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My Ancestry.com results

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Just got  my Ancestry.com results other day…… didn’t surprise me, though.

 

I am :

 

Philippines ————————   60%   (  Malay – Indonesian race )

 

Spain            ———————–    15 %

 

Sardinia       ———————–    15 %

 

Italy              ———————-   10 %

 

I wasn’t surprised…… however,  Sardinia ? ? ?  Isn’t Sardinia in Italy ?

 

Anyway,

 

We know exactly where in Spain my great, great grandparents came from… Sta. Maria de la Nueva, Segovia, Spain.  My grandma even went to Spain to attend a reunion given by her Spanish relatives  years  ago.  My grandma taught  Spanish at a university in the Philipines.  So, yeah,  Spanish ancestry is a given.

 

But, again, Sardinia ???  It’s very specific, isn’t ?

 

 

* ponders *

 

 

My sister’s hubby is Italian-American.  My cousin’s hubby is Italian -American. And ,  a  friend  ( who likes me , * cough, cough * )  is Italian/Polish( ? ) -American ( although his last name is Polish, like Lywyck…. Ha ha…. ) I  wonder why his mom ,  who came from Italy ,  is thankful  her beloved  son doesn’t have an Italian  last name.  She says it’s too ethnic. ..  her exact words.   Eh ?  Really ?  How about me ? A friend once told me my name sounds like a female villain’s name from a Mexican telenovela, like,  Maria Esperanza Madriaga. lol.. Too ethnic, eh ?  * shakes head *   ” Madame Lywyck,  your last name is all consonants, he he.  * Trouble, trouble, double trouble.  * dashes off *

 

Anyway,

 

I still consider my race as ” pure Filipino “,   pure Asian,  and American  , of course.  *  raises American flag *,  PTBA .

 

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Hmmmm, Sardinia…..

 

Wait, why am I so focused on Sardinia ?  lol

 

Well, whatever…. this has taken freakin’ Corona Virus off my  mind.  And to think this fudging  virus is not even a living thing. It’s just a protein covered with fat.  So, yeah,  wash your hands with  foamy ordinary soap /detergent and hot water. And , disinfect with liquid containing 65% or over alcohol content. And Listerine your mouth ! Mouthwashes contain over 65% alcohol.

 

Oh, no  ! !  I need more alcohol ! !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time – Out ! !

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Just taking a time – out from my minor paranoia  ( or is it a major one ? ugh )

 

I come home  from work  (  9 : 30 PM ),   open the door,  wipe the doorknobs with disinfectant, call out  ,  ” I’m home ! ! ”  ,  go straight to my room,  take a bath,  have a quick dinner alone,  go back to my room,  and finally,  I phone my parents.  ” How’s it goin’, mom ?  ”  ” Anyone sick at work ?”  ” No, no one. We’re all fine. ”  ” Good. We talk tomorrow, then.  Sleep early. ‘ Night.  ”

 

That’ s our routine.   efghstukmwcd ! !

 

Then, I watch YouTube for news and other things,  and check out  what I found ! !  !

 

A funny video from the Philipines made by Mikey Bustos, that describes  exactly what I do  everyday ( except the eating in a restaurant )  I laughed when Mikey rubbed  Vicks Vaporub  on his throat…. Vicks Vaporub is a cure-all in the Philippines. I remember  my mom rubbing it  on my chest when I had  a cold . He he .

 

C’mon, check it out.  Okay ? We do need a time out from this chaotic world.

 

Smile! ( or we all go crazy )

 

 

Take  care, wherever you are.

 

WE HEAL AS ONE

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This is a music  video from the Philippines.  “We Heal As One ”

 

Check this out.  It’s nice. ( with English subtitles )

 

Take care, wherever you are.

What if ? ? ?

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Just thinking ……..

 

What if this virus permanently  establishes  itself in our environment and becomes  seasonal ?  What will happen  to the most vulnerable  among us ?

 

No more Thanksgiving and Christmas reunions with our folks ?

 

My parents already feel like housebound zombies .

 

This virus should be  annihilated, like polio virus. (  although it’s making a comeback  )

 

It does feel like an apocalyptic sci-fi plotline where people who reach a certain age are forced to  disappear from society.

 

Unthinkable.

 

But,  I’m overthinking…..

 

Please slap me.

Up Close and Personal, Corona Virus

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So, it’s been  23 days  since our arrival from our  Philippine vacation  on Feb. 29.  I went to work the next day without knowing  I could have contracted the virus  over there,  and not show any symptoms , and therefore , could have infected  folks at work.,  over here in the US.   (  Please check out my previous post )  I should have gone on  14 -day quarantine leave  before going to work, but protocols  were not in place yet  regarding  this matter.  Sorry.

