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My Pandemic Year Time Capsule

Pandemic Time Capsule

It’s March 15, which means we have been living in quarantine for a full year!

Funny because this “memory” popped up on my Facebook last week. Just a few days before the lockdown was announced last year, I took Yuri to Gibi because he needed new school shoes. Until now, his shoes are still brand new in condition! I need to give them away because they don’t fit anymore 😅

I’m praying things would be back to normal very soon. I haven’t left the house except for grocery trips and medical appointments since the pandemic began, and I must admit I’m already feeling the Covid-19 fatigue.

But I am still optimistic. With the arrival of the vaccines, I think things are looking up. I hope so! And because it’s been a year since this life-changing event happened, I just wanted to make a post to remember what I did during the pandemic year.

(Yuri also did a pandemic year time capsule last year. We got the free printable here. I think it’s a great exercise to help us process our thoughts and emotions.)

9 Things That Defined My Quarantine Year

1. Homemade bread: I have been already been baking way before Covid-19 happened, but when the lockdown began, I started learning how to bake bread. It was fun, and the kitchen always smelled lovely, but it was so time-consuming and I didn’t really get to save money haha.

2. Underemployment: Remote or online work is nothing new to me since I’ve worked from home for more than 10 years now. But my client last year was affected by the pandemic and had to cut my already part-time hours into half. For months, I was only working 2 hours/day (which did give me a lot of time to bake LOL).

But God is good, and I have since gotten another part-time client. I ultimately resigned from my first work just this month.

3. Homeschool: Homeschooling is the biggest change we went through last year. Not to undermine the dire effects of the pandemic, but homeschooling was (is) the one good thing that happened to us because of it. It was a leap of faith, but we love it so much that we decided to continue homeschooling next school year!

 

 

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4. Video callsVideo calls have always been a regular part of my life not only because of work but also because Job is working in Saudi Arabia. But last year, video calls allowed me to stay connected with my friends. My college besties and I even had online movie viewing parties and a virtual Christmas gift exchange!

 

 

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5. S&R: For years, I did not renew my S&R membership because there were several groceries nearer to our home. But because the price of meat skyrocketed, I decided to renew it once and for all since meat in S&R is cheaper than other groceries. And because we were already grocery shopping in bulk (once a month) to limit our trips outside, an S&R membership made it a lot easier.

 

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6. Youtube: I’ve been watching videos on Youtube ever since it was created, but I only discovered vlogs last year! When there’s nothing to watch on Netflix, I turn to Youtube. Thank you, Youtube, for the free entertainment.

7. BTS: Haha I couldn’t make a pandemic time capsule without mentioning BTS! I’ve heard of this group before, but I was never exposed to their music until last year (through Yuri and his friend, Pauline — true blue armys). BTS is talented, yun lang. Listen to their music if you haven’t already!

(We also listen to Blackpink because my sister is a huge fan. Mas gusto ko lang ang music ng BTS.)

8. Minimizing: Another thing I realized during the pandemic was my ability to minimize. I wasn’t waldas to begin with, but I became even more frugal last year. Last year, I focused on cutting costs. I had my 4-year old postpaid plan terminated. I replaced our cable plan with a Netflix subscription. Grocery trips were done monthly to save on fuel. I think I talked about this topic a bit in this post.

9. Community: Because of the quarantine, especially during the early months of 2020 when we were under ECQ (enhanced community quarantine), it was so hard to go out to buy supplies and groceries. On the bright side, it also created business opportunities for many. These led our village to create our own Facebook market group. Until now, we are still buying food from our neighbors.

But that’s not just it! We would also constantly received meals from our well-meaning neighbors. We gave them home-baked or home-cooked food, too, so trading meals sort of became an unspoken tradition in the village. Half of our food containers we now have at home probably don’t belong to us 😅  It also became a way for our new neighbors to get to know more people.

It was a testimony to people’s generosity and how God uses people to bless others. It’s a heartwarming memory because even though I was underemployed (and Job wasn’t able to send his salary for months due to the restrictions in KSA), we were never hungry. God truly provides!

So that’s it, these are the 9 things that defined my quarantine year. If you noticed, I didn’t include the “new normal essentials” anymore because they’re going to be hard to forget anyway haha. This time capsule may not reflect everyone else’s struggles, but I think it perfectly captures the ups and downs of my own experiences.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Michi March 20, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I’m so relate with shoes, bumili pa ko ng Collonil para sa white shoes ko. Hindi ko naman pala magagamit at stuck sa bahay. And because of the pandemic, napasubscribe ako sa Netflix. 🙂

  • Reply dorry lyn March 23, 2021 at 5:46 am

    just like you during this pandemic lang ako npa susbcribe sa Netflix and always Kdrama pinapanood ko

  • Reply Tweenselmom March 23, 2021 at 8:47 am

    S&R is a godsend. Though their items may be quite pricy, the food quality there is amazing. Hope you’re doing well in this loong pandemic!

  • Reply Jem March 23, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I would love to make bread din pero parati nauudlot. Relate ako doon sa homeschooling same with you na itutuloy namin till next school year.

  • Reply WanderWoMom March 23, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    there are so many happy memories din to remember ano. DESPITE of everything. im still actually liking this situation na nasa bahay lang ganun, but sana no covid ganun.. kayanin pa nating ienjoy ang life natin.. silver lining always

  • Reply Berlin March 25, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Looks like your one year wasn’t put to waste. Love the bread making. It’s important na ngayon to learn how to make even breads para we can survive talaga if ever man may mangyari.

  • Reply Emiliana March 26, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Like you, I switched to money-saving strategies since the start of the pandemic. Every little step helps.

  • Reply Teresa March 26, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I had been planning to make or bake our own bread also but after a year, we still didn’t have the time to do it. But we got to play many games together as a family. That was our way of destressing.

  • Reply solrazo.com March 27, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I’ve always wanted to make our own bread especially yun pandesal. I hope to do it soon, I will include trying other breads like you did Sis hihi

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