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Dublin's Quarantine

Stuck at Home

Touched down in Dublin on Monday. Seemed like nobody thought it was an issue for me returning from Singapore. It's a change from being hyper-aware about it to hardly any news or concern about it. But to be sure, I'm still staying put at home and not risk any possibility of potential transmission of anything.

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Valentine's Walk, COVID-19 Mushrooming

You Should Always Carry A Towel With You… Just In Case

The Girlfriend was feeling a little bit of the nerves for her course work, and it got her rather pessimistic and down. I tried my best to make her feel a little better, even though I had an issue that I have to resolve that's making me a bit worried myself. In the end, the call seemed to have calmed her down a little anyhow.

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Dorscon Orange

Panic, (no) Shortages

Singapore's Ministry of Health has elevated the infection threat level from ‘Yellow’ to ‘Orange’. Unsurprisingly, this has upped the citizens’ Kiasu/Kiasee-ism levels correspondingly - supermarkets all around the island were cleared out after the announcement was made.

Me? I'm just hermiting in at home. Talk about no fun :)

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Pretty CBD, Banned Flights

Uneventful Week

Mostly working this past week, so I'm not being much of a tourist. Not that it's conducive environment to be one right now - there's not much to gain from being in out in people-dense, touristy areas, given the potential spread of the Wuhan virus.

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Wuhan Virus during CNY

Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

It's a relatively different experience being away and reading the news of SARS of 2003, versus being around the vicinity when this Wuhan virus outbreak is occurring. The level of awareness of being “Yeah, I heard it from the news”, vs being bombarded with numbers and the authorities telling you what to do on the broadcasting medium daily, just feels different.

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Singapore for Chinese New Year

Helsinki for the First Time

Is my first every time with Finnair, as well as ‘visiting’ Helsinki, if laying over at the airport for 50 minutes count. I guess it's still a visit, especially if you message a Finnish friend that you're there :P

Coughs Continued

Hecking and Coughing

I'd have hoped to write about something else this week, but surprisingly, the illness I had, carried itself through this week to. I had to take a sick day again on Friday, as the incessant coughing at night had stopped in from being able to go to sleep and be rested to function.

A Sickie First Day

Kinda sucks being sick for the first working day

It's somewhat unfortunate that the first (working) day of the year is spent lying down in bed - it was a bout of the chills at 2am in the morning, muscular aches all over, and a lingering sore throat that just wouldn't go away, even after 10 days of some off-the-counter medication.

The sore throat itself is finally manifesting into something more serious (as it always does - I rarely get sore throats that simply came and went on its own).

Not that I love work so much that I'm clamouring to go back. I don't hate it, but I definitely hate being sick more.

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Barcelona, After a Decade

Monestir, Igualada, and Picking Mushrooms

First stop after touching down in BCN was to visit an old monastary. It was a private visit to the museum, so does feel like it's a bit of a privilege :P

Thereafter, we drove back to The Girlfriend‘s hometown, which is about 40 minutes outside of Barcelona by car. It is a lovely little town, with the edge of it lined with some dilapidated warehouses, which I'm told, used to be leather factories.

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Winter Solstice

Reading Rust in Planes

I usually have difficulties focussing on anything productive while I'm on a plane, but this time, I've found an engaging read - “The Rust Programming Language” book.

While I haven't made any serious effort in coding in Rust, I find its capabilities really engaging and compelling as the next language to learn.