Before New Year, I had to kick myself off from holiday mode and start working on some of my school deliverables. Graduate school is a challenge, I mentioned this in the previous post. Granted that I am a crammer by default (good grief, I even took ginkgo biloba before during my MIS review lol), still, studying during the pandemic takes the cake.
I am again questioning why I went back to school exactly 4 years ago. Was it really an atonement for past mistakes while studying (yet I am still cramming)? Vanity of getting another graduate degree (but the course does really open up a new perspective on what I previously learned in International Studies)? Or the previous boredom I felt when I was working at my former organization (which was true as I was a bit bored out of my wits)?
Nevertheless, the pandemic is no laughing matter.
Finishing off the semester. Pandemic is not good.
Aside from school, I suddenly had a nagging feeling that things may be moving too fast. I started working as a support role for the country operations of an INGO, then by some twist of fate, ended up heading it. A year into these two roles, I found myself moving into the region-wide operations. It makes me wonder, then, if I just talked myself a bit too much into these, or do I even deserve these at all? What if eventually they realized they should have waited it out?
There’s no point saying I will write more (i.e. at least once a week) because that clearly did not materialize since January 5, 2020. To be fair, it lasted for two weeks before things fizzled.
My last post was a birthday post in April, the first for everyone to celebrate their birthday during a pandemic. That is for those who were lucky enough to celebrate their birthday this year. The year 2020 was our generation’s annus horribilis. A volcano eruption in January, the start of the pandemic in the Philippines in March, and the worst flooding (Ulysses) in my hometown in November since 2009. I wrote back in July 2012 that I developed trauma during heavy downpours, and it only took me a trip to work in Pampanga 2 months ago that I might have PTSD.
Bye 2020! Bleh!
While in April, there about 4,600 cases with 297 deaths in the country. As of January 1, 2020 it is now at a staggering 474,000 cases with more than 9,000 deaths. These are more than numbers. These are 474,000 people who did not see the year change to 2021 with their families.
I’ve read somewhere that during a pandemic, one must document his/her daily life. Even the most mundane day should be immortalized. With all those grand narratives of how Isaac Newton powered through the Black Plague, discovering some of the most important scientific discoveries known to man, we are made to believe that we have to be productive amidst this pandemic.
Today is day 29 since the lockdown was imposed over Metro Manila, and subsequently over the island of Luzon. It is also my 35th birthday.
Panic buying before the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo taken at S&R on March 16.
When the first case of COVID-19 (then called as nCOV) in the Philippines was announced on January 30, 2020, I had already asked Mon to stock on a couple of boxes of masks from Bambang. I had been monitoring the situation for the past weeks. I knew that it’ll only be a matter of time before it blew up, and it won’t hurt to have masks stocked for our families.
Once a week. This is the number of times I should post per week. It could be more than one, but I am pegging it low. Sustainable? Perhaps not. Nevertheless, I’ll give it my best shot. Hey, if I manage to do it, I have 52 posts at the end of 2020, without resorting to a mega post on December 31.
Yesterday, I brought a new planner from National Bookstore for 2020. It was tabula rasa i.e. I had to write the days and months down. For those who know, I have been a regular planner user since 2007. I delved once into those Starbucks planner (in 2008 to be exact). However, I just felt it was not for me. I never even managed to use that.
Blogception: the first post of the year on the screen, and the last page of the planner with things I intend to do for the year.
Thus, year after year, I just buy one from the bookstore. I bought a vintage LV agenda cover from Ebay back in 2017, and fill it with a generic planner. I think this is a Japanese release since the cover flips from left to right. But, who cares?