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My Quarantine Activities

By on July 3, 2020

Its been more than 3 months since ECQ but still infection rate is high, to the rest of the world we see similar numbers raging. Coronavirus pandemic, dangerous as it sounds, more and more people being infected, it’s effecting the entire country and the world.

From my previous blog last month, I have mentioned (with back-up photos) on how pandemic has quitted Pasig city and my hometown Piat Cagayan. Before I forget, today is the feast day (July 2) of ”Our Lady of Piat” the patroness of Cagayan Valley, the Sambali celebration deferred this year but devotees will gather for a special mass at Santo Domingo Church on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. You can just imagine how coronavirus disrupted our lives, no more public events, no gatherings, the need of wearing mask and social distancing, it seems to be a normal part of life already. This year 2020 is a big blow following 2 patterns of events, after the major eruption of Taal volcano in Batangas last January and now faces COVID 19 pandemic, this is a big blow to our economy and its relatively hard to face the crisis.

The government COVID 19 Task Force extended quarantine measures with new rules to adopt, we are still undergoing new restrictions except for essential purposes following appropriate measures. During challenging times, we are experiencing concerns, many have been working from home for almost 11 weeks now, we don’t know how long coronavirus last with another new rules to adopt upon reopening this coming July and still raising hopes there is vaccine. Other countries cautiously reopening from months long shutdown and Phils slowly reopening.

Oftentimes, my sisters would talk about fiestas, missing social events like birthday celebrations, fancy night out parties, graduations, buffet gatherings, get- together with friends and traveling. Mindful of social distancing blues, no more face to face bonding, other people are very eager to go out as I’m also missing social gatherings with my buffet friends too. Months of March-April-May and July, it was a summer homebound for the family and now, rainy season coming up next, we are really facing a new phenomenon, summer 2020 is not like no other this year. Coronavirus has disrupted everything and I’m trying to live by it.

What’s the impact might be? Would be sharing some of my quarantine activities here, got 5 family members here, a sort of, like prisoners staying inside the room for long hours working that I have to feed them, preparing home cooked food and of course clean water for them, not to mention all the alcohol, hand sanitizers all around ready to use.

Mobile Palengke in Pasig to lessen public trips around, it is ”Presyong Palengke” and it’s very convenient.

My daily life is no boredom, being flexible coming up with a schedule that keeps me busy all day long, the entire day devoted to my family, it’s a home to share bringing family closeness together, the good bonding and dedication will hold us firmly.

While at home, it’s really a homey feeling of togetherness, my family is complete and I’m keeping a master list on hand, there are a hundred things to do and this is also the best time to appreciate the beauty in our own backyard, we are the Backyardigans experiencing beautiful adventures in our own backyard. Moving productively, more and more things done in one day and in the coming days and months. The things I’ve missed before, those things I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet, this is the perfect time to get things done, it’s a big opportunity to finish and not to rush. Cheers!

Here’s sharing with you my stay home ECQ activities that keeps me going from day to day, just a few list of stuffs:

Enjoying my daily cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My Mango Float is an easy recipe and it’s everybody’s favorite.

Everyday Photography

I have captured few morning visitors in the garden, this kind of pleasurable activity keeps me going from day to day.

Gardening/Landscaping

Gardening includes planting, morning visit in the garden and harvesting fruits. Photo above, just one of few snapshots taken around, a lovely butterfly pollinating a wide variety of flowers.

Morning walk with my favorite pets

Excellent date to take out our dogs and cats for a morning sunshine.

Among others, of course I need to update my blog, daily exercise, cleaning, afternoon nap, playing piano and electric guitar, listening to my favorite songs, reading my latest books and watching TV for the latest coronavirus pandemic news. All these activities saved me from boredom blues during this pandemic season and dreaming we would be back to normal life soon, to welcome friends without any mask and social distancing.

Take time to take to check my daily photography snapshots going on for the best subject in our own backyard. I’m really hopeful we will overcome this crisis soon and hoping our economy will bounce back before the end of this year. I wish you all well and keep updated.

To all those who are in the frontline,”our COVID Warriors” I’m inspired by your courage, Thank you very very much and May God bless us all. Keep safe and Take Care!

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Battle Against Coronavirus- Piat Cagayan

By on March 18, 2020

Coronavirus cases continue to rise globally, Municipal mayor of Piat, Atty. Carmelo Villacete made similar announcement asking all people of Piat to stay indoors( home quarantine) to minimize transmission of coronavirus. Within responsibility, this is an emergency power to protect health and safety of the people. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease and the best way to avoid being exposed to the virus is to avoid people, most often, virus spreads mainly from person to person and do transmit even in the absence of symptoms.

