Friday, December 30, 2022

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ


๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง 2022 ๐™๐™–๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ข๐™š. ๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™„ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™– ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™™๐™–. 

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 all the good memories, life lessons, and faith that will inspire me to move 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 an incredible journey as I think about what lies ahead; my dreams and desires. 

I carried 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 I share about my new life. 

Spring has Sprung 

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

And then, the Spring season began in March, which was pleasant weather. That's 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, full of history, unique 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 celebrated 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. This season, we travel more, explore places, taste various cuisines, and enjoy 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, woods, and creek. 

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

It can be warm to hot just before the summer officially begins, so we can already feel the summer vibe. We travelled about 5 hours to Logan Lake, located in the Northeast of Vancouver. That's the most extended 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 to the coastal towns with magnificent views. 

We had a creekside camping, a beach walk, a harbour stroll, and an excellent 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, and dawn is as early as 4:30 am. That means we may have a shorter sleep and more Netflix time. 

Fall in Love 

The Fall season is magical as the leaves turn to different colours like yellow, red, orange, and brown. It makes the surroundings golden when the leaves do not fall from the trees. And when it falls to the ground, it's just incredible and lovely. 

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

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

Winter Wonderland 

It's the season when winter storms can cause chaos in the city. Travelling may be challenging when the road is slushy with several snow days. 

I experienced the first significant 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 Canada's central and eastern sides. So we're blessed with a favourable climate all year round. 

Winter season is fun when we experience snow activities in mountain resorts. We visited Mount Seymour in North Vancouver a week before Christmas Day and enjoyed activities like toboggan and tubing. There's no reason to be 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. Which one is the most or least beautiful? I love to experience the good things each season brings. 

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

We have made it this year, 2022. We have travelled great distances in British Columbia and had a meaningful journey. We discovered places, explored 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 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 is made possible through travelling, 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 skills 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.

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

©️ 2022 Del Cusay 

Related Posts: 

๐Ÿ‘‰ 2021 Year in Review: Reunited in Love 

๐Ÿ‘‰ 2020 Year in Review: Overcoming Great Odds 

๐Ÿ‘‰ 2019 Year in Review: The Greatest Love

Sunday, December 25, 2022

๐— ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ

๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™–๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง. ๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™˜๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™–๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™™๐™ž๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š. ๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š, ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™™๐™–๐™ง๐™  ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™–๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™™๐™–. 

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" culture here, a tradition in the Philippines. It's quiet, and people prefer to be 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 we dwell on the most meaningful and memorable moments in our home country. 

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

A family is there who understands and comforts us. It's the most special day of the year when we remember and talk to them. To share the good and 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 been blinded 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. 

In this year's message, the Pope 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

๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—–๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ


๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™–๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ, ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฎ. ๐™„ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ ๐™ž๐™™, ๐™„ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™˜๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™จ.

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


Back then, on Christmas Eve in my home country, the Philippines, we celebrated mass together as a family and shared a meal 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. There's a fascination with Christmas trees and lights, the joyful spirit of hearing Christmas carols, and the excitement of seeing Santa Claus. 

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 genuinely 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

๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐˜† ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต

๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™™๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š. ๐™๐™๐™–๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™š๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™Ž๐™ ๐™ฎ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ก๐™– ๐™๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ข๐™–๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ฎ. 

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

Let's explore this stunningly beautiful destination in Squamish, an hour's drive from North 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 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 most accessible 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 to explore, but you'll always be aware since all trails lead and end at the summit lodge viewing deck. The courses 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 most incredible adventures of a lifetime in British Columbia. It's a place to go and chill, an adventure by nature with a thrill. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 9, 2022

๐—” ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ


๐˜ผ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก-๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™–๐™™๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™‰๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™‘๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ž๐™™๐™œ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™  ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ.

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. Seeing how nature paints a color like a surreal masterpiece is fantastic. It's a beautiful and naturally colorful piece of heart. 

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. Breathing in cleaner air and relaxing to hear the water gushing from the river below is refreshing. 

