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

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Island Hopping in Guimaras


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


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

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

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

The boat ride from Iloilo to Guimaras Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Island Cove in Guimaras Island

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

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

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

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

Naturally beautiful environment in Guimaras Island

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

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

© 2020 Del Cusay

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Palace in the Sky

There's something mysterious about the ruins. The old and well-preserved structure that's perhaps built to last for a lifetime.

That's what the ruins are for. To stand the test of time. 

In the Philippines, just an hour from Manila is the ruins we call the "Palace in the Sky" or now more popularly known as "People's Park in the Sky," which gives a chilly feel due to its geographical location on the summit of Mount Gonzales in the province of Cavite.

At the veranda overlooking the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love
People's Park in the Sky
The view deck overlooking the Taal Lake

The structures' old and rustic charm attracts local and foreign visitors due to its breathtaking view of the famous Taal Volcano and the Taal lake. 

Truly captivating!

The highest point. That's the description of the place; as it is located on the summit of the highest mountain in Cavite at 709 meters (2,326 ft.) above sea level. And so, it offers a 360-degree view of the Tagaytay Highlands, including nearby recreational parks and villages.

How this "Palace in the Sky" became famous ruins has its different story from the other ruins in the country.

This one has got a unique story.

The view deck overlooking the mountains

Sometime in the late 70s during the administration of the late President Marcos, when "Palace in the Sky" was commissioned to serve as a guest house for the visit of then US President Ronald Reagan. That's a show of Filipino hospitality at its best. 

A royalty welcome and treatment.

However, the construction was left unfinished when the visit of US President Reagan was canceled.

We are left with the "Ruins in the Sky" since then.

The rustic and mossy Palace ruins 

That "Palace in the Sky" would have been beautiful if the construction was finished. But sad that it was just abandoned.

That was supposed to be consistent with the Imeldific brand; the highest level of extravagance, attributed to former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Truly, I love the place on the summit. Although the ruins can be a little creepy at first sight, their beautiful ambiance captures the heart. 

It was surely built with love.

The next time you visit Tagaytay, you should never miss this place. 

A must-visit! 

A great weekend getaway for the family, for partners, or even for solo travelers. A romantic destination that captivates the soul of just anyone.

The "Palace in the Sky" is not just an abandoned ruin. It shows timeless elegance and a natural charm. It shows our glorious past and brings wonderful memories to last.

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Baywatch at Camp Rofelio


West Coast of the Philippines. That's one of my favorite summer destinations. And the place to go is the coast of San Felipe, in the province of Zambales. A peaceful town in the North.

The waves, the blue-green waters, and the greyish-powdery sand makes it a great getaway to rejuvenate and spend some pure thinking moment.

In May 2018, I discovered a newly-built camping site on the coast of Liwliwa, a town of San Felipe.

It's a serene ambiance, with several cottages and tents for an overnight stay. At first glance, I knew that I would love the place and, and so I did.



Standing barefooted at the seaside gate of Camp Rofelio is a perfect view of the horizon. The water is clear, and the waves are relaxing. You can sit on the sand, meditate and capture the best view of the surrounding.

A great weekend retreat. Camping at the beach. A soulful moment to watch the sunset. Fresh-grilled seafood for dinner and a bonfire night to remember.

Truly a memorable and fun moment at Camp Rofelio.It's not a crowded weekend destination. A solemn place where you can be at peace and one with nature. When you hear the waves inside the tent at night, you'll have the most relaxing and deep sleep ever.

But, hey! I'm supposed to be bay watching!


A Baywatch, not only to appreciate the area and the surrounding waters, but this place facing the West Philippine Sea had created controversy from unwanted intruders. The pirates of the sea had been inside our Philippine waters, causing tensions and threats to the fishing livelihood of the locals.

That's supposed to be protected by the Philippine government. To Defend our territorial seas and secure what's best for our people.

There were spotted dredging foreign vessels in territorial waters of Zambales that's a threat not only to our territorial rights but also to the fishing rights of several Fishermen on our territory.


We are standing as a Baywatch. Someone who sees intruders from afar. But our local fishermen are powerless, and even the local and national governments seem not powerful enough to defend the territory.

I love Zambales, and I would love to come back for the next summer season. But the best Baywatch is to see happy people and not stories of intrusion -- like thieves of the sea. Camp Rofelio is a good place for bay watching, but be mindful and have a telescopic eye for the pirates of the sea.


We dream of having great and safe tourist destinations, and we have to be aware of issues affecting the rights of our people. Hence, they will take it away from us, which might happen if we are silent.

San Felipe is a place of kind and peaceful people. Protect it, and make it a heaven on earth experience. Make it a paradise. And together, we can protect and become a good Baywatch. A good Filipino.

