Kkukku turns one! 🐈🎂

Happy birthday to my smol bebi (small baby), Kkukku!

To tell the truth, I did not expect to be a cat person. All my life I wanted a dog for a pet, and then we had dogs in our house and I considered myself a huge dog person. I didn’t like cats; they didn’t appeal to me, and I was actually scared of some of them.

But since I lived alone, it was kind of sad to always come home to an empty and quiet house. While I had some plants to take care of, I wanted a living being that I can see moving and something that requires a little bit more maintenance, because minding my cactus too much is starting to kill it.

Initially, I wanted a fish. However, I realized that 1) I don’t have any idea how to take care of a fish, 2) it’s a bit high maintenance since you have to clean the tank and it’s kind of hard in my current living situation, and 3) I was afraid that the mice in my place would eat the fish. I also considered taking one of our dogs from home and getting it to live with me, but none of them are potty trained and I wouldn’t be able to properly look after the dog since I’m gone most of the day because of work. So that’s a no go.

And that is when I came to the conclusion to get a cat. I was sure that I wanted a black cat, so there’s that. And getting a cat is one of the best decisions I have done in my life. For one, I have become a little bit more responsible. Having Kkukku around also made me happier and feel less alone. But most of all, Kkukku gave me a reason to go on in life, since I don’t know what would happen to him if something happens to me.

Here’s a little secret: I think I love this cat more than anyone else in the whole world. Or I think that most of the time 😅

Happy 1st birthday, Kkukku! I hope you continue being your clingy and fussy self. 😽

Love, Lady (mom) 💛

Transitioning to Zero Waste

Admit it, you’ve probably heard of and seen metal straws being sold in countless instagram accounts and shopee stores. Most probably these shops also sell other ‘zero waste’ things, such as environmentally friendly bags, bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars, among other things.

The metal straw was the starting point of this journey of mine to minimize my plastic waste and to start living ‘zero waste’. But here’s a disclaimer: I AM NOT EVEN CLOSE TO LIVING LIKE THIS YET. But since it’s a lifestyle change, it would take a long time to adapt to this and to actually commit. I still have lapses, since sometimes plastic straws are automatically placed in my drink, I forget my tumbler at home, I use plastic bags, and the skincare products I consume come in single use plastic containers and I can’t just stop getting them since I’ve come a long way to curate my current skincare routine. But there are small steps that hopefully we can all start doing to reduce our plastic wastes. 😊 Here are some of the baby steps I’ve taken to reduce the waste I leave behind, and some things you can follow if you’re considering to make this lifestyle change or if you simply want to help lessen our plastic waste.

1. Use a tumbler! Invest on something that you can bring literally anywhere, is spill proof, and can hold your hot drinks if you are a slave to hot coffee. You also won’t have to buy plastic water bottles all the time. Tip: also look for something that is easy to clean up if you’re planning to hold different kinds of beverages in your tumbler.

2. Bring your own cutlery sets. I know some people who refuse to use the metal utensils in restaurants because it’s not washed properly or may get you contaminated with diseases so they opt to use disposable utensils. I understand their sentiment, but you can just go and get a pair of utensils at home and bring it everywhere. You may also buy metal straws if you really can’t stand drinking from the cup. Ready to level up? Bring your own lunch box, or when dining in, ask the servers if you can have your food in washable containers.

3. Consider using toiletry bars. You know, soap bars, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and feminine bars. So you wouldn’t be throwing away their plastic containers all the time. I have relied on the convenience of using liquid bath things as it is very easy to pack, but I realized how much plastic trash I’m using with the containers and everything. Most bars you can get with paper packaging so it’s good. Also, I’ve looked for lotion bars and there are a few shops that sell those too! Right now I’m using bar soaps, a shampoo bar, and a feminine bar and so far it’s not a lot different from their fluid counterparts. (The shampoo bar, however, you probably need to try a few or research a lot as some are not lather-y enough or drying to the hair. It needs some getting used to.) Or use products sold in glass bottles or containers, so you wouldn’t be using much plastic 😊 there are shops agreeing to sell refills of their products so you wouldn’t have to throw away the old packaging. Looking for the right products for you just takes a little bit of research!

