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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.


    You think by the time you reach your 20s, you've got most things figured out. By the time you're 30, you think you're this beacon of knowledge that has so much life lessons to impart. Nope, even though you're a full grown adult who does adult things like be a great citizen who pays their taxes, the universe still makes you feel most days that you're very much like Jon Snow: You know nothing.

    At the very least I thought I knew better and will always make the right choices. I thought everything in my life is solid. I thought this was it for me. I thought this was as good (and sometimes, as bad) as it's going to get. Then at the most unexpected times (walang alarm, walang anything), the universe throws you curve balls and make you realize you are forever a child in this school that is called life. (Cheesy ba? K. Hahaha.)

    1. Not everyone who claims they understand you really understand you.

    I'm sure at some degree, a friend has been through what you're going through, but the thing to keep in mind is no one will completely feel the same way as you. It's comforting to know that you've got people you can count on but that doesn't stop them from forming personal opinions about you. That's just the way it is. It's the most natural thing in the world. I don't even know if I'm making sense right now. LOL. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's utterly heartbreaking when the truth was they never really got you all along.

    2. The weight of the truth that's perfectly encapsulated by this tweet:
    The XBF (What? We're still talking about him?! It's almost 2017! IKR.) certainly upped the ante of being an a$$hole when he messaged me once again late this year to... *dun dun dun* borrow money from me which is, and I quote, "not just for me but also for Adam." Now you're wondering who's Adam and why is he my concern? Adam is his son, and babies are the cutest, purest things, but I don't understand how I am even within the stratosphere of his options of people he could borrow money from. Everything about this aspect of my life is exhausting and I know I shouldn't be talking about this here but I kinda want to shout it to the world. (Let's see how long I'll keep this up here.) Anyway, that's that. Unfortunately, there will be a particular few in your life who would be an ultimate pain for a long time whether you like it or not.

    3. You have to take sides.

    I had 2 close friends that went through a break-up this year and I tried so hard to be equally a friend to them. He shared secrets to me and she did as well, I was both their confidante. Throughout the whole ordeal, there was a lot of he said, she said and somehow I ended up sharing the blame and the drama. That was just too stressful. Don't put yourself in the middle of the chaos and pick a side, or if you want to maintain that you're Switzerland, distance yourself from all of it. Because in cases like this, sooner or later, something's gotta give. Don't let it be you. Hahaha.

    4. I am single and it's not the end of the world. Duh.

    This is not even some in denial shit or things like that. I am really at peace with my singlehood and am actually happy about it. As that line from gnash's song goes: "you gotta be happy alone to be happy together" and this year I found that sense of 'nothing is broken and nothing is missing and I am whole.' You see, I was emotionally dependent for a looong time and I wouldn't have even imagined that this feeling of contentment would exist. It's just that in life, we find satisfaction and fulfillment on different things. We were never meant to be measured on the same stick. I leave all the relationship worrying to my friends who constantly imagine scenarios of how I'd meet my future beau. LOL. The conversations we have about it are hilarious.

    5. The world is indeed my oyster and I still have a lot of exploring to do.

    Beside the local travel opportunities I've had this year (Pangasinan, Bataan, annual Baguio thing, and impromptu trips to Tagaytay and Batangas), I was able to, for the first time, go out of the country. Destination? Hong Kong! I'm not going to gush so much about it here because I'm supposed to blog about the whole experience BUT going through all the photos I took there and being reminded of the little details makes me anxious and sad and make me miss it even more. I don't know how I'll be able to do it. Hahaha. That particular trip opened my eyes to the beauty of 'out there,' how there's soooooo much I haven't seen and experienced and it's just there waiting for me all this time. I also fell in love more with Asian cinema! I think I've watched more Chinese/Taiwanese/Korean/Japanese/local films this year than any other year in my life! Same goes with music! Ugh, a wide horizon of possibilities!

