Episode 6

Published on:

9th May 2020

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! (Manila ECQ Edition)

Anton, Rache, and Spanky talk about how the Quarantine has allowed us to get to spend more time with our families~ in particular, our Mothers, and why we consider it such an awesome privilege.

We discuss how restaurants will bounce back over the next few months, and how we can help by launching EAT MNL.

And since we already feel like Castaways after two months, we list down our favorite music: the record albums we'll take with us if we're stranded on a desert island just like Tom Hanks!

Episode Outline

00:30 : Life in the Time of Corona 

- Sunday (online) Worship!

- Getting Ready for the GCQ

07:30 : Getting Healthier and Strengthening Our Immunity with YOLI and Nutritious Diets 

16:15 SexyTime in the GCQ 

Who is Ivana Alawi and why has she become so famous?

How will the Dating Scene change?

24:00 Happy Mother’s Day!!

How we’ll celebrate at Home 

The Privilege of Taking Care of our Moms during the Quarantine

Mother’s Day Delivery Menus

37:00 How will Restaurants Bounce Back in the New Normal?

Introducing EAT MNL: a new website to support home-based entrepreneurs

42:30 Desert Island Discs

What are the 5 records you will bring if stranded as a Castaway?

The Eraserheads & True Faith lead off Anton & Spanky’s lists!

1:00:07 “Seven Weeks Later”

Our Good Vibes Editorial



Everyone is already anticipating the GCQ come May 16~

but I'm keeping a close eye on the roller coaster statistics

of the DOH. It's apparent that with more and more testing,

the hotspots will be identified, and decisions will have to

be made whether or not to continue the ECQ in the most

dangerous areas. 

Metro Manila seems to have plateaued, but as I always

remind everyone, we should not relax. The virus is still

out there, so we should continue practicing the protocols

we've gotten used to these past 49 days. More than ever.

But it's time to think about what to expect in the GCQ....

I suggest that we closely monitor Tacloban and the other

cities now under GCQ, along with provinces like Albay~

so far there have been no over-the-top reports of unruly

gatherings, the LGUs seem to be in full control, and the

citizens -- most of them -- are still behaving as if they're

still under ECQ. Which is exactly how things should be.

I pray there will be no crazy stampede to the partially

opened malls in Metro Manila next Saturday. Let's

cross our fingers --- I don't buy that crap that there will

be a "second wave" because we are still in the middle

of the first wave!!!

 Let's control this, and perhaps,

like New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam - we can really

end the threat in the next couple of months, and have

a fighting chance to return to our usual boring normal.

Speaking of which, the term "new normal" rankles me

as much as "netizen" does. 

We're in a New Abnormal,

and I refuse to concede that this is how we will live our

lives for the foreseeable future. I'm forever the optimist

after all, 

and I will --- for the sake of all the children who

deserve to live a life unencumbered by masks --- hope

and pray, and believe, that someday soon, science will

succeed in eradicating this virus.

 And we'll return to our

everyday routines of work and school and yes, I'm even

looking forward to being stuck in rush hour traffic again!

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Anton Diaz

Anton Diaz worked for Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the biggest multinational company in the country, for more than 12 years after college before becoming a full-time first-time
Digital Entrepreneur. He was P&G’s Chief Information Officer when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008.

OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the No. 1 food and travel media in the Philippines with millions of followers and readers and is still organically growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets of a Destination” and to inspire Filipinos to live an awesome life in the Philippines.

Like a continuing autobiography of his family’s food and travel adventures, Anton created theblog as a love letter to his four sons—Aidan, Joshua, Raphael and Yugi. It was in 2015 when he
realized that the kids were not reading the blog, but when he started doing video stories, they watched these over and over again. This motivated him to start his Facebook and Youtube
video channels and adopt a mobile-video first approach to digital story telling.

Anton was recognized as one of Go Negosyo's Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Awardees in 2010 and was featured in its 7th book, "Go Negosyo's 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs," in 2011. In 2015, he received the first Tourism Star Award for Media from the Department of Tourism for his invaluable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and
destinations through his blog Our Awesome Planet, thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best of what the Philippines has to offer.

Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the world’s Top 50 Travel Blogs.