Showing posts with label Health & Wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health & Wellness. Show all posts

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Desire for Freedom

We all have fears. Sometimes we fear the big things like traumas from the past. There are times we fear the unknown. We feel anxious and overwhelmed by circumstances. And that our fears will haunt us forever.

Just like the present Covid-19 vaccination, more people are getting anxious. Some would have wanted it, while others are still fearful. It's an answered prayer that finally we have a solution to the pandemic. 

We have protection in the form of a vaccine. We can't be living like this where people are getting infected and die every day. Since we now have a vaccine, we have to take action. We have to decide. We have to let go of our fears.

Some reasons for fears of the vaccine could be due to lack of factual information and the spread of disinformation on social media. The latter is common and harms the confidence of the people.

Some would also fear the side effects or adverse reactions they heard or watched on the news. They perceive it to be realistic and so they refuse to be a victim.

I'm now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The day before the 123rd celebration of the Philippine Independence, I got vaccinated for the 2nd dose. That was an act of courage and altruism. That's because we protect not only ourselves but also our families, loved ones, and communities. 

We've been suffering a lot already for more than a year since the pandemic. It made us keep our distance from our loved ones and other people. It created a barrier on our physical bodies by wearing masks and face shields. It has made people lonely and depressed. It affected the way we live. And it killed our higher hopes and dreams.

The time will come for the Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out to everyone. We can't afford to get sick, and we don't deserve to die. We have to achieve herd immunity so we can regain our lives. 

Life has to move on despite the challenges we all face at the moment. Life is good, no matter how worse circumstances are. And on our desire for freedom, we have to give our greatest sacrifice. We need to show our love. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Getting a Vaccine Against Covid-19


If there's one thing I would regret not doing on this pandemic, it's about not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

When thousands of people are dying every day, and millions of people are infected, I couldn't care less by non-participation in mass vaccination.

We've all been waiting for this. That finally, the world will have its solution to protect humanity against deadly diseases. Now, the world has produced highly effective vaccines that would help us achieve herd immunity. The next move is on us. 

If I don't get vaccinated, I'll have a chance of getting infected. Also, I can infect many people, including my loved ones. I may have strong immunity, but there's also a chance that I'll die if it's severe. When the people I've infected would also infect others, the cycle goes on, and more people are at risk of their health.

So getting vaccinated isn't just a choice. But it's an obligation. I don't care only about myself. I also care about my family, friends, and humanity because we're all suffering from this pandemic.

We've suffered a lot already, and our way of living had changed tremendously. Several country's economies were affected, and many companies had closed. More people lost their jobs. Individual and family income had decreased, and more people are getting mental health issues.

We've learned a lesson from this pandemic. It's a test of our resilience, tolerance, and character in times of crisis.

This pandemic should teach us to be stronger. It shouldn't lead to misunderstandings, fights, and blame games. It shouldn't destroy relationships, and it shouldn't destroy humanity.

This pandemic is about our commitment to a new start. It's time to be more health-conscious because good health is valuable. We may have neglected our health, but this time we can't afford to get sick. Hence, we have to be in excellent health.

We may never know when we'll finally remove our masks and face shields. We may also never know when we can keep closer to hug and kiss our loved ones. But, with proper health protocols and vaccination, we're on the way to reaching our goal. That finally, the day will come that everything is back to normal and that we'll no longer suffer in our daily lives.

Be brave. Be bold. Keep on fighting, and keep on living. Once this pandemic is gone, it'll be a battle we've fought so hard. We've survived, and we'll thrive.

©️ Del Cusay

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Mental Health and Coping during Covid-19 Pandemic


Today's world is full of stress that makes us feel tired and sick. That's part of living, but we need to stay healthy and full of vitality. We need to let go of the stuck energies affecting our health. We have to release what's unwanted on our bodies. We need to be well.

How can we become healthy when our world becomes smaller, yet we only have few choices left? How can we show vigor when we feel not about our best selves?

The Covid-19 pandemic is an addition to our stressors. It's making us sick day by day. The news updates we read and hear regularly causes anxiety and sadness. 

