Sunday, December 26, 2021

2021 Year in Review: Reunited in Love

It's been a year full of surprises, meaningful experiences and creating lasting memories. That's how I would describe the happenings in the year 2021. 

This is the year we fought hard to survive life's challenging moments. We've been breaking the walls that sets boundaries. We've defy restrictions that sets limitation. 

We've welcomed the year with a positive spirit that things will become better. And the first quarter of 2021 was a fulfillment of dreams and wishes. There were moments of a fantasy-like experiences. Tears in our eyes, smiles in our faces and moments of laughter that makes a rollercoaster of emotions.

A Great Family Bond

Family is love. That's how I feel in the beginning of the year 2021. A warmth feeling that opens the heart and radiates light to everyone. 

Family is always there to guide and help along the way.  Their overwhelming response and attention is something I would be grateful for. I wouldn't be able to accomplish things by myself and with them by my side makes me feel relieved. I'm glad that they're always there to the rescue when things aren't going well.

This year is extra special as I step into another chapter of my life. This may be the beginning of a more challenging life ahead. However, I look forward for a more beautiful days to come as I envision what comes next and what lies ahead.

Lessons from the Pandemic

Covid-19 didn't hinder grand plans on this year. We've become more resilient and had increased willpower to push through what we have in mind. 

We celebrated birthdays and special occasions in a simple yet meaningful way. We traveled to places even on a short distance to spend time to relax and unwind. We spent our Soulful Sunday moments with a contemplation about what life's about. 

Life shouldn't stop us from doing the things we love despite of the challenges we're facing. We've learned to adapt to the new normal and accept the reality that Covid-19 will be now part of our existence.


In mid 2021, we've done our part by having ourselves inoculated by Covid-19 vaccine. It's a way of protecting our health and also of our loved ones and other people. It's wise to stay healthy in times of pandemic. We can't afford to get sick and we dare to survive on this global health threat.

Christmas in our Hearts

I'm thankful to have celebrated Christmas together with my family in my hometown. We may not be all together as a complete family, but we feel the connectedness as a family. 

Christmas time bring us joy as we celebrate the remaining days of the year. This is the time when we're in a lighter mood as we look forward to a brighter new year. 


This year's Christmas may not be the brightest, but we're able to bring smiles and joy to other people who visited our home. This is our way to share something to give back for the blessings received. There are so many sad events this year, so it's good to bring back the smiles on each other's faces.

My "Year in Review" is about looking back for the good things that have happened for the entire year. I'm grateful for all the life lessons learned, opportunities, and experiences that made me better. 

There are sorrowful moments, but I've learned to let go and move on. What's important is I've gained valuable insights for enlightenment and personal development. 

My gratitude to the Divine for the power, love, and light. I've made it this year and hoping for the best as I welcome the new year with higher hopes and aspirations. And I also look forward to another year full of inspiration.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


Christmas time is the most anticipated season of the year. It brings joy, fun, and laughter. It also brings wonderful and magical moments as we celebrate the Year-end.

What happens when suddenly we feel sad about untoward events such as destructive typhoons hitting the country just before Christmas. It's supposed to be a "Merry Christmas" for all, but the natural calamity just destroyed people's joyful and peaceful Christmas vibe.

The last time I experienced a stormy Christmas was on the eve of December 24 in my hometown in the Visayas, a few hours before Christmas day. That was a strong typhoon leaving us with a power outage after celebrating the Christmas Eve mass. It was supposed to be a happy "Noche Buena" but we had a candle lighting on a dark Christmas night. 

That was my first experience of a stormy Christmas. Since my childhood days, the Christmas season was dry. However, with the effect of climate change, it seems that we'll be experiencing a wet and stormy Christmas. It's becoming more destructive year after year. And it has left more families to become homeless for Christmas.

Just recently on December 17, 2021, super typhoon "Odette" hit many Philippine provinces in Visayas and Mindanao. It has caused massive damages to properties and businesses. It had caused injuries and casualties. That's a sorrowful moment for those families who have lost their loved ones in celebration of Christmas.

After the typhoon, the devastating situation continues. Many families lost their homes and suffered from power outages and a lack of supply for necessities like food and water. That's prolonged suffering for those affected individuals and families.

Christmas day is approaching. We help affected countrymen in any way possible to lift their spirits and for them to feel loved and cared for. We feel connected as a nation in times of calamity and we feel the suffering of others because we've experienced it and we know how it feels to be a victim of a calamity.

This Christmas is about our positive hopes and wishes for everyone to become more resilient. To be able to rise again despite the struggles and suffering brought by a calamity. Hoping that people will still remember the essence of celebrating Christmas and putting even a little smile on their faces. 

This Christmas is about expressing our gratitude. That no matter what happened, we're still thankful to the Divine for the good, the bad, and the worst experience that has shaken our lives. 

We have a shared humanity. Wherever we are, we think about the welfare of others, and this time we send them good wishes of positivity and recovery. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, December 12, 2021

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It feels like Christmas. The tall and colorful Christmas trees with sparkling lights make us feel good as they bring back memories celebrating the yuletide season.

It would be a better Christmas season than the past two years when the threat of Covid-19 brought us fears and anxieties. 

This year's Christmas season feels different as people would visit any place where they would feel the Christmas spirit and bond with their families for a short while.


I remember those moments when we have decorated our Christmas tree in our hometown for two consecutive Christmas in 2019 and 2020. That was fun and had made  lasting and great memories worth reminiscing.

We always look forward to a Merry Christmas. It's the happiest time of the year as we live each day with joy in our hearts before the year ends.


This Christmas is about our highest hopes that things will get better despite what we've been through for the past two years.

We wish for a meaningful celebration with our loved ones. Our family will always be one of the reasons why we keep holding on and not giving up despite all the odds. We keep our faith that Christmas will heal us and bring the best in us.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, December 5, 2021

My Sister's Sky Garden

It feels good when we have a piece of nature at home. It gives serenity and peace of mind when we needed a break or relaxation.

With the hustle and bustle of city life, we often feel depleted with energy due to chaos and pollution. Having a home garden gives off wonderful and healing energy to be able to live our greatest life.

I love how my sister made her dream sky garden come true. She was able to make their roof deck become a great place for a family gathering, for weekend fun and relaxation. 

The sky gardens' al fresco vibe is what we like most. It's a cool place to unwind and to celebrate special days and other occasions. It's cool and windy on some days most especially during the Christmas season. 

Green space at home is what we need to be connected to nature even when living in City. Coming from a province where nature is abundant, I often miss being in a more natural environment. To be surrounded by more trees and flowering plants make me happy. However, in the City we can feel attached to nature simply by creating our own little oasis.

During this pandemic, everyone realized the importance of having a clean and green environment. More individuals and families are interested in plants and gardening. And they brought nature to home, making them feel happier than before.

My sister's interest in plants and flowers was influenced by my parent's love of nature. They love to develop a natural place for a happy and healthy family. My Mother also loves indoor plants and flowers so she would feel happy even when not on the farm.

My Sister's Sky Garden is a good place to celebrate Christmas with the family. The bonding and happy moments always create wonderful memories worth remembering. A joyous season worth reminiscing.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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