life update

Ciao, it’s Chams!

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We’re already in the 2nd half of the year and I can’t believe how this year went by so fast and I super relate to this meme:

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How are you all doing? I hope everything is good, wherever you are.

We’re still in another lockdown in the Manila, and I’m super bummed that this is still happening a year after our first lockdown in 2020. Government is still blah, blaming all the people for the spread of the virus, not acknowledging their faults, and pretending that everything is okay, thinking that lockdowns are absolute solutions. I could go on and on, but I don’t wanna focus on political thingies on this post lol.

career

Things are actually going pretty well with work. I have mentioned in a previous post that I got promoted, and a few days ago, I celebrated my 2nd year anniversary with the company. The pandemic hit us really hard, since we mostly handle foodservice clients and they were super affected with the lockdowns and all, so many projects were put aside– however, it opened doors to other opportunities like engaging with manufacturing accounts! Which means bigger wins for us. Since my job is in sales, the pressure is always there, especially when hitting targets. But our Provider is really kind and generous, and for that, I’m always grateful.

business

The cookie business is still up and running, and we are super blessed to have this as our side hustle. We are really happy that it has provided us sanity and extra income (sanity comes first, yes) as we’re doing this as a weekend thing. We are currently closed, since we’re in a lockdown and since August is also a busy month at work. I’m excited to open the shop again, and list a new flavor, or maybe a new product– so maybe watch out for that? Heheh

follow our IG: @ohmnomsph

hobbies

It’s been more than a year since we’re stuck at home, and it’s pretty exhausting doing the same things over and over again. Unlike before that we can go out whenever we want to, it’s really hard to do that these days. So I picked up new hobbies and things to do, like working out! I am super into jump rope for the last 3 months, and it’s a super fun way to exercise. I make it to a point that I do at least 1k jumps per day, which I finish in 12-15mins (while listening to my fave gym playlist–mostly SB19 songs haha). And then, I like to finish it off with some weights to tone my arms and shoulders. It helps with my posture as well.

fave work-out set heheh

Aside from that, I also love digital journaling and drawing on my iPad! I was never good at drawing– maybe at doodling but it’s the skill I really wanted to learn. I have been watching videos on YT and Skillshare (thanks to the free trials lol) to improve my digital illustrations, and I think we all gotta start somewhere just so we can improve a little bit more.

my first ever procreate project!

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I have been following a day-to-day schedule pretty recently and it really kind of works for me, it somehow tells my brain to do stuff and get it done. I’m pretty much okay lately, not the best I can say but I’m trying to hold myself together pretty well.

Last July, I was also fully-vaccinated! Everyone in our household is fully-vaccinated already, and we are privileged and very blessed that we had access to the vaccine. My parents are both A2, and all of my sibs are under A4. We were super blessed that we didn’t encounter so many issues in the vaccination sites as well. We are still very cautious even if we are all fully-vaccinated! We always wear our masks, we rarely go out (only for grocery runs), and we make sure we shower before we step in the house! We have improvised a shower area in our garage where everybody should shower first and put all the outside clothes in the washer to make sure we’re all disinfected. We also disinfect our bags before we go in. We’re pretty much used to that routine now hehe.

fully vaccinated last July 17! I got Sinovac.

I am really trying to keep myself busy these days, and one of the things I’ve been doing is creating skincare-related content on IG, which I started in May. I super love the skin-positive community there, and I kind of wished I learned about it when my self-esteem was super low because of my acne. That is also the reason why I started the page, to give support to those who are struggling with the same issues that I have. Recently, someone DM-ed me, asking for my experience with the medication that we’re both using. It’s a different kind of support you get when you know someone is going through the same things as you are.

you can follow my skincare page! @chamieskins

My paternal grandma also died a few days ago, which is painful for us all, but somehow we are comforted that she passed peacefully in her sleep. She was 96, and have lived a long life already, and we are grateful that we shared our earthly life with her. We love her and we’ll surely miss her happy smiles, her giggles, her cute cha-cha moves, and the smell of her coffee and tobacco.

We love you always, Lola Baling!

I pray for that kind of passing as well, just drifting in your sleep, then waking up in another life.

