October box is here! Kind of late but I was well informed, anyway; and very understandable as Japan was hit by typhoon during the week that my Tokyo Treat box was supposed to be shipped. I was notified by QPost on October 1st already and I managed to claim it October 3.
Before submitting your documents to Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), you will be required to get your DFA Authenticated (Red Ribbon) or Apostille documents attested; either from the Qatar Embassy in the Philippines or Philippine Embassy in Qatar.
Based on personal experience. Two (2) DFA-Authenticated documents. I went there on a Wednesday afternoon, few crowd. 1 hour.
- Get a number for the attestations, notarial.
- Be seated. Wait for your number to be called.
In my case, the window was not catering anyone so I was called right after I got the number.
- Go to the counter, and present your documents for assessment.
- You will be handed back your documents and a piece of paper we will call “slip” wherein listed is the document types/concern you need and the total amount you need to pay.
You will then be asked to go to the Cashier Window to pay.
- Hand the documents with the slip to the Cashier. She will ask for the amount indicated. Document attestation is 100 QAR/document.
I paid in cash, but I assume they accept cards because I saw a POS on the counter.
- Cashier will keep the documents, then stamp your slip and hand it back to you.
The stamp notes that the documents will be ready for collection at DOOR 2, one hour after payment.
- DOOR 2 is where they release the renewed passports and other documents. There’s a small black box on the counter where you will put your slip.
- Wait for your surname to be called.
I waited for around 38 minutes until I was called.
- Your documents will be handed over to you. You need to check if they stamped and signed the back part of the DFA Authentication Certificate.
- Sign the logbook for documents (do not forget to write the receipt serial number.)
I spent roughly one (1) hour inside the embassy from step 1 until I signed the logbook. The collection part is where the waiting game is at. There’s plenty of seats, and you can read a book or browse the web on your phone. Double check your documents before leaving!
Philippine Embassy in Doha (Location Map)
Phew — It has been ages since I posted something related to hair! I’m keeping a hair-related blog, right. Anyway, I hope you do enjoy looking at my candy subscription boxes this past few months.
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Finally — I found time to think about what subject it is to share with you with regards to hair – and what I thought might be interesting to discuss is what I’m recently facing: As you might know, year 2017, I had moved to the middle east to work and being the person I used to be, I know that the first thing that comes to mind to most people when they hear middle east is the sand; desert; camels…?; heat!
Well, you are right about that. Except that it gets colder during winter down to 9~10°C. But for half a year, you have to deal with the other side: 31~42°C, sometimes up to 49°C. What to do by then?
- Store water in pails to cool it down for bathing
During summer at peak hours of heat, you can almost boil an egg if you turn on the tap and put it in the running water. I kid you not. I cannot wash my hands directly from the tap during summer. Although, this is not always the case; this mostly happens to buildings or villas that store their water on the roof. Most high-rise buildings and hotels have cold water any time of the day and heaters are always available. So, one thing to be reminded of if you happen to stay at a place in the middle east, or eventually live in it, is to store cool water for bathing during summer because hot water for hair is a big NO.
- Get under the shade; avoid walking under the sun
Much like your skin, hair (and your scalp) might be well exposed to UV rays from mister sun. Good (or bad) thing about the middle east is you get access to air-conditioned rooms every where you go, even some bus stops has AC. If you find yourself needing to walk under the extreme heat, better be prepared with caps or scarfs. Fun trivia: if you are a Southeast Asian, chances are you have your umbrella with you, but will not see anyone else using it in the middle east. Nobody prohibits you using such, you just might notice that you are the only one (like what happened to me.) If you feel more comfortable with umbrellas in tow, go ahead!
- Do not shampoo your hair everyday
This is a general reminder to all kinds of hair. For dyed hair though, applying shampoo to hair will speed up fading the color. Downside is you might be uncomfortable with the greasy feeling, and if that’s your concern, you can use an alternative shampoo such as Dry Shampoo. You can find different types of Dry Shampoo in Qatar; powder type No Drought dry shampoo from LUSH Cosmetics, who has branches across big malls inside Doha; or spray cans like the famous Batiste that you can find in almost all grocery stores, common scents that I see are Original, Cherry, Floral, and Blush.
