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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.


    My Singapore experience was more ~relaxed~ compared to Hong Kong. I still haven't figured exactly why that's the case. Maybe it's because I'm with my college friends this time around and there's that feeling of familiarity even though I haven't been there ever? Maybe because Hong Kong is my first international travel and I am just the worst when in comes to overthinking? I still don't know, really. 

    Since I knew very well that my SG trip was going to be extremely short (but sweet!), I've already set one thing that I absolutely must do while I'm there: look for as much street art as I can. I've told myself if I've ever to set foot in another country again, street art is #1 on the list, next is watching a film at a local theater.

    From the same blog where I've found that map for Hong Kong street art, there's also one for Singapore! I've told my friends this is the only activity I wanna do with my limited time and they could leave me wandering Haji Lane if they want to do something else, but since they are such good people, they accompanied me and we did a sort of walking tour around the area. We didn't got around much though, there were too many people and it rained really hard in the afternoon.

    . Wednesday, July 19, 2017 .

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    . Wednesday, July 19, 2017 .


    My Singapore experience was more ~relaxed~ compared to Hong Kong. I still haven't figured exactly why that's the case. Maybe it's because I'm with my college friends this time around and there's that feeling of familiarity even though I haven't been there ever? Maybe because Hong Kong is my first international travel and I am just the worst when in comes to overthinking? I still don't know, really. 

    Since I knew very well that my SG trip was going to be extremely short (but sweet!), I've already set one thing that I absolutely must do while I'm there: look for as much street art as I can. I've told myself if I've ever to set foot in another country again, street art is #1 on the list, next is watching a film at a local theater.

    From the same blog where I've found that map for Hong Kong street art, there's also one for Singapore! I've told my friends this is the only activity I wanna do with my limited time and they could leave me wandering Haji Lane if they want to do something else, but since they are such good people, they accompanied me and we did a sort of walking tour around the area. We didn't got around much though, there were too many people and it rained really hard in the afternoon.

    . Saturday, July 15, 2017 .

    Food styling by John Bunag
    The first time I went to Village Tavern was around late last year when I had to cover a bloggers' event that was held there. Unfortunately, I was not able to sample their dishes so I figured this foodie meet-up by Zomato was a good opportunity to finally try their food.

    Opened since 2012 (yes, they're on their fifth year already!) under The Bistro Group (TGIFridays, Italianni's, Denny's), this is their first branch that is outside the U.S. What to expect? Well, they have an 8-page menu, then there's a separate menu for drinks so yes, they offer a whole array of American dishes with twists!


    . Friday, July 14, 2017 .


    It has been 147 years since Cafè Barbera opened their first coffee house in Southern Italy and up to this day, their tradition of serving fresh coffee with passion and dedication is still carrying on. If you're one of those people that needs a shot or 2 of espresso to jump start their day, or a coffee connoisseur that's looking for that authentic Italian coffee experience, I have good news! Cafè Barbera Company, the oldest coffee company in Europe, and their five-generation premium roasted coffee beans (now on its sixth!) is finally in Manila -- in Uptown Parade in BGC to be exact.

    I'm not really big on coffee though I enjoy a cup every now and then if needed, but to sample something genuinely Italian? Sign me up!


    The interiors, which are predominantly wood, is consistent with every other branch in the world and exudes that cozy but elegant ambiance. My favorite would be the Cafè Barbera neon sign. One, I'm such a sucker for these bright lights; and two, it added a romantic finish to the cafe -- the pink light bouncing off the surface of their Futurmat espresso machines. So pretty.

    Here's one of their barista, Jem, teaching us how to properly drink an espresso.
    This upscale coffee shop also offers their own freshly cooked and prepared food (except for their pastries), here's a couple that we had:

    Chef's Salad (PhP 375)
    Suprisingly liked this salad (not very fond of the greens LOL) because of the vinaigrette used as well as the hefty chunks of salmon and chicken. The walnut was a nice touch too since it added more crunch to the dish.
    Chef's Club (PhP 290)
    The club sandwich was just okay. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
    Spaghetti Bolognese (PhP 285)
    A delicious classic. 
    Fettucine Funghi (PhP 285)
    My second favorite pasta dish! Very creamy but still light.
    Penne Arrabiatta (PhP 275)
    I'm usually biased towards pasta in white sauce but out of these three, my pick is the Penne Arrabiatta. It had that amount of heat that just hits the spot and makes you crave for more!

