So much of our new normal is about rooting ourselves at home, adjusting to more domestic lifestyles and interests. The rise of plantitas and plantitos is just one ubiquitous proof. When outside trips are restricted, homey hobbies like gardening, cooking, baking, and crafting are the new cool.
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@bendeveraINQWhile some jobs recovered in July as the country’s unemployment rate eased to 10 percent alongside gradually easing quarantine that reopened the economy, millions of Filipinos have turned to becoming their own bosses and venturing into business instead.
Sheila de Asis, 38, owned a startup video production company but all their projects were put on hold at the height of the longest and strictest COVID-19 lockdown in the region as the Philippines tried to contain the spread of the disease since mid-March.
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I began writing about my depression by realizing that I don’t know how to write about my depression. I write to make sense of my life. I put difficult experiences inside neat boxes and present them to the world. I’ve done it with my most painful breakup, and I even managed to do it with my mother’s death. Somewhere in every tragedy, there is a narrative—a beginning, a climax, an ending. I befriended a man in college. We fell in love. We broke up. My mom got diagnosed with a large brain tumor in 2006.
The call for the speedy reopening of the economy is gaining ground as the Philippines sinks into the worst recession in three decades. As early as July, in fact, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry had urged government to allow businesses to operate at maximum capacity, arguing that to do otherwise would lead to more closures and job losses. The hope is that an economic bounce will come with the lifting of the lockdown.