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

Monday, April 4, 2022

The Cherry Blossoms at David Lam Park

The spring has sprung. It's this time of the year when we experience a renewed season filled with joy as we the blossoming of flowers.

Springtime reminds me of rebirth and reinvigoration. We become more alive as days become more temperate and people enjoy the outdoors. 

This beautiful season is never complete without witnessing the cherry blossoms festival in Vancouver. And so we visit the charming district of Yaletown to celebrate the "Big Picnic" event. This is the best time to see the flower in full bloom and when many people are gathered as friends under the cherry trees. There are no strangers, but just friends and lovers.

The Big Picnic and the Cherry Blossoms Festival are organized to bring people together from Metro Vancouver to experience a day of fun and excitement. There are programs, art exhibits, and workshops for everyone to participate in, learn and enjoy.

This year's event may have been more significant as people move freely without restrictions. Mask mandate is lifted and people see each others' faces. But beyond faces are beautiful smiles, laughter, and joy that brighten up the day and lift the mood. 

What makes David Lam Park a magical experience is when people enjoy the hundreds of Akebono cherry trees that were donated by the 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Dr. David Lam where the park was named in his honor.

There are physical fitness activities like yoga. It's a great way of becoming one with nature while relaxing the body and clearing the mind. There:s also winning haiku and haiku installations where they connect poems to the cherry trees.  

It's a good feeling when we see families and children enjoy the wide variety of programs and activities. It's good to see more people outdoors and appreciate wonderful nature in the heart of the city.

As the clock springs forward, we also show the world how we're moving forward despite the situation and still making joyful cherry blossom experiences and awesome memories. The Big Picnic is a special event that brings people together from different places in British Columbia to see the magical cherry blossoms and to experience "why there are no strangers under the cherry tree". We're all united, we believe we can be.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Monday, March 28, 2022

A day trip in White Rock: City by the Sea


What makes British Columbia beautiful is its stunning views of landscapes and seascapes. In Metro Vancouver, there's a place to see the natural grandeur of a city by the sea.

It's the City of White Rock -- about 45 km. south of downtown Vancouver, and just 10 mins. drive from the Peace Arch where the US-Canada border is located.

What's significant about this place is its rich history as a fishing village and where the place got its name. It's a literal white rock! A huge rock was carried away by glaciers to the South of the metro during the last glacial age period. It's also where Canada's longest pier is located, so people get to walk on a long and unique wooden structure originally built in the year 1914.

Walking down the steep hill heading to the main street is a magnificent view of Semiahmoo bay. There you can see beautiful houses on a hill overlooking the sea. Such a scenic view of the horizon on a sunny weekend. 

Approaching the main street is a promenade ideal place for fitness and sightseeing. We see people walk, jog, dine at a table, sit on benches and simply take a deep breath to rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul. 


Just a few meters walk and you'll be welcomed to enter the elevated wooden structure of the pier which is a fantastic landmark about 470 meters long. It's where individuals, couples, and families go for a stroll and enjoy the natural scenery. The majestic mountains, the flying seagulls, and the long stretch of beaches makes it a relaxing place to unwind.

The pier bridge underwent restoration in 1977 and was rebuilt and re-opened in 2019 after a wind storm hit the place at the year-end of 2018. This time they restored the pier to weather the storm and withstand natural calamities.



Visitors have to get down of the wooden lane structure to be on the shore at its low tide where they walk towards the 'white rock' visible even from a far distance. It's huge and a great landmark worth seeing. 

On the main strip of the town center is where you can see a long stretch of restaurants offering al fresco dining while enjoying the sunshine, the blue waters, and the cool sea breeze. Sunlight is just amazing as it gives a good vibe and a pleasant experience.

And whenever the sun shines so bright, we shouldn't miss the outdoors and have some fun. That's what the city of White Rock has to offer -- simply the sunniest place in the metro.

A trip to White Rock pier and promenade is a great way to experience what it's like to live in a city by the sea even for a day. They have preserved history and culture where peace and serenity are enjoyed by many. 

