Pay It Forward To The Animals

I wanted to take a moment to talk about something wonderful that happened this week. my wife and I were selling a piece of furniture. This lady did not remember she negotiated for a lower price. I did not relay the new price to my wife and she paid the original amount mistakenly.

Of course, the first on my mind was Mercy For Animals or Wildlife Alliance. My wife agreed and we sent the extra money right away. Wildlife Alliance won out since it seems much more difficult for them to raise money. We paid it forward to the animals woh needed it most. As much as a kind gesture it would be to pay for someone’s meal behind us in a line. I hate to say most people in this area are well off. Myw life mentioned anybody buying a Starbucks is already doing quite alright. Plus with COVID times, its not likely we are going out anywhere to pay it forward.

Nearly the whole day had passed and she contacted me. She remembered and she overpaid. My wife and I were happy to refund the money. Instead she said keep it and “do something nice for someone”. WOW…. Something like that is absolutely kind. I don’t want to use the word shocking or surprising. But it is. In this day and age; with the political climate and people truly suffering for money. its a joy to see such a kind gesture. I have to thank this individual to provide some positive light. the money will be well used and the wildlife in Cambodia will thank you for it.

Change Through The Stomach

I wanted to share that I will be posting more vegan recipes or dishes I have through this page. I realize that though I have avenues like instagram and such. I’m not really appealing to all my available avenues.

Hopefully someone stumbles upon my page looking for a recipe that is vegan or vegetarian. They can make it for themselves or someone else. And with that, they can influence all those around them. And that’s where we need to make the change: Through The Stomach!!! I mean thats what its all for right? To eat meat. Let’s show how delicious other meals can be without meat. I’d like to share my tricks and tips. How I eat on the daily. Being a husband, father, provider, house fixer, all in one in a vegan diet.

People have questions how do you feel? Do you have more energy? Do you need protein? Does it even taste good? All things people wonder about. So starting now, I want to share all that.

5 Year Vegetarian Anniversary.

A very wonderful milestone in my life. 5 wonderful happy, healthy, and cruelty free way of living as a vegetarian. There has been a number of ups an downs throughout this time. Some Im not proud of. But I’ve only grown more confident and proud of who I am and what I’m fighting for. All other aspects of my life I never shy away.

But for some reason my plant based, cruelty free lifestyle has made me shy in the past. Not always wanting to be seen. These days it can be more of a badge of honor. Something to be respected. I’ve always have loved and cared for animals. And even though I have not been able to make a career out of it. At least, I can fight in my own way on a daily basis. I can influence society with my money and decisions.

Everybody has causes they believe in and fight for. This is my most important one. I’ve read articles on famous vegans and vegetarians of human history. They date back to Greek times. Its a sobering thought that my wishes and goals for a world free of pain and suffering of animals has been going on for so long. These historical figures wanting the same freedom and safety of animals since societies began. Yet today we have only made the real push to achieve those ambitions with social media and plant based eating achievements. I hate to think in their shoes there is no progress and ending in sight.

As I am sitting here being one of so few who share such lifestyles. I would have no effect on the world or people around me. They have the best moral and logical arguments for not eating meat, but are disregarded entirely.

I always continue to be amazed at how far we come. I feel the energy and excitement about what I am doing for the vegan cause. I’m not alone and there are thousands of others connected and making efforts every single day. Such momentum allows for my own mental sanity to push away any negativity. I keep thanking the animals and to all the them let then know im still fighting. I won’t give up on you!!!!

Cash Money Is What Matters

Sitting here at 2am on a Friday Night. I’m thinking. I’m wondering. My mind is exploring any option to help the Cambodia. Help the environment and help the animals. What can I do? I use to have my billboard idea, that went to shit. I need to be a business there. Who am I in America? Nobody cares.

Wait one day. I think I’ll go to Cambodia. I’ll be on the ground. I’ll help the fighters on the front lines. Help protect the animals. Not going to happen. What other ways can I help from the outside? I’m in America, I got family, a life, a career. I’m not in Cambodia, what can I do thousands of miles away. For years and years, I crank my brain day in and day out on what I can do. ITs so limited. I always feel for the front line workers. Giving there careers, life, time to the such noble causes.

I just realized at the end of the day. Its only money that talks. Its only money that causes change. I decided to finally just bite the bullet. Stop thinking over and over and racking your brain. Just give that money. Thats what helps. My mother has vetted this organization in the past. The Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia. Most NGO’s can take your money or do minimal work. But we know every dollar goes to help the endangered animals. I can proudly give every dollar to them.

They have the connections, the resources, the man power, and on the ground in Cambodia to help the animals. And if the way I can help the most and the quickest is to give my money. Then so be it. I can give a little bit of what I have to make a big impact.

