Archive | March, 2010

Scouting for an Affordable Panoramic Dental X-Ray

31 Mar

I am about to undergo wisdom teeth (yes, teeth) extraction in a few days. My ortho told me she needed my panoramic dental xray before the operation. She even gave me referral slips for Zen Dental Spa in Rob Galleria and for Aguinaldo Dental Clinic in Guadalupe.

I tried calling up dental clinics to find the most affordable rate:

  • Zen Dental Spa (Rob Galleria) — Php850
  • Aguinaldo Dental Clinic (Perea Building 121 Reposo St. corner P. Burgos St., Guadalupe, Makati City) — Php600
  • ML Santos Dental (SM Mall of Asia) — Php850 [plus 12% VAT — according to the website]
  • DentAsia (SM MoA) — Php900
  • Lapid Dental Care (ShopWise Cubao, Rob Galleria, Rob Metro East) — Php800
  • My Dentist (SM Marikina) — Php600

NOTE: Prices are subject to change without prior notice

I’ve chosen My Dentist in Marikina [contact numbers: 477-1910 / 0922-886-1030] since we normally go to SM Marikina every weekend and because their panoramic dental x-ray only costs Php600! I could be such a cheapskate sometimes! Hahaha! ūüėõ

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SM 3-Day Sale 2010 Schedules

22 Mar

We’re mallrats and a bit shopaholics, too. ūüėõ Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to SM HyperMarket JRU’s and SM Marikina’s 3-day sale. We were not able to buy anything¬†from SM HyperMarket but we were able to buy some¬†things from SM Marikina. ūüėÄ

A Globe Telecom flyer was stapled to our plastic bags together with the receipts and SM vouchers. My boyfriend read the fine print on the bottom of Globe’s flyer and noticed the 2010 schedule of SM’s 3-day sale.

So here are the 2010 schedules:

  • 29 – 31 Jan 2010 : SM North EDSA, Sucat, Baliwag, and Rosario
  • 19 – 21 Feb: SM Sta. Mesa and Sta. Rosa
  • 26 – 28 Feb: SM Harrison, Southmall, Fairview, Pampanga, and Bacolod
  • 19 – 21 Mar: SM Makati, Manila, Marilao, Dasmari√Īas, Lipa, Iloilo, and Marikina
  • 26 – 28 Mar: SM Taytay
  • 16 – 18 Apr: SM Cubao, San Lazaro, Mall of Asia, Lucena, Cebu, CDO, and Rosales
  • 29 Apr –¬†1 May: SM Delgado
  • 30 Apr – 2 May: SM Quiapo, Megamall, Bacoor, Bicutan, Baguio, Batangas, Clark, Davao, and Naga
  • 30 July – 1 Aug: SM North EDSA, Sucat, Molino, and Southmall
  • 13 -15 Aug: SM Sta. Mesa, Sta. Rosa, Baliwag, Cebu, Bacolod, and CDO
  • 27 – 30 Aug: SM Fairview, Taytay, Pampanga, Lipa, and City Center Las Pi√Īas
  • 3 – 5 Sept: SM Makati, Southmall, Manila, Rosario, and North EDSA
  • 17 – 19 Sept: SM Mall of Asia, Marikina, Lucena, Iloilo, and Rosales
  • 1 – 3 Oct: SM Cubao, Bicutan, San Lazaro, Dasmari√Īas, and Clark
  • 14 – 16 Oct: SM Delgado
  • 15 – 17 Oct: SM Harrison, Megamall, Bacoor, Baguio, Marilao, Batangas, Davao, Naga City, and City Center Las Pi√Īas

NOTE: Please be informed that I am in no way connected with SM and/or with Globe. I just wanted to blog about SM’s 3-day sale schedules that my boyfriend saw on Globe’s flyer. We don’t know¬†SM’s November and December 2010 3-day sale scheds. We also do not know¬†SaveMore’s, HyperMarket’s, and Podium’s sale schedules.

