San Juan to Makati


Posted in flu shot,Immunizers,medicine by yangiwei on May 21, 2011

I think that Tian Di was the best part of the tour for all of us.

I’ve decided to go to Immunizers instead of Mercury Drug for my

Immunizers' 2011 flu vaccine expires on December 2011, said Hannah. Photo taken yesterday.

because EFY waited a couple of hours at a Mercury Drug then gave up when the doctor didn’t show up.  He was there before the appointed hour.

We entered through the main door and exited through the basement door.

According to Hannah of Immunizers who took my call, Immunizers is open on Mondays to Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm and I don’t need  an appointment.  As per my pulmonologist Dr. Agra‘s advice, I asked Hannah for the expiry date of Fluarix, which she pronounced as Floo-wa-riks.

This is my second time to go to Tian Di, but only the first time to photograph it.

The Immunizers number that I used is (632) 727-2865.   It is beside Hai Kang Seafood Restaurant, which used to be Harbour City until a typhoon–was it Milenyo?–blew its sign to Wilson come.

Too bad the best room was locked up.

Incidentally, I included Immunizers and Hai Kang in my April 10 tour of San Juan which I gave to Nasi Lemak consultant HK Tan, Myke Soon and his girlfriend Nix Manalang Angeles.  HK said that I should give the tour for

P 2,000 per person.  Cool!

Anyway, I pointed out to HK that San Juan is a good place to put up a restaurant as:

1. The residents have so much dispensable income, Immunizers can afford a Piolo Pascual ad (Incidentally, I have been trying for months to take a photo of the billboard but was never caught in traffic in the area during daylight.)

2. Most residents don’t like going outside San Juan.

3. Some residents only like Asian food.

Mercury Flu Shot

Posted in flu shot,medicine,Mercury Drug,vaccine by yangiwei on March 30, 2011

Thanks to Dyna Padilla-Hone for telling me about Mercury Drug‘s flu shots in response to my previous post, our batch Fb page exchange below:

‘mahal ! ask ka na lang sked from Mercury Drug kung kelan ang flu shots nila … P700 lang I think … I had myself, my hubby & 2 house angels immunised … mahaba nga lang ang pila at pipila ka together with maids, mga batang iyakin, yung mga taong parang pumipila din si wowowie, that is, if you don’t mind – ayan, umandar na naman ang caste system ….’

[San Juan to Makati]:

ty, Dyna. i’d rather go to Immunizers in case of side effects. feeling Brahamin kase ako, maski in real life aliping sagigilid lang ako, or as Michael O’Neill would put it, I’m the ‘pus that infects the mucus that cruds up the fungus that feeds on the pond scum.’

about an hour ago ·

Dyna Padilla Hone ‘walang side effects …’


‘sige, will look into this. ty. will try to look for the most sosyal, least populated Mercury nearby. can also bring stool and book. and sagigilid-grade chat companion. who administered the shot? doctor ba?’

CYdA had also suggested Mercury Drug E. Rod years ago for flu shots.

Hmm, no wonder Immunizers can afford to hire Piolo Pascual for their billboard.

Flu Shot

Posted in doctors,flu shot,medicine,vaccine by yangiwei on March 29, 2011
My friend’s cousin wants to know how much a  flu shot costs.
I told my friend about Dr. Chua of Immunizers telling me that it would be ok to get a flu shot even with a sore throat and a cough.  She said that her doctor also told her to not get a flu shot while on antibiotics.
My sister said that she would need to read the literature on the vaccine before she administers it to me, so I decided to go to Immunizers na lang.
Below are my email exchanges with Mercury Drug, Immunizers and my pulmonologist, Dr. Gwen Agra–who I mentioned in I’m Getting My Flu Shot–of Cardinal Santos Medical Center.  I also referred Dr. Agra to my friend’s aunt, who sees Dr. Agra at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City.
Dr. Agra:
‘You are stil unwell from last week?Would rather let sore throat resolve 1st before the shot. Ask about expiry date of fluarix,’ 

Sent from my iPod

On Mar 26, 2011, at 1:08 PM, [San Juan to Makati] wrote: 

‘Dear Dr. Agra,

Immunizers will only administer their own med.  Is Fluarix ok?  Dr. Chua of Immunizers said that as long as I don’t have a fever, I can get a flu shot.  Have runny nose and sore throat.
P 1,250 per dose. Glaxo Smith Kline.’

October 13, [SJM]:

So, basically, Dr. Gwen, I’ll be saving P 400 by going to my sister, but more important is the availability of Vaxigrip at Mercury Drug.’

October 13, Mercury Drug:

‘Dear [San Juan to Makati],
Below is the current price of your inquired items —-
Item Description Unit Price
BEGRIVAC 2010 FLU VACC 0.5mL10 P 595.00
SYRIN INTER3/10cc30u31Gx3/8100 P 10.00
BD MICRO-FINE+PENNDLE30g8mm100 P 10.50
Please be advised that the above quoted price is subject to change without notice and we require doctor’s prescription on Rx items. Serving is subject to availability of stock at the time of order.
For your ordering convenience, you may visit our website, fill out our order online form and pay using your Mastercard or Visa credit card.
After processing of your credit card and receipt of our email confirmation, you can either pick the merchandise yourself, or by your designated beneficiary in any preferred Mercury Drug store nationwide within 24 hours
If you have further inquiries, we will be glad to serve you.

ccagent: aqui’

I’m Getting My Flu Shot

Posted in doctors,medicine,vaccine by yangiwei on November 4, 2010


Trained in natural and conventional medicine.



