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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

My First Experience Dining Out as a Vegan


One of the struggles I experienced when turning vegan was dining out at restaurants. I was staying in Manila back then where the only vegetables you can find are limited only to a side dish. Eating meat is deeply ingrained in the Filipino diet and culture so don't be too upset when restaurants do not cater to vegans. Sometimes it's easier to mention "vegetarian" or "allergies" when ordering. But you still have to ask whether the food is cooked in animal fat, oyster sauce, fish sauce or dairy. Being vegan doesn't have to take the joy away out of eating. Accidental slip-ups may happen at first but you have to embrace the difficulties in order to move forward. I don't speak for everyone but nobody is running to be the perfect vegan. We are on the same path of not causing harm to animals, reducing impact on the environment and becoming healthy.
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Do you ever find yourself slipping into a "what if" zone? I do this whenever I'm faced with a major life decision. I think of several scenarios attached to each choice. I would dig my way back into history if I ever learned from any of the loose ends. "What if I didn't leave?" "What if I accepted that job offer?" But since I can't take those moments back, I try not to let the fear of possibilities take over in my decisions.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Travel: Mount Yasur in Vanuatu


I never really see myself as adventurous because (1) I just couldn't be bothered with that much physical effort and (2) I have low tolerance for uncertainty. If it's any consolation, I am grace under pressure. Although I try to push myself out of the comfort zone, which made me start looking at things differently. As cliché as this may sound, you only live once or twice in my case. We hiked the cliff of Morne Blanc in Seychelles two years ago. I thought that was my peak experience until I had the opportunity to climb an active volcano in Vanuatu. Mount Yasur was an unforgettable trip that literally lit up my birthday week.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

10 Lessons Living in the City Has Taught Me


I was born in the province and spent my idyllic time in a small town where everyone knows you by your kin. Mornings were for climbing trees and afternoons were often filled with adventures exploring the fields. As a child living a simple life, nature was my playground. By mid '90s, we moved to another countryfar away from the familiar, comfortable and happy childhood memories. I don't remember having bitter recollection on the big transition since my parents never forget to make us feel grounded. Moreover, Abu Dhabi in the early '90s was the ideal place to raise a family. My father has been there since 1990, and even my grandfather in the early days. Like a tectonic shift, my life was rearranged. I became the expat kid.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Art of Slowing Down


You must have witnessed a sunset at some point in your life. If you haven't, I'm judging you. Get into it! Find a perfect spot. Relax and observe. I've always been a sunset seeker; attuned to the manifestation of oneness with nature. We often get caught up with work or cram in as much as we can to be productive. It's like we're constantly stuck in a cycle of rushing things. But at what cost? Why feel guilty of slowing down to nature's pace and admire everything around us?

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