Hari ke-10 Karantina Diri

Pas di kantor, pengennya pulang di rumah. Sudah di rumah, pengennya ngantor.

Hari kesembilan mengkarantina diri di rumah, mulai merasa bosan dan kesepian. Walaupun ada anak di rumah, tentu anyep rasanya hari-hari tanpa “ghibah”.

PARTY TIME

Rasa kesepian saya cukup tertolong ketika seorang teman dari Italia merayakan pesta ulang tahun besar-besaran. Dia mengundang lebih dari 70 orang. Ada 34 orang yang datang. Berkumpul di tempat yang sama, Skype Meeting.

Teknisnya:

  1. Bikin group ghibah tertutup dulu
  2. Pastikan semua anggota group familiar dengan platform yang sama. Misal yang kita pakai kemarin adalah Skype.
  3. Bikin Meeting Group di Skype lalu share tautannya di group ghibah tadi.

Biar pestanya lebih meriah, dia share resep sederhana kue khas ulang tahun di Italia, Brigadeiros. Bentukannya kalau sudah jadi dan cakep adalah serupa bola-bola cokelat.

Brigadeiros

Rasanya jauh lebih manis karena komposisi utamanya susu kental manis. Resepnya bisa dilihat di sini. Kalau diterjemahkan kurang lebih cukup memanaskan butter, tambah SKM, dan bubuk kokoa di sauce pan (panci anti lengket).

Tampilannya jangan ikut gambarku di atas yak. Itu udah ala kadarnya banget bikin jam 1 dini hari buat meeting jam 5 pagi.

PRIVATE PUBLIC SPEAKING CLUB

Sudah lebih dari 6 bulan aku absen dari Toastmaster meeting. Maka ketika klub Toastmaster kesayangan Kebayoran TMC mengadakan Skype meeting, langsung sikat!

Blessing in disguise. Di tengah rasa jenuh dan sepi, banyak klub Toastmaster yang menjelma jadi klub online. Beberapa klub masih menyelenggarakannya secara privat, tertutup untuk anggota klub. Tetapi ada juga beberapa klub yang membuka club meeting untuk tamu secara online.

ONE CLICK AWAY

Selama 10 hari karantina seperti mengkonfirmasi hasil tes-tes psikologi yang pernah aku ikuti. Terutama bahwa aku Ambivert, bukan ekstrovert apalagi introvert. Apa bedanya? Pernah ku tulis di sini.

Sebagai ambivert, aku sangat menikmati kesendirian, nulis, baca buku, scroll medsos, dsb. Tetapi ada satu titik di mana “energi” introvertku habis. Kalau sudah begini, harus segera ketemu manusia.

Biasanya aku ngajak ketemu teman, sekedar ngopi atau pulang bareng. Tapi dengan situasi demikian, ternyata Skype cukup membantu. Selain itu aku beruntung punya anak-bojo yang bawel, adik dan Ibu yang hobinya video call mulu, dan DM Instagram yang belakangan semakin riuh.

Gabut banget ya ges? Hahaha… I enjoy it, tho.

Kalau kamu suka merasa sepi seperti aku, butuh kawan ghibah atau sekedar ngomongin cuaca, I am just one click away! Hit me up!

DI RUMAH AJA,
JANGAN LUPA CUCI TANGAN,
JANGAN LUPA “DI RUMAH” ITU “DI”-NYA DIPISAH!

Day 6: It is positive

An old man in our neighbourhood tested positive for coronavirus today.

The night before that, Jakarta Governor declare COVID-19 emergency. They urge all corporations to close down their offices and operational facilities, arrange the employees to work from home.

All tourism spots and entertainment venue like night clubs, spa, etc. should be closed too.

These appeals start from March 23rd to April 5th.

Surat Edaran Pemprov DKI 60/SE/2020
Read: Ain’t no party, baby

I knew it from close friends who work closely for Mister Governor, so it’s likely a piece of valid information. In the same Whatsapp group, we were joking that we had plenty of time to “have fun” until March 23rd.

I took it easy. It’s been a week anyway. What could be worse than that?

Then I went to a local supermarket (Giant Bintara) just to stock-up staples for upcoming weeks. You don’t want to know what I got.

