Personal Takeaways from the K-drama Clean with Passion for Now

Most, if not all of us, have become germophobes these days because of COVID-19. For 8 months now since lockdown has started last March, my regular quarantine day starts with this morning ritual: wiping our doorknobs, light switches, and kitchen surfaces using wet wipes with alcohol before doing anything. And how many times in a day do I wash my hands with soap or spray them with alcohol? I actually lost count. In our “new normal,” these activities are generally accepted as a way to prevent getting infected with the dreaded corona virus. But not so in the K-drama Clean with Passion for Now that I recently finished watching.

Plot Summary

Jang Sun-gyeol (Yoon Kyun-sang) suffers from mysophobia or germophobia, the fear of dirt, germs and contamination, which was brought about by an early childhood trauma. He owns a cleaning company that strictly adheres to his rigid standards.

Gil Oh-sol (Kim Yoo-jung) is a girl with a cheery personality who does not mind being untidy. Her circumstance does not allow her to fuss over being clean and neat as she is always busy doing multiple part-time jobs while constantly looking for a full-time employment.

Gil Oh-sol eventually becomes an employee of Jang Sun-gyeol’s cleaning company. While Jang Sun-gyeol feels nothing but disgust towards Gil Oh-sol’s unkempt ways in the beginning, he soon finds himself falling in love with her.

But there are many obstacles in their relationship. First, Jang Sun-gyeol’s family does not approve of Gil Oh-sol. Gil Oh Sol also finds out that Jang Sun-gyeol is the grandson of a man who was responsible for her mom’s death. Will their love survive these storms, or will they eventually fall apart?

My Say

I didn’t think I’d like this K-drama at first, but to be honest, I enjoyed it immensely. Initially, I thought the lead actor and actress were an unlikely pair primarily because of the height disparity and also because the lead actress is so baby-faced compared to the lead actor. But boy was I wrong! The more I watched them together in this K-drama, the more I saw the undeniable chemistry between them. Both were equally good-looking, too!

Kim Yoo-jung is perfect for her role as Gil Oh-sol. I watched her in The Moon Embracing the Sun and Love in the Moonlight, and one thing I can say is that she always delivers. She’s really a good actress with a very pretty face to boot! This is the first time I have seen Yoon Kyun-sang in a lead role, and I must say his towering figure and serious demeanor suit his CEO image in this K-drama.

Story-wise, this K-drama is an eye-opener. It makes viewers aware of a mental condition (mysophobia/germophobia) that has a psychological cause, in this case, the trauma experienced by Jang Sun-gyeol when he was young. That part was clearly explained in this K-drama.

I laughed a lot and shed some tears, too, while watching Clean with Passion for Now. It’s a good mix of happy and sad. And just when you think things are going so well for the lead actor and actress, an unexpected conflict arises, which makes your heart ache for the love that seems doomed from the start. The plot was simple but realistic and relatable.

Key Takeaways from this K-drama

1. Cleaning is therapeutic. While cleaning one’s place can be a tedious task, it also produces beneficial results. For one, seeing a neat and organized place elicits a feeling of calmness. It also makes you happy that the clutter and mess are all gone. In my case, it helps me think better if my surrounding is A-OK.

2. Your job does not define you. There is dignity in every individual’s job, so there’s no need to be ashamed whatever it is you do for a living for as long as it is decent. No matter how menial or lowly you deem your job to be, that does not give other people the right to step all over you.

3. There is a reason behind a person’s action. In today’s society, people who exhibit strange or unique behaviors like Jang Sun-gyeol are usually branded as “weird” or “crazy.” But if we really think about it, there’s really a reason why these people do what they do. Instead of throwing insults at them or making fun of their peculiar habits, we should try to understand them instead and be more considerate of their feelings.