    6. This year brought out the worst (and I'd like to think, the best) in us.

    2016 has been the year that all the unthinkable things happened: Marcos buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani in the shadiest way possible, Trump was voted  POTUS, killings and wars are rampant, left and right, social media toxicity reached new heights, losing friends over political views, things we conveniently pretend do not exist slaps us hard in the face to remind us that it still does, and a lot of other issues on a national and global scale that I don't want to enumerate anymore. This year has been very challenging on this aspect. Everyone has opinions but very few are willing to listen. The amount of hate I've seen on Facebook is just sad. On the bright side, a whole new level of wit and humor arose from all these political turmoil (yay for Twitter people!), people are more vigilant and aware and more accepting of change (indie film line-up at MMFF this year YESSS!)

    7. I am ultra blessed.

    No matter how corny that sounds, that's my biggest realization this year. It may not be the same on a macro level but this 2016, I am happy, I am (sort of) healthy, I finally saw Death Cab for Cutie and Bon Iver live, I enjoyed more art (films, music festivals, even painted!) and I have family and friends that are so amazing -- I could not even explain how amazing they all are. There will always be difference of views and opinions, but at the end of day, they're still home and they got your back. And for that I will always be grateful. Always. 

    Overall, 2016 is a good year. Scratch that! It has been exceptional, certainly one for the books! I've been to so many adventures this year, I already lost count of the good things that came my way! Cheers to the new year that's about to unfold and tight hugs to everyone who has managed to finish this blog post! Happy New Year, you! Always be kind to yourself and to other people! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    . Saturday, December 31, 2016 .

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    . Saturday, December 31, 2016 .


    You think by the time you reach your 20s, you've got most things figured out. By the time you're 30, you think you're this beacon of knowledge that has so much life lessons to impart. Nope, even though you're a full grown adult who does adult things like be a great citizen who pays their taxes, the universe still makes you feel most days that you're very much like Jon Snow: You know nothing.

    At the very least I thought I knew better and will always make the right choices. I thought everything in my life is solid. I thought this was it for me. I thought this was as good (and sometimes, as bad) as it's going to get. Then at the most unexpected times (walang alarm, walang anything), the universe throws you curve balls and make you realize you are forever a child in this school that is called life. (Cheesy ba? K. Hahaha.)

    1. Not everyone who claims they understand you really understand you.

    I'm sure at some degree, a friend has been through what you're going through, but the thing to keep in mind is no one will completely feel the same way as you. It's comforting to know that you've got people you can count on but that doesn't stop them from forming personal opinions about you. That's just the way it is. It's the most natural thing in the world. I don't even know if I'm making sense right now. LOL. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's utterly heartbreaking when the truth was they never really got you all along.

    2. The weight of the truth that's perfectly encapsulated by this tweet:
    The XBF (What? We're still talking about him?! It's almost 2017! IKR.) certainly upped the ante of being an a$$hole when he messaged me once again late this year to... *dun dun dun* borrow money from me which is, and I quote, "not just for me but also for Adam." Now you're wondering who's Adam and why is he my concern? Adam is his son, and babies are the cutest, purest things, but I don't understand how I am even within the stratosphere of his options of people he could borrow money from. Everything about this aspect of my life is exhausting and I know I shouldn't be talking about this here but I kinda want to shout it to the world. (Let's see how long I'll keep this up here.) Anyway, that's that. Unfortunately, there will be a particular few in your life who would be an ultimate pain for a long time whether you like it or not.

    3. You have to take sides.

    I had 2 close friends that went through a break-up this year and I tried so hard to be equally a friend to them. He shared secrets to me and she did as well, I was both their confidante. Throughout the whole ordeal, there was a lot of he said, she said and somehow I ended up sharing the blame and the drama. That was just too stressful. Don't put yourself in the middle of the chaos and pick a side, or if you want to maintain that you're Switzerland, distance yourself from all of it. Because in cases like this, sooner or later, something's gotta give. Don't let it be you. Hahaha.

    4. I am single and it's not the end of the world. Duh.

    This is not even some in denial shit or things like that. I am really at peace with my singlehood and am actually happy about it. As that line from gnash's song goes: "you gotta be happy alone to be happy together" and this year I found that sense of 'nothing is broken and nothing is missing and I am whole.' You see, I was emotionally dependent for a looong time and I wouldn't have even imagined that this feeling of contentment would exist. It's just that in life, we find satisfaction and fulfillment on different things. We were never meant to be measured on the same stick. I leave all the relationship worrying to my friends who constantly imagine scenarios of how I'd meet my future beau. LOL. The conversations we have about it are hilarious.

    5. The world is indeed my oyster and I still have a lot of exploring to do.

    Beside the local travel opportunities I've had this year (Pangasinan, Bataan, annual Baguio thing, and impromptu trips to Tagaytay and Batangas), I was able to, for the first time, go out of the country. Destination? Hong Kong! I'm not going to gush so much about it here because I'm supposed to blog about the whole experience BUT going through all the photos I took there and being reminded of the little details makes me anxious and sad and make me miss it even more. I don't know how I'll be able to do it. Hahaha. That particular trip opened my eyes to the beauty of 'out there,' how there's soooooo much I haven't seen and experienced and it's just there waiting for me all this time. I also fell in love more with Asian cinema! I think I've watched more Chinese/Taiwanese/Korean/Japanese/local films this year than any other year in my life! Same goes with music! Ugh, a wide horizon of possibilities!

    6. This year brought out the worst (and I'd like to think, the best) in us.

    2016 has been the year that all the unthinkable things happened: Marcos buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani in the shadiest way possible, Trump was voted  POTUS, killings and wars are rampant, left and right, social media toxicity reached new heights, losing friends over political views, things we conveniently pretend do not exist slaps us hard in the face to remind us that it still does, and a lot of other issues on a national and global scale that I don't want to enumerate anymore. This year has been very challenging on this aspect. Everyone has opinions but very few are willing to listen. The amount of hate I've seen on Facebook is just sad. On the bright side, a whole new level of wit and humor arose from all these political turmoil (yay for Twitter people!), people are more vigilant and aware and more accepting of change (indie film line-up at MMFF this year YESSS!)

    7. I am ultra blessed.

    No matter how corny that sounds, that's my biggest realization this year. It may not be the same on a macro level but this 2016, I am happy, I am (sort of) healthy, I finally saw Death Cab for Cutie and Bon Iver live, I enjoyed more art (films, music festivals, even painted!) and I have family and friends that are so amazing -- I could not even explain how amazing they all are. There will always be difference of views and opinions, but at the end of day, they're still home and they got your back. And for that I will always be grateful. Always. 

    Overall, 2016 is a good year. Scratch that! It has been exceptional, certainly one for the books! I've been to so many adventures this year, I already lost count of the good things that came my way! Cheers to the new year that's about to unfold and tight hugs to everyone who has managed to finish this blog post! Happy New Year, you! Always be kind to yourself and to other people! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    . Thursday, December 29, 2016 .


    I have been on vacation the past week and six days into it, I've done nothing but watch movies. Not proud of the fact that I've been a complete couch potato (got up and left the house once to see Die Beautiful) but I'm quite pleased that I was able to tick off a couple of films off my list. For 2016, I've managed to watch 101 films (so far)! YAY! Another film that I saw that I ended up loving was A Man and A Woman (Gong Yoo was in it) -- it was heart wrenching and depressing, and I figured I would write a separate post about it because there's just so much I want to say about the film.

    Anyway, here's my last Weekend Movies post for this year! (Reminder: will most likely contain spoilers!)

    1. A Story of Yonosuke. This film warmed my heart and managed to pull its strings at the end. If I would describe it in one word, it would be poignant. It's sweet and sad at the same time. I was impressed by the way the story was told, with the interchanging of the present and glimpses of the past. Though at times it feels quite dragging, it slowly ropes you in the spider webs of stories surrounding the awkward Yokomichi Yonosuke and all the people around him which lives he has affected in one way or another.