N O T H I N G

Frozen foods, sugar, instant noodles, they’re all gone like PUFF! Shelves are empty. I wonder if it’s time to think about food rationing like WW2.

Then I checked Happy Fresh app to see which supermarket has staples I’m running out of. So I took a risk to go to AEON Jakarta Garden City, the Japanese supermarket. You know Japan is less popular recently, but apparently, a lot more people did groceries in there than the local chains.

AEON JGC might don’t have stockpiled customers issues. They have everything. EVERYTHING!

If I see other people’s carts, they don’t do stockpile like a panic buyer freaking out of the apocalypse. I guess they just want to survive until…

PAYDAY!

GAJIAN MASIH LAMA ASTAGAAA.. GIMANA GUE MAU PANIC BUYING?!

Hahahaha…

But please, stop panic-buying groceries and other staples. You know it’s not the end of the world. You’re not the only one who needs staple foods. We have nurses and doctors need staple foods more than anyone. In the end, it’s people like them who will be looking after us when we are at the lowest.

Anyway, I stumbled upon some infographics confirming how Indonesians are getting more anxious about Coronavirus.

Today, a man lives 3 km from my house tested positive Coronavirus. My son’s daycare is closed temporarily. I have to go back to introvert mode, quarantine my family for a good cause.

So allow me to close today’s diary with PAP of me start to move in reverse. It’s time to take a step back to move forward, lass!

HAPPY SELF-LOVING MOTHER’S DAY!

Day 5 of Self-Isolation

Working from Home

(noun) when your deadline meets your motherhood mode 24/7 without a lunch break.

Modifying the guest room to be a working corner cz works come more ofthen than guests

Even though I used to work in a working-remotely environment for 1,5 years, #WFH during the Corona outbreak is different. Most of the time, my LO is at home. My husband doesn’t work from home as he works in a public service institution. I don’t have a nanny. So, my work is challenged by the cuteness of my LO. What a motherhood lyfe, Ikr!

I should’ve listen to Dr Angharad Rudkin in this video tho. The tips below sounds make more sense on how we balance #WFH and family life during the soft lock-down:

  1. Children need structure. So keep bed times, keep waking times, keep meal times set as much as possible.
  2. Give yourself a task for the morning, a task for the afternoon, just some kind of goal because those days are going to feel very long and stretched out.
  3. Don’t let your child be on screen all day long. It might make your days easier, in terms that they’re entertained, but when that child has to go back to school and has to start doing their homework and has to start being out and about, they’re going to find transition much harder.
  4. Try not to be frustrated because of the children because it is new for them too.
  5. Help them to understand your point of view, and not expecting them to be entirely emphatic.

I know it’s easier said than done, eh?

I do understand the struggle of balancing work and family. Self-isolation means different for women. It’s always about unpaid care-giving and housework. It’s just like The Canadian Women’s Foundation mentioned in this article. The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) quoted that too, knowing we, Indonesian mothers, share the same struggle.

There might be a time when you feel like you want to give up, but please hang in there, Mama! This too shall pass!

Let me close this post with a pic of my LO fell asleep on my back, waiting for me finished working.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!

The Extended Family

It is funny how God answers my little prayers. I asked a team work that support each other, this is what He Gives:

An extended family of Intage Indonesia

Sometimes our family is getting bigger. It is when the team from other countries paid a visit like last night.

Intage Indonesia and the world

Have I told you that Tri Risma (Mayor of Surabaya) and SBY (the 6th President of Indonesia) are join Intage, too?

From different parties
Aiming to serve the nation for 3 full terms (at least)

Told you what, my family is better than yours!

Dear Lady Bosses, I Owe You The Most

What can be worse than a female boss?
Women are always right.
The boss is always right, too.

When I started to work, I avoid working under a female superior. Even though I’m a female, too, I saw female boss as intimidating, mood-swing, too sensitive, too much drama at the workplace I can’t handle.

In contrast, I tend to stay aloof, sarcastic, and ignorant. I’m not really good at beating the bush. What a terrible combination, I know.

Then the universe did the magic. In fact, I currently owe a big to these three lady bosses of mine: