I never thought I’d say this…

… but I was drawn to share this with you all after watching Happy Feet, last night. Orthopedic shoes are the best! If you’ve watched Grace and Frankie then you know which character I am (most likely) becoming… I’m currently OBSESSING over the wellness of my feet, and all because of one visit to (sound affect, dun dun duuuun)… Dr. Kong, the comfortable and healthy shoe company.

The reason why this was all so surprising to me was that I used to tease the shit out of one of my best friends in high school for wearing orthopedic Dr. Kong school shoes. L O L. I mean, it didn’t help that the shoes she wore were also for boys (she had big feet and my nickname for her was Twinkle Toes), but because of those specific and unaesthetically pleasing pair of Dr. Kong’s, I never thought a day would come where I would be wearing Dr. Kong shoes.

I don’t know about you, but I believe that the Universe is also a conscious being who brings forth into your life, situations, people and things that you consciously, and subconsciously attract or need in that moment. And so this is why, I believe, Dr. Kong is now in my life, hahaha.

It all started with an invite to check out their store in Robinsons Galleria. I was definitely hesitant at first, especially with my fashion background and history with the Kongs, haha 💁🏻‍♀️ but I knew that I had to have a foot-check-up because I saw that my old shoes flattened down where the arches used to be.

[CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH SHORT VIDEO OF MY DR. KONG ADVENTURE]

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I was instantly inSOLD! 😆 My feet had never truly found comfort until that day! Those insoles made my feet cry with happiness. How sad I now feel to know that I have walked for 28+ years without giving a shit about my feet, and because of it, have caused a misalignment with my ankles. Something I could have prevented if I had only pushed my judgmental, teenage ego aside and listened to Rosie a.k.a Twinkle Toes.

I did mention to her that I got my very own pair of Dr. Kong’s and she was just as surprised as I… I was also surprised to see all the “hipper” styles of shoes and sandals in the store 😎. The pink sneakers caught my eye and they were super comfortable, especially worn with the insoles. I was very impressed with the overall experience; the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, and the store was comfortable and clean.

I HIGHLY recommend visiting Dr. Kong even if it’s just for a check up, it’s free anyway! To know what’s going on down there is so important. These our very important parts of our bodies that we have been neglecting for years and years! I only wish that I was taught about the effects of flat feet and other foot problems much earlier in life, and this is why I’m taking time on this beautiful Sunday afternoon to share my story about my, now grateful, feet! 👣🙂🧡

P.S. I’m still on my orthopedic shoe journey but I want to share that I have come across life-changing arch support, vegan, and PVC-free flip-flops and sandals from Reef in Olympic Village, Ayala, Cebu. There are also other affordable brands that make arch support sandals available! Yay! I’ve also been looking online, but seriously, why are orthopedic shoes so fckin ugly!? Does anyone know of any brands that make “stylish” arch supported shoes for the flat-flooted? 🙏🏼 Write me a comment if you do! I will wifi hug you! Thank you!

All the best, and much love to your feet! ✌🏼️

TranscenDANCED in Asmara

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What an enlightening experience!!!

I was so nervous on Saturday morning, I kept going through all the things I wanted to say during the event. PLUS it was my sister’s birthday so I wanted to make sure she was having a good time.

The weather was beautiful that day, and Asmarawas ready for us to set up when we arrived at 9 15. When people started arriving, I was surprised to see so many new faces, and even familiar faces of friends who I did not expect to see at the event. It was a wonderful feeling :] We started by sitting in a circle, explaining the event, the rules and, what to expect during the dance. There were about 20 of us, most of which have never experienced ecstatic dance before. We started by stretching and shaking our bodies to get warmed up, and then we brought our attention to the breath. So it began…

Transcendance DO’S:

✅ You are FREE to express yourself
✅ Free to move or just mediate on the side or do yoga
✅ No need to follow steps
✅ Parents can bring their kids

Transcendance DONT’S:
❌ No shoes
❌ No alcohol
❌ No drugs
❌ No phones/cameras
❌ No talking in the space

Unfortunately I don’t have any more photos or videos to post just yet, but I will get a few to share with you all soon! Since it was our first time we decided to document some parts of the event, that way others can get an idea of what the experience is all about, and hopefully, join in next time!

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This was only my 3rd ecstatic dance experience and although I was worrying about how people were going to react, I was beautifully surprised and happy to see that everyone was so open and receptive to the music and to the movement. I loved catching people in the eyes and then smiling at them, I loved seeing people full of joy and letting go of judgments, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in that space together where we were all embracing the moment and becoming one. I felt emotional and fulfilled.

After about an hour, the music leaded us to shavasana and then we came together for the sharing circle. This was when my heart grew and melted. Everyone shared very kind words about the event, but most importantly, shared their personal experience without fear. I thrive on openness and oneness, and that was given to me last Saturday morning, HASHTAG BLESSED! Haha… :-p . I saw myself in each person and felt so connected to them, to my surroundings, and to my body and soul. We then surprised Divine with a birthday cake :] It was delightful to see her so happy as this was only the second time for her to DJ ecstatic dance music. She did a great job by the way, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister!

I’m very grateful to Princess and Jangee for inviting me to start this movement with them, and very thankful for my sister and boyfriend for being so supportive of my ventures. Thank you Asmara for the venue! We are very excited for the future of Transcendance! Please stay tuned on my facebook page for the upcoming events.

