I hope to touch people and bring out their compassion towards Earth’s creatures, Mother Nature, and towards themselves.
My name is Kymberly Muego Maitland-Smith and I am currently living on the most densely populated island in the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines. Previously, this blog was my hub for sharing my fashion statements, OOTD (outfits of the day), travel experiences, and more. It was my diary in which I mostly showcased international and local fashion designers & brands. However, I had an epiphany while traveling 2 months ago on Daku Island, a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines that made me realise I had something I needed to fight for..
I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed me that day…
I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the beautiful animals we are supposed to share Earth with, and the best thing I could ever do for my body.
I haven’t consumed meat in over 8 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal into my mouth; no milk, no cheese, no eggs, nothing.
“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” Leonardo Da Vinci
In this newly altered blog, I will be spreading the awareness of animal-cruelty, veganism, health & wellness, and of course, how you, too, can live a consciously harmonious and cruelty-free lifestyle.
After all, we are all animals, and that is a beautiful thing. ❤