I might have overshared for today’s post, but it’s fun going back here and I’m really glad that I was able to share snippets of my life here.

I hope you all stay safe!

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Ciao, it’s Chams!

I just turned twenty six and I’m like ??? I swear I was like 19 yesterday??? Aside from the fact that I’m shookedt to the core that I’ve reached 26 without being in trouble is an achievement. My birthday was quite special. We stayed home, cooked my favorite food, I made my own cake, my partner gave me a beautiful sunflower, I also bought dried flowers and we just had a fun and relaxed day.

I made this minimalist daisy cake 💗

For this birthday blog, I would like to share new things that I have learned about myself recently:

• I have mustered up enough guts to focus and improve on things I am already good at, instead of trying out a lot of things just to prove that I can.

• I am capable of letting go of my sentimental items, like my old band merch, mementos, etc.

• I am expressing myself better than I used to.

• I am slowly becoming more like the person I want to be.

Hope you all have a good day!

not your usual valentine’s

Valentine’s na. Puno na naman ng tao sa Dangwa, mabenta na naman yung chocolate aisle sa grocery. Puro kilig valentine’s date posts and surprises ang nasa social media feed natin. Ang cute talaga makakita ng mga masasayang tao na may masayang lovelife.

Second valentine’s day na namin together ni Kervs, pero eto yung first valentine’s namin as a couple. Last year kasi nanliligaw pa lang sya, *yieee* pero ang totoo non gusto ko na talaga sya sagutin kaso sunod sunod yung ganap kapag February (birth month namin pareho yung Feb), so naisip ko ikalat ko nalang yung okasyon para di kami nganga sa other months haha. Ayon so going back, eto nga yung second valentine’s namin together. Tapos si Kervs kasi very thoughtful. Thoughtful to the point na kapag alam nya kung ano yung gusto mo, yun ang ip-provide nya para sayo. Naalala ko yung mickey mouse tsum tsum pen na binigay nya sakin nung nag-uumpisa palang kami mag-date date. Alam nya kasi na mahilig ako sa pens, at sa tsum tsum. Katuwa lang, hehe.

So ayun na nga. Hindi naman sa nag-eexpect ako ng bulaklak at tsokolate sa araw ng mga puso last year, pero lowkey sa isip isip ko, “Nako baka bigyan ako ng flowers neto..” kasi nga ligaw ligaw ganyan haha. Lowkey talaga na in-assume ko na baka may paflowers si koya nyo. Tapos pagpasok nya sa gate ng bahay, bitbit nya yung bag nya at isang plastic bag.

 

“Ang mahal ng flowers ngayon, pero eto oh, naisip ko bilhan ka nalang ng avocado.”

Shuta. Paborito ko talaga yung avocado!!! Kaya sobrang saya ko nung natanggap ko yung isang plastic ng avocado na dala nya. Mas masaya pa kaysa flowers at chocolate.

Saka may vine reference din kami do’n kaya may inside joke samin yung avocados.

Nakakatuwa lang lalo, kasi makalipas ang isang taon, tatlong avocado uli ang binigay nya sakin. Unconventional man para sa iba, pero sobrang masaya ako na yun ang top choice nya. Sa totoo lang, mahirap talaga mag isip ng regalo para sa taong gusto mo, kasi gusto mo lagi syang maiimpress, gusto mo na mapasaya sya at maramdaman na special sya. Pero di naman kailangang maging magarbo. Ang mahalaga, pinili mo yung bagay na yun dahil alam mo na dun siya magiging masaya, saka close to the heart hehe. ✨

Alabyu bb! ✨

cookies brought us here

Hello, world. Meet mine. 

how we met

[ October 15, 2018 ]

I was in the backseat of the car, stuck in traffic and was looking down on my phone. Hours before my flight, I was swiping left and right, looking at different men, reading their bios — some were funny, incredibly witty, and some were just plain boring. I wasn’t really invested in the dating app that I was using.

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After an amount of swiped left guys, popped this really adorbs guy, wearing a suit, and I guessed it was him in his graduation photo. First thing I noticed was his smile and how it synchronizes with his eyes. Carefully read his bio, and BOOM! It was a match.

