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Adulting Tuesday!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I took a leave from work to do mummy duties AKA:

  1. Take Yuri to his pedia
  2. Take Yuri to our family dentist
  3. Take Yuri to Eye Level in Bajada, Davao for his diagnostic test
Selfie of an adult (Because a caption that reads "adult selfie" would mean another thing)

Selfie of an adult (Because a caption that reads “adult selfie” would mean another thing)

Well, we spent the entire morning downtown but only number 3 was a success (relatively). Here’s why.

I did not set appointments.

I have an A-type personality so I almost always never leave the house unless a sure appointment has been set. However, when I lost my phone a few months back, I also lost all of my contact numbers, which include my doctors’ contact numbers. The phone numbers I saw from the internet were also outdated. So we decided to wing it.

First, we dropped by the Manila Bulletin office to get these goodies from my colleagues, Sarah and Jona:

Thanks gerlsh!

Thanks gerlsh!

Then we went to our pedia’s and dentist’s clinics. Our family dentist was there but, because we failed to book an appointment, she wasn’t able to squeeze us in. Instead, we formally booked an appointment for Saturday.

Goodbye, Doc! πŸ™

When we went to Yuri’s pedia, we saw that the clinic was totally empty.Β As inΒ there wasn’t a secretary, too. We assumed that she was out of town or transferred to another clinic. But when I searched for her current clinic, I saw that she already transferred to Cebu. Boohoo. We loved Doc Amy, and she was Yuri’s only pedia, so I was a bit heartbroken.

You see, the last time we ever went to see her was 2014Β pa,Β two years ago, so we weren’t updated. But God bless you,Β dockie,Β and thank you!

For now, I need to look for a new pedia. Gah! I mean, it’s hard to start all over again with a pedia who doesn’t know Yuri’s history. So so sad. Aja. Fighting!

Hello, (some form of) schooling!

Finally, we went to our local Eye Level (formerly Enopi) for Yuri’s diagnostic test. This post is getting long so I’ll tell you all about Eye Level and our decision process in another post. Anyway, Yuri was already able to visit Eye Level last week so the centre was familiar to him. He immediately ran inside and didn’t bother waiting for me.

Eye Level Davao

Okay so he looked at me for a split-second only to tell me to hurry up

As for me, it was my first time to visit, and I immediately felt comfortable. Both the owner and the teacher in charge were nice and welcoming, and the centre was very kid-friendly. I totally love that it’s within the Robinsons Cybergate compound — I could run some errands while waiting for Yuri. I wish there was a gym, too, so I can work out while waiting. Hoping, hoping!

Eye Level Davao

Or maybe I can just avail of the advertised “hilot”

More pictures (I didn’t go beyond the waiting area because some kids were working, but I’ll try to take pictures on Saturday)

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About the diagnostic test, well, for starters, I realised it was a bad idea to take Yuri all over town all morning prior to it. He followed his teacher inside with no problem, but they said he barely answered his booklet. He was distracted and unfocused, most probably because he was tired and hungry (it was almost lunch time).

ButΒ I want Yuri to start from the very first level so his diagnostic test didn’t make much of a difference. At four and unschooled, Yuri is extremely conversant and, dare I say, smart, but he doesn’t know how to read and write yet. So starting from the bottom, which is motor skills for writing, works perfectly for us.

I must say that I have nothing to complain about Eye Level so far. I studied the curriculum and it looks great. Again, I’ll tell you more about it and our decision-making process maybe next week; I’ll keep you posted! We’re officially enrolling this Saturday and I’m excited!

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  • Reply Neri Ann May 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    And by this post, naalala ko lang na hindi pa nakakavisit ang kambal ko sa dentist ever! I should really schedule them soon. We still have a few more years before we decide for their schooling. Siguro ako yung magiging excited talaga pag mag school na sila! Yie!

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei May 6, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Eye Level looks interesting, I wonder if they teach Singapore math.

  • Reply Janice May 6, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This is the second time I’ve heard about Eye Level. I’m really curious about places like this because our son is homeschooled and we want to expose him to enrichment classes every now and then.

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy May 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I think there’s Eye Level here also in Manila. I’ve heard a mom talking about it before. Oh my about Yuri’s pedia! It is hard to find another one. Will you be able to get his records from the previous doctor though?

    • Reply Maan May 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

      He has his baby book lang. I’ll find a way to contact her! Thank you for reminding me about it πŸ˜€

  • Reply Michelle May 6, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Hooray! Yuri’s going to study na! πŸ™‚ Medyi I feel for you about the pedia thing. Buti na lang at mabait ang pedia ni LO ko. Sana makahanap kayo ng pedia na may malasakit at mabait talaga sa bata. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Maan May 11, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Walang problema with our old paedia. I lost my phone kasi so she wasn’t able to contact me. She’s the best actually. I hope to find another one like her πŸ™‚

  • Reply Andrhea May 6, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    No pressure, sis, kung di pa ka sulat and kabasa si Yuri. πŸ˜€

    • Reply Maan May 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Haha! Thanks sis. Nawala man hinuon akong pressure katong nag-ask around ko <3

  • Reply Pinknomenal May 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Losing a phone and your contacts is a major hurdle! The websites don’t update their contacts that fast and researching takes a long time. Sad about Yuri’s pedia. I’m sure you’ll be able to meet a new one. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey May 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Jam packed day. Ako din before going anywhere I always set appointments. Kasi mahirap magpunta ng may dalang bata diba? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jea Blancaflor - Lumapinit May 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hi Maan. My daughter’s Pedia Endo is Dr. Du. Her clinic is at Davao Doc Medical Towers 5th floor. She is super kind and accomodating plus mabait siya sa mga bata. We loved her. Maybe you should try her. I am curious about Eye Level. Sana may ganyan din dito sa Gensan. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Maan May 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you sa recommendation! I’ll check her out ^_^

  • Reply Nina Sogue May 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I’m excited to read about your EYE level experience. This is the first time I’ve heard about it but I’m already on the lookout for things to do for my future preschooler πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mommy Peach May 11, 2016 at 7:28 am

    You had such a busy day. Too bad his pedia had to move. I’m sure you’ll find another amazing pedia for Yuri.

  • Reply Mommy Anna May 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Reading your post, it reminds me to visit a dentist before he go backs to school. Same here as much as possible I want to have an appointment before leaving the house

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