A trip to the summit.

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I’ve been inactive lately in my blog space because of problems with my wordpress oops! I forgot my password and I’ve been busy lately with some office works and hospital stuffs you know. Anyways I’m back and here I am to revive my long been deserted blog space but I do really miss you guys. I miss telling you what I’ve been through and I miss hearing stories from you.

Lately I have been to a really terrible yet challenging and fulfilling journey yet so far. This is the most insane thing I have ever done in my entire life, but see, like you guys I also have a set of bucket list. And because of this bucket list- I was able to literally go out-AS IN GO OUT of my comfort zone. I never knew that I have this really wild side and strong side of me until I decided to take a big leap forward. It just takes a decision and action to do great things.

I literally grew up with this wonderful site in front of our house. We call this the Musuan peak- known geologically as the Mount Calayo- from the cebuano language that literally means “mountain of fire”. So I grew up feeling closely connected to nature and a love  and fascination to a mountain.

mount calayo

Above: Mount Calayo in Musuan, Bukidnon

Just last year on my birthdays month I have decided to climb the highest mountains of the Philippines. On my bucketlist are the mountains Mt. Kitanglad and next would be Mt. Apo. Together with my high school friend we ended up climbing Mt. Apo- the highest mountain in the Philippines.

We formed a group and decided to climb this month of April where the summers weather favor good clearing at the summit.

Here are the things I have learned in my assault on this mountain.

1. Know you battle. Know your mountain.

This is the most critical and important of all. It all applies in all walks of life. You’ve got to know your mountain. You’ve got to do research on its geography or its physical characteristics- its elevation and prominence among other features, its climate, flora and fauna. You read blogs and stories about that mountain.

This also applies to all walks of life. For me one of the best way to know about your mountain climbing is to ask those people who have been there before. You can talk to your guide what to expect and what to prepare beforehand.

In realities’ sense like for example in the field of business you have to ask the help of mentors- those who have been there for a long time. That’s the best way to learn without having too much failure because you are already guided. Learn from the experts as they say and you cant go wrong. Always ask help when you need it and and when you have too. That’s the shortest way to success. Got it?!

2. Know yourself.

In all things, you’ve got to know what are your strengths, what are your weaknesses. What are your fears and as much as you could, learn to overcome them. I know for a fact that I have fear of heights. But I was shocked that I was able to conquer it and I learned how to overcome it. I learned to not look down and not to focus on the height of my climb but to shift my focus on my current footstep and my next footsteps. I know that my weakness is food so I never ran out of food to bring for my trails. I got chocolates or trail mixes with me hehehe. I also see to it that i have sufficient water for the climb.

I have fears but I have conquered them one by one. I have fear in the dark also. There were times when we trudged the forest trail as early as 4am. Even when I had my head lamp on. I still have fears on the things I cannot see. I might get stumbled on an unknown rock or a giant snake or what. I don’t know, sometimes I get paranoid. This leads me to my next realization..

3. Some of our fears are only imagined.

Prior to this climb I have already imagined many terrible things. But be careful of your fears because once you get a clear picture of your fears, they will enter your subconscious mind and you  how powerful our subconscious mind could be. Pictures are powerful because they could enter into our psyche if we let them too. That is why we have to think positively. As I climb this mountain I got lots of fears bugging my mind like ‘what if I might fall’ or what if I may stumbled upon a rock or upon a giant root’ things like that. But my prayers and the images in my head like the image when I get to the summit or be united with my ‘katkat squad’- I HAD A PICTURE OF ME and my squad beforehand. I picture us at the summit of that mountain in three days time- enjoying the scenic views and gasping our breaths out in awe. That’s what I had in my mind. And every time fear strikes in me in my assaults especially in the boulders face and especially at the point where I have to overcome the 87 degree tilt of the mountain. I had to create in me a strong picture of victory. That’s what I had in mind. AND TRUE ENOUGH, not long enough that my strength finally regained I was able to regain my composure. . I had to trust my guide and trust myself and so I switched my weight on the left foot  and reach for the hand of our guide from the top portion of the

4. If you want to go fast, walk alone but if you want to go farthest, walk together.

5. The universe will provide.

6. Travel light.

7. Trust yourself to the 99999999th power up to the positive infinity.

8. It is a journey. Not a race.

9. Respect nature. Respect your mountain.

10. If ever you get tired have a rest but don’t you quit.

11. If you know the WHY you will know the HOWS.


How to loose weight

I have a good news today!

I am just ecstatic because I have finally achieved my goal: I lost 2 kilograms in less than a month and I finally trimmed down my used to be stubborn belly fats. Isn’t that amazing? I almost lost hope and the enthusiasm but one thing changed my course. You see, here’s the fact: When you get older, your metabolism also gets slower. But there are actually ways in which we can hack this slowed down metabolism. Good thing I’m a nutritionist-dietitian and got my license. I could always relearn the science. Plus, I got inspired by the encouraging testimony of my friend about her diet and exercise.

Here’s the deal. I can teach you how to loose weight but all of these sciences that I have learned in seven years of being a clinical dietitian wouldn’t be of good use if not put into decisive action.

Through the years I have studied and mastered the art of loosing weight and I have watched this victoriously happen to all of my persistent and determined clients.

