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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.




    It's time once again to share these links that have been bookmarked for so long. Most of these clickables I've got from Facebook (thank heavens for the Save Link feature), I usually flag a whole lot of links every time I browse my News Feed to be saved for future reading. But I realize now that I kinda suck at that, looking at how many links I've managed to save and forget about altogether. Haha.

    Anyway, I hope you find these links as useful and informative as I did!

    1. 15 best films about failed love. Because falling and staying in love requires conscious effort and will not always be a walk in the park, and sometimes, it was never meant to last. I've seen more than half of these movies, a lot of them are my favorites: The Lobster, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blue is the Warmest Color and the Wong Kar Wai ones. As Frou Frou's song goes: So let go. Jump in. Oh well, what are you waiting for? It's alright 'cause there's beauty in the breakdown.

    2. Grilled Strawberry Cheesecake Sandwich recipe. I don't like strawberries (the actual fruit) because I think they're just to sour to enjoy (but I like when it's in the form of ice cream, dips, yogurt, the works) but this sandwich just looks too damn good, I wanna make one right now.

    3. The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing. So happy to stumbled upon this article because putting fonts on blog post headers are the death of me sometimes! I always wanted that sleek, simple font but I end up putting too tacky and distracting ones. If you're running your own blog too, this would be of big help design-wise!

    4. 10 Things You Can Learn From Your Future Self. I know this isn't new and you've probably read a thousand articles like this, but I've been having realizations lately and it's nice to be reminded once in a while of how things really do get better eventually and that you'll find your place in this world. Hey, if things are at a shitstorm right now, it will pass and everything will work out! I promise you that!


    . Tuesday, April 26, 2016 .

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    . Tuesday, April 26, 2016 .




    It's time once again to share these links that have been bookmarked for so long. Most of these clickables I've got from Facebook (thank heavens for the Save Link feature), I usually flag a whole lot of links every time I browse my News Feed to be saved for future reading. But I realize now that I kinda suck at that, looking at how many links I've managed to save and forget about altogether. Haha.

    Anyway, I hope you find these links as useful and informative as I did!

    1. 15 best films about failed love. Because falling and staying in love requires conscious effort and will not always be a walk in the park, and sometimes, it was never meant to last. I've seen more than half of these movies, a lot of them are my favorites: The Lobster, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blue is the Warmest Color and the Wong Kar Wai ones. As Frou Frou's song goes: So let go. Jump in. Oh well, what are you waiting for? It's alright 'cause there's beauty in the breakdown.

    2. Grilled Strawberry Cheesecake Sandwich recipe. I don't like strawberries (the actual fruit) because I think they're just to sour to enjoy (but I like when it's in the form of ice cream, dips, yogurt, the works) but this sandwich just looks too damn good, I wanna make one right now.

    3. The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing. So happy to stumbled upon this article because putting fonts on blog post headers are the death of me sometimes! I always wanted that sleek, simple font but I end up putting too tacky and distracting ones. If you're running your own blog too, this would be of big help design-wise!

    4. 10 Things You Can Learn From Your Future Self. I know this isn't new and you've probably read a thousand articles like this, but I've been having realizations lately and it's nice to be reminded once in a while of how things really do get better eventually and that you'll find your place in this world. Hey, if things are at a shitstorm right now, it will pass and everything will work out! I promise you that!


    . Sunday, April 24, 2016 .


    I always pass by the rows of restaurants inside McKinley Hill coming home from work the past year. And though I lived within the vicinity, I've never tried any of the restos (well, except the usual fast food joints when I have food delivered). Lucky's Burger and Bar always piqued my interest as well as Les Bagels and Planet Grapes. Luckily, the latest foodie meetup I attended for Zomato was held at Lucky's!

    I wasn't supposed to go anymore because things that needed to be done concerning our condo that day was waaaay behind schedule already, but Trisha of Zomato was kind enough to extend her hours and wait until I came. (Thank you, Trisha!)

    I was met with a few remaining foodies, which stayed a while to have a little chit-chat with Lucky's owner and the marketing peeps of Zomato present that afternoon. There was so much food just for me! ◉_◉ I wasn't prepared for this! Haha!



    . Saturday, April 23, 2016 .



    I think we can all agree that online shopping is one of the best contributions of the world wide web to the modern times. It's easy, fast and most of all, convenient. And I was definitely not one to shy away from exploring this option when I first knew about it as I have been an online shopper for many years now.

