Saturday, January 26, 2013

Leaning Towards an Altis

Photo taken when the Altis was sold.
My dad sold the Altis at P 260,000, when I saw Altises of the same year and similar kilometer readings at the P 300,000 to P 400,000 plus range in

Anyway, since his friends got Santa Fes, he was thinking of getting one, too. We headed to the Greenhills dealership, where my mom couldn't hop onto it or the Tucson. So my dad asked about the Camry equivalent, the Elantra, and the Altis equivalent, the Sonata. He wants to get a Korean car because he's worried about a Japanese-Chinese war. When we got home, I saw on TV that North Korea is threatening South Korea.

The Tucson.
Anyway, I thought that since the office has an Innova and a Fortuner, that a sedan would use up less gas when you're transporting four people without cargo, and it would be easier for my 3i, my mom and me to get on a sedan, especially when we're wearing gowns. The Altis was the special request car for my mom and 3i whenever we went out.

MA said that his mom prefers the CRV to a sedan, because his mom doesn't have to stoop to get in. My dad says that Hondas have low resale values and have expensive parts. My concern is that my friend says that the sold Altis has a better turning radius than her Civic. I'd like to take all the cars we're considering for test drives.

I looked up the prices online and came up with this grid:

Car Comparisons
Honda v Hyundai v Toyota
Make Model Engine Variant Price Year     % of brand new Km
Toyota Altis 2.0 Pearl    1,155,000.00          
      Standard    1,140,000.00          
  Camry 2.5G 6 Standard    1,451,000.00 2006 2.4G AT    685,000.00 47%  
    3.5G Q Pearl    2,097,000.00          
Honda CRV 2.0 V      1,325,000.00 2006 Mdl Matic 4WD    558,000.00 42%            50,000
    2.4 SX White Orchid Pearl    1,545,000.00          
Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GL          888,000.00          
  Sonata 2.0 GL S 2.4 gas 6      1,388,000.00          

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dr. Harvey Uy's Binondo and Makati Clinics

Drs. Harvey Uy and Sheri Liquete, the anesthesiologist.
My friend, who, with her parents, were Harvey's patients in Asian Eye Institute, wanted to know what his clinic hours are, and urged me to blog them.

The new name of all his clinics is Pacific Eye & Laser Institute.

Yesterday, its first day, I was the sixth patient in the history of the Makati Surgical Center. It is located where The Spa used to be, at 50 Jupiter St., Bel-Air. The eyp interactive map is here.

From Kalayaan, I turned left to Makati Avenue, turned left to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (because you can't turn left on Jupiter St., contrary to what someone not connected to Pacific had advised me), turned left on Paseo, then turned left on Jupiter. It's a few buildings down on the right. Parking is ample, but with tricky curves. DFC parked in the closed building at the corner before it.

Pacific Eye & Laser Institute calling card.
I almost hit a curve, if not for my co-IRB member, Atty. Bernard Kaw, the first time I tried to park in the basement, so the last time I was there, I parked in BBQ five buildings away on false pretenses, so I have to be creative--again--the next time I go there, if Pacific still does not have valet parking.

Anyway, from Jupiter, the best way out is to go towards Makati Avenue, turn right at Polaris, turn left after Anzo, turn right at P. Burgos, right at Kalayaan, right at Amapola, follow the road until it becomes Rockwell Drive.

Dr. Harvey gives Dr. Sheri and me a tour.
Going to Makati Med, the best way is turn left to Nicanor Garcia from Jupiter, turn right at Gil Puyat, turn right at Zuellig Loop (I think, it's the street before Ayala Extension), turn right at Malugay, cross Sen. Gil Puyat to Tordesillas. The rightmost lane was long, so I took a right after H. V. dela Costa, turned right to Leviste, turned left to Rufino, crossed Ayala, turned right to dela Costa and parked in the parking lot on the right, at the corner of Geronimo and dela Rosa. (The Google Map seems to be missing Geronimo).

I thought that this was going to be the Lasik room. Laser room?
If you take the rightmost lane, you can turn right at dela Costa, cross to Ayala to Geronimo, turn right at Amorsolo, follow the road until you reach Makati Med, turn right up to the driveway for valet parking. The parking building entrance is after the driveway, and the entrance to the parking lot beside Makati Med is after the parking building entrance. Both are almost always full, so I've resorted to parking at the treeful parking lot on Legazpi Street. From dela Rosa, turn left at Rufino, turn left at Legazpi Street. It's on the right. Walk to Salcedo Street at the right. turn left at dela Rosa until you see Makati Med, where there's a side entrance.

