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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 ! !

No Matter What……..

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  • Sings *    I’m leaving on a jetplane.      , La, la ,, la ……but I know when I’ll be back again ……. Feb. 29, 2020.

 

So many things have happened  in the Philippines and worldwide,  enough reasons to abort our  much – awaited vacation in the Philippines.

 

  1. Taal Volcano eruption on  Jan. 13, just 30 miles from our house in  Paranaque, Metro-Manila.  We bought 3 boxes ( 20 masks per box)  to protect us from  the ashes that  fell  over Manila.

2. Corona virus…… My airline was Eva Airlines, Taiwan’s official carrier. Our flight  was  San Francisco——- 2 hour lay-over at Taiwan’s airport —— Manila, Philippines.  Unfortunately, just this week, Monday,  the Philippine government banned travelers from Taiwan  from entering the country, including transients from other countries, like me, whose point of origin is the USA.   My mom frantically  told me to immediately cancel my Eva Airlines schedule.  I did  that just 2 days ago, and bought Korea Air, with a 2 – hour lay-over in Seoul, Korea.  I got the last 4 spaces .  Majority of the passengers  are Eva Airlines cancelees. I hope the Philippine government won’t ban  Korea.   South Korea and  the Philippines  are besties.

3.   Believe it or not,  I can’t find  masks here in our city, nor in Los Anegeles.  ( according to my sister ) .  I’ve been to so many stores here ( Rite-Aid, WalGreens, CVS, Target, WalMart, Home Depot ) …… Zilch, zero, none.  What ????  No masks even here in the US????? The heck !

 

Anyway,

 

please wish us luck.  My Mom, sister, co-worker, and yours truly are leaving on Saturday, Feb. 15.

 

I’m going to bring my laptop, and hope I can find time to blog.

 

Bye ! !  Muaaaah !

 

TALA, a song by Sarah Geronimo from the Philippines , and I lost 12 pounds memorizing the moves !

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My last post before the previous  and this one was Sept.13, 2019 .  September is the start of  the holiday season production at the dairy company where I work. …. Lots of overtimes and almost no days  off.  Everyone was well compensated though.   ( I need extra money for my vacation  in the Philippines  13 days from now. Yay ! Countdown ! !

 

So, what else did I do during my long hiatus ?

 

I went on a strict low carb diet  ( no bread, rice, pasta , and any kind of dessert  )

 

And  did  rigorous  exercises   by  following  the TALA dance moves  from the video of a popular singer from the Philippines,  Sarah Geronimo.  ( I heard it’s now # 12 on International  Billboard. )  ” Tala”   is Filipino for star.   Oh, it already has 80 M views ! ! I think I viewed it one million times, trying to memorize the moves.  Ah, my hips !   It hurts ! !  Haha !

 

Guys, believe me, I lost 12 pounds  from all that hip thrusting and hip swaying.  …… It’s true ! !

 

Here’s the video…. Well, it’s in Filipino language…. you don’t have to know what she’s singing about….. just watch her ! !

 

C’mon,  click it here. Okay ? ?

 

 

Actually,  I watched  and memorized the dance moves  from some tutorial  videos on youtube.

 

This is all for now.

 

Bye !