4th of July weekend. America celebrated Independence Day. Family and friends gathered together over barbecue, drinks and fireworks, but what does this day really mean?
4th of July means differently for different people but we have one thing in common, we are celebrating our freedom and honoring everyone who offered their lives so we all can enjoy that freedom.
Speaking of freedom, that nowadays is being threatened in our country as people are truly showing their character and values amidst our fight against COVID-19, Racism and Injustice.
President Trump’s message this weekend, didn’t inspire people to unite in a Nation that is already divided and struggling to heal, instead, it was a call only for certain group of people to rise and reclaim their land.
Isn’t this the land for everyone brave enough to chase their dreams? Isn’t this the land of democracy and migrants from all over the world?
This country is great because of the contribution and hard work from all the people that lives in it and not because of the special chosen few. The message excluded Americans who didn’t agree with the President. It was fueling hate and animosity. Americans versus Americans.
4th of July was a wake up call of what’s really happening in America. It showed how People of Color and other Ethnicity are truly perceived and treated in the Land of the Free. It also showed that many are blind and indifferent to the Coronavirus Pandemic surge that is currently ravaging many of our States.
It is not true that 99 percent of the COVID-19 cases are totally harmless. Some people have died. Some people who recovered are on rehab and disability due to the virus long term complications. More than 30 percent of patients we triaged this weekend are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms including loss of taste and smell. Though less deadly, the virus has become more infectious, making it easier to spread it within family members and communities. The New Coronavirus also changed its target age groups, from elderlies to young adults mostly in their 30’s.
Where we are heading in the future now calls for every American to use their freedom for what is good, kind and just. Freedom is power. Freedom is hope. Freedom is the ability to change the wrongs and make it right…for all.
Will we allow Americans versus Americans happen?
Freedom is calling everyone to show their patriotism by setting aside indifferences and come together as one unified America.
Whatever it takes, together we will make America great again. Together, we will overcome this crisis and end darkness.
Fauci on his testimony said,“I still think there is a reasonably good chance that by the very beginning of 2021, that if we’re going to have a vaccine, that we will have it by then.”
Between now and 2021, people will continue to die daily from COVID-19 not because we’re doing more testing but because our behavior, attitude and defiance has gotten from bad to worse.
LOCKDOWN IS NOT THE ANSWER, WE ARE.
The World lost more than half a million lives from Coronavirus. U.S. exceeds 130,000 deaths and still increasing.This is just Summer. Flu Season at a minimum will double today’s daily death rates.
Wednesday, 50,655 new cases were reported in the U.S. according to Johns Hopkins data.
No amount of mandate will encourage people to wear mask and do social distancing if they don’t believe in it.
No amount of information will do any good if people refuse to listen.
Leaders starting with President Trump needs to make a stand and take action if they want people to change. Leaders need to lead by example. What they say and do affect the lives of the people they promise to serve and protect.
No more misleading half truths and lies. No more downplaying of the real danger that is taking lives, young and old.
L.A. Times: Californians are losing their fear of the coronavirus, setting the stage for disaster.
California, initial top 3 Coronavirus epicenter in the U.S. is now back to number 2 in the country hitting new records of COVID-19 infection for the past two weeks.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom warns that the state is prepared to issue another stay-at-home order if necessary, though adding, “We don’t intend to do that. We don’t want to do that.”
Surging Coronavirus cases in latest epicenter states like Texas, Arizona and Florida needs to be critically addressed before the outbreak becomes too big to control.
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Chicago set 14 days quarantine for incoming travelers from hot zones States. Other states may follow to protect their residents and communities.
European Union members excludes Americans from traveling to their countries due to the explosive new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.
World Health Organization on Coronavirus Pandemic warns, “the worst is yet to come.”
When more people will be admitted in hospitals in comparison to the number of beds and trained hospital staff, a repeat of the massive deaths like in New York will happen.
The COVID-19 Curve will reach a peak that will require a miracle to stop. Some hospitals not equipped to deal with the sudden surge are now asking for help but will help reach them on time?
