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 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 Taal volcano erupted. People were frightened and put on forced evacuation; nearby establishments were closed and many families lost their home 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 captivates 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 view and will never get tired of it. I feel so relaxed 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 offers a Swiss-like landscape with the 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 is in place and 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 interests and they deserve a great place to unwind and to rejuvenate. Tagaytay is just beautiful and the Taal lake is naturally wonderful and perfect for 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 lasts 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. In Manila Chinatown where I used to visit for new year is not much vibrant and festive due to the threat of 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 on the year of the Wood Ox in mid 80s and this year happen to be the celebration of the year of Chinese animal sign; the Ox.

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

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

Ox born individual may have higher expectations and has a good leadership potential. The strong 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 to one's favor. That's what I need to work on. 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 special month for our lifelong undertaking. This may be the most beautiful moment of meaningful and soulful expression of love.

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

New year is about new beginning. We express our love and we nourish it. And so, just like a flower, it will bloom and become beautiful; giving 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 on 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 we deserve, as we start our year right.

The higher jump, the lighter, the better.

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

Then work and stress eating or over eating may have led to out of shape. Our physique suddenly have 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 definitely not impossible. I used to make it with a little 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 one Master that has a great influence on my belief about achieving a balanced health and the esoteric causes of diseases, now revealed to humanity.

Balanced life strategies with focus on health and wellness is 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 to 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 blessed to have Master Del Pe come back and settle in his hometown.

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

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

The cool mountain-resort, MDP village is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of a 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, and he's the one who can help us live our greatest life.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

A Weekend Stroll at Quezon Memorial Circle

 A breathing space in the center of the largest city of Metro Manila lies the monument in honor of former President Manuel Quezon.

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

The 66-meter shrine has 3 tall pylon that's a center of attraction in the busy elliptical road where 6 major lanes meet. It has 3 angels on the top which symbolizes the major Philippine Islands -- Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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

The remains of former Philippine President Manuel Quezon is located inside the monument together with his wife, Aurora. Truly, a dignified statesman 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 some exercises like jogging, biking, dancing and even just sitting on benches or a simple walk exploring different areas of interests.

This place is also good for people who are into collecting various ornamental plants. There's so many business stalls which sells different variety of plants and flowers. It makes the place greener and cooler.

On this time of 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 to relieve their stress being surrounded with beautiful plants and flowers.


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

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


©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Reaching for Cloud 9 in Antipolo

What a great 360-degree view in Antipolo. The city's highest point is really on a cloud nine; a 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. It can be reached in less than an hour and you'll be greeted with its cool and windy climate.


I like the city vibe of Antipolo. It's cool, clean and peaceful city. The people are friendly and very welcoming to the tourists. No doubt that it's a favorite weekend getaway of 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 of foodies, including returning Filipinos who's in the country for a vacation. Filipinos' best is definitely being served in the sky 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. A romantic appeal to families, lovers and friends. It's wonderful.
But the place isn't just for romantic couple. It attracts families, group of friends and even solo traveler. Everyone enjoys the scenery. Wait until the 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 a reminiscent of "The peak" in Hong Kong, but the former is truly a Filipino pride. I enjoyed it. I love it and I'll surely come back for more.

Life is good and we're bestowed with Divine grace. As we reached the peak, we pause for a while, close our eyes, hold on with breathing and simply breathe out. And as we open our eyes, we see the magic happens in the 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 a 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.


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

And so, after 8 months of quarantine, we've started to create a green village that would be our additional source of sustainable farm  living.



We've built 2 traditional Filipino farmhouses that serve as a rest house whenever we make a visit and do some farming activities. In the near future, we're planning to build other farm infrastructures  such as concrete roads, multi-purpose hall, villas, ornamental garden 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, will-power and Divine guidance.

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


Within the decade, we're looking forward to see a growing family and we're also hoping that the green village would bring us closer; with 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 planned and started, 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. A Greenville country farm built with 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 so it's  one of the finest and richest cities. 

But with its glamour comes the downside of a bustling city life for the Mumbaikars. It's the chaos of daily living just 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.


From the district of Bandra where I stayed was a busy scene of street commerce, where businesses are laid on the streets mostly of ready to wears, colorful garments and other personal products. I didn't bring much clothes from New Delhi so that I could buy something new from Mumbai, but then I haven't bought a new Kurta, but just 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 the bandstand passing 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 with 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 moulded-- their version of the Hollywood "Walk of Fame."


On some days, I would travel by cab from Bandra passing through the Bandra-Worli Sea Link; a majestic bridge connecting the 2 most important districts of Mumbai and the gateway to the downtown area where the world heritage sites are located.

I would passed and got intrigued with tower mansion of the Ambanis; India's most prominent and richest family and business tycoon. That's a billion 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 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 glorious as well as gruesome history.


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


Most of the days were spent 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, and also I visited a church on a hill top which is a short distance car ride via the Hill Road.

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

That was a month-long of 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 tiny Island in 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 which is 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 is gaining national recognition as one of the best sources and a supplier of seasoods 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 seafoods everyday as at an affordable price as compared to high-end restaurants they supply in Metro Manila which is about triple or quadruple the price. In Baybay beach, Roxas City, you get unlimited fresh seafoods, day and night.


Aside from the soothing waves and cool breeze of the sea, one of the most captivating sceneries is the 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 pumpboat service to see it closely and can also be reached through a kayak.

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 on fishing or to write the name on their boat before its main voyage. 

We all want a good luck; 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 the 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, Japanese  know better. And so they come up with a term called "shinrin-yoku" that was popularized in Japan back in 1980s and was later introduced to the world.

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

It's been a year since I'm living in a rural area; in my hometown. A provincial 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 a weekend is my healing wonder. This is all we need in times of stress and whenever we need to relax and rejuvenate. It cleanses and purify our physical and mental bodies.

So Japanese people are considered as world leader when it comes to health and longevity. Their approach to health and wellness is just holistic and truly 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 most especially among health and fitness enthusiasts.

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

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

Camp John Hay in Baguio City, Northern Philippines is where you can find the most number of pine trees and having the largest forest cover in the area.

At Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines

That was a wonderful 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 best mountain resort destinations in the country.

It was rainy on the way up when we visited the place and we're greeted with a foggy and misty climate. Just like Baguio City, it's also planted with pine trees making the environment cooler.

Bucari, Iloilo, Philippines

There are other places where I've enjoyed forest bathing. These are; 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 were inspired to develop our farm, so they planted Mahogany trees making it a mini-forest. Now, the trees have reached its peak maturity and are so tall giving a cooler shade in the surrounding. 

Our Mahogany tree park

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

Anyone can do it. When life gets tough, all we need is to take it 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 a 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 achieve a healthier lifestyle. 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 6 years after it was reopened to the public after several decades of closure.

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

The entire city of Kathmandu is a blend of a  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 troll inside the walled garden, I was greeted with 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 it was restored with the help of the Austrian Government. It has features like 6 pavillions which represents the '6 seasons of Nepal' and where the place got its second name, the "Garden of the Six Seasons." 

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

The Ampitheater

European-inspired pergola

The flowers, shrubs and trees makes it greener and beautiful as it is 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 really a sophisticated garden of its time, and became more beautiful when it was fully restored. Urban dwellers need a green space for leisure and hopefully more cities will adopt to this kind of garden offering respite to the people from the hustle and bustle of a city life.

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

©️ 2020 Del Cusay

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