4. Love heals. Love is like magic, a potion that can heal our heart, mind and body. It makes you want to become a better person for your significant other. In this K-drama, Jang Sun-gyeol wants to be cured of his germophobia for the sake of Gil Oh-sol. That’s because his disorder makes it hard for them to do the things that couples usually do like going to the movies, walking in the park, and riding a bus together. He wants to see Gil Oh-sol happy, and having his disorder treated is how he can make it happen.

5. It takes time to forgive. Forgiveness is not easily handed out to someone who has deeply hurt another. That’s what Gil Oh-sol said to Jang Sun-gyeol’s father when he finally accepted that he was in the wrong and found the courage to humbly and sincerely ask for forgiveness from Gil Oh-sol’s family for the grave mistake he committed against the family’s matriarch. It feels good to let go of the pain and the hurt, though, like what Gil Oh-sol’s father did in the end.

Care to share your thoughts about this K-drama?

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Grocery Delivery via GoRobinsons

In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, the safest place people can be is within the confines of their homes, and the best means of avoiding getting infected with the virus is not going out if it can be helped and opting for online deliveries instead. I’ve been regularly getting our groceries from LazMart, but last month, I started ordering from GoRobinsons, the online store of Robinsons Supermarket.

My 3rd delivery from GoRobinsons

I started ordering groceries from GoRobinsons last October, and I’ve already made three purchases to date. My latest purchase through this online store arrived last Friday, November 6. While Robinsons Supermarket Galleria branch is so near our place, I would not really risk going out and staying for more than an hour in the grocery store to buy our home essentials while the risk of getting COVID-19 is still high.

The Upsides of Using GoRobinsons
1. GoRobinsons allows me to shop for the things our family needs anytime at the comfort of our own home. There’s no need to physically go out and shop for groceries during this COVID-19 pandemic.
2. I get to use my Robinsons Rewards card which earns me points when I shop at any participating Robinsons stores, 1 point (equivalent to 1 peso) for every Php100 purchase. I then get to redeem my accumulated points on my succeeding purchases.
3. Because I’m ordering from a supermarket, I can buy almost anything in one go (frozen or fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, toiletries, etc.). This saves me time and effort.
4. Products are varied, so customers have a choice on which brands of which products they prefer to buy.

The Downsides of Using GoRobinsons
1. Because Robinsons Supermarket offers a wide variety of brands and products, it takes longer to shop. The first time I used GoRobinsons, it took me almost two hours to finish my order for our 2-week grocery supply. My advice is if you already have a preferred brand for your grocery items, go type them in the Search box to expedite the ordering process.
2. I wish the Customer Service department of the Robinsons Supermarket branch nearest us would call me to ask for replacement for grocery items on my list that are unavailable. GoRobinsons currently does not have the capability to edit customers’ orders and substitute items.
3. Senior citizen and PWD discounts are not honored for GoRobinsons online transactions.

How to Use GoRobinsons
Go to www.gorobinsons.ph to create your account. Customers may use their email address to register.

Areas Covered by GoRobinsons
GoRobinsons delivers to Metro Manila and select areas of Rizal.

Minimum Order Value
Minimum purchase is Php1000, and free delivery for Php3,500 worth of order.

Payment Options
They accept cash on delivery and debit and credit card payments through PayMaya and PayPal.

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Spending 14 Days in a Quarantine Facility

A few days after Nanay was admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19, my sister who also caught the virus finally agreed to spend her quarantine period at La Quinta Court (Dasmariñas, Cavite Quarantine Facility No. 5). This is to spare our 77-year-old Tatay from getting the dreaded virus, too. My sister was accompanied to La Quinta by their barangay health worker. As mentioned in my previous blog post, the barangay health center can assist COVID-positive patients in many ways, so it’s important to coordinate things with them.

Photo credit: La Quinta Court FB Page

How does a quarantine facility look like? Do patients pay for their stay in a quarantine facility? How do patients spend their days in a quarantine facility? These are some of the questions I have asked my sister after her quarantine period was over. With her permission, I’m going to relay the answers to these questions and more in this blog post in the hope that many will learn from our family’s experience with COVID-19. To respect and protect my sister’s privacy, I will not include a photo of her in this blog post nor will I mention her name.

