“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.”—Richie Norton
Sunsets are true reflections of our intimate connection with love, life, God, friendship, happiness, contentment, the beach and the ocean. Powered by Mother Nature, a sunset is God’s greatest show on earth!
With every sunset bringing in the promise of a new dawn, a new hope is born while an unfortunate expectation dies. Sunsets are indeed proof that no matter what happens, every day is a blessing to cherish.
The sun enters the visionary sign of Sagittarius today, Nov. 21. I’m not really into astrology but what I know is that this zodiac sign is all about expanding horizons. According to my Kundalini yoga and urban healer BFF Rosan Cruz, this time will take you out of your comfort zone to explore the unknown and awaken your mind to a higher perspective.
With the “new” me in sight, this vision of new beginnings will propel me onwards and upwards to what I have set for myself for the remainder of 2021. I’m tapping into this astrological season and imbibing the cosmic vibrations it brings. It’s good to use the vibrations of Sagittarius to help us prepare for 2022.
The qualities of Sagittarius are being optimistic, enthusiastic, honest, responsible and independent. This is the sign that always looks at the bright side of things and is always generous and goes out of their way to help others. Sagittarians are adventurous and will never shy away from taking risks to keep the excitement alive.
The most important aspects of the fiery Sagittarius spirit are the quest for meaning, dedication to a purpose, and search for higher truth and universal principles.
Just like the optimistic Sagittarius peeps, I see the serenity and stunning beauty of the sunset and the symbol of hope it brings. The ebb and flow of waves carries away my worries and revitalizes my energy to let me live my best life.
Sunsets are symbols of harmony with nature, calmness and renewal. It’s a reminder that each day brings with it the opportunity to reset my heart, mind and life.
Carving out ‘me’ time
If there’s anything that this pandemic has made me realize is the importance of carving out time to pause and reset my intentions at the end of each day. Lifting from Rhonda Byrnes, author of “The Law of Attraction,” whatever I believe, I will manifest it. If I believe that joy and love surround me with a backdrop of a perfect sunset view, the universe has no other choice but to conspire and turn it into a reality.
And what a way to manifest! Just when I was feeling the cabin fever back here in Manila with the extended stay-at-home order to curb the resurgence of the COVID-19 variant, I get a call from Ailene Chua-Co of A-List & Partners Consulting Group. She shared with me the invitation from upscale real estate developer Landco Pacific Corp., a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., to visit their latest Leisure Tourism Estates, Calatagan South Beach (CaSoBe). Lo and behold, this development is known for one of the most magnificent sunsets in the country, if not the world.
This development under Landco BeachTowns is a vibrant leisure and tourism destination that is envisioned by Landco’s chairperson Manny V. Pangilinan as one of the country’s top tourism hotspots. Taking a break from his busy schedule, he is known to go to CaSoBe to recharge and unwind from time to time.
On a three-hour drive from Metro Manila, a few of my close friends and I followed the road MVP took to get to CaSoBe in Batangas, to experience it for ourselves.
Accessible resort destination
I discovered that it has the vibe of El Nido or Balesin, yet it’s more accessible. It’s a place where I felt truly at ease and relaxed from the moment the resort staff warmly welcomed me and my friends to every aspect of the two-night stay spent soothing my mind, body and spirit, and delighting in carefully curated amenities.
What’s not to love at CaSoBe? I’m used to five-star luxury resorts in my travels and staying at Crusoe Cabins, the beachfront accommodation operated by Millennial Resorts at the sprawling property, was a pleasant surprise. It was my first time to stay in a sustainably designed cabin made from a repurposed container van with rustic accents and replete with modern conveniences. It was cozy and comfortable, and the Wi-Fi was so powerful!
Walking along the stretch of white sand beach and going island hopping to nearby Starfish island, it’s as if I was in Boracay. Landco chief executive officer Erickson Y. Manzano said CaSoBe has the charm of a thriving beach side community with a lot of potential for budding resort owners to set up a bed and breakfast by the beach.
Over sunset cocktails at the Swing Bar and barbecue dinner by the beach, Landco senior consultant for hospitality Patrick C. Gregorio told me that that Millennial Resorts attract tourists on a weekend getaway and those who prefer to work from the beach.
To harness the good energy, Rosan held a gong session on the auspicious day, Nov. 11. Connecting to a higher state of consciousness, our group focused on positive energy towards the dawning of hope and expansion of creativity. The meditation session was by donation, to raise funds for the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly in San Juan.
Things happen for a reason
It has been said that people enter our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Depending on the kind of lessons we most need to learn, they enter our lives to fulfill some need or a purpose.
Once the purpose for which they enter our world is fulfilled, we part ways. A lot of times we don’t even know the reason why they walked away, until life reveals it to us. This can be life-transforming depending on the intensity of the bond we have with that person. Such situations push us into changing our attitude, lifestyle, behavior, etc. for good.
Believing that everything happens for a reason, people also come into my life for a reason. And whether they stay or leave, each one positively touches my life for the better. That’s life lived with no regrets! INQ