The Treetops Adventures 

A series of 7 suspension bridges attached to centuries-old Douglas-fir trees offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding forest. It's beautiful how they used 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, 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. 

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 scary and thrilling experience, but we made it to feel the fear and crossed the other side without hesitation. 

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

©️  2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 18, 2022

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€


๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ ๐™—๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™œ๐™ฎ. ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ค๐™™, ๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ง๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™œ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ, ๐™ง๐™–๐™™๐™ž๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™—๐™š๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ฎ. 

We offer that certain glow to the world, the people around us, and everyone we share our life. 
But we may stumble and fall when we're at the darkest moment. That happens when the light moves away from us. We kneel, we crawl, and we can hardly 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 genuinely 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. 



It's the fourth year of the Richmond Sunflower festival since it started just before the pandemic hit in 2019. The annual event didn't stop notable visitors; it put a smile on their faces when the world seemed dark, and people were down. 

Summer is fun, and we must enjoy the outdoors under the sun. Like the sunflowers on the farm, we can rise and shine again, grow and glow up again, smile and be lovable again. 

©️  2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, September 11, 2022

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ-๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜

 

๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ข๐™ข๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™™๐™– ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™–, ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™– ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™จ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™. ๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™ž๐™–'๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ-๐™ ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™š๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ— ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ. 

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 many 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 out in front of the sea and release the obstacles behind. 

If the sea is a powerful extractor of what's pulling us from getting what we want, 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 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.  

There needs to be more than the three-day birthday holiday in Sunshine Coast 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 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 beautiful memories. It's when I learn new things, gain new perspectives about a place, and ponder on things that add value to living. 

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

It took us 3 hours from Vancouver 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. It's an ideal time to unwind, take a deep breath, and appreciate the lake's natural beauty and nature. 

Camping at Mile High Resort in Logan Lake was an incredible experience to escape from reality away from the city. Lush forests with breathtaking views of the lake surround it.  

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 an incredible experience to look up into the night sky and wishes 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 genuinely unforgettable. Logan lake is a great camping destination, and the Mile High Resort experience is worth reminiscing about on holiday vacation.

©️ 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. We celebrated and enjoyed a weekend of multicultural understanding and experiencing diversity in food, culture, live music, and entertainment.

British Columbians and the residents of Surrey once again gathered at Holland park after two years after the pandemic. It's 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. And the Caribbean countries like Barbados and the 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. The delicious authentic food, arts, dance, and music draw people to taste and experience world cultures in one venue.

Other features include a wellness garden where people can learn and experience yoga and meditation in 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 and A cultural cooking arena for a showdown in a cooking competition. Also, there are stages where world-class performers share their talents with 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 celebrate and have fun. Community is about the spirit of camaraderie that builds bridges for multicultural understanding and inclusivity. We unite to bring 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 and embrace.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 17, 2022

White Rock Gallery: Beyond the Frame


To appreciate art is about understanding the most profound emotion, its meaningful realization, and validation of purpose and intention.

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

An art gallery may be different from the usual place to visit in the present times. It may not be welcoming but intimidating to others interested in or appreciate 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 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 a meaningful experience.

Nowadays, people choose modern forms of entertainment and have yet to discover and learn about the joys of visiting an art gallery or exhibit. However, fine artists and art enthusiasts have devoted their time, resources, and money to making art more relevant in today's generation.

What makes art galleries intimidating to others is that we need to appreciate and decode their meaning from the artists' perspective or point of view. We couldn't interpret abstract paintings or even find meaning in realistic images.


With our smartphones, we can take a raw picture of a place, edit it, and call it art. It's the most accessible form of art we can do. However, fine art demands time, energy, emotion, and soul to create a more valuable masterpiece, so paintings and sculptures are expensive. 


We tend to ignore or snub expensive things because we can't afford them. Like 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 visiting an art gallery, even once in a lifetime.

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

As I viewed the gallery, some paintings attracted my attention, drew me closer to scrutinizing, and finally gave meaning to them. It gave me 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