TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: JUNE 2019 (Hanami Picnic)

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:

SNACK REVIEW

  • (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.
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TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: MAY 2019 (Tutti Fruity)

May Tokyo Treat Box arrived! I was kind of worried about this month’s box arriving late because I was notified of early shipment than the previous month’s box which took me less than 3 weeks to lay hands on it.

Anyways, here’s a quick overview of layered Tutti Fruity goodness:

I’m already on my third (3rd) box of Tokyo Treat and I haven’t even finished my April box! The box for June was shipped today, by the way. I can’t wait for it because I’m expecting a lot from a Hanami theme!

SNACK REVIEW

  • Kitkat Sakura Japanese Sake
    this was the item I was most excited about the May box but I can now say that I am not a fan of this one. Something went wrong on the mix.
  • Tohato Caramel Corn
    boy, this brand’s products are just A+ that I finished every pack (two, in one event) in one sitting.
  • Calbee Chips (Original Flavour)
    the box came with the note saying that everyone’s box should be having this Pizza flavoured chips and since it may contain meat products that are prohibited in some countries (totally understandable as I am currently residing in Middle East) and is going to be replaced by either the Wasabi or Original Salted flavour, and I got the latter which is quite disappointing because you are paying for this box that you are expecting to receive items that’s more on the Japanese side; youkknowwhatimsayin’
  • Matcha Chips
    sponge nibbles! Like your fellow Oishi Sponge Crunch but in Matcha flavour, (and in star shape!) which is good; not to strong and not so sweet. It’s soft and creamy.
  • Strawberry Rusk
    I like this strawberry-coated crunchy toast! I actually received a chocolate version of it from another box.
  • Fanta Banana Drink
    Sweet and weird. Tastes like medicine but bearable; just not the one I would pick in an instant when given the choice.

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: APRIL 2019 (Easter Surprise)

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: APRIL 2019 (Easter Surprise)
Redbone the cat is excited to see what’s inside and kept on sniffing it.
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At Qatar Post — Joyce’s first box from Tokyo Treat.

The April box arrived early! I got my box by 25th of March (they shipped it the same day they did a month ago for the previous box — March 12, 2019) which I did not quite expect, which is a good thing! See my first box from Tokyo Treat here.

One of my friends here in Qatar also subscribed to Tokyo Treat a few days earlier before my account was debited for this month’s box. Qatar Post did messaged her a few days earlier than me and we claimed the boxes together at the same day.

Here comes my second box from Tokyo Treat: We have an Easter-themed box for April! Very timely.

Joyce and I both got the Pepsi J-Cola Sakura (I’ve been wishing to get the Sakura Cola though) — which they replaced the Fanta Banana Yogurt with, that is supposed to come with this month’s box.

Here’s a visual overview of this month’s box:

Kind of disappointed with the shrimp chips.

For the month of April, the box comes with the Futura Egg Chocolate and TT announced it’s monthly contest to be where you should decorate the egg-shaped snack container with festive colors to celebrate Easter. Of course, I’m in to the contest. You can check and see my entry below.

Update: 10 May 2019
I did not make it to the contest but I still had fun doing it (… for the ‘gram. Kidding!)

SNACK REVIEW:

Kit-Kat Banana is good that I kind of regret sharing it with my office mates. Tohato Caramel Corn is one of my favorites. If you know the Filipino snack Sweet Corn, that is what the Corn Potage snack tastes like.

Can’t wait for the May 2019 box to arrive. It should’ve been here by now since I was notified that my box was shipped 10th of April…

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: MARCH 2019 (Spring Market)

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: MARCH 2019 (Spring Market)

As if I still have that Japan trip hangover… I paid for a Monthly Subscription Box that contains Japanese Snacks (and a drink!) that ships from Japan. I’ve been checking out three boxes with the same theme but decided to go with Tokyo Treat first because of the drink! See photos below!

