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Five days, five days of not even touching the keyboard of my computer. I just  rely on my CP and  tab to be updated on social media. I experienced the lowest stats in the last three days at 45 views average but that is irrelevant to me now.

I am more focused on the latest news about this deadly virus. Called up some friends too to get updated. I  talked to my brother in the province last night and told him about their mayor’s directive that those with private cars register them at the municipal hall to ferry those people who don’t have any means of transport. He told me, no way, he is the only driver available now and he’s been ill the past year. His car is too small for that so called social distancing.  And how would you know if these people are healthy and are not carriers?  Hospitals and puericulture  centers are sorely lacking in the province and  there are  no good doctors to take care of the sick. Come to think of it, they don’t even have thermal scanners, how much more with the PPEs?

The president  is missing.  He has been missing since they approved  around 275B budget to combat this virus. That was about a week ago. The sad thing is, we still don’t have enough test kits for the people. These so called VIPs in the government are being prioritized for testing to the detriment of those ordinary citizens who need help.  We are losing good doctors, specialists in their own field. We have frontliners who are mostly on self-quarantine and some are patients too in the hospital.

I was aghast at the news peddled by our Department of Health (DOH). Three days ago, their speaker told us in an interview that those test kits that came in from china are defective, only 40% reliable so they set it aside. People might come out false-positive. Here comes china’s ambassador telling DOH that those test kits didn’t come from them.  Yesterday, the DOH chief, Dr. Duque published a message that those test kits from china adhere to the requirements of WHO, they are 100% effective. How would you call that, clearly pondering  and still defending china with this blunder? I say, it is laban o bawi.

A friend of our neighbors gave them 100 sacks of rice to distribute to those who  aren’t able to afford to buy. Earlier on, he called me and asked Josef if he could drop by and he will give us some. He gave us  around 25 kilos of rice.  There are so many people outside, some even reaching our gate  so they could have their meager share of the free rice.

Have we reached this somehow desperate move by our citizens to go on a long line just to have  two kilos of rice? Nakaawa sila di ba?

In a  short span, the line has doubled.  it was just a few minutes ago that they were done distributing.  I craved for pancakes, so yesterday, Jovy made some for our snacks. She also made vanilla ice cream for Oreo and chocolate ice cream for us.  We are now using the two boxes of baking supplies previously allotted to their small business.

duterte is supposed to give an assessment on what they have started since he was given emergency powers by the Legislative branch of government a week ago.  He was supposed to speak at around 4pm today but he was a no show.  They might again choose to air what he has to say around midnight or thereafter when most people are sound asleep.  I don’t see any changes, our hospitals are still begging for donations of PPEs from the private sector. VP Leni Robredo is on the ground, she is the only one visible but duterte didn’t even give her a position in his administration. She is doing everything, some given through private donations so she could help the frontliners. There is a very small budget allotted to the Office of the Vice-President but private businesses have enough trust in her to do the job. they don’t trust duterte.

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We are like a rudderless ship in an ocean of inept and irresponsible fools.

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Here’s another conversation between Nissa and Nate. Lucky mom. It’s typical of Nate to do this. When they’re around, he gives me a massage too.  This isn’t the first time he said that he will stay single and take care of Nissa.   Huh?  Nice words coming from a seven-year old.

Last night, Nate gave me a massage. Then he tucked me into bed. I asked him why he was so sweet. He answered, “You know I’ll do anything to make you happy Mom. I know you’re tired. I’ve been thinking about how hard you work and take care of me and Dad. It’s time for me to give back. Babawi naman ako.”

I was so touched that tears started falling. He wiped my tears away and said, “Don’t cry Mommy. Just relax. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable. No need to rub my back na to make me sleep. You rest.”

“Who do you like more, the old me or the new me? I vote the new me because I’m kinder. Kind is cool. All boys should be kind to women- their moms, and girlfriends. But I think I’m going to stay single when I grow up. I’ll just stay with you and take care of you. I love you, Mom!”

I’m one lucky Mom that’s all I can say. I love you so much, Nate!

 

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Choose Two


Okay, let’s have a game. Which would you choose? I saw this from my newsfeed posted  by a friend who is bored  with nothing to do.

I chose Number 4 and  13. How about you guys?

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Nissa sent this last night. I just laughed. Nate is so creative. And he sometimes argue with Nissa when he knows he has a point.