4. Start building your own eco-brick! For your small plastic wastes, you may put it in used water bottles to create an eco-brick, and donate it at a donation place. I’ve heard that Robinsons malls exchange your eco-bricks for something (a metal straw if I’m not mistaken) and this is a good place to send your small, not usable plastics anymore. Tips to start your eco-brick can be found here.

5. Refuse! Refuse straws, disposable utensils, and cups when you can. Drink straight from the cup, bring your own straw and/or utensils, opt for a mug when you’re not taking your drink to go, refuse the plastic packaging when it can fit in your bag, or always bring a reusable bag with you.

That’s what I’ve been doing so far. Just a reminder, I’m not forcing anyone to make this change! These are just some tips to hopefully get you motivated if you’re planning to make the switch. I’m still in the baby steps, and while some might argue that this does not really solve the problem of plastic production, I’d like to believe that there should always be a start and if enough people do it, it might make a difference. Cheers! #

Love, Lady 💛

This is my cat!

Everyone, I would like to introduce you to my baby:

What is your pet’s name?

Kkukku! I named him as such because currently I am obsessed with the Song Triplets still and the nickname of one of the triplets given to him by his brothers is Kkukku, and I found that to be too adorable, so Kkukku it is.

What kind of pet is it and what breed?

Obviously he’s a cat. As for the breed, the seller indicated that he and his siblings are Persian Siamese, but I recently found out that he’s probably Bombay.

How long have you had your pet friend?

We’re just hitting one month together!!!

How did you get your pet?

TIME FOR A STORY WITH A REALLY LONG BACK STORY. My brothers and I were talking about bringing one of our dogs at my dorm to keep as a pet, and my brother asked if I wanted a cat since his co-worker’s Persian cat just gave birth. I told him yes, since I’ve been looking for a cat to adopt. He asked if he can get me a kitten, and I checked how much a Persian kitten typically costs just in case my brother’s co-worker agrees to sell it. I found Kkukku online and not knowing what a Persian Siamese cat is supposed to look like, I thought Kkukku was cute.

The deal with the co-worker didn’t push through, and I was already hyped at the idea of having a cat, so I just bought the cat I found online. Basically that’s the story HAHAHA

How old is your pet?

Three months! He was born on June 3rd.

What are some quirky things about your pet’s personality?

Honestly I don’t think I have found one yet since we’ve only been together for a short time but he usually greets me everytime he finds out I’m already awake. Like he would be quiet for the rest of the time when he knows I’m asleep but then he’d be really talkative once I wake up. Such a considerate cat (even though most times he doesn’t really let me go to sleep)

What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?

It’s a love-hate relationship with this bb but a few days ago I realized it’s mostly love (even if I get really annoyed that he wouldn’t let me go to sleep) when he caught his foot in his cage and accidentally bit and scratched me while I was trying to remove him from where he’s stuck. I was more concerned with getting him to the vet for his foot than with me getting to an animal bite center to get my vaccine. And I worried the whole night if he would be able to walk or sustain worse injuries if I didn’t take him to the vet soon. Is this how being a cat mom feels like

What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?

He likes to hang around whenever I’m doing my skincare and makeup and quietly watch or take a nap, and sometimes I throw things that he could chase and play with then throw it again whenever he gets bored. Also sometimes when I’m lying down he likes to go up to me and smell my face and it’s kind of annoying for me so I annoy him right back by blowing on his face or squeezing his head or hugging him tight and then he leaves me alone for a few minutes then the process repeats itself.

What are nicknames that you call your pet?

Variations of his name Kkukku, such as Kkukkubee, Kkukkubear, and Kkukkubells. Sometimes I call him bb (as in bibi) or bubu

Probably my favorite picture of him hehehe what a clingy cutie 😻 never thought I’d be a cat mom since I have been more of a dog person my whole life. *sighs* so there you have it! I’ve actually just watched a furry friends tag video on youtube and since I have been oversharing cat content like crazy on my instagram account, might as well include this baby on the blog. #

Love, Lady 💛