A Day in My Life During Quarantine

I cannot believe I have been in quarantine for a week now. This is what my day looks like now. A new routine has consumed my everyday life.

7:30 am

I am not (really) a morning person. My morning usually starts at 7:30. I get up, make my bed and go straight to the restroom to wash my face and gargle mouthwash. Prep a cup of coffee. I like it creamy white, but I like white caramel more. Then go to the rooftop for a daily dose of fresh air, sunshine and exercise to get my blood flowing. The sun feels comforting.

I’ve been doing this for quite a while.

8:00 am

I go straight to the bathroom to take a warm bath and prepare for the day ahead. I wear house clothes all the time.

I am an introvert at heart. I love being home.

9:00 am

I look over and prioritize my to-do lists, respond to messages and emails, and eat breakfast starting with a bowl of cereals, sitting cross-legged with my computer in my lap. On weekdays, I usually have cereal. On the weekend, I cook food like corned beef, toasted bread and eggs.

Each morning, this has been my routine.

11:00 am

I try not to spend much time on the internet reading or watching the news. I have a couple of breaks in between.


Cravings! What is available in my pantry? For today’s lunch, I am getting Spanish sardines, some veggies, and apple. I either take a few minutes to work on my blog or run a few errands.

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{Why} Work from Home is Not for Me

With the current coronavirus outbreak, the entire Luzon has been placed under “Enhanced Community Quarantine” for almost a month. Many organizations are increasingly adopting telecommuting or work-from-home arrangements to mitigate threats from further transmitting the coronavirus disease in the country. As the outbreak has grown, more and more companies are encouraging employees to stay at home and operate work-from-home arrangements. Our company is one of those who responded.

Honestly, I do not hate working from home. I feel that home is meant for fun things and an office for work. I do not fault anyone who loves the idea of working from home. Besides, we are all different and unique.

When I am in the office, I can focus on getting work done.

No Dedicated Work Area

Working from home is a perk for some people, but not when you live in a small apartment where you have no desk or chair. While working in a bed sounds great, it would be perfect to have a desk, proper lighting and a comfortable chair for a productive day ahead. In the meantime, I am using a Megabox as my desk and my bed as my chair.

More Stressful

The stress of working from home is higher; more intense work pace, more vulnerable to working long hours and high-performance expectations. I cannot count the number of times I have been handling separate discussions at the same time, which can make me stressful, particularly when I still have tasks to finish by the end of the day.

Temptations are Everywhere

Home is filled with many distractions. When you work from home, you are ostensibly free of distractions like chattering and singing coworkers. But being home, I feel obligated to do more household chores.. cleaning the apartment, washing dishes, disposing garbage and so forth.

Hard to Separate Personal and Work

When your personal life and your work are both under the same roof, it is harder to switch off. You sleep at home, you work at home. Creating a line between work and home is tough. I need to find a way to differentiate between being “at work” and “at home”.

I can’t wait to go back to work. I wonder how people who work from home manage all of those. For now, I will stay at home as long as the health authorities advise.

What challenges did you have to overcome?

About Me

I have a hard time introducing myself. I don’t know why words and phrases won’t fall out of my head and onto my screen. Maybe because I am afraid to admit that I am nobody or shy that I might discover something about myself. I know I am sometimes shy and timid. That’s how I often describe myself.

I stalked “About me” pages of bloggers I know. And began thinking on what to write in mine. After several revisions, I have come up with the typical, Hey there.

Hey there! I am Nikka Shem. I am an Electronics and Communications Engineering graduate from Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, currently employed as a System and Application Engineer. Work kept me busy nowadays, but I see to it that I spend a lot more time traveling and staying in touch with my friends and my family. I am a Monday hater but a week-end and holiday lover.

About My Blog

I started blogging in 2003. Unfortunately, I stopped when I moved in the city. I cannot find time for my blogging. But writing my daily activity is my passion. It has gone through many incarnations, and remained throughout time.

NikkaShem.com is a room of my thoughts, my opinions, my experiences, my travels and my life.

This blog is my outlet – a distraction from the real world. I hope I can contribute information through my experiences, thoughts, misadventures and adventures, wanderings and stories.