It took exactly 2 weeks and 6 days before I laid hands on this box of bites — I ordered this on 10th of February and was shipped from Tokyo to Doha on the 12th. I received a message from Qatar Post saying that I have a parcel ready for pick-up by the 3rd of March.

Upon standing at the window for the standard procedure for claiming, I have laid eyes on a neon orange box sitting on the shelves behind the personnel that I’m talking to. So it wasn’t only me!

I was so ecstatic to open it and I did right away… once I got home.

It comes with the booklet that contains a list of what’s inside the box. I was actually surprised by the number of items although I’ve known a long time ago that it contains twelve (12) full-sized snacks and a drink – I don’t know; maybe because on photos, when the contents are laid out, it feels less? But really, I can’t eat all of this in one sitting!

Unboxing with Gudetama…

The main reason why I subscribed to Tokyo Treat was the beverage that comes with the March 2019 box: Coca-Cola Peach!

I’ve already consumed my part and shared it with friends since they are all curious about it. It tastes and smells good! I like how it is a subtle Peach flavour, but also not overpowered by the typical coke.

As of writing, I still have a lot left inside the box. I would update this post from time to time to share with you my thoughts on some snacks below.

SNACK REVIEW:

  • Peach Coca-Cola
    The beverage I was waiting for. The Peach is subtle, which is nice because I wouldn’t want an overpowered cola. I hate to admit it, but, I was saving every bit of it.
  • LOOK a La Mode Party Pack
    Too many chocolates! It’s coffee-table-good, especially the Almond and Pineapple filling. The other item that you could receive if not this, is the Banana Omelette Cakes which I would love to try for it looks quite tasty. (They randomly put either item to boxes.)
  • Buttery Salted Sweet Potato Chips
    Good flavoured chips! The Butter and Salt combo is so good that I finished the snack in one sitting.
  • Minions Chocolate Wafer
    My 3-year-old cousin would looove this because he’s an avid fan of minions. It comes with a sticker that I placed in my Hobonichi journal.
  • Curry Corn Snack
    Too airy.
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon Cookies
    Honestly, I was expecting a little “meh” on this. BUT I did not expect it to be soft and chewy-good!
  • Rice Puff Carrot
    I love me a good nibbles while watching Netflix.
  • Pineapple Candy Gummies
    Took too much effort in removing the gummies from the packaging as it was so sticky.
  • Pea Stick Snack
    If you know Snacku in the Philippines, this is similar to that but less salty and crunchy. More on the the rubbery side.
  • Ramune Candy
    Melts in your mouth. Flavour is weird but addictive-weird.
  • Split Pea Snack
    I wish I had received the Veggie Potato Stick Share Pack because I already have a Pea flavoured chips in the same box. Now I have five (5) of them because the share packs comes in four (4) packs. They taste almost the same.
  • Exciting Animal Soft Candy DIY Kit
    Each month, Tokyo Treat includes a DIY candy snack in their box — and for my first DIY candy ever, I did not realize I can put together a cute snack without eating it halfway. I got the Elephant and Rabbit set of mould where you will put the Strawberry and Lemon-flavoured soft candies. Please see the gallery below for my DIY Candy creation!
  • Bear Cub Gummies
    Typical flavour of gummy-bears, in a tiny pack.
  • Terikyaki Burger Umaibo
    I like that every box comes with a single Umaibo in different flavour each month and for my first Umaibo with Tokyo Treat, I am impressed with the flavour (however, I did not enjoy that much because it was crushed inside my bag en route to the office.)

Japan Visa Application Experience in Doha | Filipinos with (partial) guarantor

Japan Visa Application Experience in Doha | Filipinos with (partial) guarantor

Luckily, before 2018 ends, I have something to share with you!

I am going to Japan!!!

It is one of my ultimate childhood dreams — to set foot on the places I have seen on my favorite anime shows when I was a cute (’til now lol) little girl and experience Japanese culture and cuisine first hand inside にほん!