Dasmariñas, Cavite Quarantine Facility No. 5

My sister’s room at La Quinta

La Quinta Court, a government quarantine facility located on Governors Drive, Langkaan 1, Dasmariñas, Cavite has a 60-bed capacity and manned by one head nurse with the following staff: a nurse assistant, utility worker, and a watchman. A quarantine facility is where COVID-19 asymptomatic patients complete their 14-day quarantine period.

Do patients pay for their stay in a quarantine facility?

My sister’s stay at La Quinta was free. Each patient is quarantined in his/her own room with aircon, cable TV and bathroom. Patients’ meals and bottled water (maximum of two bottles per meal) were also free. Upon arrival at La Quinta, my sister was also given 20 pieces of Vitamin C with Zinc. Local government units (LGUs) are the ones responsible for the upkeep of government quarantine facilities. All rooms are disinfected before patients move in.


These are some of the pictures of the food that were given to La Quinta patients during my sister’s stay there. She said food was good. As you can see, the food they served the patients were healthy balanced meals with meat/fish, veggies and/or soup, and rice.

What should patients bring with them to a quarantine facility?

Patients should bring their own personal hygiene kit (soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, hand sanitizer/alcohol) towel, clothes, maintenance medicines, face mask, face shield, bedsheet, blanket, pillow, pail, detergent powder for washing their own clothes, bleach for cleaning their bathroom).

What do patients do at La Quinta?

Patients just basically stay in their own rooms for 14 days. It’s where they eat, exercise, sleep, watch TV, wash their laundry, and communicate with their families and friends. Once in a while, a staff member garbed in PPE suit visited the patients to monitor their blood pressure and to check if patients develop new symptoms during their stay. Since all of the patients here asymptomatic, the staff pay more attention to those with comorbidities. According to Very Well Mind, comorbidity means “the existence of multiple disorders in the same person.”

What is my sister’s typical day like at La Quinta?

My sister said she started her day at La Quinta with a prayer. She washed her clothes thereafter and breakfast would have been served by the time she finished. She then took her nap to make up for not being able to sleep well at night. She exercised in the afternoon before taking a shower. She watched TV in between.

Do patients receive medical certificates after their 14-day quarantine?

Yes, they do. A medical certificate is issued to all patients on their last day in the quarantine facility stating that they are COVID-19-recovered and are allowed to go home.

Are discharged patients required to have a repeat swab test?

According to La Quinta’s head nurse, DOH protocol does not require re-swabbing of patients for as long as they have spent 14 symptom-free days at the quarantine facility. My sister’s first symptom occurred on August 22, and she doesn’t have any symptoms of the virus on August 27, the day she and my father had their swab test done. She went to La Quinta on September 3, already asymptomatic, and went home on September 17. She was fetched by the same barangay health worker that took her to La Quinta.

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What It’s Like to Be a Patient in the COVID Ward and a Relative of a COVID-Positive Patient in Hospital Confinement

Nanay and my sister tested positive for COVID-19 last August. Nanay experienced the following symptoms (chills, diarrhea, fever), while my sister had fever and myalgia. Fortunately, for our Tatay, his swab test came out negative, despite experiencing exactly the same symptoms as Nanay.

Photo taken by the City of Imus Doctors Hospital COVID Ward Head Nurse

Being COVID-positive, Nanay was not allowed to undergo hemodialysis at her dialysis center anymore. She had to be admitted to a hospital for close monitoring of her underlying medical conditions. A stroke and heart bypass survivor, Nanay is also diabetic and has been receiving hemodialysis sessions for well over a year now.

Her nephrologist finally found a slot for Nanay’s confinement at City of Imus Doctors Hospital (CIDH) COVID Ward. Nanay was admitted last August 30 and stayed in the hospital for almost two weeks. For those not in the know, COVID-positive patients stay alone in an isolation room, only seeing his/her doctors and COVID Ward nurses. No companions or visitors are allowed.