© 2020 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Breathtaking View of Taal Lake


The Philippines as a tropical country is hot and humid almost all year round.

And so it's even hotter in summer!

When people need to relax and unwind over the weekend, there's a place we can travel to escape from the lowland heat.

It's Tagaytay! Overlooking Taal lake.

A cool climate. That's one of the reasons why I love Tagaytay. A mountain resort about one-and-a-half hour travel away from the Philippine capital -- Manila.

It's not just the climate, but also known for its scenic and breathtaking view of the Taal lake and one of the world's smallest active volcanoes.


In June 2018, I had a great weekend in Tagaytay. Just a brief moment to rejuvenate away from the noise and stress from the metro. That was my 3rd and last visit and is memorable ever.

But on this charming tourist destination is a sad story of the recent volcanic eruption in January, this year 2020. Its eruption is one of the most destructive, that caused struggle to the livelihood, health, safety and loss of lives in the town of Taal, province of Batangas, and also affected nearby provinces and had reached as far as Metro Manila.

Will I ever come back to this place?

Yes, I will for sure. This awesome place bordering the province of Batangas and Cavite will never lose its charm. The people remain resilient and will always strive to get back to normal lives after the natural disaster.

The destruction of the ecosystem is a threat not just to the livelihood of fishing and farming, but also a big loss in the tourism sector.


Now, during this time of Pandemic, the people in Taal and Tagaytay are again on a major threat of livelihood due to disruption of businesses due to lockdown. They have not fully recovered from the volcanic eruption in January when the lockdown due to the pandemic was ordered in March 2020.

That's like a continuous disaster and suffering. I hope it will end.

Tourism is a big loser during this pandemic. It could hardly recover given the strict travel restrictions and protocols on health standards. 

And so when this pandemic ends, we have to help revive the tourism industry -- the major economic sector in the country.


Is it safe to visit?

I believe so since it will take years for another volcanic eruption to happen, hopefully.

Tagaytay, overlooking Taal lake is close to my heart. It has memories to cherish for a lifetime. It will be a breathtaking place to visit for a lifetime.

© 2020 Del Cusay


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 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 uplifted. Our wellbeing is healed and rejuvenated, and that's the ultimate goal to achieve.

The truth is, we want to escape reality once in a while.  To live in a fantasy land where there are no pains and stresses. 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 on 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 for the world's beach and island lovers. A multi-cultural hub where the east meets the west.
That was my 5th time visiting Boracay in about two decades. And each time I visit, there were several transformations not just with its ecosystem but with the culture. The old Island culture I missed.
Perhaps I have seen Boracay during its pristine days when it's less developed and had its Island vibe. So that brings back vivid memories worth remembering. 


Last year when it underwent temporary closure, it became like a ghost Island. Not many tourists and businesses closed for about half a year. If we humans deserve a break, a busy Island deserves a much-needed break too.

When there is damage in an ecosystem due to commercialization, it has to clean and heal itself before serving people again. And so other more popular Islands in the country and Southeast Asian region followed suit. They also rehabilitated their Island paradise.  That's a great move with great sacrifice and love. 

Take 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, so it can breathe again and get rejuvenated -- just like us human beings.


The Nami Resort will bring you over the hills and experience exhilarating fun from an old-style elevator reaching the hilltop. Nami resort got the best view of the Island, and it was just fantastic. The food, the music, the ambiance are great. The experience was magical.


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

Boracay is for everyone. One day, I may be able to swim in 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 a clean and green environment suitable for healing and rejuvenation.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, 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 with— 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 to 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 to 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 strolls 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 the 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 loved 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 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 hearts. 

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 are what fuel 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 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 a 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 nature showed a glimpse of the natural environment people in the rural areas are enjoying while in isolation.


People will now invest more in 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 healthier 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 the 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 to different kinds of emotions. Anxiety, panic, boredom, anger, irritability, and depression are some of our common reactions. People may not say it, but we sense the negative vibe of people's lower emotions. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, in what zone are we now?

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

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

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

There's growth in learning.

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


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

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

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


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

© 2020 Del Cusay


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 a higher level of optimism, we can make things happen. We can let almost impossible things 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 about 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 the 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 in the highest Divine power. Their religious or spiritual affiliations and activities are what make them truly alive.

My Soulful Sunday is spent at the farm, and on this day, my parents show us how to live and survive 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 are no excuses, but only developing habits and a 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 healthy food on the table.  Farm-fresh produce for 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 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 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 joyfulness, yet it can be seen in his smiles and actions.


Now in his 13 months, he can walk by himself and is very much playful. He can show different emotions. He laughs when feeling happy and cries when feeling uncomfortable.

A child is living in 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 us 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 be happier and feeling excited. We may feel tired or bored of what we already, but a child can have 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 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 the 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 in 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