Spontaneity is what I rely on these days when I want to socialize with friends. Gone are the days when you just set the whole day spending time with them in person. This pandemic challenged not only ourselves but also relationships. Well, that’s just me. Here’s my new blog about rekindling friendships in the time of the pandemic.
How I spent my birthday blog: Celebrating my Birthday During the Pandemic
It is only after my birthday that I was able to spend time with my boyfriend, Joel. Well, pandemic happened and we’re extra careful as he lives not near my place. It’s quite a hassle and as if you need a very good reason why you’re meeting up with your significant other these days. At least, that’s what I have observed. How lucky for some couples that get to live in together already. Moving on, back to rekindling friendships in the time of pandemic (although my significant other is also a best friend).
Spontaneous Meetups: Baguio Bloggers
We didn’t plan on meeting up at the same time but it just happened. Thanks to fate, maybe? We picked up our Cheesy Ensaymadas by “A Worthy Piece of Bread” and our Agara Ramen Fix Kits! I was overjoyed to meet up with them even for a very short while. I missed hanging out with them during our blogger events or just staying at a coffee shop while working (more chitchatting too!). I miss our late-night parties as well whether we’re complete or just the two of us chugging a jug of Yakulero at one of our favorite bars in the city, BASMNT. During the early days of quarantine, we also managed to do frequent video calls but almost every day, we chat about all the random things. Aaahh, I love every support we can get from our friends!
Rekindling Friendships: My ABS-CBN Baguio colleagues
It’s been what, six months since we were complete? Well, the recent meetup wasn’t still complete as some are in Dubai and one chose to stay in bed (lol, you know who you are! Hahah). We all just called each other up and we just meet but with a reason to do grocery after hanging out! We got responsibilities, I know that, we know that! Hehe. I miss our late-night (again) coffee shop (again) and karaoke nights with this bunch. I am overjoyed to have spent all afternoon with them. From pizza to coffee to grocery run!
How Catching Up with Friends Changed
You can evidently see in the photos that we’re all wearing face masks. Some of us are not wearing a face mask (only for a while!) just because we’re already far apart at the coffee shop and we’re actually drinking coffee. We also stole a moment of a group photo together, just a little closer. I mean, is that too much to ask? I remember the movie “Five Feet Apart,” if you haven’t watched that yet, please do! The sitting arrangement at Don Henrico’s in SM is quite organized. One table per person set up but our tables are closed together. I don’t mind, as long as we’re one seat apart. What stressed us out was the sitting arrangement at Starbucks Reserve. Man, the tables are far apart and only one person is allowed per table. Well, we had to live with it. We just vented out our stories of rage and fun louder so we can hear each other. We ended our day with a bang, by going to the supermarket to buy essential goods.
Quaranthings: A week in my life vlog
I would also like to share how it was living in Baguio City and what have I been doing during the first month of Enhanced Community Quarantine. At first, fear grew on me and I felt awfully paranoid a lot of times. Then, I just take baby steps to calm myself. One way is that I recorded a vlog of a week in my life during the quarantine. I hope you find it calming or maybe helpful?
Gone are the days when you just go out without any plans. I used to do that then I end up meeting up with friends or wait for my boyfriend after his work or my family just go to our favorite restaurant. All of us, we used to do such mundane things that we didn’t even know that it would somehow—end. Those were the days but today is TOTALLY different. What’s happening now is something I never imagined to experience in my existence. What I know now is the importance of family and friendship. The very presence and relationship with them and that God is in the center of all. I think that how we value ourselves and the relationships we have now is what’s relevant especially during the pandemic. Those aspects in life keep me going these days.
How about you? How do you reconnect with some relationships aside from your family?
Write to Ignite Blogging Project
This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project”. The initiative is a response to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis. Igniting and championing the human spirit, “Write to Ignite Blog Project” aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. This project is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, co-presented by Eastern Communications and sponsored by Electrolux, Jobstreet and Teleperformance.