Listening to your Body

For years, I treated my body as if it’s purpose was to be in service to my desires.
I shut my body’s voices off when she needed nurturing, rest, or was longing to be touched.
I was disconnected to her.
Through my practices such as meditation and free movement/dance, her voices started to grow louder and louder until I couldn’t ignore them anymore.
The voices both excited and frightened me.
I knew changes would come and that they were necessary, but I didn’t know if I was ready.
But, when are you really ready?
I silenced the voices of my mind and finally chose to listen to the expressions of my body…
I cried. I shed. Yet, never felt more complete.
– raw. awakened. wild. ruthless…. unapologetic in my evolution.

Re-connected ❤
My body is my sanctuary, my portal to this life. I will bless and honour her for as long as I possess this gift.
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Do you listen to your body?
Are you doing anything that causes harm to your body?
What does your body long for?

Namasté

P.S. I am using the coffee scrub I made in one of my last posts!

Coffee Mask & Scrub

 

Waste coffee grinds, no more!
There are so many amazing uses for coffee grounds, but using it as a mask & scrub has to be one of my favourites. One, because it smells so damn good, and secondly, because your skin feels incredible after.

You can also add different ingredients to your coffee grinds such as:

  • coconut oil – moisturising
  • olive oil – moisturising
  • brown sugar – extra exfoliation
  • tea tree oil – antibacterial, great for acne
  • lavender oil – calming, great for acne and scars
  • honey – moisturising and anti-bacterial (non-vegan option)

Benefits of exfoliation:

  • removes dead skin cells
  • helps unclog pores that can cause pimples
  • evens skin tone
  • increases cell turnover
  • helps increase the absorption of skin care products

Enjoy! Namasté.

 

Skin Positivity, Not Skin Perfection

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I have been a skincare addict since I was a child, passed on by my mother who smothered my sister and I with lotion after every shower. I thank her. I learned to be responsible for the care of my skin. To listen to my skin and understand her. To nurture her. But, even through all the care I gave, skin problems arose. For most of us, this is inevitable.

We live in a society where media has brought upon us stigma and skin discrimination. There are thousands of skin conditions and millions of people struggling with these so called, “imperfections”, yet the media mostly shares only models with “perfect” complexion and photoshopped skin. Throughout my teens and young adulthood, I was sucked into this belief that my skin was ugly because of it’s imperfections, so I did what I thought was all I could do… buy cosmetics that will “fix” my skin, and cake my flaws with makeup. It took me YEARS of researching, self-diagnosing, and going within to finally treat my skin the way it was crying out to be treated and heal myself. My experience did not only leave physical scars… I am nearly 31 years old, and I am still healing.

A message to those who want to treat skin issues:
– it’s not just about what you put on your skin. It’s a balance and combination of mind, body, mental, and spiritual health.
– what you put into your body matters MOST. Drink plenty of water and stay away from refined sugar, dairy and meat.
– don’t put all your trust on every derma or doctor you visit.
– learn to listen to your body, especially your gut – your gut health matters sooo much.
– natural remedies and products that don’t have harmful chemicals are best. Beware of chemicals that can bleach, burn and irritate your skin.
– don’t give up. Be patient with your healing. All of our bodies work differently.

P.S. Your relationship with your skin is personal to you. What you may care about may not matter to someone else. Heal what you can but embrace what you can’t. And remember, WE ARE BEYOND ANY SHAPE OR COLOR.

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I would love to hear from you! Please answer below:
– Are you struggling to love your skin?
– Do you have any skin problems? How is it affecting your life?
– What do you love about your skin?

Love & harmony x

you are love

love is not a feeling

love is embodied in all things created

love is your skin

love is your scar

love is the light

love is the shadows

love is the fire that burned your house down

love is the water that ended that fire

even when your world is crumbling, never lose sight of who you are

you are love

love connects us all

ahiṃsā vida

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! ✌🏼️

Trust

Last Thursday, I chose a card from my mentor’s super pretty oracle deck which read, ‘Trust your path.’

I used to constantly question my life path and my choices and found that trusting myself was one of the hardest things to do. I realized that feeling that way put me in a stagnant cycle where I was stayed stuck and obstructed any real growth in myself and in my life. I do still struggle with trusting some of the decisions I make, but I have stopped questioning my path.

