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My Experience in Getting A Slot in DFA Online Appointment System (2018)

You’re gonna apply or renew your passport, huh? But as of today, you would’ve seen DFA’s passport appointment website like this:
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Last Feb, the same thing happened. I went to passport.gov.ph to set an appointment for passport renewal. But all slots were full until June, in all satellite offices around Luzon. I was fidgety and worried since my passport would expire in 5 months. Unlike few years ago, I didn’t expect that setting an appointment would be this da*n hard! Nao-chan was even surprised that we need appointments to renew our passports since they don’t need one (Of course, Japan and Philippines are incomparable when it comes to systematicness).

I think there is something fishy about appointments getting fully booked like a flash. Others say that travel agencies/fixers reserve a lot of slots then offer them for a hefty price. And as a ‘kuripot’ person (I don’t have money tbh hahaha), I didn’t want to pay about Php5000 for something that is supposed to be free. Also, we shouldn’t let those agencies and ‘crocs’ gain profit from their monkey business. So it didn’t become an option for me and I already accepted my fate that I won’t get any appointments anytime soon.

Until the first week of March arrived. I was so lucky to be able to secure an appointment for passport renewal. It really felt like I accidentally scored a 3-point buzzer beater shot! So let me share how:

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I Love this Shiseido Commercial!「なぜ資生堂のCMが好き?」

Long time no write! Aika here~

Couple of days ago, Nao-chan sent me a YouTube video. It’s the newest commercial of Shiseido, and it really made my heart melt because my favorite actresses were there, Ryoko Shinohara, Maki Yoko and my current most favorite Yuriko Ishida!

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Ryoko Shinohara (Screengrab from Shiseido Co. Ltd. Youtube Video)

 

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Maki Yoko (Screengrab from Shiseido Co. Ltd. Youtube Video)

 

They are so gorgeous and their beauty never fades, especially Yuri-san! (My #midagegoal is to be like her when I reach my 40s hahaha)

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Yuriko Ishida (Screengrab from Shiseido Co. Ltd. Youtube Video)

The video doesn’t have any English subtitles so Nao-chan had to explain everything about it. According to him, the newest commercial introduces Shiseido’s Hyoujyou (facial expression) Project. It reminds women not to be reluctant in showing their emotions. We all know that as we get older, wrinkles and visible lines appear when we smile, cry or do any facial expression which most of women don’t want to show.

 

Aside from the angles, videography and ‘pastel’-like vibe of the CM, I’m truly amazed to the story or concept. I like that it established a ‘human connection’ and it was able to highlight Shiseido’s significance.  (As an advertising major student, I really have to observe that XD)

 

Anyway, see the video here. There’s no English subtitles but you’ll definitely enjoy it since the music is nice! 😀
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Packing My Things

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I started packing things the day before Nao-chan’s arrival. At last! My parents allowed me to stay with him, I was really happy! Before, they never allowed it and I must be home before midnight~ And even though they let me be with Nao-chan, they kept on reminding me, “Aika, know your limitations!” or “Please, please don’t do things you are not allowed to do yet”. My ears are getting tired to hear them but of course, I also appreciate how they care for me. Nao-chan and I are very thankful to them, for their trust.

It took me one hour or two to pack my things and I was pretty indecisive when it comes to choosing what clothes to bring. I’d been packing and unpacking for a few times until I finally got satisfied with it. And my mom saw tons of  clothes on the bed and I don’t know why she was a bit worried about it! (^▽^)

 

 

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Sketching at the Restaurant

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So this is why I don’t want to draw at the restaurant sometimes because I’m really afraid someone could see it. Well if only I’m a master of sketching, I won’t be so shy and I’d love to work outside and let people peek in my legendary masterpiece. (^^;

 

During this time, I was in a small Japanese restaurant near my house and there are many customers and the lone waitress can’t notice me so for me not to waste time waiting I just got my notebook to draw for our New year’s greeting. I had been struggling (It’s my first time to draw a monkey, actually haha) since I can’t make it look adorable and cute.( 一一)

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