While I'm vegetarian, I'd like to note though that I didn't become one purely for health reasons. However, being paranoid about my health (I guess you could say I am somewhat a self-diagnosing hypochondriac), I like the idea that being vegetarian means that, more often than not, I get to eat healthier options than most people. (Yes, I indulge in the occasional vegan chocolate chip cookie or cupcake, and would have episodes when I would walk, zombie-like, to the nearest grocery just so I can have a pint of So Delicious's coconut milk ice cream.)
My health obsession grew when my grandma from my dad's side suffered a major stroke and was bedridden for two years. While it does not need to be said that a quadriplegic life is immensely difficult, I have to highlight that those were very agonizing times--not just for my grandmother, but to us, her immediate family, as well.
It was then when I started to appreciate being able to move freely, without needing assistance.
It was also then when I convinced myself that I needed to get my ass off the couch more often.
1.) Criticize--but do it kindly. Daniel Dennett tell us how:
How to compose a successful critical commentary:
2.) Debbie Millman says: "Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.”
3.) Win over your haters, Benjamin Franklin-style:
Have you seen that new Pantene ad starring Kris Aquino?
I haven't caught up recently on local TV shows (the only series I've been following religiously as of late is Game of Thrones--#TeamTyrion #TeamDaenerys all the way), so I'm not sure if this is airing on free TV. I chanced upon this ad while searching for Bastille's Pompeii on YouTube (a friend posted an Instagram photo which had the lyrics from the song as its caption--but I digress.) I must admit though that I watched the ad until the end, so props to the people who made this--good job, you got me hooked.
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
More about me here.