We can't just ignore the news and stay calm at all times. To feel empathetic is fine. It's normal to feel the suffering of other people. It's normal to sympathize with those whose lives were lost and still fighting for their lives to survive.

We can't just be feeling that way again and again. We can choose to stay above our lower emotions, and we can start to build up ourselves to become strong and unbreakable.

Dealing with our mental health during this time of pandemic is essential to our wellbeing. We need to continue living with sanity and clear consciousness. A sound mind is what we need for clear and best judgment. 

Wherever we are, we can always release our stress, anxiety, and fatigue. We don't need to physically go to the beach at this time of the pandemic. We can sit still in the comfort of our home or while lying on the bed.

Meditation is our best weapon to release our stress and have peace of mind. Since we can't travel a great distance to our favorite beach destinations, we utilize the power of our minds through meditation.


We always choose an ocean or a beach whenever we meditate. It's the saltiness of the water that extracts the stuck energy on our bodies. 

When we think of an ocean or a beach, its saltiness becomes a powerful extractor of our negativities. Same as we physically visit an actual beach, but this time we imagine and recall vividly the beautiful memories that made us feel good about ourselves. 

Releasing the stuck energies on our physical, emotional, and mental bodies enables us to plan and energize our future. 

This pandemic shouldn't make us feel bad about ourselves and the world that we're living. We can always feel good and choose wisely our thoughts, emotions, and intentions.

We may not be able to do as much in our community or help save as many people as possible. However, in our little way, we can start the healing first on our self. The healing always starts within us. That's our gift to ourselves and our contribution to our community -- to stay healthy and happy.

Despite the pains and sufferings, we share our best selves by choosing wellness over illness. Being physically fit, emotionally stable, and mentally healthy in these times of uncertainty.

©️ 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 at 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 as we start our year right.

The higher the jump, the lighter, the better.

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

Then work and stress eating or overeating may have led to out of shape. Our physique suddenly has 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 not impossible. I used to make it with minimal 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 a great Master who has greatly influenced my belief about achieving balanced health and the esoteric causes of diseases, now revealed to humanity.

Balanced life strategies focusing on health and wellness are 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 for 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 truly blessed to have Master Del Pe come back and settle in his hometown.

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

His MDP Village is a 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 an international convention at the MDP village where attendees get a perspective about higher consciousness and mastering life ahead of its time.

MDP village is also a spiritual sanctuary, an escape from the hustle and bustle of 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. He's a master in life and the one who can help us live the best life we deserve. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

A Weekend Stroll at Quezon Memorial Circle

There's a breathing space in the center of the largest city of Metro Manila lies the monument in honor of former President Manuel Quezon.

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

The 66-meter shrine has three tall Pylons. That's a center of attraction in the busy elliptical road where six major lanes meet. It has three angels on the top that symbolizes the three biggest Philippine Island group -- Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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

The remains of former Philippine President Manuel Quezon are inside the monument with his wife, Aurora. He's one of the best and dignified statesmen 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 exercises like jogging, biking, dancing, and even just sitting on benches or a simple walk exploring different areas of interest.

This place is also best for people who are into collecting various ornamental plants. There are so many business stalls that sell different varieties of plants and flowers. It makes the place greener and cooler that makes it an ideal outdoor park. 

During this 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 relieve stress surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers.


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

Quezon Memorial Circle has a lot to offer, and since the 1950s, it underwent several transformations and the 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 Godly Living. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Wellness in the Green Village

 

If there's one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it would've been a shift to a futuristic mindset. 

To create the next big thing out of soulful desire to live a better and more comfortable life in a rural setting; a peaceful and green environment.

I call it the next big thing since sustainable farming is one thing that would thrive on the next pandemic or any financial and health crisis that may come in the future.


During this pandemic, we've awakened the power of our intuition and creativity. It's to make use of our productive time while in quarantine. It may not be easy; hence it requires passion, endurance, and perseverance to accomplish the plan and make things possible even when times get rough.

And so, after eight months of quarantine, we've started to create a green village that would be our additional source of sustainable farm living.