    I'm an absolute cheapskate when it comes to shoes and bags and even clothes. I always prefer those buy-1-take-1 for PhP 500 type of sneakers at SM Department Store. It's dirt cheap and it does what it's supposed to. I never see the point of buying an expensive pair of shoes. LOL. To be honest about my spending, a bulk of it goes to food (no regrets), then maybe my transportation fare everyday. Now that I've moved back home in Cavite, I get to have extra moolah to buy stuff for myself. And this month, I decided to spend a little more on the things I've been dodging to buy because it's out of my budget, and maybe invest on a good pair of kicks for a change! And where best to buy stuff than online! Online sellers always give you the greatest deals for a lower price.

    So here's the stuff I bought this month and I'm going to share with you as well the online shops I purchased them from. They're legit!


    Romoss Solo 5 10,000mAh Dual Output Power Bank (Online store: Lazada). I joined a blogging contest by ShopCoupons last March and actually won! The prize: PhP 1,000 Lazada voucher. You might say, "What? But Lazada sucks!" Yeah, I've read stories about Lazada's disappointing services but I still decided to give it a go since it's a freebie! I decided to get a power bank so that I have something to use during my travels, or just for emergency cases, in general. Verdict about Lazada: I was actually impressed by their service. I guess it's really a case to case basis. The product is working fine, I got it for a much cheaper price and it even arrived earlier than I expected!

    Instax Wide 210 (Online store: Instaxtic). My old Instax camera gave up on me a few months back so I decided to purchase a new one. This time I opted to have an Instax Wide! I've seen a lot of shops on Instagram that sell these babies at a much lower price, so I went ahead and searched for a good deal. I found Instaxtic (thank God they aren't one of those that you need to follow first, and even if you already do, the prices aren't stated and you still need to DM the seller which I don't get at all), and found a package of this camera plus 2 packs of film for PhP 4,900! It was the best deal I got! 

    I don't usually buy gadgets (or anything expensive) online because I find it too risky, but if the seller accommodates meetups near where I live or where I work, I push through with it. Instaxtic schedules a meetup for all customers who choose to pickup the items they ordered. 

    Leather Half Case (Online store: Manila Vintage Primes). Because my X30 needs to look pretty and need some tender lovin' care at the same time. Manila Vintage Primes offers leather cases for almost all cameras you can think of as well as camera straps (neck and hand), the cameras itself, other accessories, kit lenses, and equipment.

    Vans Era Lace Up (Online store: OLX). Searching for a comfy pair is kinda getting addicting. This is my second pair for the month and expecting another one. Hahaha.

    Gouache Camera Bag. (Online store: You Pound It). This has got to be my best buy so far. During trips and special occasions, I usually bring both my cameras, which makes my totes extremely bulky, and when I put them in my backpack, they usually get lost deep within the bag along with my other things (LOL) and sometimes, I think, it's what's caused the scratches. I've done some researching and found out about Gouache from a friend. I love it. It has detachable partitions (click on link to see) in it and a compartment for laptop. Just perfect. I was supposed to go to Henry's or their store in Katipunan, luckily, I found out about You Pound It and even got the bag at a discounted price!

    Socks with the cutest and happiest designs (Online store: SockhouseMNL). Because new shoes need to go with new socks! Found this Instagram store with such a wide variety of socks of different designs and colors! There's Totoro, Disney princesses, any character you can think of and even your favorite food and pet. Of course, I went with food. Haha. Sushi and breakfast food forever! SockhouseMNL has an ongoing sale, PhP99/pair and 5 pairs are free of shipping fee within Metro Manila!


    . Thursday, April 21, 2016 .


    Cheese. Where do I even begin? I've never met anyone who dislikes cheese. I think everyone has this knack of incorporating cheese into basically everything that they eat. Breakfast? Some good ol' grilled cheese sandwich! Lunch? My mom's delicious chicken with cheese! Dinner? Why not a slice of mouthwatering and cheesy gooey lasagna? Cheese, certainly, is a Filipino favorite and it can be found in any Pinoy dining table. But how sure are you that your favorite cheese spread actually is cheese?

    I was invited once again to Arla Philippines' launch of their newest offering, the Arla Cheesy Spread. I was really excited because this is something new from Arla that I know would be another family favorite. Since first being introduced to Arla products, I've been a regular consumer of their Arla Milk Goodness Low Fat!


    What is real cheese spread?

    Simply put, real cheese spread should taste and look as delicious and as creamy as the milk it was made from. After all, the best cheeses are made from milk with utmost quality. So it just makes sense that the amazing dairy farmers at Arla Foods would also be able to make a genuinely delicious real cheese spread like no other in the market.

