ECQ Day #34: Chef ka na ba?

Quick timeline check first, on March 16, 2020, President Duterte put the entire Luzon under an Enhanced Community Quarantine only after two days of implementing a community quarantine in NCR. The decision was made to restrict the movement of people with the exception of essential businesses and goods transport. The ECQ was put in place with the aim of flattening the curve of Covid-19.

As of April 7, 2020, the DOH has already approved 11 laboratories and hospitals for Covid-19 testing. Mass testing in various municipalities have begun and we expect a huge rise in our already high stats.

As of 4pm yesterday, April 18, 2020, below is DOH’s record of the Covid-19 cases here in the Philippines:

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From the DOH Facebook page here

Moving on, how’s your life been since Day 1? Did you try the Dalgona coffee trend? I did not because I don’t have a mixer nor a whisk and I read that using a fork to make the coffee frothy will take 20 minutes, so nope, not doing it.

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Covid-19 and Lockdowns

How is everybody doing ? Here in the Philippines, the President declared an Enhanced Community Quarantine and we are now on the fourth week. It is supposed to end on April 12th but we are yet to know if it will be lifted or extended.

As of 4pm today, here is the latest bulletin from the DOH:

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Taken from the DOH Official Facebook page here

How has our life changed so far?

  • My husband and I are both working from home now. What seemed to be impossible for me is now made possible because of the ECQ.
  • It’s scary to go outside. Everything is being delivered to us: groceries, meat and poultry, vegetables and fruits and rice. God bless the delivery guys and market suppliers who made it possible for us to stay home yet keep our pantries full with supplies.
  • We’re eating healthier now: no fast food and a vegetable dish in every meal became a staple.
  • I realized that we can survive not going to the malls on weekends.
  • I started container planting. Imagine that! I planted Pechay, Okra, Onion, Garlic and Ginger. Hopefully, these will live beyond the ECQ.
  • Money is immaterial in a world of Covid-19. China, Italy and the US are the top countries with infected cases yet they struggled to control the virus. Well-known people have succumbed to the complications of the disease and their money didn’t help them survive.
  • Staying healthy is literally in our hands. We’ve been washing our hands so many times each day.
  • Gas prices are at their lowest yet they’re of no use because people are staying home and not travelling.
  • Artists are holding online concerts for free! Classes are also free online: art classes, yoga, music classes, TESDA classes.
  • I keep the kids busy with worksheets, color by numbers, physical exercises and scavenger hunts.
  • A good internet connections is a blessing. We are able to work from home and get paid.
  • It’s unknown if school will start by June as scheduled. I am honestly hoping they move it to August.
  • Continuity of work is uncertain.

There is so much to be anxious about and I pray every night that Covid-19 will soon be gone so our lives will return to normal. But, what if this is our new normal now?

Praying for everyone’s health and safety. Please stay home, wash your hands and stay healthy.

Community Quarantine Activities for the Kids

How are you doing, everybody? We’re entering the third week of the Enhanced Community Quarantine here in the Philippines. I hope you are all safe and healthy!

How are your kids doing? School was cancelled without finishing the final quarter. I have two boys, both loud, both into mobile games and You Tube. While there was still school, they are only allowed to use gadgets during weekends. Now that summer vacation started early, I am on ends on how to keep them both busy without relying on the gadget that much.

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