    Barbera's Pizza (PhP 570)
    Though thin crust, this 12-inch pizza is packed with flavors from the bacon and mushroom! I really enjoyed eating this because there was a balance in the toppings and crust ratio. No soggy pizza here!
    Vegetable Pizza (PhP 390)
    As for the drinks:

    Matcha Green Tea Freddo (PhP 150, 12 oz;  PhP 160, 16 oz)
    Cappuccino Freddo (PhP 145, 8 oz; PhP 155, 12 oz; PhP 165, 16 oz)
    Nutelloto (PhP 195, 8 oz; PhP 215, 12 oz)
    Since I don't possess a refined palate that can differentiate a great coffee from not (my default coffee choices are anything mocha), I opted to have their Nutelloto (because you can never really go wrong with anything that has Nutella in it). It was sweet and refreshing! There still was little hints of bitterness due to the coffee but overall a chocolate-y one. If you knew me personally and how I go loco with chocolate, this is just the way I like it!
    Tomatino Iced Tea (PhP125)
    Here's something new: a tomato-infused variation of iced tea! It may sound weird at first but this was pretty good! A perfect complement to the Spaghetti Bolognese and Penne Arrabiatta dishes that further elevates the tomato taste. Fruity and refreshing.
    Milky Frozen (PhP 185, 8 oz, PhP 205, 12 oz)
    Strawberry Milkshake
    Not in the photos was their Americano. All the rich history of Cafè Barbera's coffee and how they still adhere to tradition of roasting each and every bean made me really curious to try it. One thing that was glaringly absent was the fruity acidity, which is what I usually taste in the far more known brands.

    Coffee lover or not, you will find something you'll like here in Cafè Barbera. I thoroughly enjoyed the food, even the cold drinks, and I have to be back to try their pastries. Their nook is located somewhere quiet in Uptown so you can bring in your work while sipping a cup of their coffee (they have WiFi). Ambiance is excellent and the baristas are super knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Want an authentic Italian coffee experience within the metro? Please do drop by Cafè Barbera.



    Cafe Barbera Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Cafè Barbera is located at Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Contact No.: (02) 246-9069 extension 528
    Operating Hours:
                                 Mon    10 AM to 1 AM

                                 Tue      10 AM to 1 AM
                                 Wed     10 AM to 2 AM
                                 Thu      10 AM to 2 AM
                                 Fri       10 AM to 5 AM
                                 Sat       10 AM to 5 AM
                                 Sun      10 AM to 1 AM

    . Monday, July 03, 2017 .


    It's been ages since I've shared anything music related here so I'm gonna go ahead and dish out a list of new albums I've been listening to this year. And even though there are more options now more than ever to introduce and drown yourself in fresh tracks (thanks, Spotify), I still tend to stick to those personally recommended by friends or those that I already know.

    If you've got any suggestions, please feel free to sound off at the comments section. I have a pretty limited list of artists I listen to so I definitely welcome new ones! 

    1. Cigarettes After Sex's self titled album

    I can't remember the first time I listened to Cigarette After Sex and which particular track got me hooked, but it has been my go to music on "those particular nights." I know you know what I mean. Haha. I'm not really knowledgeable about music genres and subgenres and I wouldn't know how to classify CAS' music, but I really fell in love with their bittersweet lyrics, slow beats and dream pop sound.

    The band's 2012 EP, EP I, was a favorite as well as their rendition of REO Speedwagon's Keep on Loving You. Last year, they released the track K (another favorite), which was later the opening song for their now self titled album. There are 10 songs in total and each one's offering something different, intimate and personal. My other favorites from this album are Sunsetz, Young & Dumb, and Truly.

    I was half hoping that they'd include Philippines in their world tour (they've played in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan!!!) that started early this year but sadly, we were not.

    2. LANY's self titled debut album

    ILYSB (the stripped version) was their first song I ever listened to, and with the track's gorgeous black and white music video, I was in love. It was stuck in my head and I'd listen to the song repeatedly until I can't take it anymore. Haha.

    I began to pay attention to their other EPs as well. And I must admit that the band's ~*~aesthetic~*~ was another thing that attracted me to them. But you see, it's really not hard to fall in love with their music. They have a song for every conceivable complication in a relationship you can think of. 4EVER! (from 2015's I Loved You.) sounded like something out of the '80s (it's so damn catchy) and tackles something like a summer love. The line, "I'm too good at leaving love," from Walk Away (from Make Out) is something for the self-destructive. Their 2016 EP, kinda, which was composed of 6 songs, housed my favorite tracks: pink skies and current location. LANY was one of my favorite musical discoveries for 2016 (thanks, Sherlock!) and I could not get enough.

