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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.



    I've forgotten about posting films here (last one was July! wuuut!) because I've been updating more on Facebook. I have this Films 2016 photo album where I put my favorite screen caps of all the ones I was able to watch, with little comments if I had any (so far, I've seen 82 films already haha). Again, I try not to give away too much but still might contain spoilers!

    1. Train To Busan. This is everything World War Z should have been and so much more. I had expectations since first seeing the trailer and it didn't disappoint in any way. In fact, Train To Busan even surpassed it. There's no minute wasted, it's a suspense movie through and through! I watched this film with my family at the cinema and I was screaming almost its entirety (and I didn't care one bit because everyone else was too!) No overused crappy CGI, great plot and subplots, the cast was perfect, and with the right amount of drama sucker punched me right to the gut (well, it's a South Korean film, ain't it?) 

    2. Your Name (Kimi no Na wa). One thing you could always count on Makoto Shinkai films is the stunning, realistic animation. The animation is art on itself. Tranquility and silence on most part of his films are always evident. Kimi no Na wa certainly ticks all of the box of the usual Shinkai film and it may appear like those typical slice of life animes but I can assure you it is not. It absolutely got me clutching my pearls on most parts, while also never failing to make me laugh and even cry. If you haven't seen any of his works, please do start with this one (just because I think 5 Centimeters Per Second has a slower pace than this, but I still enjoyed it as much)! The film also has an amazing soundtrack!


    . Friday, September 30, 2016 .

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    . Friday, September 30, 2016 .



    I've forgotten about posting films here (last one was July! wuuut!) because I've been updating more on Facebook. I have this Films 2016 photo album where I put my favorite screen caps of all the ones I was able to watch, with little comments if I had any (so far, I've seen 82 films already haha). Again, I try not to give away too much but still might contain spoilers!

    1. Train To Busan. This is everything World War Z should have been and so much more. I had expectations since first seeing the trailer and it didn't disappoint in any way. In fact, Train To Busan even surpassed it. There's no minute wasted, it's a suspense movie through and through! I watched this film with my family at the cinema and I was screaming almost its entirety (and I didn't care one bit because everyone else was too!) No overused crappy CGI, great plot and subplots, the cast was perfect, and with the right amount of drama sucker punched me right to the gut (well, it's a South Korean film, ain't it?) 

    2. Your Name (Kimi no Na wa). One thing you could always count on Makoto Shinkai films is the stunning, realistic animation. The animation is art on itself. Tranquility and silence on most part of his films are always evident. Kimi no Na wa certainly ticks all of the box of the usual Shinkai film and it may appear like those typical slice of life animes but I can assure you it is not. It absolutely got me clutching my pearls on most parts, while also never failing to make me laugh and even cry. If you haven't seen any of his works, please do start with this one (just because I think 5 Centimeters Per Second has a slower pace than this, but I still enjoyed it as much)! The film also has an amazing soundtrack!


    . Sunday, September 25, 2016 .


    I arrived at Single Origin around 5:00 in the afternoon, surprisingly still made it on time despite the traffic, and was awed by its beautiful interiors instantly. You see, I'm not one to brave the terrible rush hour of Makati, but since this was an invite by Zomato and I was on leave that day, I figured I could spend the afternoon at the Rockwell area because it's been a while since I went to a mall like a normal person. Haha.


    There's another branch at BGC which replaced The Cake Club (*sad*) which a lot of people frequent to. But compared to the High Street branch, this is bigger and has a higher ceiling. I love, love how spacious and bright the cafe looks, perfect for hanging out with family and/or friends, or just to chill or get things done on your own! Folks who love the rustic vibe will definitely be smitten with this place as the cafe's theme is a combo of bricks, wood, even glass and injected with industrial elements.

    I've read from other blogs how extensive the variety of coffee they offer here, but I'm not going to be talking about that because my knowledge about coffee is so limited, I don't know how to appreciate a good cup if I was given one.

    . Friday, September 16, 2016 .

    I have this slight fixation with street art. I don't recall how it started maybe a few years back, but somehow the fascination just continues to grow. I try to photograph as much street art/graffiti as I could when I'm in transit to and from work and whenever I happen to stumble upon one wherever I may be. 

    Whenever I'm in Cavite, I usually see murals by BLIC and Lee Salvador, which then in turn led me to know about the existence of Cavity Collective, a group of graffiti artists that originated from Cavite (Cavity is, yes, a word play of the word Cavite). And then there's the Why graffiti all over C5, Pasig and even Makati. Did you know that this Why guy gives away shirts and art pieces for free? He would post a photo on his IG account of the place where he'd leave stuff, whoever gets there first, of course, gets it. Kind of like treasure hunting, which is fun!

    So when I learned about Art BGC last year, I did a sort of graffiti hunt so I could photograph all the murals around High Street and I figured why not do it again this year, right?

    Coincidentally, it was raining once again when I arrived at BGC. And if there was one thing that this activity further solidified, it was that I am really, unmistakably geographically challenged. Hahaha.


    First up are Bunnie Reiss' works. The mural above can be found on the side of the restaurant, Mango Tree, along 7th Avenue. The first two words that came to mind when I saw Reiss' art were magical and cosmic. It's something I would love to have painted on the walls of my future home. Reiss is originally from Europe (Polish and Russian descent), raised in Colorado, and is now Los Angeles based.
    Reiss' inspirations range from animals, folk art, and old woodcut illustrations, to magical symbols and the stars. "I want people to feel they have the right to look at beautiful things, to feel good—even for just a quick moment—when walking by one of my murals," she explains. "There’s a kind of freedom one gets from just letting it all go. I believe strongly that what I am doing is part of a larger 'job' and that getting up to create and release every day keeps a small part of this giant universe moving along like an inchworm. I keep things simple, so my work can continue to grow." (x)
    . Monday, September 12, 2016 .


    An early morning message from Quich of, "Trish, gusto mo mag-roadtrip?" was what prompted this whole day adventure to the south. Now, as long as I have the time (and money haha), I do not say no to invitations such as this. It's great to take a breather after a long week at work and who wouldn't want to get out of the city once in a while?

    Batangas, we thought, was the most practical destination we could go to since we both live in the south side (she, Las PiƱas and I, Cavite, on weekends). It's far but not too far. It's near Tagaytay (where we can chill afterwards if we want to) and there are tons of beaches in Batangas (Quich has been craving to be near bodies of water).


    . Thursday, September 01, 2016 .



    In the blogosphere, when you post something titled 'Life Lately,' it most of the time means your blog's been untouched for a long period of time and you'd like to let everyone know that you're still alive. Yes, I'm hopping on that train and doing the same thing right now because I don't know how else I'd ease my way back in here. Haha.

    I haven't posted for more than a month because of... *drum roll* dengue. I really didn't see that coming. It was a weekend before the end of July, I came home from watching a theater play, and the next thing I know, I'm having chills due to a 40-degree fever. It went on for 2 days before I finally got myself checked and confined. It was the worst and most uncomfortable feeling. Days of constant fever, I had no appetite, I can't taste anything. At one point, I even had trouble breathing! After I recovered, it was back to work for me so all the blogging commitments I had had to be set aside in the mean time. Now, I'm down to one pending blog post so I guess my writing juju's back (and hopefully here to stay for a long time).

    Anyway, while I'm here, I'm going to share some of the things that have kept me sane these past months that has been a roller coaster ride. Also, how is it September already?