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Life Update | I’M BACK! + College Life, Enhanced Community Quarantine?

I don’t really know how to start this post, but…

Hello everyone! Oh gosh, I missed writing here! It’s been so long since I last opened my WordPress site and I have missed a lot. Like totally, a lot! I was reading a lot of your posts and I really missed the old times– like being in my room, brainstorming and thinking of new ideas to write in a blog post and of course, reading and interacting with you all! (It’s not that long, but it SEEMS SOOOOO LONG already!)

SO WHAT HAPPENED TO ME?

Haha that’s such a funny headline but if you’re curious, just keep on reading! I have one answer to that, though and I’ll just elaborate later. But my college life happened. Here is my last post about my college experience and I haven’t really posted another one about it anymore. And gah, I have so much to tell you! But to make it more clear and organized, I will list the things that I had to go through and experience in JUST A YEAR!

  • Adjustment Period (June-July 2019)

This is probably one of the hardest phase I had to go through last 2019. As most of you know, I got accepted in a university that is really far from my home town. [The driving distance is approximately 69km. Please read my college enrollment story to know more!] Since it’s really far, I had to move in a condominium unit and it’s a good thing that my condo is only a walking distance from my uni. Moving in and adjusting in my condo, oh god it was really hassle and took a lot of time. But the harder part was meeting new people and adjusting to a very new and unfamiliar environment.

I’m a province girl and it’s like in just a snap, I’m in the city. I’m studying in the city. It was really new and I have to admit that it’s really cool as well. The whole adjustment period was hard– but it’s a fact that I enjoyed it so much. I enjoyed trying new things like socializing to new people, trying new kinds of food and having a new kind of routine. And also, I don’t know how to cook my own food and it was a real hassle!! Good thing I learned at around October but ’til then, I had to order prepared meals which is seriously not fit for my weekly allowance.

  • College Exams

I’m a philosophy major and most of my exams are in essays! Good thing I was trained to write a lot of essays in my senior high school but girl, my college exams are no joke! I totally feel all the nervousness I have in my body and the pressure… I had to cope with it, too!

  • Baby Thesis 🙁

We deal with bunch of papers and readings everyday… but so far the most challenging one for me was the baby thesis we (because we’re in a group) had to comply in one subject. It was given to us the first semester and since it’s an adjustment period for all of us, we were ALL unsure of what to do. Good thing though, we managed to finish it and move on to the next semester! <3

  • Making Friends

I was expecting myself not to be friendly because it’s a new environment and I am quite of shy, but I was the complete opposite! During the first day of school, I was already making friends and talking with my classmates because during that time, I was so unsure to continue the program that I chose and it turns out, I’m not the only one! Haha. But hey, here we are.

  • Became President’s Lister in the First Sem!

Aaaa this is definitely one of the most surreal achievements I’ve had this college. I became president’s lister with a GPA of 1.39 (Our highest is 1.00) and aaaack my parents were so proud.

  • Made my first flight booking!!!

I FELT SO RESPONSIBLE THIS TIME! My two older brothers went to Macau and I was the one who booked their flight and their hotel. I WAS SO ANXIOUS BOOKING HOTELS but good thing though, we managed to get through it.

  • My grandmother died.

Last January, my grandmother died. It was another heart breaking moment for me and for my family.

  • My two brothers went abroad to work.

I still remember our situation at the airport. It was definitely one of the sad moments and at the same time, I’m really proud of my brothers because they’re going to work abroad. I’ve lived with them my entire life and I was really anxious at first because we’re gonna separate… but it’s all for our own good.

  • Class Suspensions: Taal Volcano Eruption + Enhanced Community Quarantine

These were one of the worsts, like ever. I experienced my classes being suspended because of a typhoon, power interruption, prof meetings and etc. But one of the worst suspension I ever had was when a volcano here in the Philippines, Taal Volcano, erupted. My home town is SO near to the volcano and it is included in the 14-km radius. Oh god, I was so worried for my family. I was safe in Manila but my family were in danger– I just couldn’t stop thinking and praying for them. I was in Manila for a week and when I went home, my home town was just so grey and dull due to the ash fall. It was a natural disaster, indeed! My family was safe. Me and my classmates decided to do a donation drive to the families affected.