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Okay, to be completely honest, my brows went up a little bit when he also mentioned in his bio that he was trying to look for a serious relationship. Like who says things like that in your dating profile bio? Are you tryna scare the girls away? Apparently, not me. I focused on the silver lining and looked at the brighter side that this guy bakes cookies.

Of course, since we were using bumble, I should be the first one to initiate the conversation.

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Yes, so it went like that. Being the blabber mouth that I am, I looked into his bio again and saw his star sign. He was an Aquarius too, so I thought it would be nice to use that as a conversation starter.

Me: Soooo, you’re an Aquarius too. Kailan birthday mo? (When’s your birthday?) Haha

Him: Yas I’m an Aquarius! Feb 10 haha ikaw?

Me: Feb 7 omg hahahah

Him: OH MY HAHAHA SAMA KA SA CELEBRATION KO TAPOS AKO SAYO (Join me in my *birthday* celebration, and I’ll join yours)

Okay, things were escalating pretty quickly but it was also about to die down. That very moment while I was talking to him, I was on my way to the airport, for my flight to Bacolod. And it wasn’t for a week-long vacation, but I will be there for six months to work. Yes, it was a complete bummer. I told him that I will be away for quite a long time, and he had nothing to do but accept our star-crossed lovers kind of fate.

We continued talking, until I reached the city of smiles.


the one after the swipe

To be completely honest, I was really having fun, talking to him. We’re both very different people, but we totally clicked. He was very straightforward, outgoing and he seems kinda like the life of the party. He’s also quirky, but in a good way.

We also switched to Telegram after a few exchange of messages on bumble and was surprised that he deleted his dating profile a few days after. He also got my number, and asked if he could call me in the morning, while he gets ready for work and to wake me up so I could follow our dorm’s bathroom schedule. He did it every weekday, without fail. It was also this time when he started giving me hints that he liked me and told me that he wanted to pursue me. *kiligs* 

Though he was miles away from me at that time, it was like a blessing in disguise, that we were able to get to know a lot about each other, without the rush. In my head, I knew it would be a totally different scenario if we weren’t in a long distance landian. We were taking our time, getting to know each other, our similarities, our differences. Somehow, it was much more easier to take in all the things that you know about a person when you are not physically there since there isn’t a lot of judgment. Lol does that even make any sense?

But, to tell you the truth, it ain’t hard to like Kervy. He’s basically the sweetest, gentlest and nicest guy I’ve ever known. He also speaks with so much wisdom, and he’s very passionate of the things that he loves to do. No wonder, that as the weeks went on, I started to like him more and more.

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christmas ain’t cold anymore

Two months of talking virtually eventually lead us into meeting each other physically, for the first time. I went home for the Christmas holidays, and it was the 23rd of December when we first met. Boy, I was nervous. I didn’t know why. I was pretty sure I completely knew a lot about this person, but still I was anxious, because what if I didn’t meet his expectations?

I’m not the type of person who sweats a lot, but I swear, that moment my palms were moist and it felt like all of my blood were in my head. Also, he was with his mom the first time I met him. So, imagine the amount of anxiety that I’ve been dealing with that time. But, God was great. He magically wiped off the anxiety when I saw him and his mom, smiling, while waiting for me. It went pretty well, his mom and I exchanged pleasantries, then she headed home and left us there in the mall so we could go on with our first date heheh. It was a pretty casual date, we just had pizza and took some photos using his film camera. Then he went to my house so he could meet my family.

We had great food, and he talked to my parents and siblings, like he’d known them for a long time. We also went to church together with my family to attend simbang gabi. And it was very dreamy, with the colorful lights around us and all. I was sure by then that I was in love with him. (but I didn’t tell him yet heheh)

We went to my home after the mass. And just a few moments before he went home to his, he stood up, straightened his shirt and spoke in a loud and clear voice:

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post-christmas extravaganza

After the New Year, I had to go back to Bacolod for work. And we were back with our video calls and chats. It was much easier then, because we know that soon I’ll be back for good, and we were counting on the days when we’ll be together for our birthdays. He got a plane ticket to Bacolod for us to celebrate our birthdays together. I planned out our itinerary, the places we’d go to, the places where we could eat, and so on. But fate played with us again.

