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

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Weekend Getaway in Boracay


I need a vitamin sea. That's how  millennials or young travelers would say whenever they need a break.

The sea is a medicine. Prescribed not by physicians, but none other than our very own friends, our colleagues or people closer and special to us.

When we are in a body of water, we feel calm and relaxed. And so, our mind becomes clear and our soul is renewed.

Our wellbeing is healed and rejuvenated.
And that's an ultimate goal to achieve.

The truth is, we want to escape reality once in a while. The reality of work-related stress.

We take a pause, pack our things and go for a travel and adventure.

Dream on and go on...


Back in April 2016, I had a great weekend getaway in a small Island on the west coast of Panay Island in the Philippines.

Boracay Island. One of the world's best.

It's a hotspot of the world's beach and Island lovers. A multi-cultural hub where the east meets the west.

That was my 5th time to visit Boracay in about 2 decades. And each time I visit, there were several transformation, not just with its ecosystem, but with the culture.

The Boracay culture I used to love.

Perhaps I have seen Boracay during its pristine days when it's less developed and had its Island vibe.


Last year when it underwent temporary closure, it became like a ghost Island. Not much tourist and businesses closed for about half a year.

If we humans deserve a break. A busy Island deserve a much needed break too.

When its ecosystem has been damage due to commercialization, it has to clean and heal itself before it could serve people again.

And so other popular Islands in the country and Southeast Asian region followed suit. They also rehabilitated their Island paradise. A great move with great sacrifice and love.

Taking a break from the crowd. The party. The noise. The pollution.

I love Boracay. It has a different vibe among Philippine Islands and beaches. And so, I am pro rehabilitation if needed. For it to breathe again and get rejuvenated -- just like us human beings.

That weekend getaway in Boracay in 2016; was still a magical day and night escapade.


The Nami Resort over the hills was exhilarating as you are transported from an old style elevator reaching the hilltop.

Nami resort got the best view of the Island and it was just awesome.


The food, the music, the ambiance. The experience was great ever.

Boracay was again closed just recently. This time due to pandemic. And so, when people are able to travel again without restrictions, Bocacay will again open its paradise for responsible business owners and kind travelers.

Boracay is for everyone. One day, I may be able to swim on its water again. Witness its captivating sunset. See the sandcastles and leave footprints in the sand.

© 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 clean and green environment suitable for healing and rejuvenation.

Today, we are celebrating an extra special day since it's a 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 the 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, bittergourd, 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 a sustainable farming practices to provide our own food on the table not only this time of crisis, but as a way of living -- a new lifestyle.

For the previous years, I may not have celebrated the 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 on 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, June 14, 2020

A Journey of A Thousand Miles


Life brings us to the place of our dreams. That's the beginning of a wonderful journey ahead. We dream it, we believe it and we live it.

We manifest and hold on to that dream, we bring our intentions to life, and it starts with a single wish— a single step.

Life may bring us to several places in our lifetime. Some destinations may haven't been planned, but opportunities and destiny take us there.

In 2016 after a thousand miles journey abroad, life brought me in a lovely place; known as the city of love Iloilo City, Philippines.


The place is special to me since I lived there for about a year back in mid 2002 until mid 2003. It is where I studied my first year in college; being the center of higher education in the Region. Back then, the city has its charm with century old churches and old ancestral houses that are preserved and restoredsuch a timeless beauty.

The city has to live up the expectation dubbed as the 'City of Love' and true to its name, it is the loving nature and the lovable character of the people that captivates the soul.

13 years since I left, I came back to live and practice my profession to work in a medical center located near the esplanade where I used to spend some morning stroll and sunset viewing. I have seen the growth of the city as it embraced modern development in infrastructure while preserving its old heritage. Now the city is a fusion of old and modern world. It has a more charming vibe among the developing cities in the Philippines.


That journey to the 'City of Love' brought memories to cherish for a lifetime, until one day another journey begins to another place; to the country's capital region of Metro Manila. Back to the place where I started to work and discover places and the world.

Today, our world may have stopped. Life may have led me back to the place of my greater comfort and security; to the place of my birth and to be with my family  my love ones.

The thousand miles journey brought meaning to life, but away from my family. But now, I believe that a journey of a thousand miles includes a 'home sweet home' closer to my family.