Namaste ❤

 

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

My sister came over the other day and taught me how to make vegan bechamel sauce. Since then I’ve been eating a little bit too much of it, but nevertheless! This recipe will help you put down the dairy and pick up the soy!

While boiling the pasta, heat another pan on low heat and pour a cup of soy milk and a spoon of dairy-free butter (I like to use Nuttelex Original. You can buy this in Landers & SNR)

Stir till the butter has melted and slowly pour in some flour while stirring. It’s important to keep stirring or whisking so that the flour doesn’t clump! Add about half a cup of flour. If you want a thicker sauce add even more flour, and if you want it to be soupy, add less. Play with it!

When you find the right consistency for you, add chopped onions and garlic and continue to stir. Throw in the sliced zucchini and let simmer.

I like to add nutritional yeast to give it a cheezier flavor. Add about two tablespoons. If your sauce has become too thick for your liking, add a dash more soy milk and continue to stir.

You’re nearly done!

Drain your pasta, mix it in with the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

There it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥒

Bon appétit!

My 2017 Euro Trip – Mia & Jacque’s Wedding in Roscoff

My 2017 Euro Trip – Mia & Jacque’s Wedding in Roscoff

June.

Mike and I traveled from Paris to Roscoff on a train the next morning. It was about a 5 hour trip and was actually quite pleasant and simple to do. On that evening, the welcome garden party of Mia & Jacques was held. The event was at Jacques family home in Roscoff, and it was sublimely beautiful.

 

This wedding weekend definitely brought the most Filipinos Roscoff had ever seen, hahaha. It was great to be with friends on that side of the world, and meeting Jacques’s family was a delight. Mia and Jacques had a great crowd; from their childhood pals to their college friends, everyone was wonderful.


Here are some photos of the beautiful view that surrounded Roscoff, taken with my Fujifilm X-T20.

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Sight seeing and walking around town before the wedding. The weather was perfect; sun was out and the winds weren’t too chilly.

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Look at this handsome man! Haha, I had to do a quick shot of him in his Topshop suit and Zara tie ;-] Oh don’t we tidy up nicely?

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The only perk of arriving late to a wedding ceremony!

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Got a little emotional! Mia looked perfect in her very own Mia Arcenas wedding gown.

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The ceremony was held in the Church of Our Lady of Croaz Batz, from the 16th century. It was quaint, charming and very elegant, perfect for Mia and Jacques.

 

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Our beautifully packaged giveaways and table arrangements.

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Our mandatory couple photo before the night got started. Im wearing a pastel pink Mango jumpsuit, (which by the way, I saw someone wearing at the welcome party the night before! Oh, well. Great minds think alike!) and sandals that I fell in love with in a boutique store in Roscoff. No heels, no problems!

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With the stunning bride, Mia.

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My gorgeous childhood friend, Camilla Guidicelli.

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This is what happens when you fall asleep at parties! “We appreciate you” LOL.

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Saving the best till last… KNOCKED OUT on the bus on the way back to our hotel, with mouth wide open…

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My hangover the next day wasn’t so bad, thank goodness! The wedding party met at the pier and off we went to Île de Batz.

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Île de Batz is a small island just a few minutes away from Roscoff known for their scenic views, pristine beaches, affluent flowers, and beautiful gardens. I only saw two cars on the island and a few tractors. The roads were quiet and wherever you looked there were flowers. The smell of lavender filled the air and all you could hear was the sound of the wind brushing through the leaves. I fell in love with this island instantly.

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For those of you who love crepes, make sure you walk to the restaurant, Creperie du Phare. It is about a 20 minute walk from the pier and is a great place to sight-see.

What a wonderful trip and a great experience. Thank you Mia and Jacques, for having us there! It was a truly beautiful wedding and I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world! Next stop —> Plymouth, England via Brittany Ferries. 6 hour travel time…

 

 

 

Cowspiracy – A MUST WATCH!

Cowspiracy – A MUST WATCH!

For those who are unaware of the main causes of Global Warming, destruction of our rainforests, and water contamination, Cowspiracy will open your eyes to the truth. A must watch!

“Californians use 1500 gallons of water per person per day. Close to Half is associated with meat and dairy products.”

Pacific Institute, “California’s Water Footprint”

A film by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

For those of you who are sceptical, check out Mic. the Vegan on Youtube.com ✌

Behind The Solti Soul

Behind The Solti Soul

photo by Alfred Bartolome

I have changed my website domain from 3 years of vanillaaddiction.com to thesoltisoul.com ☼

I thought, why change my content and not the title? So, after a long and thoughtful process, I decided on the solti soul.

I enjoy my lifestyle and I breathe my creation – SOLTI Activewear. For those of you who don’t know, SOLTI is a conscious brand that is dedicated to helping the environment by recovering and using waste fabrics to create locally handmade fashion for the active lifestyle. It’s not just about living a cruelty-free life, it’s about making myself and the world I live in a better place.

I know that we are on this planet with deeper and spiritual reasons which I can’t even explain, but we are here breathing, walking, eating, and living on this planet like we own it, as well as all the other creatures we’re supposed to share this planet with. This is what I hope to change. Life is about sharing, giving love, and caring for those in need, and for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Solti soul is me; the person who will fight to bring out more compassion in this world, and the woman behind SOLTI Activewear.

I hope you follow my journey and get inspired to live a rewarding life without harm, cruelty or discrimination.

Energy is only borrowed, one day we will have to give it back. ❤