We've built two traditional Filipino farmhouses that serve as a rest house whenever we visit and do some farming activities. In the future, we plan to establish farm infrastructures such as concrete roads, multi-purpose halls, villas, ornamental gardens, and a tree park.

It's my parents' dream to have a place where they could live a simple, serene, and meaningful living, and they're making it possible with their strength, willpower, and Divine guidance.

When I was living in Manila, I always think of coming back to our hometown and present some dream farm ideas to my parents. And fortunately, they've accomplished some of them. Even if there's more to develop, still I'm happy with what they've started.


Within the decade, we're looking forward to seeing a growing family. We're also hoping that the green village would bring us closer. We express a deep love of nature and a deeper connection to the Divine and its creation.

I may be living away from home and may not be able to see the development physically in the years to come, but I'm happy that I've seen how it was able to start and how it would be like in the future -- such a futuristic glimpse.


This pandemic might be a blessing in disguise because we learned to keep on going and believing that there's always a great opportunity in adversity.

The making of a green village is not just about health and wellness. It's also about building a lasting legacy with our environmental responsibility and contribution. We protect the Greenville country farm with the love of nature. And a conscious connection with the Divine love to nurture.

©️ 2020 Del Cusay

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Japanese art of Forest Bathing


When it comes to natural healing, the Japanese know better. They came up with a term, "Shinrin-yoku," which was popularized in Japan back in the '80s and later introduced to the world. 

Forest bathing isn't taking a bath in the forest in a literal sense. It simply means being reconnected with nature and disconnected from the stressors of life -- causing diseases.

It's been a year since I'm living in a rural area; in my hometown. It's countryside living away from too much noise and chaos.

Since the beginning of the pandemic and due to lockdown, some plans weren't able to happen, and since then, I wasn't able to come back to Manila.

I'm living my best life away from distraction and pollution, and forest bathing on weekends is my healing wonder. It's all we need in times of stress and whenever we need to relax and rejuvenate. It cleanses and purifies our physical and mental bodies.

So Japanese people are considered world leaders when it comes to health and longevity. Their approach to health and wellness is just holistic and admirable. Hence, they're a world record in having supercentenarians. 

We Filipinos adapted to this Japanese form of natural healing. Forest bathing is slowly gaining recognition, especially among health and fitness enthusiasts.

Hikers, trekkers, mountain climbers, and yoga and meditation practitioners are among those groups gaining from the healing benefits of forest bathing.

In the Philippines, there are places I've done forest bathing on a day trip.

In the Philippines, there are places I've done forest bathing on a day trip. Camp John Hay in Baguio City is where you can find the most number of pine trees. And has the most forest cover in the area.


At Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines

That was a refreshing forest bathing experience as I was feeling the mists of the foggy place. It feels so great to be surrounded by trees as they give off natural cleansing energy.

Bucari Highlands in Iloilo, Philippines, is one of the best mountain resort destinations in the country.

It was rainy on the way up when we had visited and with a foggy and misty climate. Just like Baguio City, it has many pine trees making the environment cooler.

Bucari, Iloilo, Philippines


There are other places where I've enjoyed forest bathing. The Mount Arayat National Park in Pampanga, Philippines. The La Mesa Eco-park in Quezon City, Philippines, and Naddi Village in Dharamshala, India.


More than a decade ago, my parents had the inspiration to develop our farm, so they planted Mahogany trees, making it a mini-forest. Now the trees have reached their peak maturity and are so tall, giving a cool shade in the surrounding. 

 

Our Mahogany tree park


And so, every time we visit the farm, I would do forest bathing. I walk barefooted and be in stillness under the trees until I've reached a meditative state. Feel the serenity and inhale the life force. 

Anyone can do it. When life gets tough, we need to take slow and find a greener space to unwind and re-energize. 

The Japanese people are doing it as a lifestyle, and so we can learn and adopt from their philosophy of healthy and balanced living.

©️2020 Del Cusay

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Strolling at the Garden of Dreams


A Garden in the city makes life more balanced and achieves a healthier lifestyle. It's a breath of fresher air amidst the toxicity.


