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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! 🙂

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

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! 🙂

Soul Surfed in San Juan, La Union

Posted in Adventures by Farah Ramos on November 2, 2013

It was the long weekend, the last weekend of October 2013 and lucky me, I was invited to go to the La Union Soul Surf Festival 2013. I love the beach, I like surfing, and it’s a music festival so there is absolutely no reason for me to pass up this opportunity to travel and have fun with friends.

My first time to surf was in Baler, Aurora… so I was so curious as to how crazy the waves were in La Union. They say Baler is a haven for first-time surfers and they go to La Union once they’ve improved their surfing skills. That was exactly my impression. But since it was dubbed as “The Surfing Capital of the Nothern Philippines,” San Juan, La Union has perfect spots for beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers. So no need to worry guys!
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One good thing about festivals is that sponsors put up booths in the event area. Some have photographers so that you could take home some photos that show the memories you’ve had in the event. And what’s even better? They give out free booze, prizes, and there are interactive games and activities!

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Here’s just an inevitable shot by the beach. The sound of the waves calms me and basically the reason why I’d love to visit all the other beautiful beaches here in our country.

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I just wanna share this guys… I downloaded this new App called Paktor since my friends asked me to. I downloaded it a month ago but it was not until my trip to La Union that I decided to use it. I was surprised when I saw a lot of my friends and even my crush in it! So what does this app do? It connects you to people you’re interested in —- awesome! And it’s all anonymous until that someone you like, likes you back. Even more awesome! 🙂 So if you’re gonna ask me what I do when I’ve nothing to do, I open this app and swipe. Haha! Trying to check out the hotties nearby.

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Always, always one of the boys! I was with these two gentlemen (Jal Emata and Kelvin Mangilit) the entire time!

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Look who I bumped into! It’s Justin Quirino of 95.5 RT! Good seeing you again, after a long time! 🙂

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Notice that I kept bumping into familiar faces during my stay in La Union. And guess who I saw on our 2nd day? My girls (Grace, Thina, and Royce) were there too!

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We joined the beer pong contest at the Rayban booth. It was me and Royce against Thina and Grace. Royce and I made a great team-up: I did the shooting while she did the drinking. It was just a great strategy since I shoot better and she could handle alcohol way better than me. Oh did I mention that WE WON??? 🙂

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And I kept bumping into more friends that I haven’t seen in a loooooong time! Here’s a photo with Phawie Reyes (we were both interns at Saga Events) and Miah Gomez.

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Listened to the beats of DJ Kulkid, R.A.C., and Panic City! The entire music scene at night was amazing that we danced all night!

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My new partner-in-crime, Kelvin! Yes, he’s one of the guys I was with in Malaysia and Singapore. 🙂

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The booze and the girls! 🙂 (Kelvin, Royce, me and Monique)

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And that ends our La Union trip. On the 3rd day, we decided to move from the beach to the mountains. We went to Baguio for lunch!

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I havent introduced the entire amazing group yet so here: Krissy, Jal, Monique, Chris Star, me, and Kelvin

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St. Bernard’s are pretty popular in Baguio, they were all over Mines View Park. They are HUGE and wear shades like that! COOL!

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And again, the group:

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And even in Baguio I get to see familiar faces! My beb, Chantal, was there with her oh so cute and adorable son, Andoni!

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The fun didn’t stop there. We decided to have dinner at the Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Tarlac. I didn’t take a lot of photos there because they transformed it into a horror house. We were welcomed by a scary shokoy at the entrance. I had goosebumps upon seeing that thing. You see, I don’t even enter horror houses nor watch horror films so I asked the waitress if there were any more scary creatures in the restaurant and asked her to tell them not to scare us. Good thing she obliged.

And after that “challenge,” we roamed around while waiting for our table. It was a long weekend so there were a lot of customers.

I will always be a “bata-batuta” in my mother’s eyes:

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And again, the group:

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This was a memorable trip… we all laughed at the corniest jokes, ate like pigs, danced all night, and laughed again at the corniest jokes! I am looking forward to another adventure with this group in December. I really hope it pushes through! 🙂