In our battle against the Coronavirus we need to dig deep and ask ourselves, “Am I the Solution or the Problem?”
Until we are ready to answer the question and change, the virus is winning.
What would we do when all we have is now? Do we wait for amazing to happen ? Or we make amazing happen?
Wednesday, we woke up late but the day was too beautiful to waste. So we hurriedly had coffee, took a shower, changed and grabbed left over food and drinks from our fridge.
As we drove out, I asked my wife, “Where are we going?” She replied with a question, “Where do you want to go?” I answered, “Well, I always wanted to see Bixby Bridge at Big Sur. We can have a beach picnic before that. A friend recommended we check out Garrapata State Park. It has scenic hike trails and it’s close to Bixby Bridge. Smiling she answered, “Then, that’s where we are going.”
No plans. No expectations. No traffic tailgating. No stress. Most relaxing and inexpensive road trip this year. I just paid for gas.
“Wow! So beautiful,” sums up what I was seeing.
Big Sur is rugged, untamed, dramatic. Anywhere along it’s coastline is an exciting adventure. Does not matter if it’s a landmark or just a random spot .
Nature blessed and breathtaking, Big Sur will awaken your soul.
There’s nothing a cold beer, comfort food and a day at the beach could not fix.
Time stood still. For a moment, there’s just us and the beach. We forgot the pandemic. We forgot our worries. It felt good. We felt free.
Son wanted to play beach football. I tried my best to keep up. Mom was sub. Two against one and we still lost. Still felt like a winner seeing everyone so happy.
Time to meet Bixby Bridge. The fuss is all true. It was picture perfect incredible.
Son wondered, “What makes it so special? It’s just a bridge.” I explained, “Son, it’s the view around the bridge that makes it so special. It’s like no other.”
We got home around 8:30 P.M. Did amazing happen? Beyond, from start to finish.
It’s new. It’s changed. It looks sad but also hopeful at the same time.
We stayed for a few minutes waiting for it to inspire our hearts to dream again.
Before we left, I turned my back to look at the Golden Gate Bridge for one more time. It whispered, “Hey, we’ll be okay.”
We choose to soar above COVID-19. We choose to survive and overcome.
As I watched the Kite Surfers looking so free and just being one with their present moment, I am reminded that it’s not how long we’ve lived but how much we’ve lived that really matters. So, I’m choosing to live now and do what I can today.
Fearing for her life because of the high death rate from Coronavirus in U.K., a mother of two stopped working as a Nurse for several weeks. She is afraid to get sick and die because her daughters are too young to be motherless. She questions herself everyday, “Who will take care of them when I’m gone?” She used up her savings to buy food and pay rent because there is no financial help for people like her. When the money ran out, she decided to be fearless and went back to work.
The world has changed. It is more mean and cruel with Coronavirus.
First day of work, she rode the London subway train like she normally does. She arrived home crying and shaking in fear. People inside the train verbally harassed and threatened her. They shouted angrily, “Chinese, Chinese. You brought Coronavirus to our country. Get out. Don’t infect us.” She was cursed, shamed, traumatized. No one helped or defended her. Those who did not join in the racial shaming just stared cold and pretended it wasn’t happening .
The incident made her realize, more dangerous than Coronavirus are people. She has to relive her trauma alone every time she goes to work. How long she can endure the fear and shaming, she prays long enough to see her daughters grow up.
By the way, she is not Chinese. She is a British Citizen Healthcare Worker who just happens to look Chinese.
To a Racist eyes, all race and people they despise looks the same. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Nurse that took care of them in the hospital, the store worker that helps them with their grocery needs or their neighbor living and serving in their community for years. When triggered, they will snap and attack verbally and or physically people they hate.
I have to tell her story because she is family. I have to write her truth because her voice and everyone else victimized by Racism needs to be heard.
I hope those who bullied and shamed her inside the subway train will read this. May it change their hearts just enough to awaken the humanity and kindness in them.
The Lockdown and the Pandemic brought the worst and best in people, where we are in that spectrum is always a choice.
It’s Summer. We’re on the move. So is Coronavirus.
