Touching A Father’s Heart

A extraordinarily thing happened the other day. Lots of teaching and pointing out things with my son about animals and life. He loves animals. A huge understatement. He has learned so many different animals in both Chinese and English.

He has amazed my wife and I about what he remembers sometimes. All the books he ever wants me to read has to include dinosaurs or farm animals. And going about a post I made not too long ago about visiting a far. Learning to appreciate these gentle souls.

My wife was pointing how a baby chicken came from an egg. It was nothing in particular from what we show or tell him. Something he often sees on TV or YouTube. We didn’t think anything of it and why should we.

The next day my wife asked my me to cook an egg for him to eat. When I brought out the egg to cook my son pointed to it and said not to eat it. He kept going “baby chicken” and pointing to the egg. Followed up by “baby owwwww”. He did not want to harm the baby chicken

Now some may write this off as a cute moment. But it nearly made me cry in the compassion my son had. He is only 3 and a half years old. Doesn’t know the entirety of what life is, where it came from, or what happens afterwards. But in his world and which others should learn from. The fact he knows he eats thag egg, it will have in turn inflicted pain on the baby chicken. It is a monumental point that it happened.

It shows how at the littlest of people and simplest understanding of life. That to cause pain to another animal is not good. And others might say yes that is true. But we do it everyday. People eating meat do inflict pain every bite.

My sweet boy can understand. And that’s what might be missing. That most people don’t see the pain inflicted anymore. The death and despair. Since its blocked and not shown on the product label. It comes in plastic package at a store not resembling anything of a life. Its easy to not think about it. The guts and blood resulting for our appetite for meat. Lets remember the truth. Pain and suffering is there. You just don’t want to see it. Learn from a child. Its not good. Simple as that.

Up Close and Personal

The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic has hit everyone has hit everyone extremely hard. Many places are shutdown, off limits, or reservations needed. There are not too many options for families to go. Farme and outdoor spaces have been of special popularity during this time. 

My found a wonderful place called Frying Pan Farm in Herndon, VA. Its a county run farm that has tons of animals. Its free as well. My son being a huge bull and horse lover this fall has feel in love with animals. He can see and pet them. They are so close to you. It’s a wonderful experience to share with my son.

There are a ton of families who go visit. Being the spoiled boy that he is. We also got him a ride on the merry go round horse. All you need for fun and joy during this time.

I enoy seeing animals my whole lifr with squirrels, , chipmunks, birds, and deer in my own yard. I’ve seen plenty of horses. My father in law has pheasants and quail. We have family dogs of our own. But I realized I’ve never come face to face with cows and pigs. Two of the three most eaten and slaughtered animals in this world. I was able to see and pet these gentle creatures.

I saw no hate, no cruelty, no aggression. Simply enjoying the day and their lifes. And how could it be we humans kill by the millions for food. What have they done to us? Can we not sacrifice meals to let these precious animals live. Do we need our steak that bad?

As I see the hundreds of other children adoring the pigs and cows. Only to turn a blind eye a second later when they eat the same creature for lunch. Its such an ironic and fucked up mind boggling situation it was. Where else in our life can we love something so much and yet put in worst cruelty in same time?

I really couldn’t get over how gentle and calm they were. Then in a blink of an eye they will be murdered, raped, children stolen from them, tortured, all for the sake of someone to enjoy their meal for 15 minutes a day.

I wonder, take each person to the factory, see the blood and hear the screams. Smell the death. Let’s see if you can sit and enjoy that steak now.

Happy As A Clam (Or Carrot)

I have to really start talking about how happy I’ve been the past few months about myself, my eating, my family, my friends, and my surroundings. It’s really come full circle for me.

No need to sound like the center of the circle or one looking for attention. But it’s happy to be respected. I never thought it would be this hard. But the status quo is hardest thing to change.

People around me are more mindful about my life choice. I hope they understand my reasoning behind it. I come to a party or gathering. And people make sure there is something for me to eat. Its a kind and wonderful gesture from everybody. I truly appreciate it! People ask me questions about vegetarianism and my health. “What do you eat?” “How do you feel?” “How’s your energy?” All of which I’m happy to reply is delicious food and great!!!

