Friday, December 30, 2022

𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄: 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗱𝗮


𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧 2022 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚. 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙖. 

It's a new beginning for me as a newcomer to a place that gives opportunities for growth and success. As I leave the Philippines, I have with me all the good memories, life lessons, and faith that will serve as my inspiration to move forward to the next chapter. 

Travel from the Philippines to Canada 

I feel the love and support of my family as I bid farewell. It was a wonderful journey as I think about what lies ahead; my dreams and desires. 

I carry the lessons learned from my parents and cherished those precious moments with them. My family is my inspiration to strive for the better. To keep on fighting and living a good life. 

Even when I'm far away from home, we're always connected and they get inspired by the things that I share about my new life. 

Spring has Sprung 

I arrived in Canada in the 2nd half of Winter, in February 2022. Although I haven't experienced heavy snowfall, I still feel cold adjusting to the frigid weather. 

And then the Spring season began in March and that was pleasant weather. That's the time when Cherry blossoms are everywhere and romantic scenery makes people smile and feel loved. 

It feels good to have visited Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. It was a charming and laid-back city on Vancouver Island,  but full of history and amazing places and culture. Vancouver Island is just an hour-and-a-half ferry ride away from Vancouver's mainland. 

It was a fantastic trip as we celebrate Holy week 2022 in Victoria. They have the mildest weather in British Columbia, so people enjoy strolling around while enjoying the scenic views. 

Spring reminds us of a beautiful new beginning. It's like a restart button after things become chaotic. It's this season that we get to travel more and explore places, tastes various cuisines, and enjoys events. 

Summer Season in the Sun 

Summer is the time of being outdoors. The weather is temperate and it's the best time for camping in the mountains, the woods,  and the creek side. 

Summer can be very hot, but it doesn't stop us from traveling to places for adventure and new experiences. 

It can be warm to hot just before the summer officially began, so we can feel the summer vibe already. We traveled to Logan lake which is located in the Northeast of Vancouver and can be reached in 5 hours. That's the longest land travel I experienced in British Columbia. We had a great weekend camping and the best road trip ever. 

I celebrated my birthday in the summer on the Sunshine Coast and it was a memorable experience to travel the coastal towns with magnificent views. 

We had a creekside camping, a walk on a beach, a stroll at the harbor, and a wonderful ferry ride. 

The summer season makes the lawn dry for several months of drought, but some farms can be so green, like the Richmond Country Farms where we enjoyed the Sunflower festival. 

The sunset is late during the summer as the night starts between 9 - 10 pm while the dawn is as early as 4:30 am. That means we may have shorter sleep and more Netflix time. 

Fall in Love 

The Fall season is truly a magical scenery as the leaves turn to different colors like yellow, red, orange, and brown. It makes the surroundings a golden hue when the leaves are still not falling from the trees. And when it falls to the ground, it's just awesome and lovely. 

It is during the fall season that farmers get to harvest their produce, so farms get so busy with their festivals and activities. I enjoyed the pumpkin patch experience, the pumpkin soup, and the pumpkin pie. 

During the Fall season, we celebrate Thanksgiving for the blessings and graces we received and for the bountiful harvest the farmers shared with everyone. 

Winter Wonderland 

This is the season when winter storms can cause chaos in the city. It may be hard to travel at times when the road is covered with snow that lasts for several days. 

I experienced the first major snowstorm of this year on November 29 when I was stranded on the road for almost 2 hours and suffered from shivering. 

The days become shorter and the nights become longer during winter time. It can be dark as early as 4 pm and very cold when the temperatures hit below freezing point. 

We live in the Pacific Northwest region of Canada in British Columbia which has the mildest temperature in the country. It's not as harsh and frigid as the central and eastern sides of Canada. So we're blessed with a favorable climate all year round. 

Winter season is fun when we experience snow activities in mountain resorts. We went to Mount Seymour in North Vancouver a week before Christmas Day and enjoyed some activities like toboggan and tubing. There's no reason to be just stuck at home when we can still enjoy the snow until it lasts. 

Four Seasons in Canada 

I've experienced Canada's four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Every season has its character and charm. I can't say which one is the most or least beautiful. I simply live to experience the good things each season brings. 

