We’re headed into what I already know is going to be a difficult week. San Francisco’s gloom has rolled in, but that dark cloud of COVID-19 is still hanging over us. As much as possible, I want to try and spread some joy on Yow Yow! so we’ll do our best to keep it up with the positivity here. I randomly caught this wedding video recently while I was in Thailand. Without knowing anything about the couple at all, I still felt touched by it and wanted to share here.
One thing that has hit hard with COVID-19 is that because of the measures we are taking to protect ourselves, we can’t celebrate. Two of my close friends have had to put their wedding on hold. Under the celebration umbrella, funerals and birthdays are also stalled. I know this isn’t easy for anyone and it’s going to be hard for a long time, but we have to do this together.
How’s everyone doing out there this weekend? On any normal Saturday, we’d be out running errands and catching up over brunch, but these days are looking a little bit different. Since my return from Thailand, San Francisco has put a “Shelter-in-place” which means that residents aren’t supposed to leave their homes for anything non-essential. Essential places open include banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, and restaurants only for take-out.
While we were abroad, things escalated faster than expected with COVID-19. Though I just finished my first full week of working from home, I’m still finding myself with a lot of time. How are all of you keeping busy? I’ll be writing some, but I’ve seemed to spend much more time on the internet these days. It’s unclear if that’s a good thing, but we will see! In the next week as I get used to wfh, I hope to establish more of a routine for myself. It’s likely that our shelter-in-place will go on for longer than expected, but I’m trying to stay hopeful!
I originally started writing this post while we were on the trip and am now posting it after our return back to the states.
Angel and I had booked our round trip flights to Phuket on Cyber Monday. We had scored a great deal and shortly after that, all of our accommodations fell into place. We picked early March for two reasons: it was out of season for Thailand and it was the start of my birthday month. What we didn’t anticipate was that the world would be impacted by the coronavirus and how that might derail our travel plans. For weeks, my parents, our friends and our colleagues continued to ask if we changed our minds. If not just asking about our thoughts around this, asking us to reconsider.
I nearly bailed on this trip a handful of times leading up to our departure date. The weight of concern from people that cared about us was heavy. The decision was split; half wanted us to cancel. The other half encouraged us to go forth and exercise caution. The night we left, my hometown in Seattle saw a spike in deaths. Thailand, on the other hand continued to grow steadily in the number of cases, but would go for days without any new recorded cases. When it comes to travel in the future, I won’t doubt how much can escalate in a week and a half.
To take precautionary measures, Angel and I had a mask for every leg of our flight including layovers. We wore the masks for the duration of the flight except for meals and walking through airports. Packed in our bags were a regular sized bottle of hand sanitizer and smaller ones for on-the-go. Every morning, we drank Emergen-C for breakfast before we left our rooms. While roaming the town, we left the masks behind and every Emergen-C was followed by a breakfast buffet (a standard there for the resorts.) You could say we were cautious, but not extreme. We mirrored the surroundings around us. Because it seemed like no one else was impacted at our hotels or on the streets, we took on the same behavior. Every day was business as usual.
Now halfway through our trip, Angel and I wake up every morning Googling “United States Coronavirus” or “San Francisco Coronavirus.” Pre-trip, it was “Thailand Coronavirus.” We’ve acknowledged that it feels like we escaped when things back home started to heighten. Already, our office has strongly encouraged all employees to work from home indefinitely. I’m told San Francisco is a ghost town and my biggest concern is if I have enough food at home when I return. Is there time for me to get what I need at the stores?
The fear I have returning home and not knowing what to expect is similar to the one I had before I left. The difference is everyone had an opinion on Thailand, but I don’t recall anyone having the same concerns about the United States until it was finally here.
In the last few weeks, I’ve read and watched so many different articles and videos on Covid-19. As of today, the city of San Francisco declared a shelter in place which means that we’re not allowed to leave our homes unless it’s to a grocery store, bank, to get gas, go to a pharmacy or a hospital. Walks are allowed, but you need to be six feet away from any other person. Since this video was created today, I figured it would be the most relevant to share this as early as I can.
There are many more thoughts that I have on Covid-19 that I plan on writing about in the coming weeks here. Some of you won’t want to see this or you think we should stick to our usual content. To ignore what’s happening to us completely makes us seem unaware and maybe even a little irresponsible. I hope you’ll be okay with us splitting the content for the time being!
Even though I grew up surrounded by views like this, I remained a city girl at heart. It wasn’t until I moved to California that I realized how much of the outdoors I took for granted. For example, Tahoe is a four-hour drive from San Francisco. To some, that seems like nothing, but the mountains in Washington have always been much closer. Even Suncadia was closer to my parent’s home than a trip to Tahoe from SF.
However, the problem with always remaining in the city is that I’m not always prepared for climates outside of it. During this weekend, there was expected snowfall that I neither anticipated nor prepared for fully! Everything managed to be okay in the end, but it did stir up some anxiety prior to the trip.
One of my favorite parts of weddings that I don’t usually share is the location of it all. As much as I love a local wedding for convenience, much of the couples’ personality comes from the location itself. Like anything else, it is a part of their story. I was excited to go to Suncadia for a couple of reasons. First off, I’ve never been and it was an opportunity to get outdoors for the weekend and away from the city. How amazing are these views?!
Since I was attending my friend’s wedding as a guest and my roommate for the weekend was a bridesmaid, I had an empty schedule leading up to the event. There’s a hike down to the water from the resort, but since I was alone for the day, I decided to exercise caution and play it safe with the breakfast buffet. The best part was not being rushed in the slightest! Doing things solo is never easy. To this day, I’m not even fully 100% comfortable with it, but I like to practice when I can.
My weekend in Suncadia flew by, but it was such a treat to spend time outside and away from all the noise. I hope I’ll have a chance to return someday in the future!