A Day in My Life During Quarantine

I cannot believe I have been in quarantine for almost 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 brush teeth. Next, I prepare 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 at 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 cereals, oatmeals, or anything on-the-go. On the weekend, I go for 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.

Noon

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.

1:30 pm

I continue working on anything and everything I need to get done. I work on pending projects I have. I spend most of the time dutifully responding to my colleagues’ initial inquiries. During also this time, I aimlessly plan out the next day. In between, I have a little chit chat with my 6-months old nephew.

While I am working, I will usually snack on something like Combos or Le-mond(try this one they taste the same), butter cookies, smoothie (no ice), or coffee. I do love snacking. I also love roasted peanuts in between emails.

5:00 pm

Off to the rooftop to get some fresh air while nibbling on Pringles(my favorite is sour cream & onion). I try to spend 10 to 15 minutes outside every afternoon for stretches then go straight to the bathroom for another warm bath. I’ve been bathing two times a day consistently.

6:00 pm

Evenings are my favorite time of the day. I binge watch for about two hours before eating dinner. I am currently watching the last couple episodes of the Kingdom. I make more family phone calls.

8:00 pm

I made spaghetti with lots of cheese for today’s dinner. I usually read or blog after dinner. Either of the two.

Midnight

I go to sleep at about midnight. I have been trying to go to bed earlier but haven’t succeeded so far.

Geez! I always look forward to waking up and starting a new day. How’s your day so far?

Online Grocery Shopping Tips

Because of the current situation, I find it hard to get the groceries I need. I can’t stand the long lines of people outside the supermarket. The last time we went on grocery shopping, it took us 4-hours to get inside the supermarket. My legs were hurting so long from standing. I ponder how sales ladies can stay that long.

Since I run low on food supplies and avoid trips to the grocery, I decided to take advantage of the online grocery stores like MetroMart, Walter Mart, and Puregold to supply all I need. Opting for their delivery services might be better right now. It is like going to the grocery store in the comfort of your home without stepping outside. But to no end, delivery slots and even pick-ups are so tight. I have to check now and then for slots to open.

I ended up picking LazMart again to replenish my pantry. While they have a large variety of dry goods, they don’t have fresh produce, frozen foods, and dairy items, unlike the online grocery store I have mentioned above.

If you haven’t tried online grocery shopping yet, below are tips that will make your shopping easy-peasy, cost-effective, and safe.

Have your list ready

Since we are on a limited budget, it is essential to know what to buy. Plan your meals and snacks for the entire week or two, only purchase what is on the menu. Make sure that it can last at least a couple of weeks. To ensure that you did not miss something, try to group your items into categories.

Be ready for a substitute

Most of their items sell out fast. Most brands also are not available. Just in case it is sold out or not available, check for other options. Now is an excellent time to be flexible. When choosing a substitute, be mindful of the price since you wouldn’t want to overspend.

Buy in bulk

If buying in bulk can save cash, you can buy it in bulk. Just avoid buying on impulse. Shopping products in bulk is better as they would be delivered straight to your home, no heavy carrying is required. Speaking of no heavy carrying, I also purchase my rice and favorite drinks online.

Order your groceries at least two days before

Keep that in mind. Since most online groceries face high demand in orders, distribution delays may occur. LazMart never failed to amaze me. I always have my groceries 5 days earlier than their estimated delivery date.

Don’t wait until the last minute

Most items sold out fast and became unavailable. If you are done with your list, check out and pay. Don’t wait for things to replenish. This is what I have recently learned.

Avoid delivery fees when you can

Check for vouchers, discounts, or promo codes. LazMart offers free delivery when you spend at least P2,500.00 on your order.

Use contact-less delivery

Keep a safe distance from the courier when receiving your groceries. Maintain the 1-meter distance from one another.

Wash/Disinfect packaging

Before storing, wash/disinfect with alcohol, the packets and containers that come with the groceries. Groceries may have traces of other people’s hands when they collect and carry.

Don’t forget to wash your hand thoroughly after you store your groceries. Are you considering ordering your groceries online?

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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. I feel lucky to be able to work from home.

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 excellent, it would be perfect to have a desk, proper lighting, and a comfortable chair for a productive day. 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 simultaneously, which can make me stressed, 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 of the garbage, and so forth.

Hard to Separate Personal and Work

When your personal life and work are 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 have you overcome?