Metro Manila Quarantine Stories Part VI

What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part VI

Everything is just uncertain nowadays. We have so many thoughts in our minds that need to be aired with everything that’s been going on.

In this special series, we reach out to people from different walks of life under community quarantine. We ask them a simple question: “What’s On Your Mind?” Here are their stories.

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What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part I
What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part II
What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part III

Renzo Blanco, 26, Manila
Government Employee
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This global pandemic placed a magnifying glass on the long-standing, man-made injustice in our society. We discovered that contractual workers paid at the minimum are, in fact, essential to the survival of businesses and men alike. We see how those who have enough would hoard for more, and those who have none would be forced to make do with whatever is left. I have high hopes that after all this, we will collectively do what we can to correct this inequity. The power is in the people.

Crystal Roxas, 33, Mandaluyong
Doctor
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Top 3 things on my mind during this lockdown period:


1. Can’t wait to go back to my daily routine of getting my usual drink in Starbucks, working non-virtually, working out in my gym then taking my kid to his favorite mall, walking around like the mall is extension of our home, and ending the day by eating out in our favorite restaurant.

2. My colleagues and doctor friends – that they may be safe while doing their duty as front liners and putting their patients first, and how patients with chronic illnesses, the elderly and weak immune system feel for their lives and safety since they’re the most vulnerable and susceptible during this time.

3. The aftermath – the loss of businesses and jobs but hopefully too, a change in heart to be kinder, more appreciative of what they have even with the little things such as being able to walk under the sun or just plainly being alive and healthy.

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What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part IV
What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part V

Pepe Samson, 32, Quezon City
Software Consultant, Food and Travel Blogger
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My job as a software consultant has been allowing me to work from home occasionally, but this extended quarantine has forced me to think of more ways to be productive while adjusting to a new routine. It’s a struggle, and not just for me, but you’ve got to do it to stay sane. And as you know, I’m a food and travel blogger outside of work, so with no trips taken, I have revisited old content to share, and I’m trying to catch up on my backlog as well.

To be honest, while I hate the ECQ, how it affects and burdens so many people so much, and how the future might look (job security, economy, the new norms, et cetera), I’m also grateful that I have more time to revisit things I love: writing, cooking, dancing (finally succumbed to Tiktok, lol). These are things you forget because you’re “always busy and on-the-go”. And my family is surely happier that they get to see more of me.

Want to share what’s on your mind amidst the quarantine? Then we’d like to hear from you. Follow and send us a message on Instagram (@clickthecity).

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