Monday, March 31, 2008
The Medical City
Angiogram costs P50,000 (procedure alone)
Angioplasty costs P300,000 (procedure alone) - a bare stent costs P80,000; a drug-eluding stent costs P120,000
PF for cardiologist costs P150,000 and up - usually they are two (so rate times two).
Bypass surgery costs P1 Million and up (all in all)
The Philippine Heart Center offers the ff packages:
For Angiogram (3-day stay):
Private Room = P60,200 (inclusive of doctor's PF)
Semi-Private Room = P52,000 (inclusive of doctor's PF)
Ward = P42,000 (inclusive of doctor's PF)
For Bypass Surgery (8-day stay):
Private Room = P617,480 (inclusive of doctor's PF)
Semi-Private Room = P494,322 (inclusive of doctor's PF)
Ward = P402,600 (inclusive of doctor's PF)
If you avail of the package, you need to pay the full amount upon admission. There will also be no discount from Philhealth and for senior citizens.
If you do not avail of the package, you need to pay P120K deposit for bypass surgery, and P150K deposit for Angioplasty upon admission to The Philippine Heart Center.
*Rates as of March 28, 2008
We thank the Lord for giving him a second life. :) We also thank Him for providing us the funds for the very costly procedure. God is good and He loves His children. Nothing is impossible with Him.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Carlos has four teeth (two up, two down). He is now 9.8 kilos. He has grown thick hair and we comb it on one side and he looks like our National Hero, Gat Jose Rizal hehehe :P He is still very behaved, with simple wants in life. He loves crumpling paper or plastic candy wrappers. He enjoys eating sweet mango and papaya. He still gets choked drinking water. He sleeps well in an airconditioned room; still hates the blanket; still cries the loudest when his milk is bitin.
Vito has no tooth, but munches bread and oranges as if he has a complete set of teeth. He weighs in at 8.5 kilos. He is very very energetic, very bungisngis at times, and shrieks when tickled in the armpits. He puts everything in his mouth and so his yaya watches him closely. He is still very attached to his pacifier. He enjoys watching the cartoons in Playhouse Disney Channel especially Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins and Higgly Town Heroes. (Carlos is a convert and now watches these shows too hehe)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
We need your continued prayers for him to have a quick and full recovery. He is still in the ICU. Thank you very much and may God bless you!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Carlos enjoys crumpling pieces of colorful paper and candy wrappers. He loves to play with the remote and our cellphones. He has three teeth now - 1 in the upper gums, 2 in the lower. He sucks-in his cheeks, like a fish. He loves to eat chilled fruits.. kahit antok na, ngumu-nguya pa rin Haha! He has a big voice and when he cries akala mo aping-api.. nkka-panic tuloy. Hehehe. He loves looking at the mirror, sino kaya tong pogi na eto? Ahaha!
Vito is super hyper now. He will not stay in one corner. He loves to flap his arms - watch out, mabigat ang kamay nyan. He eats anything, as in! Akala mo may ngipin, pero wala hehe When you give him a toy, he will observe it for a few seconds, and slowly put it inside his mouth. If you take it away and put it on the floor, he will reach it using his foot, matalinong bata hahaha! He loves cartoons.. kahit antok na antok na, pipilitin nyang buksan ang mata just to see mickey mouse.
When they are asleep and one wakes up, he will crawl to the other one and wake him up.. When Carlos wakes up, he will crawl to his Kuya and snatch his pacifier. When Vito naman wakes up, he will turn to Carlos and land a heavy hand on his tummy. Riot.
We are trying to introduce more solid food to them everyday. Their meals now include lugaw and kamote. Aside from the usual veggies, carrots and potatoes, they have mango, papaya and banana. Feeding time is a whole different story. Riot din yun, ahaha!
Monday, March 24, 2008
In the 8 facts about yourself, you share 8 things that your readers don’t know about you. Then at the end you tag at least 8 other bloggers to keep the fun going. Here are the rules:
~ Each blogger must post these rules first.
