Gone are the days where we see at least double digits of new COVID-19 cases. It’s hardly any case in the community now but there are still massive testing. In fact, it seems like testing and tracking are increasing.
The world after COVID-19 is going to be very different and I am starting to see the first signs of the new world in Singapore now.
- No more mass gatherings without testing and tracing/tracking.
- No more going out in public places without tracing/tracking.
- More and more tracing/tracking and safe distancing.
- More e-commerce and grocery/food delivery.
- More income gap distinctions. The rich gets to stay at their big homes comfortably without the need to go out while the poor are the ones doing the delivery, etc.
I’m not sure if I will like the new world post COVID-19. Bleh. Probably not.
How is everyone doing so far? COVID-19 situation is getting better in Singapore and we are getting used to the new normal. Shopping malls are much more crowded than pre-covid days since we are essentially locked in Singapore. We can’t go anywhere else and Singapore is such a small country. There’s only so much you can do in Singapore and it’s so freakingly hot in Singapore too. So where do the locals go? All rush to shopping malls to chill and retail therapy. Surprisingly, the number of community cases are still pretty low (like less than 5 cases in a day). Everyone is obediently wearing masks and social distancing even in crowded malls. That’s something that the westerners can learn indeed. If such a densely populated country like Singapore can manage the COVID-19 situation, I am sure other countries that are less densely populated can do.
I’m happy that COVID-19 situation is getting better now but Dengue situation is getting worse. Those mosquitoes are spreading dengue around us instead. Sadly, both disease symptoms are kind of similar. These days people prefer to get dengue instead of COVID-19. I don’t want any of the diseases. Hopefully the weather gets colder and makes it hard for the Aedes mosquitoes to spread dengue…
I’m getting used to working from home and got an office chair to sit comfortably while working at home on my dining table. I guess this arrangement is going to last longer and I can’t wait to go back to office. I miss working in an aircon environment. Singapore is just too hot to work in non-aircon environment, unfortunately. Fortunately, it has been raining heavily in the afternoons and that certainly helped in relieving the heat in Singapore.
Anyway, I shall prepare to sleep soon. I feel like I am abandoning the blog so need to come here every now and then and blog a bit. I wish I am much more active in blogging though. Oh well. Life has been busy with all these learning and hustling. Bleh…
I passed my Azure Foundations AZ-900 exam on Tuesday. Hehe, it was a long wait as I struggled with technical issues in taking the exam. I wanted to go for the training at Microsoft office in March but COVID-19 lockdowns started happening and they canceled the on-site training. So I have to wait for April to register for the online training class. I took about 1.5 to 2 weeks to prepare for the exam after the class and register for it. However, somehow my personal MacBook Pro is not suitable for the exam and it kicked me out before I even get to see the questions.
Fortunately I got a replacement exam voucher and was able to take the exam on Tuesday. I’m quite happy to pass the exam and it starts my cloud certification journey. Time to get back to revise for my AWS certification.
I am also spending time to learn new stuff thanks to the Circuit Breaker period. It gets pretty bored at home sometimes. There is only so much dramas and movies I can watch. I miss going for violin classes too. But the idea of online violin classes is still pretty odd for me. Bleh. Anyway, hope that Circuit Breaker period will end soon…
Categories: Korean related, Personal life, Rants, Work
How is everyone doing? I have been staying at home other than to get food or groceries these days. Oh, I also managed to go for a short jog around my neighbourhood but that’s basically it.
I also started doing HIIT exercises at home by watching some of the YouTube videos.
I also finished watching Parasite movie last weekend and Partners for Justice 2 drama series this weekend. On the technical/professional front, I’m trying to take my Azure AZ-900 exam. Hopefully i can pass on my first try. I registered for it last week but due to some technical issues on my personal laptop, I have to re-schedule it.
Working from home has an additional perk. It means I can focus on learning what I needed for work without much distraction from my colleagues. Haha, I can fully focused on it and apply what I learn directly at my daily work deliverables. I find myself more efficient and finishing more work at home. The down side? I feel like I end up working a lot more. Because you know, when work gets interesting and distraction-free, it means it’s harder to take a break.
Sadly, Circuit Breaker was supposed to end on 4 May but it has been recently extended to 1 June. In addition, bubble tea shops and hairdressers are not allowed to operate now. Fortunately, we can still buy bubble tea as some of the bubble tea shops have combined forces with restaurants to ensure that they can still sell bubble tea and food together to consumers.
Sadly, no such collaborations for hairdressers so that means I will be forced to keep my long hair now.
I can’t wait for this Circuit Breaker to end and for this COVID-19 madness to end soon.
Saturdays are supposed to be very crowded on trains because that was when most are not working, including some of our maids/migrant workers. Today is the first Saturday after the Circuit Breaker in Singapore. The trains are empty, you are allowed to put your food items on the seats because of social distancing. People in grey polo tee who are Social Distancing Ambassadors are patrolling the stations. People are either carrying groceries or food when they are out.
Public transport is still available and there is social distancing to be followed even on public buses. We are not supposed to sit on certain seats with sticker or stand on certain spots with sticker (for trains). We have lesser cars on the road but to keep up with the frequency, the buses are moving slower than usual and stopping at bus stops longer than usual.
This is Singapore with our Singapore residents doing our best to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
You might think that empty malls means unrest but nope, we still have security guards patrolling the malls and looking at me at what am I doing at the mall. Luckily for my bag of groceries and Koi bubble tea cup, otherwise, I might be questioned.
After getting my essentials and food, I headed back to home and wash up. I’m not going out until I really need to and please don’t hoard food. It took me 3 trips to different supermarkets to find any pasta/pesto sauce and granola.