My friend asked me to give my opinion on a forward warning people against flu shots.

I sent her a lengthy reply, pointing out that the email ends with:

‘If you order products from this week, you will also receive a free Mini Guide to Flu Vaccine with your order.  Plus, will make a donation to NVIC with every order!

If you order products from this week, we will make a donation to NVIC with every order!”

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My friend also wants to know if I’ve had my flu shot.  After two bouts of flu last year, my pulmonologist, Dr. Gwen Agra of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, prescribed Vaxigrip to me.  Health Cube does not have Vaxigrip anymore, only Begrivac, so I emailed her for advice.  This is her reply:

‘not much experience w begrivac yet altho i am also forced to use it because vaxigrip is no longer available. so far, with my patients, no side effects noted.  the manufacturer is also a big multinational company. i think it would still be beneficial for you to have the shot.’
I have not asked Health Cube if they’re willing to inject me with Vaxigrip from Mercury Drug.

Cough Doctor at St. Luke’s Global

Posted in doctors,medicine by yangiwei on September 29, 2010

I have the same perception of Dr. Agra as AZ.

Mike in Manila

When AZ asked me for a St. Luke’s Global doctor, I referred AZ to my pulmonologist, Dr. Gwen Dy-Agra, for her cough.  AZ texted me this message:

‘Hi saw Dr Agra.Vry accomodating n friendly face. Because I was impresd made her primary doc.  She gave m referals 4 other doctors n lab tst. Thnks 4 d referal.’

St. Luke’s Global’s ER

Posted in doctors,medicine,sports by yangiwei on May 9, 2010
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I went there to see my endocrinologist, Dr. Joy Fontanilla.

The dinner table talk was about how good St. Luke’s Global looks.

It was very relaxing to be here. For how long will it be this way?

Also about a boy who collapsed while lightly throwing a baseball to and from someone else, at Polo Club.  After some time, a parent came in and brought him to St. Luke’s Global.

The boy’s mom is an OB and the dad is an ICU specialist.  The dad instructed the ER on what to do, because the nurses and doctors didn’t know what to do.  The boy was in a coma for more than a week, I think, cause unknown.

Arthritis Doctors in St. Luke’s Global

Posted in doctors,medicine by yangiwei on February 17, 2010
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AZ asked for physician referrals in St. Luke’s Global City, for

her arthritis, which she said was acting up due to the weather.  Ortho KB referred us to the head Dr. Canlas, and also Drs. Tabera and Tanchuling.

Photo taken on January 21, 2010, when I consulted my endo, Dr. Joy Fontanilla.

I went up the escalator, to see my endo at the Endocrine Center

A pianist was playing when I was there. Like it.

DSdR, also our SLG referror, asked me why I was taking photos.

Didn't occur to me then that I would be using these photos. 🙂

When I went to St. Luke’s Global, a maintenance guy told me that I should see the huge suite.  He offered to take my photo.  I agreed.  I complained to him and to Dr. D that there are only four ladies’ cubicles on the ground floor, that there should be like twenty when the place goes full-blast.

The Endocrine Center charged me

P 200+ facilitation fee, that’s aside from the doctor’s professional fee.  My endo would not charge me at Medical City, where she used to be based.  I told Dr. Fontanilla that so far, St. Luke’s Global is so relaxing.  When I went to St. Luke’s Global, I had a driver.  I think that it’s too far now, that I’ll probably switch endos just because of the distance, to my parents’ endo, Dr. Ruby Go, at Cardinal Santos Medical Center.  Also, I can keep an eye on my parents’ health that way.  I had stuck with Dr. Fontanilla because she’s just so nice and easy to talk with.  Aside from her curing/alleviating my hyperthyroidism.  Her secretary, Bernadeth, is extra-friendly without being presumptious.  A perfect team that I would have a hard time finding elsewhere.

I got two texts from the Endocrine Center yesterday, asking me if I was still showing up for my appointment with Dr. Fontanilla, which I forgot!  One of the texters, Thierry, texted in dizzying mixed case.

Efren tells me that St. Luke’s Global will only have fine dining facilities, no lower-end food places.  Does anyone have any confirmed info on this?

One Cardinal doctor complained that the accredited contractors were charging P 350,000 to P 700,000 for labor, and that when her clinic was supposedly ready for turnover, that the flooring was not yet done, and that her door was made of plywood, not solid wood as stipulated in her contract. Maybe this is what another doctor from St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City meant when she said that the St. Luke’s Global contract is one-sided.

All roads seem to lead to Bonifacio Global City these days, with the move of PhilPlans and Philhealth Care, Inc. from the Philamlife Bldg. on United Nations Avenue. Incidentally, isn’t Philhealth confusing with the government entity?

General Milling has also moved from Makati to Bonifacio Global City, around last year.

My friend in General Milling, MF’s sis E also moved her office address to Bonifacio Global City, sometime after Reyes Barbecue-Bonifacio Stopover was put up and now. E used to work in Makati.

My clients who live in Bonifacio Global City are related to each other.  One used to be based in the US.