We have made it this year, 2022. We have traveled great distances in British Columbia and had a meaningful journey. We discovered places, explore local cultures, and enjoyed the food, the wine, and the music. 

There are so many things to enjoy and experience, so we look forward to more travel in the year 2023. Life is a journey on the road. It gives a new perspective on something. 

Once in a while, we need to unwind, recharge and rejuvenate, and this can be achieved through traveling, exploring places, and experiencing new things. 

This year is also about developing new skills as I venture into Youtube vlogging. I've been a blogger since 2011, but I need to upgrade my skill to integrate the world of vlogs into creating meaningful travel journals. 

I've named my Youtube channel, Del Make it Happen as a reflection of my goals and aspirations to be accomplished. 

The year 2022 has been a roller coaster of emotions. I've learned about many things in Canada and hope to continue living my best life while achieving my most cherished hopes and dreams. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay 

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👉 2019 Year in Review: The Greatest Love

Sunday, December 25, 2022

𝗠𝘆 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗱𝗮

𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧. 𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙖𝙧 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚. 𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙖 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚, 𝙬𝙚𝙩, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙖. 

Family is forever, and yes they are in the Philippines. I feel sad on my first Christmas in Canada. It's not something I expect. It's not something I wanted. 

There's no "Noche Buena" here, which is a tradition in the Philippines. It's quiet and people are confined at home for some reason. 

Is Christ present during our darkest times? The times when we feel down and not feeling good about ourselves? 

There's more love in the Philippines during Christmas. The reason why we dwell on the most meaningful and memorable moments back home. 

Whenever we reminisce about the good Christmas moments, it gives us a good feeling and brightens the darkness inside. 

A family is there who understands and comforts us. It's the most special day of the year when we get to remember them and talk to them. To share the good things and the not-so-good things we see, think, and feel. 

All I want this Christmas is to feel the presence of Christ. His love and the Holy Spirit to guide and lift me. Others may have forgotten and got blind by their priorities, but we can't follow their path. They always have the choice to make beyond our control. 


I still want to feel the bright side of Christmas. The ups and downs will always be there, but Christ will be in our hearts. 

Like the message of the Pope this year. He said, "Even in dark times, never lose hope in God's love" and that there is light even in our darkest hour. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay 

Sunday, December 18, 2022

𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗹𝗲


𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣, 𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙨𝙖𝙮. 𝙄 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙠𝙞𝙙, 𝙄 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝘿𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. We sang Christmas carols, we received gifts from our loved ones and we anticipate gifts from Santa Claus. 


Back then on Christmas Eve in my home country, the Philippines, we celebrate mass together as a family and share a meal all for "Noche Buena." Family is forever. We had a joyous celebration together. 

As a grown-up adult, I still find meaning and joy in celebrating Christmas. This year, however, will be a different experience. It will be my first time celebrating Christmas away from my family in the Philippines. It's my first Christmas in Canada. 



Here at Lumagica in Surrey, Canada, it brings back wonderful memories of when I was a kid. The fascination with Christmas trees and lights; the joyful spirit of hearing Christmas carols and the excitement to seeing Santa Clause. 

Lumagica is a magical light festival with a North Pole winter wonderland theme. It's about attracting families to get together and experience a spectacular white Christmas.

Christmas is fun for the whole family; the
adults and the little ones. But for the grown-ups, there's always that kid in us. We shout for joy, we truly enjoy! 




Let this Christmas season bring back that glow in our faces and sparkle in our eyes like a child. Find the magical experience that Christmas brings. Find happiness and joy in our hearts.
 
©️ 2022 Del Cusay 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗸𝘆 𝗚𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗹𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗵

𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙮 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙩'𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙎𝙚𝙖 𝙩𝙤 𝙎𝙠𝙮 𝙂𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙤𝙡𝙖 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙟𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙪𝙥 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙮. 

This outdoor destination is one of the best places to visit in British Columbia. The breathtaking view of the sea from the sky and on top of the mountain is worth the experience. It's exhilarating and truly breathtaking. 

Let's explore this stunningly beautiful destination in Squamish which is an hour's drive from North of Vancouver passing through the scenic sea-to-sky highway. 

