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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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