Sunday, February 28, 2021

Timeless Magical Moments

What makes you bring back timeless magical moments in your life? Those times when you're ecstatic and almost living in a fantasy...

There are times in our lives when we're chasing time, and that creates excitement; an exhilarating experience of a momentous journey.

If only we could bring back time, it would have been the moment when we got to believe in magic. It happens, and it puts us on a cloud nine.

Time is just an illusion. When we're in a hurry, time seems so fast and when we're waiting, time seems so slow. But what's certain is that we can always choose to bring back time on a specific period in our lives.; those times when we celebrate our journey to love... whenever we feel loving and giving.

There are also moments when we feel some kind of regrets whenever we bring back time. Those moments when we didn't listen to our intuition and became out of direction.

When I'm on a state of joy, it bring smile and lightness from within. The magic suddenly happens and the pain simply disappears --truly magic heals.

And so what makes us glow is our timeless and meaningful experiences. We keep on rewinding... we keep on reminiscing. 

From this moment, I won't be chasing time because the magical moment already happened and it can make things happen.

Time can tell whenever we look back or see the future ahead. Just live at the present moment... enjoy and let time do its magic.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Moving Forward and Going Further


When was the last time you think of giving up? Your goals, ambitions! Your dreams and desires!

When we're no longer fueled by our passion and motivation, it's easy to quit. But what happens when we're no longer serving our purpose just by giving up? 

One thing I've learned in a corporate world is to keep on burning... Our desires... Our hopes... Our future...

Working at Ford made me realize the importance of going further; in life and just everything.

Going further means many thing to people. For me, it's about achieving our greatest potential and doing our best to be the top of the line; to be at the peak of performance; always full tank and energized.


Ford Global city and Ford Manila gave me the opportunity to learn and to be driven to go further. There may be some crossroads, but I always remember to move forward and keep the passion alive.

This time, just keep on moving no matter what happens. The road to the peak may be rough at times, but we're not giving up because we believe that we can always choose to go further and live a better life forever.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Year of the Ox and the Valentine

It's a different celebration of Chinese New year for this year. In Manila Chinatown where I used to visit for new year is not much vibrant and festive due to the threat of pandemic.

I remember how the district of Binondo in Manila was full of energy with the massive crowd celebrating the Chinese new year. 

It was colorful... it was fun!

And so this year, is my year! I was born on the year of the Wood Ox in mid 80s and this year happen to be the celebration of the year of Chinese animal sign; the Ox.

Ever since my younger years, I used to be fascinated with Chinese zodiac and astrology which we follow even up to this day.

With the Ox sign, I believe that it exhibit some characteristics like dependability and productivity. It may be always be hard in the beginning, but eventually things will be easy.

Ox born individual may have higher expectations and has a good leadership potential. The strong and hardworking built of the Ox will make all obstacles and challenges be overcomes.

The most meaningful message for this year is to stay calm and patient, that eventually the wheel of fortune will turn to one's favor. That's what I need to work on. I've been patiently waiting after a deep slumber and may this year be a new beginning.

A new hope, career, passion and energy!

And so, just two days after the Chinese new year is the celebration of Valentine's day. It's about evoking emotions of love and care... of remembering and reminiscing.

February is the month of love, and so we have chosen this special month for our lifelong undertaking. This may be the most beautiful moment of meaningful and soulful expression of love.

And so, today is the heart's day. The time when we send special wishes to our love ones. Despite the distance, love would always be there, not just for today, but in everyday.

New year is about new beginning. We express our love and we nourish it. And so, just like a flower, it will bloom and become beautiful; giving smiles and making one cheerful.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, February 7, 2021

A Historical Gem in Downtown Manila


The favorite place for bargain hunters in the metro and probably from all over the Philippines is the busy district of Binondo and Tondo in downtown Manila.

It's often describe as chaotic and disorganized shopping destination causing traffic congestion and petty crimes. People would dare to follow the crowd just to cross the street full of carts and products laid over the street.

It's too crowded, and sometimes not passable to vehicles and to pedestrians. Even shoppers would get stucked during rush hours and during weekend due to the massive crowd.

For several years that was the scene until a change in leadership took place in 2019 with the new Manila Mayor, Isko Moreno. Since then, I've witnessed how this old shopping district has transformed to become much organized and clean as compared to previous administration.

The downtown Manila in the district of Binondo and Tondo has been the center of trade and commerce back in pre-colonial times. It has thrived even during the Spanish era and post World war 2, as it was rebuilt and bounced back stronger and wealthier, being the home of the Chinese-Filipino businessmen and their families.

