Friday, May 8, 2020

TULIP FIELDS 2: QUOTES ON HOPE AND OPTIMISM

As I shared earlier, tulip fields remain as one of my most favorite views... and where else can we appreciate such massive awesome tulip fields than in Holland! 

Spring is back this April and early May when tulips blossom with “all their might” and during this COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, I am reminiscing the days back in 2015 when I last visited the Netherlands.

It was an honor to visit the tulip fields at  Bollen & Zo in Bergen, Netherlands. I hope they (and all the flower gardens) are fine inspite of these trying times.

Here are HOPE QUOTES with the tulip fields and may the beauty of the tulips and lavender empower us as we read through these inspirations.










May we never lose HOPE and OPTIMISM during this COVID 19 Pandemic.

May we rediscover old passions which we may have put aside because of being TOO BUSY or find opportunities and new activities to keep us productive and hopefully, further develop ourselves while we STAY HOME!

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Friday, April 24, 2020

TULIP FIELDS 1: QUOTES ON RESILIENCE, HOPE AND HAPPINESS


It is spring, and one of my most favorite places are tulip fields with daffodils too!

The vast field of colorful lined flowers bring out joy from my heart and in this “interesting”  times inspire me to choose some resilience quotes to my tulip field photos! 

BE INSPIRED! 










May we continue to have positive vibes during this COVID 19 Pandemic...


Health, economic, mental and physical stresses loom over us these days and we continue to hope and pray that we will develop resilience and constructive positive thinking to overcome all the difficulties and still be happy against all odds! 






Wednesday, April 8, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Be SMART

From WHO.int and doh.gov.ph:
“Last February 12, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the novel disease is officially called Coronavirus Disease 19 or COVID-19 and the virus infecting it is referred to as COVID-19 virus.”

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, they say we have to 

B means BASIC PROTECTIVE MEASURES against the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. (from WHO.int and doh.gov.ph)


S means STAY AT HOME!
Pasonanca Tree House, Zamboanga City
Self -quarantine is advised as protection measure for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading.
However, since the COVID-19 virus has already shown community transmission (no travel history), everyone is now vulnerable and thus, the public are asked to #StayAtHome to help “flatten the curve”.

To enforce this, nations have implemented “Lockdown” or “Enhanced Community Quarantine” (ECQ) where only essential businesses such as hospitals, groceries, markets, banks are opened.
In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire Luzon area under ECQ last March 16, 2020 supposedly until April 12, 2020 (Wikipedia) but as of April 9, 2020, the President further extended the Luzon ECQ to April 30, 2020. (www.pna.gov.ph)

Zamboanga City closed all land, sea and air travel last March 17, 2020 but also declared ECQ last March 20, 2020. (Mayor Beng Climaco FB Page)
As of April 9, Mayor Beng Climaco reminds the Zamboanga City community that the BEST COURSE OF ACTION is to stay home, maintain social distancing and practice regular handwashing (FB):
PABOR ESTA NA CASA
NO MAS SALE AFUERA
NO MAS MAN PANIC
Then, on the Monday after Easter, “traffic” was again noted in some of the Zamboanga City streets.
ZC Mayor Beng Climaco on April 13, 2020 again emphasized her advisory: (Mayor Beng Climaco FB Page)
“We are reminding the public that Zamboanga City is STILL UNDER ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (ECQ) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. El ciudad de Zamboanga ta esta bajo na ECQ. Nuay cambio y nuay otro declaracion el govierno local.

All residents are directed to STRICTLY OBSERVE AND COMPLY with ECQ guidelines foremost of which to STAY HOME. Pabor observa y compli con el maga directiva bajo del ECQ. Barangay officials are directed to ensure compliance of their constituents to ECQ protocols.

This is not a normal day. Except for accessing basic necessities, PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT.”

AND, As our Frontliners request :
We stay at work for you.
Please stay home for us.
From WHO.int
WHY?
Avoiding contact with others will help protect you and others from possible spread of COVID-19.
This is the most effective way to prevent droplet spread!


M means MEASURE DISTANCE.


M means Maintain Social Distancing or presently called Physical Distancing.
A distance of 1 meter is adviced but even preferably 2 meters.
From WHO.int
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
WHY?
When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.


A means ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS.
A means ALCOHOL or ALCOHOL-BASED HAND RUB
For all types of virus, frequent HAND HYGIENE is of utmost importance.
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water for about 20 seconds (for example, time equivalent to two “Happy Birthday” songs), by using Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer or by using 70% ethyl alcohol. 
From WHO.int
WHY?
Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

*HANDWASHING IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PREVENTING ALL VIRUSES INCLUDING COVID-19.


R means RESPIRATORY HYGIENE.
R means RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE.

From WHO.int and doh.gov.ph
Practice proper cough etiquette or good respiratory hygiene. 
This means covering your mouth and nose using tissue or with your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.
WHY?
Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

With the unprecedented spread of the Novel Coronavirus, it has now reached PANDEMIC level.
Presently, everyone wants (and probably needs) to wear MASKS! 
WHO. int and doh.gov.ph, however, reminds the community that medical masks should be reserved for health workers, who may need these most.
And also reminds us, that when you use masks, please do not to have a false sense of security and neglect other basic measures like hand hygiene and physical distancing. In fact, others keep on touching their faces while adjusting the masks.