And now, I think as we all are, are under quarantine due to the Novel Coronavirus-19. We are on an enhanced community quarantine which means we literally cannot go outside our house. Only my dad goes outside when we need groceries and it’s acceptable because we have a quarantine pass for only one person.

Wherever you are in the world, please be safe and wash your hands. As of now, no one is infected in my home town but we can never be so sure. It is important to be vigilant in times like this. Please please please wash your hands and if you’re going out to work, please be safe. What is the situation in your country right now?


There you go. I hope I enlightened you with the reasons why I couldn’t blog last year. Believe me, I was trying to. I tried a lot of times but it just never happened. But here it is now, yay!

Many more blog posts are coming soon. What would you like to see?

Blossom Themes

37 Comments

  1. Jirahhhhhhhhh!!! It is such a blessing to see you 🙂 I was reading through your older post just the other day because I miss you 🙂 It’s like looking at family photos 🙂 So glad college is going well, and of course you made friends. You are you 🙂 We can still leave the house here but we haven’t been because we are trying to stay away from this nasty bug. So proud of you with all you are doing, ohhh and how was the travel trip you booked? LORD thank You for Jirah, and thank You for continuing to bless her 🙂

    1. Margaret!! 🥺 I missed you so much! I was totally thinking about you and some others while working on this blog post. Thank you so much!! 🥺❤️ That’s actuall good though, please always stay safe! 🥺 And ooooh they had so much fun in Macau, I wish I was there with them but I can’t because of my school works. It’s fine though. 😊

      Lord, thank You for Margaret as well! She is always a blessing to others like me. ❤️
      Stay safe once again! 😊

  2. Ahhhh it’s been so long since I even read a post from last year. It’s great to hear from you again! I’m so sorry for all the downfalls you had to go through this year like your grandmother, VOLCANO, and separating from your siblings but you’re so strong for going through all of it and even doing good as well like preparing packages for affected families and staying in quarantine to protect the community. In Ontario, everyone is doing self-quarantine and it’s our dad going out to get groceries when we need it. The other day we went to the park so we’re just trying to keep it limited to open spaces. I would love to learn more about your college experience so maybe posts like a day in the life of a college student or things you wish you knew before picking your program..etc would be fun to read. Love this post!!

    1. Ahhh I know!! 🥺 I have missed your posts too! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! It was really a lot, indeed! Oh, please always stay safe!! 💕 And those are really good ideas! I would love to make a day in the life but aside from this quarantine, we’re also in our summer vacation already. 😊 i think I’d write about the things I wish I knew before picking my program though. 😉

      Thank you so much, Bayance!!! It’s also SOOOO good to see you again in this platform! Once again, please keep safe! ❤️❤️

  3. So happy that you’re back! 😄 It sounds like you’ve been very busy. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandmother 💕 That volcano incident sounds so scary but I’m glad your family are safe. Can’t wait to see your posts pop up in the reader! ✨ Take care ❤️

    1. Thank you so much, Elsie!!! ❤️ It was indeed scary but everything is alright now. 😊 I can’t wait to see your posts too and read what I have missed from your blog! 💕 Stay safe! ❤️

  4. jirah!! dude i’m so glad to hear from you
    so i’m in boracay, actually, only a plane ride or so from where you are, and yeah, it’s been pretty much the same. stay age and so glad to hear from you xx

    1. Thank you so much, Jo!!! 🥺

      I’m so happy to see you again in this platform. Please take care in Boracay! Ah yes it’s a plane and a drive away from here but aaaaah covid 🥺 Stay safe!!! 💕

  5. It is so nice to see you in this space again. It has been too long but I understand. Life happens. 😊 Philosophy major nice. I am glad that all is well. You have transitioned into your settings well. Very proud of you. Keep being the amazing person you are. 😊

    1. Thank you so much, Cherylene! I’m really really happy to be back here! 😊❤️

      1. Happy to have you back!😁

  6. so happy to have you back, lovely!! 🤍 and oh my goodness, i’m not even kidding you, about two weeks ago i was stalking your blog wondering if you were coming back 😂 it was nice to hear an update from you and i’m excited to see what comes next for you <3 stay safe!!

