Showing posts with label Travel Inspirations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel Inspirations. Show all posts

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Summer Camping in Logan Lake

 
What makes me appreciate life most is finding time to travel long distances and create wonderful memories. It's when I learn new things, gain new perspectives about a place and ponder on things that add value to living. 

This is my first ever long travel to British Columbia, Canada at the beginning of summer. This is the start of a new season full of fun under the sun. It's the season of discovery and adventure as we transition from cool to warm.

From Vancouver, it took us 3 hours to reach the charming town of Logan Lake in the heart of the Highland Valley in the Thompson Okanagan region.

It was once a quiet town reserved for the miners and their families, but now houses thousands of residents who enjoy the serenity of nature and for the visitors to spend time away from the hustle of their busy city life.

Logan lake offers many activities during the summer season. Visitors may enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, biking, and hiking. This is the ideal time to unwind, take a deep breath, and just appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and nature. 

Camping at Mile High Resort in Logan Lake was an awesome experience to escape from reality away from the city. It's surrounded by lush forests with breathtaking views of the lake. 

The deluxe log cabin offers a comfortable and relaxing vibe while hearing the sound of nature and watching the galaxies and the bright stars. Stargazing is just mesmerizing. It's a stunning experience to look up into the night sky and simply wish upon a star. 

What makes this summer season memorable are the stories, smiles, and laughter shared in a pristine setting. A romantic destination perfect for a weekend getaway where imagination sparks and ideas are born. 


This summer getaway is truly unforgettable. Logan lake is a great camping destination worth remembering and Mile High Resort is a place worth reminiscing. 

©️ Del Cusay

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley

 

The summer season in Canada is fast approaching, but the cool temperate climate prevails just before the end of spring.

In Langley, British Columbia, farm tourism draws many families for a weekend of pure fun and relaxation in a naturally beautiful outdoor setting and al-fresco dining.

There are so many family-owned and operated farm destinations in Langley and the Fraser Valley, but I got fascinated with the countryside ambiance of the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

The Berry Farm is a 200-acre property that was open to serve the public in 1974. Since then, they have enjoyed their bountiful harvest and served it to their guests and visitors. 

Just half an hour's travel from home, we had our breakfast having their famous waffle with fresh strawberry toppings and cream. That's a fresh-picked strawberry in their field and we had our own U-picked experience in the vast field.

Depending on the season, they also produce other berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries which are patronized by their loyal customers for the best culinary offering and U-picked experiences.

The beautifully landscaped lawn and garden are perfect for a great outdoor dining experience with a raspberry field on a backdrop adding up to the berry farm vibe.

Then fresh strawberry picking follows which was a wonderful experience since their berries are sweet and delicious. We had carefully picked the big and riped strawberries for takeaway. Parents and their little kids enjoy picking experiences and just anyone seems happy to touch the soil and the earth-grounding experience.


The Krause Berry Farms has over a hundred products that they produce on the farm and are sold in their home and garden market. They have a bakery where they make freshly-baked products like berry custard pies and cookies. 

Fresh berry waffles are served in their waffle bar indoors and can be enjoyed in their garden or a patio for a wonderful outdoor ambiance.  

The best farm experience happens when the owner cares a lot about making sustainable farming be enjoyed and shared with the public. The Krause Berry Farms have been producing crops in an environmentally sustainable way and have been supporting and serving communities for several years making them influential and a leader in the farm tourism industry.

A great week starts with envigorating thoughts, nourished by healthy food and enriched with a soulful experience. That's the way we do it as we journey to the valley at the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Birchwood Dairy Farm in Abbotsford


The weekend has never been this fun when in a valley and a farm. That's how we spend time unwinding in the beautiful and relaxing ambiance of the Birchwood Dairy Farm. 
 
In Abbotsford, British Columbia, there are many farm destinations to choose from since it's located on the fertile land of the Fraser Valley where Agri-tourism is widely promoted and becoming a lifestyle.


The farm is owned by the Krahn family who's been in the dairy farm business for several decades in the Fraser Valley and managing the 22 acres of the farm, taking care of hundreds of cows and producing dairy milk and other dairy products.

