Lockdown Diaries during CoViD-19 Pandemic
“Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine” Our Lockdown Diaries. What happened during your quarantine?
Lockdown Diaries during CoViD-19 Pandemic (Created via mobile blogging)
Manila, March 2020 – Home quarantine took us by surprise, we never imagined it’ll happened too soon. This Covid-19 crises brought the economy down, people dying, unemployment rises, high demands for toilet papers from elite families while the poor’s main concern is how to feed their families on a daily basis. We are bracing ourselves from the impact and still fighting the war against it.
How to stop the spread of the virus?
The national government pronounced the Metro Manila “Community Quarantine” starting March 10-13, 2020 stating the cancellation of classes in all levels both public and public schools and the suspension of work in government offices.
By second week of March, the outbreak rise significantly as day passed by. President Rodrigo Duterte took further step to decide a lockdown for the entire Luzon as Enhanced Community Quarantine effective March 17 to April 12, 2020.
March 7, 2020: Given that there are cases of positive Covid-19 patients already. We headed to the author’s former university to pick up an important document. As a precautionary measure, we were wearing face masks and always have pocket alcohol available and immediately wash our hands once we arrived at our destination. We avoid crowded places like the malls, we didn’t even eat out and decided to go straight back home.
We uses DIY washable face mask – sewn from cotton material, custom-fit with double lining.
March 9, 2020: Went to work with two pieces of face masks, one for commuting outside and one for used inside the office premises. Upon arrival at the offoce, I put my stuff and immediately headed to the wash area to wash/disinfect the mask I used that mornng. The following day, suspension of classes was announced, as well as work (in my case, the office were also suspended.)
March 11, 2020: With the Manila community quarantine in effect and work was suspended, we were able to attend a meeting with a client somewhere in Cubao. Same thing, we didn’t roam around the nearest mall, had a quick snack and bought some take out meals.
March 12, 2020: At this point, the learners will resume class on March 16. They were suppose to take their fourth quarter examination. We had to pick up the books, notes, folios from school locker. That time the school had just finished disinfecting the entire vicinity. Same thing, wear protective gear and avoid crowds. It is quiet alarming when you bring your kids with you outside.
March 14, 2020: Market day, we wore our outside shoes and minimize bringing unnecesary items. All we have are the list of things to buy for the week stocks, eco bags and purse. As previously, we shared a blog about “Essential Things to do during Covid-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine” as somewhat prelude to things to remember when you’re out for errands. It’s quiet helpful being able to know the step by step procedure of sanitizing yourself the minute you return home.
March 16, 2020: After the 4-days suspension, we resume office while the management carry out a plan who’s to include in our organization’s skeletal workforce, those that are to work from home (WFH), the employees who agreed to have compressed work. That day, I already start my compressed work week until the news came in at 4:00 PM, it was the enhanced community quarantine. Declaring suspension of work and public mass transportation, controlled food distribution, checkpoints along the metro, etc.
As soon as we read the afternoon news updates, we’ve collected some of our personal belongings such as my notes, daily journals, USB, etc. Cleared our working desk, keep all junks inside the drawers, clean my tumblers, remove my cubicle’s electric cable and keep things organized as much as I can. I knew right then, we will isolate the place for a month. Though all of the important, pending, and heavy files are stored in the PC. Some are shared on cloud storage and online drives. We were all bound to work from home.
March 17, 2020: Day 1 – Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine is in full effect.
March 18, 2020: It’s a good thing the the grocery/mall were located near the village. We managed to have our grocery with full gear: eye glass/protective goggles, disposable food gloves, masks. Went there after lunch, the social distancing measures were being implemented. By the time we’re finished, the ques were filled with shoppers.
March 19, 2020: We’ve managed to buy petfood for our aviary and dogs.
March 20, 2020: Wet market day, we decided to have one member of the family to do the shopping. We prefer to buy fresh meat/poultry, fresh vegetables and fruits from the wet market. The choices are abundant unlike in groceries, meats are frozen and almost grayish in color, chickens are frozen with too much water absorption. In other words these are rotten already. Please practice how to detect, scrutinize fresh from “bilasa.” After your market, sanitize your hands, arms, legs, shoes with soap and running water. Next is to sanitize the remaining money you have. Wash the coins and wipe your paper money with wet wipes/rags/towel with either bleach/disinfectant solution or alcohol. Then sanitize the surface of your palengke load. Lastly, sanitize your gate by spraying it with bleach or disinfectant solution is better. Spray your flooring with the same solution from where you came in – from your house gate to your main door. Also, sanitize your door knobs, hand rails and mobile phones every now and then.
