Someone called my name. I opened my eyes, and it was Sunday, Palm Sunday to be exact. I checked my phone, and it was almost six in the morning. It was typical for me to wake up early (or earlier), but the day wasn’t like any other. The birds my abuelita and I love to hear were nowhere to be found. Instead of lively chirps, I heard a commotion, so I stood up and left my room. As I opened my door, I felt something, but my mind could not process what it was. Everything was a blur, but I do remember a feeling of someone slipping away from my arms. I still could not process anything even as I watched the people in robes and masks do their jobs behind the glass door of the makeshift emergency room. Come Monday morning, as I was about to brew coffee and toast bread for two, reality hit me hard. I now only have to make one. *Before I proceed with this piece, I’ll answer your question. …
Dear Reader, You know, it is not always a good idea to forget the past. The past helped us become who we are today. While it is true that 2020 was not a good year for everyone, let us convert the emotions we harboured into a force that will lead us. Remember, life has always been challenging. There will always be obstacles regardless of the day, the month, the year even our luck. Do not let it pull you down, okay? Let us keep reminding ourselves of these good points. Take note that this is not an order but an invitation. I have been doing this for the past months and would like to continue so. I’m not good at it; however, it would be nice to be surrounded by like-minded people. Are you up for it?
Let’s get to the point! With our current state, it’s best to support our lokal. It means promoting and buying local brands, especially from small businesses. If you take a look around you or your social media feed, you will find a friend who has a small business, OR just started one during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). You can help them promote their products by sharing their posts or by word-of-mouth (Please practice social distancing!). And if you like what they are selling, why not buy from them! Better yet buy it not only for yourself but also as a gift for your family and friends this Christmas!
Today is my birthday, but most importantly, my blog is also celebrating its 7th anniversary! Instead of the typical posts I make, I decided to share seven random things. I started posting on my Instagram (ClariSays) account on November 16. If you haven’t followed me, please do. I share numerous food and film-related posts there. In this post, I will share everything. I hope you find my stories amusing and funny. Honestly, I have forgotten all these. But because of my “Seven Random Things: A Birthday/Anniversary post” idea, I had to look back. I was worried at first. But the moment I remembered these stories, I became happy.
Delivery, a word I never thought I’d appreciate. Yes, I am somewhat of an old-school. I prefer doing things myself, seeing and touching the things I need before I do my purchase. Heck, I don’t even know how online shopping works, even delivery platforms. Hold on. Just a little disclaimer. I do receive packages from brands and small businesses once in a blue moon but they always handle the shipping. I would sometimes pay the fee but that’s about it. I never got the chance to do the actual booking not until the pandemic. With what’s going on with the world, I had to make the right choice. That is to stay home and accept the changes one of which is having things delivered to our doorstep.