Despite the hustle and bustle of the district, there's a hidden gem of historical significance that may have been taken for granted or ignored by the people.

But this structure has caught my attention since I love historical buildings and has a deep appreciation for the government's efforts for its restoration.

This building is the old Tutuban Railway Station built in the 19th century during the Spanish era. This was the country's first roadrail network in mainland Luzon; the line from Manila to Dagupan. 

The old structure is fully restored back to its original image through the acquisition and restoration efforts by the Ayala company in 2016.

The 20-hectare Tutuban property is even made beautiful and more pleasant giving a better shopping experience to visitors with the Tutuban Shopping Center adjacent to the old Tutuban Main Station. 


There's also a monument and park built in memory of the great Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio who's born in Tondo. Not many people may have noticed, but this little park and monument has a great significance and a reminder of our glorious past.

The next time you visit downtown Manila for a great bargain hunt, take a closer look and pay attention to this charming building that's restored to meet the new age and the new generation of mighty Filipinos. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Wellness and Balanced Life Strategies at the MDP Village


Fitness and wellness. That's our goal to achieve year after year on the start of the new year. 

Fitness goals must be part of our health journey. Being healthy and free from diseases and illnesses makes us truly alive. It makes us jump high to reach a new level of success we deserve, as we start our year right.

The higher jump, the lighter, the better.

Yes, the past years may have been out of control when unconscious dietary lifestyle hit us badly. Eating junks; those foods of no nutritional value making us ill and could kill.

Then work and stress eating or over eating may have led to out of shape. Our physique suddenly have changed as we add years to life when metabolism hits low. 

That's terrible, but we can regain control.

Through the years, it's a challenge on how to be in shape. To be fit takes a lot of discipline and commitment. It's never easy, but doable and definitely not impossible. I used to make it with a little discomfort, but had achieved the desired goal.

I can, and I will...

This year 2021, is about getting back to what we used to be. To be fit and healthy; to be well, and not ill; to feel better, and not bitter; to see things brightly, and not ugly.

Getting sick is expensive and deadly. I can't afford it, so I choose to be well and avoid getting ill. 

Through the years, we have listened to various health teachings, from fitness and wellness gurus, medical experts and health trainers and healers.

There's one Master that has a great influence on my belief about achieving a balanced health and the esoteric causes of diseases, now revealed to humanity.

Balanced life strategies with focus on health and wellness is what I have learned from a Master of life, Master Del Pe, since 2011.

I'm grateful to have known and be mentored by a modern Sage and an International life coach who's visionary in leadership and has a deep love to humanity and the world.

After decades of world travel and working with individuals, families, governments, groups and companies in more than 100 countries, the Philippines is blessed to have Master Del Pe come back and settle in his hometown.

Master Del Pe's new Shangri-La is established in the beautiful highlands of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur in Northern Philippines. 

His MDP Village is the newest wellness and healing center hub in the North and is gaining recognition among health enthusiasts from the Philippines and other parts of the world.

Master Del Pe had hosted several International convention at the MDP village where attendees get a perspective about higher consciousness and mastering life ahead of its time.

The cool mountain-resort, MDP village is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of a city life, and in regaining life to have peace of mind daily.

I've attended and listened to Master Del Pe's interviews from various social media like Facebook and Youtube and his insights and expertise is mindblowing. 

If one day, you might want to visit him at the MDP Village or meet him in Metro Manila, you may follow and contact him on his social media accounts below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masterdelpe/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/MasterDelPe

Website: https://www.mdpvillage.com/

I've learned a lot from Master Del Pe, and he's the one who can help us live our greatest life.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

A Weekend Stroll at Quezon Memorial Circle

 A breathing space in the center of the largest city of Metro Manila lies the monument in honor of former President Manuel Quezon.

This is all we need to take a break and have a weekend leisure walk at Quezon Memorial Circle. It's considered as the last lungs of Quezon city with the protected 27-hectare green oval park.

The 66-meter shrine has 3 tall pylon that's a center of attraction in the busy elliptical road where 6 major lanes meet. It has 3 angels on the top which symbolizes the major Philippine Islands -- Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

I like it when you can find a green space in a huge metropolis where people can visit for leisure; and Quezon Memorial Circle is one of the best places to go to whether for fitness, shopping, museum tour and food trip.

The remains of former Philippine President Manuel Quezon is located inside the monument together with his wife, Aurora. Truly, a dignified statesman the Philippines ever had; making his life worth remembering.

What's good about Quezon Memorial Circle is the many activities that visitors can do. I've seen many fitness groups doing some exercises like jogging, biking, dancing and even just sitting on benches or a simple walk exploring different areas of interests.