Causing fear and panic in Piat, in its response to the coronavirus outbreak leaving empty spaces and businesses as our town responds to concerns of the spread of COVID-19.

Scenes Revealing the impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

Info-sharing and this is how our beloved town, Piat Cagayan looks like now. All photos taken from inside the car no longer than 5 minutes.

Normally, devotees line-up to offer prayers, the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat is temporarily closed till April 13, 2020.

Where have all the people gone?

Piat Central Elementary school, my alma mater is temporary closed.
This scene looks like a ghost town.

More pictures coming up very soon…

Thank you fellow Piatenos. Stay safe ! ‘’Apo Baket’’ will bring an end to disease and sufferings. May God bless us all!

Piatenos are worried but generally glad, the town is being cautionary. Thank you again Mayor! Atty. Carmelo Villacete, municipal mayor of Piat Cagayan

Note: I would like to thank Bud Baculi for sharing Piat photos taken 4 hours ago.

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Empty streets in the Philippines Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

By on March 17, 2020

Yesterday, President Duterte ordered the ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine and Social Distancing of the whole of Luzon to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 – ( COVID – 2019) Effective March 17 until April 13. The government is struggling to stop the spread of coronavirus as death toll rises and number of cases still climbing, there were checkpoints around and people movement being restricted. This is quiet good as it will slow the spread of virus.

To reduce the growth of coronavirus, cities have establishments closed, school closures, travel restrictions, temporary closure of Metro Manila Malls, work suspended for a month and public transportation are suspended but supermarkets will still remain open and ATM banks will remain operational.

Scenes Revealing the impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

As part of measures against the spread of coronavirus have left streets and public places deserted. Taken this morning along Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong. Photo shows a normally, busy street major route, now it’s empty.

A quiet morning along Shaw Boulevard. Empty streets in Pasig avid coronavirus outbreak.

Aerial photo of Shaw Boulevard taken from the flyover in front of Capitol Commons, it looks like a ghost town.

Coronavirus poised to disrupt everyday lives of the people, a very straining and stressing disease. As we are preparing for the worst, people are rushing to stock-up food and other supplies during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Coronavirus is causing panic buying in the Philippines. Supermarket empty shelves is already a common scene since coronavirus pandemic sparked widespread panic. Consumers stockpiling goods such as; hand sanitizer, spray cleaners and shoppers leave supermarket runs out of toilet paper. As we prepare for social distancing, which means having at least 2 weeks worth of food and supplies. It is good not to go out and be prepared all the time.

To be considerate and to prevent panic buying, City Gov’t of Pasig implemented Anti-Panic buying and Anti-Hoarding. This is an ordinance to limit buying amount of goods may purchase everyday. Anyone caught violating the ordinance will have business permit revoked and penalties to all violators. I live in Pasig around Kapitolyo , a home to business districts, schools, commercial hubs, condo communities and a short distance to Estancia Mall Capitol Commons. Thanks God! throughout our area are relatively quiet and coronavirus-free as of now.

Stay aware of the latest information. May God Bless us all and stay safe.

Goodnight !

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Tower Cranes on Site

By on October 20, 2016

Visiting construction sites to all parts of the city. While undergoing construction to these areas, I took few choice snapshots of the tower cranes, the load capacity is too heavy as shown. From the tower crane itself, towards the higher clouds background, you’ll view all different formation of clouds in the atmosphere; cirrus, cumulus, altostratus, stratus, cirrocumulus, nimbus to name a few. Other photos below with the presence of other formations like cirrocumulus, altostratus and stratus. The cirrocumulus and cirrus above 18.000 feet.

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There is Always Tomorrow but Things You Can do for Today,Don’t leave it for Tomorrow

By on October 4, 2016

There is always tomorrow but things you can do for today must not be postponed for tomorrow because tomorrow is another day. For everyone seemed delaying things they can do for today, thinking tomorrow is always there. Of course, if you wake up is always another day and tomorrow comes next..

Saying tomorrow is a concept to delay things as tomorrow becomes an excuse to delay things, all task must be done right away after planning it.There must never been a disturbance to be interrupted because time is an essence. Don’t you know? tomorrow never ends. What you can do for today must be accomplished immediately, just do it now because time is running short .

For me, doing things for tomorrow is not an acceptable reason and consistently yours to finish right away, no obvious reason!

