Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Highlands of Tagaytay

When the smoke emits up high on a volcano, and when the ashes fall, that must be something scary. And what's even frightening is when the smallest active volcano disrupts peoples' lives.

That was the scene in January 2020 when the Taal volcano erupted. People were frightened and put on forced evacuation. Nearby establishments were closed, and many families lost their homes and livelihood.

A year after, life is back to normal for the people of Taal and Tagaytay. The beauty and grandeur of the famous lake captivate one's soul from any distance.

The cool climate of Tagaytay is perfect for a bowl of beef bulalo and a cup of coffee with the breathtaking view of the Taal lake and volcano. I love its romantic scenery, and I'll never get tired of it. I feel so relax, and it truly heals the soul.

People's park in the sky offers the best view of Taal lake. It's cool and windy on the highest point of Tagaytay, and the backdrop is naturally stunning. Tagaytay highlands and the Crosswinds offer a Swiss-like landscape with beautiful mountains and greeneries. 

I would love to be there. It's truly enchanting!

The picnic grove is fun-filled moments with a much closer view of Taal lake. The place has changed a lot since our last family visit in 2016. More changes are in place, hoping that it won't lead to overdevelopment, but a balance of nature and city life.

A year after the lockdown, more people visit places of interest, and they deserve a great place to unwind and rejuvenate. Tagaytay is just beautiful, and the Taal lake is naturally wonderful and perfect for a weekend family getaway.

The Highlands of Tagaytay is a home away from home. It's a livable city away from Manila and will always remain to be beautiful.

What makes it enjoyable and romantic is when you share happiness with your family and special someone. It's great to make memories that last, and we'll always create meaningful moments to cherish and reminisce.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Year of the Ox and the Valentine

It's a different celebration of Chinese New year for this year. I visited the Manila Chinatown for the new year, and it's not much vibrant and festive due to the health threat of a pandemic.

I remember how the district of Binondo in Manila was full of energy with the massive crowd celebrating the Chinese new year. 

It was colorful. It was fun!

And so this year is my year! I was born in the year of the Wood Ox according to the Chinese animal sign, and this year happens to be the celebration of the year of the said animal sign.

Ever since my younger years, I used to be fascinated with the Chinese zodiacs and astrology that we follow even up to this day.

With the Ox sign, I believe that it exhibits some characteristics like dependability and productivity. It may always be hard in the beginning, but eventually, things will be easy.

Ox born individual may have higher expectations and has good leadership potential. The vigorous and hardworking built of the Ox will make all obstacles and challenges be overcomes.

The most meaningful message for this year is to stay calm and patient, that eventually, the wheel of fortune will turn in one's favor. That's what I need to work on myself. I've been patiently waiting after a deep slumber, and may this year be a new beginning.

A new hope, career, passion, and energy!

And so, just two days after the Chinese new year is the celebration of Valentine's day. It's about evoking emotions of love and care -- of remembering and reminiscing.

February is the month of love, and so we have chosen this month for our lifelong undertaking. This time may be the most beautiful moment of meaningful and soulful expression of love.

And so, today is the heart's day. It's the time when we send special wishes to our loved ones. Despite the distance, love would always be there, not just for today but in every moment of our lives.

The new year is about a new beginning. We express our love, and we nourish it. And so, just like a flower, it will bloom and become beautiful. It gives smiles and making one cheerful.

©️ 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, January 17, 2021

Reaching for Cloud 9 in Antipolo


There's a beautiful 360-degree view in Antipolo. The city's highest point is really on cloud-nine, heaven in the city.

As I waited for the sunset, I am so thankful for the chance to see the panoramic view of Antipolo City and the magnificent skyline of Metro Manila.

The City of Antipolo, Province of Rizal, is blessed for its higher elevation and proximity from the Philippine National Capital Region, Metro Manila. In less than an hour's drive, you'll feel its cool and windy climate.


I like the city vibe of Antipolo. It's a clean and peaceful city. The people are friendly and very welcoming to the tourists. No doubt that it's a favorite weekend getaway for people from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.

The Cloud 9 hotel and restaurant is my favorite spot in Antipolo. I had a sumptuous lunch after a short day trip around the city. The wide-open restaurant in the sky serves delicious Filipino dishes and is a favorite destination among food lovers, including returning Filipinos in the country for a vacation. Filipinos' best cuisine is very well-served to the diners, and the Cloud 9 restaurant never fails to give a lasting impression.

The best 360-degree view is on the hanging bridge and reaching the tower on the other side. It's a great view and with a romantic appeal to families, lovers, and friends. 

The place isn't just for a romantic couple. It also attracts families, groups of friends, and even solo travelers. Everyone enjoys the scenery. Wait until dusk, and you'll be captivated by the purple hues of the sky; even more romantic if someone is on the side.

