I first heard of you back in December 2019 but I did not think much of it as I was in Shanghai and you were in Wuhan.
I remember saying goodbye to my colleagues on 23 January, the last working day before Chinese New Year. I did not plan for a trip to Singapore but now I’ve been here since February and there is no end date in sight as the tables have turned and China is not opening their doors to foreigners.
I should feel happy being in Singapore but with the circuit breaker in place, I cannot actually live life like how I used to. Having been away from Singapore for two years, it’s a weird feeling staying here for such a long period of time. It’s like going on an overseas exchange in my home country. On the one hand this is home where I feel very familiar, but on the other it is tough because I know I will need to say goodbye again soon.
I am thankful that the nature of my job allows me to transit to work from home seamlessly and the great support that I am getting from my company, hence you are not affecting me financially. It does however make me think harder about the type of investments I want to make moving forward so that if another crisis hits, I will not lose out on the investment value of my assets.
I do miss human interaction and my biggest concern is that I am not able to meet new people. Everything is happening virtually and we are likely to only stay connected with people we already knew.
It is heart-warming to see how resilient each individual is, coming together to fight against you. As families, friends, neighbours, nations, the world as one.
You may or may not go away entirely but I do see that we are getting closer each day to seeing one another face to face again.
I want you to know that you did not change the world but you did unite us and forced us to leverage on technology earlier than we should. I cannot wait to say goodbye to you forever and hello to my friends and family again.