10 New Normal Ways in Doing Things During COVID 2019

There are at least 10 new normal ways in doing things during this enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period. Even in areas where general community quarantine (GCQ) will be enforce in due time, life would never be the same again.

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mobile sanitation booth

Until now, there were more than 3,300,000 people from about 215 countries and territories had contracted the dreaded covid 2019 virus.

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roving market

Senator Manny Pacquiao is pushing for a New Normal Law that will establish social distancing and health and hygiene protocols.

Earlier in March, he also filed the Anti-Spitting Act of 2020, which seeks to ban and penalize spitting, coughing and sneezing in public.

While Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, along with other leaders of the House of Representatives, filed a bill seeking to provide a “whole-of-society” approach to set the “new normal” way of life as the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remains even after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

10 New Normal Ways in Doing Things

The proposed House Bill 6623 or the “New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020” aims to set standards and protocols to be adopted for three years. While not yet effective, people are already practicing these new normal ways.

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Physical and social distancing

10.) Physical distancing at home, public spaces and other areas. Types of physical contact done in public include handshakes, beso-beso (cheek-to-cheek), mano (hand blessing), hugging and kissing is reduce to a minimum or none at all. This is replaced with Bowing, elbow to elbow, a quick nodding in the head, putting both hands together, tapping of feet or waiving of hands is now a normal thing to do.

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Barangay Bagbag Market- have given access to other barangays like Sauyo, West Fairview, Bagbag, Talipapa and San Bartolome residents.

9.) Bringing of quarantine pass or travel pass is a MUST for all people. Remember that each barangay, town, city or community may impose different set of regulations, scheduling or window hours. Barangay Bagbag Public Market in Novaliches, Quezon City imposed an odd-even scheme for those living in the barangay last April 17, 2020. Other would implement a different scheme in order to reduce foot traffic in their locality.

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Wearing of face mask and gloves

8.) Wearing of Face Mask and even gloves in public is a MUST. Different municipality, town, city or community already had ordinances for wearing of face mask. Some establishment require people entering their premises to have mask.

7.) E-Commerce and Shopping Online – The surge for E-Commerce, social media, website and mobile app based which caters to online delivery services and ordering. Roving wet market or roving grocery stores in some areas of the country is also becoming the new normal for shoppers.

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travel

6.) Reduced Sitting Capacity for public transportation- Jeepneys, Tricycle, MRT , Pedicabs, PNR, AUV express, Passenger ship, Airplane – Expect that these form of public transportation will have fewer passengers if the enhanced community quarantine had been lifted. This can have an effect in the transportation system and the cost of fare might be carried over to the general masses.

5.) Reduced Sitting Capacity and Take Out- For restaurants and other establishments, Limiting the number of customers is now the new normal. They have to focus more on take-out or delivery services in order to survive.

4.) Hospitals, clinics and even hilot are ramping up their digital consultation platforms to attend to patients, especially for follow-up checkups and non-urgent cases.

3.) Mass gathering is now reduced to none or just a handful – Since physical distancing is in effect, Going to church, seminar, training, travel and watching movie is virtually non-existent. Some church groups already had online masses televised on television, live-streaming in the internet which is now the new normal. Drinking session is reduce to almost non-existent since there is a liquor ban being enforced.

2.) Classes in schools and universities- Several schools and universities have gone online. While not everyone in the country had an reliable access to the internet. Schools and teachers must find creative ways to continue learning process. Study at Home or Homeschooling will be the normal.

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1.) Practicing good hygiene, avoid coughing and spitting in public places- People had to practice hand washing several time a day and among other things.

Sources and References:

Congress.gov.ph : http://www.congress.gov.ph/

Senate.gov.ph:  https://www.senate.gov.ph/

Official Gazette: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/section/laws/

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) , Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) PTV channel 4, World Health Organization, Department of Health, Unicef-Philippines

Sauyo Market Visit During Enhanced Community Quarantine in Quezon City

Sauyo market is located near Quirino Highway within Barangay Sauyo in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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There is a public market which is accessible to the residents of West Fairview, Barangay Sauyo, Barangay Bagbag and Barangay Talipapa in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Qurino Highway corner Mindanao Avenue near Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches

Quirino Highway is quite busy even on ordinary days but the traffic is just reduced to handful of vehicle which ply the main avenue.

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Barangay Sauyo is home to about 80,000 residents of the district. While Barangay Bagbag had about 60,000 residents.

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buyers lined-up at a local general merchandise stall within Sauyo Market

The market is normally jam pack on ordinary days since there were a lot of people buying wet, fresh produce and dry goods.

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COVID 2019 cases in Quezon City as posted at their social media accounts as of April 2, 2020

Sauyo Market

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Social distancing is limited to just a mere 1 feet with people crowding on stalls which sells basic necessities like canned goods, biscuits, rice, powdered milk, sugar, coffee among others.