Take a bath and soaked your clothes on a basin or just put them on a separate laundry basket where you can wash then after your food preparation.
Put your shopped goodies straight to your dirty kitchen so you can wash the food you bought with running water. Before Covid-19 pandemic, it’s been a practice in our home to wash the fruits with running water, some we scrub with rock salt, wash and dry them after. Practice washing thoroughly your eco bags, hang them to dry for re-use on your next palengke day.
March 22, 2020: Home Quarantine Pass from our barangay was distributed.
March 25, 2020: Load up on fruits, too bad the vendors of “saging” (banana) has gone goin’ bananas. Too much fake news thrives on misleading opportunity. Buy seasonal fruits instead.
March 30, 2020: It’s time to replenish the stocks, both from the grocery and wet market. Going outside seems getting scarier as the figures of positive cases increases. While the sari-sari stores in town, some of these merchandise were a bit higher than most convenient stores. Given that the people have no choice, they tend to patronize canned goods over healthy meals. The psyche of seeing, having instant food can overcome a day’s survival. But when you think it about it, you shell out almost the same amount as to cooking food versus canned goods/instant noodles.
As for the work from home status, the area has been experiencing poor internet connection.
April 1, 2020: Managed to do groceries by lunch time to avoid crowds. Some food stores like Jollibee and Rice in a Box were operational but for take-outs only. Some merch that I was suppose to buy were out of stock like yakult, graham biscuits, tomato paste, fresh milk, and some chocolate brands. The rest like the toilet papers, sardines, gardenia bread, instant noodles are very much abundant. Alcohols are strictly 2 bottles per shopper.
April 2, 2020: Our village scheduled misting/disinfecting the roads and alleys. As reported from our Intel (gossiper) 🙂 The main road (5J.P. Rizal St.) has one (1) reported Covid-19 positive and its family are under PUI (Person Under Investigation) and are now heavily guarded by Barangay and DOH staff.
April 4, 2020: For our list of #LockdownDiaries home-cooked meals. I’ve posted it on @foodamnphilippines Instagram. Still planning to create a blog post about it soon! And we thinking it’s high time to organize our stamps and old coins collection. I actually have the blog draft about the Philately event we’ve attended last February 15 at Manila Post Office. Being in quarantine, there’s a lot that runs around your mind. Play with your pets, do the kitchen, do general cleaning, read books or watch the movie version of it! Of course the laundry and the cluttered bedroom in distress, and the office work need to accomplish in compliance with work from home.
April 5, 2020: Planning what to eat next! Also, able to finished an article in compliance with work from home. The narrative is composed of the latest data of reference summation about “The Plight of Business Owners: What kind of help MSMEs need in the time of Covid-19 outbreak?”
April 6, 2020: Well, we came from the market to buy fresh foods good for (hopefully) two weeks. I came up with my foodamn blog: “What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine: Easy coronavirus self-quarantine recipes to cook at home.” Proud to be productive, still we have a lot of cleaning to do, to think that the quarantine will be over soon!
April 7, 2020: Done with the hardware pick-up from office as part of work from home arrangements. Thanks kuya Sam! 🙂
Today, the national government extends the Luzon-wide ECQ until April 30, 2020.
April 8 and 9, 2020: Given our EchoManila client’s site a bit of a revamp, quiet happy of the result. The usual WFH is partly done. Finally done with narratives about Postal Heritage Talks and Tour by the Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour. Come by and check it. Focus, focus, there’s still a lot of things to do. Quarantine seems not enough, with a longer period of time to spend at home, time seems to fly fast. We got this checklist on our minds and once stuck with one chore, the day ends at it. Freelancer life is not easy, plus the pending regular office work. And then here comes the kitchen war, what to cook the following day. Not that we are complaining, in fact, grateful that we have the resources to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. Our general cleaning schedule has been accomplished at 25%. It means “chill ka lang” there’s three more weeks left to get things done.
April 10, 2020: We’ve gathered some impressive photos of Covid-19 or Quarantine global get-up/OOTD. Mostly from foreigners who posted them on social media from March to April 2020. View them at: STYLED: Quarantine OOTD / COVID-19 Getup [https://bit.ly/2XlD1ov].
