Monthly Archives: March 2020

COVID-19 aka coronavirus is the  great equalizer ,bar none. Everyone is potentially affected in some way with it.

2 key phrases stand out in my mind:  “Stay safe.” “.”We are all in this together”‘.

These 2 phrases heighten the awareness that we are all affected with  COVID-19 in some way and cognizant of the need to take all antiseptic precautions from it.

As I had mentioned in my previous blog regarding  COVID-19 inspired lifestyle changes,other businesses either close up or start pursuing alternative business modules to survive—doing virtual/online/streaming services to reach out to their regular and new clientele. Some of them even went to the extent of producing the necessary medical resources and equipment that are in dire need by several hospitals worldwide—masks,respirators,hand sanitizers,etc.

Even for an individual, the surge in DIY projects  keep coming out—just check Youtube videos for example—how to bake bread,doing simple carpentry projects,etc.just for survival.

It is an attitude and mindset to practice during wartime.Make do with whatever you have at the moment.It reminded me of the “war cake” someone made for me sometime back.

Never underestimate the resourcefulness of the human mind especially when facing situations and trials that warrant survival mode. Probably part of our adrenaline rush–the fight and flight response in all of us.




The best in mankind comes out in acts of kindness and courage—delivering goods to the home-bound(ex.seniors) and healthcare workers,looking out for our respective neighbors,clients leaving big tips to restaurants  for the service staff, just to name a few.

Kudos to all of them!

It gives us all  a time to reflect within ourselves as to what our role in life really is and hopefully, such an attitude will still continue post-COVID-19.

Let me end with what some healthcare workers are saying to the rest of the world:

We are all here for you . Please stay home for us.

These healthcare workers had to be at work to help us medically if needed. It entails personal sacrifice on their part to be away from their own families.

If we follow all the CDC guidelines of staying at home,avoiding unnecessary travels and practicing safety precautions, it will prevent unnecessary hospital trips and would be of a big help to them as well.



I just found out the news that China will be lifting the travel ban on Hubei province,including Wuhan where it was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Lock down was enforced since January  and just a few weeks ago in that month ,there were signs that the air pollution in China especially in those 2 places had cleared significantly. I believe the International Space Station can look down from above to see that the air quality is now so clear,as if of perfect quality. By March, the incidence rate had already gone down significantly, in fact, less than 10 affected with that virus.

Hubei’s travel ban will be lifted soon while Wuhan will have theirs lifted, I believe from April 8 on. Gradual return of everyday services with frequent health-checks will be in play.

That is something that I am looking forward to as well. it would be one hell of a “Corona liberating party” and back to normalcy of partaking of other enjoyable activities—leisure travel and cruises, dining out,shopping in a mall or even a neighborhood store,watching a movie , drinking alone or with friends in a pub,etc. Also, the regular workforce can go back to their regular work routine as well.

I would also encourage supporting our local small business partners (ex. the mom & pop store)since they are also part of the economic backbone of our respective locale.

One thing’s for sure —the business of producing TP,paper towel,rubbing alcohol, masks, Purell hand sanitizers,disinfectants etc. will always stay lucrative from now on because of heightened awareness of a pandemic whether now or in the future.

Looking at how China is right now in starting to at least gradually returning to a normal life routine,perhaps the coronavirus is also a byproduct on how much mankind has been relying on technology to attain financial progress,affecting how the environment led to overall changes to Mother Nature , hence the imbalance and the emergence of climate change.( warming)

If COVID-19 does get to be totally eradicated,we all do indeed need to be more careful as to how we conduct ourselves especially with regards to the environment.

The lifestyle changes and personal priorities for the better good that we are making now should continue for keeps.

Saving the environment and preventing further climate change will probably stop the emergence  of coronavirus 2.0  aka COVID-20 and thereafter.

Balancing the use of natural resources in our quest for financial progress is imperative.

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg might be on to something about the need to not cause the imbalance in Mother Nature which could lead to significant climate change.

Just saying!




Someone sent me this intriguing  theory that the well-renowned,French astrologer , physician and seer Nostradamus had predicted the coming of the Coronavirus aka COVID-19.

I had heard that Nostradamus had allegedly accurately predicted the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, the Kennedy assassinations and even the assassination attempt on the late Pope John Paul II.  There was a mention that he even  allegedly predicted the date of his own death and even changed his will when he predicted that his wife will eventually remarry after his death. Would he be right this time as well?

Here are his words with coined parenthesis on possible COVID-19 associations. You be the judge on it.

“There will be  a twin year(2020) from which will arise a queen(corona–Spanish for crown)who will come from the East(China) and who will spread a plague(virus) in the darkness of night.


Intriguing indeed!


Stay safe,folks!!!










What a difference a few weeks into this month of March has done for us all. Lifestyle changes in this era of Covid-19(aka Coronavirus)—-social distancing, non-essential business shutdowns and partial  shortened work hours  and lessening customer size per hour for essential retail stores as well as lay-offs and downsizing. Even the way we shop ,entertain or dine has changed too. Online shopping, take-out ,drive-thru,delivery, no more dine-in , no more movie viewing in-theatre,even  less TV entertainment audiencing  to lessen person-to-person exposure. There are extreme cases wherein an entire country is in mandatory shutdown to help lessen the disease transmission.

Work from home,entertain at home(Netflix,etc)  and study from home has been implemented to the max.  Air travel, cruise lines have been affected as well to the point that country-to-country border control has been contemplated and implemented as well.

With all of these happening as if we all now live in a  different world like in a science fiction movie, the pursuit for a vaccine and cure for COVID-19 is still ongoing as well as the infection rate increasing,same with the death rate from the virus.

With this ongoing pandemic, it is amazing to see how such a contagion could affect everyday living worldwide. Never underestimate such viral power.

As to how long this uncomfortable situation will last, God only knows.

No amount of political grandstanding nor finger-pointing will help us. WE WANT RESULTS!!!

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Which explains all this panic-buying of  non-perishable foods,toilet paper, hand sanitizers,face masks,rubbing alcohol,swabs,gloves,aloe vera gel,disinfectant wipes and sprays and bleach,but I digress. These items now appear to me more valuable than gold or money at this time.

Speaking of money, some stores do not want cash payments since it carries germs, Debit/credit payments are being encouraged.

My hats off to all the health care workers who bravely face this coronavirus head-on ,trying to mitigate the dangerous effects of it from the populace.

I am afraid that once that virus gets fully eradicated, the lifestyle changes that we now are experiencing will become permanent. The skeptic in me thinks that the business owners  for example will see if it is more profitable to make do with less resources like manpower for example yet gain profit overall.  This early, I already heard of massive layoffs with these non-essential services though others still get 2 weeks pay in spite of not reporting for work for the next 2 weeks. But for how long will these crisis payments be?Will these folks get laid off as well?

It is so surreal right now that all I can do right now is to pray for everything to  eventually go well.

A Chinese saying states—Every crisis is an opportunity. With Covid-19, whatever opportunity comes up, I hope it will be for the better good. This virus does not give a hoot as to who it affects.It definitely does not play favorites. It has no political affiliations and everybody is equal in its eyes.

Another saying–Beware the ides of March–oh,how true it is!