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Four Ways to Enjoy Moalboal, Cebu

Posted in Adventures by Farah Ramos on April 18, 2017

April 14-16, 2017 (Moalboal, Cebu). First time to fly with the handsome man! The journey started off with a bus trip to Dau, Pampanga, spent the night there so we won’t have a problem catching the first flight to Cebu from Clarkfield Airport. From Cebu City, we took an Uber to the bus station to Moalboal then took a tricycle to the guest house.

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These are the four (4) reasons why Moalboal has a special place in my heart:

1.  Truly, there’s a whole new world under the sea! Seeing the turtles or pawikan swimming, eating and just being so cute just before my eyes was just priceless. It was even more amazing when I got to see the sardines free (and not dead in cans) in the water. I’ve got no underwater photos though because I didn’t bring any underwater camera… but I’m telling you, it’s better to be free from those gadgets when you’re out to see these things. I sure got to enjoy that precious moment! But surely I’ve got photos before jumping into the water, hehe!

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 2. To give a little more excitement, we rented a scooter so we could go wherever and just invent our own adventure. We found the way to the coldest hot springs (weird I know haha!) ever called Mainit Hotsprings. We also made sure we find out why everyone wants to see Kawasan Falls (again, no picture haha!).

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3. And it really wouldn’t be perfect if it weren’t for the place we booked! We discovered Herbs Guesthouse which has just been running for only 2 months. Owned by a Filipino (Kiko) and German (Sabine) couple, they really made a “home away from home” for their guests. With only three (3) rooms, we surely had our own quiet time during our stay. And the food! This couple makes delicious meals with a lot of vegetables that they pick from their garden of herbs! Dinner is just the start of the endless exchange of stories from the owners and the guests. Kiko and Sabine have seen the world and they just love to share their interesting experiences to everyone! What an interesting couple.Anyway, the guest house gives an authentic buhay-probinsya experience: there’s no air conditioning and no hot shower. The place has proper ventilation plus the electric fan is very strong that I call it “helicopter” and they have tabo and timba (search if you don’t know!) instead of the hot shower which actually saves a lot of water and electricity.

And to top it all, it’s just one minute walk away from the beach where we saw the turtles and about 3 minute ride from Panagsama Beach where we saw the sardines!

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Jan and I just right outside our room.

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Filipinos represent!

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Before leaving Herbs Guest House with Kiko and Sabine.

4. The fact that there’s crappy internet service actually worked its wonders! We were detached from the cyber world and we just enjoyed our time together. 

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Now that we’re both recharged, we’re ready to be back to our regular programming! 🙂

My Pursuit of the Bali Magic

Posted in Adventures by Farah Ramos on March 31, 2017

On my 30thbirthday, I promised myself I’d let go of all my baggage. All the sufferings I’ve experienced for years, all the wasted sacrifices, the shattered dream, and my mistake of choosing a wrong mentor. I had to be reassured that all the stress of the past was part of a higher plan.

I booked myself a week of solo travel in Bali, Indonesia in the hope of healing my worn-out soul. In the movie, “Eat, Pray, Love,” Julia Roberts found love in Bali. But for me, I wanted peace of mind to be back in my being.

On my first two (2) days, I got thrilled when my Indonesian friend, Fita Pamela, told me that she also had plans to go to Bali and told me we should go together. She even picked me up from the airport, what a darling! We wasted no time! As soon as we deposited our luggage in the hotel, she toured me around… she drove a rented scooter and I was riding at the back. First we went to Padang-Padang Beach. It was about 40 mins away from our hotel in Kuta. On our way there, I smelled the familiar scent of Indonesia. I don’t know why, but I felt like I was home. I felt like I was within the comforts of a safe zone — no one and nothing to harm me.

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On the way back, we got a flat tire. Fita drove the scooter and I had to walk when we were looking for a vulcanizing shop. Even this couldn’t kill my vibe. I told Fita, it’s still a good day!

When our scooter was good as new, I was brought to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Uluwatu. Majority of the population in Bali practice Hinduism and this cultural park is devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion (source: Wikipedia).

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Last stop for the day was the famous Kuta Beach. I didn’t really see the point of all the hype about this beach, to be honest. I didn’t see anything special about it. But still, I enjoyed seeing the sunset, as always!

Farah010.jpgThe next day (and Fita’s last day in Bali), we went to Oceans 27 and Bali Garden Beach Resort just at the back of Discovery Shopping Mall which was a 5-minute walk from our hotel. I loved it. I told myself I have found my perfect spot.

