November 22, 2015

The Catch-Up Storybook: November Food

It’s been two weeks since my last post, and I’ve been at a loss for words over the amount of life I’ve been living. This month, I visited an art fair, celebrated Sandwich Day, attended a brunch party, tried new dishes and/or restaurants, styled another product shoot for the holidays, became a godmother for the fifth time, took a tap dance refresher and learned a new routine, hoarded Mario Kart toys, memorised lines for a corporate musical, and spent time at my best friend’s going-away garage sale. In my previous blog, I used post “storybooks,” especially when photos could tell the stories   […]
November 8, 2015

Accepting the “Athlete”

When I think of the word “athlete,” images of Olympic contenders would come to mind: lean, muscular, strong, and determined. I used to love watching all kinds of sports on TV, especially gymnastics, ice skating, tennis, and the NBA. My parents never pushed us girls toward sports, which had always been odd to me, considering how many basketball and tennis trophies my dad brought home and added to his collections stored in cabinets and displayed on our piano. It’s a shame, because I was always full of energy, enjoying physical activities that not many girls in my school could relate […]
October 30, 2015

Halloween: Treats and Treats

I love Halloween. When I was a kid, my sister and I used to go trick-or-treating around our village. I remember I usually got so much candy from those to last me an entire year (though the best chocolate bars would be gone within a week!) I don’t remember dressing up back then, though I found this photo of me and my sisters recently. I’m a witch, @karentiuseco a clown, and @ktiuseco a skinny Ate. What randomness. #nationalsiblingsday #nsb A photo posted by Katherine (@kaichypoo) on Apr 11, 2015 at 5:37am PDT For thirteen years or so, my friends and I dressed up and went trick-or-treating at […]
October 26, 2015

Forgive Like Animals

There is often a negative connotation when people are likened to animals. In Filipino, it is an insult when you’re told, “Hayup ka!” I wonder if this thinking is rooted in the primal nature of animals, because I can’t find any other reason why they would deserve that undertone. My dogs, for example, as my biggest and most constant exposure to animals, have more wonderful traits that some humans lack: simplicity, loyalty, kindness, empathy, sensitivity. Negatives, brothers from another mother. #Bruce #Kani #sharpei #labrador A photo posted by Katherine (@kaichypoo) on Jun 4, 2015 at 2:58am PDT These total opposites – black & white, […]
October 25, 2015

A Night of A Capella: Akapela Open 2015

Taken from the Akapela Open Twitter account The Akapela Open is a contemporary a cappella singing competition, created by the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab (TMSRC.) It has clearly promoted a cappella music and performance since its inception, because the contestants at last night’s finals were of a much higher caliber. Still held at the Meralco Theater on its third year (the event is sponsored by the One Meralco Foundation,) the house was teeming with a cappella lovers before the show started. The Part 4, a male quartet who were all scholars of the TMSRC, kicked off the evening with introductions and a medley of songs that, […]
October 23, 2015

Quit the “Versus:” Fitness is Personal

I just read something that left me feeling sore. The head of a particular gym compared his fitness program with CrossFit, in the guise of clarifying certain points on what makes the two different. He might have written this with good intentions; he even peppered his article with apologetic disclaimers, but unfortunately this came off slightly patronizing instead of sincere. While the author tried to be careful with his phrasing, he did not avoid making negative implications regarding the “competing brand.” I’m not against making comparisons, but before anyone does it and posts it on an official website, I think […]
October 18, 2015

Bright and Jazzy Weekend

This weekend has been gloomy on many fronts, so I welcomed some new distractions. Mom was in Osaka for a few days, and I asked her to visit some of the craft stores mentioned on I Try DIY’s guide. I was so relieved that she was able to fly back in this morning, unaffected by Typhoon Lando’s havoc; and it was like waking up on Christmas day, with her hoarded goods laid out on a table. She brought home Royce’ (not enough!) the strange but delicious square persimmons that I love, a designer bag for herself, and a mountain of cosmetics. She also […]