02435: Second Extension

Two Bowls of Veggie Stir-Fry

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 41

This morning the national government officially extended the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas until 15 May. The rest of the previously quarantined areas are now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), which a bit more relaxed but still with highly restricted movement. The main difference is that the GCQ areas will allow for more industries to resume operations with restrictions only for leisure-related businesses still in effect. 

This was probably the best possible outcome at this point and we'll just have to work with it as best as we can. We have a pretty steady routine set up and both Tobie and I are still able to work, so that makes us luckier than most. It could be a lot worse, so we take what we can get.

Tomorrow is Tobie's birthday and his family managed to surprise him with a Conti's Mango Bravo. This was rather ironic considering I've been trying to order one ahead of time for a better part of a week. I spent 30 minutes on the phone on Wednesday just to find out that they don't take orders more than 1 day advanced. I tried calling again today but I never go through the hotline and only got the "all circuits are busy now" message over and over again. And it was around that time that the cake arrived from his family.

We don't have anything crazy planned for tomorrow, but many friends have promised to celebrate properly once all the quarantines are lifted. There's a very real possibility that Tobie and I may end up celebrating our birthdays together if things stretch on for a few more months. No one wants things to last that long, but I feel like over-preparing may be a sound mental health strategy. Fingers and toes cross nonetheless.