Nouveau départ

Fresh start.

The title of the first blog fits perfectly. The reason why I deleted the previous blogsite is because I wanted to start anew. For those of you who have been following and reading, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Blogging for me has been very therapeutic ever since I started feeling depressed about heartaches and loss of loved ones. But I wanted those feelings to produce positive outcomes, not just for me but also for you, my loyal readers. So, I decided I shouldn’t be focusing on the negative outpourings, instead focus my energy on being active, living a healthy lifestyle and doing the things I love. Which are the main focus of this new blogsite ; Bike, eat and travel.

A Lakwatresa at heart.

I love traveling, experiencing different cultures, meeting strangers and soon turn them into friends. Traveling for me, simply heals my soul. My itchy feet already brought me to the cold summit of Mt. Pulag Kabayan Benguet, met the legendary mambabatok Apo Wang-Od and almost scared her to death when I was fan-girling in front of her (I seriously thought she’s gonna have a heart attack), experienced the thrill of canyoneering in Alegria Oslob Cebu, swam in the depths of Enchanted River in Surigao, explored the beautiful and scary island of Lamitan Basilan, survived a month alone across Treviso to Bari Italy, and ran for my dear life as me and an old friend tried to rescue stray puppies from an abandoned house. The last memory never fail to bring me good laughs every time I remember it 😂 Too bad I don’t have photos to share with you, and sadly the puppies didn’t survived.


Padyak dito, padyak doon.

To be honest, I never imagined myself riding a bike on the streets, let alone on the mountains in an enduro/downhill discipline! But surprisingly, I fell in love with it and with the guy who introduced me to the sport. (I truly believe in the saying; love her but keep her wild ☺) I love hiking but riding bikes give me a different sense of freedom and adrenaline rush especially during downhill. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by crazy bikers (which turned out to be awesome friends) simply by eating/hanging out at Edong’s Tapsilogan just outside of Timberland.

Like any other sports, getting into MTB wasn’t easy. I have suffered from multiple crashes (I’ve lost count actually), cuts and bruises, and bankruptcy due to constant upgrade of bike parts hahaha but even when it hurts, you learn to laugh about it with your friends! The MTB Enduro/Downhill has taught me a lot about perseverance and going beyond your limits. It showed me the real meaning of sportsmanship and that riders are all comrades whether they are in or outside of the trails. Back then, the idea of me getting into this sport is so scary and far fetched but now, I couldn’t imagine myself not riding my bike with my friends, rain or shine.


Living a cruelty-free lifestyle.

I’ve always been a foodie. I guess living in a household wherein my family loves to cook and held gatherings, it’s impossible not to grow fond of food. But one of the main reasons why I started this new blog is because I wanted to share my journey about changing my lifestyle and go Vegan. (Whhaaatttt) Yes, I have turned a new leaf and I have come to a decision that the lives of the animals, including fish, are much, much more important than my taste buds.

I have been eating plant-based for a month now, and to be honest, giving up meat wasn’t that big a deal as much as I have expected. Mainly because I care about the animals more than I care about most people really, and I firmly believe that they have the right to live in this world among us humans, free from pain and fear of being bred and brought into slaughterhouses. And this reality made me realize that being a pet-lover is way different than being an animal-lover. Now that I have become more aware of the cruelty against these gorgeous animals, I can’t just turn my back away from it. I’d like to think that I can look at animals in peace knowing I didn’t pay people to hurt them, kill them and use them as experiments. I stopped being depressed about it, and I thought I had to do something and it has to start with ME.

So, now I am also ditching products which have been tested using animals, instead I am now supporting products which are cruelty-free, organic, and pro-poor. Do I miss eating meat? I’d be lying if I say I didn’t, I’ve been eating meat for the first 30 years of my life but my only regret about being a Vegan is that I wish I started sooner. I’m still adjusting to this Vegan lifestyle, but I’m thankful for all the Vegan advocates all over the world that is making a huge difference and supporting newbies such as myself.

Don’t worry. I’m not here to judge you of your lifestyle or your food choices. I’m just here to accompany you to an adventure! Together, let’s live a healthy lifestyle, travel often and go out of our boxes, ride our bikes and explore new trail sites, and hopefully live a life wherein we are not contributing to the cruelties in the world.

Xox, Kc.

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