***ADDENDUM:

  • SM‚Äôs Manila Day Sale will be on 18 ‚Äď 20 June 2010. I think SM San Lazaro and SM Sta. Mesa (Centerpoint) will have¬†a 3-day sale on these dates. ūüôā
  • SM Malls will have a 1-day¬†sale (on all items) for SM Advantage card holders on 30 June 2010, Wednesday.
  • SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia (MoA) will have up to 70% off sale starting 2 July up to 11 July 2010.
  • SM Marikina and SM Sta. Mesa – Centerpoint (and I think other SM Malls, too)¬†will have up to 50% off sale¬†from 1 July to 11 July 2010.
  • On 29 to 31 October 2010, SM malls nationwide will have a Pre-Holiday Sale. Items will be up to 70% off.
  • For mall sale this first week of March 2011, kindly¬†check out: ¬†https://twitterpatedme.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/mall-sale-on-the-1st-week-of-march/

 

Zambales Trilogy: Camara Islands, Capones Island, and Anawangin Cove

18 Mar

Yes, my boyfriend and I are losers this summer. We don’t (and can’t) have plans of going to the beach nor going to the water parks and resorts. We’re trying hard to be misers to be able to save money. *sigh* We can’t be in our wanderlust mode for like the next 3 summers. Hahaha! So now, we’re stuck reminiscing…

Last 21 March 2009, my boyfriend and I went to Zambales for a beach trip. There are a lot of people blogging about their experience at the Camara Islands, Capones Island, and Anawangin Cove. Morever, I wanted to see the Capones lighthouse because I really heart lighthouses!!! I find them fascinating and romantic. ♥♥♥ 

We joined a tour group since we’re not pretty familiar on how to get to¬†those places and the packaged tour offered resort accommodation. Call us high-maintenance, but we can’t see ourselves camping out. We still prefer the comforts of a bed, an air conditioner, and a private toilet & bath. We’re not YET ready to camp out. Maybe someday…

We checked in at Canoe Beach Resort in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.¬†Pundaquit¬†is the jump-off point to get to Camaras, Capones, and Anawangin (and Nagsasa Cove, too —¬†this was not part of our ITIN¬†though :(). After having lunch in Caf√© Pundakit (the resort’s restaurant), we went island hopping. We just passed by Camara Islands and headed to Capones Island. Unfortunately, we¬†did not go up to the Capones lighthouse because there was not enough time. The boatmen told us that it would be about¬†a 1¬†hour-trek up to the famous lighthouse and besides, we still had to go to Anawangin Cove. Packaged tours suck sometimes. They mislead you that you’re going to¬†here and there, but more often than not, you would just end up passing by the place.

our bed and bags

view of Camara and Capones Islands from the shores of Canoe Beach Resort

During low tide, you could see the sandbar connecting the 2 islands of Camara

Capones Island

zooming my camera's lens to get a shot of the lighthouse

It took us around 30 – 45 minutes to get to Anawangin Cove from Capones Island. And¬†the cove¬†is not the usual beach.¬†Its shore has agoho trees instead of coconut and palm trees. Anawangin Cove also has a stream¬†with a¬†“forest” of agoho trees.

view of Anawangin Cove from our boat

Anawangin's stream

Anawangin is known to be a dangerous beach. I’ve read a lot of blogs about people drowning there. My boyfriend and I are not really excellent swimmers so we brought our own life jackets with us. We know how to swim but we’re not really good. Hehehe… And since we have our life jackets, we also brought our snorkeling gears. However, there’s nothing much to see underwater! Hahaha!

snorkeling

underwater

Anawangin's shore

We went back to¬†the resort¬†at around 4:30pm. Bitin! So we decided to swim in Canoe Beach Resort’s beach and planned to watch the sunset. But I got stung by a jellyfish so we had to go back to the shore. Hehehe… Good thing the said resort has a pool so after having our dinner, we decided to take a dip in the pool.

Canoe Beach Resort's pool (view from the resort's resto)

The beach trip was very bitin. We headed back to Manila the next day. ūüė¶ It was lunch time when we reached Subic¬†so we decided to have lunch¬†in the home of the famous jumbo tacos, The Coffee Shop. The taco we ordered was good although I did not like the shell because it was obviously a fried lumpia wrapper. Hehehe…

The Coffee Shop in Subic

jumbo taco with sour cream

When we reached Manila, it was still kinda early so we had time to hear Mass in Gateway Mall at around 6pm (or 6:30 PM — I forgot e).¬† We had dinner after the mass and had Razon’s halo-halo for dessert. Sarap!!!

