I first heard of coronavirus or COVID-19 in January 2020. My sister, Loida, who lives in California, bought her ticket last year to celebrate a milestone high school reunion in the Philippines. She planned to leave the first week of February.

By mid-January, news about COVID-19 spread like wildfire in the Philippines. Loida was a little scared but went ahead with her trip. She went to her reunion, had a blast, and came back to California safe and sound.

When President Trump asked people to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus, the governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, declared stay at home order for Nevadans to facilitate the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a blink of an eye, the impossible happened. Hotels, casinos, bars and restaurants, conventions, sporting events, and other businesses, large or small, were shut down in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. My work shut down as well but deemed essential and we worked on a rotation schedule working one day a week.  

A lot of sleeping happened the first few days of staying home. After a while, sleep seems to make me more tired, and I knew I had to find ways to keep myself busy. And so I did. These were the things I did at home during coronavirus:


I turned to gardening in isolation and became a frequent visitor at Star Nursery, with my mask on, of course. It was very relaxing.




Everyone’s been cooking like crazy during the coronavirus stay-home order. Sadly, I gained 10 lbs. I cooked, I baked, I eat. What can I tell you?