On my “Journey to 30,” I decided to include taking extra good care of my skin. My job exposes me to too much stress and so I need to see to it that I start pampering myself whenever possible.
This afternoon, I went to Whipped (Sugar Waxing and Scrub Salon) at 2/F Forbestown Center, BGC for Half Leg Sugar Scrub and Waxing. I was actually scared at first because it was my first time to have my legs waxed. To be honest, I am blessed not to have too much hair. But I must also admit that I have annoying strands of hair on my legs that I so wanted to get rid of!
I am so glad to have Ate Nympha as my technician. She started scrubbing my legs with orange and tangerine and it felt really good! Afterwards, she got the wax (made up of sugar with lemon). She didn’t have to warn me before doing the actual procedure because it was surprisingly pain-free! Isn’t that amazing?
For more info, here are 10 Benefits of Sugar Waxing:
- It’s all good and natural. Made from sugar, water, and lemon. That’s it!
- Goodbye, Good Riddance! Hair is not only gone from the surface, but the roots are taken out as well!
- Soft, smooth, unwanted hair. Wow. Regrowth of unwanted hair is softer, smoother, and therefore easier to remove.
- Finer and thinner hair growth. Reduces volume and thickness of unwanted hair growth over time.
- Strip yourself of dead skin cells. Sugar wax only adheres to dead keratin cells, leaving skin soft and smooth.
- Reduces chances of hair ingrown. Since the hair is removed in the same direction of hair growth, we don’t intervene with the growth patterns.
- Less painful and little comfort. Since sugar waxing sticks only to dead skin cells and hair, it is less painful than most hair removal practice.
- Minimizes risk of breakage. Sugar Waxing minimizes the risk of hair breakage because it pulls in the direction of natural hair growth.
- Healthier skin. Since the sugar wax is stripping off the dead skin cells, this procedure removes impurities in the skin. Also, lemon has citric acid, which tightens skin.
- Sanitary and non-comedogenic. The sugar wax is hypoallergenic and does not clog pores. Due to high concentration of sugar, bacteria doesn’t and cannot breed in the sugar paste.
Do’s and Don’ts of Sugar Waxing:
- Do exfoliate. Exfoliating can help minimize hair ingrown and will make hair removal process a lot better and easier for you.
- Do drink plenty of water. Hydration will help with the pain. The more water you drink, the better.
- Do shower before your service. Because you cannot wet serviced area 4-12 hours after the treatment.
- Do the service regularly to maximize results. To reduce volume, thickness, and easier hair removal process.
- Do drink pain relievers if you have low pain tolerance. Drink mefenamic acid 30 minutes before your service to minimize pain further.
- Don’t wear tight clothing post treatment. Friction caused by tight clothes can create some irritation resulting in redness.
- Don’t pick at ingrown hairs. The bacteria found in an infected follicle combined with inflammation weaken the pore lining. If you squeeze these ingrown, it could cause greater inflammation, infecting surrounding pores. Just let Whipped technicians do their job.
- Don’t apply lotions, gels, or creams after treatment. There may be increased sensitivity and irritation in your pores and follicles.
- Don’t go to the beach or workout just yet. Sun exposure may cause skin to damage due to heat. Also, sweat has uric acid and salt and could irritate the tender area, possible resulting in prolonged redness or breakout.
- Don’t get serviced when you’re peeling. Your skin (not just the dead skin cells) might go with the sugar wax, causing your skin to bleed, damage or irritated.
You may also visit any of their branches:
2/F Forbestown BGC
3/F Fairview Terraces
For Appointments: 0917-240-5330 | 931-12-88
As they say, “third time’s a charm!” Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal is the third mountain I trekked. And again, there are not much photos as I am still getting the hang of walking uphill. I’ve got to be honest, I experienced shortness of breath here compared to Mt. Palaypalay in Pico de Loro where I felt it was easier to trek (wow, yabang haha!) because this mountain is more steep (while Mt. Palaypalay is rocky).
I am still deciding whether or not it was a good idea that we trekked last Sunday (July 31, 2016) since there was a thunderstorm, haha! It definitely made it even more challenging!
