02AC1: Wistful for Our Lives

Monday Corned Beef and Cabbage

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 681

In one of our core gamer group chats, a friend stated that they missed tabletop gaming in person. It felt a little out of the blue, but it's certainly a sentiment we all share as we haven't gathered as a group since the start of 2020. We've had a handful of in-person games across the course of the pandemic, but these would be very stressful encounters that would merit 2 weeks of isolation just to make sure we didn't catch anything by meeting up with friends. At least that's how we managed things before Delta. Needless to say, it has been quite a while since we've managed to play board games in person with other people.

Patience for now. But waiting for a safer time or gambling on limited meet-ups is really getting tiring at this point. And when people get tired of being extra careful for so long, that ironically leads to more reckless behavior when they get fed up. In our case, I guess you could say it resulted in our limited meet-ups across the course of this pandemic. For others, it tends to involve outdoor activities and such.

On a related note, I've been weighing whether or not it's worth it to try to watch a movie at an actual cinema. Beyond the exclusivity of certain titles, it might make for a nice change of pace. And as scary as it is to remain in an enclosed space for several hours, I'm pretty sure that Tobie and I will be able to keep our masks on the whole time - especially since eating and drinking in theaters isn't allowed under the quarantine rules. 

In the meantime, maybe I'll try renting movies online as an alternative. I've never really explored Google Play movie options and GMovies has rebranded into Upstream which is a weird mix of movies but also some interesting documentaries I might go for. Just more things to change the routine of things.

I'm really looking forward to the longer Chinese New Year holiday next week. I've already asked Tobie if he can file leave to match my extended non-working period to make the most of things, even if we're not exactly going anywhere. But it wouldn't be nice to take a proper break. 2022 has been pretty eventful thus far and we haven't really had much time to catch our breaths.