Exceeding 20,000 COVID-19 new cases per day, America will witness a Summer it has never seen before as increasing new cases emerges in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah.
Hospitals are preparing for emergency as Coronavirus hospitalizations are increasing.
Surpassing 2.5 million positive cases with over 126,000 deaths, COVID-19 Second Surge is happening right now. How bad it could get is not up to our President and Governors. It is up to all of us.
Let’s make a hot fashion statement that says, “I care.”
Enjoy the Sun. Find our Beach. Make moments that warms our heart. We just have to wear mask and maintain social distancing. It’s the new cool and responsible trend of Summer.
If there is one important lesson the Coronavirus Pandemic has taught me is that I need to make the most of life everyday because “One day we’re here, one day we’re not.”
Hiking for the first time since Stay-at-Home, I was huffing and puffing out of shape. I was tempted to cut short the 5 mile hike, but I kept on going reminding myself, “If I survived the Pandemic and the Lockdown, I can survive anything.”
Live to the fullest but never forget the lessons of the past.
Surpassing 500,000 deaths worldwide with more than 10 million confirmed cases, the terror of COVID-19 continues as the world reopens with the pandemic still out of control.
Among the dead are Nurses, Doctors, EMS personnels, Police Officers, Cashiers, Store Workers, all kinds of Essentials in the Front Lines. How do we honor their sacrifice and memory?
Warning: Truth Is Uncomfortable
When we say, “We appreciate you,” Do we truly mean them? When we say, “Don’t worry. You’ll be okay.” Will they be really?” Words without actions don’t mean anything if we don’t show our Essentials who are putting their lives at stake or everyone forced into shutdown and unemployment because of the lockdown.
Appreciation Through Kindness and Change
Whether we believe COVID-19 is a threat to our survival or an exaggeration, what matters is we did our best to do our part and shared our truth. That truth may just save us or someone else’s life.
Please remember our names. Learn from our stories. Make our sacrifice mean something by changing and being kind to one another.
Don’t Panic, You’re A Healthcare Worker. Healthcare Workers in the Front Lines warned us then and now of what they are seeing clinically, an infectious deadly virus quickly adapting to our social behaviors and lifestyle.
We call them heroes but our heroes are tired and frustrated as many continue to be insensitive and selfish.
The pattern of recklessness and defiance will create a ripple of deadly COVID-19 surges.
Truth, Essential Frontliners are getting sick, some have died because they are not protected enoughwith an N95 mask,
Truth, Frontliners are scared and concerned only they hide it well. They are conditioned to show courage and calmness during times of crisis and panic.
Frontliners are expected to save and not be saved. People forget, even Frontliners themselves that they’re just human. They don’t have immunity to protect them from the virus. Frequent exposure makes them vulnerable.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE
Exceeding 2.5 million confirmed cases with more than 125,000 COVID-19 deaths, U.S.A. consistently tops global pandemic. The country accounts for almost 1/4 of the planet’s positive cases with an average of 20,000 new cases and 1,000 new deaths per day.
The worst continues.
We prayed for more time but prayer alone is no longer enough with reopening. We need to work harder to make things better.
If there is one important lesson we’ve learned from our first unsuccessful attempt in Flattening The Curve of COVID-19 is that we can not allow another outbreak like in New York happen.
According to John Hopkin’s University COVID-19 Daily Tracker to date 31,397 New Yorkers have died and still rising. State of New York’s 392,539 infected is bigger than the entire country of Italy or United Kingdom.
What’s happening behind every healthcare facility is more terrifying than the news or what our government is telling. It is not fine. We are not okay. We have no control of the unpredictable variables. It’s not ending soon nor we got this yet.
White House officials initially projected 100,000-240,000 death from Coronavirus in the U.S.
Recent update projected double those numbers with reopening as the virus remains uncontrolled. Seems unreal, but last May 27,2020, America woke up with its first projected 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. While we were sleeping, people kept dying.
There’s no cure. No vaccine. The virus is learning, changing, mutating.
