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Ilúvënis Nápoldë Telemnar Elanessë

I love Jing Monis Salon (Greenbelt)
I can only afford to go to the hair salon once a year. I'd be lucky if I can even go at all. I first went to Jing Monis Salon last year and had Mr. Rigel Tedor (Creative Lead Stylist) attend to me. It was the first time I had full treatment done to my hair - cut, colour, treatment. I went out of the salon with curls and got hooked on the look I even bought my own hair curler and would curl my hair when an opportunity came. Disneyland, Bianca Del Rio, my one night out in Nectar.

I think because the first experience was great, I went back again this year to the same salon. I asked for Rigel but they said they already parted ways so I got a different stylist - Aureo Peña - and he was nice as well. He cut my hair real short and gave me side bangs which is taking me some time to get used to to be honest. The biggest difference from last time is instead of the moisture boost treatment I got last time, I had a Brazilian Blowout. It's cool and all but that will probably be the last time I have that done to my hair cos I feel like it's a little too flat for my taste. It's not all gone to waste though cos at least I can wear my headbands prettily with my hair now. And I have loads of headbands - from Gaud Manila, Zara, even SM - that I wasn't able to wear well with my old hair. It's funny cos while I don't feel a hundred percent about the end result the second time around, I get more compliments this time than before so it balances itself out. LOL

Two years in a row now - hair salon day will be forevermore around my birthday - October - because I don't think anyone can fault me for wanting to be gone the whole day to pamper myself. Ha ha.

Both times though I started early (around 10:30 ish) and finished 5:00 PM so that leaves no time at all to go shopping. Which is good cos I really need to curtail my spending on stuff since I just signed up for life insurance which will dock my usual savings a significant amount.

In conclusion, I love Jing Monis Salon in Greenbelt cos it's quiet, and it allows me to feel like a "madam" even for just one day. And that means a lot to this probinsyana girl who works near the public market and deals with mga walang kwentang tao all the time.

I love you Hiccup <3
Just watched the final HTTYD film yesterday. I wasn't as emotional as I thought I'd be - I guess I was prepared for how the story will go since I read the plot before watching it - that's ok, I'm good with spoilers - I prefer to be prepared than to be caught off guard.

I'm happy Hiccup and Astrid got a well deserved ending. It gave me fuzzies in the heart and right now, at the state of my brain - I'd rather have it that way.

Mabuhay Miles Rant
I don't know why Philippine Airlines even has a frequent flyer program when redeeming flights from them is a pain in the ass.

It's only July and yet when I called them up yesterday to possibly get a ticket for November (5 months away!), the dates I wanted and the flights I needed were no longer available.

Now here's the thing - I know there's only an alloted number of seats for reward flights pero grabe ang tipid nila kung no more seats available kasi I even inquired up to January and ubos na rin daw.


We can't plan super ahead because the nature of our lives doesn't work that way. Kaya nga Piso Fares and other promo travels - we can't take advantage of that - because we don't now what our schedules will be tomorrow, the next day or the day after tomorrow, what more if months from now?

This was the only time na medyo na-formalise/finalise yung plano because somehow it just worked that way pero hindi pa rin pala ako pagbibigyan ni universe. SIGH.

So from where I stand, there's really no point in collecting miles because there's no point to it - ikaw ang mag-aadjust sa kanila, hindi sila ang mag-aadjust sa yo. Unlike other airlines where booking flights using your miles (+ cash if needed) is super easy, Philippne Airlines doesn't even have a toll free number you can use. Galit yata sa mga probinsyano eh.



Passport Renewal - Senior Citizen - Philippines

I live in the province (i.e. not in Manila) therefore sometimes, procedures that you find online on how to do certain things don't necessarily apply to me/my situation/my case.

For example. If you Google "passport renewal, Philippines" you'll find that they would ask you to go to http://www.passport.gov.ph/ so you can schedule your appointment at the DFA office near you, bring the requirements on the day, pay for your passport, wait for it to arrive and that's pretty much it.

Here in the province, if there was a provincial version of Google, it will probably tell you to:

1. Go to different travel agents that accommodate Passport Renewals. 

2. If you're in a hurry, look for the agency that offers the earliest schedule. If you're not in a hurry and just need a day that works, then just choose the agency that charges the cheapest.

3. On your scheduled appointment date, bring your requirements, go to the meeting place for the shuttle service, go to the DFA, follow the travel agency man, go home.

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How To Pay MERALCO bill using your Credit Card

We have a house in Manila but only a caretaker lives there. Someone goes to see her (either me, my parents or my sister) once a month to give her her salary and some groceries but there's no telling when that happens because our collective schedules are very erratic. There's even a chance when no one gets to go because there's too much going on at home/store or (and this sounds bad) we forget. That's why being able to view our MERALCO and MAYNILAD bills online is a massive convenience. There's little risk of not paying them before the due date because as soon as it's generated, I get an e-mail that tells me how much we need to pay and when  they are due. No need to go to Manila at all.

