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The planes are back, maybe

Lately when I am outdoors, I’ve noticed something new – the sound of airplanes flying overhead. Until I noticed them I hadn’t even realised they’d been missing.

With the closure of borders, flights have been sharply reduced, and planes put into storage. I checked out of curiosity once and found Changi Airport had only 23 departing passenger flights over a 24-hour period. Surely there were at least 20 flights per hour in pre-covid times!

There are expectations that travel will pick up soon and perhaps airlines have scheduled more flights, and this is what I’m hearing in the skies. Or maybe more passengers are flying through Singapore on their way somewhere else.

I dream of travelling again, for leisure. If only they would lift the travel advisory against “non-essential” travel. There’s been talk of a travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong for leisure travellers but details haven’t been confirmed.

The school holidays start next month. I wonder how many people will travel when the travel advisory is lifted. Not many places to go, though. Maybe Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea… so far these remain theoretical possibilities as none have been officially approved.

Hornbills

We hardly see big birds such as these in the neighbourhood. Although native to the region, I tend to associate them more with parks, reserves and jungle fringe areas.

The seemed to be exploring as a large flock, having a look-see to check whether this estate has enough big trees and food. Hope we’ll see them again, maybe as nesting pairs.