White Rock is surely a wonderful place to visit and live in. A vivid memory worth reminiscing; an awesome destination worth revisiting. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay


Monday, March 21, 2022

The Labyrinth in Fleetwood Gardens

The winter season has finally ended in Canada. Gone are the snows, frosts, and the unbearable coldness for a newcomer like me. 

Finally, here comes the much-awaited season of all; the spring. The blossoming of flowers and tree leaves are just everywhere. I can't wait to see the cherry blossoms in different places on the metro as it gives a naturally stunning view of a picture-perfect scene. 

As we welcome the spring, it's the best time to visit a nearby park on a lovely and sunny day. Spend some time to relax, take a stroll and see people around enjoying the moment of fun. 

Fleetwood gardens are the best place to be due to their proximity to our home. It's located in a huge park where cherry blossoms are just waiting to bloom. The pergola gives a feel of a romantic walk for a couple and the benches to sit for soulful conversations.

The most memorable feature is the presence of a labyrinth. It's an ancient pattern found in many places and cultures around the world. A labyrinth has only a single path and no dead-ends. As we walk inside, it winds throughout and mirrors our current state in life. We walk in peace with an open heart and a clear mind. 

The labyrinth in Fleetwood gardens is a classical 7- circuit or path. It's now installed in many places like wellness centers, churches, and community parks as an alternative for healing the body, mind, and soul. 

As we walk the path, we become more mindful of the sensation of walking. And as we go along, we develop a strong sense of concentration and awareness needed to gain insights. 

A labyrinth walk has 3 stages and it gives wonderful healing benefits. The first stage is releasing or purgation. This is the time when we release all unwanted thoughts and mental distractions. This is also the time to quiet the mind and open our hearts. 

The second stage is receiving or illumination. As we reach the center, we stay for a moment to sit, stand as we do meditation, offer prayer, and allow ourselves to receive guidance from a higher source of power. 

The final stage is returning or union. As we're about to exit, we follow the same path back out. We then experience a stronger sense of wellbeing and clarity of mind. We feel more empowered to follow our life purpose and heart's desire. 

It feels good to welcome the spring with an open heart and a clear mind. Like a spring season, we're about to bloom like colorful fragrant flowers. A wonderful being with a beautiful soul; living each day to find meaning and purpose. We live our best life; give back and be generous. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Monday, March 14, 2022

Fitness Goals in Fleetwood


Fitness continues from Manila to Surrey, British Columbia. Back home in the Philippines, I used to do a lot of fitness exercises on the streets of BGC on a cool morning and even on warm summer days.

Here in British Columbia, how could I step out for an outdoor walk on a rainy week? Yes, they say it rains a lot in BC, but the weather seems favourable to me as I expect a sunny day perfect for an afternoon stroll in the neighbourhood.

Fitness goals could be hard when stuck at home on gloomy and rainy winter days, but whenever I woke up with the rays of sunlight, then I must enjoy the outdoors. 

It's cold outside even when it's sunny with a daytime high of 10 degrees. However, the winter season is about to end and the best of spring is coming on the 20th of March.

Walking on the residential streets of Fleetwood on a cold afternoon is a great activity as I aim to become more physically fit. No sweat, but it makes me feel warmth at the end of less than an hour. That's already about half of my 6000 daily steps target. It feels good to get moving and see the beautiful neighbourhood around.

We travel to places occasionally and we try different global cuisine that suits the palate. Metro Vancouver has diverse food choices, and we couldn't resist the best of Asian cuisine. This, however, could be a challenge to my fitness goals as I increase caloric intake resulting to gain weight.

That's the reason why I need to burn the calories and unwanted fats. I need to walk. I need to run. I need to climb. And I need to jump up high. Here in Fleetwood, I'm glad to start my fitness journey by simply taking a stroll. Having a long walk in a day makes me feel energized and revitalized.

In the coming days and weeks, I'll be able to discover more places in Fleetwood where I can fully achieve my fitness goals. The quietness of the place and the simplicity of living is ideal for a healthy mind and body. This is where I always wanted to be. And here I am, about to live my life; to live my greatest life.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Promenade Walk at Garry Point Park

Vancouver, Canada is on the top list of the world's most livable cities. It's surrounded by scenic mountain ranges and bodies of water that are naturally wonderful. 

