Last weekend, after more than half a year of social distancing, I finally took a leap and tried on what the new “normal” is like—including taking off my mask in a public setting!
I’m lucky to still be working and earning in the midst of the pandemic. But as no one can tell how long the pandemic would last, it’s best to accept that we’ll be in here longer than we want, and make adjustments to make the ride as comfortable as possible.
With so many things that already happened, 2020 has yet run out of “surprises” for me. Just yesterday, I came really close to losing my domain registration of runningpinoy.com! No thanks to my bank that did not do their obligation.
Last weekend, I was finally able to ride the MRT for the first time since the pandemic. My last commute made me realize the feasibility of going back to the financial district and I took that to finally settle my pending businesses there. Here are my observations.
As the global pandemic forced cities on lock downs, economic activities practically halted. Those that were forced to migrate into cities to earn a decent wage are now forced to return back into their homes as their income and sometimes their jobs disappear. But as public transport was also suspended in many locations around the world to discourage travel, many people have no choice but to walk just to return home. This is a dilemma of epic proportions!
I stopped counting the days since life as we knew it ended. Since then, everything revolved about “survival” and preventing getting sick. Many of the things I liked are no longer available and I have to settle for what is. Unfortunately, this also meant stoppage of one of the longest things I’ve been consistently doing in my life—working out.
This blog has been around for more than a decade and has now entered its next phase—a new, mobile-friendly theme!
New York City is one of the most influential, popular, and richest cities in the world. Even if I had more than a week to spend, there’s only so much I could cover, especially that I’m just using the public transport and my two feet to explore. Among those that I’d like to highlight are:
After touring Boston and Washington, D.C., we’re back in New York City. And as a person who likes exploring on foot, I wouldn’t miss The High Line. It had become one of my favorite places in NYC and here’s the day I walked its route.
The last leg of our East Coast tour (outside New York) is further south, Washington, D.C. There’s more to it aside from being the capital of the United States of America, its imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings, and history.
The next stop on our tour of the East Coast is Boston, the capital of the state of Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States and site of various historical events in the country.
We’re now entering the third week of our community quarantine. We’ve only done it for two weeks but it felt like two months already!