Cuts Against Cancer: Cutting off 21 inches

My last hair cut (not including trims) was over 3 years ago- back when I was still in college. About 2 years ago, I decided I’d donate my hair. Admittedly, a big part of that influence was because of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, was making its rounds on Tumblr.

I searched online and there are pretty few blogs offering help on how to donate your hair in the Philippines. So I decided to put one together to make it easier for others to help!

First off, why would you donate your hair? It’s pretty weird to cut off your long loved locks, put it in a plastic bag, and ship it off. Well, it is weird, but it’s for a cause. If you want to do it to follow the trend, go ahead. But if you’d like to know what you’re doing it for, read on. The hair that you donate is collected and made into medical wigs for women and children with cancer and lost their hair because of chemotherapy. You can learn more about it and see pictures from donateyourhair.org.

Now that you’re convinced, how can you donate your hair? Based on donateyourhair.org, the hair that you donate has to be at least 12 inches long. Keep growing it until you have enough and then some for your new hairstyle. They also accept your hair even if it’s been colored or processed. They’ve got a nice illustrated guide on how to donate your hair here. You can do it at your regular salon or at home.

This is basically how:

  1. Shampoo and/or condition your hair.
  2. Dry it.
  3. Gather it up behind you and tie it with a scrunchie/hair tie.
  4. Measure just to make sure that it’s 12 inches or longer.
  5. Cut it above the scrunchie/hair tie.
  6. Tie the other end if needed and put it in a plastic ziploc bag with your name, Facebook email, address and phone number.
  7. Ship it to the address below or drop it off at any Papemelroti branch.
    Papemelroti C/O Donate Your Hair Today
    Korben Place 91 Roces Avenue, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

So there! I know usually we need to wait for a life-changing situation to get a major hair cut, but maybe this time you should do it for a cause.

To see the video, click here.

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Thanks October!

We’ve only got 2 months left in 2015. Before I jump in and welcome November and the Christmas feels that come with it, I want to write about and remember how good October ’15 has been to me. I accomplished quite a lot. I’m not ashamed, or scared to sound braggy, to say that I’m really proud of myself. I hardly acknowledge this or other compliments from others, but you know what, it’s actually alright to pat yourself on the back. To think, this time last year, I was just doodling in my notebook and beginning to share my work online!

My October Highlights:

  1. I held my first workshop for Kahel Crafts! 
    This one’s a life goal. Kahel’s Passion Workshop was a success. I really enjoyed teaching others and I learned that I still have so far to go. Kudos to Ate Tanya and Rigs for helping me out! And Cafe MITHI for being our venue.
  2. I reached a personal milestone at work.
    Hard work and patience finally paid off!
  3. I registered to vote!
    My mom still walked me through it and I almost didn’t, but I did! I hope this country can change for the better.
  4. I bought a Parol for the family.
    Another life goal accomplished.
  5. Detox-ed relationships.
    It’s easy to say, but hard to do. Sometimes you have to prune to let yourself grow. (Thanks Tita Phlor, for helping me realize this.)
  6. I was Lilo for a day.
    Ate Tanya helped me pull together the costume and Rigs spent lunch out on a shoot with me. 🙂
  7. I literally stumbled upon a cafe better than one I could’ve dreamt up!

In conclusion, it was an awesome month! 🙂

Places to Eat: Suqui’s Diner, Intramuros, Manila

Suqui’s Diner is a little gem in Intramuros, Manila that’s within walking distance from SM Manila, Manila Bulletin, Mapua Institute of Technology, Lyceum, and Letran and around the corner from Adam’s (an art store/grocery/call center training grounds) and 711. You can find it right next to Magallane’s Dormitory on Magallanes Street. I used to eat here when I was a student, but just dropped by again today.

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The great thing is Suqui’s Diner is indoors (I was never comfortable eating at the other outdoor karinderyas). They have a nice ambiance with chalkboard menus & vintage books and decor. Also, if it’s raining (ehem, it’s rainy season, kids!) you get to enjoy your food somewhere nice, dry and not McDonald’s or 711! A few cons are it’s not that big and students usually fill up the space. They were playing a few offensive songs from the local radio, which to me didn’t suit the vibe they were going for with the interior decor. Don’t expect to eat in quiet. You’ll surely hear what the other table is talking about. (Which is alright, I guess, if you’re chismosa.)