This place is also good for people who are into collecting various ornamental plants. There's so many business stalls which sells different variety of plants and flowers. It makes the place greener and cooler.

On this time of pandemic, indoor and outdoor gardening became a hobby of many people in the metropolitan area. It became part of their health and wellness goals to go green and to relieve their stress being surrounded with beautiful plants and flowers.


A leisure walk in a park brings envigorating energy from the greeneries and from the active people. We would want to achieve balance in our living. Though life at the metropolis can be exhausting at times, we need to take a deep breath and have a youthful glow so we could share that lighter energy and vibrant glow to others as well.

Quezon Memorial Circle has a lot to offer, and since 1950s when it was constructed, it underwent several transformations and newest attractions. 

We need more green parks in major cities all over the Philippines, and Quezon Memorial Circle is one of the best parks to be replicated or become a source of inspiration.

A green living is a Godly Living. 


©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Reaching for Cloud 9 in Antipolo

What a great 360-degree view in Antipolo. The city's highest point is really on a cloud nine; a heaven in the city.

As I waited for the sunset, I am so thankful for the chance to see the panoramic view of Antipolo City and the magnificent skyline of Metro Manila.

The city of Antipolo, province of Rizal is blessed for its higher elevation and proximity from the Philippine National Capital Region, Metro Manila. It can be reached in less than an hour and you'll be greeted with its cool and windy climate.


I like the city vibe of Antipolo. It's cool, clean and peaceful city. The people are friendly and very welcoming to the tourists. No doubt that it's a favorite weekend getaway of people from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.

The cloud 9 hotel and restaurant is my favorite spot in Antipolo. I had a sumptuous lunch after a short day trip around the city. The wide open restaurant in the sky serves delicious Filipino dishes and is a favorite destination of foodies, including returning Filipinos who's in the country for a vacation. Filipinos' best is definitely being served in the sky and the Cloud 9 restaurant never fails to give a lasting impression.

The best 360-degree view is on the hanging bridge and reaching the tower on the other side. A romantic appeal to families, lovers and friends. It's wonderful.
But the place isn't just for romantic couple. It attracts families, group of friends and even solo traveler. Everyone enjoys the scenery. Wait until the dusk and you'll be captivated by the purple hues of the sky; even more romantic if someone is on the side.

The Cloud 9 is a reminiscent of "The peak" in Hong Kong, but the former is truly a Filipino pride. I enjoyed it. I love it and I'll surely come back for more.

Life is good and we're bestowed with Divine grace. As we reached the peak, we pause for a while, close our eyes, hold on with breathing and simply breathe out. And as we open our eyes, we see the magic happens in the cloud nine.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Invigorating Walk at the Lodi Garden

It's a great feeling when ancient architectural wonders are well preserved and restored. Those structures were built to last and tells a tale as old as time.

In New Delhi, India, I was happy to visit a 15th-century tomb that's a combination of a Hindu and Islamic architecture. That was a decade ago on my first visit to India in 2011.

Ancient tombs in India are grand and built with love. It says something about their character, their status and power in the society. 

Lodi Garden was named after Sikander Lodi who was an Afghan Sultan of Delhi Sultanate from the Sayyid dynasty that ruled places in Northern India like Punjab and including modern-day Pakistan. Together with 3 other rulers, their remains are laid on the tomb on this beautiful gardens.

I have a deep admiration with a Hindu and Islamic architectures as it reveal certain charm and character. Its artistic expressions are evident of the detailed carvings and designs.

That was a soulful moment when I strolled in the garden, touch the surfaces of well-preserved structures and feel the vibe back in time.

Lodi garden is a great place for a morning walk and exercise. There were many Delhites who are fitness enthusiasts when I visited. It's a solemn place to unwind, to sit on the grass, do some yoga and meditation. The surrounding is cool and clean and has a beautiful landscape and greeneries. It's truly relaxing and invigorating.

In our modern day world and with the advancement in architecture and technology, people will appreciate and value the history and culture. It's truly valuable and priceless. It deserves recognition and respect. And so I did.

I had meaningful moments at the Lodi garden. The history and culture is what  fascinates me. That's how I deeply appreciate a place of such a very high historical value. It leaves a lasting memories and a pleasant reminisce.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Nazareno 2021: A Timeless Devotion


It's this time of the year that millions of Filipino devotees would celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene or we call it Nazareno.

This black image of the 17th century Jesus of Nazareth has been a source of inspiration and undying faith of the Filipinos.

What makes the Holy image of the Black Nazarene so special is the miracles that transpired for the believers. When a faithful would sincerely pray, then it's always granted -- even the most impossible.