~ Each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
~ Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
~ At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
~ Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
1. I drink atleast two cups of coffee a day.
2. I have 10 moles in my left arm.
3. I love to watch MTV.
4. My favorite TV shows are That 70's Show, Friends, Ally McBeal, and CSI
5. My favorite romantic-comedy movies are The Wedding Planner, Just Like Heaven and Bridget Jones
6. I love to eat cakes, ice cream, pasta and gyoza.
7. I don't exercise.
8. I hate being late.
Not sure who else to tag... hmmm? Anyway, if you wish to answer the questions, feel free to link this post ok!? :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
1. Eat just 1 bar of Choco Mucho, instead of two.
2. Walk home from gate of village, instead of riding a tricycle.
3. Lastly, I will smile and not complain - about anythin! :)
Oo sacrifice yan lahat Hehehe
How about you? What are you giving up this Lent? :)
For those fanatics of the film, you may want to see the Original ending of the movie. Click here.
Upon reaching Edsa, I made a quick stop at the Shrine. My my my, it was full of people. As in jam-packed! I left immediately.. I missed the twins!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
MRT and LRT are also closed this Cuaresma. They will be having their annual maintenance check. Operations will resume on Monday, March 24.
Not all stores are closed, though. For those who will do the Bisita Iglesia, you may want to visit the Red Ribbon and Goldilocks branches along Shaw. They are open today until 9PM. Just remember not to eat too much of those sweet cakes - Holy Week ngayon, pass muna sa masasarap na food! :P
A Blessed Holy Week to everyone! :)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
At 8 months, Carlos has learned to balance himself well while sitting. He is always on serious-mode and appears to be in deep-thinking. Hahaha! He is content playing with his toys or crumpling a paper. The tv doesnt appeal to him that much.
Here he is with his favorite things. He pulls on the playgym in an attempt to stand up. He makes gigil sometimes - body shakin' and all. Must be the itchy gums or a new tooth coming out.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Behind that taray face is a sweet, caring, thoughtful friend. She is complete with office supplies hehe - I still have her pink compass set that I used for the twins cupcake stands :P I mean, who uses a compass diba?! Hahaha Well, good thing she has one I didnt have to buy anymore. So see, pasalamat pa ako *wink!*
Chelley, otherwise known as Tatay Chelle can be serious sometimes but she is super dependable and loyal friend. She is down-to-earth, funny and very smart. She hasn't found the right guy yet, but we are all praying that she finds him soon :)
Sending some love and kisses to you dear Chelley :) May God bless you and keep you safe, healthy and happy :) May your birthday wish come true! :) Mmuuaahh! :)
My family are going to Dumaguete on April for my lola's birthday. And shempre, being the tipid queen that I am, I convinced them to wait for the piso promo of Cebu Pacific. I was told that Cebu Pacific will bring their piso promo back, hindi lang na-disclose when. Ay naku, when I checked their website this morning, nagtaas na sha from last week's rate. Maybe because others have purchased na and the cheaper seats are already occupied. Mukhang malabo na rin mag piso promo kase summer is just around the corner. Kaya ayun, dali dali sa pagbili ng tickets on-line!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
But what is Holy Week, really?
Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ. It starts on Palm Sunday, and culminates in His crucifixion on Good Friday, and His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Why is it important?
Holy Week shares with us Christ's experience of betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection. It teaches us about sacrifice and humility.
It isn't just about parades and festivities. It calls us to change bad habits, and share the Good News with others. It asks us to examine our relationship with Christ, and to remain faithful to Him.
A Blessed Holy Week to All! :)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Our friends, Edwin and Maggie tied the knot today, after 6 years of being together :) It was held at Paco Church and reception followed at San Agustin Grounds. It was an all-adult affair, and required strictly formal attire. That was our dilemma actually because it is so hot nowadays, and if the weather is really bad it would rain pa in the afternoon. I was torn on wearing a dress or slacks. I opted for a blouse and skirt terno. I was actually concerned about the guys. They needed to be in suit or long-sleeves polo. Ahahay.
