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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Why we can't practice too much distancing?

Last March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the coronavirus outbreak known as COVID-19 as a pandemic. The virus has spread to every continent except Antarctica where confirmed cases are rising daily in Africa, America, Europe and Asia. 

This infectious disease is caused by the recently discovered coronavirus and spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It can also spread when a person touches a surface or thing that has the virus on it, then touches his/her eyes, nose, or mouth. 

As of June 17, 2020, there has been a total of 7,914,404 confirmed cases and 434,796 deaths worldwide. While in the Philippines, there has been a total of 27,238 cases and 1,108 deaths recorded.

Currently, there is no specific treatment for or vaccine against COVID-19. Thus, the Department of Health (DOH) continuously advises the public to frequently clean or wash hands, cover cough with a tissue or the bend of the elbow, practice social distancing and minimize any form of social contact. 

The government also ordered the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine where the movement of people is severely restricted, with most only allowed to leave their homes for essential trips such as to buy food or medicine. Group gatherings were not allowed.  Graduation, weddings, and other social events were canceled as well. 

The key was to stay away from others and observe social distancing from others in order to stop the transmission of the virus.  

In our case, my family and I decided to simply stay at home. Work was not an issue since I had been working from home for the past 5 years. 

We also decided to stop going out even for errands. Thus, all our basic needs such as food, groceries, medicine, water, and other necessities are purchased via home delivery. Bills payment and other bank transactions are also done online. 

To be honest, I have been in home quarantine for 150+ days. I was not able to go out since February but I am willing to make this sacrifice since STAYING AT HOME is our biggest contribution in this fight against COVID-19.

Am I okay with it? Yes, I am okay with it since I made this decision voluntarily even before the government-mandated quarantine. However, it won't change the fact that... 

I miss the outside world. 
I miss going out with friends. 
I miss our coffee dates.
I miss eating out with family.
I miss shopping.
I miss being with other people. 

I realized this is why we can't afford to practice too much distancing. 

Humans are social beings. We have the need to interact with each other.  We love to sing, dance, have fun, and attend social gatherings. We prefer the sense of community than isolation. We enjoy a friendly atmosphere. It brings us joy.

According to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the third level of human needs is social and it involves the feeling of belongingness. We have a strong need for interpersonal relationships that motivates our behavior. 

Thus, social distancing is impossible no matter what the circumstance is. We can instead practice physical distancing but we can never be socially distant from one another. 

This is the primary reason why my husband and I initiated the A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. project in Negros Occidental. No, it's not about Iron Man, Captain America or the Hulk. Instead, the project stands for Addressing Various Needs and Establishing Security through Network and Group Building using Emerging and available Technologies as Response to Social and Health Crisis (A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S.)

The initiative aims to create an online community or group in response to the health crisis brought about by coronavirus. 

Inspired with what T’Challa/ Black Panther said In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we are one single tribe.”

In our case, we created a community called Bacolod Food Supply and Sources

Today, we have over 7k+ members and through the project, we can look after our fellow Negrense. We share information on where we can source of basic needs. We support local sellers and businesses. We share food ideas and recipes. We give tips and advice that can be helpful in the current times.  We have a sense of community and belongingness. 

Here are some of the feedback from our community members:

This project made me realize that we can still do so much for others even if physically apart. Thus, we also hope to inspire you to explore your creativity on how you can help your own community. YES TO PHYSICAL DISTANCING but no to SOCIAL DISTANCING. 


This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project”. The initiative is a response to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis. Igniting and championing the human spirit, “Write to Ignite Blog Project” aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. This project is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, co-presented by Eastern Communications and sponsored by Electrolux, Jobstreet, and Teleperformance.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Where To Find Free Lunch Delivery

You have had your share of ordinary lunches that do nothing to excite your palate or improve on your day. That's why, now and then, it's a good idea to treat yourself and those closest to you to something special that is anything but normal: pizza made from dough that has never been frozen and that includes fresh onions, roma tomatoes and peppers, and real cheeses and meats. When you are looking for the perfect lunch near me, it's harder to get closer than delivery. The driver will bring the food right to your door. No contact delivery is the norm when you order online or through the Papa John's app that selects the closest franchise. This means once the pizza has been taken out of the 450-degree oven it is never touched by anyone until you receive the pizza. A safety seal on the box verifies the procedure. You pay ahead of time, adding your desired tip. It's an easy thing to do and offers you some extra peace of mind.