Seeing the “sea of clouds” is one of the highlights when climbing Mt. Batolusong. You will see all sorts of blogs and Instagram photos attesting this, but oh boy, since there was a thunderstorm, we didn’t get the chance to see any scenic view! So as soon as we got to the camp site, I already felt the freezing cold! And it was such a good decision not to bring any jacket nor umbrella, I was already starting to chill by this time (ayan kasi).
Here’s a photo taken a few steps from the camp site:
These are Marisca and Marie, the two cool and strong girls I met who’ve been climbing numerous mountains!
As mentioned, there was no view that can be seen because of the nimbus clouds so here’s the group at the summit! We were glad to have reached it still:
And so we descended and went to Kay-ibon Falls:
It was already raining by this time. But even if I was already chilling like hell, I was still so stubborn enough to go into the freezing cold water!
On our way back to jump off area, the trail was muddy. It was raining so hard! Check out this short video I made on YouTube to see how challenging the descent was: FARAH RAMOS on YOUTUBE (Disclaimer: I know it’s not the best quality of video that you’ll see but I promise I’ll try to do better next time!😛 )
I felt like a real mountaineer having experienced something as extreme as this! So I am definitely gonna do this again!
Watch out for my next adventures! Send me a message if you’ve got questions or if you’d like to know more about my trips!
It took me ten (10) long years to hike again! My mother mountain is Mt. Maculot in Batangas and I intend to climb a whole lot more mountains!
Last week, me and my friends trekked Mt. Palay Palay in Pico de Loro. My strength and endurance were definitely tested. But the ever competitive me just kept going and going, trying to keep up with the fit mountaineers.
It was challenging because of the wet rocks, it was so slippery. But all in all, it was a fun mountain to climb!
Here are some photos when I was almost at the summit:
And here are some photos at the summit! I was at awe with mother nature’s beauty. I’m just so glad I am given this chance to enjoy this beautiful view. To stop for a while… to ponder, to appreciate and to love the things that my eyes are so fortunate to see.
And now I know that climbing mountains will cleanse my soul in a different level… so I intend to trek more! On to the next!
Playing Super Mario, Brothers in my cousin’s Family Computer was one of the highlights of my pre-school years! I remember blowing off the bottom of the tape whenever there’s an error and would need to tap the Family Computer… and then it will start working properly again. Best childhood memories, I can say!
I just had to get a pair of the White Hi-cut sneakers from the Vans x Nintendo Collection that was launched last June 10, 2016 at the Vans Store in Glorietta! Just wearing them makes me feel like I’m back in the Nintendo days, playing side-by-side with my cousins. I’d always be Luigi because I’ve always been the tall one. Haha!
It will never be game over for me when it comes to being child-like!
I’ve got a whole year to prepare for the much-awaited three-oh!
Looking back, I was that person that didn’t know what to do with her life. All I knew was that I will be successful one day. So I looked for that thing that would show me to the right path. One fateful night, I saw again my former boss and got introduced to his friend. And so my journey began.
This road I am taking right now isn’t the easiest one. I’ve been through bumps, zigzags… I got lost, went the longer route, went back to the right path. It has been a hell of a journey. But along the way, I’ve also celebrated the small victories, saw the good changes in me, realized how strong I’ve become.
Right now, I am still on the same road experiencing more challenges that I know I can conquer. I wouldn’t choose a different path if I were given a chance to. I am at the exact place I want to and I’d like to carry on.
At the age of 29, I’ve been blessed to have a company of my own and I intend to run it until I grow old. Now my career is something I am finally happy with. When the solid foundation has been built, I knew I was ready to open my heart to someone… and so I met a man that I knew from that second time we spent together, that he’s someone I’d want to be with everyday. It was, indeed, the best birthday gift I’ve ever had. The gift of love.
So now… career and love are two of the most important things in my life that I am so proud and happy to have, it’s time to create new goals. I’ll be turning 30 next year and I want it to be grand! So here goes my Journey to 30 Goals:
1. TRAVEL FOR A MONTH starting March 9, 2017! My goal is to go to South America (Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia). I have already opened a separate bank account for this trip. Next is to find out how much it will cost and plan my itinerary.