We picked up Mark & Dianne and Paul Andrew along the way. We met Mike & Botch at Metrowalk (sporting a new blue Everest) and proceeded to SM Centerpoint, where Tito Boy was waiting. The mass is scheduled at 4pm and we were still in Sta Mesa (patay). When we arrived at the church, the bridal march has started. Here's the real couple:
I love weddings! :) It's nice to see people dress up and prettify for a day to celebrate love, friendship and romance. I love to see little girls in gowns, and boys in their little suits. I love the flowers, strings and confetti... :)
Meet the People possè
We had police escorts from church to reception. We passed one-way streets and beat red lights. One of our friends, Lester (who works at Coke), brought his Coke pick up truck. I was laughing the entire time because he positioned himself right after the bridal car. Hahaha!! Imagine - two police motorcycles, the bridal car, a coke pick up truck, a Ford Lynx and two Ford Everests.. Presidential convoy na sana ehhh.. Hahaha!
It was my first time in San Agustin. I have to say it's a nice place. Tabi tabi sila ng Barbara's, Illustrado, Patio Victoria, etc. I am really fascinated with Old Manila - cobblestone streets and spanish-inspired houses. The reception was an open, garden venue, thank God it did not rain. We had dinner shortly. The food was masarap and warm, catered by Makati Skyline. The bride and groom's parents spoke afterwards. I agree with what they said - Put God in the center of your relationship. Pag-aralan nyo ang tamang pananalita, pero mas importante na pag aralan nyo kung pano makinig.
To Edwin and Maggie, we wish you all the best! :) may God continue to bless the two of you with good health, success and happiness. :) Congrats on the little one who's on the way ;)
More pictures here:
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I passed by the teens section since it is located at the same floor as the infants section. I noticed 50% OFF signs and went to browse through the items. I saw this cute black top with some silver embellishments from Hot Kiss. It was selling for only about P200. Well, it's been a long time since I bought something for myself.. so.. I asked for the L size and quickly added, "ay! XL na lang"- Remember, this is teens section, Hahaha! :P The XL fit me well. And so, I got it! :P
I'm payatot, so I dont usually have an XL of anything. But now, I own two XL tops - the other one is a non-maternity blouse I bought when I was 5 months preggy with twins. That, I dont intend to wear anytime soon. Hahaha!
I was happy with my purchase. The next time I want to buy a shirt, I will definitely consider the teens section. :) It's cheaper than the items in the ladies section. That's a nice tipid tip right there ;) The irony of it all.. a 30-year old buying clothes in a store for 13 yrs old Hahaha! Sabi nga nila, ang bata gusto tumanda, ang matanda gusto maging bata. Ahahay!
Oh! by the way, I was able to buy the socks - P75 for 3 pairs. It was on sale, too! ;)
Although experimental lang ang pagsali ko, when I read the words "Your application has been approved", it immediately put a smile on my face. Hahaha!
I am a newbie blogger, and I'm taking this one baby step at a time. :)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
It was officiated by Mayor Domingo at Malolos, Bulacan. The ceremony was in pure Tagalog, but here's the gist (in Taglish hehe)
When you get married, you open a new chapter of your life. Marriage is done with consent from both parties, hindi sapilitan. Gawin mong mabuti ang marriage nyo, sa bayan at sa mata ng Diyos. Pag ang asawa mo ay kinamumuhian ng lahat, anjan ka para i-pagtanggol sha. Nanjan ka for support. Sa mag asawa, kung kinakailangang mag tiis, araw araw, habang buhay, gagawin mo.
Very strong words, but its all true. And, I can relate hehe. Nothing can prepare you for married life. There are new challenges everyday. You and your partner must really be committed to make the marriage work. Other important ingredients are trust, respect and open communication. Prayers help a lot, too!