Pag ikaw yung basag trip/kontrabida sa buhay ng anak mo:

Nate, playing with his Lego: Look at the base camp I made Mom! It has all kinds of machine guns, missiles and bombs.
Me: What’s that?
Nate: A mini gun.
Me: Doesn’t look like one to me.
Nate: It looks like a mini gun to me. Let’s just use MY IMAGINATION Mom!

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The sun is hot.

31 °C is like summer but it is not yet officially declared.

Apart from the occasional motorcycles passing by, the road is empty. They made us to apply for a quarantine pass (one in each house) which we will use to run errands for the family. What is annoying with this is that, they will only allow that person written on the card to go out. Couldn’t they have made it at least a “bearer card”? The things they do, hindi pinag-isipan.

Yesterday Josef and Jovy went to Mercury Drug to buy medicines for mom. Some medicines like Vitamin C are out of stock. Even the grocery store they went to outside our gate needs to replenish its goods. I don’t know how long the lockdown will last, supposedly it is for another three weeks but the dirty old man they call our president wanted emergency powers on top of all what he was privileged to do to the country. He proposed a take-over of private corporations if public safety is at risk. I wonder why, the past days even before the numerous floods in various provinces, the Taal volcano eruption and now this CoVID-19 virus, he has been a no-show except to mouth directives left and right. He is clearly not in control of the situation. One netizen remarked: “He has already made a mess of his legally constituted presidential powers; imagine how much more mess he would do with emergency powers!” Our enemy is the corona virus but they are not addressing it properly. The cases at the moment are rising, bringing the total to 396 cases. 33 have died while 18 have recovered . Lockdown is useless if they won’t do enough testing for those PUIs and PUMs in our midst. What is even more annoying is that, there are VIPs (senators and government officials) who insisted to have the test together with their families. Those kits could have been used to those people who badly need them. Come to think of it, these government officials wanted immediate results even if they haven’t shown any symptom. What the____. Mapapamura ka talaga.

We already lost four doctors who are specialists in their fields. We have lots of medical frontliners who have been found positive of the virus. They were the most vulnerable since they deal with patients with positive cases every day. Earlier, the congressmen and the cabinet secretaries put up a sign on a manila paper that says, ” together with doctors and frontliners, we went to work for you so please stay at home for us”. The nerve of these people. they are shameless to compare and align themselves with doctors and frontliners. They were only there this morning just to approve duterte’s request for emergency powers. Gaya-gaya.

Except for the hum of the electric fan around my feet, everything is quiet. Even Oreo is asleep.

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I am not so inspired to write. I’d rather read but I can’t finish a chapter.  I am focused on what is happening around.  I went out for a while early this morning to buy more provisions for us here in  our village store. They sell pork, dressed chicken, vegetables, fruits and other necessities needed in the kitchen.  Today is supposed to be our marketing day  but I am afraid to go out with so many people around.

One of the sellers remarked that I am lucky I am wearing disposable gloves. That is for extra protection, I told him. I bought a box of vinyl examination gloves two weeks ago. It contain hundred pieces.  Those found positive of the virus are on the rise and there are PUMs and PUIs by the hundreds. The problem is, this government still lacks testing kits.  Even if we are on a lockdown if we lack those necessary tools  to aid our health workers, it would be useless.

Josef brought down our large and heavy book of Mythology yesterday. Then he played with his collection of  Magic cards last night. He has several sets. I got curious how it is played. There is this station in the radio that plays 60s, 70s and 80s songs all day  and all night long without commercial break.

Priceless bonding with family, getting in touch with long lost friends, eating together, they are those moments that this COVID-19 brought us. Of course the fear is still there, you can’t erase that  but I lift it all to the Lord.

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Four straight days at home without even going out of the gate.