2. BE FIT. I want to live a healthy life. Never in my life have I been conscious on my food intake (I don’t eat vegetables), I don’t exercise regularly and I don’t visit the doctor for check up. Now is the perfect time to change my habits. I’ve already availed of a health card (Maxicare). Now, I need to plan my diet and exercise. Come on, discipline! I want abs too!
3. LEARN TO COOK. It’s about time! I have been taking my baby steps. My friends are being supportive too! So watch out for pictures of what I will learn to cook!
4. SAVE UP. This is because I need to plan my next investment that will allow me to have passive income.
5. CHARITY. I’ve participated in charities annually but this time I want to have a long term plan to share. It could be to sponsor the education of a kid, or anything that will truly help out one person.
6. ATTEND MASS. Work shouldn’t be an excuse for not going to mass. Set priorities.
7. GO TO RELATIVES’ and FRIENDS’ BIRTHDAYS / SPECIAL EVENTS. I am guilty of not going to a lot of these and this needs to change.
8. QUALITY TIME WITH MY FAMILY. Because now I can.
9. LOVE. Just allow myself to love and be loved. And embrace all the complications that will go with it. Patience. Just love. Because he is worth it.
10. BE HAPPY. In everything that I do, I just want to be happy. I want a less stressful life.
And yet again, I was on blog hiatus for a long time.
The end of 2015 until the beginning of 2016 were not so favorable to me. A lot of setbacks, a lot of trials that truly tested my patience. And the reason why I decided to update my blog is because FINALLY… it reached to a point when everything is already manageable.
For months, I’ve been living on the edge. Day by day, I would be stressed out… figuring out how to get by. One issue hasn’t been solved and yet another puzzle would suddenly pop up, waiting to be figured out.
Every so often I would post a quote of optimism on Facebook. It’s a way for me to uplift my spirit, in order to keep holding on. I would even remember those lessons I learned from when I was still a varsity player… things on court that can be applied in real life:
- “Kapit lang.” Even if the opponent already scored 24, just keep believing you can still win. Hindi pa tapos ang laban. Keep fighting.
- “Believe in yourself.” Never allow those negative thoughts to enter your mind… In the first place, you made it to the team because you’ve got potential. All you have to do now that your part of it, is to prove yourself that you can contribute in the team’s victory.
- “One point at a time.” You won’t be able to achieve your goal unless you work hard for every single point.
- “Trust in your teammates.” It’s a team sport. Together, you will work hand-in-hand to win the game.
- “Learn how to work under pressure.” You can’t not perform during crunch time. Remain calm and always focus.
There are a lot of other things that I learned from the court that I was able to apply during those tough times, these are only the ones that made it on the top of my list.
In order to surpass those critical times, it didn’t only require a strong body but a strong mind as well.
And now I can start breathing normally again. I can say that I am happy again. And I promise, I am going to do all the other things that I chose not to do during those times when I was still sorting things out.
I AM DEFINITELY BACK.
I had an amazing night with everyone! But before and after this night I was having my…
Birthday Blues… and I wanna share this story.
Every time I turn a year older, I get all emotional. I like celebrating my birthday with my friends. Some of them even turn it into a reunion because I really like all of the important persons in my life to be there (my family is an exception of course because I have a separate celebration with them). And when people express their regret for not being able to come, I get sad, really sad. I tend to forget that all the others that didn’t respond would be there with me on that special night.
THIS YEAR WAS DIFFERENT. I was so emotional and depressed the entire week. You know how when you turn a year older, it’s that time of the year when you evaluate your life? I reached that point. I was so disappointed on how my life turned out to be.. that I am far from reaching all of my goals. I felt as though I failed my own self that was listing down her goals five to ten years from that time… which is now.
It’s quite scary, you know, being a different person from what you expected. But as days passed, I came to realize that where I am right now is not so bad at all. What went wrong was that I focused on my short-term goals way too much and neglected the fact that my long-term goals are still here, that I am still not far from reaching them. In fact, I am at the right path. I’ve forgotten all the challenges I’ve overcome and all the things I’ve accomplished.