    2. Obvious Child. The only time I've ever seen Jenny Slate was in Parks and Recreation and she was damn irritating and funny there! I've plucked this film off a list from some movie blog I follow and I think it's safe to say that this has become a favorite. It tackled abortion so if you feel strongly against it, I suggest you skip the movie. Gaby Hoffman was in it too! But beneath the moral issues, the film was honest, enjoyable and full of wit.

    3. BIGBANG MADE. A little backgrounder: I've been listening to a couple of K-pop artists the past month and BIGBANG was one of the groups that I kinda fell in love with. I know I have only scratched the surface of this whole K-pop movement (knowledge is limited to, aside from BB, 2NE1, BlackPink, and a teeny bit of Twice -- Jom, this is all your fault) but everything I've listened to has been more than enough already. Haha. (Imagine waking up in the morning and BB's song Let's Not Fall In Love is the first thing in your head!) I decided to look up a copy of this documentary of sorts of their BIGBANG MADE World Tour because I am knee deep in all of this (I've been reading forums and all that jazz), and YES, I enjoyed watching this. More than I probably should. Like, I've seen this thrice already. I'm not even a fan that long and I found myself laughing at most parts of it. I really, really appreciated every little thing in the documentary. My favorite would be the behind the scenes of their We Like 2 Party video. Everyone was just so happy and carefree. My biggest takeaway from all of this is learning so much about Korea's pop music industry, how it is to be an "idol" and the, let's face it, sexism and double standard that's very much evident. That and I found some amazing Korean indie musicians! YAY! How do I stop?

    4. Die Beautiful. As of writing, this is the only MMFF film I've seen (I swear to watch more films next week when I return to Manila) and I was not even a bit disappointed. It showed the stereotypes of being gay at this day and age (I overheard another moviegoer reach the conclusion of, "Ah, may AIDS kaya namatay." even though we're not even half way through the movie, nakakatrigger swear) in a still quite conservative and patriarchal society. At the same time, it didn't fail to tackle issues on a more personal level like self-love and self-acceptance, making hard choices and the sacrifices. There were a lot of LOL moments, and I really loved the dynamic between Trisha (Paolo Ballesteros) and Barbs (Christian Bables)! Though I found myself realizing that a few scenes were stretched too long, ultimately, Die Beautiful is worth watching.

    5. Hal. I don't want to comment too much about this animation because I might end up spoiling it for others. Haha. So in a nut shell, the film is about dealing and coping with death and the grief that comes with it, in a traditional Japanese setting that meets modern technology (yes, artificial intelligence). Give this movie a chance, it's quiet, sincere and surprising.

    6. The World of Kanako. I decided to watch this film because of Nana Komatsu. I've seen her before at Kinkyori Ren Ai and was intrigued by her since then. The whole film is like a mishmash of Old Boy (yes, ultraviolence), Confessions (same gloomy vibe; same director), and Gone Girl (because that was another insane movie). The film is depressing, tragic and all kinds of fucked up and will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Definitely not for everyone because of the level of violence and roller coaster cray in this film, but if you can handle that, it's one of those films that you're glad you've watched but will probably never repeat again (or maybe just one more to fully wrap your mind around it). Hahaha. (Also, filed under: Movies That Make Me Lose Hope in Humanity)


    . Saturday, December 24, 2016 .


    The last time I had a handful of shows I eagerly watched was late last year and I actually made this blog post about it. Okay, let me say this first and foremost: binge-watching at excessive levels is really bad for your health. I have no clue if there's a way to make this sedentary activity healthier (or is that even possible?!) so I highly recommend that you reserve your loved TV shows during long breaks and not during days when you are in dire need of shuteye but you choose to sacrifice sleep because sometimes you have a poor sense of judgement. Hahaha.

    To be fair (LOL at justifying my actions), during the early to mid part of the year, I can't remember a time when I became obsessed with any TV show. I would watch an episode or 2 of SNL or F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or that Thai series called Make It Right once in a while but those don't count because 2 episodes do not really constitute a decent binge-watch.

