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Covid changed the world and it is also changing the outlook of each and everyone of us.

Nissa is doing well except for a little back pain and her arms ache too, otherwise she is good.

Nate and Obet are temporarily here with us. They had another swab tests the other day and it came out yesterday. It was negative, thank God. We decided to let them stay here for a while meantime that Nissa is in the hospital. In between classes, Nate is a typical eight-year-old playing with a toy gun. First time I saw him participate in an online class. Our dining table is his temporary study area.

Nate is fond of creating whistle tunes. I asked how he does it. “Watch me Nonna” he said and shaped his mouth and whistled. I just laughed. Life is crazy when Nate is here.

I commented on Vice-Pres. Leni Robredo’s post on Covid. I was surprised when she answered and there were so many of her fans who commented too. I took a screen shot earlier.

There are now a hundred likes on what I wrote and more than 80 likes on VP Leni’s answer. More comments are coming in telling me that they are praying formy daughter. I am so touched. A collective prayer is powerful, right?

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It’s just funny and so inferiorating that the crazy old man thought of contract tracing and providing free face masks a year after lockdown. It’s been a year of almost 13,000 deaths, a year of letting the police force take charge of protocols instead of appointing medical people. Here’s a summary of how Covid has affected us a year after lockdown.

This was published the other day. We’re back to square one, we don’t even have vaccines yet except for those donations by WHO and the old man’s best friend china. The people are wary of that vaccine Sinovac. There is a sudden surge the past five days. And they have the nerve to say, they’re excellently handling it.

The other day, I asked all of you if you could include Nissa in your prayers. She is in the hospital now.

His brother-in-law got infected last week so the people in-charge of Covid patients in their place picked him up and brought him to a quarantine facility in Manila. Obet’s father’s sister who is a doctor told them to undergo swab tests including Nate and their househelp. They had it last Sunday. When I woke up last Monday morning, I received a message from Nissa that she is positive of Covid. They decided to have her admitted at the hospital where Dr. Isidro, their aunt is affiliated so she could be well taken cared of and to isolate herself too.

They suspected pneumonia when her x-ray was released. She’s now on antibiotics. She has a little cold but she had no fever, thank God for that. Grab Food delivered fruits and her other needs to the hospital yesterday which Obet hired since he is not allowed to go there. These service deliveries are only allowed up to the gate of the hospital.

You can only feel the impact of this virus when one family member is affected. It is a stressful situation. Obet called me up when he arrived home Monday night. He was crying. One thing that touched me was when he said that he was grateful to the way I brought up Nissa. According to him, she was so strong and so calm. I’ll tell you about Nate next post.

I talk to her and message her every few hours and she is okay. Please continue praying for her. My priest friends included her in their daily masses.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS🙏🙏🙏.

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Kindly please INCLUDE NISSA IN YOUR PRAYERS. She is positive of Covid-19.

Thanks a lot friends.

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COVID -19 Vaccine


Who has gotten the two doses of the Covid vaccine? Will you please share your experiences? Which vaccine did you get?

Thanks a million friends. Just want to know which has the least side effect.

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Crazy Covid


Last night a relative from UK called me up and told me about what they went through first week of December when four of them, she, her husband and two kids were found positive with Covid-19. She got the worse case, she had fever for more than a week, hardness of breathing, tastebud was nil, she kept coughing. She thought she would die. She was crying while narrating her experience with Covid.

“God is merciful”, she said. She held on and spent her time praying while she was isolated. It was the hardest challenge she had to face.

Like cancer, Covid is crazy. You’ll never know if you will live or die. When you are given a second chance at life, everything is a blessing.

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They’ve been telling us this for quite a while now but some of those in the government are not following the rules. Do they think they are exempted?

Several MRT (metro rail transit) personnel were found positive of COVID-19, how could they do contact tracing now when they deal with  thousands of metro riders every day?  Unless of course, these passengers would opt voluntarily to be tested? We’ve breached the 50,000 mark and it keeps on rising. To think we had the longest lockdown in history of the Asian nations.

 

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Finally, we see each other. And it’s been more than four months. Nissa and Obet are here with us, sadly though, Nate was left in their house. Nissa doesn’t want him to go out yet because kids under this general community quarantine (GCQ) as they call it are not allowed. Although they have a car, she’s afraid that they might be prevented from going to another area like Rizal province.

It’s nice to be able to get in touch personally with them again although it is kind of weird that Nate is not around. I miss him and I miss listening to his stories. Nissa will buy him a tab which he can operate when school opens and the two are not around. They’re required to report to the office twice a week and the rest of the week, they work from home. Nate knows how to use a tab on his own even without their supervision. This pandemic changed everyone’s plans and perspective and it continues changing the lives of the people worldwide.

I sorted some of my plants yesterday but I lack plant pots where I could transfer my Amazon lilies and Aglaonema plants. The lilies have enough bulbs for replanting. I am thinking of using those empty plastic bottles of mineral water as plant pots. I gave Obet and Nissa some plants (dwarf snake plant, red shrimp plant and another which until now I could not identify). Nissa said her mother -in-law will surely be thrilled because until now she is still grieving over the loss of her husband last April.