What makes this dairy farm a favorite destination is their gourmet ice cream that's rich and creamy from the fresh milk produced by their happy and healthy cows. There are about 50 flavors to choose from including maple walnut, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and cookies and cream which we've bought in a cone and take home in a liter bucket. That's a relief during sunny and warmer days just before the summer begins.


The dairy farm is also a favorite stop among partners and families who wanted to explore more and learn about how the dairy milk and products and produced on the farm. It's also a popular stop among cyclists, motorcyclists, and students on an educational tours. This dairy farm is family-friendly and just for anyone who's into 
uncrowded, fresh air, and a great view of a natural environment.

I've learned that Canadian livestock are free from growth hormones and the use of antibiotics and other medications are strictly regulated. At Birchwood dairy farm they take good care of their cows so they are always healthy, so they produce the tastiest and creamiest milk. That makes their gourmet ice cream one of the best premium-quality I've ever tasted.


For a brief period, exposure to the dairy farm gives a perspective on how dairy cows are ethically raised, how dairy products are produced, and how it's being sold and patronized by people who know what a quality dairy produce tastes like. 

At Birchwood dairy farm, we see happy families, playful young kids, and everyone who radiates the calm and positive energy that the dairy farm brings. It's on my farm destination lists, and I'll be happy to always go back and create wonderful memories that are something to cherish and reminisce.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Tulip Festival in Chilliwack


It's Springtime in Canada and other flowers take their turns to bloom just when the cherry blossoms started to fall off.

It's time to see the 30 colorful varieties of tulips and other flowers like daffodils and Hyacinths for this year's re-opening of the British Columbia's largest flower festival.

The Tulip Festival in Chilliwack is the largest flower festival in British Columbia and Western Canada. It's this time of the year when millions of bulbs of Tulips are blooming on a 20-acre flower farm. 

This is the 16th year of the Tulip Festival in Chilliwack and it attacks tens of thousands of people from the lower mainland and nearby cities to witness the beautiful blossoming of tulips similar to the famous tulip farms in the Netherlands.

The Dutch-inspired tulip farm has features like a windmill, a chapel, a swing, and benches for a great photo opportunity. It's a perfect place for families and couples for a romantic walk while surrounded by a magnificent mountains backdrop.

In times when people are starting to live normally again, a visit to a Tulip farm uplifts the mood and makes one appreciate the natural wonders while seeing each other's faces and smiles without barriers.

What makes life more beautiful is when people bloom like a flower; radiating purity, serenity, and positivity. When life seems blue, these flowers remind us that we can stand tall and create abundance, experience pure joy, and peace in our hearts. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Holy Week 2022: A Journey to Paradise


The earth is healing. That's the message of hope and love this Holy Week. Finally, we get healed from the suffering brought by the pandemic. It may not be the end yet, but we don't live in fear and prolong the agony.

Travel is what we desire this Lenten season. This way, we get to experience a new perspective on living. We cross the borders and travel across the sea. A hundred miles of the journey; with immeasurable faith to Thee. 

We Journey to a paradise to see and feel God's heavenly creation. This time in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. A charming city that's rich in history. A story from the first nations passed down from generation to generation.


A walk around downtown Victoria is reminiscent of the distant past where laidback living thrives even in the present. I feel the calmness and the serenity; the cool vibe I'm eager to see. This is the place to explore to find meaning and start a new beginning.

The message of God is clear, that beyond suffering is a promised land where we live a heavenly experience. We walk with faith and we allow suffering just as we carry the cross towards our destination and salvation. We do not fear, but we trust God's will. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Monday, April 4, 2022

The Cherry Blossoms at David Lam Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Monday, March 28, 2022

A day trip in White Rock: City by the Sea


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

©️ 2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Moment of Healing and Memories



When you need to unwind, relax and set free, where do you go?

In Baguio City, people would go for a reason. It's a place like no other in the country. It relaxes the body, mind and soul. It liberates from worries, and fears. And it helps get revitalized and be healed.

That's the highlands in the Northern Philippines. A City of Pines and strawberries. A historically rich and a vibrant city where people would go for a wonderful journey.