I got a news from work, that we will all be sent back to Manila before February. For good.

Sure, it was great news. We’ll be back to Manila for good, earlier as expected.

Bummer, since we planned out our February vacation. And it needed to be canceled.


the brighter side

When I got back to Manila, a few days before our birthdays, we started to realize how our initial plan came true. That we will be able to celebrate both of our birthdays together. And it was so much fun! It’s amazing how God works in ways you can’t imagine.

Okay, so maybe you are wondering how we became together?

Here it goes.


so it begins

After our birthdays, I was really really 100% sure of him. He made me feel loved and secured and happy, and there was no reason not to be with him. So I planned out, how will I tell him that I wanted us to be together, like officially?

So being the creative person that I am, in the morning of March 10th, I made a zine. I cut out cute graphics, and a funny comic strip, and made a short poem. I forgot about the other contents, but yes, at the end of the poem, I told him there that he got himself a girlfriend.

His reaction was priceless.

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now what?

8 months in the relationship, and we are still learning a lot from each other. And what I love about the relationship that we have now, is that we pray together everyday. Through that, we get to know our intentions, and we get to pray for one another. Being in the Singles for Christ community also made us better individuals, and even better partners, as we grow together in love and in faith.

Sure, we had moments where we didn’t understand each other, but every time we had that, we made sure we talk about it in the best loving way possible. I’m really blessed to have someone who knows me well, understands me better and prays for me for the best.

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(1) After a fun photowalk sesh at BGC, we took a self-portrait (2) Our first picture together, me holding a pizza (3) He took me to my first prom, hence the awkward couple shoot (4) Just recently, we went to ANCOP Global Walk

what i love about my bb

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cookies pls

If you made it this far, I’m pretty sure you found our story interesting. But what makes it even more interesting, is that we now sell the cookies that sparked our love story! These chewy, chocolatey and chunky cookies are super hard to resist– I’m telling you!

Introducing, the Ohm-noms Cookies!

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Make sure you get your date a dozen ohms for Christmas! 😉

DM our instagram page for orders and queries!

 

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PS

Kervy and I are doing a podcast as well! Go check chamsicles on Spotify!

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i lived in a city 717km away from home | part 2

So, the story goes. 

Pero bakit parang mas gusto ko na lang i-kwento uli? Haha. Ayun na nga, sa previous post ko, medyo hinapyawan ko ng kwento yung pag-stay ko sa Bacolod for ilang months. Sinamahan ko na rin ng photo dump para complete experience. Anyhoo, eto na ang tea.


bakit nga ba ako umalis?

Hindi naman sa ayaw ko na dito sa Maynila, pero dala na lang din ng gusto ko ma-experience mamuhay nang mag-isa at kailangan para sa trabaho, kaya napunta ako ng Bacolod. During that time, ESL Teacher ako at nag-expand yung company na pinapasukan ko sa Bacolod at nangailangan sila ng Teacher from Manila office na tutulong sa Bacolod team. Low-key prinesenta ko yung sarili ko na gusto ko mag-Bacolod. Di ko naman akalain na kakagatin nila yo’n. So nagulat na lang ako may ticket na daw ako sa susunod na linggo mula nung sinabi ko na “I volunteer as tribute!” chos.

Nung una, ayaw pa ako payagan ng nanay ko. Syempre, bunso ako. Ako pa yung baby sa bahay, kaya parang di pa nila ako ma-let go. Pero ayun, kinalaunan naman, pinayagan na nila ako kasi wala naman silang choice at nakabili na ko ng maleta.

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7PM ang flight namin bound to Bacolod. First time ko lumipad without my family! Such a grown-up haha

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Bacolod sunrise

San Sebastian Cathedral. Dito ako nagsisimba every Sunday. Tapos after mass, diretso sa SM Bacolod para mag-grocery!

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View mula sa street kung saan kami nakatira. Lacson Street!


an independent manilenya in bacolod

Dahil walang mommy na magluluto ng agahan ko at maglalaba ng damit ko, in-charge ako sa lahat. Pero sobrang dami ko natutunan. Natuto ako mamalengke ng kakainin ko for the week, gumising ng maaga para mag-luto ng breakfast at baon ko for lunch. Natuto ako mag-budget, at maging mas conscious sa spending habits ko, dahil syempre kahit nasa malayo ako, nagpapa-dala parin ako ng pang-bills ng pamilya ko sa bahay.