The Cloud 9 is reminiscent of "The peak" in Hong Kong, but the former is Filipino pride. I enjoyed it. I love it, and I'll surely come back for more.

Life is good and bestowed with Divine grace. As we reached the peak, we paused for a while, closed our eyes, held on with breathing, and breathed out. And as we open our eyes, we see the magic happens in cloud nine.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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 29, 2020

Walking Tour in Mumbai

I had a terrible experience in Mumbai, and that's something unforgettable. I believe the city is the financial and cultural capital of India. And it's one of the finest and wealthiest cities in India.

But with its glamour comes the downside of bustling city life for the Mumbaikars. It's the chaos of daily living like other major world megacities. And with a month-long stay in Mumbai, I couldn't help to stay much longer. I had enough of the good times and the bad times.


The district of Bandra where I stayed was a busy scene of street commerce, where businesses are displayed on the streets mostly ready-to-wear, colorful garments, and other personal products. I didn't bring many clothes from New Delhi, and so that I could buy something new from Mumbai, but then I haven't bought a new Kurta, but just a few shirts for 150 rupees each and a new pair of shoes in a Nike outlet store in Bandra. That's all I needed for my walking tours around the streets and downtown areas of Mumbai.

In Bandra, I would take a daily walk along with the bandstand pass by the mansion of Shah Rukh Khan, one of the famous Bollywood actors. During that time, the Bollywood "Walk of Stars" was just newly installed. The name of other stars like Kareena Kapoor, whom I've known from the movie "3 Idiots" and other celebrities whose name and body marks are inscribed and molded-- their version of the Hollywood "Walk of Fame."


Some days, I would travel by cab from Bandra and pass by through the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. It's a majestic bridge connecting the two most important districts of Mumbai and the gateway to the downtown area where the world heritage sites are located.

I would pass and got intrigued with the tower mansion of the Ambanis. They're India's richest family and business tycoon. That's a million-dollar house in the most expensive real estate location in Mumbai.


As I reached the old downtown area, my walking tour started with appreciating the old European structures like the Gateway of India and the magnificent Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, both rich in colonial history built during the British Raj.

I enjoyed the gallery viewing inside the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. From its construction, the Royal visits, and the terrorist attack, I learned a piece of its glory as well as gruesome history.


One day, I traveled by train from Bandra to the Christchurch station, and I had a horrible experience with the ticketing system on which I got into trouble. Luckily, I survived and continued the journey exploring the cricket field around the University of Mumbai and the nearby areas where I had escaped from another trap. Still, I manage to enjoy watching students playing cricket -- a popular Indian sport similar to baseball.


I spent more days in Bandra, and so I explored the streets. There were days I enjoyed a cup of cappuccino in a café, and some days I visited the nearby churches to pray. I went to a church on a hilltop which is a short distance car ride via Hill Road.

Before I left Mumbai, I haven't found Bollywood. It's not a place, but it's a film center. I understand they're the largest producer of films in the world. I've watched some of Shah Rukh Khan and Amir Khan's films not in Mumbai but the cinema in Delhi. There's more to Bollywood in Mumbai, but unluckily I had enough.

That was a month-long stay, and I've learned not just about the place but also about the people, culture, food, music, and lifestyle.

Mumbai has a colorful heritage, and history and whenever I have a chance to come back in the future, I wish it would be much wonderful and truly memorable.

©️ 2020 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Captivating Mantalinga Island


What captivates the soul more than a small island on the coast of Roxas City, Capiz, known as Mantalinga Island.


It's a tiny Island located just a kilometer away from the shore of Baybay Beach. It's famous for its long stretch of beachfront restaurants.

The place is popular in the entire Western Visayas region as the best food trip destination and gaining national recognition as one of the best sources and suppliers of seafood in the top restaurants in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila.

The Seafood Capital of the Philippines. That's the title awarded to Roxas City since it has an abundant supply of marine products like fish, shellfish, oysters, and many more. It serves fresh seafood every day at an affordable price compared to high-end restaurants they supply in Metro Manila which is about triple or quadruple. In Baybay Beach, Roxas City, you get unlimited fresh seafood day and night.


Aside from the sea's soothing sea waves and cool breeze, one of the most captivating sceneries is Mantalinga Island. It's the most famous background and natural landmark in Roxas City.

Due to its closer distance to the Mainland of Roxas City, it's easy to hire a pump boat service or a kayak to see it closely.

It's also called "Good luck Island" by the fishermen since they believe it brings good luck once they inscribe their name on the rock before they go fishing. And also when they write their name on their boat before its main voyage. 

We all want good luck. We want a good journey in life. And when you visit this laid-back city in Western Visayas, be sure to see Baybay beach and experience the enigmatic charm of Mantalinga Island. You'll come for sure, and you'll ask for more.

©️ 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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