And with an urban garden in the city center, I was fortunate to have an afternoon stroll in the fully restored Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu, Nepal, in August 2013. Just six years after it reopened to the public after several decades of closure.

Kathmandu's lifestyle may not be as lavish as compared in big cosmopolitan cities. But it has the best of culture and its people. 


The entire city of Kathmandu is a blend of cultural heritage and a modern society due to its preserved structures like monuments and temples and the restoration of public places like the Garden of Dreams and other modern infrastructures.

As I stroll inside the walled garden, I suddenly experienced serenity due to the absence of noise surrounding the bustling city. It was just about 5-minute walking distance from the hotel where I stayed, so I got the chance to visit and unwind.

The walled Urban Garden

What's noticeable about the garden is its European-style architecture since its restoration with the help of the Austrian Government. It has several features like six pavilions representing the '6 seasons of Nepal' and where the place got its second name, the "Garden of the Six Seasons." 

The garden has a veranda, fountains, and pergola that gives its European vibe. Also, the Amphitheater is where visitors can sit or lay down to have some chat or to read the book. Such a relaxing scene.

The Amphitheater

European-inspired pergola

The flowers, shrubs, and trees make it greener.  And it's beautiful since well maintained by the number of caretakers. It's clean, green, and rejuvenating.

I appreciate arts, and so, I spent some time at the art gallery and had a conversation with the locals. That was a meaningful encounter as I have learned more about their culture. 

Café by the garden

That was a delightful afternoon stroll at the Garden of Dreams, and before leaving, I had a cup of cappuccino as I reflect and plan for my next journey around Kathmandu.

The Garden of Dreams is true to its name. It's a sophisticated garden of its time and became more beautiful when it underwent a complete restoration. Urban dwellers need green space for leisure, and hopefully, more cities will adapt to this kind of garden that offers respite to the people from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Garden of Dreams. The Garden of the Six Seasons. A garden for the soul.

©️ 2020 Del Cusay

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Island Hopping in Guimaras


We need to regain ourselves. At times we get stressed, and it's due to various stressors of daily living. From multitasking work, daily commute, never-ending problems, and now the pandemic.


This global health crisis puts our lives our life at risk. Either we become a victim or a survivor.

Every day, since the lockdown early this year, we think of ways to stay mentally healthy. How to keep our sanity and not experience loneliness, apathy, and worst is depression.

Every day is a battle of survival. We keep diverting our consciousness towards happy thoughts. We reminisce the happiest moments in our life. Those times we live our best life.

The boat ride from Iloilo to Guimaras Island

And for me, there's one great way to relieve stress and to rejuvenate. That is to travel to beautiful places and spend some weekend getaway to have some pure thinking moment. To distress through meditation and to appreciate the healing wonders of nature.

Every Sunday, I reminisce the times when I had my Soulful travel moments. We can't travel on this pandemic due to restrictions, and so the best way is to have a mental vacation. 

It works! It's as good as visiting the place in real-time and almost the same feeling. It's just that we process with our mental power -- our wild imagination.

I believe that the power of the mind does healing and contributes to our wellbeing. Whenever we feel sad, lonely, or depressed, we don't have enough energy to do our daily tasks and become productive. And so, when we feel happy, we suddenly become more inspired to do great things that we could lift other people with our positive energy.

Positive energy is contagious, and so is negativity. That's what I believe.

I would rather be with someone or a group that would inspire me or make me happy than suffering from negative emotions brought by someone, a group, or worst is a personal creation -- becoming an enemy of oneself.

To have a mental vacation is a heavenly experience without leaving the comfort of your own home. We can go to almost any place we're dreaming of; those on our bucket list.

One of my favorite Islands in the Philippines is Guimaras. It's one of the smallest Island-Province, and I'd like to keep on coming back whenever I am in the region.

Island Cove in Guimaras Island

Guimaras is just a 20-minute boat ride from the coast of Iloilo province in Panay Island. So near the distance that both Island is visible from each other.

One thing I like about Guimaras is the serenity of nature. It's not a very touristy place, so definitely not crowded, and you'll enjoy soulful moments on the waters, on the shore, or on a cliff.