Isa sa pinaka-gusto kong ginagawa dun, yung pamamalengke. Sobrang mura ng bilihin sa Libertad, dun kami namimili ng gulay kasi sobrang mura! Sa 300 pesos ko, nakabili na ko ng gulay, prutas at meat na swak para sa isang linggo ko na konsumo. Kapag naman feeling fancy kami, bibili kami ng seafood sa Downtown (Central Market) at magsi-seafood party (and beer) kami ng roommates ko. Favorite ko din mag-ukay ukay with friends sa Downtown kapag weekend!

I mentioned kanina na I cook and prep my own food, eto yun! Pa-healthy kunwari. Pero kasi mas mura gulay kaysa sa karne. Fave ko bumili ng spinach sa palengke na worth 10 pesos lang ang isang balot!

I’m not gunna lie, pinaka-masaya na part sa pamumuhay ng independent, ay yung di ko na kailangan mag-paalam kung saan saan ako pupunta haha. Madalas yan, nag-aaya yung mga friends ko na lumabas ng alas-otso ng gabi at umuwi ng alas-kwatro, lakad lakad sa may lagoon, o di kaya mag-dessert sa Calea. Ganun talaga yung life dun, very chill, hindi nagmamadali. Parang laging hawak mo yung oras mo. Dito ko rin na-experience yung nag-ala Kris Aquino ako sa ka-conyohan dahil sa kalasingan (first time yon).

 

 

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Christmas Village! Biglaan lang din yung pagpunta namin dyan. Kasi naman, di talaga kami mahilig mag-plano haha

Dessert run sa Bob’s!

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Isa rin sa fave dessert place namin bukod sa Calea at Felicia’s, ay Bob’s!


everything is temporary

Syempre, alam ko namang hindi ako magtatagal sa Bacolod. Pero hindi ko naman inasahan na uuwi pala ako agad. Dapat talaga, anim na buwan kami mags-stay dun. So, dapat, April pa ako uuwi. Pero laking gulat din namin na end of January, babalik na pala kami ng Manila. Syempre, masaya kasi makakauwi na kami, pero malungkot kasi nakakapanghinayang, ang dami ko pang hindi narating. Hindi ko masyadong nasulit yung opportunity na sana nakapag-travel ako over the weekend, na sana pinuntahan ko pa yung mga tourist spots na hindi ko pa napuntahan. Syempre, nakaka-lungkot din na hindi ko na makakasama yung mga taong nagpa-saya ng stay ko sa Bacolod.

 

The Ruins

 

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DSB, Negros Occidental

During my last few days sa Bacolod, I went on a city walk tour and visited The Negros Museum! 

Got covered in paint sa Dinagsa Festival! Days before kami bumalik ng Manila

Panaad Park

Cafe 9 3/4! It’s a Harry Potter (and all the other nerdy stuff) – themed coffee shop in Bacolod!

Uwian na! Pero babalikan kita. Soon!

takeaways?

Hm, na-realize ko na posible pala na ma-fall in love ka sa isang lugar. Haha. At sana, ginawa ko yung lahat para masulit ko yung pagkakataon na nandun ako. Ang cliche, pero totoo. Minsan naiisip ko na kung bakit ko ba sinisiksik yung sarili ko dito sa ingay at gulo ng Maynila kung meron namang lugar na kagaya ng Bacolod na sobrang sarap tirhan.

Babalikan talaga kita, City of Smiles.

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i lived in a city 717km away from home | part 1

It was October last year, when I left home and moved to a new city in the south. I traded the busy streets of Quezon City so I could be in the City of Smiles– Bacolod City. 

Bacolod is not entirely new to me. I’ve been there once when we traveled as a family about five years ago. It was such a nice place, and I didn’t mind going back because of the hospitable people, great food and cool places to go to.


lots of ciaos

It was pretty much a surprise when I told everyone I’m leaving home. I only had one week to prepare, pack, and say goodbye to my friends and family.

