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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

Life has changed in many different aspects since your arrival and the implementation of circuit breaker.

 

With the outbreak of the virus, my university adopted precautionary measures as early as February. Lessons were mostly converted to online learning. While I was thankful that I didn’t have to spend two hours travelling to school for lectures, I was quite worried that I didn’t have the discipline for online learning. Taking exams in the midst of circuit breaker was another interesting experience for me. I personally prefer to study in school due to the conducive environment but this time, I had to adapt to studying and completing my exams at home. It was quite a challenge for me as I got distracted pretty easily.

Circuit breaker has also affected family life, especially how we observe the holy month of Ramadhan.

Circuit breaker has also affected family life, especially how we observe the holy month of Ramadan. It has been a yearly tradition for us to perform prayers at a nearby mosque and visit the Geylang bazaar that is just a 10-minute walk away from our home. I have always looked forward to iftar at my grandmother’s place. However, with circuit breaker, we had to observe Ramadan at home. While it felt really different, I am grateful to be able to spend more time at home with my loved ones.

 

My family owns a home-based business which does traditional kueh catering for weddings and events, and our business was affected when large-scale events were no longer allowed. So we restructured our business operations and began offering mini-sized packs of our bakes to encourage customers to stay home while enjoying the treats with their loved ones. It allowed me to be more involved in my family’s business and I had a great time helping my parents. The recent regulation which required home-based businesses to cease operations during the circuit breaker period was devastating, but on the brighter side of things, it allowed us to take a much-needed breather before resuming operations.

 

Amidst all the changes and disruptions, I realise I have many things to be thankful for. It's a privilege and a blessing to be able to practise social distancing and stay at home. And it has been heart-warming to see our community come together to show love and compassion in different ways to the marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Izzah Aqilah

08 May 2020