April 12, 2020: After twelve (12) days, it’s been decided that one of us should do the grocery. Got up early to reached the grocery by 7:30AM. Some stocks are replenished, those that were out of stock the last time I went were fully stacked. This time, there were a few juice packs left. Alcohols, canned sardines, lysols are all gone and liquor ban in Quezon City is still being implemented. The outpour of the shoppers started by 9AM, by this time I’m done with my list. The cashier counters were enclosed with transparent plastic. There weren’t many counters open, the reason why the shopping carts lined up while practicing social distancing.
April 13, 2020: Work from home – drafted and submitted 5-page Work Outputs from 16 March to 10 April 2020. And at the same time continuing the policy draft: The State for Filipino Online Freelancers.
April 14, 2020: The quarantine journey are still a long way to go, our community created a group to disseminate information within our Zone (village). Apparently, the zone has one (1) case of family with PUM (which was initially the death of a 91 year old female last Saturday, 11 April) due to heart attack, but since the person died from home. No one can identify yet if she died with Covid-19 symptoms.) the very reason why the residence is now being guarded by a staff from the barangay (LGU). Also, we were told that the zone were to be given an allocation of 100 packs of relief goods. Since the household of this zone have 140 as reported. Some homeowners waived their share. The priority right now is to give to those who are in dire need due to lockdown and the frontliners of the village such as the security guards, street sweepers, and the garbage collectors.
April 15, 2020: The community is currently collecting data of the qualifiers for SAP to be submitted to DSWD.
April 18, 2020: Day 33 of quarantine, first time to received relief goods from Quezon City Local Government Unit (QC LGU). Thank to us, taxpayers.
April 22, 2020: Day 38 – The last time we went to the flea market was last April 6, exactly two weeks ago. The trick is (as repeatedly recommend) buy in bulk to avoid public exposure. List down your food items good for two weeks. These days, food leftovers is must, try to cook serving size that will last for 2 to 3 days which you can store in the fridge (freezer particularly to avoid contamination) to reheat later. “mayaman ka man o may kaya o xahirap,lahat ng pamilya sa ngayon — ginagawa yan. Walang dapat ikahiya.” As always, wash everything from your head to toe, every single thing you brought from home. From palengke goods, “sukli,” eco bags, purse, mask, hand gloves, face shield, cap or umbrella, dirty shoes. EVERYTHING!
So, what’s in the menu line up? 🙂 “Abangan”: Salmon singing, tahong simmered with sili leaves, beef kara-hare, banana con yelo, chicken balls and squid balls overload, sisig (pork maskara) and etc!
April 23, 2020: Day 39 – National government announced the extension of enhance community quarantine in NCR and selected regions nationwide until 15 May 2020. Went to the grocery for the third time, people will cram in again at the grocery after this announcement. The last grocery we had was last Easter Sunday (12 April) to replenish the consumed items. This time, there were empty shelves of instant noodles , powdered juices, pineapple juice, and pancake mixes. I managed to get yakult lite just in time.
Also, surprisingly we received the offshore door-to-door cargo right on time. We were expecting a long delay of delivery. Manila port is doing their job efficiently despite the lockdown. Thank you frontliners!
April 25, 2020: Day 40 – You heard the line “be productive” even when you in quarantine. Today is weekend, the 40th day of ECQ. So what are your plans? “Sa sobrang productivity on mind, ‘di mo na alam kung and uunahin.” My sample to do list for today, take note for TODAY! 🙂
“Work from home or paid article writing or or online courses or binge watching CLOY or finished our jigsaw puzzles (there are three boxes of 1000 pieces jigsaw to assemble), or continue with spring cleaning (not to mention the laundry?), what to cook/clean the area, or bathe the pets, or organise the collection of stamps/old coins, or organise file. (sigh) Quarantine was never easy, indeed.?”
April 28, 2020. Day 43 – Quarantine reveals human needs: drugstore, grocery, and flea market. Set aside leisure and shopping activities. We BUY only what’s essential.
April 29, 2020. Day 44 – Flexing our DIY trolley using an old bike’s balance wheel and hand-painted old sack bag. “Grabbing Food” is what everybody does now, from groceries to flea markets, this guy is your best bud.
May 01, 2020. Day 46 – Today, business as usual for some restaurants in Calle Bistro. “Open na uli Starbucks and Tim Horton… na-excite ako para sa kanila… as if pwede… ang bilin sakin “do the grocery dude, the essentials” 🤣 Yet today is surprisingly not normal. Sobrang haba ng pila sa entrance going inside the mall… pila na sya sa grocery. Dahil ALAY ako…. taga-grocery…. no choice…. (and I need to settle my hosting bills and other errands to do) dati excited ako mag grocery kahit quarantine. But today is exceptionally not the case. Ang init, ang boring, tapos titingin ka inside tim horton and starbucks. Fudge! LOL. Today is Mayo Uno. Labor Day talaga! Parang skilled work ang pag grocery…. the battle is not yet over…. Next week uli! Ciao!”