 

So far,  I don’t show any symptoms,  and  to my great relief, not one of  my co- workers has  gotten sick,  thank goodness.  Even my mom, who was with me in the Philippines,  and my Dad who didn’t go on vacation , are both A- okay, and they are both in their 60’s, you know.   My sister who works in LA is  thumbs up, as well.  She works with Ca State as toxicologist/microbiologist.

 

Funny how  each country gives community distancing a different name.

 

China and Italy— Lockdown

US — sheltering – in- place

Philippines —  Enhanced country-wide  quarantine  ( 24 hr. curfew for non-essential travel )  33 deaths as of March 23,  207 confirmed infection, over 2,000 PUIs  ( persons under investigation) , 18 recoveries  from critical )

 

I still go to work. In fact. I work at a dairy manufacturing company as a microbiologist ,  7 days a week for  2 weeks now, no days off…… production of milk and other milk products is at maximum.  Aside from our own brand, we produce  for others , as well ( store brands ) Our milk products  export to Taiwan is at maximum, too.

 

So guys, rest assured,  I’m not a walking  Corona virus.   * bowing head in humility *

 

It did scare and stress me out  for a while.

 

Oh, by the way,  my hands are already very dry and starting to crack due to frequent handwashing and I go to ridiculous lengths to socially distance myself, even in our  small laboratory and from my own parents.

 

  • sigh*

 

I want this to end already.

 

I’m mentally exhausted.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sorry I haven’t been active on WordPress… I’m totally stressed out because of Corona Virus

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Dear readers,  my Mom, sister and I  arrived in the US ( from the Philippines , amidst a Corona virus outbreak  in Asia ) on Feb.29.  I have to admit I’ve been rather flippant  about the danger of us visiting  the country,  stupidly  feeling  invulnerable and immune to any disease,   not realizing  we could have contracted  the virus there, and passed it on to my friends, family and co-workers here in the US.  I’m sorry.

 

We only realized this when my sister who works in LA  was requested not to go to work for 3 days. Then , we got a memo and email at work  advising workers who have been to countries with outbreak of  the virus  to take a 14 – day “paid ” quarantine leave.  It just so happens that I’ve been back at work for  7  days  already, so I asked my  supervisor if I still  needed to  go on a 14 day quarantine.  I don’t know why my super  thought it wasn’t needed.  She just said, ” too late, Ren.  ”  and she smiled sadly.

 

That’s when I started stressing out .  My sister has been calling us everyday,   and we can sense she feels quite appehensive   about  our health, especially  Mom’s.  Her age, you know.

 

Today is the 14th day.

 

No  symptoms.

 

You cannot imagine how relieved I am.  Dang ! !

 

In fact,  today, at work,   someone sneezed, and I  was the one who visibly  freaked out.   He  laughingly told me  ” it’s allergy season, Ren ! ! !  Don’t look at me that way ! ! ! ”

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Hmmph !   I  gave  you a bottle of  fancy- looking  Tanduay  Rhum 15 Years Old  from the Philippines.  So, don’t give me that ” As if !  ” look, okay ? ?

 

” sigh”

 

Anyway,

 

All’s well that ends well.

 

Bye !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello ! ! I’m back from my Philippine vacation ! No corona virus , he he. Ooops, sorry, bad joke.

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I’m back here in good ol’ US of A ! !

 

And I  didn’t bring  any Corona Virus  from the Philippines ! !   Hah ! !

 

Though I did get a bit apprehensive coming home.  The Philippines had  temporarily banned travelers from South Korea from going to the Philippines.    My plane  was Korea Air, and my  trip  had a 3 hour layover in Seoul and a change of plane going to the US. ( By the way,  Korea Air was almost empty  ! ! !   I’m not kidding . ) That was indeed worrisome.   FYI,  South Korea is # 1  in tourist arrivals in the Philippines, about 2 million a year, not including the large number of South Koreans studying in the Philippines and  the  huge Korean community  living  in the country.  So, the ban was a huge blow to  tourism industry in the Philippines.  (  China is #2. USA is #3. )    Of course,  the Philippines allowed travelers going to Korea to leave the country…. the question  was, would the US  allow us to disembark without getting us,  all US citizens,  quarantined  for 14 days on US soil ?

 

Anyway……

 

All’s well that ends well.  I’m  back ! ! !   So happy ! !

 

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Above is photo of  Taal Volcano that erupted  on Jan. 13, 2020.  (  view from Starbucks )  It’s still emitting smoke from the crater.

 

 

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Volcano on upper right of the photo.  That’s me in the photo.

 

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View of the volcano from the restaurant named Balay Dako. .  Steam/smoke  can be seen  emitting from volcano.  It’s still on Level 3 alert,  but,  tourism is the people ‘s  # 1 source of livelihood,  so yeah,  screw it.  Business is open.

 

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Delicious food at the restaurant.

 

This is all for now.  This is just to let you know I’M BACK ! !

 

More about my Philippine vacation later.

 

Bye ! !