Guimaras is not overdeveloped as compared to Island destinations like Boracay or Siargao. That's one reason why I like it even more when there are Filipino-style cottages and not huge hotels that can pollute the ecosystem of the place. 

I hope Guimaras will retain its grandeur. Its natural environment and will not be subject to over-commercialization.

Naturally beautiful environment in Guimaras Island

Guimaras is already beautiful as it is in its present state. And so many people would appreciate its hidden beauty and natural charm.

Guimaras is not just a small Island, but it has friendly and hospitable people with good hearts. That makes them different from the rest. It has the heart and soul at its best.

© 2020 Del Cusay

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

A Taste of Eid


Halal certified. That's what I always check on the food label in grocery stores and supermarkets.

But then, I wanted to dine in a Halal-certified restaurant in Manila. The crowded, busy scene in a bustling old downtown Manila -- the Philippine capital.

Halal means 'permissible or allowed in Islam and it is becoming a global food standard even for non-muslims.

And so last year, in 2019, I celebrated Eid in the busy district of Quiapo in downtown Manila where the Golden Mosque is located.


The mosque was commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos and built in 1976 to welcome Libyan President, Gaddafi, but he wasn't able to visit the country.

It then became a community for our Muslim brothers and sisters, where they settled and established their livelihood.

Businesses like Halal restaurants are thriving within the vicinity of the Golden Mosque.

Halal-certified food would mean a 'clean and healthy food' without alcohol and pork-derived products.

For health reasons, animal products sometimes would carry diseases that are transferrable to humans and regular consumption would develop into diseases like common hypertension, high cholesterol leading to cardiac disorders, or heart ailments.


Since the pandemic, we prefer to eat organic vegetables which we grow on our newly developed farm. We just want a healthier body and to boost our immunity to fight off diseases.

Nowadays, it's wise to invest in health and wellness and so we're adapting health standards like Halal.

The world and humanity have to be health-conscious because now we realize how vulnerable we are to acquiring diseases if we don't practice the best health practices and lifestyles.

The taste of Eid is just as tasteful as any cuisine in the world, however, they have made it to level up on their practice of the highest health standard.

We always choose to be healthy. We choose to be well.

© 2020 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stairway to the Mountain


Nature's spring is nature's best. That was a great and meaningful adventure on the foothill of the mountain; the Mount Arayat National Park.

To be closer to nature is a weekend and holiday destination for most city dwellers. An escape from noise pollution and a hustle and bustle of city life. Escaping from the real world of unending work and tasks. Escaping from reality even for a short while.

An adventure worth sharing 6 years ago brought me to the beautiful and peaceful town of Arayat in the Province of Pampanga in Central Luzon Island, Philippines.


Two months after I arrived in the Philippines from a year of living abroad was a great adventure and soulful healing. That was April 2014 when I finally had a closer glimpse of Mount Arayat which can only be seen from a distant highway when going to the Northernmost provinces in the country.

Nature's retreat offers wonderful healing results of the body, mind, and soul. This is all we need after a long and tiring work week. And for the physical grounding, a day hike to the mountain feels like rooting to the earth. Nature's Way to be reconnected to the earth as our mind wanders and boggles accompanied by anxiety, worries, and fears.

At the park's entrance going to the hilltop community are a serene environment and a soulful sound of nature. The park is also home to different species of birds and wildlife that are under conservation. 


The park is a great escapade for families, team building, and even solo retreats. There are cottages, picnic areas, playgrounds,s and campsites for everyone's need.

A hundred-step stairway going to the hilltop community is a great calorie burning and offers a stunning view of the Mountain. Closer view to the roof of Pampanga -- the highest peak of the province.

Take a deep breath and a little more hike passing through the treehouses and all the way to the Arayat Bikers Club. A solemn spiritual community awaits where one is closer to nature. Truly a heaven on earth for the residents and for the visitors.



Before heading down to the lowlands, I took a pause, meditated, and reflected on the Divine presence and a meaningful journey ahead.

The Mountain of Arayat and its Natural Park provides greater service for people seeking respite from various suffering, loneliness, stress, and grief.