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How to Interpret your Dreams;Meaning and Symbols

By on September 26, 2016

I came across a book  aboutHow to interpret your dreams”, it was just a small magazine, a  ”Readers Digest” ( old version ) @ copyright 1979. I don’t know what lies beyond to those who will believe it 0r not? I just wanted to know more about the creative side of intellect by the authors; psychologist and the students. I’ve found the  content more interesting especially to those dreamers and believers.  Absolutely. an interesting matter to inform the meaning of your dreams with symbolic structures.

Here’s sharing part of the contents about the meaning and symbols of your dreams

Lets make a quick review about the good and bad symbols, some thoughts and meaning of dreams attempting to convey to you. To mention here also the good signals as well, If these particular symbols appear in dreams.

 Bad Symbol

Amputation– a warning signal, loss of freedom

Bomb, Explosions– regarded as warning signal indicating events causing shock

Bridge-if the construction not complete- it indicates possible dangers to the dreamer

Butterfly– going astray

Ants,Spiders,Cockroaches– if appeared in larger numbers, its a danger signal in highest order

Stove, Hearth– warning signal as death in the family

Horse– messenger of death

Red-haired people– are considered dangerous

Doctor– Physical illness

Destructive fire– warning signal of dreamers sexual problems

Mirror– warning signal of dreamer’s true face

Frog– warning signal as fertile

Burial-painful experience

Rat– warning of serious physical illness

Raven,crow– unhappy nature

Vulture– lost in the world of your own

River– obstacles arising from state of awareness

Mask– inferiority complex

Knife-strong aggressive energy- the need to become aware of problems

Corpse– danger signal in the highest order

Devil– suppressed religious problems

Witch– threatening and destructive aspects of womanhood

Good Symbol

Bread,Salt– Expression of happy social life

Dove– symbol of peace

Morning,dawn,sunrise– indications that a new situation is about to begin

Coat– symbol of protection

 Airplane, flying– desire for independence

Lion– Symbol of sovereignty

Flowers– symbol of dreamer’s feeling

Monkey, ape – extremely a positive sign

Meadow– new growth and productive activity

Gold– symbol of immortality

Evening– signify twilight years

Motorcycle– symbol of energy

Water– psychic energy, water of life

Giant– powerful father figure- intellect can find correct solution

Birth– beginning of something new

To the numbers, modern science expresses all aspects in mathematical formulas, study of dreams shown psychic functions and numerical relationships. In dreams, two-number of union and the couple as three is an old magic- number as we sometimes repeatedly knock on wood or on table to refrain from or to avert disaster. Seven is dynamic number, a rainbow has seven colors and 7 days of the week and lunar cycle is 28 days or 4 x 7. Eight is octagonal forms and have a positive significance sometimes have a warning signal. Eleven is a new series of progress and Thirteen, a similar significance. ok! That’s all folks!

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Dream Interpretation

By on December 8, 2015

The dream images comes to picture. This is exactly how the bee looks like in my dreams…

Dreaming is somewhat a part of sleeping and it’s extremely common.It can’t be true and no one believe it because it seems quiet opposite. A bad dream comes to me when situation is restless and sick. Usually, I don’t remember my dreams night after, what I see in my dreams; the images, forms and activities may seem meaningless and useless.

One memorable night,I dreamed of honeybees flying around. I’m conscious to remember day after when I woke up. I realized I had been dreaming of bees the whole night. I can simply emphasized having dreamed more often to the same kind. This time, it can’t be regarded.Is it a positive sign or negative? What’s that symbolic content it represents?

I’ve  found an old book on ”How to Interpret your dreams, it’s an old version of Reader’s Digest that was given free after a year of subscription. 30 years after it was still safely intact with no missing pages. It was already considered as vintage. According to the book, when honeybees occurs, it’s a positive sign because they gather honey. I just love the interpretation, Is this a modern scientific thought?

Probably the positive significance means I will gather more blessings!That’s a wow thing! What if it will really comes to life?I can now go for fortune hunting because my luck is coming… If finally proven, I will tell you soon and will share it!

To receive a message that comes in a form of a dream. If this is the assigned target given by my dreams, the meaning and the purpose of seeing the past and future. Is it meaningless or helpful? After all it was just a dream, an altered sleep…

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Dragon and Lion Dance

By on February 25, 2015

 

With so much energy to carry the heavy load of the Lion and Dragon’s head, it was the perfect space to showcase their scream fest performance. The Lion and Dragon dance performed at Pioneer Center during Chinese New Year, February 19,2015. It’s the ”Year of the Wooden Sheep”

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Korea Winter Wonderland/ Climbing Mt. Halla

By on December 12, 2014

Climbing the highest mountain of North Korea

Mount Halla, Jeju Island North Korea The panoramic view of the mountains is spectacular.Plenty of snow and the ice is so thick, snowflakes piled up everywhere covering the entire landscape. 

