is it just me or is 2016 going by extra fast these days? I've been MIA on my blog the past month because I've been extremely busy with work once again and also, my mind has been so preoccupied with another thing (more on that later). Now let me get the ball rolling again as in a month's time, the first quarter of the year will come to a close (insane!) I've got so much to blog about especially films that I've been dying to see since last year (mostly the Oscar-nominated ones), more food trips with friends and all the things in between. Hopefully, I get to post about everything in the following weeks! 

    1. I've participated in my first ever Zomato #FoodieMeetup! I've gotten invites for this before but my schedule just won't allow me to attend -- either that or it gets cancelled. Luckily, this meetup was in Charlie's Grind & Grill in Kapitolyo so I was able to make it (though I was still caught in heavy traffic). I had so much fun meeting the peeps from Zomato as well as other food bloggers like KC of What the F! and Michy of I am Dekaphobic. Also saw Ms. Joy of Gastronomy by Joy there! Good times!

    2. My college friends and I started this Valentine's tradition 2 years ago of getting together to attend the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival. We've successfully done it the past years but this time, since one of us had her kid christened, we just decided to spend the entire day together. They stayed over at my place in Taguig, whipped up some pasta, munched on snacks, drank vodka and beer while watching Magic Mike XXL. Hahaha. We also video-called some of our other friends who are living abroad right now. It's such a riot when we're all together. Love you, titas. ~*~Friendship never ends~*~

    3. And because Valentine's is never a one day thing for me (haha), a post-Valentine's dinner with my best friend and her fam. Restaurant of choice: The Black Apartment in Imus. Finally was able to try Hole in the Wall, their version of the donut burger (first saw one in Offbeat years ago) and it was every bit worth it! We all loved what we had. If you happen to swing by, don't forget to also try their mango lychee shake. Another foodie discovery in Cavite by the team! Yay! 👌

    4. The other thing I got so caught up with? JaDine. Hahaha. I'm just going to lay it out there. Last year, I think, I was still at the "fangirl lite" stage. You know, I got so out of breath when I unexpectedly met James Reid for the first time, got to pose a photo with him and even touch him and talk to him (LOL I sound creepy, I know) but this month, I think I went a little bananas over this local loveteam. I am the merchansdise-buying, pay-per-view-availing, giddy for updates, scream-at-the-top-of-my-lungs-when-my-OTP-turned-real kind of fan. I may be on the high end of the spectrum of this scale. And I honestly think this isn't going to be over any time soon. Hahaha!

    5. Middle of the week catch-up with one of my favorite people, Ian! It's been quite a while since we last saw each other and hung out! We had lunch at Chelsea Kitchen, which, by the way, serves amazing three cheese stone-fired pizza. And I absolutely love their donut holes!

    6. Before the month wrapped up, I was able to go to Book and Borders Cafe's second branch grand opening in Tuscany Estates in McKinley Hill. I'm really impressed by the selection of books they have. While waiting for the event to start, I was able to pick up a copy of Norwegian Wood and read its first few pages. They also have Palahniuks! I've also sampled their newest and latest offerings: an aligue seafood pasta and turmeric raspberry drink! Sounds interesting, no? I will be writing about it for Urban Tribe, hopefully get to finish it before the week ends.

    There you have it. My life has been pretty exciting so far and I am not complaining--not one bit. It's already March, and I couldn't be more excited because WANDERLAND MUSIC FEST THIS WEEKEND! So darn excited for Panama, Bon Iver and Death Cab for Cutie! Will I see any of you there? WOOHOO!