My Quarantine Routine

Due to the global pandemic, everyone is pretty much homebound to keep themselves safe from being infected by the ever so evil, Corona Virus. To be honest, I am still in a state of disbelief.

It’s all happening rather quickly.

Just two months ago, I was happily enjoying my time at the corner cafe, sipping on my iced latte, and catching up with some of my favourite people over brunch. Not sure whether it’s still possible to do that again with all that’s going on, but isn’t it crazy how a normal, impromptu lunch date with your best friend has become a distant memory.

It has been a rough couple of months for many of us, and I too am not spared. My usual routine of going to work from 9 to 5 and ending my day with BJJ has been replaced with just being home in the effort of ‘flattening the curve’. On the bright side, I now have all the time in the world to do whatever I’ve always wanted to do but never had time to do it! Here are some of the things that have been keeping me occupied while in quarantine.

Baking
Everyone who knows me knows that I share a passion for baking. I’ve been bookmark-ing countless recipes but hadn’t had the time to try it. I’ve made at least five variations of chocolate chip cookies during this time and perfected my Pandan Chiffon Cake. I’ve also attempted to make pineapple Buns which I had during my time in Hong Kong and also made some traditional butter cookies in time for Raya celebration.

Netflix
During my time at home, I have managed to Netflix & chill, as in really Netflix-ing and chilling for real. Sometimes, in the midst of chaos, it is nice to just immerse yourself in some feel-good fictional movies and lose grasp with reality, even if it’s just for a little while. It has definitely helped me in forgetting all the craziness that’s going on outside.

Online Courses
On a more productive note, I have also signed up for an online course via Udemy. I personally think that it’s essential to continuously equip yourself with knowledge especially during these uncertain times. It has helped me in staying motivated, positive, and to ensure that I am readily prepared for what’s ahead. The world is changing and evolving rapidly, and so should we. As the pandemic is badly affecting the economy, I hold on to the belief that even in the darkest time, there will always be light. We just have to know where to look.

Spending Quality Time With My Loved Ones
I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone and that I am surrounded by all the people I love. I am privileged to have my family around with me during this lockdown. My schedule used to be quite packed with work and training and was only around for family dinner on Sundays. I guess the gift in all this is that now all of our schedules are cleared, which means that every day is a Sunday. It’s honestly a perfect time to just be in the moment and enjoy each other’s company.

Our world is changing so quickly in ways I couldn’t even imagine. My personal takeaway from this is that most times, I overlook all the little things in life. From a simple hug to getting my hair done at a salon or even a workout session at the gym. All these have become such luxuries now which I don’t know when will I get back. The situation has taught me to always live in the present and to appreciate things better even if it’s just a casual evening walk at the park. Most importantly, I should never sweat the small stuff in life cause there are our frontline superheroes out there, who are putting their lives at stake to save ours.

Remember to always stay safe, practice social distancing, maintain good hygiene, and this too shall pass. We might be away from our families and friends for now, but remember that this isn’t the end, and we just have to stay apart, to stay together.