(at this point I really just want to go straight to the photos I kept because I’m not a great storyteller and this could get really boring lmao)

I met lots of people while I was there, some of them were my office mates, some are from SFC, and some are from the places we always go to aka the palengke.

 

now here goes the ~october~ photo dump

These are some of the photos I took during my first month in Bacolod. Not much but I just wanted to share these here! I hope you enjoy!

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Ugh, such a bummer. The quality of the photos went bad. 

 

I’ll post the other part soon, I promise! 😉

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on getting up

It is in the most difficult times that you see yourself, broken into pieces, like a shattered glass on the floor. Then you look at it like,

“This was where I went wrong,” and

“This was where I made wrong decisions.”

You pick it up carefully, keeping in mind not to touch the sharp edges. You look at the glass and see yourself in those situations, then reality hits you and your reflection starts to glare. This is you now. What can you do about now?

It’s not easy as you think it would be, but keep in mind that you are not alone. Your friends, though you’re not keeping up with them constantly, doesn’t mean they’re not there for you. They will always be. You just have to open up and allow them to listen. Your family, sure, they can sometimes have judgment, but they are up for some talking. Lastly, you have yourself. You are lucky that you are whole, and you are alive. There’s hope in your heart and you are still looking forward to the great things that are yet to come. Give yourself time to pause and reflect, seek for guidance, and pray for directions and wisdom to discern the things that are being unfolded to you, if they are from the Lord.

How many times did we hear the phrase, “It is okay not to be okay.” Your feelings are valid, but it’s not an excuse to stop. You pick up the broken pieces, bring them together and continue where you left off, but this time, better and stronger.

Everything is temporary, even the sorrow that you carry. – The Maine, Flowers on the Grave

rock bottom

Heto na nga yata yung panahon na nagsisimula na yung quarter life crisis. Ilang buwan na lang, 25 na ko. Napapaisip na ko sa kung ano na ba mga achievement ko sa buhay. Meron na nga ba akong maipagmamalaki? Masasabi ko ba na “I’m living the life!” ngayon? Kasi malayo talaga ‘to sa expectations ko.

Akala ko talaga dati madali lang. Noon, ‘pag nag-aaral ako para sa mga exam, gusto ko na mag-fast forward sa time na nagtatrabaho na ko at ‘di na kailangan mag-review. Pero nak ng kamote, sana pala mas ginalingan ko pa noon. Ang hirap pala maging adult. Siguro, the age of social media really affected me din. Kasi nakikita ko yung mga classmate ko noon na gumaganda na yung buhay nila. Don’t get me wrong, masaya ako para sa kanila. Pero ‘di mo lang din talaga maiwasan na ma-compare yung sarili mo sa kanila. Kasi naman, dati laging mas mataas yung quizzes at periodical exams ko sa kanya pero bakit sya ngayon, ganito na. Chos. Ang bitter ko yata sa part na yan. 

“Shet, ano ba talagang plano ko? Anong game plan ko?”, madalas kong tanong sa sarili ko, pero minsan, kahit alam ko na yung sagot, mas pinipili ko padin mag-overthink hanggang sa mag-hello na naman ang ating friend na si anxiety. Nakaka-dagdag pa sa iisipin ko yung expectations sayo ng ilang tao, na take note, sila sana yung umuunawa sayo. Alam kong hindi ako nag-iisa dito. Minsan, sa mga closest family at friends mo pa ikaw makakarinig ng mga salitang nakaka-baba talaga ng self-esteem. Hindi ko naman nilalahat, pero may ilan.

Sa ngayon, nandito ako sa pahina ng buhay ko na naghahanap parin ako ng sagot sa mga bakit at paano ko. Siguro nga, andito pa ako sa rock bottom, naghahanap ng liwanag, sagot sa katanungan, maayos na daan, kasi naniniwala naman ako na dadating din yung araw na babalikan ko ‘tong phase na ‘to ng buhay ko na mapapangiti ako at sasabihin na, “Biruin mo, nakaya mo ‘yun?”

 

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living with less iii | the zero waste lifestyle

It has been a while since I last made an entry from this series and I’m really excited to be finally sharing the zero waste lifestyle with you. I have mentioned in my previous minimalism blog about zero-waste and I thought, what better way to carry on with this series but to post about my take on this.

