Remember when we all thought the first 2020 lockdown would only take two weeks? Well, we’re now apparently moving onto “ECQ Season 2”— and the PH “viewers” aren’t happy.
Amid the surging all-time high COVID-19 cases in the country, NCR Plus—namely, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal—is once again under a strict Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 5.
Like with all things, the internet is bitterly recalling the much simpler days of discovering TikTok, sushi bakes, ube cheese pandesals, and whipping up Dalgona coffee. You know, back when we thought this time next year we'd be "back to normal."
The nostalgia was so strong that the word "Dalgona" even trended on Philippine twitter on March 27, the night that the one-week lockdown was announced.
Balita mag ECQ daw. For some reason, Dalgona coffee and sushi bake seem to sound like a good idea again ?— Cas (@cas116) March 27, 2021
i guess we’re back to ube pandesal and dalgona coffee phase again— Benjie (@benjiedsch) March 27, 2021
While some embraced the absurdity of the déjà vu, some Twitter users couldn’t help but recall how is time flying by once again, with [email protected]_miguelzc whipping out this meme of Jose Mari Chan ever-so-subtly bringing in the -Ber months.
Netflix original presents:— Miguel (@_miguelzc) March 27, 2021
DALGONA season 2 pic.twitter.com/DR0fpgjEQx
Twitter user @SirRenzSaavadera shared the same sentiment, as he was jokingly traumatized by just how fast time can pass during the quarantine.
may trauma na ko sa one week na ECQ kuno na yan, jusko huli kong narinig yan paglabas ko ng bahay kumakanta na si Jose Mari Chan eh— Renz Saavedra ✨ (@SirRenzSaavedra) March 28, 2021
Meanwhile, most of the bitter nostalgia stems from the frustration of going through the same things again, as the country is still far from reaching the situation of other countries that are successfully vaccinating their citizens.
lemme get my whisk and start doing that dalgona s*** again. pic.twitter.com/7Y3kgHS1td— Mykel Falogme (@mjbfalogme) March 27, 2021
Lockdown S2E1— yazmine says fuck THAT aries (@__yazmine__) March 27, 2021
Alexa play Supalonely while I break my arm whipping this dalgona coffee pic.twitter.com/jIdMM020oB
With the country is recording consecutive all-time high positive COVID-19 cases, the concerns and nostalgia aren't only relatable, it just might happen for real, especially with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana mentioning that the extension of the 1-week lockdown could be an option in order to control the surge.
"All options are open naman sa table ng IATF," he shared with CNN Philippines’ The Source on March 29.
Are you ready for another season?