There was a survey by the municipality that was conducted here in our subdivision today. My mother thought it was for "ayuda" so she was really excited when she told me to go to our multipurpose area after she was informed by someone from our homeowners association. I didn't think it was the case but I didn't want to burst her bubble. Anyway, the survey was about to ask feedback if our the projects of the mayor's office is effective and my response was that I'm not fully aware of the projects to give an informed opinion. Next, I was asked if I think the National ID project will be difficult to obtained and I said yes and the officer didn't ask me further. To be honest, I think that's really unnecessary since there's UMID already that's really should be the one that covers all government offices so what's the purpose of this really? Lastly, I was asked if we are willing to get vaccinated and my response was yes but will depend on what brand they will administer especially for my senior parents. I want to make sure the vaccine is a reputable one and also to be honest I just have big reservations of the one brand widely available that they want to us to settle for. I don't know how this survey will turn out but I'm glad my voice (and my family as well) was heard today
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Today was such a challenging day for work-home balance. My work from home task were interrupted because of house errands and also looking over my parents that are not in good terms because of a shallow issue but being forced to stay home right now is definitely a factor why the mood swings are so insane. Then around the afternoon, my Internet connection was poor so I had difficulty downloading some videos I need for work. So stressful really. That's why I really want to work at the office, I get things done with less distractions and also better for mental health to be honest. For now, I don't have a choice but really hoping I can go back to the office next week.
Monday, March 29, 2021
First day of ECQ Season 2 and over 10K cases today! Yep. This is going to get worse each day. Of course aside from that health crisis, we are also riddled with so much politics, misguided defense, stupid excuses and general hopelessness. Back working from home for now as well and it's really more difficult like I just finished a task few minutes ago . When I'm at the office I can finish everything before I leave and don't take home any job normally. But what can I do right? So stressful. God please help us
Sunday, March 28, 2021
So on the day before ECQ returns, we went to the market like we normally do a Sunday but as expected there were more people than usual. I also went to the drugstore to stock up on some medicines for my mother and thankfully it was not chaotic and I was like one of four customers. I did a quick run at the grocery too to buy some stuff and when I entered, there were no lines but when I left, there's already a long queue both a the store entrance and the nearby ATM. Yeah people in panic mode. More people close to each other. Now tell me if this decision is really a good thing. But what I can do really at this point but just deal with it and stay sane as I can in this never ending ordeal.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
So yeah starting on Monday, BACK on ECQ again. Hopefully, it won't last longer than Holy Week because the economic fallout will be hard. I saw this coming so I made some early preparations both at work and home. However, now that this is a reality it really sucks so bad. Same worries as last year. Nope, maybe even worst. I'm really afraid where we are heading.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Received some good news today. My sibling who had a health scare earlier this year had a good medical checkup today which is a big relief! With the rising cases of COVID (another all time high today with nearly 10K!), health is such a big concern right now. Tatay also received some good news from his former workplace's cooperative. He is annoyed that he can't go outside now as he is 66 and part of the list now allowed by the government to go out so this good news is such a blessing in this frustrating and scary times we live in.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
8,773 confirmed cases today. I already know some acquittances who tested positive. Thankfully, I haven't been exposed to anyone who tested positive, hopefully forever. Scary times. Depressing times. As I walk to my shuttle's parking space, I can't help but feel sad once again seeing the many struggling business I see. One year later and we are in such dire state.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Moderna just announced that the Philippines secured 7 million doses of their vaccines thanks to a partnership with the private sector. Thank goodness! I hope they get to this country soon enough and I really it won't be delayed anymore especially if for some nonsense reasons. Let the private sector do it, it's obvious the powers that can be has mishandled this so gravely. Today is the second day of the GCQ with Additional Restrictions and I went back to the office. Thankfully, my shuttle ride didn't experience any checkpoint hassle and it was just a regular ride. The last thing I need right now is to face that kind of stress. It's hard but you gotta keep fighting
Monday, March 22, 2021
My father was watering the plants when a casual friend walked by and was about to start a political discussion but tatay, who usually engages in small talk, brushed him off "Sorry may gagawin pa ako sa loob", he said . My tatay is not here for his loyalist crap anymore. He voted for him but less than a year in position, he regretted it so much. I'm really relieved that he was not as easily persuaded by his peers, while he never debates or goes into arguments, he never really agrees with political statements he clearly opposes, he either changes the topic or gave vague non-answers to not encourage the conversation but today was the first time I saw him totally reject someone attempt for chit chat. Yeah, today we just have over 8K cases, messy quarantine measures and just general sense of dread, he can't be chill anymore with someone still believing he's not doing anything wrong.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
NCR and nearby provinces including Cavite are back to GCQ tomorrow but this time with added restrictions. All industries and public transportation are still available so I can still go to the office although for tomorrow I opted to work from home because I don't have immediate work task that I'm need to be physically present at the office and of course I want to observe as well how this GCQ with added restrictions play out tomorrow. I really hate this, I hope checkpoints won't return.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
That's the number of cases reported today and I'm more annoyed that really it had to end with 999? What is this sales marketing trick because 8000 cases look more horrifying? Nevertheless, we are really spending the pandemic anniversary with no positive signs or any progress at all. I feel so scared and hopeless.
