The Lockdown Journals Entry # 1

A Playlist for the End of the World

March 27, 2020

Have you ever sat in a History class learning about a World War or some other historic event and thought about how lucky you are that your generation will never get to experience something as big and drastic as that? Like, thank goodness for our forefathers for having it all sorted out before we were born. So this global pandemic sort of feels like that. It feels like something you only read about but you’re sure isn’t going to happen in this lifetime ever.

So anyway, entire nations have gone on lockdown because the COVID-19 virus continues to spread like wildfire. Including the Philippines. The “enhanced community quarantine” here in the Philippines (don’t mind the big words, it essentially means lockdown) became effective on March 15 and would go on until April 12, if things improve. It was Metro Manila at first, then other parts of the country followed suit. It’s been a total suckfest for everyone. I wasn’t even able to say goodbye to my students properly. The military set up checkpoints everywhere. No one is allowed to go out except for the frontliners. Quarantine passes are being issued and only one person per household will be given a pass, meaning only that person will be allowed to go out to buy food and such. Outside, social distancing is being implemented on establishments like grocery stores. They won’t let everybody in all at the same time. We had to stand in line outside (about a meter apart) and wait to be let in the grocery store. The atmosphere outside feels like a dystopian novel.

I’ve been seeing posts on Facebook urging people to document these times. So here I am. A little bit late to the party since we’re already two weeks in but here I am. Besides, what is there to write about from home anyway?

Naturally in a country like the Philippines, there are various socio-political repercussions in this kind of crisis. But I really don’t want to write about each and every dumb thing that the people in power are doing right now or how the working class are the ones suffering the most during this time, or how the global economy is going down the shitter and will most likely cause a recession or worse, a depression.

Nope. Nothing like that. I wouldn’t want to get too anxious while sitting at home and feeling helpless. I’m just going to journal my thoughts.

So I feel like the days are kind of swirling in together to make up one long week. Obviously, I wake up most mornings not knowing what day it is, and everyday I struggle with productivity vs. Netflix/The Sims/playing with the dog. On normal days, I have no problems with staying in for a whole weekend. But it’s different when you’re faced with the prospect of having to be made to stay in for a whole month.

I turned 30 last March 20. Hey I guess I could truly say that my 30th was unforgettable, right?

Last week, I actually spent some time making a playlist dedicated to this whole thing and I’m proud of it. Hehe.

Spotify player won’t embed properly so here’s the track list.

  1. “Isolation” – Joy Division
  2. “Transmission” – Joy Division
  3. “Down With The Sickness” – Disturbed
  4. “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” – The Police
  5. “You Sound Like You’re Sick” – Ramones
  6. “Fever” – Peggy Lee
  7. “Hands Clean” – Alanis Morrissette
  8. “Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip” – Nirvana
  9. “Panic” – The Smiths
  10. “Don’t Panic” – Coldplay
  11. “Lock Down” – Cypress Hill
  12. “Grinding Halt” – The Cure
  13. “Strange Days” – The Doors
  14. “Hysteria” – Muse
  15. “Disease” – Matchbox Twenty
  16. “Picture Me In A Hospital” – Babyshambles
  17. “Sick Feeling”- boy pablo
  18. “Wash Off” – Foals
  19. “Toxicity” – System Of A Down
  20. “Take My Breath Away” – Berlin
  21. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” – The Georgia Satellites
  22. “Sick Love” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  23. “Sick Man of Europe” – Cheap Trick
  24. “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M.
  25. “We Will Become Silhouettes” – The Shins
  26. “The Cure” – Lady Gaga
  27. “If I Ever Feel Better” – Phoenix

Maybe with all this idle time I’d finally get the chance to work on blog entries about my Coron and Bali trips last year. So I guess that’s something to look forward to in the following days.

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