When I arrived in Vancouver at the end of February, finally I landed in beautiful British Columbia. I was greeted with cold and gloomy weather for several days. From then on, I'm yet to see sunny weather ideal for sightseeing and walking in the neighbourhood.

A few days after I arrived, I'm glad to see the blue skies as we visited a dear friend in the city of Richmond.

That was a lovely sunny day in Steveston. A village in the Southwest of Richmond, British Columbia. The sea, the sand, the sun and the cool winter air match the scenic view of the surrounding sandy trail for a romantic stroll.

Looking at the horizon along the seaside is a spectacular view of Vancouver Island where the capital city of Victoria is located. That's a wonderful island to visit and explore, but this time I have to enjoy the moment at Garry Point Park. The ambiance and serenity are truly captivating and soothing perfect for a promenade walk to remember.

Metro Vancouver has a lot of parks, and I am grateful to have seen one of the many beautiful parks in the metro. It feels good to live in a city that is blessed with natural scenery that heals the body and the soul. And whenever I feel the need to unwind and rejuvenate, I'm glad there's always a place I can go to.

The Garry Point Park is a place for recreation. It has an open-air green space and trails for strolling and fitness activities. Young and old people would take a walk along the promenade with their partners and loved ones. Others would love to take their dogs while enjoying the cool sea breeze on a sunny day.

The coastline was once a fishing village and a site for canneries and boatbuilding warehouses. One of the prominent structures in the Park is the Steveston Memorial Needle which is a marker for all those who were injured or had died in the fishing industry in this place. 

Sitting on the big rock while watching the sailboats and big commercial boats pass by is a wonderful scene. It reminds people about its historical past as a thriving fishing village. 

The winter season in Canada is about to end, but the warm welcome feels like home. Perhaps that's one thing I need; to get warmth. Living in a tropical country for so long makes a little adjustment to the cold weather in Canada. However, I have to remember that season changes and doesn't stay forever. Soon the winter is over and the spring season awaits.

Like the hundreds of cherry blossom trees in Garry Point Park, it's beginning to blossom once again. When the spring season begins, hopefully, I'll witness the blooming of the Sakura trees; the cherry blossoms. And it blooms in many parks in the metro. It just blooms when it is ready. It blooms at the right season. And it blooms at the right time.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Joy of Gardening


The weekend is a good time to spend outdoors in the garden. We get a boost of energy from the fresh air and a little amount of sunlight just enough to get revitalized.

Outdoor gardening is fun for the family as it creates a bond. We enjoy our conversations and put smiles on our faces whenever we finish our activity. It brings serenity and joy to our hearts as soon as we see how refined and beautiful it is. 

Gardening is truly a therapeutic activity and is good for our physical and mental wellness. We don't fear getting dirty hands because of the many healing benefits they bring to our well-being.  

During this time of the pandemic, many people started to realize how gardening brought joy to their lives. It has changed their perspective about the essence of having a piece of nature while they are working from home. 

My parents had influenced us to find joy in gardening even before the pandemic. Since then, we appreciate ornamental plants for indoor display as it purifies the air and gives off fresh and revitalized energy that truly makes us feel joyful.

Even a few small pieces of potted plants indoors can uplift our mood. So, there's no excuse to feel down and uninspired when we can create a little sanctuary at home. 

Sometimes, we get more inspired and creative when we are surrounded by natural elements like plants and flowers. It heals us naturally and it restores our wellbeing after stress and burnout from work. 


Life is always good. There may be a lot of chaos outside our homes and in this world, but we can always find time to have solemnity and joy as we learn to create and live it. 

We create our simple pleasures, our soulful desires, and our greater joys. We create our natural healing, and we help create a better world.

© 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Wellness at Home

We can never feel good about the world around us if our mind is stuck with the effects of the pandemic. We've suffered a lot already and this has brought stress to our lives from our everyday living and even on the new normal.