Friday, March 19, 2021
After yesterday's angsty post, today was back to normal as if nothing happened last time. It's normal and I'm used to it but I don't know each time it happens it really pushes my buttons. Incidents likes will still happen in the future and dear Lord please guide me more patience and strength because I love them so much and I don't want to feel what I felt last night again
In other news, over seven thousand confirmed cases! It never ends.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
One of those days where I once again question myself if I made the right decisions in life. Two small incidents where I got castigated. The first one is a simple mistake on a matter which to be honest is so inessential but I tolerated and perhaps spoiled him because he had a terrible time last year and all I can do is to make him feel better. But because I forgot one of his request I got berated by hurtful words. I don't deserve it but I stayed quiet and apologetic so the issue won't be big but I'm getting the cold treatment right now. The second one is I got accused, although not directly, that I'm stealing money because I was questioned of the price of a medicine I've been regularly buying and for some reason she didn't understood the quantity and prices. I have receipts of course and explained things thoroughly and I just got a dismissive "ok" response but I still feel like I did something wrong. I don't deserve it but I got to stay the mature one as I'm the younger person and the one who should be patient that maybe because they are getting older, they are more sensitive and paranoid. But it's hard especially because I feel so insecure where my life is right now. I could have reached for the stars but I kept thinking about their welfare so I adjusted my life choices so I can look after their concerns. I want to say that I don't have regrets because ultimately I love and care about them so much but moments like this where I feel like I'm being treated unjustly makes me ponder what if I made the call to prioritize what I really wanted to do even if I had to leave them behind. Would I be happier?
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Just talked to a friend working at a Los Angeles hospital and she's really optimistic because the cases in their hospital dropped dramatically in the last few weeks and this is the effect of more people getting vaccinated. If the trend continues, she's hopeful by May there would be a legit semblance of normalcy. That really made me feel better at least because my country is such a mess right now, cases rising again, very few vaccines available (the one available here has shady dealings that makes people really uncomfortable) and a very horrible government. I need to see some light in this dark alley.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Once again I'm fighting hard not to fall hard with my cynical thoughts. Anxiety is through the roof with the never ending pandemic, never ending mismanagement, never ending patronizing and enabling. I'm tired of overthinking. I'm tired of thinking the worst case scenario. I'm tired of feeling so frustrated all the time. So many problems. So many worries. So many insecurities.
Monday, March 15, 2021
No office work tomorrow due to disinfection as precautionary measure to the rising cases of COVID yet again. Some of notable public figures reported that got infected as well. Confirmed cases today is nearly six thousand. Alarming and worrying. A return to stricter quarantine measures is inevitable. I feel so hopeless.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
My brother is back home after staying a month in Bohol to be with his wife. When I told nanay earlier that tatay texted that my brother already arrived, she said out loud "SALAMAT SA DIYOS". She was really worried because of the complications that pandemic brought in. Much more know with the alarming rise in cases and stricter lockdowns are making a comeback. The anxiety from one year ago is really returning and having your family as close as possible really matters these days.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
So today the reported new COVID19 cases reached 5,000. It's odd that it's a flat number so kinda makes me a little suspicious but to be honest the total reported cases of over 600K cases in the past year or so I feel does not reflect the whole picture, maybe we are over 1M cases already if there were more tests done. Anyway, this so stressful but I'm hopeful there won't be a super strict lockdown again that hurts the economy and much worst be a platform for abuse of power
Friday, March 12, 2021
Last year when the community quarantine was announced to take effect on March 15 I was really worried because this is something I have never experienced in my life. A lockdown, what a concept. And a lot of fears came to fruition. I was worried about my job, me, and my family's safety and the country, the world, in general. I knew that life will never be the same again. It sucks that my fears about the aftermath in society came true and until now there's so much suffering everywhere while there's a lot of side issues as well that's raising my frustration to another level. But of course, there are things to be thankful for, I and my family's health are good although there were non-pandemic health concerns last year that became complicated because of the restrictions but still, it could have been worst, and thank God it wasn't. My country is still a mess and right now the restrictions are making a comeback with the rising I cases. I still stand my ground that a medical problem should not be managed by using a militaristic style but what can I do but just bite my tongue and hope for the best. One year later I'm still scared.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