I started to think, why not build wooden furniture to sell and donate my proceeds? Its all the extra money I would typically make. So its not I need it and its for a good cause. Its on my time when I can build and sell. I called it “Build to Rescue”. Essentially every time I build something and make money of it, I and the buyer can help rescue an animal. A super win win win situation for everybody involved. I donated for the first time last month. I adopted A Slow Loris, say hello to “Pey”. I received a sponsorship kit about the animal to learn. I think its absolutely wonderful. I thank Wildlife Alliance for their tireless work.

I need to stop thinking too much and waiting. Make the change now. Which I did. Money is on the way my friends. I hope its enough to help.

Day 1: A New Me, Vegan Restart

It took me a long time to come to this. It took me a helluva damn long time. It took time to be this happy. It took time to fight this hard to break my glass ceiling. A goal I never thought I would reach. It took heartbreak and mental anguish time and time again for many years. But I finally hit my stride. I feel a new found happiness and emergence in myself to reaching this point. A true vegetarian and where I can finally proudly say it.

I no longer succumb to pressures, insecurities or inconveniences of others in how I live MY life. Life is a life, they all have meaning, killing is something I no longer believe in. I don’t eat meat, I don’t eat eggs or milk, I don’t simply excuse it for someone else. I’m proud to say what I do and what I’m fighting for. Its a noble cause. I hated myself for a long time and was disappointed. Eating meat to make someone else feel comfortable. Eating at a restaurant with no vegetarian choices because I didn’t want to cause a stir. Now I’m able to say I don’t do that and heres why. Take it or leave it.

I think its always difficult on how much of a stance and firm to be. Whether it be friends or family. You might piss someone off. You might make someone uncomfortable. But I know I’m doing the right thing and thats what matters. I know no one could argue with me and go toe to toe. And if they want to debate. LETS DO IT!!!! I’m going to win.

As bad as 2020 has been on the daily, this has been a great year for my personal vegan fight.

Collage Central

Just wanted to share some good news and some work I’ve been doing on Instagram. It may not be much but depicting the vegan movement in the correct light is important. People perceive things different and the conversation changes tone. Feel free to use and share!

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Pangolins Strike Back!

In light of all the Coronavirus epidemic, is the cause and research back to what started and cause this. A result of this being tens of thousands and nearly a thousand are sick or dying from this deadly disease. At the beginning of it all, it starts with the animals who initially carried them and past them on.

At the heart of the story, bats and snakes continue to be in the mainstream. A new fact is emerging that Pangolins are the root animal and transfer of the disease. What seems to be a light flu and caution is turning out to a be a full scale terror on the world and especially China. It seems like a mild war time effort with evacuations, city isolations, travel bans, hospitals being in 5 days, etc. It is unbelievable the length and magnitude of what has happened.

All due to someone or group of peoples eating exotic animals and getting the virus. From there infecting thousands in a few weeks. And you must ask yourself what fulls such a drive to eat such animals. Whether it be for health, fame, love, or pure sport. It shows a culture that thrives and puts a mystical aura on eating such animals. When in fact there is virtually no gain in any of those aspects. I do not mean to be cold hearted or cruel in my discussion. My heart goes out to those inflicted with such pain and misery and even those pass away. But the selfishness of one or a few has caused all this.

It simply has to stop. Stop eating the exotic animals. They can not do anything for you. They just want to live in peace. If anything, this is a great lesson for the world on what lessons we need to preach and put in place. Places like Vietnam and China fuel the demand of such industries. Even Cambodia and all across the world have hidden demand for it. It is just incredible to see such selfishness to continue. Do thousands dying and effecting the world give you any second thought to what you are doing.

Nature has its way and this is one way to balance and make the score even.

New York City Vegan

I just came back from a lovely trip to New York City a couple weeks ago. My sister in law loved Christmas in New York and we all took a big family trip last year. We tried to make it happen again this Winter but unfortunately couldn’t. Our weekends didn’t align but we both went only two weekends a part. My mother went twice with each family!

One thing my wife and I never did before was travel by train. I went on Amtrak once from San Diego to Los Angeles to visit my uncle and loved the experience. The impression hasn’t left me. I convinced my wife we need to try it out. And oh boy it was a wonderful one.

We got there in about 3.5 hours instead of 5. There isn’t a need for a driver and everybody can relax. You easily eat food and drink. You can walk around and stretch your legs. Accessible and clean bathrooms. You have great cell signal, power outlets for laptops, and good Ole USA country side views. A win to the win and win winning combo for me. We used the Red Cap service to make it even better. You get to board the train first and not be in the rush.

Henry was happy to run around and play. My wife and mother could chat about the whole time. And guess what, oh yeah, I ain’t driving!!!!!! Last time shall we say, I drank a little too much. Then driving home for 5 hours ain’t too fun.

Well as soon as we arrived we directly went to Chelsea Market. A fun vibrate place with ton of food options. Last time, I had vegan sushi! But with new and exciting places popping up left and right, I needed to venture. How lucky a place my wife was lookinn up had a vegan option. My surprise surprise… Not. NYC you make me happy. It was Very Fresh Noodles. Right off the bat is a line at 1pm. I ordered the vegan noodle soup and it was full of flavor. I wish I could get this back home. Lots of spices and mix of Chinese cuisine to blend into a perfectly delicious bowl.