After the Mayor's message, they exchanged rings. And that's it! They are now husband & wife! :)
Reception immediately followed at The Legend Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant. The food was good! :)
Of course if its a wedding, there must be a cake. So my mom and I went to Goldilocks, which was conveniently located beside the resto. We got the biggest choco-mocha cake and two toppers - one Minnie and one Mickey. We used our artistic skills to decorate the cake with the candy flowers and placed the toppers in the middle. :)
Congratulations Jeo and Best Wishes Mau! May you stay happy together, forever! :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I dont know, and honestly, I have no time to study how the xlink-thing works. No offense to my N@wie friends who are requesting to be xlinked. Yes, you can refer to my blog if that's what you mean :) Also, sorry if I am unable to reply in your own blogs. I will try to do that at home... cant open to many personal browsers here. Ahaha! :P
Monday, March 10, 2008
Janina San Miguel: I’m fine.
Paolo Bediones: Alright, so you won two of the major awards - Best in Long Gown, Best in Swimsuit, do you feel any pressure right now?
Janina San Miguel: No, I don’t feel any pressure right now.
Paolo Bediones: Confident! Alright! Please choose a name of the judge.
Paolo Bediones: We have Miss Vivienne Tan.
Vivienne Tan: Good Evening.
Janina San Miguel: Good Evening.
Vivienne Tan: The question is, what role did your family play to you as candidate to Binibining Pilinas?
Janina San Miguel: Well, my family’s role for me is so important b’coz there was the wa- they’re, they was the one who’s… very… Hahahaha… Oh I’m so sorry, Ahhmm… My pamily… My family… Oh my god… I’m… Ok, I’m so sorry… I… I told you that I’m so confident… Eto, Ahhmm, Wait… Hahahaha, Ahmmm, Sorry guys because this was really my first pageant ever b’coz I’m only 17 years old and ahahaha I, I did not expect that I came from, I came from one of the tough 10. Hmmm, so… but I said dot my family is the most important persons in my life. Thank you.
I couldn't believe she won! I understand she was nervous.. she should have practiced more, and should have opted for a translator!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Here is Keith, Vito and Carlos, preparing to take a bath.
We start by preparing their bath essentials - toiletries, towels, new diapers and clothes. We then rub some baby oil on their backs. We just wash their hair with a little baby shampoo. We are careful not to put water in their ears. We then wash their bodies with some liquid baby soap. We are careful they dont drink bath water - it's one of the leading causes of diarrhea in babies. We then wipe them off, put on new diapers and clothes. Tada! They smell so mabango, plus they sleep well after a bath. :)
Thursday, March 06, 2008
~ Unlimited photo sessions
~ You can enroll up to 4 sub-members (immediate family only) --> Example, I am the member, my hubby and the twins are free, and we get unlimited shots for the whole year.
~ Free storybook when you have purchased 15 sheets at the end of the year. They print per sheet (8x10 size), and it costs P890.
~ After you have ordered 4 sheets, you get a CD with pics (but low resolution only). You can use it for emailing, uploading, blogging, or printing (wallet size).
~ Free 5R print on your birthday and anniversary.
~ When you order a recopy of the exact same print, you pay only P300 instead of P890.
~ Free enhancement (Example you want sepia tone, etc.)
~ They have many props/costumes. :)
Big savings for those who love portrait sessions. If you are a non-member and you want your family to have a (one-time) studio session, you pay P1250 for 4 pax. That's already the membership fee in the promo! *:P
For complete details, you may call them up. Here's the number of their Podium branch - 6375929. Look for Michelle.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Inside the car, I asked the girls, "ano ba ung colon?" Dong immediately replied, "ung kwit!". Hahaha! Polly corrected her, "tutuldok!" Tawa kame ng tawa inside the car kaya nag-kanda ligaw-ligaw na kame!