We've been stuck at home at some point and it has affected our coping mechanism; our ability to manage stress. Life is hard outside the home, but we've also proven that life could be more stressful when on home quarantine given some restrictions.  

Not everyone may like to stay at home for a long period or the work-from-home setup may not work for them. However, we can always find solutions on how to make our lives more comfortable and less stressful when there's no boundary between work-life balance. 

During this pandemic, our home becomes a sanctuary for wellness. We can make it more livable and create a wellness hub for the entire family that aids in the healing and restoration of health and vitality.

Home gardening is one of the fun and healthy activities that can beautify our home environment. It purifies the air at home and gives off oxygen that we need for a stronger respiratory function. 

There are good ornamental plants we can grow at home that filters air impurities. This makes our little sanctuary more breathable and less toxic as compared to our real workplace outside the home. 

Flowering plants also makes us feel good. It gives us happiness which is vital for our mental health. Being happy is a positive state of mind. We can't be feeling sad when we're stuck at home. What we can do is shift our mindset to be on the positive side. A simple fresh flower on a center table can elevate our mood giving a pleasant emotion and a clear mind. 

We can also transform a specific place at home where we can spend some time to relax and rejuvenate. Our balconies and roof deck are one example where we can convert to a little nature at home. It feels great to have a conversation while having a cup of coffee as we are surrounded by flowers and plants in our little sanctuary. 

Life has to move on despite the pandemic. We may be spending more time at home, but we can choose to live a quality life. Wellness at home is a lifestyle that we can adopt towards our goal of a healthy body and a happy life. 

This year 2022 is about our commitment to a healthier body and mind, so we can achieve the success and fulfillment that we truly deserve for life.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday's Best at the Farm

How do you live your best life? This is a commonly asked question by life coaches to assess our present and future life.

To live our best life is about enriching our lives with pleasant and beautiful memories. As we journey in life we're bound to experience ups and downs, but what matters is how we live a more positive life despite the odds.

Sunday is always the most peaceful time to experience being alive. This is the moment of healing and rejuvenation as we take a break. And this is made possible as we live in a natural environment ideal for the body, mind, and soul.

Visiting the farm on a weekend is pure joy. We feel more relaxed and grounded. This is the place where we could meditate or just have some pure thinking time. This is the place where ideas and plans happen. 

We live in a world where noise and chaos would deplete our energy. However, we can always find a place to unwind and get energized fast. We need to regain our energy and live a healthy life.

Since we're now in the 3rd year of the pandemic, it's great to be closer to nature. A farm visit and gardening is healthy physical activity that makes one happy. And that's the essence of living. We want to be happy and to radiate happiness to others.

Yes, life is so short in this uncertain time. So, we live each day with a positive spirit to achieve our highest hopes and dreams. With determination and Divine blessing and guidance, nothing is impossible. We can always make things happen in His time.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, December 5, 2021

My Sister's Sky Garden

It feels good when we have a piece of nature at home. It gives serenity and peace of mind when we needed a break or relaxation.

With the hustle and bustle of city life, we often feel depleted with energy due to chaos and pollution. Having a home garden gives off wonderful and healing energy to be able to live our greatest life.

I love how my sister made her dream sky garden come true. She was able to make their roof deck become a great place for a family gathering, for weekend fun and relaxation. 

The sky gardens' al fresco vibe is what we like most. It's a cool place to unwind and to celebrate special days and other occasions. It's cool and windy on some days most especially during the Christmas season. 

Green space at home is what we need to be connected to nature even when living in City. Coming from a province where nature is abundant, I often miss being in a more natural environment. To be surrounded by more trees and flowering plants make me happy. However, in the City we can feel attached to nature simply by creating our own little oasis.

During this pandemic, everyone realized the importance of having a clean and green environment. More individuals and families are interested in plants and gardening. And they brought nature to home, making them feel happier than before.

My sister's interest in plants and flowers was influenced by my parent's love of nature. They love to develop a natural place for a happy and healthy family. My Mother also loves indoor plants and flowers so she would feel happy even when not on the farm.