Nanay’s Experience at CIDH COVID Ward

Being alone in a hospital room at the COVID Ward without her spouse and children for 13 days would probably be the loneliest days of Nanay’s life. On her first few days of confinement, she would call me several times a day despite our already long conversation earlier in the day. She would often burst out crying, too, because she said she missed us.

The only persons she saw during her stay at the COVID Ward were the nurses, her attending doctor, and just days before she was discharged, an infectious disease specialist. There was nothing else to do inside her room but eat, sleep and talk with us on the phone.

My Experience Dealing with CIDH Staff Remotely

Being the main contact person for Nanay, I did everything remotely. That’s because my parents live in Dasmarinas, Cavite, while I live in Pasig. A COVID ambulance provided by their barangay health center transported Nanay alone to CIDH. My sister and father who live with Nanay were already placed on home quarantine that time as they were also experiencing COVID-like symptoms.

Hours before Nanay’s arrival to the hospital, I talked to CIDH’s Admission Department to inquire about admission procedures, to give her personal details, and to inquire about our payment options. I also called their ER Department where I was interviewed by a resident nephrologist for Nanay’s medical history and COVID-19 history.

I was also given instructions by an ER Supervisor where Nanay’s ambulance should park and where she would be met by the ER nurses and doctor. And because Nanay was alone in the hospital and no relatives were allowed to visit, I also requested the hospital to let Nanay sign all her papers. Whew!

Our hospital deposit, partial payments made after we’d reached the allowed limit for COVID-positive patients, and our remaining balance were all paid through online bank transfer. Thank God for modern technology! I also had the Viber number of the Billing Department’s supervisor who gave me our daily running bill and official receipts for partial payments we’ve transferred to the hospital’s bank account number.

I also have the Viber number of the hospital’s COVID Ward and was in regular communication with the three COVID ward nurses: Mark, EJ and Angel. They give me updates on Nanay’s condition. They send me pictures of Nanay, too, in her room. They also facilitate video calls so that Nanay can see us whenever she wants. And not only that. I was also able to request one of the nurses, Angel, to buy adult diapers and some snacks for Nanay. Wasn’t that amazing? Hats off to these young and brave frontliners! You guys rock!

Our Overall Hospital Experience

It was Nanay’s first admission at CIDH, and I must say I’m impressed with how the staff handled COVID cases in their hospital. Everyone I talked to in whatever department I called (Admission, ER, Billing, COVID Ward) was polite, courteous and accommodating.

Our Hospital Bill

Would you believe our hospital bill reached almost half a million? Php456, 971.25 to be exact for 13 days in the hospital. If not for the big discount from PhilHealth (Php153,667) and 20% senior citizen discount (Php80,858.26), we wouldn’t be able to produce such a big amount right away. Our total cash payment minus PhilHealth and senior citizen discounts was Php222,445.99, an amount that still wasn’t readily available when Nanay was about to be discharged.

But many thanks to generous souls who helped us in our hour of need. Monetary assistance from relatives and friends reached 80k+ which greatly eased our financial distress. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts. You all know who you are, and we pray that God richly blesses you far more than you could ever imagine.

Nanay Is Finally Back Home and Safe

Nanay’s admitting doctor was keen on discharging her early from the hospital because her condition was already good a few days after she was admitted. Her repeat swab test done on September 3, however, revealed she was still COVID-positive. Another repeat swab test done on September 10 yielded the same positive result. That’s when an infectious disease specialist was asked to see her to certify that she’s COVID-recovered despite the result of her two repeat swab tests.

Nanay had her third repeat swab test done last September 25, eight days after she was discharged from the hospital. Finally, SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19) was not detected anymore. She is now back to her 3x-a-week regular hemodialysis at her dialysis center. We could all heave a sigh of relief at last. We were just really happy that our family’s COVID nightmare was over, and that Nanay did not suffer much during her hospital confinement.