I’m happy to tell my story and all the positives that come along with it. I feel great physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all morally! I hope that my decisions can help influence those around me and save some animals.

Pandemic Hiatus

Its been a crazy, wild, dark, divisive, chaotic, mind-numbing time. The world is segment of history that is unprecedented. America is going through a civil and political revolution never seen before. We are making it out ok. I never would have though a virus such as COVID-19 would be able to cause such distrust and discourse worse in our society. Normally, something like this brings humanity together. But it is actually ripping us apart.

My goal of this blog is not to directly influence one person one way or another but to only shed light and provide perspective on the issues. At the center of it all is the humanity and community that the issues bring to the forefront. A time where life should matter and opportunities to shine come. We failed in many aspects which brought an ugly face to everything negative about ourselves and society.

These are issues that affect everybody and everyone. We need to remember we are all in this together. We need to care for each other. We need to remember that these are our families, friends, neighbors, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, cousins. All these issues of race, color, poverty, environmentalism, even bringing about veganism, government affect everyone. There are people hurting and we need to listen. With my son and a new child on the way, we still need to make a world the best creates the society we want to see them grow in.

True Christmas Spirit

Its starting to feel better and better when it comes to family gatherings and my beliefs cared for. Its really quite simple. I don’t eat meat. I love animals and think their my friends. Its not hard. Just let me pick and choose my food that no animal dead or suffered in. And close family recognize that more and more.

I truly felt it for the first time at Christmas Holidays at my cousins. Its an annual tradition to meet at her house from all sides of the family. First by getting texts week prior on the meals being prepared. And my cousin and her husband noting they will cook certain dishes for me. It is quite heartwarming and utmost respect for who I am as a person.

But its when I got to to the house on Christmas day. To just see and feel it in person is where it truly is felt. Potato dishes and vegetable dishes made for me. Fruits and sides available where I can also eat. I can really feel at home and not be judged when plenty of options for the lone vegetarian of the family. Even others asking what is made or not made, items were converted so items weren’t cook using other animal fats. and GUESS WHAT, IT STILL TASTES DELICIOUS!

With my son and niece/nephews running around and playing. It was happy to see all around. Family to gather for a Christmas Holiday. I can talk about who I am and what type of morals have changed for me. It can be open and respectful, no judging or hate or laughter. I’m not crazy, everybody just needs to catch on. On to more Happy Holidays in the future.

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…..

Cambodian Horror Story

I like to read up on Cambodia on weekly basis. A simple “Cambodia” search in Google News and a vast of articles from various news outlets will pop up. Usually you get something about the politics, businesses, crime, or entertainment news. But what popped up first just an hour prior to writing this, its absoutley horrid and gut wrenching. Its midnight and I can’t stop thinking about it. The ultra cruel dog meat business.

You can semi relate to individuals who eat regular farm aniamls be it just going with flow and never seeing animals. But Man’s best friend takes it one more level. I just can’t seem to fathom the reality of it all. I wanted to Puke, I wanted to wish so hard it not be true. I’m Cambodian, I’m about to visit there in a couple weeks, and it seems im walking gleefully into the under belly of some hidden beast.

I can’t see my people doing this, I can’t see them liking it. Where is this coming from? This story by Express UK goes to unraveling the dark side of the story. Dogs rounded up from the streets. Harmed while being caught. They know what’s coming, they understand. The fear and horror knowing you are about to be beaten with a in, throat slit, or drowned. How can this be as my 3 dogs sit only a few feet away from me. Next morning, we will go out and play and enjoy the day.

I will praise Four Paws International for there amazing work to expose such cruelty. At the end of the day, it’s the people who eat the dogs, at the end of the day it’s up to us to stop it.

At the sad side of things, the business its field by the poor who try to make a living. They have choice. A prime example if more choices be given where a person can make money for a living. They might do these crazy sog killing practices to feed these people. And they would have no one to do the dirty work for them. I pray and pray. I wish all my furry friends safe travels and your suffering as ended. I weep for you. I hope my efforts can do something.

Please read and follow www.four-paws.org and donate if you can.