Living everyday knowing that there’s so much to learn, remember, and share gives me a reason to live, have faith, and look ahead. Whatever path you are on, trust it. There is always gain where there is trust 🙏🏼

[Telling myself this while I do tarot readings haha… practice makes perfect 😆 trust trust trust!]

PS. I started practicing tarot about a year ago with Windy at The Gassho Center in Cebu. Fell in love with how they serve guidance to everyday issues, questions or thoughts and I continue to do self-readings and (rarely) read for others as I am still learning to TRUST myself 🙏🏼♥️ For those who are interested in learning, do some research and don’t be afraid! It’s fun and they can assist you in life!

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 – FRANCE 🇫🇷

My 2017 Euro Trip – FRANCE 🇫🇷

June.

Touchdown and fresh off the boat straight to the Louvre 🙌🏼 It was a perfect summer’s day.

At the Notre Dame.

You can’t guess where we went to next… one of the first vegan restaurants in Paris, Le Grenier De Notre Dame 😻🌱 The dishes were not only colorful, they were very tasty and flavorful, and of course, nutritious!

And then of course some sorbet for the lady. Don’t be fooled, it was delicious.

To Musée Picasso!

Beautiful work and beautiful quotes by Picasso himself cover the rooms in Hôtel Salé. What a great museum to visit.


Palace of Versailles

The gardens were amazing! There’s a lot to see so make sure you wear comfortable shoes!

So much history on these walls. Truly a magnificent palace, full of intricate gold details. Being surrounded by such beauty and history really makes you recognize the evolution of design and appreciate where it came from.

Merci beaucoup!


Burger time!

Sorry, I ate the burger before I could take a photo of it…

On to… Tour de Eiffel with my boos!!!

Together again from Cebu to Paris, baby. My gal, Natacha ♥️

img_1318-1 Mandatory Eiffel kiss 💋

Time for a night out at the Titty Twister…

New friends! À votre santé!


Someone’s excited.

Walking around the Parliament.

Awesome vibes during Fête de la Musique! My new woman crush.

Lunch time at Le Pain Quotidien

Small streets pleasantly covered in graffiti & posters.

Then a tour around the most colourful street in Paris, Rue Crémieux 🌸 🌼

After a lot more walking, we reached Sacré-Cœur, an 18th century basilica on the top of Montmartre, Paris.

Just look at this Romano – Byzantine architecture. It’s incredible.

I could spend hours, even a day or two at some of Paris’s famous sites, but unfortunately we didn’t have much time left to spend. Our last night in Paris…

Yes, we returned to Le Grenier De Notre Dame for our last supper 🤗 🌱

Then I took Mike to see the famous Avant-Garde cabaret show in Paris…. Crazy Horse! It was so much fun and very very creative show. The performances were colorful, edgy, sexy and very elegant. I highly recommend it!

(We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but here are some images I took from the website.)

The after party with Mr. Pleased.

Our last drink with our other half, Natacha, and our last drink in Paris.

Thank you, boo for showing us a great time! Thank you Paris for having us! You are as beautiful as always🙏🏼 Merci

My 2017 Travels – SAN REMEGIO WATERS

June.

Canoeing + wine + sunshine.

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The beautiful sky, sea and sand. Simple, yet so spectacular. Cebu definitely still has it’s treasures.

All you need is an awesome crew ♥️ … and a friend’s beach house!

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A boyfriend who’s a deep sleeper is always amusing…

The crew: Rafa, Rachael, Paolo, Julian, Jaime & Mike. Thank you For having us, Jaime!

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You can never have too much vitamin sea 🙏🏼 wearing my reversible SOLTI bodysuit.

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

April.

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If you haven’t been, take some time away from General Luna and head up to the Magpupungko rock pools. Its amazing there! Make sure to check the tides so you know when its the best time to go.

After an afternoon there, we found this little guy… so we took him home! Name: Pungko ♥️

My boyfriend’s family have a beautiful place in Pilar, a town located in the middle of Siargao Island. Quiet and right on the water, this is a destination fit for friends and family. Rooms will be available for rent very soon! This is the view from the deck.

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Shooting Steph in her SOLTI Activewear reversible bodysuit

Swimming and enjoying the company of friends and family 💙 and of course, watching Mike poi dance…

I don’t leave my room without using my favorite La Mer products, especially the UV Protecting Fluid with SPF 50. Need to keep those sunspots away!

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SOLTI Activewear Luli Bodysuit, La Mer essentials, and my favorite scented flip flops from Lookeeya.