- Use oil treatments once or twice a week
Oils are great recharge for your hair. You strip them off, you put them back! You can find them at all grocery stores in different types, shapes, and color.
- Use damage repair treatments as often as instructed
I personally recommend Olaplex No. 3 for bleached hair. I bought mine locally from Nazih, a hair and beauty products supply store who has a number of branches in Doha. You can also try Some By Mi’s MIRACLE Repair Treatment, that I have yet to try, which I bought from YesStyle — you will also get EXTRA discount when you type in the promo code: YES5NIKITA at checkout!
Now that you are ready for the heat… Do you want to hear about the places you can visit here in Qatar? Let me know by commenting below.
September Tokyo Treat box! I was so excited with the Gudetama Custard Chocolates (you can check my opinion about it below) and the Pocky Choco Mint flavor for this month!
They are still in to fruits, though. Good thing that October’s coming and that would be the time to own up with the word “treat” on their box.
Tokyo Treat recently announced about replacing the share packs into a number of single treats to make room for more snacks that you can try outside of Japan. Also for this month’s box, a mystery item is included — might be a new snack or one that has been included on their previous boxes. I got the share pack chips that I honestly do not like that much before, until this box, but having a Japanese Mayo dip with it makes it good. Included in this box, too, is the Melon pan snack that I had tried with another subscription box a few months ago.
Also, I noticed all the items are facing the back of the box when I opened it that I have to turn each item over for the unboxing snippets and photos. (I’m just nitpicking—but it’s the first time that it happened to me; after six months.)
Some items had melted (actually, all items that has tendency of melting) and they’re not in a great shape when I opened it; probably with the handling here in Doha, as the temperature is still quite high, but it had never happened before. Especially for the Pocky as it was supposed to be consumed by sticks: the mint melted and sticked to each other and formed a block of Choco Mint flavored Pocky (Sandwich? Wafer?) that when you try to pull them apart, it will snap into crumbs, which is quite disappointing because I am expecting to enjoy its flavor, stick by stick! The Gudetama chocolates has all been deformed and I’m still looking for a few good ones to take a photo of.
Summer is not yet over with Tokyo Treat — ’cause they’re giving out slices of it! I received mine 9 days before August and I have a load of sweets yet to consume since June.
Having been subscribed for half a year already and so far my experience has been pleasant, aside from a snack or two in each box that I am totally fine not receiving.
The treats that I’m most excited about are the Tohato Caramel Corn Cider and the Lemon & Salt flavor KitKat. (See the snack reviews at the end of this post) While I am not sure what to feel about the beverage for this month, which is the Pepsi Cola Refresh Shot.
Below is a quick overview / unboxing in stills:
- Tohato Caramel Corn – Cider Flavour
My ultimate favorite in this box! It’s sweet good that I ate all of it in one sitting — I just can’t stop.
- Salt & Lemon KitKat
I remember a certain biscuit with filling in the Philippines with this flavour (if you know Rebisco Cream) which is one of my favorite merienda when I was a kid.
- Lucky Corn
I love this snack. Reminds me of a childhood snack called Sweet Corn – but more tasty.
Hola at my 5th streak!
Peach Mint Kit Kats did not disappoint!
Into my 4th box, I’ve discovered that I’m pretty much still looking forward to each content of this subscription box. I have also decided to subscribe to Japan Crate: another candy subscription box for this month. Why? Just to weigh my options (– and more sugar intake.)
This box is filled with pink stuff! Of course, there’s a theme for it: Hanami Picnic — Cherry Blossoms! I wanted to go back to Japan just to experience this season by preparing a bento box whilst sitting and appreciating the beauty of the blooming Sakura.
Here’s a quick overview for this month’s box:
- (Beverage) Lipton Sakura Tea Flavour
This is a beverage I appreciate as it is a break from all the sugary beverages that comes in monthly. Also, you can enjoy it at a minimum 12 times and not in one sitting.