August 7, 2016

Passing of a Pet

A video posted by One Day, Kaye (@kaichypoo) on Aug 10, 2013 at 7:57pm PDT You always stood out: from being the whitest in a litter of browns, to your peculiar personality of oral fixations and expressive faces.  I will feel your loss the most in the everyday things. I’ll crane my neck after parking the car, just to glimpse your form on the driveway; I’ll think you’re nearby when I hear the soft tapping of your nails on the ground. I’ll miss you welcoming me home with a leaf, a bowl, or occasionally a t-shirt grabbed from the sampay. I’ll hear […]
July 29, 2016

Growing Food

Maybe it’s all the time I’ve been spending in nature lately that has catapulted me into this, but I’ve become increasingly interested in the idea of living off the earth, planting my own food, and eventually feeding many mouths from my crops. My parents have a garden, but it’s landscaped for decorative flora. When I was given the weekly task of mowing the lawn, I took it as a sign to start with my new project. Grateful for #green in the concrete jungle. I bought my first #plants for my #fruit and #vegetable #garden: eggplant, two kinds of chili, and […]
June 22, 2016

Day Hikes and Nature Walks

The cover of the handbook features the author atop the Monolith, if I’m not mistaken I got my copy of “Day Hikes and Nature Walks from Manila: Itineraries and Backpacking Notes” by Gideon Lasco. A friend coordinated the order for 5 books, and we got free nationwide delivery. Signed to “Kaye of the Mabuhaykers”  Gideon Lasco is a licensed physician, and was apparently my sister’s junior at PGH at one point. He is more popularly known as the Pinoy Mountaineer, and his blog at pinoymountaineer.com has become my #1 reference before hitting up the trails. His blog is not only extensive with details on altitude, difficulty, and trail class, […]
May 23, 2016

The Miracle on Kalepa Ridge

It was a Wednesday, and our first full day in Kauai. We planned a hike around the Waimea Canyon, and then have a peek at the Kalalau cliffs, one of the most beautiful and remote areas on the island. We knew we couldn’t attempt to hike the latter trail, because it spans 11 miles and usually requires overnight camping; but we wanted to have a glimpse of it anyway.  The red, cream, and green layers of the Waimea Canyon We had gone around the Kōke’e trails of Waimea, having gone as far as the Waipoo Falls, and were back on […]
April 24, 2016

Mabuhay!

I’ve been back in Manila for a few weeks now, and I’ve been trying to sit down and write my stories, but it’s so hard to start describing a trip that unexpectedly changed my life. Without getting into too much detail at the moment, I’ll just share some of the things I’ve been up to since coming home – the product of an awakened sense of adventure, the longing to always be in nature, and the urge to share love and kindness to as many people as I can reach.During our time in Hawai’i, my travel twin, Celine, and I […]
March 9, 2016

Hello Summer, Goodbye Manila

The late sunrises and cool evenings have come to pass. I don’t know what the weather bureau has to say about it, but I think summer started on Monday. It’s not so much the sun — we have that all year round — but the humidity feels like a sweater I can’t remove. In this heat, all I do is daydream about being by the ocean. There, my body will match the brine, and I will float aimlessly…On Friday, I’m going to visit a friend in Hawai’i. We’ve been planning this trip together for months, listing down all we want […]
February 7, 2016

Love and Brownies

February, by virtue of Valentine’s Day on the 14th, has now become casually referred to as the month of love. I’ve never placed any specific importance on celebrating Valentine’s, but I’ve never hated it either, even when I was single. I’d taken the opportunity to do little things for my family and friends, like writing them little notes or giving them small tokens.  My boyfriend and I also celebrate our anniversary on this month, so we’ve been extra appreciative of one another these past few days. He gave me flowers and new charms for my Pandora bracelet, and I baked some Chocolate-Strawberry Truffle […]