Sunday, September 15, 2019

Living the Best Life From Metropolitan to the Countryside


Life in the rural areas may seem unexciting or boring to some people just like my fellow millennials; and at some point having a feeling of lower energy due to lack of greater and better opportunities offered to them.

That's exactly how I felt a little more than a decade ago after I finished my college and got my license as a professional. Back then, I see myself working in an urban area; a bigger city which is vibrant and more alive.

That dream became a reality. I lived and worked in Metro Manila. That is the city of dreams for many people especially of my generation. It is a place where we can enjoy the best of the corporate world. Working in a great and big company. Wearing a corporate attire. Earning a better compensation. Living the best life. Those are the great things of urban living; we seem to have the best of everything.

Despite some levels of success and career fulfillment, there comes a time of self realization about what success really means, and what do we have to sacrifice in order to achieve to achieve our most coveted dreams.

I have experienced the city life that is highly livable in the Philippines. In Metro Manila, from the former Capital - Quezon City of the north, down to the finest Business District of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The cool Mountain resort of Baguio City in the Cordilleras and the Finest culture of Iloilo City in the Visayas. Those place I have lived and worked offers the best life with highest National livability index. Rural areas or towns are not even considered to be livable due to lack of economic development and other factors.

After more than a decade of living and working in topmost livable cities in the Philippines, I see an economic development and opportunities in the countryside which is an emerging local economy through good governance and better planning. 

Despite of the economic development and prosperity in greater cities like Metro Manila, people living and working in those cities are experiencing the downside of urban living.

For years, Metro Manila is having a difficulty in solving issues on livability. For several years I have experienced difficulty in public transport as a commuter. I have suffered the consequence of falling in a long line in a metro rail due to glitches and lack of train coaches. I have endured hours spent on the bus on the way homen after work due to traffic congestion. We have suffered from days of rotational water interruption. Those are part ofnthe basic needs we have endured and the cycle seems to go on year after year. We have endured, but that became our worst reality.

There are more things we have sacrificed. Our health has been at risk due to stress those problems have caused. More people are getting sick maybe not due to the nature of work, but due to stress, anxiety and fatigue caused by air pollution and travel time on the road; from home to workplace and vice versa. I myself endured almost 5 hours of travel time in a day when I have worked in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig while living in Caloocan City. That is from North to South bound and vice versa. I was not alone. I am one of the thousands of people who share the same fate in the Metro. That's the sacrifices we have to endure for a living. But that may have cone to an ending.

Living in the Metro is great, but may not be the best after all. There's more to life than living in the city that is no longer healthy but only for survival's sake.

There's life in the countryside; in the Rural area we used to live. We may have temporarily left Rural living, but it will always be in our hearts. While others make endearing sacrifices just to live their dreams in the Metro, we are fortunate to have a countryside we can come back to.

In the countryside we enjoy vast land and greenery. We have the best of natural landscape and scenery. We breathe a cleaner air and drink a spring water. We are awaken and greeted by the chirping of the birds at dawn. We can see the wonderful sunrise while having a cup of coffee. We have a bright sunny day and look up above the blue skies. We see the mountains, the hills and the valleys. We can swim on a river or waterfalls. We can witness a beautiful sunset. At night we can go on stargazing. We go to bed and fall asleep early. We have a goodnight sleep. These are not our vacation escape or fantasy. This is not a dream, but our living reality and this is what best describes the place we love to be.

That's a quality life! Not much extravagance, but only a natural living that a rural life has to offer.

In the city people can build a fortune amidst chaos and sufferings, while in the countryside we can live a life of simplicity and serenity. In the city, we define success by the number of wealth, while in the countryside we feel successful when we are in perfect health.




No wonder in today's time more people invests in a  real estate property in emerging Provincial areas even though they are already established in the cities. Some would acquire a townhouse property. Others would buy a lot for future house construction. More families spend their vacation in an ecofarm. More people patronize farm tourism activities to escape from the hustle and bustle of a city life.


With Divine's grace, we develop our family country farm and build our dream farm house. This family real estate would be where we partly live a quality life together. We build our dreams and we start to build a better life... and sooner a better community of Divine love and light.

© 2019 Del Cusay




Sunday, September 8, 2019

Heart's Desire: An Answered Prayer


If there is a tool that hears and grants our dreams and wishes, that would be the power of prayer to the Almighty one. God hears... God listens... God answers our heart's desires.

That spiritual tool is in the hearts of people who flock together in a Holy place for a  prayer, celebrate a mass or offer a thanksgiving. This is an act of affirmation to one's faith to the Divine no matter what religious affiliations they belong.

In the Philippines, people deeply believe in the powerful intersession of the Divine Mother; Mama Mary, the Mother of Christ.

At school, in our religious studies and in catechism, we were taught about the Holiness of Mama Mary for her obedience to God's revelation and plan. That virtue made her the greatest Mother we adore.

In the powerful intersession of the Blessed Mary, we visit the National Shrine of Mother of Perpetual Help which attracts several thousands of Devotees and faithful due to so many answered prayers and petitions. It is our deeper faith that our prayers are granted; just like our own dear Mother who grants the wishes of her child.


In our hometown where people and families flock in a peaceful sanctuary in her honor, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Lomboy has blessed many people who call her name in her intersession.

As we celebrate Mama Mary's birthday, we give her thanks and praises for all the answered prayers to God. Blessed Mother of God never fails to a child who kneel and pray. Her Divinity inspired and blesses our heart's intentions and desires.


At this moment, I am blessed for another answered prayer. I am forever grateful for the Divine Mother whom I praise and adore. Our love to our own dear Mother is a manifestation of our love to the Divine Mother, our Mama Mary who loves us and prays for us. 

© 2019 Del Cusay



Monday, September 2, 2019

Birthday Special: Love and Gratitude


Birthday marks a new beginning; a new cycle of life. It is one of the most pleasant day of remembering how the past year had been and how we fair in life's dealing; how we lived our best life and how we brave all the challenges that had arrived.


If life is a cycle of ups and downs; of good times and bad times, then I have gone through its roller coaster ride. Some cycles were good enough that it gave me more energy and will power to execute ideas and turn them into reality. Whereas some cycles triggered lower emotions that produces lower frequency or vibrations.

The life cycle just before birthday was truly a purification time of breaking negative thoughts and obsolete beliefs. Letting go of unpleasant emotions and moving forward  for a brighter side; a greater cycle of renewal and strong will. 

On this day, is when I was born in this world more than 3 decades ago and this day marks the first cycle of life that gives meaning and power. The strongest time of the year comes when we celebrate our precious birthdate. This is the time we give wishes to ourself and extend to our love ones. 

The gift of a good life is the fundamental source of gratitude and the goodness of life is shared with love and compassion to my family, friends and dear ones.


On this new birth year cycle, one of the best gift would be "a break" to take it slow, stop for a while, build enough energy to appreciate the things that I already have. To be able to express my deepest love and gratitude for my parents who gave me life and to enjoy God's natural wonders and live a simple and slow paced life. 

Today, it's just another simple celebration of the start of another life cycle. Another year has been added, but age certainly is just a number. As I grow old, I continue to live my greatest life and I aspire to be a reflection of Divine love and light for my family and those people I will meet along the road.

Another cycle of life will rock my world, but I am hoping to keep my faith and stay above circumstances beyond my control. I have conquered my weaknesses and this time is the beginning of making the best things possible though the Divine power, love and light. The cycle of life that is God's greatest delight. 

© 2019 Del Cusay




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