At 11 AM, went back to the main gate of the village, went under thermal scanner – the security guard read “40°C, came from brisk walk on an extremely humid weather. Then he reads again, the same result. I got off shrugging, “na brief na naming sila about tanghali tapat effect.” If not, they’ll be super worried, imagine the security guards so concerned they’ll report you to your barangay captain and the rest of the QC Response Team!” Dapat laging handa, mag-explain. 🙂
May 02, 2020. Day 47 – #QuarantineFatigue: The toll of being quarantined is sinking in. New quarantine month, we’re suppose to have another batch of new goals 🤣🤓 (Nakaka stress na lumabas to do errands, kase pagbalik ng bahay sandamakmak ang disinfect/hugasan/lalabhan/paliliguan 😁)
Seems like there’s a stereotype when doing “productivity,” since we’re all work from home, we get to accomplished what’s required to do according to our own phasing. Heck, beyond that the smart ones brag about certification and the likes. C’mon, not everyone lives in a comfortable zones. Even when you have the freedom to do, you cannot DO THEM ALL! First there’s the unreliable internet or worst limited internet. What do I have in my to-do-list? There’s a bugging list of webinars, as much as you wanted to get in. TIME is a matter of doing house efficiency versus personal productivity. Yeah, the pending online course from Virtual School Webinar Series, SPARTA, design online course, Japanese language course, digital courses, loads of eBooks , etc. You get to think of so many article topics to write and mapped with your team how to strategize and come up with an idea for post Covid-19 engaging with the “new normal.” So tell me, how do you do it YOUR Where are you?
Note: ECQ was extended until May 15, 2020.
May 03, 2020. Day 48 – Came up with the Post-ECQ “Things to do with the new normal”
May 04, 2020. Day 49 #CoronaVirusFashionChallenge in reality is the OOTD when doing your scheduled errands. Choose your “uniform” like a dri-fit shirt, board shorts, cap (optional esp. if branded) those that are made of lightweight material (because the humid outside is outrageous!) and easy to wash. Choose a washable footwear, mine is a mountaineer sandals. In US, crocs are given free to frontliners. Anyway, for your face shield, I used extra stock eyeglass, once you get home, you’ll wash it again and again. Better have “pangharabas na gamit.” Disinfectant solutions can damage our valued stuff, so stick to “old clothes and things.”
Good job to our homeowners association for installing a PNB mobile ATM. This 1-day access booth is situated at the main gate of the village.
May 05, 2020. Day 50 – A rundown of street photography along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City and its establishments.
As much as possible, we try to buy goods we need personally, since it’s a walking distance from our village. In a way the money save from the logistics (food delivery) can be bought with extra food. Food deliveries are convenient, but we doubt the food sanitation and safety of food handling. There were news coming out when delivery crew tend to disregard the surface where they held the goods. Then here comes the delivery, you receive the items and fail to sanitise the packaging and place them at the top of you riding table. “Minsan, kung kayo mo naman, gawin mo na ng personal.”
May 7, 2020. Day 52 – Have you received your Social Amelioration Program (SAP) payout? The Barangay Batasan Hills payout did test the patience of the constituents. Here in our community, the people on the scheduled list had to endure the 3PM heat index 49 degree Celsius. Imagine them lining up from 10AM and receiving the SAP at around 11PM. Some who are scheduled at 12noon were able to finish the lapse at 6PM.
May 11, 2020. Day 56 – My co-team and I were able to finish articles for the EchoManila sites covering the digitalization and social media marketing of MSMEs, in time for post ECQ and the new normal business concepts and strategy of small businesses.
How can MSME’s transform traditional business operation with EchoManila
The outcome of the pandemic, made small enterprises think which part of the business made them consider automating?
How Social Media Marketing help your business?
How can social media help you achieve your business goals?
Why small businesses are choosing EchoManila as their next e-Commerce solution?
Echomanila is a full-service e-commerce incubator which aims to help small businesses increase revenue with strong online presence and digital marketing.
Note: Metro Manila is now under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), season 4.
Merely waiting for the announcement of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) soon. How daily activities will juggle with the new normal.
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Lockdown Diaries during CoViD-19 Pandemic is a collection of photos, life events and observations happened in Metro Manila.
UPDATE as of May 12, 2020
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