Life is good to be back in their loving and warm embrace during this time of crisis; where uncertainty unfolds. I was far away from them for years searching for a living, but now I am living with them searching for a meaning.


Now, I believe that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Wherever we are in this world, no matter how far the distance we've been, still we'll always come back to the most special place in our heart. 

Life will always protect and comfort us, and life will always lead us back even after a thousand miles journey and beyond. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Living Our Best Normal


We want to live our best life. That is not just an aspiration, but a realization of our life purpose. Our goals and dreams is what fuels our being towards not just success, but also fulfillment -- our heart's desire.

In these times, we are now one world and one humanity, which used to be divided by the color of our skin, the amount of money on the wallet or in a bank, divided by religious affiliation and social status.

Today, we feel the oneness of the humanity. That we are united through a common experience. That we are all vulnerable to the global threat to human health;  either we survive or continue to suffer -- we're all in this together.


We are slowly adapting to a 'new normal' and this is an initiation of how much we have learned about survival skills and the test of our life's top priorities.

In the 'new normal' people may realize that money at some point may not save life. That money isn't our ultimate purpose of living. And that the health we have sacrificed for money will be gone when we lost the battle. 

Living in the city would start to lose its appeal, and people will see the value of life in the rural area-- in the countryside.

There is so much learning the pandemic taught us. People in the metropolitan now see the natural world uncovered to them. The surrounding mountains from afar, the chirping of the birds and the clear blue skies used to be enjoyed in the rural areas, but the nature showed a glimpse of the natural environment people in the rural areas are enjoying while on isolation.


People will now invest more on health and wellness rather than living in a highly stressful environment just to gain more wealth. A sustainable living in a safe and peaceful rural area is what can give us the peace of mind that we all need. If there's a shift to this mindset, people will live healhier and livelier.

Between life in the city and in a rural area, the 'new normal' would point the arrow to the less crowded place where one can breathe fresher air and enjoy an awesome view of the natural environment that is free from pollution.

And hearing from someone I highly respect, Master Del Pe, a Modern Sage and an International Life Mentor, inspired people about living not just the 'new normal' but living our 'new best normal' because as we put highest priority on health and wellness to survive and live longer, we strive to live with our best self no matter the challenges and threat that will arise on years to come.


To live our greatest life; and to live our 'new best normal' is beyond living not just safe and secured life, but a sustainable life we all deserve. 

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, May 17, 2020

Life in The New Normal


Life on the beach. That is what people are missing on a hot summer days. Families, group of friends, coworkers or solo traveler; this is supposed to be a fun-filled dry season. But this season have fallen into isolation.

The last year's summertime was one of the best vacation I ever had. I never thought that it would be the last summer to get sunburned. The last time to enjoy the summer breeze and the serenity. The last time to leave footprints in the sand.

Now, after several weeks, our economy and the rest of the world is now slowly getting back to life, but the reality is, it may be hard for the people to get back to life -- the kind of life we used to live.


While viewing at my digital photo album, I saw smiling and happy faces. I saw how we used to celebrate family gathering without physical distancing. I saw how we used to travel and go to public places without wearing a mask. That was just a recent past, but now it feels we have completely entered a new world; with a new definition of love.

The new normal is a tough love. When families at home couldn't even give a hug and kiss. When old friends or acquaintances couldn't even recognize each other due to facial protective covering. When partners couldn't hold their hands. And when young kids and our elderly are best protected by staying at home. All these for the sake of love -- love on the new normal. 

But I still believe in a deep human connection. We may still be able to give a smile to someone we know or anyone we meet along the road. A new definition of smile -- a smile of gratitude on the new normal.

Our new normal is not only about hygienic measures. It goes beyond to our new lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle where most people will give their utmost priority.

We will now be more health conscious and eat the right kind of food, get some physical exercise, get some nourishment from the sunlight, planting and harvesting our own food, adequate sleep, prayers, meditations...


Activities that nourishes our body, mind and soul would be of most important value. We stay away from worries, fears and anxiety. Though at times it's normal to feel that way, still we can escape and regain our best self and live our greatest life.

