Sample Room, the leading beauty & wellness sampling site in the Philippines had their 1st birthday last December 3, 2013. To celebrate this awesome event, they are giving out a nice Casio watch to a lucky member. It’s not too late to join! You can check out the poster below for details.
And that is not all, to celebrate the holiday season, they are launching a new product sample everyday for 12 days! How exciting! I have been checking out their website everyday for new offers!
Day 1 started with the FairyDrops Mascara! You need 1000 points to get it, my sister who is a VIP member was able to avail this & her lashes look really amazing! Ohhh how I envy her! More information on SR VIP membership HERE
Don’t worry if you are not a VIP member, Sample Room also launched products which needs only a few points! ;)
The Day 2 product from Celeteque (60pts) is perfect for mommies & mommies to be! :)
Day 3: Collections Highlights Lipgloss (85pts) is perfect to wear on Christmas parties! Cheers! :D
I am so excited for the Day 4 product reveal! If you are not a Sample Room member yet, be sure to check out their website. You can get all of these products for free, all you have to pay is the shipping fee!
'Tis the season to be pretty!
Hi readers! I am taking a short break from my beauty blogging to help other US immigrants like me by sharing my medical exam experience at St. Luke’s Medical Center Ermita. All US immigrants / K1 visa applicants are required to undergo a medical exam. St Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic at Ermita is the ONLY health care facility accredited to give the medical exam for US immigrants.
What I did to prepare for my Medical Exam:
- My fiance & I decided that I leave my job. I worked at a TB hospital so I was exposed to health hazards. St. Luke’s is very particular with contagious diseases most especially Tuberculosis!
- I increased my food intake since I am underweight. I tried to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. (Although I still ate my usual tons of chocolates & chips! Heehee)
- As exercise, I did yoga on a daily basis.
- I took vitamins daily. Enervon C is very effective if you want to build a high resistance against possible illness.
- Since birth, I did not smoke or drink & I encourage you to avoid alcohol & cigarettes to prepare for your medical exam.
- Valid Passport
- Photocopy of Passport biographic / data page. This page is where your photo is located.
- 3 pcs recent 2x2 US Visa size photos with full name written at the back
- Visa interview appointment letter / NVC letter (with your MNL case #)
- 2 copies of your appointment / instruction letter
- St. Luke’s online registration form - Fill this out, it will make your processing easier! :)
- Don’t forget to bring your medical exam fee PHP 9812 for adults (15 years above) & PHP 8140 for children below 15 years of age.
- You can bring bottled water, candies & light snacks just make sure to hide them properly in your bag.
My dad dropped me off at St. Luke’s at 5 am. The guard checked all my requirements, gave me a number (blue 17) & stamped the back of my hand with the St. Luke’s logo. I went in the building & took at seat at the 1st floor waiting area.
Around 6 am, a St Luke’s employee called the patients by batches to line up at the US reception area. When it was my turn, they asked for my requirements & instructed me to go to the 5th floor to pay the medical exam fee. Make sure to keep your receipt! This will be asked when you take tests. I had a 30 mins wait at the Vital Signs counter, then they took my height & weight. They asked me to remove my contact lenses for the visual acuity test. So make sure you bring a lens case & solution in case you also wear contacts.
I was then instructed to go to the 3rd floor for chest x-ray. I was so anxious because if St Luke’s find the smallest haze or infiltration on your xray, you will be undergoing Sputum exam & need to wait for 2 months for the results. If unluckily you get a positive result, you need to undergo TB treatment for around 6 -12 months! It was a bit crowded at this area & I had to wait more than 45 mins.
After my chest x-ray, I was then instructed to go to the 4th floor. Here they took a sample of my blood & urine which was another long wait! Thank God I met other K1 applicants, time flew by as we chatted!
After my another long wait, I was instructed to go back to the 5th floor. I was given number 7 & was told to wait for my turn. It was the physical exam! I was asked so many health questions by the female doctor. Always answer them honestly, they will know your real physical condition by the tests done to you. After the long set of questions, she asked me to undress, wear a patient gown then she checked my ears, neck & breasts (for lumps), auscultated my chest & back, checked my arms (for any signs of cuts), palpated my abdomen checked my privates. It took 10-15 mins to finish my physical exam.
The last step for my day 1 was back at the 2nd floor where I had my immunization interview. After that step, they gave me back my receipt & asked me to come back the next day. I was able to finish day 1 at 11 am.
You will need:
- The last 2 2x2 pcs photos (the 1st one was already taken by the reception counter on day1)
- Receipt (I told you it’s important!)
This was one of most nerve wrecking days because getting a sputum exam will give me delays for my upcoming wedding!!! I went to St. Luke’s around 8 am with my dear yaya (my lucky charm) & showed the guard my receipt. I was sweating & praying to God the entire time hoping that the guard will stamp immunization on it!!! Thank God, he did stamp immunization 2nd floor!!! I cheerfully went to the 2nd floor, waited a bit (I didn’t mind waiting this time! LOL!!!) & had 3 vaccination shots - MMR, Varicella & Hep. B (I didn’t mind that either! Hahah!). I was told to call back for the availability of TDAP vaccine which was not available that time. They informed me that I can take it in the US or return to St. Luke’s, I choose the latter.
The last step for day 2 was at the releasing counter on the 1st floor, by 10 am, they handed me my vaccination records, chest x-ray cd results & gave me back my passport with the St. Luke’s authentication stamp on the last page! Ate & I had a wonderful brunch at KFC afterwards! :D
I know that the immigrating to the US is a tough, nerve wrecking process to go through. But with God, you can face anything! I hope that my post can help you in some way. Good luck & God bless!
ST. LUKE’S EXTENSION CLINIC ERMITA
1177 J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila
521-0020 / 521-8647
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