As we wrap up week #5 of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the Philippines, I’ve been keeping sane by connecting online with relatives, friends, and travelers I met in my adventures. I started a little social media project called, “Show Me Your Window/Balcony Quarantine View,” and I was moved by the entries I received.
As I expected, I’m not the first to come up with this idea. I found similar features in magazines. To make my version a little different, I asked each person to include their reflections during the quarantine. They did not disappoint.
L: Jay is counting the days from Mandaluyong City. “This view is from my condo window. I’m staying optimistic that this will be over soon and I will be able to enjoy my normal things differently again.”
R: Photographer Kai shared his San Juan sunset view. “Another day done.”
L: Jen said, “After my kids finish their school work online, a favorite activity for my family during the quarantine is to cool ourselves in our inflatable pool. The kids love it!”
R: Fellow animal lover Bambi is finishing a Yoga course from her condo in BGC. Her rescue cats keep her company.
L: Val of GirlTalkPH said, “Being on quarantine made us agitated and anxious. After days of being in our room, my husband and I decided to go up the rooftop for some fresh air. It was such a freeing experience. We could see nature again—the sky, clouds, and most specially the sunset. For 30 minutes every day, this has become one of our quarantine habits that helped quiet our minds and feed our soul.”
R: Eric and James are cooped up with their dogs in Pasig. Eric wrote, “Summer outing, quarantine edition. Suddenly you realize that it’s not the destination that makes a vacation, but the quality time and the people you spend it with.”
L: “For us humans, COVID-19 is serious and scary. But for dogs like Logan, it’s happy and exciting because their parents are home all the time.” –Javi, San Juan
R: Cristina’s dog Percy is her quarantine buddy in her Taguig condo. “No goodbyes, just see you soon,” she posted on social media.
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L: Ria, who runs a dog- and cat-friendly resort in Laguna, said, “Our dogs are the true winners of this lockdown.”
R: Cinematographer Paolo R. took this photo in Antipolo. “Yung 5-6 hours na byahe including traffic everyday (Antipolo-Makati-Antipolo), pila nalang sa grocery ngayon.” Translation: What used to be a 5-6 hour commute with traffic is now just the waiting time at the grocery.
L: “Our isolation room when Daddy is off to work,” wrote Jerome from Cavite.
R: Film director and restaurateur Mikey wrote, “My view from my balcony overlooking my garden at night. I moved to Laguna to escape the craziness of city life. I consider myself lucky because in scary times like these, I’m stuck in my own little corner of paradise.”
AROUND THE WORLD
L:: I met Tinae in Bali a few years ago. She sent me this photo from Bara beach. “I’m doing self-quarantine alone on the beach in a tent. This is in Bira, South Sulawesi. Crazy, ya! But I chose this than being alone in my flat where I will go crazy.”
R: “Italian countryside view” from Giovanni
What’s your quarantine view in your part of the world? Share links to your photos in the comments section.
And while I still have your attention, have you considered donating to organizations that send food and PPEs (personal protective equipment) to our frontliners (such as doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, grocery workers, sanitation workers, and delivery personnel) in the Philippines? They are putting their lives at risk to care for COVID-19 patients and serve people who need daily essentials during this pandemic. Here are groups you can support: