A Greener Disney

The magical world of Disney. Yes it is. Oh yes yes yes it is. Its everything I dreamed of and more this time around. Now I sound spoiled, we already went last year and took Henry. But it was much more relaxing this time around. Less people, perfect weather, hes old enough to know what’s going on. We didn’t go to crazy.

Henry loved so many rides, pure joy and happiness. I’m so proud of him. The employees of Disney World really make the magic. They are so kind and go out of their way to make it a wonderful experience. All the Disneg characters were wonderful in playing with kids and making them happy. Henry my recognized his favorite Toy Story characters and was so delighted to see them.

But the real winner of it all, mother earth and the animals. I was so happy to see every single restaurant location in all of th Disney parks have vegan options. I mean that’s a bold statement from the millions of people who visit each year. To visit any restaurant and know that fries and a salad aren’t your only option! HAHA!

And the food is good, it isn’t some throw together rat tag filler food. It’s going to taste good and you will leave happy. I got the vegan dog like last time because it’s so delicious. But also another vegan burger at the Hollywood studios park.

Another thing to point out was environmental efforts I see around the place. One most notably on its shuttle buses about cleaner fuel. We all need to chip in make a difference. And if these little differences can lead to bigger efforts and awareness. I will have to give super big Kudos to Disney World in understanding the changing culture and thinking forward. Keep up the momentum. You made this customer’s family extremely happy.

By the way, go check out the Star Wars ride! It’s the best in the world! And never doing Haunted Drop Zone again. As you can tell from pictures…..

My Sweet Natural Vegetarian

Who wants to hear something funny as hell? My sweet now 2 year old boy hates to eat meat of any sort. Like literally. Whatever the reason is. Whether it be taste, texture, or some inner moral compass. My wife tries everything in her power to get him to his “protein”. He eats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, rice, tofu, soups, blah blah, whatever you name it. He loves his carbs though, absolutely loves it.

But whenever she sneaks in a hint of meat into whatever maze of food on the soup. He will stop eating and spit it out. I mean she cuts it, mashes it, minces it, fluffs it, or any other crazy method to infuse it. He can sniff it out in a hot second and out of the mouth it goes hahaha. I just laugh and laugh.

VEGETARIAN FOOD AT TEMPLE

I went with my In-Laws Today to visit the Taiwanese temple. Its also good to visit every once in awhile to just reflect on life. Hear some good scriptures on living a good life and having good karma. I was pleasantly surprised how many people were in attendance. There were a couple of kids who couldn’t bear to sit and listen for a few hours haha ( I remember the feeling). But one highlight is there is always vegetarian food served every Sunday. I love it because it shows the different options to have good food without the killing. Its something a lot of people can share and have younger generation be exposed too. The idea is to give options and allow individuals to make the choice. I just wanted to share this small part of my weekend.

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SACRED TEMPLE GEESE AND CAMBODIAN NEW YEARS

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April 16th, 2019. A New Years celebration for us Cambodians, Thais, and Laos folks. My family heads to the Temple in Silver Spring, Maryland every single year. A place we get be with family and friends by eating, dancing, seeing shows and praying for blessings. I look forward to it every year to celebrate my culture and family heritage. And especially the swanky modern Cambodian outfits my wife and son get to wear. My Cambodian traditional clothes are about 15 years old, I think its time for an update.

Among the thousands of people who come to celebrate the year. There are some main guests that are in the background of the main temple complex. A family of geese set up top on the building and some of the bushes laying the stairway. Nobody touches them. Nobody mocks them. Nobody tries to play with them. These animals are looked as scared and special animals since the Cambodian temple is its home. I see the level of respect these animals receive from every single person visiting. They are elevated as an animals group and given a respect as I would any monk. Don’t blast me for comparing a monk to an animal, but you get the point. But what makes them special? Just because they decided to make this place its home? What if a chicken, cow, or pig decided escaped and make the temple its home? Would we give the same respect and admiration? I find it funny in a place where the values and morals of reincarnation. You’re family member is a bug! hahahah. That more of us aren’t vegetarian or vegan.

I wish the respect and admiration people gave these geese on temple grounds knew no boundaries. Any animals on any land can live free and without danger. That all animals deserve such care and value. As they were sitting up top on the temple viewing everyone on the ground. I just had hope for the future for all animals. That for the animals at this place and how they were treated as a glimpse of what the future holds.

 

 

MAKING A STAND AT THE BEACH

 

A pre-Memorial Weekend beach trip with the family, extended family and best family friends. My Sister In law made reservations at the most extravagant beach house in Duck, North Carolina aka Outer Banks. It was absolutely amazing the second we walked in. Huge kitchen, massive bedrooms with bathrooms, personal pool, jacuzzi, theather room, surround sound and TV’s everywhere. AND an elevator! Can’t believe it. It was just a stone throw away to the beach. Its great sometimes to just forget all the work and house chores to enjoy family, food, laughter and fun. We hope to do this yearly, I mean why not?!

This resulted in a number of times where nature, animals, and veganism came into play. Too many things too touch on. But here are a few things to remember:
– Walking on the beach at night and finding crabs running around
– Seeing wild horses on the beach (originally from the Spanish adventurers!)
– Seeing tons of birds fly around which my son Henry loved
– A pleasant Possum visitor who visited us at night
– Just enjoying the night sky and beach wind
– Not eating any meat during the whole Trip
– Eating only veggies at an AYCE seafood restaurant. Thank you for understanding Captain George’s
– Making a stand and voicing my opinion on veganism and animals
– Saving dragonflies and other bugs who got stuck in the house and set them free

Quite eventful time wasn’t it. Like I said before, its all about slowing down to think. Once you can really slow down and enjoy nature, your surroundings and the life around you. Things start to change. You start to appreciate and admire the uniqueness and gift we have around us. Its easy to say here and experience myself but hard to get others to share this or understand.

Onto the thick of things and a time I can not forget. My friends wife and my mom about near the end of the trip asked do you eat eggs and milk Virak? I said no I do not it is a disgusting industry and do you know what happens to them? I don’t know why but Ive never really been asked why do I do what I do. Why is it I don’t eat meat or products form animals? I felt this push to explain why and when I do, I’m not going to hold back. It is a disgusting truth and needs to be told. A part of me always holds back from my mother. I know its something she doesn’t want to hear and these sort of topics are not important to discuss. But in me I feel as her son, I hope she understands me and choice I make. And I hope that even at an older age and from a different view on the world, she could just understand.

She keep going I know I know what happens. I harped on the fact on what happens to be baby male chickens. They don’t even see the light of day for a minute. They are grinded. I wanted to show the cruelty. I didn’t show the actual grinding but just a glimpse of the madness at the beginning. My mom was pissed she goes no I know, dont show me! I stepped back and walked away. It was a short heated exchange but not with hate but ignorance on the situation. What makes me hate though is the case to hide the truth. When it comes to situations like my mothers in the Killing Fields, that people also did not want to hear the truth. That people did not want to believe it. With any atrocity or madness in this world, people just want to shun it. And I find it difficult to bear coming from my mothers situation. That if something again where to happen or about my mother, that if someone were to do the same. I would be furious. And these issues whether animal or people are the same to me. The immense and disgusting suffering. It honestly defies my moral compass and logic.

And whilst sitting there, my family and friends wondered what happened. Of course, I told them what happened and why. My one friend said I shouldn’t have done that to my mother but he understand. It was a time to get people off my back. And at least he was able to listen. That maybe I couldn’t change his mind but at least he would try to understand. Now at this point as always. Other members didn’t like this conversation and made some remarks which I wasn’t so happy about. I honestly feel quite insulted that this would come from them. Lke an internet troll hiding behind a cloak and saying remarks without thought or care. Thats the saddest part of it all. They heard nothing from me or think im crazy. I honestly hate to feel I’m crazy. It makes my brain go nuts. That everything i’m so passionate for and care for in my core is just ridiculous.