Loosing weight is first, a science in that every human body is unique; and it is evidence based. Secondly, it’s an art because it requires many approaches and factors as psychology,  home economics, cooking and other integrated health approaches.

So what does it takes to hit this bingo?


First things first: A commitment  to accept the challenge.


Second, you’ve got to conceive it in your mind that you can do it and that it will actually happen. You’ve got to imagine it really happen.


Get a partner, a sidekick or pick your favorite partner in good crime for this challenge or whatever you want to call it. I call it a joyful challenge because I already to conceived in my mind the joy to inspire others to do the same and to accept the challenge. It would also help if you hang around people who already achieved your dream goal. Get inspiration from them. Read their books, listen to their stories or blogs. Seek encouragement from them. You will never fail.


Fourth, you’ve got to have the right motivation. Go on! Pick that dress on the shop you’ve always been p to eye on. Or pick that sexy bikini on your favorite boutique and make it your motivation. Or you’ve been eyeing this sexy shirt or sports attire. Go on! Do not hesitate because that thing will motivate you. Go ahead! Remember that pictures bring power to our daily lives same as words affect our emotions. There is power on pictures. Remember the power of dream boards? It’s when dreamers put the pictures of their dream houses, or dream cars or dream jobs or dream travel places. Then they post on their wall to see and to smile with it every day. You can put yours and post with it your fitness and wellness goals. Now you will never get wrong with that. There you go, you are now ready for the next big victory ahead which is the PERFECT COMBINATION of SCIENCE, NUTRITION AND PROPER DIET, REST and EXERCISE.

Follow on my next blog….


You are beautiful!

Indeed, life teaches you many lessons.
A lesson to love yourself more and to become the strongest person you could ever be. To love and give and care without expecting anything in return. To humbly care and love and bleed.
Somebody said that we are like those stars that we gaze at every night..

“Something happens to burst us open; but  when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we were ever before!”(C. Joybell C.)


To look good outside is to feel good inside…


Loving Yourself


Living is not enough. You need a little sunshine, good food, rest and lots of love and good things.

Dear beautiful and awesome friend,

On Loving yourself:

Why am I writing about this stuff?
On what position am I credible to write?
Well, I am writing about this very critical and global topic because first and foremost I am a Nutritionist-Dietitian. Second, I care for you. And by taking care of yourself means you are also taking good care of the people around you especially your loved ones. And thirdly, because I truly believe that it is the most important decision that you could ever make in your lifetime.

Loving oneself entails first a decision, then a sense of committment, and a courage to pursue with your set goals. It’s not as easy as “one, two, three” but it’s definitely worth spending your time and effort with.

To love oneself is to spend your time doing the things that you love and care about. Pursuing your passions and dreams in life; taking care of your health by doing regular physical activities, having enough sleep or rest, eating a balanced diet and loving your God (or whatever faith you believe in).

To love oneself is to allow ourselves to continuously grow in all aspects of life. To be emotionally aware of oneself and others, socially, physically, intellectually and spiritualy. Because all we ever had is ourselves. And its the closest thing we could do. It’s the gift that you will give not just to yourself but also to your family and loved ones.
Because we cannot give what we do not have, we can only take better care of others  If we are able to take care of ourselves so well.
I am dietitian working in the hospital for more than half a score already. I have witnessed and interviewed many patients including their families. I am witness to many broken hearts of witnessing their loved one die or struggle from a critical illness or a difficult disease. I have been with the families of hopeful uncertainties.

We are all connected and so If one person or family member suffers, the whole group or family is also affected (financially, physically and emotionally). That’s why we have to better take care of ourselves. Health equals wealth. We have what we call degenerative diseases. These are diseases that increase in frequency due to lifestyle and worldwide industrialization. Our foods are processed using preservatives and technological advancements that the natural nutrients of these foods are alteted.
But one thing I have learned and understood is that all of those diseases and health challenges could have been prevented if only a better lifestyle was lived beforehand. Prevention is always better than cure.

So this is my gift to you my friend – my writing and my knowledge and abilities from what I have gained working for about half a score in the hospital setting ang health care practice. As a Nutritionist-Dietitian, It is my passion and sincerity to share with the best of my ability all that I have learned and acquired in my profession.
I wish you not just a long but also a very good and colorful life – well spent with your family and loved ones. So bear with me as we journey through this beautiful and challenging life.

Sincerely Yours,
Czarinah Callejo, Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian/Health Advocate

Before hitting pillows.

Saying a sweet prayer before hitting pillows.

Lord I thank you for this day.
Thank you for loving me as I am.
Thank you for your love that surpasses everything.. even troubles, misfortunes, doubts and weakness…
Thank you for bearing with me today Lord.

I surrender to you my hopes and dreams, my ambitions, the plans that I have yet to fulfill.
Thank you for giving rest to my tired soul and physical body Lord.

Thank you for the sunset today Lord, for the lovely moon and the twinkling night stars.
Knowing that tomorrow will become a better day.
Bless me tonight and my loved ones and restore us tonight with a sound and powerful sleep.
Greet us tomorrow with songs of joy and enthusiasm..together with the beautiful sunrise and a pleasant surprise…


That part of the day when you feel a sense of being restored.