Right, so I’m back! Was my last post really in November last year? A lot has happened during the months that I wasn’t active and I can’t even go into detail about it all, but one thing’s for sure: It feels like time is going by so quickly!

Of course, a lot of people may feel otherwise. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many (and hopefully most) of us are staying home. It may be driving some of you crazy because you miss being outside. Some of you may feel like you have so much time on your hands, more than you know what to do with. In my case though, I feel busier than ever now that I’m home all day, all night.

Like a lot of people nowadays, I am working from home during this pandemic. But because of that, there also seems to be more meetings, more frequent “catch-up” sssions, and more projects to do. 😰 Being busy AND employed during this time is a good thing, of course, and I’m thankful for that. But while it’s something to celebrate, it also brings about a different kind of stress. In my case, I sometimes feel guilty for not being too productive during certain times and I beat myself up for it, to the point where I still do or read work-related stuff even during weekends or holidays. I often feel like I should be putting in more hours now that the workload is piling up, and I have no excuse to not do so with this work from home arrangement. To be honest, I still get overwhelmed at times and I constantly have to try to be kinder to myself, but it’s much easier said than done.

Luckily, I have my hobbies to make me feel better. I’ve been studying Chinese online with a private tutor during the lockdown and it’s working out well for me. I do wish that I can speak more fluently and quickly after each lesson, but I acknowledge that language learning is a process and that it takes years and years of effort and practice to be completely fluent.

Video gaming is another hobby that helped me so much during this period. I decided to restart my gaming hobby late last year and I swear, I’m so glad that I did. ❀️ Some may think that video games are total time-wasters and contribute nothing important to your life, but for me, it was a source of much-needed sanity. In a world where I’m constantly getting bombarded with [unwanted] news about the virus and other toxic political stuff, strolling around my Animal Crossing island or hunting for the next Pokemon to add to my living Pokedex gives me peace. πŸ₯° If that’s what being a “time-waster” means, I’ll take it. I value my mental health over other people’s opinions anyway!

Karaoke is another nightly habit that came about during the quarantine. πŸ˜‚ I love to sing but I don’t really practice that often so I’m not that confident. There was even a time where I didn’t really feel there was a point in continuing this singing thing, since I felt like I’m too old to improve. But you know what? Joining the fan group/virtual karaoke group I’m in now (Regine Velasquez Friends represent!!! πŸ’•) was a tremendous help in building my confidence and love for singing again. Not only is it a fan club for my all-time favorite Filipino singer, it’s also a wonderful personal community where I met lots of new friends. I love how everyone in the group is so supportive of one another (whether you sing well or not), so that really encouraged me to go out and sing more often. In the end, I was reminded that I don’t need any other fancy reason for singing. I don’t need to be the best singer – heck, I don’t even want to become a professional singer – in order to enjoy singing. If you simply love music, if you love how singing makes you feel, if you love telling stories through songs, then that’s reason enough to continue singing. This is definitely what keeps me coming back for more karaoke sessions! 🎀

Now that we’re talking about singing, here’s a little impromptu recording I did a few nights ago. I didn’t feel like mixing or filtering the vocals in any way, so I’m sorry in advance if you think the vocals sound pretty raw! Still though, I hope you like it and I hope it helps everyone to chill out, even for just a few minutes!

14 thoughts on “The quarantine life

  1. Pauline says:

    Hey Claudine 😊

    It’s so lovely to see a blog post from you! It’s been a while, but I’m glad that I follow you on social media so I can still catch up with you on there. 😊 It’s so great that during lockdown you’ve found some space to video game and do things that you love! Chinese classes sound really fun 😁 I wish I could speak another language fluently, you know how terrible I am at even Tagalog LOL (throwback to Newcastle!)

    I’ve actually been missing gaming recently. I didn’t think that I would! I actually took a step back because back in my teenage years, I was getting to the point it was unhealthy for me (playing like 12 hours a day) Since I stepped back, I haven’t really played at all! Although during this time, I have daydreamed and even browsed of getting a console and a few games. Still thinking about it though πŸ˜‚

    Tell me about being busy all the time now! We’re living at work, not working from home. Sometimes (especially at the start of the lockdown) I found myself working over the weekends just to “finish stuff off” before the next week. In essence, I was working EVERY DAY without stopping. I’ve found a better balance now, but it does take discipline.

    I hope that you and your family are doing well anyway, sending you lots of positive vibes and love always πŸ₯°

    1. Claudine says:

      Haha I think your Tagalog will improve over time as long as you expose yourself to it – you already understand most of it so learning how to speak will come easier for you πŸ˜‚

      I missed gaming too, that’s why I decided to do it again! I know what you mean about going to unhealthy levels of gaming addiction though, lol I was the same way when I was younger. But now, I’ve gotten better at managing my time and making sure that I still have time for other things 😊

      Now that I think about it, “living at work” sounds much more accurate than “working from home”! It’s been difficult for me to find work-life balance in this setup because there are no more clear boundaries between home life and work life. I’m still trying to figure it out, to be honest, but I’m getting there πŸ˜‰

      Thanks Pauline and I hope you and your family are staying safe amidst all this craziness! πŸ’•

  2. Megan says:

    I know how it goes with not blogging for a long time. XD It can be hard to do. But better late then never right?

