Monday, February 29, 2016

Medicard's My Pocket Doctor: Philippines' First Telemedicine App

It is very important that we have someone whom we can rely on to in our lives, especially in times of emergency.  It is very important that we keep things handy so that when the time comes, we don't waste so much time looking for something.  Organizing is one of the skills that we need to master, hihihi.

Now that we are in digital age, most of the time we always rely on our digital devices in organizing our daily schedule.  We check our emails using our mobile phones, we track our health status using our smart watch, we have teleconferences using our laptops--these are some of the things that we can do with our gadgets.  

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, gives a time-saving and convenient option to get medical consultations anytime, anywhere with the My Pocket Doctor.




Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines, says, "My Pocket Doctor is definitely a game changer especially in the medical field.  it is also our way of using modernized technology to make medical consultations handy for everyone.  With less waiting time, patients can now get in touch easily with a medical doctor and get consultations instantly, at the comfort of their homes or offices."

To use My Pocket Doctor, simply register on the My Pocket Doctor website (www.mypocketdoctor.com) or via the app through the App Store or Google Play Store and wait for an activation link with username and password.  Users can also register via text by sending their email address and mobile number to 29290DOCTOR (29290-362867) and wait or a call from a nurse to complete their one-time registration.  You can check this video posted on MediCard's Facebook page for the instructions on how to register.  


My Pocket Doctor's homepage


After registration, a nurse will call the member for assessment to schedule the consultation with one of their doctors.  A medical doctor will call the patient for a check-up and give prescriptions or instructions.  Video call via webcam can also be done during medical consultation for cases that need visual assessment such as skin rashes.

My Pocket Doctor has highly competent, well-trained and unbiased medical doctors from Europe and Philippines who can cover up to 70% of all health issues in a consultation an are available 24/7, ensuring members an accessible and credible medical service.

The MediCard My Pocket Doctor is for sale at Php450 at selected MediCard free-standing clinics.  Soon, the card will also be sold online through MediCard's online store.


Very convenient eh?!  This is ideal for people who are busy scheduling appointment with the doctor thru phone call and for those people who are always on the go.



To know more about MediCard, you may visit www.medicardphils.com.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#MayForever....Kalat

One of the things that a mom battles everyday is dealing with everyday chaos in the house.  I may only have one child, but the amount of kalat he does at home is equivalent to three kids, arrghhh!  I guess it is also my fault that I buy things more than what he needs that is why he doesn't mind having too much of his stuff lying around the house.  

Anyway, the hashtag #MayForever became popular last year.  I am not sure how, but I guess this is to refute the way of thinking of some people have because of broken relationships (#WalangForever).  #MayForever became popular not only to tell that relationships can last till death, but also for the things around us that has been a part of our daily lives, like traffic, haha.  

I am also using #MayForever hashtag on my post because it is true that trash at home is never-ending, waaah!


One day of decluttering...old clothes and toys


My son likes exploring.  He always makes himself busy at home by drawing, doing imaginative play, reading books, etc.  Also, I assign chores to him at home.  He does gardening, watering the plants, sweeping the garden, preparing the dining table, washing the dishes, and sometimes he cooks simple dishes for us.  I feel proud of this boy that he knows a lot of household chores.  However, he still really needs how to organize things because he has stuff all over the house, waaah!


A display of Kib's creativity, he used crayons to build a racetrack


As a mom, it is part of my responsibility to keep our house tidy so that we will be germ-free and not sickly.  However, I am no Martha Stewart.  As much as I want to live simply, to have a Zen-like feeling at home, sometimes it is hard for me to let go of some things.  I guess it is also my upbringing too since both of my parents came from poor families.  They wanted to give us a better life so they gave everything that we needed.  When we do family shopping, my father doesn't put a cap on the budget, but then the price should still be reasonable.  I also have a tendency to buy things more than I needed, haha.  


Rearranging his books for the nth time

Just like any other kid, he has lots of 'bedmates'


But don't think that I do not like sharing to other people.  Whenever I receive blessings, I also share it with others.  I do believe that the cycle of blessings won't end if you know how to share it with other people too.  The Lord also commanded us to give generously :)  I have earlier blog about sharing, you can read it here.  


