My days are slowly but surely seeing some semblance of old normalcy now. I am getting busier by the day, just like how I used to before Covid-19. And as things slowly return to normalcy, my hectic days are following suit too. My sleep hours are getting shorter, my chauffeuring duties are getting heavier and I am starting to doze off on my work chair once again. During the height of the MCO, I was a little insomniac and had trouble falling asleep at night.
This pandemic is a real test from God on our patience and perseverance. The past 4 months during the ‘World War III’ felt surreal, like we were all in a very bad dream that would never end. Hubs’ business was hit so badly that we thought it would never be back to its glorious heyday again. Everyone at home felt discombobulated – the kids for being taken out of school for so long, disruption to their routines, anxiety over loss of income, anxiety over when this pandemic will end, family members grinding gears with one another out of frustration being stuck at home and cooking 3 meals a day and much more. The news that we read from news portal everyday were very negative and demoralizing. The end of the road seemed so near for us.
But the worst of the 4 months are now behind us. New Covid-19 cases have now gone down to single digits. Today’s new cases is 6. More and more sectors are reopening. Alycia who is in Form 5 went back to school today (Wed, 24 June 2020). Gyms, swimming pools and cinemas will be reopened on 1 July 2020. And the sweetest news yet is weddings, seminars, parties, training events and social gatherings can now be held effective 1 July 2020, up to a max of 250 pax with strict SOP in place. This means that hubs’ catering events will start to trickle in. He’s already received a catering event for a meeting with over 100 pax. God has been very kind to us. Throughout the partial lockdown and restrictions on social gatherings when his catering events were slashed to zilch, he had and still has an alternative income. No one in our family had to go hungry, nor any of his staff throughout the MCO. In fact, we had more than enough food placed on our dining table everyday. And it’s looking pretty positive that our beloved part-time helper, Maria can come back to our home soon. God has answered many of my prayers and I am so thankful to him.
On the eve of Alycia’s school reopening yesterday, I brought her for a much needed hair cut.
The school’s hair cut policy is length of hair cannot be longer than 2 cm below the ears. This is Alycia before her hair cut:
Our regular hair salon owner has increased the price by RM5 to RM25 for Alycia’s haircut, to cover the cost of disposable aprons and hand sanitizer. The hair stylist cum owner wore disposable rubber gloves and goggles during the haircut.
Our dinner yesterday:
Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Jai), blanched organic baby spinach, stir-fried assorted vegetables from hubby’s kitchen, stir-fried ginger, mushrooms and sesame seed oil chicken tenders for the big girl who cannot stomach spicy food and sambal cili Tenggiri fish from hubby’s kitchen.
First day of school in RMCO – Alycia getting out of the house to her waiting transporter at the lobby this morning:
Social distancing markers on the van:
Students’ temperatures are scanned at the school entrance on a facial recognition thermometer and teachers are stationed at the bus stop area screaming out to the 5th and 6th formers to maintain a 1 meter distancing from one another. 😷
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