From the base station, The Sea to Sky Gondola is a 10-minute/ 2 km ride to the summit. You'll see the forested mountain and the beautiful turquoise waters of the sea (Howe Sound) as you ascend to a higher elevation until reaching the summit lodge which offers the most spectacular view of the surrounding mountain, the valley, and the sea. 

On the summit lodge, there are restaurants and cafes for refreshments that are extended to the outdoor patio and viewing deck offering a view of the magnificent snow-capped mountains. 

The adventure never stops as you get to experience the surrounding trail network passing through the 100-meter Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. We walked through the easiest trail (Spirit) and the best trail (Panorama) leading to the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform where you can capture the best shots of the snow-capped mountain as a backdrop. 

Other trails take longer time to explore, but you'll never get lost since all trails lead and end at the summit lodge viewing deck. The trails are for beginners and intermediates, so it's a family-friendly hiking experience with viewing areas and platforms for picture-taking to capture memorable moments. 

Sea to Sky Gondola is an all-year-round adventure. It's best in any season whether on a hot dry summer or a snowy and chilly winter. The nature trail and the viewing platforms are alluring and worth revisiting in a different season. 

The land of the Squamish First Nation is home to the Sea to Sky Gondola. They protect and preserve the beauty of their heritage and share it with everyone. It's not just about fun and adventure, but learning about indigenous people's culture; their early beginnings, and evolution as a First Nation. 

Sea to Sky Gondola is one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime in British Columbia. It's a place to go and chill and it's an adventure by nature with a thrill. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 9, 2022

𝗔 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗼 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸


𝘼 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡-𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙉𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙑𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙤 𝙎𝙪𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮 𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩.

This park offers a magnificent view of North Shore mountains and the Capilano river at the foothill of the canyon. It's breathtaking and another adrenaline-rush adventure we're defying. 

It's officially Fall season in Canada, so this is the best time to see the changing color of the leaves from above the cliff. It's amazing to see how nature paints a color like a surreal masterpiece. It's a beautiful and naturally colorful piece of nature. 

A Cliffwalk to Remember 

How does it feel hanging on a cliff? It's one of the most adrenaline-pumping experiences in the park  and a source of knowledge and information about the importance of water elements and how we can do our share to conserve and make it pure and clean. 

The Cliffwalk is a series of narrow bridges, stairs, and boardwalks that follows the curve of a granite cliff of the canyon. It's refreshing to breathe in cleaner air and relaxing to hear the gushing of the water from the river just down below. 

The Treetops Adventures 

There's a series of 7 suspension bridges that are attached to centuries-old Douglas-fir trees that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding forest. It's wonderful how they made use of a tree collar instead of penetrating with nails to protect and not harm trees. 


The Suspension Bridge 

The main attraction is the 137 meters stretch of suspension bridge connecting both sides of the park and with a height of 130 feet above the Capilano river. 

It's one of the most visited attractions in British Columbia and one of the most thrilling sights to behold. 

The Capilano Suspension Bridge may have given us a little scary and thrilling experience, but we made it to feel the fear and crossed the other side without hesitation. 

That was truly a live-action adventure in a fun-filled nature. Like the suspension bridge, no matter how high or how shaky we've been, still we continue to be fearless, go with the flow and be unshakable.   

©️  2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 18, 2022

𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝘀


𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙣 𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙩 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙨 𝙪𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮. 𝙄𝙩 𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙤𝙙, 𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙖 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙜𝙡𝙤𝙬, 𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙫𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙮. 

That certain glow is what we offer to the world, to the people around us, and to everyone we share our life with. 

But when we're at the darkest moment of our lives, we may stumble and fall. That happens when the light has been taken away from us. We kneel, we crawl, and hardly can stand tall. 



In Richmond, British Columbia, 
we've found the brightest place to remind us 
to unleash our inner glow and become someone's dose of sunshine no matter what we can show. Before the summer ends, we travel to Richmond Country Farms where the sunflower grows and truly glows. 

You can find different varieties of Sunflowers on a 20-acre property of this family-owned country farm that's truly a must-see summer attraction. They have a maze where you'll easily find a way out and a U-pic to take home freshly handpicked Sunflowers. 