    More often than not, we think that cheese spread should be yellow and thick, much like how a puddle of melted cheddar cheese would look. But unfortunately, just because it reminds you of cheese, doesn't mean it really is.


    From the color alone, we can see that Arla Cheesy Spread is different--a very good different. The natural white color is the result of the purity of the cow's milk used and the lack of coloring agents. Its flavor, on the other hand, is a delicate marriage of mild salty and milky tastes, making it easy to pair with practically any food.

    This is as natural as we can get, being with each bottle only contains 5 ingredients. And since Arla Cheesy Spread is a real food, it doesn't just deliver on taste and texture, it also holistically nourishes. This cheese spread is the right balance of convenience, taste and nutrition, may it be a plain white bread or as a sauce to a family favorite meal.

    . Thursday, April 14, 2016 .


    Sisig. My dad loves it -- well, Pinoys, in general, love it. This New York Times article called it "the greatest pork hash on Earth." Heck, even Anthony Bourdain raves about it! Just what is it about this dish that had people wanting more? Originally from Pampanga, this crunchy, tasty specialty has through the years, along with the likes of crispy pata, become a staple viand during family gatherings and of course, drinking sessions. But even though I wouldn't turn down crunchy, greasy food on most days, eating sisig is not at the top of my list.

    I don't have issues against eating most animal parts but the texture of the pig's face and ears isn't exactly a favorite, although I have tried delicious authentic ones from Lembest and Gerry's Grill (and Sisig Hooray's as well)! And as with most gastronomic creations, sisig has also evolved. Not exclusive to face and ears anymore, variations such as fish (bangus to be exact), chicken and even tofu sisig now exists.


    Chanced upon Sisig Society when we were looking online in advance for a place to eat before watching the movie, Ang Taba Ko Kasi, last month. I know I blabbed a mouthful of about sisig up there but, really, the convincing factor for me was the Eyes Scramble. Hahaha.


    . Tuesday, April 12, 2016 .



    I went to Alaminos City, Pangasinan earlier this month with a couple of colleagues. It was a weekday vacation of firsts since, one, even though my father's family is originally from Pangasinan (Santa Barbara to be exact), I've never visited Hundred Islands. I've never been to this part of town. And second, it was the first time I got to interact with this certain group of people from work! I've been employed under this company for almost 4 years now, and to be honest, there are still a few who I haven't had the chance to talk to. Hahaha.

    Here are a few photos I took during the trip:

    Arrived at Alaminos City early Monday morning and we were surrounded by all these blue! Warm day break, blue skies, blue waters, colorful boats! What a beautiful sight to wake up to.


    Banca operators prepping for today's business. This is the dock for small boats used in island hopping, and there's a separate one for fishing. Spot the boat named Trisha!


    . Thursday, April 07, 2016 .


    The days are flying by too fast lately. A lot of things are happening and a lot of events are unfolding before our very eyes. Can't believe we're nearing the middle of the year already! I just came from a 3-day vacation in Pangasinan and will be back to work tonight! I'm ready! Anyway, it's been a while since I did this so I figured to list down some of the little things that make my days a little bit brighter the past few days. 

    One. These food finds in a Select gas station convenience store. Ever since we moved offices, we've been eating fast food most days of the week. A colleague recommended the food at Shell's Select a few blocks from work and was surprised to discover these cheap and delicious finds. The desserts (carrot cake and Oreo cheesecake) were great and the coffee was free!

    Two. I went to Fujifilm's office in Ortigas a few weeks back. It was just for an interview as their consumer but I was really happy to have step foot in their office. Hahaha! I was really curious! I can't wait for their next Click to Chic photography workshop.

    Three. My Taking Back Sunday signed poster finally hung on my bedroom wall. It's an everyday reminder of one of the best days of my life and that nothing is impossible in this life time. The best is always yet to come. Always remember that. :)

    Four. Paper Moon Cafe's choux fromage is the best thing ever. Thick cream cheese filling in between crisp pastry! How do you even get over this sweet treat? I can eat this everyday!

    Five. Our breakfast during our stay at Alaminos, Pangasinan: fried daing na bangus, Alaminos longganisa, fried sunny side up egg and a cup of rice! Delicious!

    Six. I bought a new Instax camera last week! My old one gave up on me a few weeks ago (*sad face*) and it was a good thing I found a cheap deal online for a brand new Instax Wide 210 with a twin packs of films! (Head on to @instaxtic for more Instax packages!)

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