For now, we may have already learned some tools and techniques as we move on to a new normal. You may now have learned to quiet the mind and relieve stress through the art of meditation. You may have learned the art of flexibility of the physical body through yoga or internal stamina exercises. You may have started doing backyard gardening. You may have learned to follow your passion about visual/digital arts like painting and photography. You may have started to love reading books, articles, blogs. You may have found joy in sharing your passion through vlogging.

At this time, we must have overcomed our Fear zone and moved to the Learning zone. And now, as we start living on the new normal, we are entering the Growth zone; where we have learned self-mastery and becoming a higher version of our self.

A lot have changed in a matter of weeks in isolation. We may now still be dreaming about that planned summer vacation. You may now be ready to explore what is there waiting for you in the new normal. 

Circumstances may have changed, but hoping it will not change our being, our beliefs and values, our humanity, and most of all, our faith in God.
© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, April 26, 2020

Opportunity in Crisis


We feel people's fear. This pandemic teaches us to be sensitive with different kind of emotions. Anxiety, panic, boredom, anger, irritability and depression are some of our common reaction. 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, experts in education says we are currently living on 3 different zones of crisis.

Fear Zone. This is our initial tendency to threat. 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 stucked in 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. A new knowledge and skills is our weapon as go back to living a 'new normal' during and post-pandemic period.

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

So, in what zone are we now?

From 'fear zone' during the first few weeks of quarantine, I am now into '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 informations that hinders growth.

There's growth in learning.

Soulful Sunday is a great opportunity not to be stucked, 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 a sustainable living. An organic farming practices is what we need for a heathier 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 dossage of learning to become better and bounce back stronger than ever.

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Positivity in Uncertainty


Energy follows thoughts and intentions. That's one of the most essential wisdom I have learned and adopted for years.

When we pay attention to our thoughts and with higher level of optimism, we can make things happen. We can let almost the impossible things to happen.

But how can we stay positive in a world full of negativity? With the recent global crisis due to pandemic, people get scared and anxious of what lies ahead of our  uncertain future -- the coming days and years after.

We are all at risk. But in this time, somebody must be ahead of us. Somebody must not be so scared as we are. They are our elders; our parents and grandparents.

What makes them have the highest level of positivity is their struggles and life experiences that they have survived through the years.

Yes, they may be the most vulnerable, but they have the most positive spirit all through these times.

They are not the weakest, but they are strongest because of their faith to the highest Divine power. Their religious or spiritual affiliations and activities is what makes them truly alive.

My Soulful Sunday is spent at the farm, and on this day, my parents show us how to live and survive on this crisis.

The striking statement I have heard from them is that 'a large farmland does not serve its purpose if not cultivated for sustainable farming.' That's the reason why they put their energy into it.


As I visit the farm after a week of home quarantine, I am glad to see the vegetable farm which they have spent most of their time and energy.

They may never know what tomorrow will bring, but certainly they know how to survive and thrive. There is no excuses, but only developing habits and positive mindset.

In days and weeks to come, we will harvest vegetables and fruits that will give us nourishment and a healthy body. Our goal is to strengthen our immune system and that will start with a healthy food on the table.  A farm fresh produce for a better health and stronger immunity is all we need.

A lot of positivity for today. A lot of flashbacks and realizations. A lot of energy, but with positivity in uncertainty.

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Transfiguration in the Eyes of A Child


The child grows fast from birth to a toddler. From the time they open their eyes until the time they started to walk alone. A physical  transformation that makes us happy and delighted. A child was born and is yet to live a great life. 

This Soulful Sunday, we spent a good time at the farm and we bring our little one to explore the world that is new to him. The last time we brought him to the farm was on the new year's day 2020 when he was just learning how to walk.

On New year's day 2020 when he was 1 year and 1 month old, we already saw his curiosity to explore his environment. Although he couldn't speak and express his emotion of joyfullness, yet it can be seen on his smiles and actions.


Now on his 13 month, he is able to walk by himself and is very much playful. He is able to show different emotions. He laughs when feeling happy and cries when feeling uncomfortable.

A child is living a different world. It is within our world, but they see things differently as if they have their own. Whenever we don't feel like smiling, a child is there to give us a smile. Whenever we feel tired, a child is there to lift us up and give their energy. A child has lots of energy that is powerful enough to change our mood and emotion. A child so small can change how we see the world.