I remember the saying, “it doesn’t matter how long you reach your goal, what’s important is you reach your goal in the end.” And this is an example of that. The length of how you achieve it… all those steps you take going towards your dream. You may be lost at some point but it’s important that you find your way back, you may fail at the attempts you make but make sure you know how to get back up, you may realize that some strategies may never really work but learn how to make a plan b and c. The point is, you’ve got to reach your goal no matter what.
In that one whole week, I felt lost. And I just wanted to be with someone that would listen and show support, not necessarily help me figure out what the problem was. Because sometimes, when you voice out all your emotions, that’s when you understand the core of the problem. That’s when you realize that things aren’t so bad and you start to think that hey, it’s just normal to be lost. And the fact that you get disappointed means you’ve got big dreams that are hard to achieve but you’re stubborn and brave enough to pursue them anyway!
Magic Island, Aklan (Dec 5, 2014)
The adrenaline rush has become an addiction of mine —- heart racing, free fall, the danger, the risk! I’ve always wanted to jump off a cliff!
From Boracay, me and my cousin took a Paraw (sail boat) to go to Magic Island. There are two cliff diving/ jumping points near Boracay (Ariel’s Point and Magic Island). All the boats stopped operating that time because of the weather. A typhoon was coming in 2 days, so just to be extra careful, the coast guard disallowed all water activities. The Paraw was an exception because since it’s a sailboat, it uses the wind to sail.
About thirty minutes from Boracay, we got to Magic Island. By this time we were already so excited to jump! You see, I don’t know how to swim but I did it anyway. I made sure I had a life jacket on (don’t worry, it was an old one so it wasn’t hard and I knew it wouldn’t choke me).
It was a 10-meter drop! Of course it looked like I was gonna chicken out at first because I chose the highest point. It took me about 5 minutes to actually jump into the water! I must say, it was by far one of the most amazing activities I’ve ever tried in my life. My butt hurt because of the impact but other than that, it was really awesome!!!
I would definitely do this again next time!
Inspired by Chelsea Market in New York, Chelsea Grand Cafe in Serendra is a haven for people who love to wine and dine in a homey-feel environment. It has been there for eight (8) years now and has been recently renovated and changed its name from Chelsea Market & Cafe.
Ms. Anabel Wisniewski, president of the Raintree Restaurants, and her family base the concepts of all their restaurants on what they see, feel and taste when they tour around the world. The famous Museum Cafe, Stella, Rocket Room, Mr. Jones, Momo Cafe, Saboten, Terraz and Kabila are all under the umbrella of Raintree Restaurants.
Of course one important key in choosing a restaurant for a great dining experience would be the ambience. Right outside the Chelsea Grand Market, I instantly got the casual vibe of the place. It’s perfect for friends that want to catch up or business meetings for the yuppies.
And of course I had to get down to business. I was starving by the time I got to Serendra, I came from Marikina City and battled with the traffic so I couldn’t wait any longer for the food to be served.
And then the salad: Warm Double Smoked Bacon & Quinoa. You see, I am not a big fan of vegetables so on a normal day, I’d just ignore this one if offered to me. But it looked oh-so-good I just had to give it a try. The vegetables were fresh, the bacon was cooked perfectly, my original plan to just have a taste ended up with me finishing the plate. It was that good!
For the next one, Prawn Gambas (Chorizo-Parsely Butter, Roasted Garlic Confit). Now this one was just irresistible. I am a big shrimp eater, I love prawns and all sorts of seafood so I dug in as soon as it was served. Oh gosh, that was one appetizing dish! The roasted garlic made it extra special. And what even made it perfect was that it wasn’t spicy at all, thank goodness!
Cacio e Pepe e Uova. To be honest, it was my first time to have this pasta. It looked plain but when I got to finally try it, it was very delicious! I absolutely love cheese and that’s the very reason why I liked this dish.
And of course for dessert, Oven Baked Warm Brownie “Smores” and The Chelsea “Peach Melba.” I have a sweet tooth so I really liked both. But since I was already full by the time these were served, I enjoyed The Chelsea “Peach Melba” more. It was definitely a treat for me!Just to make things clear, all the dishes above are my top picks from all that were served. Maybe I have a pet worm inside my tummy but I didn’t just take a bite, I ate a lot of these! Haha! Every single dish in this post pleased my tastebuds. Personally, a food being served is either good or bad for me, there’s nothing in between. It’s a clear yey or ney! I am no cook so I do not really know the ingredients when I eat something, but I definitely know what satisfies my picky tastebuds!