I’m sitting there spilling my heart out and trying not to be emotional about it. One thing people use to discredit me. Maybe they don’t say positive things or negative. But I can’t help the feeling I get of feeling dumb. I feel like a little boy screaming for help and people just looking at me. Walking by as if they don’t notice anything. Like I said that night, I felt so alone in that situation but felt so impowered at the same time. That I can’t stop believing in what I do and for my cause. I made my points in a concise and calm manner. I stuck to my guns. And a place where people didn’t want to listen. And I”M NOT GOING TO STOP.

I have 2 thoughts coming off this after typing. One being, I can’t imagine how the people who actually endured this social injustice in the past felt. When someone tried to get up and speak about slavery, womens rights, gender equality, etc and been laughed at or ignored. Issues we see and laugh at and don’t think could really happen. I think back to the suffragist the most. Women who spoke up for their rights. Knowing men have mothers, wifes, sisters, or daughters and yet they would have still ignored or laughed at women standing up for the cause. Its actually heartbreaking to know. That they couldn’t sit and think about it all. That women had to claw, kick and scream to be heard. Even be assaulted or died until people might bat an eye. Is that what vegans need to do for people to truly notice?

And lets think about those horses and specism. Nobody cares to hear about my little chickens or mother cows being raped. Let me put those cute ponies into the shredder the second they are born. Or all those dogs I saw raped for milk. Lets see if they lend an ear then.

 

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ITS A GOOD TIME TO BE ALIVE

I love what I’m seeing around me in my life. I love going to a restaurant and seeing vegetarian and vegan options clearly labeled out. I love going to the grocery store and seeing new vegan food items and dedicated planted based sections in an aisle. I love seeing vegan celebrities putting out awareness on the many benefits of being vegan. I love it coming on TV and radio. Its everywhere. Its mainstream. Its real.

I think all throughout history there are social and moral changes. You read it in the history books and watching documentaries. Big changes of human beings. Life changes as we know it. Whether it be religious, technology related, social, moral, culinary, you name it. There are impacts that happen and can take ages and years to occur. Its an exciting time for me as I make a change in my life toward being better and wanting to see that change in society. Vegetarian and veganism is real and here. We at a period of history and time when we begin to see the change transitioning. It dawns on us what seem deem as the Age of Reason.

I fully believe in it. In an age of reason, you dont need some outside force or higher authority to tell you what is right or wrong. You only need your mind and heart to guide you. Look at your surroundings and contemplate a truth. That truth which is a cruelty and suffering of animals is not right. That is the new mainstream. I’m just so happy in my soul to see it happening before my eyes.

I was out grocery shopping with my wife and child the other day at Giant. I see more and more options for vegan options all around me. ANd it blew my mind that White Castle makes a vegan burger. That big companies that are recognized by the common person has also made a switch. Whether it be internal moral compass or we animal lovers hit them in the pocket. The result is the same. Less animals suffering. Lets keep the momentum up!!! ANIMALS ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD!

 

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Real Veg

I’m always in turmoil and arguing between myself with my heart and mind on how vegetarian am I? I have these battles and conflicts on what constitutes me to be a real vegetarian. Am I doing well? Is it ok? If I talked to others about being vegetarian and vegan would they blame me? I think I’m tough on myself because I always need to be better. Three things came up in past few months that had me thinking about it again. Still eating meat on occasion with family. Another post I saw on Instagram asking How much percentage vegan are you? And reading an article online about what truly makes you a vegetarian or vegan (more on why this is an issue)?

