April 17, 2024

Dear Manang,
I feel extremely proud of myself because I have learned to make precious the seconds of the days in this quarantine. Thank God for modern-day devices that are handy and convenient. As I sit in queues, I don’t mope and watch people but rather watch my K-drama and enjoy myself. Or, like this moment, I chose to write to you about this great discovery. I have no issues to share but the good news that others may find as helpful. We are capable of doing many things, may we find joy so that we may infect others with it.
Diana of Sumulong Street, Baguio City

Dear Diana,
It is always a blessing to have a few good news letters in the pile. This world is not filled exclusively with drudgery but has many pockets of happiness and gladness. I delight in your sharing your new found mastery of time and opportunities. We are what we want to be. We are masters of our own universe. Continue to make pleasant the many moments of life. I am glad for you.
Keep smiling,
Manang

Dear Manang,
I am now so scared because I have been contact traced from someone who tested positive for Covid-19. I have six people in my household and if all of us get tested, that’s a lot of money that I don’t have. But I must go for the test by next week. I am angry because I have been careful and have tried to be safe in my dealings with everyone. This person who tested positive was just in the same room. But I will have to get tested. I am praying that the remedies like gargling with warm water, drinking warm water, and taking vitamins are part of my rituals. What shall I do?
Kendi of Upper Quarry, Baguio City

Dear Kendi,
Better to be safe, dear. There have been families that I know who have perished with Covid-19. Brothers and sisters gone, a whole household was confined and some still in the hospital. This virus is real, whether we like it or not. It is good that you are doing home remedies. Keep that up because while we do prevention, we are half safe. It would be to your advantage to get a test and pray you are negative. Get tested. It is safer.
You can do it,
Manang