    Anyway, come the last quarter, I found myself in a buffet of wonderful TV series and even though my weekdays have gotten super busy, I had to fill my plate with quite a heap just to get the ball rolling (and not to miss on anything). So here we are, a blog post where I shall share all those TV shows -- because really, what's the use of watching all of these if I don't get to discuss it with anyone else? (Note: As usual, contains spoilers!)

    Finished:


    1. Sense8 (12 episodes, Season 1). This show confused the hell out of me especially the first few episodes. But it's the kind of confusion that makes you wanna stick for more rather than give up watching it. One of the reasons I continuously watched this was because of the astral projection that all the characters (from different parts of the world) are capable of doing. My eyes feasted on scenic views of Iceland ❤️, the different traditions in India and the rough streets of Nairobi in Kenya among others. Another is that each of the characters are so complex on their own. All of them are a representation of social issues like gender, race, religion and sexuality. It's mind boggling, smart and provocative.

    2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (4 episodes). A must-watch if you're a Gilmore Girls fan! Although it felt compressed at times because they tried to include every character in the 7-season show, I'm not really complaining that I got to see some of the old faces from Stars Hollow. At the first scene of Winter, it felt kind of awkward hearing Lorelai and Rory fast-talking once again. I don't know why. Haha. My favorite part would be the whole flashback when Richard died, I was really heartbroken and ugly crying the entire time. I loved that they were able to finally acknowledge the dysfunctional relationship between Emily and Lorelai and actually do something about it, in the end making it work. I loved that Lorelai and Luke are finally together. I hated the looooong musical. There are so many other things to show other than that musical. I don't get it at all. I loved how messed up Rory was in her state of affairs (pun intended). I love how Jess is still and will always be the driving force in Rory's life. That window peeking scene just broke my heart. Jess is to Rory as Luke is to Lorelai. And that ending! That ending made the whole TV show come back in full circle. I wish for a new season, why not, but if things are left this way, it's fine with me too.

    3. Coffee Prince (17 episodes). Never really paid attention to this Korean drama back when it was aired at a local TV station. When Train to Busan exploded and Gong Yoo won the hearts of many, I think it was a natural reaction to revisit this oldie but goodie show. Good thing it was available on iflix so I was able to watch it tirelessly. It easily became an all-time favorite. Gong Yoo is really a great actor. His little facial expressions make all the difference in the world. You can't help but feel whatever he's feeling. Especially those scenes when he's going out of his mind when he started realizing he's falling in love with a boy and that scene when he actually accepted the realization. Same goes for Yoon Eun-hye. She's so committed to the role that it's hard to imagine that she also played that girl in Princess Hours. Together, the chemistry is so real, you kind of wish they were really together in real life. This show definitely challenged the normal tropes and cliches of Korean dramas (for one, the awkwardly positioned kissing scenes that's just the worst and so hilarious instead of being romantic; case in point: Park Shin-hye in The Heirs hahaha) that's why it's so damn refreshing.

    4. My Love from the Star (21 episodes). I found MLFTS just okay. I already felt I was going to like and enjoy it from the first few episodes. Gianna Jun was funny as hell and her character was just so unapologetically in-your-face and showed us the perks and peril of being a celebrity, and Kim Soo-yun as the apathetic alien was just perfect. He's stoic, distant, old fashioned and mean. They have super great chemistry. They are silly and sweet together, and like most K-dramas, they started with that 'I like you but I hate you' relationship. There were a lot of LOL moments that I love, especially the one when Cheon Song-yi's (Gianna Jun) brother (Ahn Jae-hyun) and Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-yun) mimicked that famous E.T. scene! I didn't like the push and pull nature of their relationship towards the end. I CAN'T STAND THAT. I actually skipped 2 episodes just so I could finish this already. I hated that he kept showing her that he really cared then rejects her the next minute. I get the whole noble thing he's trying to do but for heaven's sake stop playing with her feelings! Mygahd, my frustration with these two. There are also quite a few loop holes and loose ends in my opinion. Why was the evil brother so hateful and evil? We'll never know. Maybe he's just really the spawn of Satan. The ending, I guess, is the most believable scenario possible for the two. Although they have talked about having kids, I have no idea how that will happen since, duh, he's an alien and also, he gets all weak and frail by a mere kiss from her. Also, is the closing scene of the final episode a Notting Hill reference? Because it was the same. I may have to rewatch this in the future.