Shakin it up at Shaka. My favorite place for juices, power bowls and banana bread.

At our “Secret Beach” that’s not so secret anymore. Still a great place to swim, chill and play silly.

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After basking in the sun and enjoying the quiet, we went to Lotus Shores in General Luna. If you’re ever in Siargao, you have to try out this restaurant. They are well known for their delicious vegan menu 🌱👌🏼  and everything was superb.

Lovely as always 🙏🏼 Salamat, Siargao

All photos taken by my Fujifilm X-T20

Stir Fry Miso Udon

Stir Fry Miso Udon

My quick, go-to meal. I am obsessed with noodles…

Prepare your udon noodles by cooking them in a pot of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes and then putting them into a colander

Chop up garlic, green beans, tofu, and spring onion

Heat up a saucepan, pour some sesame oil and add the garlic

After 1 minute, pour in some soy sauce, sweet rice wine, sriracha
and a dash of maple syrup to taste

Add the string beans and cook for approximately 4 minutes while stirring

Add the tofu and a pinch of salt

Mix the udon into the saucepan and stir

Pour the noodles into a bowl, add the spring onions and throw in sesame seeds

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Viola! Enjoy!

Green beans are high in fiber, great with preventing blood clots in arteries and veins, controls diabetes, is great for bone health, eye care, and also boosts your immunity! Tofu is high in protein, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B1. ♡ Plant based, baby!

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

Forearm balance

Forearm balance

Practicing forearm stand variations.

How to practice doing forearm stands, headstands, and handstands:

∞ practice against a wall

∞ if you must, push your legs up and lean your feet against the wall till you find your balance

∞ activate your core

∞ slowly push your feet away from the wall and find your balance

∞ you may start closer to the wall and when you feel more comfortable, move further and further away

∞ practice is the key, so don’t stop trying!

Good luck!

Wearing the reversible Boracay Thong from SOLTI Activewear & top from H&M

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 ✌

Rustan’s Super Goods!

Rustan’s Super Goods!

Thank you, Rustan’s Supermarket & Bigseed PR for my delicious and nutritious basket of local goods! I received dark chocolate, granola, wild ginger tea powder, coconut spread, and more ✿ Who knew it would be so easy to find VEGAN coffee on the go!? Bam Bam is also very happy, he loooves banana chips…

Stay healthy& support local! ✌  Have a RICE day!

#SuperGoodsbyRustans

Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

See no evil.

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Hear no evil.

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Speak no evil.

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They say that theres a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but don’t take them to a slaughter house, and Dana Ellyn’s paintings says it all-

What you don’t see or hear doesn’t exist, but the sorry truth is that it DOES. Every single day, thousands and thousands of animals are kept in confined spaces, are mistreated, and then slaughtered just to satisfy people’s taste buds for 10 minutes. And because no one actually sees this happening, how could it matter to them?

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It all started when we were kids. Most of us ate whatever was put on our plates without question and without even being told where it came from. Advertisements on television showed hotdogs filled with cheese, burgers and spaghetti meat balls. Parents told us we had to drink lots of milk so we could grow big and strong, but no one taught us the process from animal to mouth, and why would they? Why teach anyone, especially kids about the harm caused to these animals? If they were educated about it, they probably wouldn’t eat it and that couldn’t happen because what else would they eat? “Its takes too much trouble to be a vegan/vegetarian”– and this is only because we, too were not educated on this type of diet.

In my opinion, just because eating meat is human tradition, habit and some say, a key to survival, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach children how their food is made. We all knew chicken came from a chicken, pork came from a pig, and beef came from a cow, but we didn’t know what goes behind the process of animal farming, and some of us still don’t know. When we were kids, most of us loved animals and still do, so when was it okay for us to think that it was right to kill and eat them? When was is okay to eat a pig but not a dog? How did we learn to eat the way we do?

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I wish I questioned what was on my plate. I wish I was taught about the horrors of the meat industry, even at a young age. I think it is important to know and to share to our children about what is going into their bodies, and of course, what happens to these helpless animals when they’re kept in factories. These days, most to all inorganic meat produce contains antibiotics, unnatural flavour enhancers and other toxic chemicals. Educating yourself about the food you eat is by far the most important thing I think anyone should strive to do.

What you’re putting into your body is what makes you. You digest it, whether it’s healthy or harmful for you.

“IF YOU CAN’T WATCH THE PROCESS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT.”

Paintings by vegan artist, Dana Ellyn.