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! ✌🏼️

TranscenDANCE – Ecstatic Dance

TranscenDANCE – Ecstatic Dance

Hi, Everyone!

 Its been a loooong while since my last post! There’s just a lot going on in my life, as I’m sure is the same for you. My last post was about the Animal Rights March and many life changing things have happened since then that I won’t be able to share on this blog… for now, but also many great things, like….. SOLTI is finally available in Siargao, Iloilo, and El Nido! Wowowooo! And that, tomorrow, my friends and I will be launching an Ecstatic Dance Movement in Cebu called, TranscenDANCE! We’re so excited to start and we can’t wait to get feedback. Tomorrow is also my sister’s birthday and she was ever so kind to volunteer to be the DJ for the event :] Transcendance will be held in Asmara Urban Resort at 9 30 AM – 12 PM, PHP200 entrance including pool use for the day. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do ❤

For those of you who haven’t heard of ecstatic dance, it is a space for self expression, movement, and release. A space where you can move any way you want to, feel any way you need to, and be who you are, completely with no judgments.

Below is a video from the Byron Bay Spirit Festival that beautifully showcases what its like to be in an ecstatic dance.

https://youtu.be/6FGYOTTv6WU

Doesn’t it look like fun!? No drugs, no alcohol, just sober dance to beautiful music…

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Details on our event can be seen on here. We do hope you can join us tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, next time! ❤

Much love and happiness to you all x

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

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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…

 

 

 

Squash ‘n Barley Me

Squash ‘n Barley Me

Easy and filling! This meal is low in fat and a good source of protein, vitamin A + C + K + B6, dietary fiber, and magnesium.

Cook barley with 1 cup barley to 3 cup water ratio, chopped garlic and salt

Chop up more garlic for the squash

Cut squash up into medium sized cubes and heat in a pan with dairy-free butter or cooking oil of choice till cubes soften

Add apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, garlic salt and pepper to taste

Place in bowl and top with ground pistachios

Enjoy!

Photos take with my Fuji Film X-T20

Taste the Wonder…

Taste the Wonder…

For those of you living under a rock, Wonderfruit is ready for their next, magical event this coming December 14-17th, 2017!!! Ticket prices go up on the 5th September so make sure you don’t miss out on their pre-selling tickets! I realize that I haven’t been very active but this I need to share…

This February, 2017 was my first experience with Wonderfruit and I can tell you this, it was spectacular… and just so you get the feel of what I experienced, here are videos of our daily diary at Wonderfruit by the amazing, Sebastien Gilbert from Maldavar Films

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As you can see, Wonderfruit is full of color and surprises. There are so many activities available such as, pottery, paper mache, yoga, meditation, dance, talks, and so much more! And even though you will be in the middle of a beautiful nowhere, the atmosphere will always be vibrant and full of life ♡

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The glamping tents were awesome! There were 2 queen sized airbeds, a lamp, a mirror, an aircon/fan (depending on which tent you choose), and a safety box. Only people staying at the glamp site were granted permission to enter and the bathrooms and showers were totally clean. Use the showers before 9am to skip long lines!

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On our way to explore the whole site with Ange Gomez and Chi Filameno 

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Dancing and chilling on everyone’s favorite stage, The Solar Stage. This superb stage was designed and created by Gregg Fleishman, whose creations are regular highlights at the Burning Man festivals. Below is a photos taken by Sebastien Gilbert of the stage lit up at night. Amazing, isn’t it!?

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With the always beautiful Drag Queen, Pangina from one of Bangkok’s best bars, Maggie Choos. She performed at the Forbidden Fruit stage one night.

Photo below by Sebastien Gilbert
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Jammin out with our ears out!

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The awesome Manila team who made Wonderfruit even more memorable ✯

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Henna art by one of the many stalls in Wonderfruit.

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If I didn’t mention this in my last post, dogs and children are welcome!

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With one of our very talented Filipina performers, Jess Connelly.

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Body art and face paint available by NYX, Thailand.

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Art installations errwhere! Be there or be square!

Special thanks to Third Culture Music for making this dream a reality!

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