Fried Bangus
Fried Bangus- P75
Bento 1: Chicken
Bento 1: Pork- P85, Iced Tea- P20
Onion Rings
Onion Rings- P55

Suqui’s Diner is perfect for hungry students and local travelers. Why? It fits a student’s budget with meals under P100 and they serve a hefty amount to quiet your belly. Local travelers can also take a break from walking the walls, visiting Silahi’s, or riding that kalesa and choose from pinoy or world-wide inspired meals and support the locals.

Where: Intramuros, Manila
Budget: P50-P150
Serving Size: Hefty
Ambiance: 3.5/5

Try it for yourself and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

PS. They serve FREE iced tea from 9-11am and 6-9pm.

Why I’m Going to Stop Running (or Why I Won’t Be Doing 21km for Leg 2 of Run United)

Calligraphy- Determination on a freedom board

I’m proud to say I’m now officially a 21k Finisher. 

RUNRIO1 was a great event! It was my first time to join, and they were more organized than the 10k event that we ran last year. RUNRIO had a motivating pep talk and warm up before gun start, an ocean’s supply of water and Gatorade, celebrity pacers, and a loot bag full of free meds- with a can of corned beef! My only annoyance with the event itself is that they ran out of size S shirts. Meaning that even though you specified your size at registration it’s still first come first serve. Which is totally lame since I got stuck with a size L shirt that I can probably only wear as a dress. A disadvantage if you finish slow, I guess.

Run United 21k finisher haul.
Run United 21k finisher haul

We didn’t finish with the best time, but we finished nonetheless. Since I wasn’t competing with anyone and just doing it for me, I count it as a successful tick off the bucket list. It was really fun to move up to 21k after doing 10k for my first run last year, but I don’t think I’ll be running any more this year.

Just to make it clear, I’m not blaming RUNRIO. This is a personal decision.

No, I’m not quitting because of a shirt. And I honestly don’t think it’s quitting- more like a break up.

Running, it’s not you, it’s me.
I just don’t love you like I used to.

I went through the honeymoon stage during the 10k, and got too comfortable training for the 21k. During the actual run, I realized I had to end it. Even though I really want to exceed myself, I have to admit I have no passion for running. After doing 10k, I was really hyped this year at the prospect of leveling up and doing 21. But it was the thought that attracted me. The idea of finishing- not the journey itself. Which means I was doing it for the wrong reasons. It’s like staying in a relationship when the flame has gone out. I don’t want to do that. Running will take root and find love in others- no doubt about it- but I want to focus on other passions.

Though I’m not quitting cold turkey. I’ll still go for the after work jog to de-stress. Now I can do it with no commitment. But it would be really cool to complete the United Hexagonal Medal… Running, maybe we can stay friends?


Post Run Lunch
Post Run Lunch (Rigs, Eisen, Steff, Lyca, Me)

 Kudos to those I trained for this run with! We finished!

RU1 Lyca

Taken by Steff Rili
Taken by Steff Rili

Especially to Lyca for introducing me to running and Rigs for sticking by my side during the 21k!


Determination is an original work born in Seaside, MOA on March 8, 2015. It was the response to Enervon‘s question: What separates a man from a #mamaw? Only a few hours after conception, it was mutilated by a hashtag and I had to hold myself back from looking for who wrote it and going all Prince Oberyn on him/her. One of the unavoidable events from writing on a freedom board.

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190 days til 20

Calligraphy- HEY Ambigram

Hey, there’s only 190 days until I turn 20. Yeah, normal people don’t count down so far from big dates, whatever- but I did. That made me realize how much has happened in almost 2 decades- and how little I’ve been documenting anything. Lately, I’ve been trying to get comfortable sharing my work (since they’re unhappy sitting in their dusty corners), hence, my first official blog post!

This is for future-granny-me and the friends and family that I don’t have the chance to talk to personally on a regular basis. I’ll be sharing about my travels, passions, art, eureka moments, mess ups, and whatever else life throws at me.


The hey Ambigram is an original work born in Molito Park, Muntinlupa on March 4, 2015. 

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