The entire evening today was rife with residents in our Taman Facebook group and our Whatsapp groups talking about a Covid-19 positive patient confirmed in our neighborhood. He lives in one of the condos in our Taman. Our Taman has been a Green Zone with only 1 confirmed case so far, in March this year.
The latest patient had just returned from a diving trip in Sabah on Monday and on Thursday, he went to several places in our Taman – to a clinic, a supermarket and a road-side Chee Cheong Fun stall to get takeaway food. Whatever for when you’re unwell?! And now he’s caused so much unnecessary distress and worry to the entire community. But till today, our Taman is still not listed in the Covid-19 alert list in KL and nothing of it mentioned in the newspapers. And I wonder why! The supermarket hasn’t been disinfected by the local authorities in Hazmat suits except by their own staff. Our condo management has taken proactive steps by putting up a notice on the lift wall to inform residents to report to the management office should anyone of us went to the said supermarket on Thursday. Other than that, none of the residents who went to the supermarket has been contacted by the authorities for contact tracing.
In recent days, multiple prominent malls in the Klang Valley have put up announcements for Covid-19 alerts, for shoppers or staff who have tested positive and visited the malls. The silent and invisible enemy within us is now back and lurking around very near us again, ready to cause another wave. And new cases are climbing up to triple digits again. I can’t take another MCO anymore! 😭
In the past two weeks, another two restaurants in our Taman became economic casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic. One is my friend’s home-cooked food eatery (I’m devastated as I love the food she cooks, especially her Black Vinegar Pork Trotters) and another is a Thai, one of our favorite Thai restaurants. My friend’s eatery opened at a wrong time. About 2 months into opening her eatery, our country was plunged into a partial lockdown and business has been slow and she could not make enough profit to pay rental and staff salaries.
Back in the early days of the pandemic in April this year, economists have warn the business world’s greatest casualty will be small and medium-sized enterprises. That’s a big problem in Asia, where they account for 90 per cent of firms and employ half of all workers. I cannot imagine our country’s economy turning off again in the event of another country-wide MCO. So many financially vulnerable people will be in danger of the most severe hardship if another lockdown were to be imposed on our country. Perhaps they won’t die of Covid-19 but of severe financial stress and anxiety.
There’s no point worrying over something that I have no control of, right? This is a world war and everyone is affected.
So let’s talk food now 😋
Our in-house chef dished out Japanese Chashu (sometimes called “Nibuta”, which literally means simmered/braised pork).
I accidentally bought the wrong part of pork (pork shoulder instead of pork belly) and as a result the Charshu was a tad dry as there’s very little fat. Nonetheless it was delish and the entire chunk of Charshu was polished off.
Charshu rice bowl with overcooked onsen tamago. Our chef forgot that she was boiling the eggs in the pot and played with her phone. When she realized it, the egg yolk was already overcooked 😂
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