Papa John’s Offering Free Pizza Delivery

Pizza checks all of the boxes: good ingredients, healthy, filling, and affordable. When you wonder what restaurants are near me now, it's comforting to know that a quality pizza franchise is nearby and willing to go the extra mile of free delivery. It's a great way to make your food budget go further. Plus, you build or choose the pizza that you and your friends and family want, from choices of crusts to all the varieties of vegetables, cheeses, meats and dipping sauces. If your crew seems to have a large appetite, choose some of the following sides:

         Garlic Parmesan breadsticks
         Garlic knots
         Buffalo wings
         BBQ wings
         Chicken poppers (raised without antibiotics)

There is always the choice of Papadias, the part pizza part sandwich creation, that offers a unique twist on the traditional pizza experience. All of this can be delivered free to your door in a matter of minutes.

Why Papa John's Pizza Is Such a Great Lunch Option

In addition to superior convenience, you want your lunch choice to have top-notch ingredients. After all, that's where the flavors come from. You can select original dough that is hand-tossed before it goes into the oven. Onions, peppers, mushrooms and roma tomatoes are always fresh, while you can select your choice of real meats and real cheeses. It's a winning combination for lunch or anytime. It's undeniable that the pizzas are the main event. You can get them just about any way you like them. This includes the classics of pepperoni, cheese, and sausage. Or you can get a little wild and go with something like Hawaiian BBQ chicken or meatball pepperoni. There are also popular choices that are heavy on the meats, or options that pile on the vegetables. You are in charge and can get a pizza made to your whims of that particular day.

That's why the best pizza delivery near me is never far away. It's a great choice any day of the week and will be sure to please everyone in your group.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Lopues San Sebastian Online Store is Now Open

"As the world we live in is so unpredictable, the ability to learn and to adapt to change is imperative, alongside creativity, problem-solving, 
and communication skills." - Alain Dehaze

The COVID-19 pandemic led businesses to come up with more creative ways of rendering their services. Traditional brick-and-mortar stores started offering home delivery, curbside pick-up, and virtual personal shopper assistance which have been truly helpful especially during the quarantine period. 

We have 100% of our groceries delivered at home which I order via phone or Facebook. Though these had been our life-savers, there are still certain limitations that made me want to go to the grocery to purchase our needs.

I miss window shopping.

I am used to comparing different products and prices.

I look forward to checking all the aisles to simply to just see what's in store.

Sadly, this is not really an option nowadays. 

Thus, I am so happy and excited when I found out that Lopues San Sebastian now has a grocery app where we can see different product choices and simply "add to cart" to place an order.

I was so excited that I placed an order yesterday around 3PM and voila! I got my orders the next day. 

Anyway, let me share more reasons why I love ordering through the Lopues San Sebastian grocery mobile app:
  • It's user-friendly and easy to navigate.
  • There are a lot of products available. According to their FB page, there are over 7000 items uploaded in the app. This includes baby care, beverages, cooking and baking needs, food pantry, household care, personal care, etc.
  • You can choose the actual products that you want including the packaging size. This decreases the possibility of errors compared to describing the products that you need over the phone.
  • You can easily compare prices. It really helps with budgeting. (By the way, most of their items are cheaper compared to other stores.)
  • They provide delivery and pick-up services. Free delivery for orders Php 5,000 and above. Minimal delivery fee for orders below Php 5,000 
  • COD and online payment options are available.
  • Excellent customer support that you can contact via phone or Viber
So, what are you waiting for? Try the first and only grocery mobile app in Bacolod by following these 3 easy steps:

1. Download the "MY SUKI" through Google Play or App store

Here's the link:…

2. Add the name of the vendor "LOPUE" or scan the QR code on the poster above:

3. Lastly, enter your contact number and start shopping!

Have you tried using the app? Feel free to share your experience below. :)