New Patterns

The weekend before eating out was allowed, the roads were very busy with cars, and cyclists. I wonder what that was about. Everyone seemed so busy. But the neighbourhood was quiet as I took my walk.

I think so much has changed since Covid began, 17 months ago. The government is saying city design would have to adjust, hinting some changes are coming. Details on what these changes would be are vague right now. Meanwhile, government housing flats have been delayed up to 9 months. Some family members have to adjust their expectations on when their new flats would be ready.

My office is under-utilised, there are only a handful of people on the whole floor when I do go in. Working from home, I’m very dependent on home broadband, and getting used to how it cuts out for a few seconds several times a day… I just wait for it to reconnect, and hope I haven’t missed too much of the online meeting. Usually it’s ok.

So this week, we can dine out in groups of two. I may arrange some coffee meetings, keeping my fingers crossed, and taking small calculated risks.

Silver Lining

Whilst we cannot eat out during this Phase, we can do almost everything else. We can shop, go to the market, visit a hair salon or the cinema. This time round, restrictions have also been applied to children because of a spate of infections affecting children who had attended tuition class. So activities for children have also been curtailed for 4 weeks.

What this means is that despite the ongoing school holidays, tourist attractions have been sparsely attended, which makes everything a little more pleasant. So this is the best time to enjoy attractions which are usually chock-a-block with crowds. One can enjoy the sights and take photographs without worrying about somebody being in the way.

This not-so-little Kei-Chan sculpture by Yayoi Kusuma was donated by a generous art collector earlier this year. Usually, she is surrounded by a picture seekers.

Five but no eating out

With daily Covid-19 cases finally coming down to less than 20 a day and holding, we have a little relaxation in the rules, starting today. Gatherings of five are allowed, but no meals in public places yet. What this means is we can have five different people visit each household per day, which really makes it easier for me to have family members visit for meals! And more people can come and visit Mom and make her day a little more interesting.

No meals in public places means that people have been eating only at home, or in some instances, in their cars. Essential workers have been allowed to eat at their work places, but must eat alone. All other workers have been compelled to work from home. Delivery riders have been busy.

Hopefully, by next week, we will be allowed to eat out in groups of five and share a dessert platter again!