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Online Classes - The New Normal

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Via is now Grade 6! Yay! Classes started last August and it's of course online. Her school really did a good job to get the students ready with simulation classes 2, orientation and jumpstart classes before the official start of classes.

Parents were likewise briefed how to access materials and check on their kids progress as well as giving weekly updates.

The classes and activities were set up to be as close to what they were used to before this pandemic. But of course there are significant differences, some really funny.

😏I am officially her IT user support.

πŸ‘She takes notes using word. Her handwriting is terrible and will probably not improve. On the otherhand, she can type 45 wpm now by touch.

😠I caught her watching Youtube while class was ongoing. She says her friends were playing Roblox during class.

πŸ˜‚ She was caught offguard when they were all asked to stand because she was not wearing shorts or pants, only panties. Luckily her shirt was long.

πŸ˜‚As soon as its recess, she rushes out to get a snack and a drink when she hardly ate during the school break.

πŸ˜ƒ She laughs out loud a lot and when I ask why, it's because of the teacher's backround songs. Hey, 80s and 90s songs are the best.

πŸ‘I can hear their group discussions. She seems to know how to gently guide discussions.

πŸ˜ƒShe gets tons of emails everyday. After clearning everything after school, there are 10 or more again at night which annoys her. I tell her welcome to my world. This is good practice for you.


The Struggle Continues

Saturday, June 20, 2020

As a child, I was a very picky eater. I only ate the same things over and over and my Mom let me. Now I am a Mom and I realize that my Mom probably took the easy way and just let me eat whatever I wanted πŸ˜€ She also spoiled me so I eat what I want and do what I want, always.

When I had Via, I agreed with her Dad that she would eat mostly vegetables and fruits, no soda, limited sweets, seldom chicken and beef and absolutely no pork. She will also definitely not be spoiled. This was easier when she was younger. As she gets older, she has opinions and preferences which makes it harder to stick to the healthy diet.

The positive side of having started her young on this diet is that she has NEVER EVER eaten processed food and refuses to do so. Her palate is just not used to it so it does not taste good to her πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ She continues to eat veggies even when she says she hates it because she is used to it πŸ˜ƒ 

On the negative side, she is now addicted to Coke. This is my fault because I am a Coke drinker always and forever. Chips, chocolates, cookies, I am not worried because she can't even finish a whole bag or bar. Candies...we just don't stock up on it so there would be no temptation. As for food, she likes Chicken Karaage, Beefsteak and Pancake House Fried Chicken. All okay once in a while. Coke remains to be the greatest challenge.

She also developed this habit of not finishing her food. This morning we had what I consider the best kind of weekend breakfast consisting of bacon, sourdough bread, egg cooked sunnyside up, butter, grapes for fruit, calamansi with honey and coffee for me. She only ate bread (no butter πŸ‘) and egg white (πŸ‘) but could not / would not finish it.

During this drama, I had cleaned the bathroom sink, swept the floor, made the bed, washed her clothes from yesterday and she was still not done. Solution? Take the phone away for the day. Well that got her moving. In 5 minutes she's done 😜


Covid Pandemic Ruminations

The Covid 10 pandemic abruptly became a reality for Via and me when Metro Manila was put on  lockdown on March12. 

The day before the lockdown, my colleagues and I were getting ready for a work from home dry run on Friday, March 13. We listed everything we would need to bring home the next day. I was also scheduled for my annual physical exam and had my blood test that day. There were a series of other tests scheduled through the next week. I woke up on March 12 with a text, email and Everbridge notification not to come to work as Metro Manila was placed under quarantine and my office was on lockdown having 2 covid positive staff. My mind was racing! Why did I not bring home my laptop yesterday? I don't want to use my personal laptop for work. My work laptop was configured for work and logging in would also log me into all the systems I needed automatically. After debating for a few minutes, I decided to rush to the office which was nearby and see if I could pick up what I needed. It was just before 6 am. I hurriedly put on clothes, woke Via to let her know where I was going and that I would be back in an hour, and quickly made my way to the office. I headed straight to one of the side entrances as the notification said all other gates would be closed. As I got there, I saw cars parked along the street, staff and contractors milling outside the gate. I went to the guard to say I wanted to pick up my laptop and other personal items and was let through with a reminder not to linger but come out immediately once I was done. I quickly withdrew money and headed to my workstation. There I saw a few co-workers who also lived nearby. After some chitchat and a photo at our boss's office (showing us carting away his liquor stashπŸ˜‚), we went about what we needed and left. I was back home within the hour and soon after, we received notifications that no one will now be allowed inside the office premises. Whew! So happy I decided to go earlier. Our WFH dry run was preempted by the real thing!

During this week, Via was preparing for her final exams the next week. Once quarantine was announced, the school suspended the final exams except for the graduating students. The next day, there was another announcement cancelling the final exams for graduating students as well. Final grade would be based on class standing. And just like that, summer vacation began. She was not even able to say goodbye to her friends.

It's now June and quarantine has been relaxed. After 3 straight months of staying home, Via and I ventured outside for a walk. I made a few masks from her old uniform because masks were out of stock during the first 2 months of quarantine. I have since ordered a few reusable masks from Lazada and find my home made masks more comfortable. I will continue making home made masks as I have a lot of material from old clothes on hand.

After 3 months of WFH, I hope that this will be a regular option to take. I find it a more efficient use of time. I do miss the morning breakfast I have with friends in the office cafeteria. This was our time to battle together in the fortress in HP Wizards Unite. I also miss the breakfast choices from sinangag, longganisa, pancakes, croissants, boiled saba, waffles, french toast....I could go on and on. Cafeteria breakfast is comfort food. I also miss going to Starbucks at the Library after lunch with my Lunchmates to just chat.

In this time of Covid pandemic,  I have learned to count my blessings. I am grateful for my job which continues to pay my salary regularly plus a one time lumpsum grant. I am thankful for my daughter who provides cheer and hope for the future, I am thankful for my friends who provide the emotional support through shared experiences, I am thankful for our relative doing the grocery runs, and much more. All these blessings though come from Him who protects, provides and saves. Thank you Jesus for everything!


Parents Do Not Provoke Your Child

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

It gives them inspiration for writing Ha-Ha!!

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