Remember me, Anna

It has been 8 years. I have no idea how we all climbed out of our grief but here we are.

Should I remember you with sadness? No. I remember you with love. You were very much loved, Echik. You still are.

A lot has happened since then. Would you believe that I went to stay with Mommy and Dad? I even dated and now I have a boyfriend.

Here’s even bigger news. Joshua has a girlfriend now! Were you surprised? We all were. 😁😁😁

Chongee is also dating now. That should take the cake. Can you imagine our baby sister getting lovey-dovey with anyone? I know, right? Boggles the mind.

Liam is growing up well. He’s so tall now, Chik. I’m sure he will be as tall as you are or even more so. Much like you, he’s quiet and well behaved. Unlike my little one who is now 10 years old!

Echik, I wish you’re happy there in heaven. We are doing what we can here amidst this pandemic. We also have family devotional every weekend. It’s nice. Somehow, it also makes me miss you more.

Do you miss us? Do you remember me? Do you think of us? I don’t know. I want to believe that you don’t. I want you to be carefree and happy there. I want you to be at peace.

I know you have lived as fearlessly as you could. You also never lost your faith and your strength. You were confident and brave. You continue to inspire me and make me strive to be a better mom, a better sister and a better daughter.

I miss you, Anna. I love you. We will continue to pray for you. I hope you wil continue to pray for us, too.

I love you, Echik. You’re forever in our hearts.

Shameless plugging

I’m actively promoting my Facebook page. This is basically a good thing coz it’s making me motivated to start blogging again.

I did try to do some vlogging because my daughter thought it would be fun to document my first time to try using cold wax on my armpit.

What can I say? Yes, of course. I was on the fence at the beginning coz I’m showing my underarm but what the heck. #notobodyshaming

So, do visit my YouTube channel.

I also made a stopmotion video. My first time after a looooong hiatus from video-making. It was off to a good start, I should say. 😊

Good luck to me and to this new wave of blogging. #staysafe #stayhome

Goal setting

During this quarantine time, it’s nice to do a little self-improvement. Or any improvement for that matter. This often translates to progress of some sort. So for the time being, I have decided to out up some goals. I need to get this out there so I am reminded where I am going and when I’ll get there.

Here are some goals for me:

1. Fix the leaky roof. Sigh, while the rainy season begins in a week, I took to this task of patching up our roof. Asked help from my brother (which he gave) and hopefully this goal will be ticked off soon from my list.

2. Have face masks and plastic gloves on hand. Given that we are still under a general community quarantine, both are required to keep us all safe (as we try to be). I ordered them online and they recently arrived.

Php 479 from Shopee
Php 35 from Shopee

3. Submit all docs in school. I will do this next week. Enrolment of classes will be June 1st.

4. Check travel advisories constantly. My Guy and I have been scouring for plane tickets and hotels recently. We hope to be together by December. God willing.

My Guy recently had his birthday. πŸ’™

5. Get a new laptop. It would seem that online learning will be the new normal.

6. Cook more. Yeah, I have been braving the kitchen but have not gotten past the frying stage, so…

7. Get fit. Forget dieting or intermittent fasting. Does not work for me. I like eating. I love food. So it’s really back to sweating it out.

8. Do more of what I love. Dancing, singing, painting and reading books. Spending time with my daughter, my family and My Guy. I’m also super grateful that social media exists coz I get to see what my friends are up to and other relatives far from me.

8 goals for the rest of the year. Not bad. I know I’ll get there. What I truly love about this quarantine time is that I’m closer to God more than ever. My daughter even prays the rosary with me now. I like it. Very much. I hope that she will grow closer to God during this time at home.

Until here. Stay safe everyone. God bless you.

Rogue in the time of Covid-19

Day 30 of Quarantine…

This must seem weird since my last post was simply about My Guy and stuff of me singing with my daughter.

It is now April 13, 2020 and much like everyone else here, we are staying at home.

The covid-19 (novel coronavirus, NCoV, veeerus, China virus, etc.) was a new type of disease that started to spread in Asia around December 2019. It originated in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. They traced its source from bats and it mutated after passing the virus from one animal to another until it reached a wet market in Wuhan. This became the venue for animal to human transmission.

When we went to Malaysia last January 2020, my cousins already warned us about this virus. Although no one was calling it any name then, they basically said, wear a mask because there’s a terrible flu bug around and it would be best not to catch it while we were abroad. At that time, I totally agree with them and bought facemasks for myself and the rest of the family. I also brought along with me hand sanitizers and alcohol.

At the airport… This was my daughter’s first trip abroad.

Sadly, our vacation which was supposed to be a happy occasion, celebrating my aunt’s birthday did not turn out as planned. My aunt (my father’s baby sis) was in a coma. She had diabetes and they had to amputate her left foot after it caused her gangrene and some other complications. We all expected her to recover but as My Guy said and I quote, “when the good Lord calls you, it’s time for you to go”.

That’s exactly what happened and we were there to be with her and say our goodbyes properly. In a way, I was glad we got to see her before she went with Jesus.

Her sudden passing also allowed me to be reunited with the rest of the Bodycare performers. This was a definite boon. I didn’t expect to see any of them so to be with them again after a decade was simply wonderful.

By the time, we came back to the Philippines, the new flu bug acquired a name, NCoV. We were all quite alarmed about it although testing for the virus have not yet been done, our government have already sent out health warnings by then. Even in school, when I got back, my principal also asked me about the situation abroad about the virus and I told him that they are not being overly concerned about it yet, but the number of people wearing masks have increased. No border lockdown were issued and travel was still good, however, I thought that there was an air of certain doom at airports already by then. Travelers also had these anxious looks, which for me was not the norm. Still, it could not have prepared anyone of us for what happened by March.

Amidst all the pressure of the closing of the schoolyear, President Duterte declared a lockdown in Luzon. As NcoV cases begin to rise, he no longer allow anyone to leave or enter Luzon. Flights were canceled and people panicked. After a week or so of mitigation, the people eventually accepted it.

In Visayas and Mindanao, the President gave the governors and mayors to implement Enhanced Community Quarantine when they discover that there are 2 or more cases of Covid-19 in more than 2 barangays.

I’m such a scaredy cat each time I have to replenish stocks for the house.

So now, we are simply at home and I wake up praying and thanking God we are all safe and together with family. I am also praying the rosary every night with my daughter. I also try not to watch too much of the news because honestly, it is depressing.

So, I reinstalled my WordPress app on my phone and decided to simply update my blog with various things. So, let the blogging marathon begin!