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!

The Rogue Not Taken

Yet.

😊 I met someone and I have been calling him My Guy in my previous post. I decided that it’s time to write about him because I have been very happy with him.

I met My Guy on a dating app. Curiously, I didn’t see his photo but I read his profile and what he wrote about himself, appealed to me.

After a few days of texting, we started calling each other. Soon after, video calls ensued. We talked on a daily basis and got to know each other better.

A month passed, two months, three months and now we have plans to meet 90 days from now. More or less, in February 2020. God willing, it will be.

I don’t entirely know what the future holds for both of us but I’m certain of what we have and it is real, true and enduring. I am grateful for him. My Guy is not perfect but he gets me. He makes me smile, laugh and inspire me to be a better person.

For now, I’m doing my best to be patient over the distance between us. I also like and appreciate the lengths we both go to make sure we get to communicate with each other and keep this relationship going strong.

In the meantime, this Rogue is spoken for. πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’š

The Weekly Challenge

Butterfly Pea tea for me!

My bestfriend Jen and I started a weekly challenge. Since we are now in our forties, we have had a child, gained new men in our lives and gained more weight than we both wanted.

So last week, we both gave up rice.

It was not an easy task for either of us because we both love to eat but we did what we had to do.

A week has passed and yesterday, I gave up soda.

This week, no rice and no soda for me. Everything else is game, though. Now, I don’t know if this weekly challenge will even be that effective. So far, I feel the same and no major changes have occurred.

So when I do pass this challenge this week, then I shall continue doing without those two for the rest of the year!

You might wonder if I plan to give up something new next week and the answer is no. I do want to lose weight but I don’t want to lose my zest for food.

So, here’s to getting a slimmer me!

Silence

Now that I’m in an online relationship with My Guy, it has been going quite well.

We have been communicating on a daily basis and I would like to think it brought us closer, meaning we are getting to know each other better. But I also realized that you can’t really know a person that well until you have met them in real life and spent time with them.

So, we made plans to meet and although it won’t be any time soon, it is something I am definitely looking forward to.

In the meantime, we do what we both can and spend time with one another.

Today, I also learned that daily communication is hard to maintain. My Guy has other things to do and me, being me, expected too much. Yes, I am guilty of waiting for him.

I did my best to keep myself busy but as hours passed, I got worried. Could something have gone wrong? Was he okay?

Throw in our time difference and my fear of him not feeling well (as he was not for the past two days), my brain has racked up terrible scenarios.

I try even more to think positive thoughts and pray about it and still I am worried.

Which is why I’m here, blogging how I’m feeling.

I also know this is a test. Relationships go through this. Testing the trust, testing the faith, testing the emotions and choices that actually fuel the connection.

I pray that we will survive this test.