My Sister's Sky Garden is a good place to celebrate Christmas with the family. The bonding and happy moments always create wonderful memories worth remembering. A joyous season worth reminiscing.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Journey Continues: From Lambda to Omicron

Just before the world celebrates Christmas on December 25 and here we are again threatened with the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.

It seems that our suffering is unending with every new variant that's discovered and we're about to cover all the Greek alphabets already; from Alpha to Omega. 

The Delta variant was seen as the most contagious and deadliest, however, this newly named, Omicron variant is said to be highly transmissible with several countries in Africa are now affected.

We've learned our lesson with the Delta variant. Several hospitals run out of hospital beds due to an overwhelming number of cases and admissions. And this scenario is bound to happen again if the government will not close borders from countries where the Omicron variant originated.

The Philippines have recorded 26,000+ all-time high Covid-19 cases when the Delta variant reached its peak. We couldn't afford to match or even reach another all-time high number of cases once the Omicron variant will be detected in the country.

It's about preparedness and alertness. Several countries have already closed their borders from African countries affected by Omicron and the Philippines have followed suit. That sense of urgency in the decision-making of our government is commendable. 

We must be better at this time. We've learned our lesson about the importance of securing our border to prevent the transmission of any new Covid variants. However, just like the prediction of health experts, it's a matter of time when the new Omicron variant will be discovered in every country.

What we've learned from Alpha to Delta variants is still applicable to other variants including Omicron. Basic health protocol must still be observed and having been fully vaccinated gives a stronger layer of protection and immunity.

No matter what happens, life goes on. We must learn to adapt to this pandemic and it starts with an acceptance that it will now become part of our daily lives. We've learned to identify what's essential vs. non-essential. We've learned to prioritize people, events, and things that truly matter. And above all, we've learned to survive.

When this pandemic ends, we're all  survivors. We can survive all other challenges and threats that may come our way. This must be part of the Divine Plan for humanity and those who won't make it just failed to learn about the essence of survival instincts and skills just like in any disaster.

It's not too late to better protect ourselves from the pandemic. We always need to plan ahead and not become a victim of this global health threat. Let's do our best not to become included on the tally of cases by having ourselves inoculated with the Covid vaccine. That's the best thing we could offer to save the world and to put an end to our suffering.

As we welcome the New year 2022, we're now learning to live in a different world. A world that is harsh and full of suffering. And so, we better prepare ourselves for a more unforeseeable crisis to come. Always think ahead, plan ahead and always dare to survive and thrive.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

A Momentary Sad Life


We know the feeling of being sad. It destroys our peace of mind and we feel bad about ourselves or any circumstances that trigger it.

There are moments when we no longer feel good about the things or activities that we used to do. Our energies are drained and we lack inspiration and motivation to achieve something worthwhile.

What makes us feel sad? How do we get over it? Life can be a roller coaster of emotions and we experience all of it; from happiness to sadness.

Feeling sad is just momentary and the emotion just fades away. We're not supposed to experience it for a long time since that will lead to a more serious consequence which is depression.

At times, we feel sad when we feel rejected, disappointed, or don't get the things we wanted. And when people are there to recognize that emotion, we feel comforted and valued. It's only when our emotions are not recognized that we feel sadder than sad and we fight for it to get noticed.

To get over a sad life is to be stronger from the inside. Our inner powers can unleash the giant within us. Yes, people who matter may have a significant impact on our lives. But in the end, we chose to uplift ourselves even when nobody is there to listen. 

A moment of sadness makes our life meaningful when the time comes we're back on our best selves. Because nobody wouldn't want to be sad. We want to be happy and feel good about our highest self and just be glad.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Coffee in the Sky Garden


What's that one thing you've given up on this year? It may be permanent or temporary, but that decision may have an impact on your life.

A vice, a bad habit, or a faulty diet; these are the things we hope to change. And when we start to embrace a new life without much attachment to things we used to do, then we're setting ourselves for freedom.

Setting a resolution usually starts at the beginning of the year. But what happens when suddenly we decide in the middle of the year? 