The Magical Zoo

A tough topic. I remember a long time ago at Virginia Tech ethics class. Why should or why we shouldn’t have zoos. It was a rather big debate though I can’t remember the details. Both sides making great points. Is it a jail and death trap? Or is it a place of infinite food and medical care? Are they adored? But do they even know?

I hate to discuss it. A month ago, my family went to the St.Louis Zoo. We were in the city for a friend of my wife’s wedding. We thought it would be a good time to go outdoors and knowing how my son is an animal lover like myself. You love zoo’s and I love zoo’s as a child and growing up. Seeing the hundreds of different animals to gaze upon. You are keeping these animals from being free. Confined for life into a box which they can never get out. They won’t go beyond the box. Its a terrible thing.

But I look to the positives for now. Zoo’s appear to be here to stay. The research and study we can get from having these animals captive can one day the hope to save them. Its a bleak way of looking at it. But its a tough necessity. We wouldn’t be able to get such research and learn from them in the wild when its too late. A few will have to suffer for the benefit of the rest.

I look to my son now and other children who stare at these animals with wonder and amazement. There is such love in their eyes for these animals. The world’s plight for endangered species due to poaching and possible climate change might be solved by the spark lit in one of these children coming to the zoo. Pictures and video simply don’t match the aura and feeling from the animals you get seeing in person. Seeing the gorilla and how human like they are is eerie. Its us. These animals in nature are a part of us and we need to protect them.

For now, lets use it as a tool. Until the world becomes a better and more understanding place with our wildlife, we will get rid of the shackles of zoos then.

I’m Simply Sorry

The other night I was letting my dogs out around 10pm. It was quite late and I’m just cleaning up the yard per usual. I hear this distinct buzzing noise. Low and behold I look up at the yard light. A massive nest with 20 wasps flying around.

I was only feet away. None tried to attack me. I had to destroy the nest. For my family safety and my pets. It would only get worse and worse. They made a new home in a spot that would conflict with us. It was close to our entry doorway.

I thought I might be able to hose them down. Destroy the nest and let the others flee. I sprayed it until the nest came crashing down. While it was slowly breaking a part. I saw dozens of wasps in their. And even dozens of larvae more. I felt terrible. All they do is want to live. Create a family and continue on line any other creature. It’s grim reality even the kindest hearted have to face time to time. A neccesity.

That night and next morning. The ones that feed came flying back and forth and around the nest. They were confused. I’m walking freely and none stil attacked. I’m the asshole. I’m the devil in this case. All I can do is say I’m sorry. I hooe you make a new home and can life safe.

Teenage Regular Non Ninja Turtle

What an interesting and amazing site. My wife while gardening and landscaping a couple months ago found this Box turtle in our bushes! It has been almost 2 decades since we have seen some random turtles. I have many many many fond memories of turtles in my life.

My father has always been one to save turtles. Odd to say now haha. Every time we randomly drive around through different highways or neighborhoods in Virginia. There would be painted turtles trying to cross roads. I don’t know how they get there or how they would actually cross and get over curbs. My father would pull over or stop in middle of road and run out to get them. We then go to a local pond and release them. I guess another chapter of my life leading me to love animals and appreciate them. One super special turtle my dad wanted to save didn’t get hit by 4-5 cars driving directly over it. We actually kept this turtle and put in our pond. Our whole family loved to see this turtle and cherish him/her. Swimming around and always wanting our attention. It was almost like a pet dog or cat.

Continuing on the original story. My wife found this turtle just walking around our front yard. My wife being the new super animal advocate as me wondered what to do. I knew it was best to bring back to water though I know they don’t need to be near it 24/7 or swimming. My wife told me to save him. AND STUPID ME. I was suppose to drop him/her off at the local creek only a few blocks down. I didn’t. I was sure he would have been dead.

A few weeks later. I was pulling out the trash can and recycling bin from the side of the house. HE OR SHE WAS THERE! How did it survive for so long just near our house. I’m assuming unless they went swimming somewhere and came back. This time I did the right thing and took it to the creek. But it didn’t even care to go and just speed off again haha. Oh the irony. Good luck to you!