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Meet the cantik (which means beautiful in Bahasa Indonesia), Fita! Thank you very much for showing me around! 🙂

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After that was the beginning of my solo trip. My friend, Michael Lastimosa, introduced me to his friend who’s based in Bali. He was probably scared for me for doing this trip on my own. Hehe! And so I got invited to a beach party in Finn’s Beach Club, Canggu thanks to Oan Sevilla and his boyfriend Nico Nico Mare. Although the DJ wasn’t really good, I had a ball with my new friends. Plus, I met Gary Marsiano and her group! Such cool people! I ended up tagging along with them the whole night. We went to different clubs and finished at around 5am! Haha! I ended up staying at Gary’s house too. Yes, she adopted me!

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The next day, we went to Love Anchor Canggu. And in that instant, I fell in love with Canggu. I should have gone straight there. I love how peaceful and laidback it was. I wish I had a chance to wander more but I had to go back to Kuta.

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On my last night in Kuta, I experienced another “first.” I went to party by myself! Hahaha! I went to Potato Head in Seminyak. I wish I went there a little earlier to witness the sunset. It was one of the best spots to watch it while having a cocktail. Anyway, a few minutes later, someone approached me and we became instant friends! Her name is Melyna and she’s from Mauritius. I really enjoy meeting people and sharing stories with them! Here’s a photo of us:

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And the much-awaited visit to Ubud has finally come! I fell in love with Kuta, then realized I was more in love with Canggu but when I got to Ubud, I knew it was what true love is. Haha!

I stayed in Swan Inn (near Monkey Forest). Later I found out that this is how traditional Balinese houses are. It’s dominated by pavilions and a central courtyard. Each house has different functions. They also have a family shrine in their compound. Ours is a modern version… with the pool and more houses than the original basic houses.

Every single day I was in Ubud, I made sure I go to a Yoga class. I went to Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio, Yoga Barn and Ubud Yoga House (my favorite because it was located in the outskirts of Ubud and you’ll pass by the rice paddies). I felt very calm and relaxed. The practice just brings out optimism, relaxation and positive energies. I loved every single class I took plus I even got to enjoy a beautiful view of the rice paddies and I could hear the sound of nature too.

Another thing I appreciated most about Ubud was that I got my “alone time.” I enjoyed going to restaurants with nice ambience and just read a book I bought in a book sale. I liked eating by myself too without having the need to speak. These are moments I treasure because I like spending time with myself.

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And suddenly I realized I had to see more of Ubud… so I booked a cycling tour. I got to see the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, saw how Luwak Coffee is processed, and I got to cycle around for hours! It was non-stop downhill and a little uphill. We didn’t really use the pedals that much, haha! It even rained but of course I didn’t give in. Good thing there was a couple in our group who wanted to continue the tour as well. I felt so free as I go around with my bicycle!

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On my last day, I had the best yoga experience at Ubud Yoga House and Balinese massage afterwards. I wanted to stay longer but thank goodness I got everything I needed out of this trip.

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Kuta, Uluwatu, and Canggu served as distraction from all the pain and suffering I dealt with during the past years. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every single thing I did but Ubud… Ubud was where I found the Bali Magic. The whole place just brought peace of mind to my lost soul. I realized there will always be people who will drag you down, who will never be happy for your achievements. I also realized I can always build new dreams… dreams that will allow me to be happy. I spent years trying to save a sinking ship. But you can never save a sinking ship with a passenger who doesn’t really care about the ship. It’s just there but it’s letting you save it yourself. Even if you know it can really help you, it still won’t. I got burned out so I just left the ship. I swam and found peace in the ocean until I found the shore. I saved myself.

I thank Bali for casting its spell on me. I got to save myself before I started this trip but I had to save my soul. Yoga and the peaceful vibe in this trip just made me love life once again. The old me who used to be inspired every single day, motivated to work all the time and the me who was full of optimism died… and Bali resurrected my old self. And that to me, is the Bali Magic.

A Colorful Start of the Year at the Color Manila Run 2017!

Posted in Uncategorized by Farah Ramos on January 9, 2017

January 28, 2017 – Found myself covered with colors at the ​Color Manila Run 2017! Sure was a bright way to start the year! 

It was a morning of fitness and party at the same time! I joined the 5k category and walked after 1k because my knees were killing me. I’m still in physical therapy because of knees, hips and shoulder injuries but I’m a hard headed so I went on with the fun run. No regrets because I had the best company ever. I ran with my friends Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong, Angely Dub and Paula de Asis. 

Look at how the countdown went:

Party in every kilometer!


A must to have the “before photo.” So here goes:​

Waiting for the gun start:

First kilometer, purple:

2km, blue:

Happy to see Van Luzarraga who’s the new Marketing Manager of Color Manila Run!
Can’t wait for the next Color Manila events! Especially the one in March… And I heard there’ll be obstacle courses! Woah woah woah! 