This is the fourth year of the Richmond Sunflower festival since it started just before the pandemic hit in 2019. The annual event didn't stop to amaze visitors and it put a smile on their faces when the world seems dark and people were down. 

Summer is fun and we need to enjoy the outdoors under the sun. Just like the sunflowers on the farm; we can rise and shine again, we can grow and glow up again, and we can smile and be lovable again. 

©️  2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, September 11, 2022

𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲-𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗚𝗲𝘁𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁

 

𝙎𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙖 𝙞𝙨𝙣'𝙩 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙚𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙖, 𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙪𝙣 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙨𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙖 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙚𝙣𝙙. 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙝 𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙞𝙖'𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩-𝙠𝙚𝙥𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙩— 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩. 

This regional district is part of mainland British Columbia and accessible only by ferry and seaplane. It has an island vibe with several small towns that offers a lot of activities to enjoy and hidden gems to explore. 

After a 40-minute BC ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver, the road trip starts from the southern coast of Gibsons until we reach the heart of the Sunshine Coast the district municipality of Sechelt. 



It's lovely weather to start the three-day birthday holiday. A warm sunny day that brightens up everyone's day. And our first stop is the sandy shore of Davis bay in Sechelt. Its coastline offers a respite from a warm and dry summer. The sea breeze, the horizon, and the island views are perfect for a day of unwinding. We're beachin' and watching people surfin'.

As I reach another milestone, the beach is an ideal place to rejuvenate and plan for another year of discovery and adventure. The previous year may have been full of challenges, but I was able to surpass the trials along the way. And for this birthday celebration, all I want is a fresh start; to breathe in and breathe out in front of a sea and release the obstacles behind. 

If the sea is a powerful extractor of what's pulling us from getting what we want, then I must release all the unwanted and feel a more revitalized and renewed being. It feels good! and if that heals, then I must make it a birthday tradition to go to the sea, walk on the sand and bathe in the sun. 

The Sunshine Coast may be a laid-back culture, but it's a vibrant community and a paradise to many, especially among outdoor enthusiasts. There are so many things to do. From water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, fishing, scuba diving, and kite surfing: to inland activities like hiking, camping, golfing, and mountain climbing... it's an endless adventure. 

The three-day birthday holiday in Sunshine Coast isn't enough to try the exciting activities the place has to offer, but I hope to come back to explore and discover more kept secrets of a paradise worth revisiting.

A road trip on a coastal highway, hiking on a forested trail, camping on a creekside, and a scenic walk on a waterfront park. These activities made my day. The best birthday on a holiday. Sunshine Coast adventure all the way. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, August 21, 2022

Summer Camping in Logan Lake

 
What makes me appreciate life most is finding time to travel long distances and create wonderful memories. It's when I learn new things, gain new perspectives about a place and ponder on things that add value to living. 

This is my first ever long travel to British Columbia, Canada at the beginning of summer. This is the start of a new season full of fun under the sun. It's the season of discovery and adventure as we transition from cool to warm.

From Vancouver, it took us 3 hours to reach the charming town of Logan Lake in the heart of the Highland Valley in the Thompson Okanagan region.

It was once a quiet town reserved for the miners and their families, but now houses thousands of residents who enjoy the serenity of nature and for the visitors to spend time away from the hustle of their busy city life.

Logan lake offers many activities during the summer season. Visitors may enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, biking, and hiking. This is the ideal time to unwind, take a deep breath, and just appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and nature. 

Camping at Mile High Resort in Logan Lake was an awesome experience to escape from reality away from the city. It's surrounded by lush forests with breathtaking views of the lake. 

The deluxe log cabin offers a comfortable and relaxing vibe while hearing the sound of nature and watching the galaxies and the bright stars. Stargazing is just mesmerizing. It's a stunning experience to look up into the night sky and simply wish upon a star. 

What makes this summer season memorable are the stories, smiles, and laughter shared in a pristine setting. A romantic destination perfect for a weekend getaway where imagination sparks and ideas are born. 


This summer getaway is truly unforgettable. Logan lake is a great camping destination worth remembering and Mile High Resort is a place worth reminiscing. 

