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Book review: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

Title: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Author: Hallie Rubenhold

Genre: History, Non fiction, True crime

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things you may not want to know but I'm telling you anyway

Whatever happened, world?

A lot has happened since the last time I diligently wrote book reviews in this blog. Honestly! I mean a LOT. I don’t even know where to start. But, considering that this is my fourth day working from home due to the Covid-19 outbreak currently happening worldwide, I thought maybe I should try to at least get back to writing. I literally have tons of book reviews waiting to be written and posted, but I’ll write about a bit of a life update right now.

Somewhere in mid of 2019, I was going through a rough patch. And yes, I know I used the term way too often that at this point, one has to wonder, “what sort of rough patch are we talking about right now?”

On a serious note, it was a pretty rough patch. I had assumed I was probably depressed and/or going through some anxiety streak, but then again I’m not a medical professional, therefore I cannot diagnosed myself. So I went to see a psychiatrist, who then diagnosed me with early onset depression. I was then prescribed with Prozac. It took me a week until I decided I was going to start taking Prozac.

I’m not very keen on taking medicines, but I have to admit I can feel the positive changes in my life after I have been going steady with medication. Things aren’t back to the normal days yet. I still struggle with going back to my normal routine, but signs are pointing to a good direction.

It has been close to nine months since I was on Prozac. I still am taking it.

Now, 2020 was literally the only year I have been waiting since October of 2017 (and people said I’m not patient enough to wait..) as 2020 will mark the end of my assignment in Bogota, Colombia. It wasn’t until mid February that I finally received the letter that informs me of my termination of my assignment. I was on a high. I was excited to be back home. I start planning on packing and selling some of my stuffs.

Then, 6 March 2020 happened.

It was the day that the first case of Covid-19 in Colombia was confirmed. Seventeen days later, Colombia now has 277 confirmed cases (three died and five recovered). My office decided to put everyone of WFH (Work from Home) since last week with shifts in between to go to the office. But, just last Friday (20 March 2020), the Mayor of Bogota decided to have a drill lockdown that supposed to end today (23 March 2020), but it is now being extended until midnight of 24 March 2020 so as to coincide with the enactment of the Nationwide Mandatory Preventive Isolation. That being said, everyone in my office is going on WFH now.

On 21 March 2020, President Ivan Duque decided that at precisely 23.59 of 24 March 2020 until 00.00 of 13 April 2020, all citizens of Colombia will be subjected to the Mandatory Preventive Isolation to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in Colombia. There are some exceptions being made, say for medical personnel or for other emergency that would still allow several people to leave their home. It’s a very technical thing, but suffice to say, yours truly is expected to stay at home too.

How do you get food, then, if everyone is being lockdown in their house? Well, the rule states that one person from one family may leave the house only to buy basic needs, and that’s pretty much it. Well, if unfortunately you do have emergency, you may of course leave your house too. Basically, if ever you need to leave your house, you better have a justifiable reason to do so. Other than that, everyone must stay at home.

So, how does this affect me? Guys, I have to say, I’m grateful that I am privilege enough that WFH is an option for me, and that I’m well stocked in terms of food supplies, and that at the very least I am only responsible for myself. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in 19 days lockdown and you don’t have my privilege. My only problem is that my Prozac can only sustain me for the next 10 days. I hope I can get another batch before this one runs out.

Look, I don’t know where I’m going with this. I’m not a medical professional. But if a medical professional said that by staying home I can help curb the spread of Covid-19, I’m going to do just that. If you can’t stay at home, be it due to your work or other reason, please take care of your health, remember to wash your hands diligently, gargle often, and change your clothes when you return home.

Okay, I’m signing out. I will start writing my long overdue book reviews starting tomorrow. Take care and stay healthy, guys!

Rambling about books

Book review: The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery

Author(s): Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

Genre: History, Non Fiction, True Crime

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Book review: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven, by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

Title: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven

Author: Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

Genre: Non Fiction, Self Help

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I really have no idea

It’s 2020 already?

I don’t have much to say for 2020. I just hope that I can get back to my reading pace, finding the joy of reading back into my life, and start writing book reviews from all the books I’ve read from 2019 that has yet to be done. Other than that, I’m just super excited because this will be my last year in Bogota, Colombia. Well, yeah, that’s all I have to say for 2020. I’m not expecting much, because the last time I expect something, things didn’t just did not happen the way I had hoped it to happen, but I was figuratively fucked (I’m looking at you 2019).