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.
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.
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