Before, I used to pay them at the Robinson's Business Center 5 minutes away from where I live. But I'm a lazy git, and I wanted to cut the step where I would go out of the house just for that. I enrolled our MERALCO and MAYNILAD bills to my BPI Express Online account so I could just pay them online without having to wear a bra (or something). That was cute until I realised I keep paying for them bills out of my own savings account but I don't get reimbursed. Boo. (We have a complicated arrangement at home; don't judge.)

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Kim Dong Wan is a legend
Truth be told, he's my least favourite member of Shinhwa (more on this later - when I find the time or the inspiration to actually write about it). I've come across many videos of them in the last 2 months that I've been full on fangirling (Eric Mun's fault, tbh) over the group but right now, this is the one video that really made an impact as to awesome Kim Dong Wan is - and the bond that is Shinhwa.

Atom Resigned

The Bae resigned from ABS CBN but I am more surprised at my lack of interest in his resignation even if he will still be the name I would say if anyone asked me who my crush is.

I blame my indifference towards him as of late after finding out he is already dating someone and I blame me for being stuck here which is why I am not dating him among other things. Hmp.

I still think he is a right top totty though. A good catch. Even though our opinions contrast.

Truth is beautiful
Truth is sad
Truth is painful
Truth is mad
Truth is real
Truth is true
Truth is death
Truth kills you

Friday the 12th Feels
This was too LOL not to post here.

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No Religion is the New Religion
Came across this article by Andrew Brown and I thought it was worth a repost on here.

No Religion Is The New Religion
By Andrew Brown

‘Why the Church of England lost its grip on the English imagination is a long and complex story.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Most Britons under the age of 40 now say they have no religion. As atheism takes hold, is this the beginning of the end for Christianity in this country?

For the last 1,700 years, to be English has meant to be Christian. This now seems to have changed for ever. “No religion” has now overtaken “Christian” as the majority position among white British people; and the younger they are, the more likely this is to be true.

Polling carried out by YouGov for Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University shows that if you’re under 40 and British, you are far more likely to report being “no religion” than either Christian or anything else. But if over 40, the proportions are reversed. What’s more, the children of no-religion parents are overwhelmingly likely to remain nonreligious themselves (95% do so), whereas the children of Christian parents will probably stop labelling themselves Christian – only 40% do.

These “nones”, as they are known in the jargon, are not all fervently atheist: only 40% are convinced that there is no God or “higher power”, and 5% of them are absolutely certain that He does exist. The figures neatly reverse the proportions among those who identify as religious, only 5% of whom are convinced atheists.

All this will make little sense if you think that religion is primarily a matter of belief. But Woodhead does not. She thinks that religions are made up of practice, ritual and self-understanding quite as much as theology. I should declare an interest here, since she and I are about to publish a book on the collapse of the Church of England, for which we discussed these very issues.

The point about British nones that distinguishes them from, say, American ones, is that they are almost entirely the people who would have been Anglicans in previous generations (for instance, they are overwhelmingly white) – and Anglicans generally have never been fervent believers. They are now being replaced by children and grandchildren who are unfervent nonbelievers.

Nonbelief takes rather different, often more enthusiastic forms in countries with different traditional ways of being Christian. This means that the growth of nones and the decline of Christianity in this country was not inevitable. In other places with different traditions, such as Scandinavia, identification with Christianity has declined much less. The proportion of Danes declaring no religion is still only 12%, even though Danes hardly ever go to church.

Why the Church of England lost its grip on the English imagination is a long and complex story. The obvious reason is that society has become less religious. In particular, it has become very much less obedient to traditional authorities.

Nones can’t stand to be preached at, and neither do they take any notice of religious leaders (with two and a half exceptions: they respect the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and, to some extent, Pope Francis). But in this they are simply taking over the attitude of traditional religious believers in Britain, who also reject the official teachings of their churches.

The Roman Catholic rejection of the Vatican line on contraception and divorce is well known, but majorities of all the large Christian denominations in this country are in favour of euthanasia and liberal abortion laws. It’s just that the nones are more solidly in favour, and this divide is more marked when it comes to same-sex marriage.

Along with the statistician Bernard Silverman, Woodhead has developed a measure of liberalism on moral attitudes, defined as allowing people to make their own decisions, providing these do not harm others. Polling reveals that nationally there is a liberal moral majority of 83% as against 17% authoritarian. Even among Muslims and Baptists, there are majorities for this kind of live-and-let-live liberalism – certainly among Catholics (85%) and Anglicans (92%); but among nones it is absolute. All of them reject religions as a source of authority on personal morality.

But at the same time as people have been growing less religious, the Church of England has been growing more religious: more exclusive, more of a club for self-conscious believers, prouder of being out of step with the people it once served.

Only last week, Justin Welby was boasting to the other leaders of Anglican churches that the Church of England had secured exemptions from equalities legislation – and then complaining that he operated in an “anti-Christian culture”. What does he expect, when the church he leads systematically violates the moral intuitions of most of its own natural constituency?

Under those circumstances, it’s not really surprising that no religion has become the new religion, while “religion” has become something that other people do. The interesting question is whether Christianity in this country can ever recover, or whether some kind of organised humanism could actually replace it.