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Our Family’s COVID-19 Experience + Helpful COVID-19 Information

The thing we feared the most to happen to any member of the family this year materialized. Despite all the necessary precautions taken by everyone, two of our family members, my Nanay and my sister, still caught the much dreaded COVID-19 virus.

Photo taken by the City of Imus Doctors Hospital COVID Ward Head Nurse

The fact that my sister lives with our parents who are both senior citizens and both high-risk individuals, and with Nanay having comorbidities — a diabetic and a dialysis patient at that — the probability of all three of them in the household (Tatay, Nanay, sister) catching the virus was really high.

It was Nanay who first showed symptoms of the virus on August 18. She first had chills, then diarrhea and fever. When her symptoms subsided, my father and sister started getting febrile, too. Tatay also experienced diarrhea; fortunately, his swab test came out negative.

After Nanay’s swab test turned out positive, she couldn’t go to her dialysis center anymore. Her case was reported to the LGU (local government unit) and was waiting for the go-signal for admission at a government COVID hospital in Caloocan.

Before August ended, Nanay already missed four dialysis sessions which could prove fatal and which prompted us not to wait for a slot at the Caloocan hospital anymore. Her nephrologist who was also a consultant at the City of Imus Doctors Hospital (CIDH) managed to get her a slot there, and she was admitted last August 30 and was discharged on September 12.

A few days after Nanay’s confinement, my sister, whose remaining symptom at the time was body weakness – she stopped having fever on August 27 — went to a quarantine facility in Dasmarinas, Cavite with the help of a barangay health worker. She stayed there to complete her quarantine period of 14 days without symptoms. This we believed was the best course of action to take so that Tatay would be spared from this deadly virus. My sister finally went home last Thursday, September 17.

What to Do When You Suspect You Have COVID

First, you need to get in touch with your barangay health center. Report the name of the patient with COVID-like symptoms. The patient will be monitored daily by the barangay health nurse/barangay health worker. They will even take you to a diagnostic clinic or hospital for swab testing which is shouldered by the LGU. If you’re a COVID suspect or COVID positive and don’t have place in your house to isolate, they can also escort you to a quarantine facility near your area and take you home once your quarantine period is over.

Now if you’re a dialysis patient like our Nanay, the barangay health center will also work hand-in-hand with your dialysis center to get all the documents/information needed for your transfer to a government COVID hospital if you need to be confined. You can also request for ambulance assistance from them to transport the patient from his/her home to the hospital. They also give food/vitamin assistance to the infected patients staying in their homes.

Why You Should Not Be Ashamed That You Have COVID

Because of the social stigma associated with COVID-19, most patients who opted to isolate themselves at home are ashamed of having their neighbors know about their condition. They fear getting ridiculed, ostracized, and worst, getting hurt by the people around them.

First of all, it is not your fault that you have acquired the virus. Who wants to contract the virus, anyway? None of us do. Since majority of those infected by COVID-19 are asymptomatic, it’s possible to catch the virus from just about anyone you meet or anywhere you go. People should be sympathetic towards those infected with the virus because yes, it could also happen to them.

Why You Should Not Conceal Your COVID-19 Information

In times like this, you need to be honest about your condition. Do not lie about your symptoms or your travel history to your doctor, nurse or any healthcare worker. Doing so would harm others. You can infect people and put their lives at risk.

Patients not providing accurate information about their condition are actually in violation of Republic Act No. 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act) and will be penalized.

Thank You, Salitran 3 Barangay Health Workers! We Appreciate You!

To end this blog post, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Salitran 3 Barangay Health Center staff Ms. Norie Moral Estabillo (barangay health worker) and Ms. Donna Rycah Dones (barangay health nurse) who patiently helped my parents and sister in Cavite during their COVID-19 days and accommodated our request for ambulance for Nanay’s hospital confinement and barangay tanod assistance for Nanay’s dialysis after discharge.

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