Communities now mandate everyone to wear face masks, even the cloth type or other face coverings such as scarves or bandanas.
Though, this may protect the individual from droplets, using face masks may actually protect others from you.
CTTO

T means TOUCH M-E-N NOT.
Avoid touching M - E - N meaning Mouth - Eyes - Nose.
For greetings, avoid shaking hands, kissing and hugging.
Thus, let us now share a wave, a nod, a bow, a beautiful SMILE and in this KPop era, let us just share a FINGER HEART! 
And, for our families and friends in social media, we can always share VIRTUAL HUGS AND KISSES! 
Of course, this advice goes hand in hand with physical distancing, hand washing and practicing cough etiquette!

From WHO.int
WHY?
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. 

So, DO NOT FORGET, 


The community, therefore, has a gigantic responsibility of complying with the Basic Protective Measures versus COVID-19! 

This is not a PASSIVE action..
Imagine, how difficult it is to STAY HOME... how to keep the physical distance... always wash hands... cough etiquette... touch our faces, which may be involuntary.

As they say, we have to develop the “NEW NORMAL” to keep COVID-19 away!
This is a strong decision each individual has to commit to, if the goal of the whole community is to “flatten the curve”!

Let us all BE DISCIPLINED and ACTIVELY COOPERATE as we follow these Basic Protective Measures and as an instrument in FIGHTING COVID-19 ... to PROTECT OURSELVES and to PROTECT OUR LOVE ONES!

LET US ALL BE “FRONTLINERS” IN OUR OWN RIGHT.

Remember:

BASIC PROTECTIVE MEASURES against the new Coronavirus 19. (from WHO.Int and doh.gov.ph)

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P.S. 1.
These are gathered from the World Health Organization (WHO.int) website - ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC.
These are also gathered from the Philippine Department of Health (doh.gov.ph) - COVID-19 FAQs.
P.S. 2.
Second, third and fourth photos are from the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga Facebook Page.
P.S. 3.
This B  S-M-A-R-T mnemonic is revised from one given by a Philippine Department of Health representative, where SMART means, Stay Home, Measure Distance, Always Wash Your Hands, Report Cases, Tell the Truth.

























Saturday, April 4, 2020

COVID 19 - THANK YOU, FRONTLINERS

This is dedicated to my very dear friend and classmate, EMC, who is a nurse in the US and who now is COVID positive with pneumonia and presently, is still in a critical condition... though, not yet on ventilator... our fervent prayers for your fast recovery and for great miracles!
And to all our fellow doctors, nurses and healthcare providers who contracted the illness  (including Dr. FDD) and those who succumbed to COVID-19 (including Dr. DMT).

You are blessed to be a FRONTLINER!
The frontliners risk their own lives as they “face the virus” head on to save others’ lives and to keep the community safe and sustainable in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 Pandemic!

So their mantra is:
“WE STAY AT WORK FOR YOU.
PLEASE STAY HOME FOR US.”

FRONTLINERS usually mean HealthCare Workers (HCW) within the hospital, such as doctors, nurses, midwives, technologists and technicians (med tech, rad tech, respiratory tech, etc), institutional workers, as well as security guards, ambulance drivers and administrative and finance people who have contact with patients.

BUT, being a FRONTLINER is also extended to other sectors such as police and soldiers at checkpoints, grocery store, market and food delivery staff and even the media.

This is another set of the heartwarming insights from WEARGOODVIBES.CO expressing GRATITUDE to the COVID-19 FRONTLINERS.











Though, my images are in the setting of healthcare (mostly Ciudad Medical Zamboanga), OUR SINCEREST GRATITUDE IS FOR ALL FRONTLINERS out there! 


YOU ARE INDEED BLESSED TO BE A FRONTLINER!
WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE YOU!

YOU ARE HEROES!
We pray that you continue to be LIVING HEROES!

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PS 1 Most photos are from the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga Facebook Page and from CMZ video screenshots. Thank you.
PS 2    Thank you too, to the leaders who find ways to make the environment of the frontliners, safe, comfortable and conducive for service.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

COVID-19 — THE GIFT OF TIME


This COVID - 19 Pandemic has affected all of us in a number of ways, especially those who have to STAY AT HOME... work from home, making ways to help the frontliners, extended sleep, chilling with Netflix, movie marathons, gaming, “tiktok-ing”, continually connecting with old and new friends on the phones or maybe, taking care of chores for the family!

Zamboanga City, Philippines  πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ April 2020

So, here I am again inspired by WEARGOODVIBES.CO and adapting another of their inspirational thoughts with my photos.


Hope these insights touch your hearts and minds too!
Budapest, Hungary 2019

Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic

Gasthuisberg Campus, UZ Leuven Hospital, Belgium 2015

Cebu City, Philippines

Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Stadium, Zamboanga City, Philippines 1999

Maribago Bluewater Resort, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines 2020

Wanagiri Hidden Hill, Bali, Indonesia 2020

Katholische Innenstadt Kirche, NΓΌrnberg, Germany 2019

Prague, Czech Republic 2019

Munich, Germany 2019
Let us make the most of this precious time  to harness our inner beauty and inner strength and to appreciate things we have taken for granted.
Misr Al Qadima - Al Dayoura, Egypt 2018

Let us stop... and ponder on these words.

May these insights bring us through the unprecedented, unpredictable, uncertain future that this COVID-19 pandemic brings.

May we continue to find ways to keep our mind,  heart and spirit healthy and bright throughout this Lenten season 2020, which we are celebrating in an entirely different and unique way!


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