I'm Katherine on paper, Kaye growing up, stuck with spelling Kaich to strangers, and called by many other names by circumstance. I love animals, especially my Sharpei Bruce, eating and cooking, singing and performing, occasionally knitting, breathing in new places, CrossFit, Super Mario Brothers, and my small, filtered circle of family and friends 💛
March 6, 2017

The Catch-Up Storybook: Half a Year

I’ve been away. I didn’t realize that 6, almost 7, months had passed since my last entry. Since the last one was written at a sad time for me, some of you might’ve wondered if I had given this up altogether; but no, I’m still here. Just taking it one day at a time. Let’s see, I was sick for half of August, but still managed a trip to my favorite island, Coron.  View this post on Instagram A little bit of rain created this misty backdrop of #mountain silhouettes. This isn't luck, it's Grace. #HikingHuwebes #mabuhaykers #BikiniHikers #philippines #travel […]
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 […]