In May of this year, I decided to stop drinking coffee. This is for health reasons, to limit sugar consumption. As we age, our blood sugar levels may increase due to dietary choices and other factors. Thus, we suffer in the long run.

In five months time, I limit my sugar intake. I didn't drink coffee and soft drinks which I used to have a huge consumption for several years. And this dietary lifestyle change is a commitment to a healthier body.

After five months, I started to drink coffee and soda again, but I didn't have cravings for a larger amount. I still have to limit my sugar consumption to maintain an ideal blood sugar level. 

Before, I can't function physically and mentally well without a cup of coffee. It helps me stay awake and more energetic. But there's a downside in everything too much. And so, I have to cut it before its irreversible effect happens.

Forming a habit couldn't be easier without the will and knowing its purpose. For me, I had to sacrifice my craving for health. Lifestyle disease like diabetes is something that can ruin our life and better functioning, and so there's a limit for everything. 

When we have a healthy physical body, we can also have a healthy mind. We can achieve freedom from diseases and illnesses brought by our bad habits and choices. Yes, we only live once. And so, we also take the chance to live it well and to be well. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Silent Heroes of the Pandemic


Do you believe in Superman? Does he exist? Does he have supernatural power? Today's Superman is the one who doesn't wear a cape. They don't fight a big enemy. And they don't possess physical and mental strength at all times.

Today's Superman can be defeated by an invisible enemy. They could suffer from low stamina and endurance. They could not easily heal themselves. And worst is, they could die.

When I worked at The Medical City Iloilo, I saw the different faces of Superman. The health care workers whose mission is to save lives. These are Nurses, Doctors, and other healthcare personnel who have shown dedication for service to those who need healing, survival, and recovery.

Today's pandemic has revealed the real value and worth of our healthcare workers. They are the silent Heroes who have saved thousands and even millions of lives from the Covid-19. They have made a big sacrifice to extend the lives of the sick and the dying. 

But the stories we watched and hear about our silent Heroes may not be good. In some countries, we see them almost giving up not because they are overfatigued or suffering from burnout and depression, but it's due to lack of support from the Government.

In the Philippines, we see the effect of the Government's negligence about the welfare of our Healthcare workers most especially the nurses who are already losing hope and morale. They are the modern-day Superman, yet they could not even protect themselves the way they protect and care for their patients. They extend people's lives, yet they are dying inside from the frustrations and disappointments. They are Superman, yet at times they couldn't rise up, but fall.

I'm a Nurse, and I will always support the call for the right treatment and support for my fellow nurses and others in the healthcare profession. We don't need recognition, but all we need from the Government is to be just and uplift the welfare to stand still and have a better fight on these difficult times of health crisis.

We are Superman, but we are also human. We get tired and burnout. We can be hopeless and depressed. And we are not limitless, but can also suffer from powerlessness. 

When this pandemic ends, our best salute goes to the silent Heroes who continue to serve for the health and well-being of the people. Give your best gratitude and appreciation to them. That's the greatest gift that can open their hearts.  Because it's when we have an open and big heart that we give more and we love more.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Journey from Alpha to Lambda

Would you rather be an Alpha, Beta, Delta, or Gamma?

We've come this far. From the unexpected painful beginning in early 2020 until the second half of 2021. This is not the joyous journey we've imagined. This is not the future we've envisioned.

Back on the year-end of 2019 and the welcome of 2020, that was all fun. Who would have thought we'll all suffer a sad fate of uncertain life and future. 

Yes, we've come this far, but this isn't the kind of journey we've wanted. It's been almost two years of struggles and miseries. Like a roller coaster ride, we experience the ups and downs. Like a dead-end road, we have no choice but a detour or U-turn. And like a crossroad, we're not always heading straight ahead. We may not be always turning right, and we could be turning in the wrong direction.

Yes, we may have aspired to be an Alpha or Delta personality type. But given the title associated with a deadly unseen enemy, we may just want to be a Nada. To have nothing to worry about. To have nothing to suffer. To have no fear and to have no painful ending, but only meaningful suffering that's turned into a blessing.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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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