We can no longer be indifferent to those who lost their lives. We can no longer be lacking empathy to those who are grieving or fighting for their lives. We can no longer not care to those who lost their job or business.
A friend from Texas called my wife sounding concerned, “Our hospital told us we can go to work even if we’re positive for COVID-19 as long as we have no symptoms. We are told not to wear N95, just nurses that works at ICU.”
If this is the thinking and practice of some healthcare facilities, they will be responsible for infecting their own staff and patients with COVID-19.
THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 SURGE IS COMING THIS SUMMER.
It only takes one day of lifting the Shelter-in-Place for the next wave of COVID-19 outbreak to resurface. 1-2 months after, we will experience the emergence of the second surge of COVID-19 new cases.
Imminent next Fall to Winter, as Flu season coincides with the pandemic is the Third COVID-19 Wave, the longest and hardest of them all . By then, many of our Essentials and Healthcare Workers will be sick, our Medical Resources depleted and hospitals in maximum capacity resulting to massive deaths.
Strict National Lockdown similar to Italy will happen as a last recourse to contain the pandemic. The government will be forced to choose between freedom or survival of its people.
U.S. top medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warns, “If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back.” He is not wrong.
Healthcare workers and experts fears the Quiet before the second COVID-19 Storm has already began and the events that will follow had been set in motion.
Gamble and Players
As Governors address the growing pressure and anxiety of restarting the economy, they are placed in a difficult position to gamble on reopening. They know the risk of infection is high but it’s a gamble they are willing to take as people need to work to survive. They need our support and help more than ever in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
We all have important roles to play and we need to play them well.
What Needs to Change?Our Attitude.
Truth, many asymptomatic carriers both aware and unaware they are infectious walks among us.
Truth, infected person speaking in ordinary voice spreads respiratory droplets that can remain in the air for 8 minutes.
Truth, COVID-19 manifestations are expanding from the typical fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath to headache, scratchy throat, night sweats, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell, taste and appetite, dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness, Stroke, Pulmonary Embolism, red/purple swelling or rash of toes.
Step Up And Be Better
Back to showing our appreciation, if we truly mean what we say, let us show our Essentials that we are capable of changing and making heroic sacrifices. Let us show the world we are one America, united and strong.
We have to stop racial shaming & hate crimes. It is offensive and demeaning. Many of our Healthcare Providers are Chinese Americans and Chinese-looking Asians who maybe our last lifeline when gasping for air dyingin hospitals and emergency rooms.
We can continue to blame China for not telling us early on about the virus or what’s truly happening in their country or we can focus on our own country and save those we can.
It is no longer called the Wuhan Virus or Chinese Virus. It is now the New Coronavirus or COVID-19 and it’s infecting and killing people aggressively in global proportions.
COVID-19 doesn’t know superpowers, red tape or politics. It doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t slow down whether the climate is hot or cold. It is serious in its pursuit for sickness and death.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
June 1, 2020, California reopened not with excitement but with sadness and mourning. Anti-Racism protest for the death of George Floyd from police brutality fueled a spark that spread like wildfire across the country because of years of Racism, Injustice and Inequality. Racism shouldn’t happen in the Land of the Free, but it does frequently.
Minorities, Immigrants, all kinds of Ethnicities joined hands and walked the streets for their voices to be heard. People are shouting, “Enough is enough, Justice for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter!”
All forms of Racism, discrimination and oppression needs to stop.
The violence, vandalism and looting however has to end because it is only causing more pain, anger and division to a country that’s already hurting.
EVERYONE IS VULNERABLE
Healthy adults in their 30’s to 40’s without risk factors had been placed in ventilators or died within 2 weeks of infection and no one can explain why.
No more ambivalence, confusion or indecisiveness. We need to choose between Being Happy or Being Alive. We need to choose between Saving Money or Saving Lives.
Today, we get to be heroes not the villains in our story for human survival.
Together we can heal, recover and defeat a common enemy, COVID-19.
STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY ALIVE.
As we reopen with a widespread COVID-19 infection, we need to urgently adapt to our new normal with a new lifestyle that ensures our safety and survival.