Time is not enough to catch up on everything, I’m glad though that we were able to see each other again.

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Staying home for more than two months now. I don’t know, since the enhanced community quarantine, I’ve been reluctant to go out even just at the nearby talipapa  two streets away from our house inside our subdivision.  It is where we buy our food, necessities in the kitchen like pork, chicken  and other veggies. I learned to transact online the last two or three weeks and they deliver them here right at the gate.  Eggs are sold by trays (30 pieces). Many homeowners have become small entrepreneurs providing necessities to homeowners who don’t want or cannot go out because of the lockdown.  You can order cooked food for lunch or dinner along with different kind of snacks on the go. Most of them deliver for free but when you order from a different place aside from our town via Grab Food, delivery fees are included in your bill. But that is just to be expected since they spend time outside risking their health to go grocery shopping for you or to buy cooked food from open establishments that only provide take-out, no eating inside their places.  Just have enough cash at home to meet your needs.

I miss going to the church and attending Sunday masses.  Although masses in different churches are held almost every hour online via live streaming, you cannot go to communion and I miss that. There is a talk that they will extend this lockdown for another two weeks, I am all for it but barangay and local town mayors should also be strict in its implementation. So many people are still on the streets. So many people still go out every day.

It’s getting harder to imagine when we start to begin life “normally”  again. Until they find vaccines for this virus, we are left thinking how many days more we have to get through  this “new normal” aspect of our lives.  I want to share with you this photo I took nine years ago when we celebrated Mother’s Day.  It’s of Nissa and Josef, now we have Nate.

Keep safe friends! Be mindful of your health 🙂

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We are on day 48 of the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine).

A two-day “hard lockdown” is being imposed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on District 1 of Tondo and that is where Obet’s family live. I asked Nissa early this morning if they are prepared for it and she told  me they have enough supply so far. I am really wondering what “hard lockdown” means.  That means everyone could not go out of their homes for two straight days and by Wednesday they’re back on the enhanced community quarantine.

This situation either brings the best in us or the worse for that matter. There are still families who live now solely on donation and food packs given by generous individuals and their local governments.  I’d like to pay our electricity bills but since there are no meter readings and no bills for April and May, I could not do so. I also need to know the phone reference number so I could pay online but that is only included in their regular billing. Since I left the bank almost twenty years ago, I enrolled all our utilities online, so convenient and so easy.

Would you believe that for the past week, I’ve been reading Christmas stories? I am on my third  book actually. It is a nice change and  it is more inspiring reading books with happy endings and celebrating a lovely occasion than concentrating  on the  disturbing news about Covid-19. Learning to cope with the times, the “new normal” so to speak.

This morning, I let Josef trimmed my hair, about an inch at the back and on the sides too. Got no choice really. The weather is hot so long hair is not practical…haha 🙂

How are you all?

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I thought I’ll give you a preview  on our daily lives here in our small town. Present total population is around 370,000.  Since the enhanced community quarantine, all  of us are just confined here, no border crossing, there are so many checkpoints in the metropolis. I much prefer to call it a lock down. We have our own curfew here at the subdivision where I live. The gates are only open from 5-10am then at 2-6pm. Nationwide curfew starts at 8pm to 5am the following day. We have quarantine passes, one in each household because only one is allowed to go out to buy necessities, food and medicines. Sometimes we make use of Grab  and Lalamove though for those food delivery but of course they are so expensive but they can travel to other towns and cities in Metro Manila.

I can’t remember now how many times  I’ve blogged about our third-termer Mayor – Mayor Atty. Kit Nieto. He is really good and he is even proving himself more responsible, decisive and really after the welfare of his constituents. Cainta is lucky to have him around.

Yesterday, I received three food packs from the municipal’s office thru our volunteer workers here in our subdivision. I think this is the fifth tranche since this lock down started. There are so many people contributing cash and food items to our Mayor and he in turn buys groceries, distributes the food items (some even cooked food)   to all areas of our town.  Priorities of course goes to those who badly need financial assistance. There is this  SAP (Social  Amelioration Fund) implemented by the national government but then there are so many exemptions and those qualified to receive it are finding it hard  because those who were tasked to distribute it have different guidelines that they follow. My goodness, the people are hungry especially those living in the squatter areas.  Compare it to those countries who take care of all their citizens, this government is sadly lacking. Sometimes, those soldiers assigned  to some checkpoints are abusive.

Going back to Mayor Kit Nieto, for the 15th day now he’s been auctioning off his collection of shoes to raise funds for those who were temporarily out of work  due to this lockdown, and because they were not qualified to receive SAP. He was able to garner P977,750.00 in cash for all those shoes sold, three pairs each day in the last fourteen days.

Got this from Mayor Kit’s site at FB posted today.

Cainta had 90 confirmed cases of  COVID-19 and out of it, 12 died, 21 have fully recovered, 6 are under quarantine, and the rest are quarantined at home waiting for their fourth and fifth swab. All in all 57 patients are being monitored. They are preparing for teleconferencing with five doctors using an online facility that will start by Friday.

I started gardening yesterday morning. I am half-way through trimming the carabao grass.  How are you all?

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