Aug 24-27, 2014 — Thina, my volleyball teammate in college, is getting married in December and it is just the perfect excuse for the ladies to pack our stuff and have a quick getaway in Hongkong for her “last fling before the ring!”
Aside from the bridal shower, the trip is also a way for us to take a breather from work. It is high time to walk slowly, appreciate our surroundings, shop a little, savor the taste of our food, laugh a bit louder, have girl talks before going to bed, and dance the night away!
Our arrival in Hongkong was just in time for dinner. We left our luggages at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Mongkok and then headed off the streets to look for a perfect place to eat.
Let me introduce the beautiful ladies I was with during my trip. These are (from left to right) Lady Riva, Dianne Pagtalunan, my college teammates Thina Abando (the bride-to-be) and Sugar Mesina, me, and Angelia Ong.
We didn’t take photos of our dinner but we had A LOT! One order is already for sharing and we didn’t know that so we ended up trying our very best to finish what we ordered. The food was delicious!
We reached the borderline of Hongkong and China. But we got the saddest news when we applied for our visa. Filipinos and Americans weren’t allowed to enter their country. Our passports were collected and we were held at the immigration. We waited for about an hour. We attempted to ask why we were held but thanks to the language barrier, they couldn’t explain.
When finally they returned our passports, we walked back to Hongkong (woah, I never thought I’d ever say I walked to Hongkong, haha!) and again, we were asked to wait for half an hour. And then this photo happened. I was the only one frowning, haha!
So anyway, we had to change our itinerary because of the unfortunate thing that happened and so our feet took us to Times Square. And that’s exactly what great company does! Despite the sad thing that occurred, we still managed to have fun!
All day, we were on our feet. We walked, climbed the stairs, rode the trains, and back to walking again. When we got to the hotel, we were all so exhausted. The jacuzzi was perfect for our sore back and legs. It was such a perfect way to end the night, it was very relaxing.
[Thanks so much, TRIANGL SWIMWEAR for my pair of Winnie Miami Mint swimwear!]
On our third and last day, I spent the afternoon by myself. It’s very therapeutic to just appreciate the beauty of the things around you, and that was what my afternoon was all about. Seeing unfamiliar surroundings and being surrounded by total strangers have a calming effect on me. Getting lost and finding my own way quenches my thirst for adventure, even for just as simple as this one.
After my alone time, I decided to walk to Lan Kwai Fong where me and my friends were going to meet for our much-awaited girls’ night out. I asked a passer-by where I could find it, he accompanied me and showed how to get there. Eventually he asked what I was going to do there that early, it was only 5pm. I said I was just going to have dinner while I wait for my friends. He then recommended I go to Soho and again gave me the directions.
To get to SoHo (South of Hollywood), I had to get to the Central – Midlevels escalator, the longest escalator in the world. (The complete system of several escalators runs for 800m and climbs a total of 135 meters, some of the ascents can be very steep. Source: http://gohongkong.about.com/od/whattoseeinhk/a/midlevelsescala.htm) Thanks to Mr. Stranger for directing me to one of Hongkong’s best wining and dining areas.
Finally, I chose La Piazzetta, an Italian restaurant. The owner of the resto approached me and asked where I am from. We chatted a bit, talked about the their best dishes then I eventually decided I’ll have my dinner there. Chef Paolo, the owner, told me that his resto has been there for nineteen (19) years and is the second resto that opened in the district.
With his recommendation, I ordered their best-selling Seafood Marinara and I got a white wine as a compliment. My photo didn’t give justice to the palatability of the dish though but it’s very delicious! It’s actually good for sharing but I finished everything, it was that good!
What a coincidence! Chef Paulo’s step-daughter, Rein, was with my friends at the Sugar Bar in East Hotel.
That night we had wine, some shots at Sugar Bar then after that, we headed to some clubs and danced the night away!
The next day, we flew back to Manila. And the question now is: WHERE IS MY NEXT ADVENTURE GOING TO BE? Hmmmm, I can’t wait either!