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Why a capsule wardrobe won’t work for me

 

 

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 100 pieces challenge that I’m trying to do here in Cambodia. For the duration of my volunteer placement, I’m going to live only on the clothes I brought here. Should I need to buy new clothes, I would have to give up ten pieces for each new piece bought.

It is easier said than done. Not because I couldn’t keep myself from shopping. A life of a volunteer does not allow for impulsive shopping, and even if it does, I think I have overcome that phase long ago in my life. However, when I went home for a short holiday to the Philippines last week, my sister gave me nine nice tops that were just sitting sadly in her walk-in closet. And who am I to say no? It’s not as if I bought them, and I gladly tried each one and they fit perfectly so I happily stuffed them in my hand carry bag.

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What could kill weeds could kill us too

There is a huge difference with knowledge and experience. And while experience has always been considered the best teacher, knowledge is just as important when an experience is undergone with a total ignorance of why such an experience happened. In my case, I knew something first for quite a while before I experienced it firsthand. It is about Glyphosan, one of the brands of the chemical Glyphosate, an herbicide banned in many countries.

Yesterday I told Narin, my Governance Project Assistant (GPA), that I wanted to propose a cleanup around the office compound on Saturday. I was hoping those who would be available will be able to come and have some fun try getting our hands dirty.

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The 100 pieces challenge

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Its good to know that I don’ have to wear rags to be kinder to Mother Earth. In fact, I always get compliments for my clothes and people are surprised to find out that most of my clothes are bought from thrift shops like what I’m wearing in these photos. The lovely Marks and Spencer shoes I’m wearing with the blue jumpsuit are gifts from dear friend and fellow climate leader Dean Rebecca Barrios of NVC, Kalibo.

Sometimes even if we think that we are living simple lives, we have to really look into numbers to make sure we are not being deluded into idealistic thoughts of ourselves and how we live our lives. Before my family left Zarraga, Iloilo in June 2016, we have started organizing Free Markets through the Balagon Cultural Creatives. Knowing we were soon to move, we started looking into what we should give up, and what should come with us to Dumaguete. After several free markets, we finally had to actually pack for the move.

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Remembrance and reflections on the Luntiang Dahon (Green Leaf) Climate Leadership Award

A couple of weeks after having been accepted as Organizational Development Specialist by VSO Cambodia, I received a notification that The Climate Reality Project will be conferring to me the first Luntiang Dahon Climate Leadership Award. It came as a huge surprise because awards are not something I really think about. Working in the environment sector since 2001 and being an active member of CRP since 2011, I never thought that my efforts would be given any recognition since I don’t do what I do for recognition anyway.

The Climate Reality Project Climate Leadership Awards were given to outstanding groups and individuals recognized by CRP Philippines in celebration of its first anniversary on March 16 and Earth Day on April 22. The awarding ceremony was conducted at the Philippine Senate on April 21.

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John Muir, en theos

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John Muir. Photo from http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/people/historical/muir/

I have been reading The Wilderness World of John Muir. It is really a good read. John Muirwas a farmer, inventor, naturalist and probably the foremost conservationist America, co-founding the Sierra Club and giving birth to the environmental conservation movement. As much as he enjoyed being alone in nature, he also enjoyed talking non-stop about his adventures and he wrote extensively in his journals, botany notes, books and correspondence. Continue reading