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What A Weekend

"What do you usually do on a long weekend?"
photos by Dakila Angeles (Roch), Ocs Alvarez (Steph & Angel) , and Pat Dy

The Candy eds get ready for the two long weekends. What will you do during the long weekends?

steph.jpg Stay at home, have dvd marathons with friends, play games on my PSP, bubble baths, sleep, sleep, and more sleep! :) —Steph, Art Director
mimi.jpg Read books I've been meaning to finish, have TV show marathons, listen to my favorite playlists, give my dog a bath, hang out with my loved ones, and just stay in bed for as long as I possibly can. But if I'm aware of the long weekend months ahead, I make it a point to escape the city and go on a short vacay! —Mimi, Managing Editor
angel.jpg Climb mountains or chillax at the beach! :) Angel, Assistant Features Editor
marla.jpg I looove long weekends. :) I get to catch up on stuff I don't usually have enough time for-sleeping, reading, and walking around the mall aimlessly with my friends. Haha! I also make it a point to spend time with my family, whether we're off driving to some local tourist spot or just driving each other crazy at home. :P Marla, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
macy.jpg Whenever I get the chance (and the money), I plan for road trips on long weekends. Whether it be an escape to Happy Road, Tagaytay or a beach trip to Zambales, as long as I'm with friends and family, I'll be happy. If I'm stuck at home for the weekend, I'll just be on the computer, in front of the TV, or stuffing myself silly in the kitchen. I wish there were more long weekends! Haha! —Macy, Web and Mobile Producer
roch.jpg I would usually spend long weekends with my family since it's our only time to be at home at the same time. We sometimes go out of town or just chill at home and watch DVDs. I also try to catch up on series that I don't get to watch on weekdays. :) —Roch, Web and Mobile Producer

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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