On Greenifying & Muni PH + Pop-Up Shop
Last week, I wrote my first few articles for When In Manila (with focus on Climate Change).
This week, I’ve been busy tweaking my new project Muni PH, a website that hopes to help people make more informed lifestyle decisions so they can live more mindfully.
I’ve been thinking about permutations of this project for months, but now, it’s finally coming to fruition, and the seed I planted in my head is finally breaking the surface. It’s been a slow but deliberate process. Just how I like to work.
The key philosophy of Muni PH was also written perfectly by Green’s Not Black & White author Dominic Muren:
What will you choose for yourself, knowing that others may follow? More important, would your choice be different if you knew that thousands of people would be making the same one?
DREAMERS & DOERS: The TEDxKatipunan Takeaway
What is the change I want to see in the world, and what am I doing to make that happen with myself today?
This is the thought that was in my head while listening to the speakers at TEDxKatipunan, over dinner with my Punchdrunk Panda partner Nica right after, over a post-dinner hangout with friends, and the moment I woke up this morning.
One of my top passions is to be a “brainwasher”; to make people consider my thoughts, my values and the things I love, and hopefully induce a change in their way of thinking that will effect change in their way of doing. I try to do that in the way I live my life and the content I create for this blog. And one day, I hope to be able to have the honor of communicating those thoughts in the same manner that yesterday’s TEDxKatipunan speakers did.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here’s my synthesis.
Seeking “Discomfort” & Discovering Your Passions
In a previous post, I theorized that passion is living uncomfortably on purpose, and briefly mentioned taking a Passion Test Workshop (based on the book by Janet and Chris Attwood) with Lois Yasay or We Are Sole Sisters.
Finding your true passions and living your ideal life really necessitate stripping down your life and getting rid of the non-essentials, which you might have thought were essentials in your life before. It forces you to make decisions you previously avoided (which is a decision to not take action), really acknowledge the core of your being, and choose in favor of your passions.
DREAMER & DOER: Alessandra Lanot of Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant by PINO
[I’m starting this segment, DREAMER & DOER, to feature various inspiring people I meet, and whom I believe you guys can draw inspiration from as well. I’ll be featuring travelers, entrepreneurs, vegetarians, yogis, designers, writers, planeteers, or people who are a ridiculous mix of this all…the big dreamers who are also big doers; turning their passion into action.]
I’ve gotten to know Alessandra Lanot, or Alessa, through our Punchdrunk Panda blogger hangout at Pipino last March, our cooking session 2 weeks ago, and Passion Test Workshop with Lois Yasay the other Sunday, which Alessa and I participated in, and incidentally, was also held at Pipino.
Alessa is one of those super slashies who still manages to to do well with each slash. She’s a vegetarian/vegan restaurant owner/designer/blogger/wife/teacher/crafter, and a DMC brand ambassador too!
June 16, 2012
(Registration is until June 3 only)
Like any other TED / TEDx event, it promises to leave the audience inspired with talks from passionate change-makers like Maria Ressa (Former CNN correspondent, former ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Head), Arriane Serafico (Blogger, Postura Project, and one of our collaborators at Punchdrunk Panda!), Dylan Wilk (Founder of Human Heart Nature Philippines), Anna Oposa (Multi-awarded marine sanctuary advocate), Pie Alvarez (Mayor of San Vicente, Palawan), and John Chua (Multi-awarded photographer, Canon ambassador).
For more details on TED or how to book yourself a slot for a potentially mind-blowing, life-changing experience, log onto www.tedxkatipunanave.com.
10 LAME EXCUSES THAT KEEP US FROM PUTTING IDEAS INTO ACTION
It’s one thing to be creative enough to come up with a lot of potentially awesome seeds for sowing, but another to be persevering and fearless enough not to make the above excuses in order to see them through.
Many times we come up with the above excuses for our inaction, when really, it’s just us masking our fear of things we aren’t even sure will materialize (anxiety), and our procrastination (laziness).
In preparation for my GK CSI Night talk, I outlined these ten popular excuses I hear, and admittedly, say to myself
sometimes many times. Unfortunately, I talked too much, so I didn’t have enough time to share this that night.
In the meantime, what’s your favorite excuse?
This has been the happiest video I’ve had to edit so far. :D
Granted, it took me two months after the event before I actually churned out this video, mostly due to the amount of footage, my workload, and sometimes, most of the time, really just procrastination. But yeah, I found myself smiling stupidly and laughing while reviewing the clips.
I’m bummed that I had to cut out a lot of other fun footage (I imposed a 2.5-minute limit upon myself, for the benefit of those with attention deficit), but I think that essentially, what I have on the video is representative of the good vibes and happy energy of the night (happiest moment is 1:29). :D My work here is done.
I wonder when the next Anteroom Sessions will be. :)