Korea, a mountainous land of diverse geology. As you can see the full view, mountains are found throughout the peninsula. Southwestern coast is a maze of islands and peninsulas, it has a level plains and favored by winter and volcanic in origin but, Korea has no active volcano, this is good news for the people and rarely experience earthquake. Koreans has been marked by the influence of China and Japan maybe distantly related to Japanese as to some features they are alike. I remember my  Korean friend looks like Japanese as well.

In the past, mountains are worn away by wind and water until they become a beautiful rolling hills landscape. Other areas has level plains, there was a news about the high mountain appears to have occurred during the Jurassic Ohh! that was the age of dinosaurs. 

Korea has 4 seasons such as; spring from March- May, summer from June-August, autumn from September- November and winter from December to January. The coldest is January. During this time, Korea is in full snow, it is very cold,  it can drop up to -27 to 0 Celsius.

I have learned a lot from this legendary place. I feel inspired to write as applying what I have learned in the past. I’m a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service perhaps, most topics learned about history of places and people during my college days. Somehow,this is a good opportunity for me to familiarize myself with types of people sharing their journey and exchanging each others views on how the world has changed. Sometimes, even if we belong to the same species people living in different parts of the world has their own features and different views too. I’m now sharing not only the beautiful winter landscape photos but the good news and progress of the said place from the past to the present.

Revealing the Beauty of Korea

Climbing the top of Mt. Halla during winter, the highest mountain of North Korea. Is this your dream destination? It looks like a white world, everything is covered with ice and snow, the snow becomes gray in the background. (Photos below) Overlooking from afar is the peak of Halla mountain, this would be the best experience and memories to take back home…

 Snowman Korean style  

The beauty of snowy mountains with young and old, families and children around enjoying winter activities. It firmly shows a way on how to take a break during winter time. Certainly, it brought people around no matter if you are local or tourists, it is simply a bonding and gathering of togetherness regardless of wealth, race or class.

The cold refreshment for the children to play with snow.

To see the presence of kids around is a vital ingredient to make the winter mountain spectacular to view.

Cheju is the largest island in Korea. Mount Halla is a very popular place for hikers, climbers and mountaineers. You can see the climbers heading to the peak of Mount Halla. Walking on ice, you can see the clarity and purity, it’s clean. 

Mount Halla,Jeju Island,South Korea

All the way going up,it was covered with fine crushed ice.

Roads leading to snow mountain, among the best places to see and experience.

Winter Climbing, the adventure begins

All the way climbing and walking on ice.

Experience mountaineers carrying items of equipment required, they loved to climb Mount Halla during winter time.

If others can climb it during summer generally winter is more exciting! I’m sure they do it with the aid of guides too.

You can see the evergreen oak and Lauraceae trees fully covered with snowflakes.

 

Mountain horses grazing around, you can even see the snowflakes falling.

 

Ice Fishing You can see some ice fishermen out here, they all have their own chair. This is entirely different from the standard Lake fishing with switch rod.

This one is interesting isn’t it? the ice fishing in a small hole using a sled bracket with a bait. This is my first time to see ice fishing, the ice opening is too small? How can you catch a big fish here? Just curious.There are some fishing accessories and equipment  like; bait bucket, Auger bracket, Clam point, Runner kit,console and may more to mention a few but, this is the easiest using just a single bracket.

Other beautiful attractions in Seoul

 

Korean Temple

Winter leisure activities you will  enjoy in Korea like; folk games. ice fishing, sledding, kite flying, ice skating, ice boating, snow boarding  and  skiing. For me, the most interesting is ice fishing.

More beautiful attractions you can see if you visit Korea. All sceneries is beautiful in all seasonsVisit Korea and Experience the good things in life. Among the best places; Deoksugung, Heunginjimun, Gyeongbokgung, Namsan, Beomeosa, National Folk Museum of Korea and many more…

Photo courtesy of  Professional Photographer Michael Shin.Thank you very much! 

Note: Part 2 coming up next….

To be continued, it’s such a long blog so I have to cut it shortly. Follow me next post.To include some photos taken around such as; Traditional Korean Dance, Drum Dance, Buchaechum or Fan Dance, Swiver Plate Balancing Spinning performance and Events, Festivities, Religious belief , Practices and Traditional ceremonies. 

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