Its really just coming to terms on what my reality is and what I can do. Making my mind and efforts meet the actions I do day to day. One word of advice and not to back track is don’t slip. You won’t be taken seriously and it takes away from the goal. I think you can take any beliefs or lifestyles of a person and if they don’t do it 100%, then how valid is it? If you are willing to bend here, then where else are you willing to bend? I honestly don’t blame people for thinking so, I honestly blame myself for not sticking it to all the way through. But in circumstances like my in laws or strangers who offer me food with meat and I don’t refuse, its just my reality. As much as my passion and love for the moral issue, a lot of other stuff is at play then I anticipated. I have tried to come to terms with it. Its a on and off switch to eating meat. I forget it. Its almost primal instinct to just think to eat is to survive and it oks for these instances. I pray and give thanks to the animals and move on. I know it will anger and piss off most who might read of this, but its my reality and my life. There are many other issues where others must face for morality and poses a challenge. But this is a long haul, I hope to stick with it.

I forgot what Instagram page asking how much percentage vegan am I. But in the end, the message was better than nothing. Whether 10% of time or 90% time being vegan, its saving some animals rather than none. Its stopping giving money to the corporate ags that make profit off the slaughtering of animals. And even though my wife have always given me that message, its good to hear it elsewhere too. It helps me me cope with my reality. That being 100% is the goal but its still OK if not. We are all moving together to shift society views little by little. All of these things culminate to show a growing movement and makes me feel my efforts are not in vain. Because when I make mistakes, it doesn’t stop giving momentum.

Another simple thought is what makes a true vegan or vegetarian. That you don’t eat meat to save an animal but the pesticides used to protect your plants kills hundreds of bugs. In an effort to save one, you killed hundreds of others. Is that OK? I think questions always come up to challenge our beliefs. But I think its good. It makes us strive to be better. Its like a science or argument in court. You make your case better. You get facts to better solidify your conclusion. Its hard to think a good effort for the most just cause is in fact counter productive. The article even stated about how one noticed the bugs and life being uprooted and killed just to till the land to plant the vegetables. In the simpliest of actions for our well being to grow food, we can still cause so much destruction. But I make my argument that we try to do our best. We try to take account for all things to cause the least affect on life. That a farmer or someone might notice how we till can kill and change the practice to minimize it.

Another main point is, these bugs and worms living in the ground and affected by our plant eating ways is more natural. These life forms get a chance to grow old and life a good life. They aren’t subject to a systemic method of torture and vicious cycle. These chickens, pigs and cows are put in pain from birth to the end. And everything in between is misery. It is a process we implement knowingly and ignore the dark side. Something easily and well within our hands to stop.

I apologize to all lifeforms in all instances of pain and suffering. The choices we humans make are trying for the better. Please forgive us.

 

A SIMPLE MESSAGE TO DRIVERS

Well, what a great way to continue bringing awareness to everybody on the roads I travel on. First it was my Pet Loyal Project bumper sticker and now its Vegan For The Animals. Something I truly believe in and hopefully can change peoples mind with a simple message. I think its important that one we show the public there are more and more vegans and vegetarians in this world. Making it a new norm. That we are not some crazy animal lovers or meat haters. Then two that I show why I believe in it. I think animals like cats, dogs, and bunnies that people in America adore are the same as pigs, cows and chickens. And set a tone for hopefully people to pause and think. I think thats what it takes. I think it takes someone to think. And the more they think and the less they can ignore it. The more people can realize what is “normal” is not right. Its almost pretty hard to argue when they face the facts. Plus when people are bored driving, it gives them something to read about anyway.

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BULLYING COMPASSION – WTF?

You always hear stories on the news or social media about a poor kid being bullied for one reason or another. Whether the victim is a different color, race, gender and endless other ridiculous reasons to bully someone. It is always sad to hear and wish it would stop. The unfortunate part it is does not stop and is a part of our world. Whether we are a child or an adult, there is always friction and discrimination to many encounters. People are prejudice and you have to deal with it.