    Currently Watching:


    1. Black Mirror (on Episode 4 of Season 3). If you haven't seen any episode of Black Mirror, do yourself a favor and binge on it when you have the time. Why? It's so fucked up, it's good. Currently stuck at episode 4, San Junipero, and may try to finish this in the coming weekends. I loved all of Black Mirror's seasons but sometimes it gets too hard to watch, though by contrast, San Junipero was the most positive (or feel good?) episode in the show's entirety. The first 3 episodes were heartbreaking, especially Shut Up and Dance.

    2. Legend of the Blue Sea (on Episode 12). Watching for Gianna Jun and the whole 'mermaid falls in love with a human' arc. She's really got this wide range of acting skills! This drama is cute, but I'm having issues with Jun's character being too submissive to all of Lee Min Ho's character's whims. I'm planning to write something about LOTBS and another popular drama, Goblin, so I guess I'll have more to say there. Haha.

    3. Westworld (on Episode 4 out of 10, Season 1). I kept seeing Westworld from a film blogger that I follow and it being hailed as HBO's next best thing to Game of Thrones made me want to watch it. It's actually inspired by the film of the same name by Michael Crichton, but since I've never watched it, I never knew what to expect. The concept of the Westworld universe is already fucked up on its own:
    Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic "hosts" -- allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged.
    On a daily basis, all of the robots' memories are wiped out but something seems to be wrong -- a bug or a glitch -- and they began to have consciousness and memories. So yes, the hosts began to recollect memories of them being killed, raped, repaired, reprogrammed or whatever vile acts were done on them by humans. As most reviews mention, it's indeed like Groundhog Day for these robots. When Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) swatted that insect on her neck, my jaw dropped. I know I'm going to be in a hell of a ride. I have yet to finish the entire season but Jom said the season finale was so messed up. Excited for it!

    4. Goblin (on Episode 8). I am completely smitten by this Korean drama. All the elements of Goblin (I don't why, for the life of me, it was named Goblin. Maybe it was the literal translation?) make up a wonderful, enjoyable show. What I loved most about this series was the cinematography (everything is just beautiful and breathtaking) and the soundtrack. Second would be the chemistry between the two male leads, Gong Yoo (ok that's another reason) and Lee Dong-wook. Sometimes it overshadows the Eun Tak-Kim Shin relationship, to be honest. Hahaha. They are really so funny, they're like Dumb and Dumber ("play store" scene hahahaha) but more fashionable. Ugh. Everyone is just adorable. Need more reasons? Click here.

    For Future Viewing:


    Since I easily get distracted and end up watching a whole new bunch of films or series (told myself I'd finish Black Mirror and Westworld over the holidays but instead I watched a lot of Japanese and Korean films), some of these may just be stuck on the planning to watch category. But I'm firm on watching This is Us (because Milo) and Terrace House (because I'm intrigued that a lot of people are currently watching this.)

    ***

    I didn't expect that this would turn out to be a long post. Hahaha. Thanks for reading if you've made it here to the end. Do you have any recommendations? I would love suggestions for anime and other Asian TV series. Seriously in love with Korean and Japanese dramas and films lately. I just can't get enough!

    . Tuesday, December 06, 2016 .


    Sometimes, it feels like 2014.

    It would be such an easy feat to pour everything here when it gets too in my face (or when my head's way, way, wayyy above the clouds) but I can't, I won't and I shouldn't. I once in a while go to seek the great perhaps, as that book says, and I surprisingly strike gold, like the good *good* kind -- the kind that makes you beam with happiness, the kind that gets all your atoms excited, the kind that makes you selfish and not share it with anyone else, the kind that brings comfort because it's got that "Finally." feel to it, the kind that doesn't make you change one bit of yourself, the kind that polishes and boosts, the kind that you're, let's admit it, craving for, for a long time. 