You won’t believe this. In his first speech, he announced a community lockdown in Metro Manila. Two days after, he amended it to enhanced community lockdown in the entire Luzon. He issued directives to the local government and barangays without guidelines leaving them to their own  devices. They were given power to act for their own constituents. This government didn’t even consider how  our health workers, those who are badly needed in stores, supermarkets, drug stores and utilities in hospitals would report to their respective work. VP Leni spearheaded seeking donations from the private sector to buy PPEs (personal protective equipment) for our public hospitals and some private hospitals too. Her group procured several buses (at the same time observing social distancing) to ferry those medical personnel who don’t have cars at their disposal.  Some local governments  followed suit. The twenty-nine year old Pasig City mayor even purchased drones to disinfect the city. He is on the ground and knows the needs of the people and yet those paid trolls did not stop maligning him on social media. He suggested that some tricycles be allowed to operate for free in the city so those who need treatments for other diseases in hospitals could go but Malacanang rejected it outright.  Would you allow a five-kilometer walk to those patients to reach the hospital? He does not belong to the administration so he is hot in the eyes of the DDS and the national government.  What the ____. Last night, the old man issued another directive  that mayors should adhere to what the national government tells them to do and not make their own decision in their localities. What if their ideas are better? What if they have more productive means of carrying out what is supposed to be  a better alternative in this situation?  The one up in Malacanang seems to be threatened by a “baguito” mayor who thinks of better ways to do his job.

Know what Mayor Vico did? He purchased these earth-friendly rides COMET for the city’s use. zero-emissions shuttles to offer ‘libreng sakay’ to health frontliners and city personnel.

It is quite frustrating to read news nowadays.  Believe me, most of us are complying with staying at home. I wonder where the gargantuan budget supposedly for situations like this went to. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Let’s go green today.  It’s St. Patrick’s Day afterall. Every year, I blog about this. I have so many shamrocks growing in my garden and every time I see those dainty white flowers, I am reminded of the Irish Blessings book that a friend gave me a long time ago but I lost it during typhoon Ondoy back in 2009. All those books at my night table that were my daily companions back then are gone now.  A few years ago, this same friend gave me another copy, a little older edition of the one he gave me before. I love all those sayings written in that well-loved book.

The quarantine we are having now has been enhanced. It took effect last night.  Suspended work  for some, closed malls, no public vehicles on the road. Josef and Jovy have no work today. I wonder about their schedules thereafter. Nissa works from home and that is three days a week, then down to the office for two days.  She made these lovely oil pastel  paintings over the weekend. She wants to paint on acrylic again but has no canvas.

I remember my own foray on acrylic two years ago, Nissa enrolled me in an art class for my birthday.

Taking everything one day at a time. Hoping this virus would leave our shores for good.

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I just watched  an early morning mass online at Sambuhay  presided by a friend Fr. Pao. His homily was so inspiring and meaningful. It also made me realize certain things that in “normal circumstance”  we take for granted.

A bottle of alcohol is just what we need at a time but then there are unscrupulous individuals who raided supermarkets and hoarded on several bottles. This is just like what you see in other countries where tissue paper is always out of stock.  I just bought four bottles.  Now  customers are limited to two bottles each per purchase.  Of course, it is human nature to at least have a few more groceries in times of crisis like this. As they say in Tagalog, “bawal magutom”. And while those who can afford to stockpile on groceries have their several carts full of goods, you can see along the roadside a few poor families sharing a meager meal out of sardines and  rice.  They can’t even afford to have a proper home to return to.  Sad, isn’t it?

One of our public hospitals here is asking for donations of PPE – face masks,  bottles of alcohol, disinfectants, disposable gloves that the nurses and doctors can use. The private sector is responding to our Vice-President Leni’s call  to help. You can donate and they will buy medical supplies for our medical personnel that they can use in their daily battle with the virus. They are also in need of food rationing for our medical personnel. I wonder what this government is doing. Their response is a resounding community quarantine but there is no mention if this month-long quarantine  is supported by economic plans, mandatory testing for those who leave the city and international travel bans. It should have been done months ago but they were too proud to say that we can contain this pandemic. To think we don’t even have enough testing kits that the Dept. of Health can use and distribute to hospitals. It’s a good thing though that our local governments are doing their best in their respective areas to help their constituents. This may not be just a one month  catastrophe. It may take more than a year before they could find a cure.

I could not concentrate finishing a book at the moment. I’d rather contact my friends thru  FB messenger to exchange news. A few days ago, a friend from Italy called me up in the middle of the night telling  me  their ordeal  about the total lockdown.  I asked Nissa if Nate still has to go to school after this month-long quarantine. She said that the school year is done.  Lugi ang estudyante.  They were supposed  to still have their finals this week.  Jovy and Josef showed me their Certificate of Employment issued by JP Morgan earlier. Nissa said she also got hers last week.  They need at least three identifications that their being outside is valid – one government ID, their company IDs and the COE. Yes, it has come to this.

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