Singapore is about six weeks into the circuit breaker and the government is now looking to start easing up on our lockdown starting next week. Some businesses will re-open, but our new normal will be to wear face masks outside our homes and social distancing enforced when outside. Students, especially those from graduating cohorts like those taking their national exams like the PSLE, O levels and A levels will be called back to schools in small groups for face-to-face lessons, but I understand if the students don’t want to come back to school, they will not be penalised.
Our new positive case totals have crossed the 22,000 mark with a majority of cases coming from workers residing in dormitories. With over 3 million workers in Singapore, I expect this to not reduce anytime soon, but I am hoping and praying that the healthcare frontliners are able to catch and contain positive cases and so things go back to a semblance of normalcy for everyone.
In other news, our helper of seven years has decided that since she is not really needed at our home, she will be moving on to help another family. We are sending her off with our blessings as I have been telling her that we don’t really need help now since the children are grown up now. This is a good time for her to move on so that both GG & BB start to do more household chores. As it stands now, they do the bare minimum and I don’t want a situation where, if they go out of Singapore to either study or work, they are one of those you see ridiculed on social media about having no concept of what constitutes household chores. So once things start to get better, she will move on to her new home and hopefully, we will still meet her during the days she is off from work or during any special celebrations. If she is still in Singapore, I definitely want her to be part of any celebrations in our family.
Healthwise, I just had a scare – I had some bloodwork done last week and my white blood cells were more than it is normal. After probing me, my primary care physican decided to have new blood taken, so she can get another reading. Apparently when you are sick, the white blood cells increase, but I am as healthy as I can be and if this second reading is also high, there is a chance that I may have to be tested to check if everything is ok with me. So I am keeping fingers crossed for the reports to be better this time around and this is also a wake-up call for me to start taking more self-care. I have been quite lax about my diet and exercise this last month or so and this is my wake-up call to start treating myself well.
Well, that’s all from me this week. Stay home, stay safe and let’s all work together so things go back to business as usual as soon as possible!