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 💛
April 17, 2017

Old Manila, New Eyes

On palm Sunday, I was a tourist in my country’s own capital upon the invitation of one of my best girls, Clarissa. She wanted to show her Romanian friend around, who was in town for the weekend; so through a simple Google search, she found Old Manila Walks and easily booked and paid online. I didn’t know which tour outfit she picked, but when I arrived at the meeting place, I was told to look for a certain Ivan. When I saw the man holding the telltale blue umbrella, I recognized him from a few years ago, when I did the Big Binondo […]
April 5, 2017

Masungi Georeserve: Benchmark of Conservation

The iconic giant spiderweb made of steel wires Since Masungi opened its gates to the public in December of 2015, I’ve been intrigued by the photos on my social media feeds. Visits are by reservation only, so after two foiled plans of going, I was invited by fellow Mabuhaykers with only two days notice and finally went. Lately, spontaneous has always worked out the best for me, despite my propensity for thorough research and detailed itineraries.  Located in Baras, Rizal, it was just a surprising hour and a half away from my part of the city, even on a Wednesday […]
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 […]