Dear Tabs. Congratulations for making it this far. Now what?

Dear Tabs;

Its 9:00pm. Three hours left until deadline. 

Well what’s new? 

Its either cramming or being over-prepared. 

Story of your life.

Remember all the stuff you bought last March 12, 2020 because you were panic buying? I’m sure you do, because most of them are still in your 120L megabox—at least you’ve labeled them now with expiration dates. 

And yes, you still have to finish all those canned tuna you bought the previous year, when you promised yourself you were going on a diet.. (only to find out that you had allergies.)

Speaking of diet. How was your report card from the Labs?

It seems you’re still in Class III Obesity? Still having highmarks on LDL? URIC catching up? Well at least your sugar levels are still borderline—might need to give away those remaining M&Ms.

But remember how proud you were when you walked into the vaccination center and you didn’t need to show anything because everyone knew you were part of the “VIPs” as in highrisk group A3 with comorbidities? 

Not unlike some people who are still in denial.

Stop hiding BTS. Be True Sister! I mean Behind The Scenes.

Speaking of denial. Are you still denying the fact that you’ve wasted a perfectly good year to start your “dream” projects?

Where’s the podcast? You even created a logo and an episode list for NPKSKT Kuya EdUy.

Where are the YouTube videos you swore to upload? Where’s your promise of daily social media posting? 

Where Is Ed Uy?

Don’t tell me you are just going to waste those thousands of photos and videos you have on Google Photos?

Well, you still have time, it doesn’t seem the world is ending—yet.

Remember December 31, 1999 and Y2K? Even though you were busy with Media Noche, you were actually anxiously awaiting for that big blackout after 11:59? 

That’s almost the same feeling you had when they first announced the lockdown. 

You apocalypse child you. Ever the doomsayer, you secretly panic whenever there’s some global event happening. 

9-11? End of the world! 

2012? End of the world! 

2020? End of the world!

When you saw the fake news of people rioting and climbing the gates of the subdivisions to get food, you actually thought you were going to wake up the next day facing zombies. And when that didn’t happen, you know it was time to stop watching anything with the letter Z. 

As cases of COVID19 were going up, and our leaders IQs were heading the opposite direction, the people you knew on facebook, knew people who were dying, all the while you were starting to feel pancit canton fatigue. 

That’s what happens when you buy too much “survival food.”

That’s when you decided to go out.

Dating in the time of COVID19. In the PH.

But everytime you go to the palengke and supermarket, it was like playing “Days Gone” or “Last of Us.” You never knew who was infected and when somebody coughed you wanted to chop their heads off—oops sorry you remind yourself—NOT ZOMBIES.

But a lot of people could use the brains. That’s why you avoided the news. 

You could spend days avoiding news telecasts, opting instead to read reliable websites. But while you weren’t updated on the latest loveteams or what the government officials are planning (same entertainment value) you always knew that Smart was still the fastest internet, or that World Vision has a new campaign, that Jobsteet was going Hyperlocal, AirAsia has a new APP, and ofcourse you knew when Xiaomi was going to launch their newest smartphone. 

You also stayed away from the fake news on Facebook and the toxicity on Twitter—until you saw a friend share this tweet. 

“If you don’t come out of this quarantine with either:
1.) a new skill
2.) starting what you’ve been putting off like a new business
3.) more knowledge 
You didn’t ever lack the time, you lacked the discipline.”

Well! How dare him. 

Talk about getting doused in icy cold water and getting slapped on the face.

Dude probably hasn’t been to the Philippines.

There you were just trying to stay sane, and waiting for the “ayuda” that might never come, while  this guy has the nerve to tell people to do something to improve themselves?

How dare him again.

Well, we did learn a new skill right? Ordering from Grab and being able to distinguish the slight differences between all those ube cheese pandesal, sushi bake and whatever your friends kept PM’ing you about. 

Oh, and we also became expert online shoppers always ready for those double-double budol sales on Shopee and Lazada.

Come on. As if writing a column, reviewing gadgets, and posting all those press releases to your website is easy. 

Imagine if you could convert those friendship cards into cash, you’d probably be able to make a down payment for your dream house.

And yet you wake up in the middle of the night, thinking and asking yourself “Do they really value me, or am I just another link on their monitoring report?”

This pandemic, after all, exposed a lot of your fakebook friends

Sometimes blogging can be a thankless job, and the people you consider your friends are actually just waiting for your post link.

At least you are helping them keep their jobs right?

Well I did achieve something during the pandemic… I’m now part of the Guinness Book of World Records! (As participant for the Mukasim event) but still!

Then you notice that some of the people you helped, were actually thriving, and you try to feel happy for them even though you know you “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” have done well yourself if not for “Pali” and “Dali.”

You know– Pali-wanag and Dahi-lan?  You’ve been friends with them for far too long; always using them as a security blanket. 

Maybe it’s time to let them go?

You’ve seen friends take up and finish their masters, change careers and be successful, while you couldn’t even join a free self-enhancement webinar.

So Hi Tabs! You survivor you. Congratulations for making it this far.

You’re Vaxxed and Ready to Go!  

Queue Destiny’s Child “Survivor.”

Remember. It’s okay to just be okay. But “In God’s Time” only happens if you give it your time.

Take a step forward—or two– you might even lose a few pounds. 

This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor”. The initiative continues to respond to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis.  The initiative 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. The “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” Season 2 is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, with Eastern Communications and Jobstreet as co-presenters, with AirAsia and Xiaomi as major sponsors, and with Teleperformance as sponsor.

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