Anyway, Harvey texted me today that he is in Makati on Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 to 5. He is in Binondo Mondays 9 to 5, and Thursdays, 2 to 5. His Binondo clinic is on the Ground Floor, Pacific Center (formerly Pacificbank), 460 Quintin Paredes St. Dr. Sheri's husband told me that it's near the old Dragon Seed, Jollibee and Red Ribbon. Dr. Sheri and I know people who are excited with his Binondo clinic, as it is quite near where they live or frequent.

He is at St. Luke's Quezon City on Saturdays, 8-5, Room 611, South Tower, Cathedral Heights. When you enter St. Luke's from E. Rodriguez, Sr. Ave., it's the building on the left. The last time I was in St. Luke's last month, in the evening, so I parked at Cathedral Heights. I went up the driveway, then turned left to the parking building.

The appointment numbers for all clinics are 890-01-15 or 0917-8749202. The email address is For St. Luke's Quezon City, the appointment numbers are 411-41-12 or 723-01-01 loc. 2611. I tried to access and got their login page.

The only clinic which will have an optical shop is Makati. The optical shop will open end-January. Across his Binondo clinic is Crystal, an optical shop owned by ex-AEI optometrists who he said I would recognize.

Incidentally, my previous post on his clinic still got 20 out of the 123 views yesterday.

Except for the calling card photo which I scanned today, all photos were taken yesterday at Pacific Eye Makati. I tried to access the website and got to their login page.


Books I've Read

  • Wuthering Heights
  • Wild Swans
  • Who Moved My Cheese?
  • Wheels
  • Watership Down
  • Valley of the Dolls
  • Twin Towers
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Times to Remember
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • The World is Flat
  • The World According to Garp
  • The Terminal Man
  • The Sky is Falling
  • The Return of the King
  • The Promise
  • The Pretenders
  • The Powers That Be
  • The Path
  • The Painted Bird
  • The Naked Face
  • The Little Prince
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  • The Kobayashi Maru of Love
  • The Kitchen God's Wife
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • The Hundred Secret Senses
  • The Hobbit
  • The Height of Your Life
  • The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
  • The Greatest Miracle in the World
  • The Gift of Acabar
  • The Firm
  • The Deep
  • The Client
  • The Chamber (March 2011)
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Bible Code
  • Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
  • Spring Moon
  • Sing Along with MAD
  • Simplify Your Life
  • Shopaholic
  • Shogun
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice (March 30, 2011)
  • Pinoy Pop Culture
  • One Really Valuable Pearl
  • On Wings of Eagles
  • Oliver's Story
  • Nostalgia in the Kitchen (May 6, 2011)
  • My Name is Asher Lev
  • Mistral's Daughter
  • Mga Kwentong Pagkain Atbp: Ating Sariling Ani: Isda at Iba Pa: Mula sa Kusina ni Mama Sita (February or March 2011)
  • Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus
  • Mars and Venus on a Date
  • Manwatching
  • Macbeth
  • Love Story
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Life Love Lust: Straightforward Answers to Provocative Questions
  • Ladies' Lunch & Other Ways to Wholeness
  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Kill as Few Patients as Possible: and 56 Other Essays on How to Be the World' Best Doctor
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Jaws
  • In Search of Excellence
  • If Tomorrow Comes
  • How to Turn Thoughts into Things
  • How the Other Half Dies
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Great Expectations
  • Friends 'til the End: The Official Celebration of All Ten Years
  • Franny and Zooey
  • First, Break All the Rules
  • Firefox
  • Fellowship of the Ring
  • Fallen Leaves
  • Doctors
  • Coma
  • Clients First!: Building Insurance Sales Through Service Excellence (May 2011)
  • Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Healing Stories for Those Who Survived Cancer
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Captains and the Kings
  • Bulfinch's Mythology
  • Bloodline
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Animal Farm
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • A Question of Heroes
  • 700 Sundays
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • 1984
  • 100 Must-Read Crime Novels
  • 'Tis

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