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Labadoracay: Beating ECQ Boredom With Humor and Creativity

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The Covid-19 crisis has cancelled so many plans and plus most of us under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). More than the threat of Covid-19, the fact that their freedom is curtailed seems to bother people more than the actual virus. ECQ boredom, at this point, should be the least of our worries. However, if it does affect your sanity, beat the boredom with humor and creativity—just like this kid, whose Boracay plans have been cancelled.

~ Last November, we were also in Boracay and stayed for three nights at the Belmont Hotel Boracay. ~

The Covid-19 ECQ Boredom

Many people have been caught by authorities because they try to go around the ECQ as well as the curfew. They lament these government-imposed regulations for safety. When asked about the reasons why, they say that they are bored.

Honestly, when the curfew and ECQ were declared, we were elated because that would help flatten the curve of people getting infected by the Covid-19. It means less people out, less people spreading the virus, and less people getting infected.

At home, except for the fact that we don’t have income from our business because the store is closed, our homeschooling routine is pretty much the same. And since I am a work at home mom, I still get to work as long as I have electricity and internet connection,

This is just a little sacrifice for the good of all Filipino people. If we can’t really go out and help, the least that we can do is to stay at home and be obedient citizens.

Cancelled Boracay Plans

But what was cancelled was our plan to spend the Holy Week in Boracay. Actually, it’s not really a holiday but rather a family reunion. It’s the time when everyone from around the Philippines is free to meet up somewhere. That’s for my husband’s side of the family.

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~ Shells are pretty much part of our pretend play. We are at the beach, remember? ~

We were booked in two hotels at the Boracay Newcoast: a night at Belmont Hotel Boracay and two nights at Savoy Hotel Boracay. Last time we were there, we only stayed a night at Savoy and the kids wanted to spend more time there. Here are reviews of the two hotels:

So imagine the disappointment when they learned that our Boracay trip was cancelled. But instead of crying, they prayed. They prayed that Covid-19 will be controlled and that God will help the poor people. Sigh, these kids. Sometimes they can eat up all my patience but sometimes, they are just too sweet for words.

Labadoracay

The weather is getting so hot now. Instead of being able to cool off in a nearby resort, we are stuck here at home. We don’t have an inflatable pool either. But at least we have water and labador (batya). So what do you get? Labadoracay!

This kid takes a bath every day in the garden. I would hose her down while I water the plants and she would run and shout around excitedly wearing a swimsuit. But the last two days, she borrowed the labador and enjoyed her dip.

~ For the last four days, she has been “swimming” in this small batya. We have to make do, given our circumstances. We don’t have an inflatable pool nor a bigger wash basin, so she tried to fit in here and enjoy like there are no hindrances. ~

Too bad that we don’t have a bigger batya. She is already so big for this one, as she is already 6 years old. But well, she is happy and that’s what matters. She did not only beat the heat but the ECQ boredom as well.

So how about you mommies? How do you keep your kids cool nowadays and beat the ECQ boredom?

Meanwhile, I am sharing here with you some of our fun quarantine activities for kids. Click here: Activities for Kids During Home Quarantine for Covid-19

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~ The kids often have picnics or tea parties in the garden — just the two of them. We can’t really do anything much about the Covid-19 pandemic except to obey the rules and not add to the statistics. ~

Conclusion

I am not saying that ya’ll should follow Shane. The message here is that, let’s try to be pro-active as we wait out Covid-19 to pass. This is a global pandemic and nobody, absolutely country, is ready for it.

Our leaders are trying their best and many in the private sector have pitched in their efforts, time, and money. Instead of just complaining about anything and everything, let’s make use of what we have. We don’t know how long till we get our old lives back. Honestly, we may not get exactly what we had before.

So let’s be thankful with what we have right now. If we have children, spouses, parents, grandparents with us in the same house, let’s spend more time with them. Moreover, let’s keep praying.


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