What next. Oh yes. My wife had to hit up Ichiran. That was a must of this trip. After we hit that, she could call the trip done. No lines, big location near Time Square. Oh and surprise, the only Ichiran in the world with a vegan option! I wouldn’t say this vegan Ichiran dish was mind blowing. But used a lot of Dashi for flavoring. Soft and tasty noodles and I’m not missing out on any regular tonkatsu ramen.

New York City a place vibrant with life and culture. It’s arguably the #1 city in the world. Tall buildings, tons of people, fashion galore, wealthy and poor, nightlife, latest events, politics, celebrities, and the list is endless. We came across buses with Dunkin Donut advertising their new plant based breakfast sandwhiches. A partnership with Beyond Meat I believe.

Animals were everywhere doe Henry and yeah me. A quick stroll through Central Park would take care of that. Squirrels, birds, mouse, and horses! Henry is on a horse binge. He couldn’t stop staring and yeah he got a high five from the horse driver. Made my day to see him so happy. From toy horses to real ones.

One thing I’ll have to say I need to shut down. Fuck Canada Goose people. Can you not wrap your morality on how those jackets were mad? Geese basically tortured in the process of their feathers, and wild coyotes hunted for fur. There are tons of options to keep you warm and an animal didn’t need to die. You know it, and I know it. So why is ever 10th person I walk pass have this jacket. At least half are probably fake, so thank you Chinese counterfeiters.

Anyways, let’s keep this trip going and focus on the positive. The one place I had on my bucket list before left. The cinnamon snail located at Penn Station. DAMN is The Cinnamon Snail good! Now thags why I call a burger! It was made with the freshest and tastiest ingredients. The Peking Tots were simply amazing. And sorry my wife didn’t like it but I sure did was the Cauliflower soup.

One of few places with a line. People couldn’t stop coming to the snail. I can see why. When other foodie bloggers out calling Cinnamon Snail as top 5 foodie joint, I’m ecstatic to eat all myself. Can you come to Virginia please!? Thanks. It really hits upon the fact, vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. People don’t really care as long as it tastes good. This place met and exceed at that criteria.

Thanks again NYC for a wonderful time. We hope to see you again. My vegan adventures and stories will continue. And I will keep sharing. Animals are our friends, not food.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

My quick review. It’s a great place to expose children and adults alike to nature and animals. It’s quiet or not so quiet environment depending on how many children are there. A wonderful center to come see real life turtles, frogs, and snakes. It was lots of interesting info and provides a ton of toys and hands on things for children.

For any parents needing a place to bring your children for a day out. This is definitely a place to stop by for fun and education. There is also trails surrounding the center and a nearby playground. My son can’t stop watching all the animals and talking to them.

All the staff we have encountered have been extraordinary friendly. One volunteer told us how one women called the center said she had a Dinosaur and lots of eggs in her yard! The volunteer told us they went to collect and found 34 eggs! You wanna he the crazy part? All 34 hatched successfully and released! Now how’s that for a happy ending.

We take our son here almost once a week these days. Let the kids interact and learn love our animal friends that surround us.

Angkor Kingdom Trees Weep

I read an article quite awhike ago that has a very lingering affect on me. It was a very detailed insider story on the deforestation of Cambodia. All the ins and outs of the people living on the land, the statistics and the people that profit.

As much as I always want to positive and be uplifting about the environment and all life matters. I cant help but share the grim reality. We still live in a world where we know climate change is a true facing danger. That deforestation can have absolutely profound affects on many aspects of a ecosystem. Where people are devestafed just as the animals who called it home.

The sheer size, profit, disregard for nature, and selfishness is on a massive scale. I cant get into all the details and link the article below. But it makes me wonder why kind of fucking world are we becoming. To need to be thag rich, to destroy so much, and all for what? When peoples lands and live hoods are completely removed. Is there no heart?

These trees commanding thousands of dollars for a single one. How can you blame these impoverished Cambodians. You circumvent the laws and morality to attain these logs. All for millionaires home or art piece. Leave some helpless. What can I do? I’m halfway across the world. I cna scream and shout at the top of my lungs and nobdy care.

We are truly living in a golden age. Because these monsters are ripping out our nature’s soul. And if one is stopped, others will replace that one for destruction. Creating an incentive that at least I make the money instead. There will be no end in sight. Such greed wins out.

I remeber being told by. Cambodia family friend acquaintance where they can walk miles on end and hours into the forest. Those days are no more. All cleared for farmlad or illegal logging.

Until it is a barren wasteland with no suitable life will people realize it’s too late. The problem is you can’t turn back the clock. In the end you just hurt yourselfs.

You’re not just shooting yourself in the foot, you’re shorting yourself in the heart.

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/05/illegal-logging-poised-to-wipe-cambodian-wildlife-sanctuary-off-the-map/