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! ✌🏼️

Animals Rights March 2018

I would just like to share this important event coming up on 25th August.

As you all know, I am an animals rights activist/ vegan ninja 😛 and I am so happy that I will be a part of this year’s Animal Rights March. I can’t wait to be around such compassionate people and, of course to meet other vegans in the country! If you’re joining, do let me know, I would love to meet you! Just shoot me a message on Instagram @kymberlymaitlandsmith.

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UNITE FOR THE ANIMALS!

The Official Animal Rights March is an annual vegan march founded by UK animal rights organisation Surge. The march began in London in 2016 with 2,500 vegans and in 2017 the march doubled to 5,000 vegans marching for animal liberation through London. In 2018, we’re bringing The Official Animal Rights March to the Philippines in order to spread the message of animal liberation across the globe.

In order to make this march succeed, we need your help. Invite your friends, tell every vegan you meet, this is the day where we unite, where we stand up, rise up and say no more, not in our name.

The future is vegan, but we must continue to speak out on behalf of the animals until the day that their suffering ends.

Save the date, spread the word – and let’s make history for the animals.

www.facebook.com/theofficialanimalrightsmarchphilippines
www.theofficialanimalrightsmarch.com
www.surgeactivism.com

Assembly Point: Andres Bonifacio Shrine
Assembly Time: 11am
Route of March: Taft Avenue – Quirino Avenue – Mabini Street
Length/Duration: 6 kilometers/2.5 – 3 hours
End Point: Parade Ground, Quirino Grandstand

Here are a few reminders to help you get ready!

We are encouraging all participants to unify in wearing black shirts on the day of the march. Any writing on it would preferably have a message relevant to animal rights and veganism. This is an animal rights event, so please DON’T WEAR any animal-derived clothing (e.g., leather, fur, silk, down, suede and wool) and please DON’T BRING AND EAT any animal-derived “food”/beverages (e.g., meat, fish, honey, dairy, and eggs) during the march.

WHAT TO BRING:
* Signs/placards/banners/flags (with animal rights/vegan messages)
* Drinking water using reusable bottles
* Umbrella
* Megaphone, drums/percussion, whistle (if you have one)

We also advice you not to bring your animal companion because the activity might stress them out.

See you all on August 25 at Andres Bonifacio Shrine, Manila!

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 ♥️

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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

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

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

This is my first time making an apple crumble AND ice-cream! Pretty happy with how it turned out :] I hope you enjoy these delicious, cruelty-free, vegan desserts!

Peal and dice 3 red apples and 1 pear

Heat saucepan and put in the apples and pear

Add a tablespoon of brown or coconut sugar (I mixed half and half), and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder

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Mix and stir for 4 minutes then place the contents into an oven-safe dish

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F

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Mix 1 1/2 cup of oats into a bowl with 1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup, 1 table spoon of coconut sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of mineral salt, and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder.

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Sprinkle oats evenly on top of the apple and pear mixture and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until oats are golden brown and crunchy

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Cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream without ice-cream machine

Make sure you have time to make this! I made this without using an ice-cream machine and it took about 6-7 hours to complete.

 1 can of coconut milk – 400 ml

1/2 cup of cappuccino flavoured soy milk (S&R)

1/4 cup of agave or maple syrup (S&R)

Mix into a pan and bring to simmer while stirring, then empty pan into heatproof bowl and leave to cool for 30 minutes

 Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into bowl and stir

Place bowl into the freezer and let it freeze for 2 hours

Mix the icy mixture aggressively with a fork until smooth and creamy

Place bowl back into the freezer and repeat after 2 hours

Do this a total of 3 times

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The final product! Vegan apple crumble & cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream ❤

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