ECQ Diaries: Give Yourself a Break

Day #45 of the Extended Community Quarantine and I know it’s been hard for everybody. We may have different family dynamics – some dads cook, do the laundry, are the designated tributes to do the groceries – but, this post is for the moms who are working doubly hard now that everybody’s staying home.

If you’re like me who likes to plan, I can just imagine the thought bubbles in your head. I understand and won’t judge your need to have separate spreadsheets of meal plans, grocery list, savings and expenses because I’m like that. I need to see in writing what needs to be done, what’s missing from our supplies, how much money I have left.

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ECQ Diaries: Working from Home

So, the Enhanced Community Quarantine is extended until May 15, 2020. Today is Day #40 of the Luzon-wide ECQ here in the Philippines. As of latest, we have the following stats:

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From the DOH Facebook page here

I am one of the lucky few who were given the chance to work from home. It has been a long time dream of mine to gradually shift from an office-based job to a home-based one because I wanted to be with the kids more. When the ECQ was announced, it only took a couple of days to set-up the tools I needed to be able to work from home. Everything was done remotely since everybody from the office were already staying home at the time. Technology is awesome! Our IT team is awesome!

I am very grateful for work, it’s a routine, yes. But, at this time of a pandemic crisis when everything is unpredictable, I think we all need a bit of a routine in our daily lives.

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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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