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Living Through a Pandemic: Day 75

I can’t believe it’s Day 75 already.

When work was cancelled on March 16, 2020, I thought it was just gonna be a one month thing, maybe two if things get “worse”. But look at where we are now – at Day 75, and we can’t even see a flicker of light at the end of this tunnel called COVID-19.

While there was already a buzz about the corona virus spreading as early as December 2019, it really was’t given attention at least here in the Philippines. Back then, corona was just “some virus spreading in China” and it was only after two months when everything started to get really serious. In February, the first death outside of Wuhan was reported by the Philippine government, and of course I can’t explain the panic we felt then because by this time we already know that the virus has spread outside of China, and worse it’s in the Philippines. By early March, the government confirmed two cases of local transmission. The unthinkable slowly started to happen — cases began to increase in number prompting the government to declare suspension of classes, work, and closure of some businesses.

Still by this time, it was just “some virus spreading around”.

For me personally, and I would like to think for a lot of Filipinos too, it all sank in when the whole island of Luzon was placed in quarantine on March 17, 2020, while the whole country was placed under a state of calamity. In effect, everybody was just home. Schools were closed, work was suspended both in government and the private sectors, malls and markets were shut, all means of public transportation were suspended, the roads were clear and nobody would dare go outside. It was just so scary and everything was just so uncertain.

The days that followed after the declaration of the lockdown were honestly such a blur to me. I worked from home, I conducted online hearings – which, of course, is unprecedented and definitely experimental on the part of judiciary. With the work-from-home set up, I should have been feeling more well-rested but instead, I was restless.

Now, we live learn to live one day at a time. No planning ahead for sure, because who knows what can happen, what might happen?

Here’s to brighter days ahead.

Stay safe.

Pandemic Thoughts, Random

What is the “new normal”? Life after COVID-19?

As I was making my coffee this morning, a certain phrase that I keep on hearing during  the past days kept on reverberating in my head — “the new normal”. I have heard heads of states, heads of agencies, leaders of the world, even inspirational speakers, talk about us going back to our new normal once all these – the corona virus, the quarantines and the lockdowns – are over.

But what does it really mean, though?  Yeah, I get that the new normal is our *changed ways*, our more simplistic lifestyle, people being more aware, living more purposefully. I get those, believe me. But are we really ready for it? Or will we just go back to the comforts of our old lives having been deprived of them during the whole quarantine period? 

At this point my brain is just really curious, if you could call it that, about how our lives are gonna be once this pandemic is over. Am I going to have a new normal? Or will I just revert back to my old cycle as if nothing had happened? I know I’ll still drive to work every morning, get coffee from my favorite cafe if I fail to brew my own at home, spend the next 8 hours in the office, go home afterwards, play with my baby sister a little, and then go to sleep. The cycle is going to repeat itself until I don’t know when. So will it be my new normal if it is my old normal? 

I need to know how to handle this, really. Your thoughts?

 

 

Personal

Kissing 2020 Hello!

I know it’s kinda late to be posting resolutions and all since we’re already a couple of weeks into 2020, but for accountability purposes I’m still doing it so I could just have something to look back to when December comes.

I honestly am not a resolutions kind of girl since I know in myself that I don’t actually get to do and keep them. But it’s the new decade, and I’m feeling the need to be more *disciplined?* in all that I do from hereon forward. So yeah. Here we go.

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I don’t need to always be updated on Facebook. *DELETES APP*.

I can say that during the last decade, I have totally been consumed by social media, especially by that big blue F. Hence, I always know things about people – where they went for vacation, the new car they bought, breakups, new relationships, etc – that I now realize I don’t need to know about. While Facebook is great in connecting people – oh, I’d definitely give it that – I realized that there are just so many UNNECESSARY things that I am bombarded with when I do my scrolling. Things that my brain would sometimes process as important and relevant, but in reality are just posted there to intimidate, make one feel insecure about himself/herself, or just plain useless. Hence, I’m doing my brain a favor and am freeing it this year with some Facebook space. Yay.

I love reading and collecting books, but I need to finish reading at least half of what I own yet! In short, *NO BOOK BUYING*

Oh god, buying and collecting books are my Achilles’ heel(s?) and this probably is one of the most painful resolutions I am doing this year.

Let me paint you a clear *literal* picture:

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These are all the unreads in my shelf. They are around 85 and for the love of god, I will not allow them to reach a hundred by buying more. *Unless of course I am gifted with books, that is na exeception and that would be very much welcome* Anyway, I am not buying anymore books for the first quarter of the year or until my unreads has reached 65, I guess? Lord help me.

Minimalism actually feels right and sustainable.

I have recently been listening to some podcasts and TED talks about minimalism, and I am slowly getting inclined to practice it. Marie Kondo’s Netflix show is a big convincing factor too. However, I feel like I have so much to dispose and this is going to be a loooong minimalism journey for me, so for this year I plan to start small – less purchases of unnecessary things, cleaning up my room and donating stuff I don’t need – just the small steps. I’ll get there. 😉

To be more informed and to go out of my shell.

I guess I just have to be more involved in what’s happening around me and to not totally be consumed by fiction and Netflix (*curls up in guilt*). Need to go out more, interact with people, be in the know re: current event, etc. You, know. Get more mature? Yes.