    1. Awww that’s so nice! Thank you soooo much. 🙂 I’m really sorry I left without a word! Thanks again. I guess I’m gonna have to binge-read your posts! <3

      Stay safe as well!

  7. jirahhh, it’s so nice to have you back! I’m so sorry about your grandmother! I lost my own grandfather in december and it’s been an adjustment period. i can’t wait to hear more about college life. i hope you’re staying healthy!

    1. Aww thank you so much! <3 I'm so sorry about your grandfather, I hope you're okay now hun. 🙁 And thank you so much again! Please always stay safe Gaby! <3

      1. Thank you, Jirah ❤ My family is currently self-quarantining because of the situation in CA. Has the government mandated everyone stay home in PH?

        1. Yes, we really can’t go out unless very necessary. 😊 I hope your family stays safe and you as well, please stay safe and healthy!! ❤️❤️

  8. Jirah! I was excited to see a post from you, I’ve been curious about how you must be doing 😀 College is always an amazing experience, you get to learn so much and meet so much different people. I’m glad you’re enjoying it and have adjusted being so far from home 🙂
    This whole pandemic situation is so surreal, so I’m glad to hear you guys are safe and doing well! I’ve also recently come back into blogging so I’m trying to think up of post ideas too haha!

    1. Angelaaaa! It feels so good to see you around here! <3 Ah thank you so much. My first year in college is really an unforgettable experience!

      I hope you're staying healthy, Angela! And yeees I'd love to see you blog again, too! I actually can't find your blog right now… I kept on searching thelifeofangela.com but it says error. Oh for your blog post idea, I guess we'd all love to hear about Naomi and her birthday! <3

      1. Ah yes, I’m not self hosted anymore haha. Got too expensive since I wasn’t able to blog as much. I’ve gone back to my original wordpress blog.

        1. Oh that’s whyyy!

    2. Ohhhh, I just found your post in my reader and it’s about Naomi!

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss, stay strong! ❤️
    Welcome back! I really hope you are doing well and taking good care of your health! ✨

    1. Thank you so much, Yumie! Please stay safe! <3

  10. Hey! Sorry i’m so late to this 😂 How you finding living on your own? I’m having to begin thinking about what uni to go to & there’s just so many! I’m not even sure what I want to do yet but you know, I’ve still got time! Anyway, have you found new people that you click with? 💕💕

    1. it’s actually a blessing to have your comment now because i ran out of post ideas and i’d surely love to talk about this one! it was really hard at first, but eventually i got used to it. 🙂 you should really think about it though :))) and yeees, i immediately found awesome friends and we still click until now. <3 i'm sure you'll have fun at uni, too! <3 thanks for your comment, el! i really missed you here!

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  13. i loved this little update! im just starting to get back into blogging on here too

    1. Thank you so much! <3 Welcome back to blogging again! Let's start to blog together! <3

  14. I’m new to your blog. Glad you are back. And staying safe. I am in college too. Over in the USA. And besides work, Im at home wayyyy more than I have been in a long time. But Im hoping to be able to write more often. Especially after school wraps up for the summer.

    1. Thank you so much for reading my blog! I hope you’re enjoying my posts! 💗 I think you can do it!! 💗💕 Stay safeee! ❤️

  15. Yeah, the college adjustment period ripped me away from my blog too! I understand, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. But look how many advancements you made while you were away! Sorry about your grandpa 🙁 but he’d be proud of you after this year of work, I’m sure.

    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, I think my achievements while away were pretty good. 😄 It’s okay! Thank you so much for reading my blog! Keep safe! 💕✨

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