Sunday, July 28, 2019

Reliving the Memories on The Road to Bato Arobo

It's been more than a decade since I have reached the mountain top of Bato Arobo. A place that brings pleasant memories of my childhood days. Back then, we used to hike for more than an hour just to reach if coming from Sitio Lomboy in Linambasan, province of Capiz; the landmark being the present-day Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

I had great  Memories of Mount Bato Arobo together with my family and I am eager to see it after a long time. A day after May 13, 2019 midterm election, we decided to have an adventure ride to see the ongoing road construction development from the Parish going to the road to Bato Arobo. This is a momentous moment to be back and see the mountain ranges from afar, to breathe in fresher air, and to relive the old days.

The road to Bato Arobo is like a roller coaster ride, there are ups and downs and wonderful scenery ahead with tall Coconut palms and greeneries. The less than 2-hour hike can now be reached by a vehicle in less than 15 minutes.

Two months after, on July 24 a day before the 89th birthday of my Grandfather we decided to bring him to visit again the Road to Bato Arobo when the roadside development is nearing its completion. Due to the hilly slope on both sides of the road, there is a need for a concrete hillside cover to protect from untoward soil erosion; the same thing we can see on the hilly streets of Baguio City.

Along the Road to Bato Arobo are farmlands planted with rice and coconuts which makes the surrounding cool and pleasant. There are few houses on the way and it is even a distance apart on the foothills of the mountain. In a few years perhaps over the next decade, more houses will be built considering the accessibility of the road going to the town center.

What makes it beautiful is the natural landscape of the mountains with occasional fog when it rains and when the temperature drops. Bato Arobo has a higher elevation that makes it cool and windy that is perfect for unwinding over a cup of coffee and tea or a bowl of hot noodles or batchoy.

                       The video above; click the arrow to view

Nature has a healing wonder on our soul and the Bato Arobo mountain view gives an awesome appeal to the senses. This is quite similar to soul searching in the Highlands of Tagaytay and Baguio. Though the place is on its way to development, still it is pristine and naturally beautiful.

Bato Arobo will always have a place in my heart since I have conquered its summit when it was just a trail and now that we embrace its development there would be no barriers in reaching the mountain top and reliving its scenic mountain view. Bato Arobo is a natural wonder of all time and also a natural heritage in our time. We preserve, we protect and we recollect memories that will last for a lifetime. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Happiness in Our Hearts

What could be more important in life?
Biggest dream, achieved goals, a success...
A dream job, a dream house, a fancy car
A dream destination in the farthest nation

When success means a million-dollar
Yes! having a lot, but not feeling enough
Giving it all, but no contentment at all
No happiness, no pure joy.. No bliss

Success is the presence of happiness...
When I get successful, I'll be happy... Nah!
When I am happy, I feel successful... Yeah!
Happiness is positive psychology... Aha!

Happiness comes from a natural thing
Not so expensive and not an elusive thing
A glimpse of dawn; a beautiful twilight...
A magnificent sunrise, a morning exercise

What else could make us truly happy?
A morning cup of milk, coffee, or tea
A chirping sparrow... A Nightingale's song
A mist in the garden, a drizzle... A blessing!

Happiness is within us... Within our reach
The morning ritual of gratitude making us rich!
A good morning greeting... A morning hymn
Thank God for the happiness... I am lovin'

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Highlands' Sunrise: A Heaven's Call

There's a certain energy that sunrise would give. At dawn, just before it rises to awaken one's slumber, waking up gives a serenity of a peaceful morning with the natural sounds from chirping songbirds and a fresh morning mist.

To awaken as early as 4:30 in the morning and getting up in bed at 5 A. M. is pure bliss of an awakened soul to start a brand new day that brings new hope of an awesome adventure and the opportunities that await.

In my beloved highland town is where I would experience a pleasant morning to awaken my senses. Watching the colorful hues of the sky from the terrace is like staring at a live painting; a natural masterpiece that slowly turns into a bright light and ultraviolet rays that brighten my mood to last for the entire day.

The video above; click the arrow to view

What makes me fully alive is the healing energy that the sunrise gives. It nourishes the physical body of the required Vitamin D for the absorption of Calcium giving stronger and healthy bones and energetic vibes for productivity.

Sunrise would give a positive emotion and expression of happiness and joy and not entertaining any negativity to ruin the day. It is when we leave our negativities behind that makes us feel grateful to life and to the Earth's natural wonders.

A deep breathing exercise absorbs the prana or chi; a life force for healing and longevity. While simple yoga-like and internal stamina exercises would loosen up a stiff body and shaken up the soul.

What compliments the sunrise is a cup of coffee; a black and a strong one to completely awaken the senses for daytime alertness.

The sunrise is God's gift for us to wake up each morning with a sense of gratitude to life and to endless energy for our survival. There's a natural wonder as we open our eyes and there's natural healing as we open our hearts. The sunrise is a heaven's call; a hope for a better day and a hope for a better tomorrow.

© 2019 Del Cusay