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Another Year, Another Lockdown. Ah well...

Let's do and keep this together, shall we?
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Vonecia Carswell on Unsplash

Here we go again...another close complete lockdown. 

The good thing about Malaysia's MOH is that we are good at tiptoeing the line between being competent and being reckless. So, we're almost never completely ravaged by a Pandemic like the ones seen in other countries but we're also a little here-and-there-then-everywhere with our implementation. 

It often leave the rest of us hooked onto the news for not just the latest announcements but also the latest changes of minds. There's good and bad in that. 

As far as I can tell, most of my friends and family are reallyyyyyy up-to-date about the latest happenings around us. 

So far, we've had some close encounters and since I am always in contact with frontliners, you could say that my awareness is always heightened. Plus, my immune system isn't what it was before and I have a sinus problem that scares the bejeezus out of everyone I meet whenever I sneeze, I have my mask on all the time. 

Some family members have been identified as close contacts at work and school and had to go through a COVID test. Others are casual contacts (including me) who must have somehow brushed shoulders with people somewhere with positive COVID results. 

Before this, we used to freak out when the national COVID numbers came up in the hundreds. Just yesterday, our daily new cases came up to nearly 4,500 with most of them in the Red Zones where I live and work. 

I feel ambushed by this Virus and I can't lie. I am tired of all this BS thing. This Virus is wearing us down and making us not just anxious but also tired, challenged, weary, and angry. 

Today is Mother's Day and here we are....violin class cancelled because the place where the boys take their classes has been identified as a HotSpot for COVID under Malaysia's new predictive HIDE system. 

Just a couple of days ago, before they launched the HIDE list, we were still OK with going to the mall to get groceries and attend classes. Well, no prizes for guessing. 

This sucks. 


Here we are, thinking that 2021 was going to be better because we have Vaccines in sight. That we will be inching back to The Norms soon with the new year. 


But you know what? Let's just keep this going for as long as we can. I mean, there's no alternative. We just have to make a choice between risking possible death and keep brushing past it. 

Thankfully, a large majority of Malaysians are pretty obedient bunch, except for a few renegades. We do what we have to do most of the time without brandishing guns and grenades in protest but we're tired and frustrated. 

Mother's Day? Well, it's time to put the boots on and keep things as sane as possible in the family while doing multiple things all at the same time without going berserk. 

Happy Mother's Day, people!

We can do this. (I think)



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