    I was really anticipating their first full length album because goodbye 6-track EPs, hello 16 songs of pure LANY goodness! Of course, I streamed the entire album as soon as it dropped on Spotify but I found myself scratching my head after. A lot of the songs sounded like the old tracks from the EPs. There's still a song about California (There were already mentions of the following in other songs before: Hollywood, West Coast, Malibu and Los Angeles.) Surprisingly, there's a track called Tampa but it bears the line, "Stuck in Florida one more night / 5 a.m., catch a Tampa flight / I'm just tryna get back home," which I can safely assume 'back home' meant California. Haha. IDK. Flowers On The Floor sounds like quit. The entire album felt like one extremely long song. Lyrics-wise, some songs are just meh. And there's even this one titled, "Hericane." I mean, come on. Though I found listening to the album a bit dragging, there were a few strong ones that I love: Super Far, 13, The Breakup, and It Was Love.

    Don't get me wrong, I love LANY. In fact, I'm seeing them this August in one of their mall shows. It's just that I'm just a little disappointed that I found everything a bit repetitive and basically a hit and miss.

    3. G-Dragon's KWON JI YONG

    It's not hard to go through GD's entire EP for it only consists of 5 songs, spanning around 18 minutes long. And even though I don't speak or understand Korean (well, save a few phrases, and yes, I had to Google the translated lyrics), this EP was well put together and solid. 

    His choice of calling this mini Kwon Ji Yong, his birth name, somehow speaks volumes of how this is sincere and experiential. I was anticipating something like Crooked from the Coup D'etat album but everything was so... unexpected, though there were still evident references to some of his old songs (the whole GOD-DOG from Zutter and "Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay" from Coup D'etat, etc.) GD always projected this cocky, in-your-face, larger-than-life persona but in Kwon Ji Yong, it was so obvious that it was straight up up close and personal.

    A lot of his Instagram posts didn't make sense before, I honestly thought he was just throwing around random creative photos since he's an art connoisseur just like T.O.P. The Run Dog Run, the I need somebody, the mask with GOD but the caption is DOG, the The Face of Another, the The Truman Show, the Divina Commedia, among other things. I realized after listening throughout the entire album that he'd been dropping hints about the upcoming songs all this time.

    I found this very comprehensive review of Kwon Ji Yong, which I enjoyed reading because it was super insightful and informative. If there's one thing that really wins me over with regards to artists apart from their ability to impart their craft is when I learn something else from them, when they offer something to the table besides their selves, when they let us take a peek in their creative processes and their influences. And in this mini, GD definitely did all of that and more.

    The EP felt raw and stripped to the basics, yet it was still G-Dragon to the core. He may at times be problematic and he's definitely not the best singer out there, but Kwon Ji Yong is honest and heartfelt.

    4. Incubus' 8

    I took me a long while to listen to Incubus' new album (this was released last February) because to be honest, after A Crow Left of the Murder, I began drifting away from their music. I would listen every now and then to new tracks they released from the succeeding albums: Light Grenades and If Not Now, When? but nothing really stuck.

    I was still hesitant to dive in when they had Nimble Bastard as the first single from this album and was put off a little when they released a song titled, "Glitterbomb." I read some reviews online and some had given really low scores for 8. I was ready to shelve this album. I was judgmental, I know.

    A friend told me to listen to the album because it had some old Incubus soul in it daw. So I did and I was really, really, really surprised. There was so much energy in this new album that I never thought I'd experience again. Of course, it was no S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Make Yourself or Morning View, but you can hear bits and pieces of those past albums in there. One can't really expect a band of 26 years to sound the same as before but 8 was, while not out of this world, indeed a different animal on its own.

    Kudos for having No Fun as the first track! What a great mood setter! It's got me clutching at my pearls and almost teary eyed because first song in and it's already hitting me hard. Hahaha. The track When I Became A Man was weird and confusing. LOL. Some of my other favorites were Loneliest, Love in a Time of Surveillance and Throw Out The Map. OH. MY. HEAVENS. Throw Out The Map is just sick! I'm sad that it's the last track because it was the vibe I was waiting for! I was like "What a bad ass song! YESSS!" and also, "Wait. What? It's the last one? NOOO! Don't end!!!" 

    Set your inhibitions aside, disregard the reviews -- if you're an Incubus fan, give this record a chance. Chaka Khan, motherfuckers!

    Bonus:
    New singles I added on my playlist:
    1. MISO - Lost
    2. Kodaline - Brother
    3. John Mayer - You're Gonna Live Forever In Me
    4. Coldplay - All I Can Think About is You
    5. Lucy Rose - Moirai