Missing Life before Covid-19

Five months. That’s how long we’ve been dealing with this pandemic. We stayed home, we followed the government-issued lockdowns, what we thought of our normal lives back then is now replaced with our “new normal”.

The first few months, I would say were easy for me. Despite the fear that Covid-19 brings, I was mostly grateful to be able to do what I was aiming for for the longest time – to work at home and be with the kids 24/7. But man, five months into this and I realize how hard it is. I was getting antsy, the kids drive me nuts, I miss my personal space, I miss my quiet time, I miss dressing up, wear make-up and have a separate life apart from being ‘MOM’.

Along with that, I also miss going out. My side of the family is big on celebrations and get-togethers. There was never a month in a year that we don’t visit my parents or meet somewhere to catch up. During this five-month quarantine period, we only saw my parents and siblings once. We’re not yet sure when the next one would be.

As I was looking at old photos the other day, I realized that we lived 2019 to the fullest without us knowing that 2020 would be like this. We had major changes in 2019, moving to our own place, kids changing schools, starting this blog, starting the crayon business. We also went to many new places last year, spent more time with family, created memories.

So, let this post be a look-back on how 2019 was a great year with the hope that we’d get to live that way again when this pandemic is over.

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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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