Razon's halo-halo

I really miss¬†Zambales’ beaches.¬†Zamba is such a nice place (and the mangoes are yummy, too!). *sigh* I miss going to the beach…

Trinity in the Shamrock Leaf

17 Mar

I just remembered that today is St. Patrick’s Day. We don’t really celebrate it in the Philippines unlike the Americans who party to get drunk every 17th of March. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to generalize Americans. I was just thinking of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother… Hahaha! :D)

Anyhow, it was St. Patrick who introduced Christianity, specifically Catholicism, to Ireland by using the shamrock’s three leaves to symbolize the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). It was also said that he drove away the serpents/snakes from Ireland.

shamrock

Happy St. Patty’s Day, everyone! ūüôā

Affordable Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Metro Manila

16 Mar

I have 4 impacted wisdom teeth. I finally decided to have them extracted. But of course, before having them extracted, I had to look for affordable rates first. ūüôā

I initially inquired via the online form of the Philippine Dental Tourism website (by RXPinoy). I got a reply from RXPinoy and I was referred to Dr. Jagoring of Estetico Manila. I was quoted Php6,000 for each wisdom tooth. It was kinda pricey. However, Estetico Manila is a popular clinic that not only handles dentistry & orthodontics, but dermatology and cosmetic surgery as well. Besides, they already have celebrity endorsers.

I started looking for an ortho again. I was quoted between 3,000 and 6,000 for each widsom tooth. *Sigh* Wisdom tooth extraction really is expensive. I was getting frustrated so I had to post on my Facebook wall that I was looking for an affordable wisdom tooth extraction. My friends left comments and one told me that the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has a very cheap rate. I contacted PGH and was told that it’s only Php1,000 to Php1,500 per wisdom tooth. Wow! That really is pretty affordable! However, the clinic is only from Mondays to Fridays, and Wednesdays¬†are half-day operations.

I¬†work the night shift and I have a very busy schedule.¬†I could not be on leave for a very long time so I did not choose PGH because I also prefer to have my surgery on a weekend. Besides, PGH has so many patients. I was advised to be in PGH at around 7am since it’s a first come – first served basis.

I then decided to ask my college¬†kabarkada/officemate, who had braces back in college, if she had her wisdom teeth extracted. She told me that her ortho charged her around Php2,700 for her wisdom tooth. She also gave me¬†her ortho’s contact number.

I contacted the orthodontist and she told me that she charges for a minimum of Php1,500 up to a maximum of Php3,000 per wisdom tooth depending on the case (NOTE: Prices are subject to change without prior notice). I went to see her last Saturday and she’s very nice. I have yet to schedule my surgery. I also¬†ought to have a panoramic dental x-ray¬†first.

If you’re looking for an affordable wisdom tooth extraction, you can try this ortho:

Dra. Shermin Tan – Apuad
Address: 5030 Malolos Street
Olympia, Makati City (near J.P. Rizal, Zapote St., and the former Philippine Racing Track)
Phone: 895.59.45

***Prices are subject to change without prior notice***

National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Wedding Package

9 Mar

I was looking for a wedding venue for my friend who’s getting married this December 2010 when I stumbled upon Mount Carmel’s wedding package. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish is in New Manila, Quezon City.

Mount Carmel Shrine

Anyway, here is the parish’s wedding package:

Php170,000 for 150 guests

Package Inclusions:

   Р100 pcs. Invitations by Print Lane (click here for sample invites)
¬†¬† –¬†Flowers for the Bridal Party (click here for the samples and details)
   РUse of Church Facilities
   РFlowers, Tule, and Red Carpet at the Church
   РUse of Fr. Mark Horan Social Hall
   РTiffany Chairs for all guests
   РFully Air Conditioned Function Hall
   РBuilt-in Sound System
   РStage for the couple
¬†¬† – Catering by DXC’s, Eloquente, or¬†Tamayo’s* Catering¬†(click here for¬†the menu)
   РFruit Basket and wine for Offertory
   РPhoto and Video by Villamin UltraVision Digital Photography (click here for details)

* Due to increased costs, Tamayo’s Catering costs an additional 25,000 for a total of 195,000.

 

 

You may visit the Mount Carmel’s wedding package website¬†¬†for more details.

Damask Printed Matchbox

9 Mar

I saw these pictures on a wedsite:

I lurve anything damask!!!

 

According to the bride, she bought the matchboxes¬†from Rustan’s Edsa Shangri-La. When I went there last Saturday, I could not find one at the Home Section. I don’t know where to find these!!! I would like to give this kind of match to 2 of my friends who will be getting married this December 2010.¬† Also, I would like to have one because I just love, love, love damask! And I could also use¬†it for my wedding. Hehehe… I’m loving the white tips,¬†too! And see the rough side of the matchbox (where you strike the match stick)? There’s still damask print because it’s slender and I love it!!! This really is a purdy match! I’mma try looking for one¬†in Rustan’s Gateway Mall this weekend! Hahaha!