My first ever Nazareno experience was about 8 years ago. I've celebrated the morning mass and prayed for blessings to happen in my life. 

That was a pleasant experience to be with the flocks of the faithful. And so, I've celebrated again in 2016 and 2017. Since I was in Manila on those years, I made it sure not to miss it.

One of the most memorable experiences was the Nazareno 2019 when I've personally witnessed the Traslacion. That was a day-long procession, but I was able to capture a glimpse of a holy hour in the vicinity of Binondo Chinatown.

How's this year's celebration possible amidst the threat of the pandemic? And when there's a threat of the new variant that's possibly been around undetected.

Filipinos would always defy the odds in observance of centuries-old religious tradition and expression of faith. Even with the health threat, devotees are unstoppable.

The good thing about this year's celebration is the strict observance of the health protocols. Devotees are practicing physical distancing and wear a mask for their protection.

This year, the Traslacion was cancelled and only masses are celebrated in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. 

As compared to the previous year's experience, the Nazareno 2021 was something new we haven't seen before. It was more orderly and quiet. The personal devotion that is truly heard in the absence of chaos.

Millions of devotees may haven't participated on this year's Feast Day of the Nazarene in Quiapo, but it's still possible in the comfort of our homes through online streaming.

The message was clear and the hope of a better life is still my heart's desires. For this year, better health and protection would be of topmost priority. 

And beyond personal intentions, it's about the health, safety and security of all. Hoping that this pandemic would come to an end; the end of sufferings and a fresh start of the year and decade.

Nazareno 2021 is about hoping for a better and brighter year in the uncertain times. Our timeless devotion will always be in our hearts and that our unwavering faith would bring a new hope, a renewed life and a new beginning.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

New Year 2021: A New Hope

 

The year 2020 brought a lot of pains and sufferings in our lives. It seems like the darkest era of our times. Something unexpected, but we've learned to accept and embrace.

If this is the preview of a new decade 20s, then we could be able to predict the future; that uncertainty is now part of our daily living. 

Things change instantaneously. It's like a blink of an eye and our fate can be changed.


The year 2020 perhaps was the saddest and unimaginable moments we've experienced. It ruined our hopes and dreams; and redirected our compass in a crossroads.

That was the end of year 2020. Finally, we've all welcomed the new year 2021 with our greatest hopes ever. That after the long agony, we can blur the sad memories from the deepest of our consciousness.

A new world

Whatever earth changes we've been experiencing, one thing I'm certain is that, this is part of the Divine plan. We're not in control, hence we let things happen and make things happen on our personal human capacity.

If the world has to change this way, then there's a greater force that can move us and direct our path -- either to follow and have faith, or to step back and have doubts.

So, in this new world order, some would be victims of a sad reality, while others would be a victorious survivor.

New opportunities

We've seen people whom have lost a living; have missed some chances and opportunities for the past year.

Some may have struggled a lot in business, career and life. It had caused us fears, frustrations and anger. It made us express all kinds of emotions. It had caused inconvenience and a downgrade on the quality of living at some point.

The year 2021 is about new opportunities that awaits us. The missed one is just a moment of pause; to stop for awhile; to recalibrate and be ready to stand up again.

This year 2021 is about an opportunity to be together as family once again. To be reunited and to recall how we've started it all.

When we're somewhat lost, our family would always be there to guide and light our path. They're there when we're knocked down and to cheer us on our way up.

Opportunities doesn't only knock once. We see opportunities everywhere. And if there seems none, then we create it ourselves and we even create opportunities to others.

A new dream

Yes, we've awaken on a deep slumber. It was somehow a nightmare! 

This year, we're hoping for a better night sleep. We're hoping for a better dream. And so upon waking up, we'll turn that dream into a reality.

And when we dream, we extend it to the special people in our lives; to our family. They are the source of our inspirations, our happiness and a reason of living. Family is love, and family is forever. That's one thing I know for sure.

A night dream or a day dream, it's both a pleasant experience of hoping for brighter days ahead. 

A new hope

We're hopeful, that no matter how life seems uncertain, still we believe that something good will happen.

Our hope will always be renewed, to make us believe that miracles do happen in everyday; from the time we wake up, until the time we go to sleep. 

A new hope is there to give us the energy required to live actively. A new hope gives us many chances to try again and never to give up, but to keep on hoping when things seems to be falling.

This year 2021 is about hope in all aspects of living. We hope for the best things to happen. We hope for the best wishes to come, and we hope for the best life ahead.

 ©️ 2021 Del Cusay 

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