Normally, the trip to St Luke's from my office would only take about 10 minutes. But, with Dong as the Driver, and Polly as the Navigator, our trip was 1 hour 30 minutes long! We left Quezon Ave at 3PM and reached St Lukes at 4:30PM. That included a trip to España and SM Centerpoint Bwahaha!! Our word for the day was "U-TURN".
Uhm, mag u-u-turn na ba tayo jan?
Teka, u-turn tayo ulet
Dito ba ang u-turn?
Huh, Left-turn? Dong mag u-turn ka na!!
And so, we finally reached St Lukes and Peen was already waiting for us by the elevators. She told us not to be noisy because Tito Rey is sensitive to sound. He had a successful 3-hour operation last night. Ay naku pagdating sa room, we recounted our trip and tawa kame ng tawa! So we decided to have merienda muna outside because we didnt want to disturb Tito Rey. We went to Delifrance (infront of St Lukes) who was giving out free coffee, their new product - Vodka Sputnik.
We made chit chat and updated everyone with the new happenings in our lives. Polly is 3 months preggy (Accdg to Peen, walang pinagbago sa katawan but Polly is quick to react, Oi tignan nyo wedding pic ko! Hehehe) Dong just came back from Boracay and brought two picture albums with the twins' baptism and Polly & Jayson's wedding. Peen is graduating this March 13 at PICC. As for Michelle.. walang balita except that Dr Quiroz, your soulmate, is waiting for you.. Ahaha! Hey, I heard Malou has a new commercial - Milo. Let's watch out for that ;)
We left St Lukes at 7PM coz we all have work tomorrow. I really had a great time seeing (half of) my Kabuki sisters! :) I miss the bonding moments, the bloopers (Dong baket ka paos? Oo may tonsil kse ako) - mga tipong ganyan.. Haha!!
Till next time, and hopefully hindi na hospital ang setting! :) Take care you all, Kisses to everybody I love you, mwah! :)
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Surgery (colectomy) is the main treatment for colorectal cancer. Signs and symptoms may include changes in bowel habits, blood in your stool, persistent cramping, gas or abdominal pain.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Here's a souvenir pic of me and The Incredible Hulk, or what I would like to call a modern photo of Beauty and the Beast. Hahaha! :P
Whenever someone asks me where this picture was taken, I say "I was in Singapore for the weekend"... Then I will quickly add, "Nah, sa Megamall lang yan!" Hehehe... So much for wishful thinking! ;)
Sunday, March 02, 2008
We brought the twins to Glorietta today - their first trip to the mall. It was more like an experiment kind of thing. We wanted to know if we can already bring them to pashalan spots, like the mall. We went to Timezone at G4.
Well, Carlos was behaved the whole time. He would just look at cars and people that passed by. Vito was masungit coz he wasn't able to sleep. He would grab things he could reach. They both didn't want to ride the stroller, maybe because the mall was new to them and there were so many people. So, no choice but to carry them around. Oh my Vito is heavy, I think I broke my arm... :P (The other yaya is on day off).
By the way, it's the first time I saw G2 after the explosion, and man, it's a wreck. I remember buying my kikay stuffs at Goldcrest. Now, it's gone. Bye bye..
In the end, we agreed that the twins are not yet ready for the mall. We'll just come back on their 1st birthday ;)
Saturday, March 01, 2008
The rules: Link to the person that tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Share six un-important things/habits/quirks about your self. Tag 6 random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. Let these random people know that they are tagged by leaving comments in their blog. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.
Six Unimportant things/habits/quirks about myself:
1. I am a newbie mommie blogger
2. I'm happy when I find (and buy) cool items from sales, depots, factory outlets & warehouses
3. I love to cook for hubby, even if he's a better cook than I am :P
4. I am addicted to Choco Mucho. In fact, Im eating one right now!
5. I get excited when I find the perfect supplier for a budget party I'm organizing
6. I hate getting my feet and legs wet. As in. Haha.