I think the worst part of it all is now as a father. I want to protect my son from it but you never know when it could happen. You can control your world and have your son live in it. But the situations and parenting in other kids worlds are not the same. They could be abused, not taught the same values, not have the same love, be taught to discriminate. I mean who knows. I would have high hopes and belief that other children can be taught right. Whether they go to school, to a playground, to a mall, or a park, that everybody can be treated with respect and friendliness. Am I a dreamer? No. I understand these realities. Its just a sad fact that I need to fact these realities. And its not a lesson I particularly feel gleeful to teach my son. And if I didn’t teach him. He goes off into this happy go lucky world where nobody can harm him and everybody is a friend. Then an encounter at school which is not prepared for to stand up for himself and be proud. There are bullies out there who don’t really l know any better and will come after you for any reason. But you need to be strong and be confident in who you are as a person to deal with it or ignore it.

Anyways, all these thoughts pertain to a 14 year old boy named Dante in UK who was bullied for being vegan. Like are you serious? He actually got a concussion and they shoved meat down his throat to eat. That is a whole other level of fucked up ness. LIke of all reasons to pick on someone, that is why you do it. And not all that, the actions you take to bully are so far as to physically harm and break his soul down. Absolutely uncalled for. You got to ask what type of environment did these bullies grow up in? Who are their parents and why would they raise a child who could do such a thing? A big lesson would be if they are good parents, what are you going to do about it now? I’m inside quite outraged. Is this what society has come too. We are suppose to be improving as a people and making things better. Not further separating common morals and values to be love and kind to each other. One day it will be a place where everybody hates each other and survival of the fittest in a modern age. Is that what these bullies parents want?

I mean think about whatever reason a child or adult becomes vegan. Sometimes by choice or maybe not due to a health concern. But the fact is, the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle is anti-violence. The exact act of why we do what we do is because we do not condone the torment or violence. So in nature, we are not outright violent people. This sort of violence carried about by these individuals need to be punished by the parents or school board. There is a stance that needs to be taken so this is not accepted as typical behavior. I wish the best for Dante and he has my support for a compassionate lifestyle. He likely just loves animals. A choice I often thought about when bringing up my son food choices and now i have to think about others who want to bring up down just because he loves animals. SICKENING.

It proves ever more that Vegan-ism and Vegetaranism needs to be normalized. That its not same fad or crazy life style choice. Its just being me. Its just a life path that is better for myself, the animals and the world. We are not anymore different than anyone else who eats meat or comes from a certain race, color, or religion. I just choose to put broccoli in my mouth and you do an animals carcass. Outside of that its nothing different. You pick up at the grocery store and put it on a pan to cook. So do I. I find that I have to work harder to prove my life is normal which it is. That I can still be strong, healthy and happy with being vegan. Keep working out and breaking societies negatives views on my lifestyle.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8281733/vegan-attacked-school-bully-bacon-headbutted-punched/

A STAND ALONE ABOVE ALL

A small fight I like to share or maybe its just me fighting against the world. Is when in large group settings, I find myself isolated and alone at times. But alone in a place that gives me courage to stand strong. As I continue to more proud and happy of who I am. I don’t feel I need to hide my views and beliefs. Is it really wrong to love animals? Is it really wrong or fearful to love animals so much I want to break thousands of years of tradition to not eat meat.

Thanksgiving. The few times a year on our calendar that we join as families to devour everything in our path. Its in these times, where my message can stand strongest. I will not eat meat. The #1 item on the menu and for everybody to feast upon. I will not participate. And in these days. Its not weird anymore. There are so many dishes available with no meat or meat products, I can enjoy it all the same.

Its a time and place where we can gather to be with family and friends and be happy. Not participating in the meat eating, doesn’t take away from that. Removing death from the Thanksgiving equation only makes it happier. I’m glad and proud of myself to feel more comfortable. I have nothing to be ashamed of. The best thing about hosting a Thanksgiving at your home. You provide most the food. And well most the food will be vegan. Suck it up or host yourself.

I’m sorry this post is a little late. But I pray, close my eyes, and express my deep sorrow for all those animals who died for our holiday. All of us will continue to fight and be strong.