    But -- yes, great things always come with buts -- I find myself once again in that familiar situation. Seems like I always find a way to crawl back in that box: perfect but untouchable. "You're uninvited, an unfortunate slight."

    2014, I'm getting off this not so merry merry-go-round.
    . Monday, December 05, 2016 .


    Around the last week of September, after attending the Zomato #FoodieMeetup at Single Origin, Louie also asked us if we're interested in participating in the upcoming third leg of their Hunger Games, which features restaurants in Antipolo and Marikina. I've attended one of their food crawls before so I already knew what to expect (and besides the obvious reason that I never turn down an opportunity to try new food!)

    Marikina has been synonymous to the shoe industry, being the largest manufacturer of shoes and bags locally but let's not forget about Lilac Street (and its surrounding areas), which has also always been famous for being a dining destination for food lovers, along the likes of Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes ParaΓ±aque, Maginhawa Street in Quezon City and Kapitolyo in Pasig. 

    And since I rarely go to Antipolo and Marikina, I was really excited to attend this food crawl! And to make it even more fun, I asked my friend, Quich, to tag along! :)

    . Sunday, December 04, 2016 .



    This blogging break, looks to me, is a spell that always comes before the year ends. Last year, I wasn't able to put up anything here for the entire December, and this year, the drive to blog was non-existent last November. But what's different now is that I'm not feeling guilty at all. One, I really don't know how many people take the time to read this blog. Hahaha. Second, I didn't want to pressure myself into putting half-baked stuff here (I admit to doing that a dozen times!) And lastly, I was busy with life outside the Internet. My plate was full and my hands were tied, so to speak.

    I came across this blog post by Dominique Tiu and thought of the same thing, but no, I just can't bring myself to kill this blog. Too many damn precious memories I'd lose. A lot of people I follow also transitioned to vlogging but there's no way I'd be jumping on that ship (I am so awful when I'm photographed, a video from me would be cringe-worthy haha) so yeah, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and write.

    So here I am once again, doing a lot of catching up starting from the things I left way back in October! First up: our sort of food crawl in Baguio! :)

    Baguio's become an annual thing for me now, and this year, I was with Terr and Jom. We went there to purely relax. And by relax, we mean eat and sleep, nothing more. And that's exactly what we did! Hahaha. We were able to eat at 6 restaurants (all I've never been to before!), sleep to our hearts' content, get a massage with an added bonus of experiencing an earthquake! LOL. If you're planning a getaway to Baguio soon, here's a quick run down of our Baguio food crawl that you might want to try:

    1. Good Taste


    It was a few blocks from where we stayed and we were extremely hungry so this became the first place we went to. We ordered a lot (you can see from the photo), but we didn't know that their servings would be ginormous. I even remember their staff, after taking our orders, said, "Tatlo lang kayo no?" And I had to laugh. Hahaha.

    Good Taste is something like Estero from Binondo. They offer a wide variety of dishes (they have a huge menu!) for cheap price. Very good for celebrations with families. There was actually a long line when we arrived! We had the Lechon Tofu (PhP 170), Beef Broccoli (PhP 170), Lumpiang Shanghai (PhP 165), Sinigang na Hipon (PhP 100), Fried Rice (6 pax - PhP 150) and three glasses of lemonade (PhP 35 each). "Tatlo lang kayo no?" is still ringing in my ears. (^▽^) Recommended when you're famished and with a big group of friends!

    Good Taste Restaurant is located at Otek corner Carino St., Baguio City

    2. Vizco's Restaurant and Bake Shop


    The feast (yes, we could already call it that considering the food to person ratio) that we had at Good Taste warranted something sweet to wrap it all up (and we seriously need dessert always). We went to Vizco's for some cake and boy, we ate cake a la Marie Antoinette! I really, really like cake so we ordered 4 different flavors: Ube (PhP 70), Walnut Chocolate (PhP 115), Mango (PhP 75) and Strawberry Shortcake (PhP 95). Get the Strawberry Shortcake, it's our favorite!

