I posted this photo on Instagram and the caption was so long that I decided it’s better off as a blog post.
For New Year’s I took a roadtrip to Calaguas, a remote island in the Philippines, where I went on a complete digital detox. No wifi / internet / phone signal. No television / minibar / air-conditioning — and no electricity between 6am to 6pm. Completely ‘Castaway’… (Okay, I lied. There was a kitchen and I had a cozy hut with a bed. But I didn’t have Wilson — movie reference, fyi ).
During my time on the island, (and believe me, without technology / internet, suddenly I had a lot of time in my hands), I’ve come to realize that we spend our time either CONSUMING or CREATING.
When I’m on my phone or computer I’m not only consuming energy and electricity, I’m consumed by the web scrolling through news feeds, listening to music or watching YouTube. Our world doesn’t need more consuming. It needs more creating. More PASSION, SOLUTION and CONTRIBUTION.
And it certainly got me thinking – How will I create a better life or way of living for myself and help change the habits of our society and future generations? What change do I hope to see in the future?
The answer involves more CONNECTIVITY – to a certain extent. I believe it’s becoming more important now than ever that we practice the discipline to power-down and disconnect when we can. How important is it to know what’s going on in other people’s lives via Facebook news feed than what’s happening right in front of you? Too often I see people scrolling on their phones while eating, or taking a Snapchat of everything while on vacation.
I wish we could be more present in the presence of others…
Our world may be changing but the true nature of life is not. If we are too busy staring down at our screens we’re going to miss all of it. Take the time to disconnect. I believe it’s a good way to reconnect with yourself and connect better with others.
I have some very exciting news that I’m going to be able to announce in the coming months. In that time I’ll be working with some incredible experts around fitness, nutrition and health and putting together what will hopefully be an awesome offering for you all. So watch this space!
In the meantime it would be great to get your input on the kinds of questions you most want answered about fitness, nutrition and health. What are the problems and frustrations you face in these areas? How can we help you on your journey? Just click on this link and please take 1-2 minutes to help me help you 🙂
If 20 people complete the survey, I’ll share a healthy dessert recipe.
If 50 people complete the survey, I’ll do 50 squats.
If 100 people complete the survey, oh heck I’ll do 100 burpees!
When you are feeling good, you are not overly concerned with yourself. Things are just good. When you are feeling bad, you are usually overly concerned with yourself. Things are bad because you are bad. That is the kind of unconscious thought about yourself that can hurt you. That is why it is important to consciously think of yourself. If you do not think consciously about yourself, you will think unconsciously about yourself. When you think about yourself consciously, those hurtful unconscious thoughts can’t sneak up on you so easily.
As you think consciously of yourself, remember that you are not what you think you are. That is especially true if you think you are somehow awful. The opposite is also true. You are what you think you are. That is why it is important to pay attention to what you think you are, because you will convince yourself that you are that. If you consciously decide what you are, then you have a good starting point. You will know just where you stand with yourself.
As you decide what you are, you should ask yourself a few basic questions.
You should ask yourself if you would like happiness for yourself. You should ask yourself if you would like happiness for others. You should ask yourself if you and others deserve happiness.
If the answers to these questions are yes, yes and yes, then you know that you are something extraordinarily good and deserving. From that point forward, you can continue to think consciously about yourself and not allow yourself to believe any thoughts which suggest that you are anything less.
The difficulty with unconscious thoughts is that they are unconscious. They are hard to see. When you can’t see the thoughts you can still feel the feelings that they produce. If you are feeling good, good. You’re not thinking bad things about yourself. If you are feeling bad, watch to see what you think is wrong with you and don’t believe it. Remind yourself that you are wonderful and you deserve happiness.
So let’s talk about the next best thing you can get in Switzerland: Chocolates.
Mmm, chocolates. Particularly, Cailler (pronounced “kah-yey”) chocolates — the oldest Swiss chocolate brand founded way back in 1819 that melts the hearts (and in the mouth) of many chocolate lovers until today.
I went to Maison Cailler in Broc, Gruyère, to find out how François-Louis Cailler produced the world’s first chocolate bar.
Welcome to Maison Cailler! I was welcomed by this huge wall of chocolates that shelved the most impressive range of Cailler chocolates, in several delectable flavors at the gift shop.
Most of us probably have dreamt about going to a chocolate factory, at least at some point in our lives. Nestle gave me the golden ticket to live that dream…
DID YOU KNOW THAT the first milk chocolate was discovered as a beverage? The secret ingredient to making it into a chocolate bar like we are used to today is COCOA BUTTER. When added to chocolate mixture, it creates a solid chocolate bar.
The history of chocolate goes back a long way. Many years ago, the Maya Indians lived in Guatemala in Central America. They moved from Guatemala to the south-central part of Mexico. The Maya Indians took the cacao plant and beans with them. This plant grew in the rain forest. The Mayan people made a powder from the cacao beans. They then made a drink from the cocoa powder.
This drink was very bitter and the Mayans used it as a medicine for coughs and fever. Later, the Aztec people began to rule Mexico. They found out about the cocoa drink and called it ‘xocalatl’. And that’s where the word chocolate comes from.
BOOM! History class on chocolates for you choco-lovers.
From machine to wrapper then straight into my mouth!
My mouth began to water. I held back as much as I could, but some of them looked too good to pass on. I finally caved after I saw a giant tray of Cailler’s Ambassador noir (dark) chocolates. It was all over from there. I had one after another!
After picking up a few souvenirs at the store, Christine surprised us with special a treat to Les Sifflet for cheese fondue.
Wrapping up my amazing journey with Nestle on my next post. Hang tight!