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Monday, December 24, 2018

Travel: Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand


"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." With the release of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, New Zealand became known as the home of Middle-earth. I was fortunate enough to live in this country with incredible sceneries that look straight out of a painting or in this case, a striking similarity to J.R.R. Tolkien's myth lore. I've seen the movies and BTS videos including all extended versions during a binge-watch with the family on Christmas eve. I only read The Hobbit, which I got from a book sale in Manila. Although the films were shot around New Zealand, stepping foot in the rolling hills of The Shire was a fairytale come to life.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

What Living in Fiji Has Taught Me


When packing for our flight to Fiji, I was only required to bring the essentials. There was a slight panic because I normally bring the whole house with me. After a few deep breaths, I thought of the ocean in those holiday brochures to justify this decision to pare down. I was about to live a tropical island dream. Who needs stilettos anyway? I set aside 60% of my belongings in an empty container and gave everything to my sisters. It was my tipping point on decluttering and also, learning a few valuable lessons in life.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Travel: Vanuatu


Vanuatu is one of the scattered island nations in the South Pacific Ocean that would only appear on Google Maps when you zoom in. I've heard of Vanuatu from a reality show, Survivor. They called it the "Islands of Fire" due its location that sits right at the Pacific Ring of Fire. If you want to reset your compass and jump off the beaten path, visit Vanuatu. This fiery island offers a multitude of sightseeing options that immerse you in a mixture of nature and adventure. Fiji and Vanuatu may seem alike in terms postcard perfect views. But, each has a diverse culture that represents the island's identity waiting to be discovered and explored.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions About Veganism


IT'S MY VEGANNIVERSARY! One year has passed since I made the switch and I never regret it once. Making a difference in this world as a vegan can be an empowering feeling. I may sound a little preachy at times but I only want to plant a seed of compassion. In honor of this milestone, I will be sharing my personal views on the most common questions about veganism.

What made you decide to become vegan?

I went vegan for health reasons after watching What The Health on Netflix. I could never consume meat and fish again. I went on to research further about animal cruelty on industrialized factory farms, which made me swear off eggs and dairy too. Check out Earthlings, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives and Gary Yourofsky's Speech on Youtube.

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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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