    Glad you’ve been able to work. Working through this is a blessing but sometimes it feels like a curse too. Probably especially working from home. Try to take it easy on yourself, okay?

    Gaming is a fun hobby. Though honestly I’ve been playing too much Animal Crossing. Need to give love to other games. XD

    1. Claudine says:

      True! A lot has happened and everything has been so busy, the last thing I could do is blog about it XD

      I agree, I really am glad that I’m able to work despite all the crazy stuff that’s happening, but like I said, it’s been stressful too. But I’m staying positive and counting my blessings πŸ’• Thanks a lot!

      Now that I think about it, I’ve only been playing Animal Crossing these past few months. You’re right, I have to give some love to my other games too! Thanks for the reminder! Haha!

  3. Kirsten says:

    It’s so nice to see a blog post from you. I am glad to hear you are working from home where it is safer and still have work. You’re right so many people don’t, but you are also right when you say it’s a different kind of stress. I lost/left (long story) my job before the pandemic and now I am in school and working on getting my lifestyle blog up and running and working from home. It can be so stressful trying to balance home life and work-life when the lines are blurred and there is no set boundary anymore.

    Hobbies are important and I am glad you are enjoying yours and no gaming is a time-waster for those of us who game. Like you say it helps us stay sane and have a little control in a world where we seem to be losing more and more control.

    I listened to your song. Your voice is absolutely beautiful as it is!

    1. Claudine says:

      I agree with this so much! I used to have clear boundaries between my work life and home life and I used to make sure that I don’t bring any of my work-related issues into my home life, but now it’s just so hard to do! I’m learning though, and I’ve been trying to be kinder to myself through it all.

      “it helps us stay sane and have a little control in a world where we seem to be losing more and more control.” – THIS! This is exactly how I feel about gaming at this very moment ❀️

      Thank you so much for listening to my cover! I appreciate it ❀️

  4. Kayla says:

    I’m glad you’ve been able to stay busy and occupied during this crazy time! Gaming is definitely not a waste of your time if you love it that much. I also loved what you said about singing – I am absolutely awful, but that doesn’t stop me from singing CONSTANTLY! πŸ™‚ sorry family hahah

    1. Claudine says:

      Haha, I’m absolutely like that when it comes to singing! My family is probably tired of hearing me sing day in and day out, but it’s so fun! I can’t stop! πŸ˜‚

  5. Nancy says:

    Welcome back from your little hiatus! Working from home can get tiring after a while but at least we’re safer this way. I feel you about more of those meetings. I try to avoid meetings as much as I can. It is great that you found some new hobbies to stick with in the meantime. Oooh I keep hearing so much about AC!! Glad you’ve been making the most out of quarantine life with karaoke hehe!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

    1. Claudine says:

      Thanks for the nice welcome back, Nancy! πŸ’•

      You’re so lucky that you’re able to avoid meetings! Unfortunately, I can’t do that in my job because the higher-ups usually set these meetings for all team members. LOL. Gotta do what we gotta do, I guess! πŸ˜‚

  6. Susanne says:

    Hi Claudine! It’s good to see you back on the blog! Your singing is always lovely, you need to record yourself more, I’ll happily follow you whereever you post your music..
    I’m not a fan of video games myself but anything that you enjoy and that helps you to focus on fun, entertaining, positive things is good!
    I’m glad you still have your job. My husband knows everything about those countless meetings.. Just hearing him talk about it makes me frustrated!
    Take care and stay safe… and keep singing.

  7. Hina says:

    Hello Claudine! πŸ˜€ Looking forward for updates from you! πŸ˜€ I too just got back and starting over again XD It’s surely stressful af right now with this pandemic going on and I am thankful as well to still have work but I do hope this will end soon </3

    Games are one reality escape! Helpful in many many ways XD HAHAHA!

    Love love love your voice!!! <3 Take care!

  8. Michelle says:

    Yeah, I’m glad you’re back as you were missed incredibly! Wow, a lot has happened, hasn’t it? The world has definitely changed for the worst.
    Your singing voice is so beautiful! Do keep singing no matter what <3

  9. Dasynka says:

    Wow Claudine you’re so talented! Yes this time is su busy even being at home and yes we need to be kinder to ourselves, we also need to rest, can’t just be productive and work all day long. Luckily hobbies helps us in this πŸ™‚
    Wish you the best during this time,
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

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