Yesterday is the last day of May, and the last day for the Province of La Union to be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Today, everyone in the province is already allowed to go outside their residence. Two and a half months ago, Luzon Island was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). It was a total lockdown, restricting the movement of the population except for necessity. This was in response to the growing cases of Covid-19 in the country.
I made the most of the community quarantine by doing some of the things I suggested in the post I published two months ago. I am proud to say I have been very productive, maybe even more productive than when there wasn’t a lockdown.
Here are the things I learned/found out during the community quarantine:
You Can Eat the Leaves of Radish
During the lockdown, one of the things that kept me busy was gardening. A few days before the Luzon-wide lockdown was announced, I was able to buy some seed packets of tomato, kang-kong, pechay, okra, radish and marigold. I planted the seeds right after the lockdown was implemented. After a month, some of the radishes were ready for harvest. We used to think that only the root is edible. But the leaves looked really nice and I didn’t want it to go to waste so I checked on Google if the leaf is edible. And it is. I found a very simple recipe, tried it and my siblings liked it.
How to Make an E-Commerce Website
A month and a half after the total lockdown, our province was placed under GCQ. Retail establishments such as grocery stores were already allowed to operate. I own a mini-grocery and I decided to operate but for 4 hours a day only. Also, we’re not letting our customers inside the store yet. It will probably be like that until a vaccine is available.
To make life easier for our customers, I decided to build a website for our shop, www.tbxonline.com. It is so that they will have a way of knowing what products are available in the shop. They also have the option of placing their order online and pick their orders up when it is ready, or they can have it delivered for a fee.
I did everything, from setting up the shop to making logos and editing product photos. Google and my experience with blogging helped a lot.
I Can Be a Pre-School Teacher
One of our sources of entertainment during the lockdown was my sister’s son. He’s a very adorable kid and he loves to watch nursery rhymes on YouTube. Because I keep hearing the songs every day, I have memorized almost all of the songs. Sometimes I sing for him, with matching actions and with feelings. I think I did it so well because my brother told me I can be a pre-school teacher. And I think my nephew agrees because he smiles a lot while I’m singing and he claps after I finish.
How to Be Super Productive
As stated above, I have been super productive during the lockdown. I didn’t want to waste the time and freedom I had to do things without any distraction. To achieve it, I set a schedule for the things I want to do. I was able to publish twice a week on my blog, something I wasn’t able to achieve in the past because I wasn’t very keen on following a schedule. I also uninstalled the Facebook application on my phone because I waste a lot of time every time I open the app.
Picture of a Girl in Bikini Sells
This one is not really community quarantine related, I just found this out during the GCQ. Actually, I already know this a long time ago but I was able to prove it last week.
It started when a famous Filipino photographer that I follow on Instagram posted a photo of Lovi Poe in bikini taken in Chiang Mai 9 years ago. The photo looks really nice. However, the elephant was in chains. Many people commented about the elephant so after a few minutes of posting, he deleted the post. But I was able to screenshot it before it got deleted and I posted in on my IG stories.
The following day, I decided to share it on my Facebook story. After an hour of posting, the story already got 50+ views. Facebook friends who never bother view my stories viewed it. After a day, it got more than 200+ views. That is a lot because I get only about 30 to 70 views for my normal posts. So the spike in the views can be attributed to Lovi Poe’s picture in a bikini.
I Don’t Want to Live in the Philippines Anymore
There are so many things I realized during the lockdown, and one of those is that I don’t want to live here anymore. The politics, the system, and the people are just so disappointing. People that are not united, politicians who only care about themselves. There are so many things I would like to say but I would rather not anymore. I can totally understand why one Filipina blogger that I follow on Instagram finds it very “toxic” to live here.
There are a lot more that I learned during the community quarantine like learned a few Spanish words and learned how to make kokedama but the ones above are probably the major ones.