Mt. Batulao – The Rappelling Experience

Posted in Adventures by Farah Ramos on December 3, 2016

November 30, 2016 – My trekking gears were used once again as I climb my mountain # 4, Mt. Batulao in Batangas!


By far one of the most challenging I’ve climbed so far as we had to endure the strong wind while walking by cliffs. My knees were literally shaking as I put one foot infront of the other. But of course I kept my game face on. Saying out loud that I was getting a bit dizzy because of the heights wouldn’t help. And so I tried my very best to keep a slow pace and stop from time to time to appreciate the beautiful view (my effective way of distracting myself).




Going up the summit, I got too excited that I walked past my friends and another group… Until I reached my favorite part of the trail, RAPPELLING! One group was too far ahead of me and my friends were too far behind. I was too excited that I did it by myself. And that’s the reason why I don’t have any photos or videos while doing it! Wow! I felt like a daredevil when I was holding on to rocks and the rope! I loved every bit of it!





The only thing I hated about the whole trail was seeing garbage all over. The Leave No Trace (LNT) policy wasn’t strictly enforced. I was deeply sad that the mountaineers and the guides get to enjoy the beautiful view but have no discipline to take care of the mountain.

To all mountaineers and hiking enthusiasts, please please be responsible and make sure that everyone follows the LNT policy. This will definitely be good for Mt. Batulao and all mountains so we can still enjoy hiking them.

I made a VLOG on this trip. Kindly click on this: FARAH RAMOS ON YOUTUBE

Skin Care: Got WHIPPED!

Posted in Uncategorized by Farah Ramos on August 21, 2016

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?


Good riddance, indeed! I left Whipped with soft and smooth legs! Yey!

For more info, here are 10 Benefits of Sugar Waxing:

  1. It’s all good and natural. Made from sugar, water, and lemon. That’s it!
  2. Goodbye, Good Riddance! Hair is not only gone from the surface, but the roots are taken out as well!
  3. Soft, smooth, unwanted hair. Wow. Regrowth of unwanted hair is softer, smoother, and therefore easier to remove.
  4. Finer and thinner hair growth. Reduces volume and thickness of unwanted hair growth over time.
  5. Strip yourself of dead skin cells. Sugar wax only adheres to dead keratin cells, leaving skin soft and smooth.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Minimizes risk of breakage. Sugar Waxing minimizes the risk of hair breakage because it pulls in the direction of natural hair growth.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:

  1. Do exfoliate. Exfoliating can help minimize hair ingrown and will make hair removal process a lot better and easier for you.
  2. Do drink plenty of water. Hydration will help with the pain. The more water you drink, the better.
  3. Do shower before your service. Because you cannot wet serviced area 4-12 hours after the treatment.
  4. Do the service regularly to maximize results. To reduce volume, thickness, and easier hair removal process.
  5. Do drink pain relievers if you have low pain tolerance. Drink mefenamic acid 30 minutes before your service to minimize pain further.
  6. Don’t wear tight clothing post treatment. Friction caused by tight clothes can create some irritation resulting in redness.
  7. 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.
  8. Don’t apply lotions, gels, or creams after treatment. There may be increased sensitivity and irritation in your pores and follicles.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Here is the list of their services:

You may also visit any of their branches:

2/F Forbestown BGC

3/F Fairview Terraces

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhippedSalon/
For Appointments: 0917-240-5330 | 931-12-88

Adventure: Mt. Batolusong and Kay-ibon Falls

Posted in Adventures by Farah Ramos on August 4, 2016

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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:

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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! 🙂

Trekking: Pico de Loro, Mt. Palaypalay

Posted in Adventures by Farah Ramos on August 3, 2016

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!

Vans and Nintendo Took Me Back to My Childhood

Posted in Uncategorized by Farah Ramos on June 19, 2016

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!


Special thanks to Jasmin Fajardo, Marriah Sarte and Paola Orias for taking these cute photos! 😁😁😁

One Year Journey to Thirty

Posted in Uncategorized by Farah Ramos on May 16, 2016

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.

Back to Blogging

Posted in Uncategorized by Farah Ramos on February 1, 2016

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:

  1. “Kapit lang.” Even if the opponent already scored 24, just keep believing you can still win. Hindi pa tapos ang laban. Keep fighting.
  2. “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.
  3. “One point at a time.” You won’t be able to achieve your goal unless you work hard for every single point.
  4. “Trust in your teammates.” It’s a team sport. Together, you will work hand-in-hand to win the game.
  5. “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.