I had some issues with the carpool ride today. The driver is new although we are still coordinating the original driver so there was some miscommunication early in the morning which was a little irritating. Then today on our way home, he informed us that for today we will be dropped off to a spot where we still had to ride a jeep to get to our barangay. Very annoying. He was apologetic because to be fair there was only three of us today destined to that location so I guess he wants to save gas or what. Our fare was not the same too so we weren't cheated on but still it was my first time to ride a jeep again and while being an open air vehicle is good for virus safety, I still felt uncomfortable. The original driver would have still driven us to our location even if we were only that few because he did it before. The timing was just not good considering the rise of COVID cases again. Oh well. I hope this was just an isolated case and won't be a regular thing.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
So yeah almost a year after the first community quarantine was imposed, NCR cases are surging, local officials imposing localized lockdown again, the police wants to prohibit public display of affection, some areas will have checkpoints again and there's that feel again of Deja vu. We are going back how we started. For now Cavite won't be as strict again and I hope it stays that way because I don't know if I can handle that again, the anxiety of being in a strict lockdown is too much. So damn frustrating really.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
So PHIVOLCS has raised Alarm Level 2 (increasing alert) on Taal Volcano so meaning there's imminent danger of another eruption. It happened in January last year before the pandemic started and while our place was not directly affected we witnessed ash fall! It was surreal to witness that in my life. Our subdivision chapel became a temporary evacuation center for some people in Batangas Oh Dear Lord please don't let it happen again. Please protect us from this.
Monday, March 08, 2021
I try to avoid or not too think much about current events lately because it's so frustrating but the heartless justifications of EJKs. I can't believe I live in such a time when people just shrug it off or worst defend it. Honestly, I'm more affected that there are a lot of people still standing by this person. Unbelievable. It's not just online but people in real life. How can they digest all this rampant toxicity? Because that person make them laugh with offensive, in your face, insensitive, crass jokes? I can't believe anyone still believes that everything is alright, that everything is being handled well. I'm so angry and frustrated. Hopeless because there's nothing much I can do but just witness how everything is unfolding before my eyes.
Sunday, March 07, 2021
Saturday, March 06, 2021
Metro Manila mayors decided to not open the cinemas again due to rising cases the past week or so. Such awful timing and I really feel bad for the theaters. While there has been legal streaming now but let's face it a lot will not shell out money for that instead wait for pirated stuff on line commonly seen on Facebook which has always been awful in guarding pirated content. While cinemas are open in MGCQ areas but without the capital open, big movies won't dare open as the biggest market is NCR. Oh well, the fact the cases are rising again dampens my hope that we could see a road to recovery.
Friday, March 05, 2021
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Astra Zeneca vaccines arrived in the country a few hours ago. That's one of the brand of vaccines I'm more confident about! Hopefully, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson brands will find their way here too very soon. Anyway, supply is limited so likely won't get vaccinated anytime soon but having a vaccine gives me hope things could be relatively normal by year's end
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
So I have to verify my GCASH account so I can do money transfer. It was stressful at first because the app won't accept the screen shot of my ID then I figure out maybe because I have an old smart phone and it doesn't capture clear enough photos so I borrowed my brother's phone to do it and it took me multiple tries actually before it got accepted. Then came the selfie verification and it took a few more hours before I received a text notification that my selfie verification was rejected! I thought maybe because I have a beard and I looked different from my ID photo? So I shaved! Maybe it worked because my selfie verification was approved in just a few minutes! Anyway, I tried the bank transfer and it was smooth flowing! I'm quite behind with all these things but better late than never!
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Monday, March 01, 2021
First day of March and in 2 weeks, it would have been a full year since the community quarantine and the normal life we knew changed forever. So where are we heading? So messy. So alarming. So infuriating. Aside from the fear of getting the virus itself, the mental toll this ordeal has put upon is excruciating. No thanks to so many questionable decisions. My frustration just grows each day. It's hard not to lose hope. It's such a big test to hold on despite everything/.