We all need to STAY HOME.
Having fun can wait when this is over. We stay away from crowded places and public areas with high chances for infection. Most are thinking the same thing, to go out and do what they used to love doing. No exposure, no infection. Ask our doctors for telephone or virtual appointments. Ask for mail medicine deliveries from our pharmacies. Every little caution makes a big difference.
We can’t be off guard. We can’t afford to risk it by being complacent.
We all need to STAY SAFE.
Maintain 6-feet Social Distancing and change our Social Behaviors. Practice strict Respiratory Hygiene of covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Wear mask because it only takes seconds for infected COVID-19 droplets to reach our nose, mouth and eyes. Observe frequent hand washing and disinfection.
We all need to STAY ALIVE.
Use the right PPE when in direct contact with a COVID-19 person. Never reuse the N95 when its seal is compromised because our lives depend on it. Boost our Immunity with good sleep and nutritious foods, take Vitamin C and supplements, hydrate , stay active, exercise, lower our stress & anxiety levels. Most of all, pray and take care of one another.
Faith over fear. Light over darkness. God over COVID-19.
Hang on to our Faith because though we walk in the Valley of the Shadow Death we will fear no evil for God is with us.
My son told me one day of what he knows about the New Coronavirus. He simply said, “Dad, it’s population control.” If we allow it to take its course without a fight, he is not wrong but if we unite together to put an end to COVID-19, we do have a fighting chance.
We Are Real People, Not Numbers.
To all our employers , the CEO’s, people with power and connections to make things happen, our lives are worth more than the cost of PPE’s and antiseptics.
OUR LIVES MATTER!
To all our Government Leaders who are taking COVID-19 seriously, we all thank you for your heroism, hardwork and generosity. We see you. We appreciate you and we will show our appreciation by working and serving with you.
To everyone trying to put an end to COVID-19, thank you.
To all who are supporting and praying for our Essential Frontliners, thank you.
To every Essential Frontliner, know we have a voice. Know our concerns are important. Know our lives matters. Thank you for all that you do.
Dedicated to our Heroes and everyone who died from COVID-19.
Today, let me take you to my happiest Summer paradise. First, let me take to your very own sanctuary with an ocean view. Go ahead, unpack, unwind, relax, toss all the worries and excess baggage behind Swim time into the crystal clear warm blue waters of Boracay IslandAmazing doesn’t begin to describe the fine powdery white sands beneath our feet. Here in Summer paradise, everyday a blissful sunrise awakens you, heals you, hearsyou. No judgment. No dramas.
Whether for love, solitude or soul-searching, Summer paradise has all kinds of sunsets for everyone.
Summer paradise is a place where we get to be ourselves and always feel we are home. Summer paradise is about people embracing you so tight it breaks your heart to let go and say goodbye.
I woke up one day and realized time passed me by. I’d been too busy with work and the never-ending demands and expectations of this world.
I came home from work expecting my son awake and getting ready for school but instead the living room was still dark and quiet. Just when I was heading for the bedroom to wake them up, they both jumped behind the kitchen counter yelling, “Surprise!” My heart bounced inside my chest.
My wife said, “I got you the happy smile balloons cause I just want you to be happy all the time.” She knew me too well.
That morning my son played the piano while singing shyly, “Happy Birthday Daddy, Happy Birthday Daddy. Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday…Happy Birthday Daddy.” His mom whispered, “He stayed late last night practicing and rehearsing that for you.”
What More Can I Ask?
I have a beautiful wife that loves me and my son dearly. She patiently dreams with me even if so many times those dreams don’t turn exactly the way we hoped them to be. She’s been with me at my worst and celebrated with me at my best.
I am blessed with a son with so much joy and pureness in his heart. A son who reminds me always that age is but a number.
My family's unwavering belief in me makes me feel that I can do anything, be anything. This blog is about the people that made a difference in my life and the many journeys we made together. Because of them,I get to dream again...and those dreams, they remind me each day that life is a gift and a blessing. A blessing that is full of goodness, joy and hope.