I have been following the zero-waste lifestyle for over a year now. I started learning about it around 2017 when I saw a video of Lauren Singer aka Trash is for Tossers on YouTube, about her trash jar that carried her entire waste for four years. I was amazed by her commitment and how she actually managed to live her life without making any waste. Upon reading and watching videos about this lifestyle, I slowly started transitioning to zero waste, though I wasn’t fully committed. However, I made sure that I was mindful of my environmental footprint and tried to lessen my waste as much as I can.

 

what exactly is zero waste?

I will just put this one out simply.

  1. There should be no waste going to the landfill, in the ocean, or on the streets. 

Very straightforward.

People who practice zero waste follow these 5 principles to achieve their goal of producing no waste at all.

refuse

– Refusing to things that you don’t need and didn’t ask for. For an instance, a brochure or pamphlet that a salesperson handed you. Or even the extra plastic bag from the groceries when you can just put the items you bought straight to your bag.

reduce

– Reducing your consumption to save resources. For example, buying in bulk rather than buying items in small quantities. Also, buying good quality materials that can last you a long time rather than repetitively buying an item that you will eventually replace after a month or so.

reuse (or repair)

– Reusing items that are still in good condition, or repairing them instead of buying a new one. This one’s pretty self-explanatory, no doubt about it.

recycle

– Recycling is when we convert waste to a reusable item. Sometimes it can be called repurposing as well.

rot (or compost)

– Composting your kitchen scraps is better than taking them out in the general waste bin. Biodegradable items, combined with other wastes in the landfill can be more hazardous to human health.

Basically, these are the things to keep in mind and take heart when doing the zero waste lifestyle. Remember that the goal is to send little to no waste to the landfill.

 

minimalism and zero waste

It goes hand in hand.

While I was learning more about minimalism, it came to me that being a minimalist is parallel to the principles of zero-waste. It is mindful consumerism that binds the two together. However, zero waste is more on the environmental aspect while minimalism is looking at the essentials.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this one, and also hoping that you learned something from this and somehow inspired you to learn more about zero waste. 😉

‘Til next!

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what the past has brought me (3/3)

three of three

People come and go. It happens. But I hope this one stays.

 

(3) two. one. two.

 

I got hints, but never did I imagine that the breaking point will be that year. Funny, because I was holding on to something that wasn’t even strong enough to begin with. It was suicide.

Nine years ago I met someone funny, smart and outspoken. He’s really far from my ideal guy, but strange things happen. I fell for the person. I was fifteen back then, and was really stupid for not listening to my mom and my sisters when they told me, “Tigilan mo ‘yan.” 

I was in love, for sure. I thought I was doing something right, and I kept fighting for it even if the whole thing was a mess. Then, one day the guy wanted to break ties. That time, I was too tired to give a damn of everything, so I let him. It was easy. /how i felt/

Being with someone for eight years is no joke, though we weren’t really physically present for the whole duration of the relationship, it was still mind-blowing how we got that far. Well, he was a good man, he took care of me and he treated me right as much as he can. When he left, I thought I won’t be able to find a man who will treat me the same.

BUT BOY, I WAS WRONG. 

I was doing the laundry when a famous quote from a book popped into my mind.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I read that book when I was in college, and that line was indeed famous. But to be honest, I didn’t get it. It was just a “relate-able quote” for some, but I never really understood it. Until that afternoon when I was doing my laundry. It was like an “AHA!” moment when I recalled that line and finally understood what it means.

Indeed, I accepted the love I thought I deserved. Even if it caused me pain, and even cost me my relationship with my family. I thought everything will be worth it. And I thought everything that you fought for will reward you victory in the end. I was wrong. Looking back at how stupid I was in making decisions, I realized how naive and blinded I was in love. I kept on justifying everything, even if it wasn’t right and probably against God’s will for me.

God must have been looking at me like, “My poor child, you deserve better.” And I don’t know what kind of power He used on me that I didn’t feel any pain through the separation process. He helped me pick up myself again, and fortified me with His grace and love. I had everything I need, but still, He gave me more.

 

and then, October 15 happened. 

 

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