On the new best normal and after the pandemic, people would be reconnected back again with nature; taking a deeper breath and breathing out of toxicities of the body and mind and purification of one's soul. And when we need to reboot or restart, there will always be a mountain to climb for a soul searching -- to heal our being.

© 2020 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day at The Farm



Life at the farm. That's our best new normal during this time of Pandemic. We get the benefits of a clean and green environment suitable for healing and rejuvenation.

Today, we are celebrating an extra special day since it's Father's Day. We decided to visit and spend our Sunday at the farm; a sanctuary we developed for about a year now.

As I swing through a hammock, I reminisce time how it all started back in June 2019, from the time it was conceptualized until it materialized.

Today; a year after, we are harvesting fruits and vegetables which my parents started to plant since the start of lockdown and home quarantine due to pandemic. My parents didn't stop their usual organic farming activity and it's paying off-- it's harvest time.


We have varieties of vegetables like eggplant, bitter gourd, string beans, spinach, and squash. We also have fruits like Philippine lime or Calamansi, tomatoes, avocado, banana, watermelon, and coconut. These and many more in weeks to come as we expand and develop other areas for planting.

We are aiming for sustainable farming practices to provide our own food on the table not only in this time of crisis but as a way of living -- a new lifestyle.

For the previous years, I may not have celebrated Father's day at home, so this year is an opportunity to be present and to show gratitude and appreciation to our dear Father.


I will forever be thankful for the love and inspiration and this crisis gives us an opportunity to plant, grow and harvest what we've planted.

Father's day isn't only for a day, but we celebrate it in our lifetime. Wherever we are, he will always be in our hearts. Our Father, our hero, our motivation and source of endless inspiration. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Opportunity in Crisis


We feel people's fear. This pandemic teaches us to be sensitive to different kinds of emotions. Anxiety, panic, boredom, anger, irritability, and depression are some of our common reactions. People may not say it, but we sense the negative vibe of people's lower emotions. 

We sense fear because our consciousness detected a new threat on our being; in humanity. Hence, what we feel is just normal and expected.

But how can we escape from this threat? How long shall we feel the fear? How can we go back to living a normal life?

During these times, education experts say we are currently living in 3 different zones of crisis.

Fear Zone. This is our initial tendency to threaten. It's normal! Feel the fear. Acknowledge this feeling and not be in denial. Our physical expression can't mask our feelings deep within, for one main reason that we are all in this together. We are wired to feel for each other.

Learning Zone. This is a great opportunity in times of crisis. We make use of the time we are in isolation. Most people might still be stuck in a fear zone, but learning shouldn't stop us. Students, working professionals, parents, young kids, and even old retirees can learn something new during this time. New knowledge and skills are our weapons as go back to living a 'new normal' during and post-pandemic period.

Growth Zone. This is about taking control of our emotions and mind.
When we achieve a certain level of self-mastery, we grow and transform to be a greater version of ourselves. We grow because we refuse to remain a victim of circumstance and a prisoner of fate.

So, in what zone are we now?

From the 'fear zone' during the first few weeks of quarantine, I am now into the 'learning zone' where I feel a lot of positivity and personal empowerment. 

I have attended several webinars offered by local and international organizations and have learned from Thought leaders about different subjects of expertise.

I listen to educational podcasts and read valuable insights from online articles. I keep on learning and auditing existing knowledge and beliefs. I keep on pondering and updating obsolete information that hinders growth.

There's growth in learning.

Soulful Sunday is a great opportunity not to be stuck, but to learn to adapt and engage in new interests and habits.


Farming has been a great activity for us even before the pandemic and we continue to plant seeds for a bounty harvest in this uncertain time.

This is an opportunity to cultivate, develop and create sustainable living. Organic farming practice is what we need for a healthier body and immunity to fight the unseen enemy.

Life in the countryside will never get boring. It's just a matter of changing our mental state and the definition of success. There's a lot of learning and an opportunity to live a more livable and healthier life. 


As we move on, we will look back to realize that fear sabotages and taking in control of our destiny. And so, our antidote is a dosage of learning to become better and bounce back stronger than ever.

© 2020 Del Cusay