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Saba banana

What i noticed is the price of saba banana which is usually being retailed per piece from Php 1.00 to Php 3.50before the pre-COVID 2019 enhance community quarantine. But was sold for Php 50 per kilo just a couple of days ago.

Some people believed that eating 1 saba banana or banana will help them better immune system in order to fight the coronavirus. In fact i have posted30 myths about coronavirus few weeks ago.

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local bakery

Local bakeries within Sauyo market still have a lot of baked pastries and local breads. But the seller told me that their stock of flour, milk, sugar and margarine which are the basic ingredients for making bread may not last for more than two weeks.

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squid and tuna

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smiles from fish vendor

Despite the hardship that these vendors endure, they still managed to give smile.  As they say there is a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.

Saver’s Haul Sale in Kingspoint

I saw a blue tent along Katipunan Avenue within Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City last February 24 Monday.

There were t-shirts on sale for male, female and unisex. The t-shirts were export overruns from Bangladesh and abroad.

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Mr. Ruxelle Gencel Espiritu holding t-shirt

The quality of their t-shirt is generally okey, But we have a hard time getting some of our size.

Saver’s Haul Sale

Saver’s Haul have at least a dozen known brands up for sale. They are open to other resellers. They will be at their stall for until middle of March 2020. Those who wanted to visit their site, They also have FB account.

For those planning to visit the tent, They are there between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Contact Person:  Mr. Ruxelle Gencel Espiritu (0948-1637688)

Delightful Meal at Samgyup Master in Yarda Food Hub

Samgyup Master specializes in Korean style samgyupsal marinated meat with as much as 18 side dishes. We decided to try their weekday promo which started last December 2019.

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marinated pork and chicken with side dishes

We arrived past 5:00pm at Yarda Food Hub located within Katipunan Avenue within Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches.

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Yarda Food Hub

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Mr. Del Sanchez was the first to arrived followed by fellow blogger Paulo Ortega then Mr. Darwin Arnuco was the last to arrive. The attendant seems busy and took at least more than 40 minutes before we got our first orders.

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We have a get together last January 16 and took some time to eat at the  Yarda Food Hub.

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The marinated pork, chicken is soft and like tocino. It is best cooked only for few minutes.

Samgyup Master Promo

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We ordered the Php 199 promo which used to be at Php 249.00 before the food stall that their month -long promo.

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dishes

In general, we liked the side dishes like fish cake, egg roll, lettuce with mayonnaise, sweetened anchovy with peanuts, tofu gochujang sauce, kimchi, cabbage salad,braised potato marble. The squid ball , marinated chicken wings and pork siomai seems to be out of place in the side dishes.

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The discount promo is from Monday to Thursday and is valid until January 30, 2020. They also have Php 399 and Php 499 which is not included in the promo.

The team was allotted only two hours to finished all the food. We were given a bowl of ramen before we end food trip.

Note: The author is not part of the management of the Yarda Food Hub and Samgyup Master.

Samgyup Master

Address: Yarda Food Hub

Contact: 0933 822 6798

Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Sundays to Thursdays – 4:00 pm to 12midnight , Fridays and Saturdays 4:00 pm to 1:00 am

KHAI Neighborhood Christmas Party 2019

KHAI or Kingspoint Homeowners Association Inc. had a neighborhood Christmas party was held at the SB Kingspoint Basketball Covered Court.

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The event started with a registration which started past 6:00pm. The homeowners came with Gatsby themed inspired dress.

Christmas Party

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Several officials from the barangay, parish church, councilors and Quezon City officials were invited to the party, but only few managed to came.

Some gave away interesting items for raffle like the ones given by Hon. Karl Edgar Castelo (councilor of the 5th district), Congressman Alfred Vargas, Hon.Joe Visaya, Hon. Patrick Micheal Vargas and Hon. Shiara Liban.

Mayor Joy Belmonte was also invited to grace the occasion, but she send a representative to grace the get together.

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Mr. Karl Edgar Castelo- councilor 5th district

I have not heard the other councilor names since the sound system is not clear, which should be the first project of the association for 2020.

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Mr. Del Sanchez- one of the winners of the raffle

It was also announced during the program, that the subdivision association is raising some funds to purchase a fire truck. For those willing to help the association, any monetary support will be a great help.

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catering services

AT Baluyot Catering Services

Address: 10-A. E. Alonzo Street, K.N.L. Diliman , Quezon City

Tel # (02) 8-927-29/ 404-6819/ 0917-926-8772/ 0927-415-5104

Live band and entertainment was performed by Lovers Duo from Baliwag, Bulacan, Kingspoint Happy Jogger group , Zumba Wednesday group, dance instructor and sector leaders.

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Lovers Duo from Baliwag, Bulacan -Contact :0905-3090662

certificate of appreciation given by Christ the King parish to the association

The night ended with several winners of the on the spot raffle and ballroom dancing.