While preparation is under way with the final itinerary and shopping for winter clothes, I made a decision to post my own experience to share with you guys how I go my temporary tourist visa application approved in the State of Qatar.

This post is of best help to Filipinos residing in Qatar (with Qatar ID) as you can not apply in the Embassy of Japan in Qatar without the QID.

VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

A List of Basic Documentation to be Submitted for Applications for Visa for “Temporary Visits” (Foreign Resident)

I would like to refer you first to Ms. MI’s guide on her own experience — which is really a big, big help in obtaining the visa requirements that helped me personally. You can read her guide here.

I prepared everything in Ms. MI’s list of requirements, except, I had a special case: I just had my bank opened in Qatar last September 2018 and I applied this month, December. Which will only give me a total of three (3) months to present to the consul. I am also under family sponsorship and not under the company I am working for.

One of my friends who also applied last April of the same year, suggested to e-mail the Japan Embassy in Qatar – as they are very responsive! I was advised by the embassy to get my sponsor to be my guarantor.

I originally did not plan on applying with a guarantor, but I complied and prepared the following additional documents:

  • Sponsor’s Passport Copy
  • Sponsor’s ORIGINAL Cover Letter from his company
  • Sponsor’s ORIGINAL Bank Statement for the last six (6) months
  • ORIGINAL Letter of Guarantee from sponsor
JAPAN EMBASSY IN THE STATE OF QATAR

Well, here — I went to the wrong embassy. By “wrong,” I meant old embassy. I was redirected by a staff readily at the gate, holding a map, to the New Diplomatic Area. (Honestly, I have been aware months ago, by the same friend who applied earlier this year, that you are supposed to ride a bus inside a compound of embassies to get there but I thought it was in the same area where Google Maps will take you when you search for the embassy…) In case you are like me who had no idea where the New Diplomatic Area is, see the map at the end of this post.

You have to undergo security scanning at the main entrance then you will ride a bus that loops around the compound. Japan Embassy is the second stop after Korean Embassy. At the gate, you will be asked to leave your ID and mobile phone and will be given a pass in exchange. I then proceeded to the Consular Section.

I was really hoping that I could submit the papers in one go; but I was asked to come back with more additional documents.

On a side note, it is very calming inside the embassy. You can read pamphlets about Japanese culture and tourism, as well as information about their activities in Qatar.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

Right away, I prepared the needed additional documents:

  • Copy of Qatar ID (QID) of my sponsor/guarantor
  • ORIGINAL Salary Certificate of the guarantor

I initially submitted an employment certificate without the salary. Even though the salary is reflected in the bank statement, the consul required it to be stated in the company’s cover letter.

  • Birth Certificate of applicant

I have to prove my relation to my guarantor, who is my father, hence the requirement.

  • Proof of income (to make up the missing three (3) months)

Copy of pay slips for June – August 2018 and/or letter stating that I received cheques for the said months. Our office gladly helped me on this — they revised the cover letter with an additional comprehensive list of salary for the last six (6) months and how they handed it to me, together with attached copy of pay slips.

  • I also forgot to sign the visa application form (lol)
APPROVED!

I went back to the embassy with my requirements (together with the additional requirements asked by the consul) and re-checked if I had signed the Visa Application Form this time.

I patiently waited for ten (10 minutes) before the consul called out my name and handed a receipt or claim slip. He then proceeded to give me the copy of my bank statement and asked for a written explanation on a few deposits. I wrote directly on the statement copy.

I went back after three (3) working days and claimed my passport with my Japan Visa! Yay!!!

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I cannot wait to experience Japan and share it with you; I hope this experience could help some of you who are also planning to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa in Qatar. Good luck!

