The Aspergirl Diaries

The Aspergirl Diaries: Community Quarantine Week 4

Everyone had a feeling that the quarantine over here was going to be extended, so it was no surprise when our national government announced that they would be extending the quarantine until April 30, 2020. To be honest, even though I am going a bit crazy, I think it would be better to extend until the curve flattens out more a bit. This year’s Holy Week and Easter celebrations were very different as compared to before as services were all online. However, all things considered, this has been the calmest week for me ever since the quarantine began.

Compared to the other weeks, I felt that this week has been the calmest since the quarantine began. I think that aside from the shortened work week and looking forward to Easter Sunday, it is because at this point, everyone has settled nicely into their routines-from work to chores.

My rooming situation has improved this week, as I’m now sleeping alone in the room I was sharing with my Dad, and I also now have my very own bathroom. And, for the first time since the quarantine started, during the Holy Week break, I was finally able to actually clock in eight hours of sleep. I’m also a bit more relaxed and settled in as well.

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to give myself four or five main things to focus on for the week instead of getting stressed out about around ten things, and I think that also really helped me in terms of pacing myself and not getting too stressed about things. I was also able to spend more time with the family this week, and I was able to get a head start on some necessary “admin” tasks related to hobbies (like preparing my own management system and inputting some data) as well.

“Itaewon Class”, a KBS Korean Drama starring Park Seo Joon (right)                Image Source: KBS

My sister and I have also started watching the Kdrama “Itaewon Class”, which I classify as more of an underdog youth kind of drama, and we are both loving it very much, from the acting all the way to the many life lessons each episode gives. Plus, I’m a big fan of Park Seo Joon’s, so I was sure that I was really going to watch it sometime this year.

I also just realized that ever since my grandmother passed away a month ago, it is only now that things have gotten calmer, and a bit more normal, or as normal as they can be in our current situation.

Next Monday, life and work will resume as usual, and while I’m glad to enter into the fifth week of the quarantine in a more relaxed manner, I think that I have a better handle on things, while still trying to be flexible in terms of any surprises that life may bring come next week. I’m also still going to use that method I mentioned earlier in which I focus on four or five main things for the week, as it seems that that works better for me in terms of focus and stress management as well.

The Aspergirl’s Favorite Things for Week 4 (aka the things that keep her sane) 

1.Holy Week Break/Easter-Holy Week and Easter have always been a bit hectic for me as there are services to attend, we usually have an Easter celebration in our house with extended family, and this is the time our relatives are usually here from the US. This year was calm, and I believe I spent the Holy Week break in a more meaningful way as compared to before.

2. Watching “Itaewon Class” w/my sister-  Having quality time with one of my younger sisters includes watching a good Kdrama with her, and even though we are only three episodes in, we are both loving this drama very much! It is well-written, well-directed, and well-acted, and it contains a lot of meaningful life lessons as well every episode.

3.Watching “The Chosen” w/my family- I must admit, even though I’m a practicing Catholic, I’m not too fond of watching Biblical movies or shows, or movies that tell the story of the life of Jesus. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” was great, but I can’t watch it again as I am too scared of the one who plays the Devil and the kids during the part where Judas hangs himself. The others I’ve seen are either too preachy or they were made a long time ago, and I found it boring. However, this tv show, “The Chosen”, is well-written, has good acting, is well-directed, has great cinematography, and allows me to actually get to know Jesus more. They present Him and the apostles in a more relatable way, without losing the essence of the Gospels, and without being too preachy about it as well. It’s a great show, and I think this Holy Week was more meaningful as I got to watch this with family and because I feel like I was able to get to know Jesus more and finally get to see Him more as my friend.

4.Focusing on a few main tasks per week- I keep on repeating this in this post, but for me, this is a breakthrough. I used to only focus on main tasks each day and not for the week, which is probably why I end up getting so stressed during the week. Focusing only on a few main major tasks for the week actually helps me be more focused and I actually get it done!

5. Fixing my management system for my Kpop Collection- Just like my stamps, I did need a system to keep track of the groups I’m collecting, the albums and the photocards and merch that are going into the collection. Doing it also allowed to me make a ranking of the groups I collect as well, and even though it may change as I get more into the newer groups on my list, at least I know which groups, albums and photocards I need to prioritize on first.

6. Finishing my Ehwa Level 1-1 Review- At the start of the year, I decided to be more diligent in my language learning studies, starting with reviewing my Ehwa Level 1-1 textbooks and reviewing Level 3 of Talk To Me in Korean. Finishing the 1-1 books is a huge milestone as this means I’m halfway through my review!

What the Aspergirl is Looking Forward to Next Week

1.Continuing to watch the Kdrama “Itaewon Class” w/ my sister- I think that until we finish watching the drama, “Itaewon Class” will always be in my lists. We left off in episode 3, and we can’t wait to see where this drama takes our characters next!

2. Reviewing Level 3 of Talk To Me in Korean- Reviewing Level 3 of Talk To Me in Korean marks the second half of my review phase in my Korean language learning study plan for this year. I’m excited to be diligent about this, and review my vocab as well, so I can move on to Level 4.

3. Focusing More on Work-  Even though I still have to cook and to do my chores, a lot of the work I was doing in managing the household is now no longer my priority, as my parents are now stepping in to take charge of those things. I still do think about it, but in a lesser way, which also gives me more time to finally focus on work.

4. Getting More Into Some Kpop Groups – I have around twenty plus Kpop groups that I follow, and of course, I haven’t gotten into some of them that thoroughly yet. However, I am excited to learn more about the groups I’ve been putting at the back burner for a while, and to finally actually get to know Onewe and Oneus more before Mnet’s “Road to Kingdom” actually airs.

5. Finishing “Queendom” – Before Holy Week, I was already starting to watch “Queendom”, which aired last year, in preparation for “Road to Kingdom”. Even though I know who won the show, it is another way for me to get to know some other girl groups more, especially Lovelyz and Oh My Girl, and it is really nice to see them interact with each other. Interactions between Kpop groups aren’t as common anymore, so it’s nice to see a veteran like Park Bom mingling with rookies like (G)-idle and Oh My Girl and vice versa. Plus, all of the performances are exciting to watch!.

If you do observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter Sunday, what did you do? How did you spend your fourth week in quarantine? What were your favorite things from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the coming week? Let me know in the comments below!

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