©️ Del Cusay

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Surrey Fusion Festival Returns at Holland Park


The largest and most diverse festival in Western Canada returns in its 15th year, and we took part to celebrate and enjoy a weekend of multicultural understanding and experiencing diversity in food, culture, live music, and entertainment.

British Columbians and the residents of the city of Surrey once again gathered at Holland park after 2 years since the pandemic. This was the largest crowd since it started in 2008 perhaps due to the desire of the people to reunite and bring back a more lively scene where everyone can enjoy a wide variety of cultural offerings from different countries in the world.

This year's Surrey Fusion Festival theme is CommUNITY. A single word that describes how the world must be in difficult times where global health threats have affected us to live, interact and socialize.

From the Latin countries of Bolivia, Argentina, and Columbia. Asian countries like India, Vietnam, and Indonesia. African countries like Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. European countries like Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Southwestern Pacific like Tonga and Fiji. Caribbean countries like Barbados and Cayman Islands. These are some of the 40 pavilions that showcased their food, culture, arts, music, and dance.

The pandemic seems over as the crowd cheers for fun and a manic vibe. It's the delicious authentic food, arts, dance, and music that draws people to have a taste and experience world cultures in one venue.

Other features include a wellness garden where people can learn and experience yoga and meditation, Indigenous Village to learn about their culture through traditional cultural sharing. Global beer and wine tasting to sip some cold beverages from around the world. A cultural cooking arena for a showdown in a cooking competition. And stages where world-class performers and talents are presented to the crowd.

It was a great experience to have celebrated the Surrey Fusion Festival for the first time and I would be glad to make it a yearly event to watch out for. Community is about the spirit of camaraderie that builds bridges for multicultural understanding and inclusivity. We unite for a common goal of bringing peace, love, and compassion to make our world a better place to live in and for the next generations to preserve and enrich their own culture for the world to see, embrace and be proud of.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 17, 2022

White Rock Gallery: Beyond the Frame


To appreciate art is about understanding the deepest of emotion; its meaningful realization; and validation of purpose and intention.

That's the uplifting lesson learned from a visit to an art gallery in White Rock, British Columbia. It's a city by the sea and a place where arts, history, and culture thrive amidst the test of time.

An art gallery may not be the usual place to visit in the present times. It may not be welcoming, but intimidating to other people who may not have an interest or appreciation of fine arts.

Back in my home country, the Philippines, I've learned to admire and appreciate works of art and masterpieces in the Cultural Center since 2012. Since then, I've carried the same passion and admiration whenever I visit another country or place with high regard for culture and the arts.

In Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, every city has a public art gallery that's open to everyone, and White Rock Gallery is one of the most beautiful places to be. It was my first ever Art Gallery experience in Canada and It was a meaningful experience.

Nowadays, people choose modern forms of entertainment and haven't discovered and learned about the joys of visiting an art gallery or any art exhibits. However, fine artists and art enthusiasts have devoted their time, resources, and money to making arts more relevant in today's present generation.

What makes art galleries intimidating to others is that we're not taught how to appreciate and decode its meaning from the artists' perspective or point of view. We couldn't interpret abstract paintings and even find meaning in a realistic painting.

With our smartphones, we can just take a raw picture of a place, do some editing, then call it art. It's the easiest form of art we can do. However, fine art demands time, energy, emotion, and a soul to create a more valuable masterpiece; the reason why paintings and sculptures are expensive. 

In reality, we tend to ignore or snub expensive things because we can't afford them. The same thing with fine arts, some wouldn't appreciate its value because they can't relate to and find meaning in a painting. But to afford it isn't just about owning it. It's also about enriching our life experience and worth as human beings just by paying a visit to an art gallery even once in a lifetime.

Art is part of our culture and a deep appreciation and admiration are what give us a certain connection with the community we live in. Art evokes various emotions depending on what the artists would want us to feel. It makes us joyful, sorrowful, awed and puzzled. It moves us, touches our souls, and made us love at first sight.

As I view the gallery, some paintings attract my attention and draw me closer to scrutinize and finally gave meaning to them. It gave happiness and a sense of belonging to a community of artistic people who have the desire for understanding, passion, and motivation for self-expression.

©️  2022 Del Cusay