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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

I believe that this period has let me become more aware of what is truly essential, and what is not. I am learning how to spend more time and resources on those things I value and treasure, rather than focusing on what is non-essential. 

 

As a society, we have also come to realise the importance of essential workers. I have a new-found respect for them and try to show my appreciation whenever I meet them.

 

One of the experiences I miss the most is simply sitting in a coffee shop, having a bowl of you mian (thin noodles). Importantly, I miss the kind food stall vendors who always smile brightly at me whenever I buy food from them, brightening my day with their friendliness and cheer.



l have been cooking my own lunch almost every day. I prefer home-cooked food that is piping hot, rather than takeaway food. I have been able to try out a wide variety of dishes like chicken curry, yam cake, and have also created several dishes with long beans as the primary ingredient. This period has been a good time for my culinary experiments. I am grateful for my mother, who will always give me half of her takeaway lunch. More food for me!
 

As someone who regularly volunteers at a nursing home, I genuinely miss visiting the seniors there, and bringing them out for food.

One thing that I would like to do after CB ends would be to visit my grandmother, who is in her eighties. Though I have been able to connect with my treasured friends through technology, this has not been possible for my grandmother, and I do miss her very much.



As someone who regularly volunteers at a nursing home, I genuinely miss visiting the seniors there, and bringing them out for food. The latter is an initiative which I started and I miss being able to see my seniors.



To be frank, there is a feeling of helplessness, because this pandemic is simply on a scale that is beyond my control. The only thing I can do is to continue assisting seniors who require financial assistance in this period, because low-income people, especially seniors, are especially vulnerable now. I see it as my duty to prevent them from falling through the cracks.



You have allowed me to introspect more deeply, and to evaluate my friendships and relationships as well. I am inspired to spend more of my time and energy on those who truly deserve it in the future.

Owen Tan

14 May 2020