At times we may feel like having enough, yet a child can me more happy and feeling excited. We may feel tired or bored of what we already, but a child can have an endless fun for exploration. A child starts to experience how to live, to get hurt, to fall down, to rise up again and to give his biggest smile.


This 2nd Sunday of the Lent talks about the transfiguration of Jesus at Mount Tabor and it was witnessed by his chosen Disciples. Jesus transformed into a bright human being just before the eyes of the Disciples.

Here on Earth, our God may show up in so many ways; through experiences of great living and even suffering. However, we may become blind in our faith and do not see the bright side of life.

Unlike the child, he sees more beyond what we grown ups can see. A child can remind us about how to see the world with deepest sense and gratitude.

 Our Quest for Personal Transfiguration begins as we emulate the innocence of a little child giving us a radiant glow as we live life with happiness, joy and peace.


When we no longer see ourselves shining so bright, we see the transfiguration of Jesus in the eyes of a child. Because it is on their eyes that we see the greatest hope to learn how to live fuller again and to see the world brighter again.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Windows' Wind Blows


Waking up early morning staring at the window. That's a great feeling when witnessing the timelapse from dawn to sunrise! The purple skies at dawn and the silhouette of the trees is a soulful morning greeting an experience worth living.

In my hometown, the second half of February perhaps is the coolest days to remember. The cool wind and the foggy morning is a perfect time for a cup of hot coffee.

The rainy day is a perfect time to hibernate for a while and to spend some pure thinking time over a cup of hot beverage. It's all coffee... coffee and unlimited coffee!


So many thoughts coming in, just like the non-stop pouring of the rain. And when it's time to contemplate, it has to be the finest frequency of tuning in. Only the best frequency for healing of the body, mind and soul.

What makes us feel heavy at times is when we tune in to so many frequency all at the same time. Whenever our thoughts are in the past, it gives us certain anxiety whether we did our best. Whereas when we tune in to the future, it gives us some worry of what lies ahead. And then, we forget to live at the moment the present time.

As I stare at the window, I could tell how's the taste of my coffee, I could hear the chirping of the birds and I could feel the gentle wind blows. That's how I tune in to the present and it's just a wonderful thing.


While tuning in at the present, I couldn't let it pass to tune in to one of the finest frequencies of a recent past. A heavenly frequency of a great climb to remember.

That's a selective tuning in for a Soulful Sunday moment. It brings back not just pleasant memories, but it also relives the heartfelt moments.

The wind blows of February will be missed. The foggy mornings will soon be over and the rainy days will soon come to an end. But the memories will stay forever and will be tuned in to be a great frequency for all seasons. 


The next time I stare at the window, it will never be the same again until the same season will come again. But one thing I have learned is to tune in to a healing frequency even when it is raining and when the sun is not shining.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, December 22, 2019

Weekend Retreat at The Farm



Highland retreat is a soulful activity for the family. And weekend is the best moment to take a deep breath and experience the solemnity of nature away from noise and distractions.

A good way to be connected with nature is to feel and embrace the silence. To be distant for a while and be grounded. That's our human nature; we always find ways to heal our bodies and soul naturally. And for us, it will always be our little sanctuary our farm far away from the city.


A weekend retreat is a food for the soul. We breathe in good energy as we breathe out the negativity that is a toxicity. These stale energies are considered as a poison that must be released in our body system. And nature has its way of helping us to cleanse and to heal.

Our coffee taste even better as we have a soulful conversations. This is the beginning of a journey towards soulful discovery of our capacity for a sustainable environmental development. It is on this place where plans and dreams are materialized.


As I sip my coffee, I reminisce the time when I first see this underdeveloped site in the middle of 2019. And in July of this year the dream has been materialized through the capacity of my parents who are into years of farming on this farmland.

On this place is where we can experience solitude as we contemplate or meditate. It teaches us an important life lesson about contentment but being bold and having the dare to dream and to survive.


We are leaving our little ones with a natural environment for them to continue on this legacy and to enjoy a quality and blissful life. As they grow up, they will learn to love the nature and will do their best to protect and preserve it.