Shared some of his toys to the less fortunate at Philippine Toy Library


I also care for the environment, so I try to sort our trash.  I salvage the trash that can be sold to junk shops.  When I think I have enough, I ask my tita to sell it and the proceeds will be theirs.  Though recently junk items are very cheap, so even if I saved a lot of recyclable items, it won't cost a lot, haha.


Teaching Kib to be responsible

So again, #MayForever ang kalat, hahaha...it's part of our daily lives but what we can do is to minimize the trash at home is to always put things in order after using it, have plenty of trash cans at home, teach our kids to tidy up, and try to live simply.  The last tip?  I think I still need to master it, hahaha...so help me God :)







Monday, February 1, 2016

Am I Really Homeschooling? I'm Confused!

Don't worry my friends, I'm still homeschooling.  I am not even confused nor thinking of putting my son to a regular school at the moment.  I posted this question because a lot of people in the homeschooling community thought they're doing homeschooling, but technically, they're not.


Am I really homeschooling?

Homeschooling, literally, it means learning or studying at home.  The word 'school' in homeschooling also means that you teach the things that a child usually learns in school.  However, in reality, homeschooling is actually teaching your child the things that aren't usually taught in schools.  Homeschooling is also a way of strengthening the bond between parent and child.  I also do believe that homeschooling is a calling, a God-led advocacy, a child-centered approach on education.  Not all families are called to be homeschooled, so I guess there should also be respect on the decision made by the families who decided to homeschool.  No judgment, no discrimination, no prejudice please.  


Let's learn!


Homeschooling can come in different ways and methods.  Let's see their differences:


Learning is fun when you learn together


1.  Homeschooling with a provider --  Some homeschooling families opt to enroll in a provider so that the children will still have credentials should they decide to study in a brick and mortar school in the future.  This is the 'safest' and practical way to homeschool.  There is a curriculum to follow and parents should comply with the deadlines set by the school especially in grade and project submissions.

2.  Independent homeschooling --  Some homeschooling families decided not to enroll in a homeschool provider due to some reasons.  They chose not to be tied up with a provider because they do not believe in grading system as a way to measure child's academic success.  They like to have flexibility in the lessons.  They can choose the curriculum for their children (some homeschool providers have specific curriculum, so if the parents think that the curriculum does not work for their children, they have no choice but to comply with the school requirements).  Some families chose this route due to financial reasons too (if enrolled in a homeschool provider, families have to pay the necessary fees).

There are also different kinds of educational philosophies that homeschooling families can embrace on their homeschooling journey.  There's Charlotte Mason philosophy, Montessori method, Waldorf education, classical homeschooling, among others.  Either a homeschooling family adapt only one educational philosophy or combine two or more philosophies so to further develop the child's learning potential.

Meanwhile, there is another philosophy in homeschooling which is called unschooling.  This is the most 'radical' form of homeschooling philosophy.  No textbooks, no structured lessons, no grades.  Basically, this is interest-led type of learning.  This explores what the child is interested in and the parent will be providing him/her opportunities to enrich the child's interest.  Read more about unschooling from this website, http://unschooling.com/.  
Some parents, on the other hand, chose 'other' ways of homeschooling to their children as they are not that sure if they are fully capable of homeschooling their children.  But if you will go back to the original meaning of homeschooling, the following kinds of set-up are not really homeschooling:

3.  Home Study --  Some traditional schools now in the Philippines are now offering home study program.  This is an option for those families who are still a little bit unsure about their child learning to interact with people.  Children go to school at least once a week to learn with classmates in a classroom set-up.

4.  Blended Learning --  This is a more modern way of home study program.  In blended learning, children still go to a center at least once a week to learn with other children too, but the set-up is more relaxed compared with home study.  Most of the time they learn about other stuff outside their home, like creative writing, arts and crafts, robotics, etc.  

5.  Enrichment Learning -- Kids still to go to a regular school but parents send their children to an after-school program to further enhance their children's skills.  Sometimes, parents supplement their child's learning in school by giving extra worksheets to work on at home.  




What about you, what kind of homeschooler are you?