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

Now that you’re convinced, how can you donate your hair? Based on, 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.


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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