Our weekend highland retreat is a simple celebration of life. We will forever be thankful for the Divine for a meaningful life where dreams are alive. 

© 2019 Del Cusay




Sunday, December 15, 2019

When Christmas Tree Makes You Happy



Decorating for Christmas is a jolly moment for our family. It gives a joyful vibe and a nostalgic feeling about our childhood. As we decorate, we also look back how our decorations evolved through the years. Back then we did not have a big Christmas tree, but we made it sure to have something to decorate for Christmas.

What makes it more fun is when a family is gathered to help each other doing Christmas decorations. As we put on those Christmas lights and hang the Christmas balls, we reminisce wonderful stories worth sharing. Those memories last forever in our hearts and it adds color to our life as we  celebrate Christmas.


For Christmas 2019, we wanted our Christmas tree to be a reflection of what we feel and what kind of life we want to live. So we set up a sparkling multi-color Christmas lights around the Christmas tree and with glittering accessories all over.

Life has been tough and a bit dark at times, but the Christmas tree reminds us to stand out and unleash our inner glow; to increase our brightness and to uplift our soul.



This is a season to be jolly and it is so true. As we gather around the Christmas tree before the year would end, we would want to give our last best shot. We are wishing for a brighter year ahead and renew our energy to make it more refined and powerful.

Oh Christmas tree! You bring light and color to the holidays. You bring smiles to the kids, to the family and to everyone. You give meaning to a life worth living. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

International Coffee Day: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee




Coffee is one of the topmost consumed beverages in the world and in the Philippines it has almost become a staple drink perhaps due to its caffeine addictive substance that people can't live without. Who wouldn't resist the aroma of a freshly brewed coffee served in your favorite cafΓ© or at home. Globally, it is best served with the ever favorite cakes and pastries; donuts and croissant, while in the Philippines all over the archipelago, it is best served with local breads and delicacies like freshly baked pandesal, puto and bibingka. 

Regionally like in Western Visayas, people drink coffee partnered with suman, biko and the most popular biscocho which is the pride of the region. Other regions would have their local delicacy that is best served with a hot coffee to start the day right and to get energized any time of the day. Whether for breakfast, snacks or post-dinner, we just love to have a cup of coffee at any hour and any place.


Filipinos have adapted to global flavors of gourmet coffee. From purely black coffee Americano to the frothy cup of cappucino and lattΓ©, we surely blend with the rest of the world. Now, we have a choice beyond the traditional hot black coffee, we also have a choice whether to be served as cold or iced and also blended. Espresso coffee has been our favorite beverage no matter how pricey it is because we are now after for the experience. 



When we go to our favorite cafΓ©s we are greeted warmly by the baristas and they prepare and serve our coffee heartily. CafΓ©s have been part of our lives through the years. It is our go to place not only for a delicious coffee, but also to enjoy conversation with friends, for business meetings or for a freelance task; certainly we have a place that gives a wonderful ambiance and a delightful experience.



As we enjoy a sip of our favorite coffee, we have to remember the coffee farmers who sweat out to carefully plant, harvest and roast the good quality coffee beans. From farm to cup; it is truly a journey of the farmers to give us the most delicious beverage we will enjoy. From Tagum City in the South to Lipa City in Batangas and going up in the mountains of the Cordillera, we have our hardworking coffee farmers who are coffee entrepreneur. For every cup of freshly brewed local coffee beans, we help support our local coffee farmers in their livelihood.


It is also proven by scientific research that coffee consumption has a lot of health benefits due to higher level of antioxidant that prevents certain types of cancers leading to healthier cells and longevity. For health and wellness, a cup of coffee a day gives us energy and protection from free-radicals. Others would consume not just 1 cup but even up to 4 cups or more in a day and they are certainly well -- just enough amount of caffeine for daily consumption.



Today, the world is celebrating the International Coffee Day. It is not just a simple beverage, but it's now a lifestyle. We help promote coffee and the wonderful benefits we can gain from it. Wherever we are in the world, no matter what language we can utter; koffi, kopi, kape and cafe, we just mean one thing; and that is our craving and the need for a daily dose of coffee. It has been our trusted health partner and and part of our success and life's journey.

© 2019 Del Cusay