BY EDOUARD GARCIA
Nine months of the pandemic and I have created my own little social bubble with whom I could safely interact with and keep a bit of my sanity.
It certainly keeps me abreast of what’s going on in our community and our city. This also is my support group when it comes to my needs, both physically and spiritually because I hate to play solitaire, indeed, especially when the world seems to be in turmoil non-stop. But most of all, they keep me going with fun activities because what is life all about when there is no more FUN?
I’ve always been a social animal and will definitely continue being one. Whether it’s discovering new secluded places where I can commute with nature or see familiar faces, albeit from a distance or a short conversation, it’s always reassuring to be able to reach out and be touched by a quick “Hello”. We get together as a maximum group of six for easier contract tracing later if need be, and limit our activities to every two weeks. Trying to avoid public places is our goal, so we limit our lunches at home. If we go out for dinner, we go out really early and it’s usually at a place where there are tables outdoors or if indoors, then we make sure that there’s a maximum of 4 tables being occupied.
Besides keeping up with the news, we also share our new found recipes, new sites online that give you free shows like the Paris Opera or the Lido floorshows down the years and even the latest fashion shows that gives one hope of someday wearing whatever that suits one’s fancy or fantasy. I myself have a treasure trove of YouTube channels that keep me informed with several of my favorite interests that span from Indian massage techniques to simple DIY tricks like how to squeeze everything out of a toothpaste tube. I hate waste, especially if it can be avoided, and got this very good habit from both my parents who instilled in us the value of money at a very tender age.
My social bubble starts with my BFFs popular social leaders Miren and Bomber Zayco, who keep me grounded with their stories of family life, longtime New York resident Chita Reyes with her tales of the Big Apple, and man about town social raconteur par excellence Adjie Lizares with his wide ranging repertoire of High Society anecdotes. There’s my Carmel ladies in brown Duquesa de Silay Nelly J. Ledesma and Lizares Royale Rita Mar Araneta L. who join me in sunset meditation and prayers, my lunch bunch consisting of hard working couples Teddy and Marivic Lacson with educators Rene Hinojales and James Ethan forming a tight bond of friends.
I also revel in my solitude because I find spiritual illumination and the grace of thanksgiving for all the blessings received. It’s best to be thankful in prayer because one gets the abundance of God’s promises.
One of these blessing is being able to write again for our Visayan DAILY STAR which made sure it will keep on shining our way to the Christmas Season of grace.
Bravo to our Dean of Journalism, Ninfa R. Leonardia, for having the guts to stubbornly make sure that this iconic community newspaper sees us through these hard times of the Kong Flu.
My Prayer: Come Lord Jesus, cover me with your Precious Blood, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I love you Lord Jesus. I praise you Jesus. I thank you Jesus. I shall follow you every day of my life. Amen.*