When we feel exhausted and a need to rejuvenate, a travel to a certain destination would help us recover. It changes our mood and uplifts our spirit. Then, we feel good again, and do great things again.

In Baguio City, you feel welcomed. The friendliness of the people makes you stay, although, you'll have to leave anyway. With a momentary healing and rejuvenation, you'll be ready to face another race in much challenging place.

Not just for friends and lovers, but Baguio City is also for the family. A getaway for fun, learning and appreciation of arts and culture. Baguio City's charm invites everyone to learn their stories, heritage and identity.

If I would choose, I'd rather live in a place where there's a balance between nature and a city life. Living in Baguio is like living in a mountain resort, surrounded by natural wonders for healing and relaxation.

Amidst uncertainty, when time permits to travel a long distance and go back to Baguio, I would love to recreate those memories and visit the finest places it has to offer. The memories creates lasting impact as the place where learning and training had started.

For now, we couldn't go to places as much as we wanted. All we can do is to reminisce the good times. And when we're set free, we can travel again endlessly.

©️  2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Patan Durbar Square and the Royal City

I've never seen such a magnificent old city as Patan Durbar Square, located about eight kilometers south of Kathmandu.

Patan is the old name of the present-day Lalitpur, is considered the third-largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara.

While the old city of Patan offers a nostalgic tour of its royal past, there's one place to visit, learn and appreciate -- the Patan Durbar Square.

I'm lucky to have visited one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu valley which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other two Durbar Squares are located in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, but unluckily I wasn't able to visit.

But then, as I entered Patan Durbar Square, I could feel that it has a rich cultural past and the most magnificent royal palace worth visiting.

It has 155 courtyards and 55 major temples that are significant to Hindus and Buddhists. I was able to get inside one of the main temples and had a great appreciation of the architecture and the arts.

Patan is a city of fine arts. And the marvelous architectures are reminiscent of how arts are ingrained in their culture, preserved, and passed on to the next generations. Their craftsmanship is superb and brilliant as they create wood, stone, and metal carvings. 

Patan has preserved its rich tradition of artistic craftsmanship from the local woodcarvers and handicraft makers. From the time of Royal King Newar, artistic skills still live on. 

I was fortunate to have visited Patan Durbar Square in 2013 before it was hit by a strong earthquake in April 2015. Some of the temples and structures were heavily damaged. The good thing is that it was already reconstructed just like the original structure.

Patan Durbar Square is a truly unforgettable experience. Walking on the tiled red bricks while staring at the red wall bricks was like a teleport back to the old days of fine arts and great craftsmanship.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Tranquility at the Lotus Temple

Where can we find peace in a world full of noise, hatred, and wars?  People would fight for their beliefs and feel superior to their religion. Country versus country, religion versus religion, people tend to have endless fights about what they truly believe in.

In a country of more than one billion people, I've found a place where people regardless of social status and religion would come together to worship one God.

It's the Bahaí House of Worship, popularly known as the Bahá'í Temple or Lotus Temple. It's magnificent modern architecture that the people of the world have to visit and appreciate its beauty. 

This architectural wonder was designed to form like a lotus flower. One can see it from the top, from all sides, and even from a kilometer distance. It was built to house thousands of visitors from different places in India and different nationalities in the world.

It was a great moment when I challenged myself to visit Lotus Temple in Delhi, India sometime in December 2011. I remember the thousands of people inside the temple complex who endured the long lines to get inside the main temple. I had to follow the strict rules of patiently waiting in line and leaving the shoes to go barefooted inside the temple.

I had to find a good place to sit in, as I entered the temple. I'd chose to sit peacefully in the center and meditated for an hour. There was no noise but purely serenity. There were no religious objects, but just the walls and interior designs. It was a calming and meditative experience as I was surrounded by people from all walks of life and different religion.

I felt good and inspired that people of opposing beliefs could come and sit together in the same place of worship. It could not be possible for other religions as they impose exclusivity to protect their faith.

At the Bahá'í Temple, everyone is a son of one God. And that all people believe in one God. That's the significance of the Bahá'į faith. It's about the oneness of humanity. No hatred, no prejudice, and no exclusive God. But only one God for all.