 


That’s all for now folks! Hit me up in the comments section for your own resolutions that you wanna share – as I wanna do them too? He he. Have a blast this 2020!

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Personal, Travels

Christmas 2019 at Wind Residences!

We spent our Christmas 2019 at Wind Residences, Tagaytay through AirBnb and it was such a great experience.

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Spending Christmas in the highlands was a last minute decision as we initially planned to just spend it at home since Dad and Gil are both away this year. So when Mama agreed that we just spend Christmas in Tagaytay, I immediately looked for hotel accommodations but grandly failed to book any because it’s peak season. Hence, I turned to the ever trustworthy AirBnb and lo and behold, I found a hotel-like listing at Wind Residences! 🙂

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This condo unit was listed at AirBnb as “SkyWind Tagaytay (Taal View, W/ Parking, Netflix)”. In sum, I super recommend this place if you’re staying in the highlands. Rio – the owner – was super quick in her responses to our queries. The unit was very well-maintained and according to its owners, it was actually designed like a hotel room so that their guests would feel like they’re actually checked-in to one.

We had such a lovely  stay here, and Mama and I even had our traditional ensaymada and hot chocolate on Christmas morning:

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We had a very simple Christmas this year. Met up with the rest of Mama’s side of the family later in the day for lunch in Nuvali, and headed home right after ‘coz Typhoon Ursula is at signal number 3 already! *Yikes* I can’t believe I was able to drive Mama and Celine home safely considering that it was my first time to drive to the highlands! Hehe. 

Hope you guys had a peaceful, meaningful and happy Christmas too! 🙂


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Personal

Thank you, 2019! Cheers to 2020!

HAY, 2019! What a year you have been! It has surely been a roller-coaster of emotions but all the good definitely outweighed the crazy and the bad.

2019 was a year of uprooting for me.

I got uprooted from my work of almost three years as an associate and transferred to a totally new playing field – the judiciary. I got uprooted from my home of 5 years, and went back to living with my family in Batangas. I now drive (which I never imagined myself doing *ever* what with the convenience of Grab and Uber and sometimes my own personal driver for work); I just bought my own car (which wasn’t really part of the plan and which sounds superrrr crazy to me ‘coz I don’t drive nga and just thinking about the monthly installment is making me insane ). Things just kept happening, and blessings just kept on pouring, and there was nothing left to do but to just take it all in and give thanks. 

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It was good year of travel too. Traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Not so much locally, though. Just the usual hour drive to Tagaytay with friends and family during some weekends.

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Finally, despite all the *overwhelming* new things that’s happening in my life all through out the year, 2019 made me realize that I wouldn’t trade anything for my constants. My parents ~ Daddy and Mama ~ my siblings, Gil and Celine, Yna and the rest of the family, and my ultimate soul mate, Ed. They have been my constant source of happiness (and sakit sa ulo sometimes, but never mind that) and everything is just meaningless without them.

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Thank you, 2019. You have been so good. Cheers to 2020! Praying for an equally, if not more, blessed new year!

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Films

Ticket for two: Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Ticket for Two is a segment in this blog where I will be  quicklyreviewing” movies with the biggest movie/tv series buff I know, Ed (not Sheeran, not Harris, not Burns; just Ed). 🙂 Don’t expect full blown reviews, though, because we will probably not deliver. Quick insights – likes and dislikes, ratings, and that’s it. It should still be fun, though 🙂


“Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.” 

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Films

Ticket for Two: Wonder Woman (2017)

Ticket for Two is a segment in this blog where I will be  quicklyreviewing” movies with the biggest movie/tv series buff I know, Ed (not Sheeran, not Harris, not Burns; just Ed). 🙂 Don’t expect full blown reviews, though, because we will probably not deliver. Quick insights – likes and dislikes, ratings, and that’s it. It should still be fun, though 🙂


“An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.” Continue reading “Ticket for Two: Wonder Woman (2017)”

Beauty

In the Basket: Random Landmark Haul

So last Sunday I had the chance to go around Landmark Makati while I kill some hours waiting for Ed. I was trying so hard not to get so much but I still ended up around 3k poorer. Sigh. But my heart was happy, and I was happy, and everything is right in the world. Well, except for my wallet. 

This is a super random weekend haul, really – from bath stuff to make up to stuff I bought for my baby sister.

Now here are they are:

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Films

Ticket for Two: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Ticket for Two is a segment in this blog where I will be  quickly “reviewing” movies with the biggest movie/tv series buff I know, Ed (not Sheeran, not Harris, not Burns; just Ed). 🙂 Don’t expect full blown reviews, though, because we will probably not deliver. Quick insights – likes and dislikes, and that’s it. It should still be fun, though 🙂


 

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

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Beauty

Laneige BB Cushion: Not a Review!

I have always been your liquid foundation girl and I honestly have not tried any other kind of make up base. Lately, however, I have been so much into skin care that I thought of looking for a good BB Cream. To no avail, I have not found a good match. And here is where Laneige BB Cushion comes in.

At first I was hesitant trying this one out because, #1, it is frakking expensive! and #2, since it is from Korea, it might not suit my undertone. Cutting the long story short, I gave in.  Continue reading “Laneige BB Cushion: Not a Review!”