REFERENCES: Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar
  • Address: Al Shabab Street, New Diplomatic Area, Onaiza, Doha, State of Qatar P.O. Box 2208
  • Tel: (+974) 4440-9000 [24h]
  • Fax: (+974) 4029-3655
  • e-mail: eojqatar@dh.mofa.go.jp
  • Website: https://www.qa.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/link.html
  • Office Hours:

    7:15 – 16:00 Sunday to Thursday (During Ramadan 8:00 – 13:30)

    Consular Section 7:30 – 15:00 (During Ramadan 8:30 – 13:30)
    VISA Application 7:30 – 12:00 (During Ramadan 8:30 – 12:00)
    VISA Collection 10:00 – 15:00 (During Ramadan 10:00 – 13:30)

    Closed on Friday, Saturday 

For the location of the New Diplomatic Area, please refer to the map below:

Blog Revamp?

Blog Revamp

Hello.

(I am actually lost for words since I checked the last time I posted here was July 2017. What.)

I am very, very good at starting things and then slowly burn out… and leave most things stagnant. I actually just realized this when my boyfriend asked me to take a personality test using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The result says that I’m an “Advocate” (INFJ-A). Photo below is the result of my third try. Every test result in different (and gradual) percentages per trait but ends up with the same personality type.

"Advocate" (INFJ-A)

This personality is unique that it’s composed only by one(1) percent of the population. And one of the weaknesses of this personality is Burn Out. What a great segue, isn’t it? I don’t want to go on about my personality type and make it as an excuse for not maintaining this place but I actually want to– it’s… actually one of the rea– kaliwali (never mind.)

Anyway, about this blog’s future…

This earl on the web has been my personal niche to record my “hair-ventures” and lately had been swerving into more practical matters, like board exams and document processing in the Philippines. I know it’s kinda out of line, but it’s my blog and its main purpose is to share and help – be it hair or paper.

I am planning to go premium here on WordPress once I get the gist of laying out topics regularly. That’s my idea of getting a revamp, you know, actually making this place active, creating quality content, finding my blog style, and decent photos! And I kind of don’t want to give up “iamdeying” as my domain. Or should I?

By the way, I am wearing my natural hair color for eight (8) months now. I also don’t have the luxury of time to dye since I’m working on a few projects as a freelance architect whilst looking for a day job, so I cannot post actual (crazy) hair color tutorial with photos of my hair anytime soon. Unless there’s someone here in Doha who’s willing to be featured in my – uh, never mind, this blog still needs a lot of cleaning, babe.

See you on the future posts.

DFA Authentication “Red Ribbon” for COE (Certificate of Employment) and Seminar Certificates

I am sharing and speaking from my experience when I applied for DFA Authentication of my COE.

Before going to DFA, you have to notarize your certificate, then go to the RTC.

I went to Manila City Hall RTC to process my COE (Certificate of Employment) and one of my Seminar Certificates since I have to drop-off other documents at DFA NCR West (5/F SM Manila) right after.

Reminder: Apply at the RTC branch where your document was notarized. If you notarized your document at Manila, send your documents at RTC of Manila.

There’s a lot of affidavit–notary right below the Regional Trial Court Manila (RTC Manila), just prepare at least one (1) photocopy of each certificate before going in because each copy costs 2.00 PhP. I was asked for my PRC ID and where it was applied.

Process (45 minutes) & Claim (3 days):

1. Present documents to be notarized (photocopy) at the lawyer’s office and let them create an affidavit. 

2. The photocopy will then become attachment/s to that affidavit. They will notarize it. PHP 200/document

3. Go to Manila Regional Trial Court (Rm. 401 Manila City Hall)

4. They have templates for the authentication ready to receive your name (thru typewriters.) PHP 25.00/ document

5. You will then be given a Claim Stub

6. To be passed at Window 4 outside room 401. PHP 75.00/document

7. Go back after three (3) working days.*

*Working days: Mon-Fri, holidays not included.

8. Bring the claimed document to DFA for authentication.

Click here for DFA Authentication Process.