What a time to be alive right now!
I went to Singapore in January during Chinese New Year to visit my sister and I was a little worried about this virus that was going around in Wuhan. At that time Singapore didn’t have any significant cases yet.
I complained a little bit because all the shops were closed during the time I was there. Singapore was so quiet, it was unbelievable, I have never seen empty streets in this always bustling city. We opted for outdoor activities this time around and we were lucky to have been able to do some trails in the lush part of Singapore.
Little did I know that things would spiral down pretty quickly in the weeks to come.
At the moment I teach at my former university. This is only my second semester and I am really enjoying it. I love coming into a class and teaching something new to the students. I love interacting with my students and being able to assist them if they have any questions. I love the lively discussions happening in the office corridors with my colleagues where we would brainstorm for new ideas. It is a whole new world, one that I have to start from scratch, but I don’t mind at all.
Three weeks ago, my campus declared that all classes would go online. Of course I was a little gutted, but I was actually more relieved. With the number of cases increasing, I was uncomfortable with continuing working. I had already started physical distancing and washing my hands constantly since early March, I was extremely worried since I have a background of serious illness.
I have now been at home for almost 4 weeks. I don’t find this quarantine life too much different than when I was quarantined after chemo. I have done this before, for years even, but this is different. Everyone at home is quarantined. Even with my so called “experience” of being quarantined, this is hard. I don’t know what’s to come, I don’t know when this will be over, I question the government, and I have so many questions like “how will we know it’s truly over when it’s over?”.
The first week was stressful. I was just panicking, I couldn’t divert my mind into thinking something else. I tried baking, reading, watching TV series and nothing worked.
After talking to several of my friends, I realized I am not the only one feeling this way. At least I have other people feeling the way I feel. This realization of being in this together makes me feel a little better, and I must say that there is some peace in knowing that.
I am trying to enjoy this new change, which I guess is what everyone is trying to do too. I gained some new knowledge like making homemade mac and cheese and sesame noodles (so easy and yummy!). With classes online, I had to learn how to create online videos and do my classes differently. I am also reading lots and lots of books. With everything online, I also got to stream my former church in England, it was nice to watch the service from here.
To all of you, I hope you stay safe. If you are working (medical workers, researchers, shopkeepers, couriers, online drivers, and many more) in this difficult time please, keep safe. Know that people, including myself, are so thankful for your hard work and endless courage to keep on providing things that the rest of us need.
This too shall pass.