    Vizco's Restaurant and Cake Shop is located at #5 EDT Building, Session Road, Baguio City

    3. Canto Restaurant


    Going to Ketchup Food Community is a must when you visit Baguio. I tell that to every person I know. (For those not familiar, the Ketchup Food Community is sort of a food park that houses 5 restaurants.) But the catch here is that I've never eaten at Canto before. It's because they always have a line when we get to Ketchup. As much as Canto is recommended by a lot of people, those both from Baguio and not, I always skip it because our hunger always gets to the best of us. Not this year! I finally got to sample their famous ribs! Here's what we had: Lomo Baby Back Ribs Half Slab (PhP 240), Beef Kelby (PhP 185), Chili Fries (PhP 110), Buffalo Wings (PhP 190) and my favorite, their Red Velvet Cheesecake (PhP 125).

    I think this was the most satisfying meal I had during our stay. I finally got to try their lip-smacking baby back ribs and indulged once again in their BESTEST BEST red velvet cheesecake!!! Everything we ordered was superb!

    Canto Restaurant is located at Ketchup Food Community, Romulo Drive, Baguio City
    (In front of Wright Park)

    4. Baguio Craft Brewery



    Definitely not a beer drinker -- a glass gets me tipsy already, but wanted to visit Baguio Craft Brewery because why not and I'm really intrigued with their strawberry beer. Love the beer tap that you can see at the first floor and the rustic/wood thing overall. Now, the beer. Again, definitely not a beer drinker, and I was thinking that their Lagud strawberry beer, you know, something like the apple-flavored beer of San Miguel and I was very, very wrong to expect that. Not even close. It was still bitter. I don't understand how people like beer. Hahaha. I guess I am really not wired to like beer. (I've never used the word beer so much until now. Hahaha.) Anyway, I still managed to gulp at least 3/4 of my very tall glass and ended up ordering iced tea as well. LOL. I suck, I know. Defo not as hardcore as Jom and Terr (the weekend alcoholic LOL).

    We had the Lagud (PhP 150), Old Xavier 56 (PhP 180), Rolling Fog (PhP 150) and Message in a Bottle (PhP 160) for our alcohol fix that night. And for our munchies: Quesadillas (PhP 250), Chicken skin (PhP 300) and Isaw (PhP 280). To be honest, the food was a bit pricey. Imagine eating chicken skin for PhP 300. Charge to experience! Still highly recommended to beer drinkers because of the wide variety that they offer!

    Baguio Craft Brewery is located at RKC Building, 120 Marcos Hi-way, Baguio City

    5. Everything Nice Cake Shop and Cafe


    Our preferred breakfast place for our last day in the City of Pines is Everything Nice. We found it through reading list after list of recommended places in Baguio and if I remember correctly, we wanted to have pancakes or waffles. We've all never been here so we figured to give it a shot! We went there first thing in the morning, so most establishments are still closed.

    The food was pretty good. We liked the waffles! Weirdly though, the cafe mocha was my favorite. Haha. I know it's not food (and not much of a coffee connoisseur) but I particularly enjoyed it!

    Everything Nice Cake Shop and Cafe is located at Techno Hub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

    6. The Other Office


    We were supposed to go to another restaurant to have our lunch before heading to the Victory Liner terminal (I forgot which one haha), but I remember the place was closed because they had an event happening so we decided to go to The Other Office. I was expecting a vibrant, office-like atmosphere, the likes of the co-working spaces here in Manila (I was even looking forward to bring out my laptop while we're there and work on some things like this post haha) but I was a tad disappointed when we got there. But we got this view so I'm all good:
    We ordered classic favorites like Adobo, Tinola, Calamares, Fried Tofu and Lechon Kawali. Food was good, service was better, and view was πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ. We had an hour or so to kill so we just lounged here for the remaining time we had and then we headed to the bus terminal.

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    There you have it, my Baguio episode for 2016! If you want to read more about my Baguio experiences from years before, you can read it here, here, here and here. It covers activities you can do in Baguio and of course, more restaurants you can check out. Yes, Baguio has always something new to offer each time I come back!