Thank you for forcing me to stay at home and giving me the chance to realise the significance of connecting with my family. Even though we aren’t a perfect family, I’m still grateful that they are here for me. I’m also grateful for having a shelter over my head and a comfortable bed to sleep in.
I hope COVID-19 ends soon and when it does end, I hope I am still able to connect as frequently with my family and not take them for granted again. I also hope we won’t have to experience this in future as I miss my social circle and being able to go out to have fun without the fear of afraid of catching the virus. I miss the freedom to roam the streets, not forgetting buying my favourite bubble tea. I miss seeing my friends and heading to dance studios for open classes. I do appreciate the online classes a lot, but the atmosphere of dance classes, like when we applaud and encourage each other, cannot be replicated and felt through a screen.
Because the circuit breaker measures were put in place so abruptly, from moving classes online to having to quickly move out of hall and then staying at home 24/7, it was a pretty chaotic week. Taking my finals online was really an interesting experience with the invigilating done through Zoom, and the multiple emails on how to prepare for such exams. Luckily, the change in the format of exams was less stressful for me.
I was also able to introduce my hamster, Nimbles, to my family and spend more time with her. Nimbles now receives much more love on a daily basis. She settled into her new environment quickly and always greets my family by looking at them through her little fence door.
I am thankful for being able to have such comforts and I am aware that not many are as privileged as I am. So I try to help others by donating and spreading awareness of the different issues that has arisen from COVID-19. Hopefully, everyone is still coping well in this situation and spreading love to each other during this difficult period.