Hello to a strange new world

I’m starting to question why I continue to pay the domain and web hosting fees every year when I barely write nowadays. I guess I just can’t bear to give up my little space on the internet where I can pop by on random days like this to pen down my thoughts.

We’re now all living in unprecedented times no thanks to COVID-19. Lockdowns. Social distancing. Hoarding of toilet paper. Closure of schools and workplaces. I never thought I’d live to experience these. To put this into perspective, I’ve been working for about 19 years now and this is the first time ever in my work life that I’m allowed to work from home. Yes, all because of the dreadful COVID-19. And we all thought SARS was bad.

Now that the government has imposed a one-month “Circuit Breaker” period to pre-empt escalating COVID-19 infections, we’re all required to stay at home and refrain from going out unnecessarily. We’re not even allowed to visit family members who are staying in different households. I understand this directive is required to stem the spread of the virus but it has also caused a bunch of problems and stress for many. I still can’t fathom the seemingly simple act of visiting a friend or a sibling at their home is now prohibited. What is the world coming to? We’ve all taken our freedom for granted.

I really hope the Circuit Breaker will be effective in controlling the infection rates in Singapore. Even though I like the idea of working from home, I wish life can return to some semblance of normalcy soon.

In the meantime, let’s all be socially responsible and look out for one another during this period. Hang in there and stay healthy (and sane) everyone.

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