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Friday 1st May 2020:
Lockdown continues. 6 weeks down with this next stint lasting 2 weeks.
There are two categories of quarantine now. Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
GCQ is for areas that are under control with no and or minimal virus exposure.
ECQ is for areas that still have virus issues. Marinduque is under ECQ as requested by the governor so that quarantine violators can be dealt with by the Police more efficiently and keep our island virus free.
Monday 11th May 2020:
Just what you need in a lockdown. Tropical Depression (makings of a typhoon) Ambo is headed our way. Looks like arriving Friday near Marinduque.
Thursday 14th May 2020:
Typhoon “Ambo” (the first one for the season) is due to hit us tomorrow morning (Friday 15th).
Ambo is currently a Signal 2 which is winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h.
Enacted our typhoon survival plan and prepared for the onslaught. Bring Ambo on.
Friday 15th May 2020:
Well, Typhoon Ambo came and went and we survived un-scratched.
Initially Ambo was a Category 3 (121-170 km/h winds) and looked like Marinduque was in for a direct hit. But as it closed in on us this morning, it weakened and went right so we only got the edge of the Typhoon.
Actual conditions were equivalent to a Category 1 (30-60 km/h winds). It was very unpleasant for about 4 hours as we were hit by the storm’s edge. Then as the typhoon passed us by, wind and rain settled down.
The power was off for 8 hours so very manageable.
The Castle came through in flying colours once again.
Sunday 17th May 2020:
Wwwooo hhhooo. As of yesterday, 16th May we are at General Community Quarantine (GCQ) which is the lowest qualification (no virus on the island). The main difference for us is no more permits required for us to get to Gasan (large market and 11km away) and Buenavista (small market 4km away). You still need a permit to get to Boac (capital).
Just back from the Gasan market which has heaps more food available now. So things just got a little bit easier and it feels grand after 8.5 weeks in lockdown. 1.5 weeks to go on the next GCQ instalment. Ends Sunday 31st May.
Monday 18th May 2020:
With travel restrictions relaxed it was time to catch up with expats John (Pom) and Gerald (Pom).
John visited us at the Castle in the am for coffee and a great catchup.
At 1:30pm I visited Gerald for a catchup.
We all performed social distancing at both gatherings. It has been 2 months since we caught up in person so was very nice to talk in person once again.
Tuesday 19th May 2020:
Very happy day at The Castle today. After 2 months in lockdown our maid, Cherry is back. We have been cleaning up the Castle but nobody cleans a house like Cherry.
So good to have her back on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Monday 1st June 2020:
Today, Monday the 1st June, we entered a Modified General Community Quarantine for the next two weeks on the island.
The main change for us is that we are now free to travel round the island with permits no longer required.
Travel by air and sea to the mainland is still banned for all but essential services (Eg: medical, food). There is talk of the airport opening mid-July. But in the time frame of the pandemic this is a long way off.
We are fine. Plenty of fresh food. Guy has been excelling with her cooking skills. We are enjoying some restaurant quality dishes.
Friday 5th June 2020:
Caught up with John (Pom) for a walk back into the hill behind Gasan. Our first outing in 3 months. It was very hot and humid but ooohhh so great to get out and about once again.
Friday 19th June 2020:
The earth just moved. Minor earthquake here. A magnitude 4.0 on Mindoro Island.
Saturday 20th June 2020:
Brownout today from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Scheduled for maintenance to generators. Ooohhh well a 2-hour massage will help to make the day pass quicker.
Wednesday 24th June 2020:
Our electrician, Joel, replaced the main fuse breaker and box to our house supply. He replaced the box with a custom-made waterproof housing to keep the breaker free from water and corrosion. We had some issues.
To visit us and measure up the waterproof housing, construct the box and install it, P2,500 ($75.00 AUS).
Awesome work by Joel.
Sunday 5th July 2020:
Got 4 of the boys (same boys who built our house) back today to setup and pour concrete tiles from the house to the front fence beach. All part of the ongoing landscaping project. Total cost of 4 wages. $52.00 AUS.
Friday 31st August 2020:
The Habagat season has arrived. The habagat season is characterized by hot and humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the western parts (rough seas).
Tuesday 12th August 2020:
Guy and I are both doing fine locked away on our island.
Times have been trying in these chaotic periods ranging from full island lock down to a more relaxed quarantine.
Currently on the lowest quarantine so we are able to freely move round the island. Travel to and from the island is still heavily restricted which is good for virus control. Marinduque is currently virus free so living on an island does have some benefits.
Have been a bit lax with the blog as life is pretty quiet over the last 3 months.
We have the ABC on our satellite TV so keeping up with Australia’s virus happenings. Certainly, an interesting time in AUS.
Hope you guys and gals are all well.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy