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. 🥰 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. 😂 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!!! 💕) 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!