If every country has its Bahá'í Temple, the people, and even atheists could have a place to visit to ponder about their existence and purpose. To find meaning and contemplate the joy of living.

Bahá'í faith taught me about the realization of one God for humanity. The same God that I adore and pray for wherever I am and wherever I may be.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Magical Night in Jaipur


To complete my journey to India's golden triangle, I was lucky to visit the lost Kingdom of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan.

It's known as the Pink city since many palaces and structures are painted pink even back in the old days of its monarchy.

From Delhi, it took us five hours to reach Jaipur for a grand MDP talk about Harmonizing Power, love, and light among women at Marriott hotel.

That was a well-organized event and an inspirational talk of Master Del Pe, as he empowered women about their role in society and awakening their inherent power.

Among the cities in India, Jaipur is one of the most welcoming. The hospitality of the Rajasthani people is heartwarming. That's one thing I admire even on a short visit.

Some magical moments happen at a Rajasthani specialty restaurant. That was a cultural night showcasing their dance and music. It was fun watching cultural performances that are wonderful and graceful.

After the cultural presentation and the welcome drinks, it's time for dinner, and we entered their indoor dining area and waited for the food to be served fresh and hot. 

It was a unique ambiance with a Rajasthani backdrop and painting on dim lighting. We were seated on the floor like a typical Indian seating position. The servers carefully pour over the food on the plate for every meal course that includes dessert. 

That was good Rajasthani cuisine and a light mood until we finished our meal. Then we had our pictures taken on a backdrop that resembles the arches in the palace. 

That was a fiery hot night from the cultural presentation to the sumptuous meal. I had fun and was delighted.


Magic happens when we see something unimaginable, and Jaipur showed us their best offering.

From Delhi to Agra and Jaipur. Finally, I'd completed the golden triangle. Those were the best moments worth reminiscing. There's always a spark, and there's always magic. And it leaves a lasting impact in our hearts.

© 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Pashupatinath Temple: Of Life and Death

All life comes to an end. That's a reality that most of us are scared of or in denial of the fate of human existence. In short, we'll all die. But happens when on our earthy departure? And so, one day, I was brought to a place to see the dead bodies for cremation rites on the holiest Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

My tourist guide brought me to one of the holiest Hindu temples in Kathmandu. He thought my visit wouldn't be complete without it since it's declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a highly revered place among Hindus.

It was a unique place since the temples and ashrams are on the riverside. The Bagmati River is holy among Hindus, and it's where they bring the dead bodies of their love for cremation rites.

I can't believe to had witnessed cremation rites open to the public. It was like more than five dead bodies are cremated in the first hour since I arrived.

I was on the hill portion of the riverside, where other locals also came to witness. You can see the greyish-white smoke emitted from the dead bodies as it's burned. You can imagine smoky air on the cremation area from afar. I felt uncomfortable at first, but I have to respect and learn from their religious beliefs.


Hindus believe that our physical body is irrelevant as we die, so they cremate it instead of burying it. In Pashupatinath, families bring the dead body of their loved ones. It's to perform the last rites before they bid farewell to their dearly departed.

As the dead body arrives on the Bagmati riverside, they wash their feet with water from the river. They sprinkle some rice and shower some marigold on the face before it gets burned. Then the ashes are scattered in the river. The family members would also walk three times in a clockwise direction around a wooden funeral pyre before placing the dead body on top.

That was an unforgettable experience back in 2013. Suddenly, it flashed back when I watched on television the mass cremation rites in open grounds in New Delhi. This time, families cremate their loved ones who died due to Covid-19.


Pashupatinath temple is a holy site in honor of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in Hinduism.
When I stepped out of the Pashupatinath complex, I had mixed emotions. The place and the cremation rites may not be for the fain-hearted, but I survived.

I may not have enjoyed much my visit to Pashupatinath, but I'm glad for the learnings. It was like reliving a lesson from my world history class. 

One thing I've learned is that when we die, our families will be there until the end to care for us. Our physical bodies may have vanished, but great memories remain in their hearts. Like Hindus, we may believe in the concept of karma and reincarnation. That may be, we don't only live once, but we're just waiting on our rebirth when our time comes to an end.

©️2021 Del Cusay