When Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) was first announced, some called for a full-fledged Circuit Breaker. These were the ones who believed that the new restrictions were not much less restrictive than they had been in Apr. 2020. Quick recap: That was when the government ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down, restricted F&B outlets to providing takeaway and delivery only, and banned physical social gatherings altogether, as part of a nationwide "Circuit Breaker" to stop the spread of Covid-19. As it turned out, during Phase 2 (HA) from May 19, many activities that were off limits during the CB of 2020 — like shopping, swimming, and even gambling — were permitted, even though gatherings were limited to twos, and dining in was out of the question. Phase 2 (HA) might feel worse than Circuit Breaker Phase 2 (HA) then gave way to Phase 3 (HA), under which dining in eventually resumed in cautious groups of two, then five, before being scaled back to two. Which led ... » Learn More about Here’s why Phase 2 (HA) in 2021 might feel worse than Circuit Breaker in 2020
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And as we push through this second month of being stuck at home, I have to admit that I’ve spent probably too much time "coping" with the global pandemic by scrolling through memes on Facebook, some of which are too real : Jokes and memes aside, though, the Covid-19 crisis, along with the circuit breaker measures, have truly taken a real hit on many people’s mental health. Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee wrote in a Facebook post on Apr. 29 that in the first two weeks after the launch of the National CARE Hotline, more than 6,600 people had called seeking support. The United Nations even declared on May 13 that mental health services are an "essential part" to all governments' responses to the pandemic, saying that "the Covid-19 virus is not only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological suffering". And I must admit I, too, find myself waking up many mornings with my chest heavy with anxiety the moment my eyes open. ... » Learn More about Why it’s okay to feel anxious & frustrated over Covid-19 circuit breaker restrictions, explained
Carrot cake, also known as turnip cake, is sometimes eaten during the Chinese New Year as a symbol of good luck, and to mark the beginning of an even better year. While 2020 has been quite the year, 30-year-old Amelia Teh didn't think making carrot cakes would lead her to the beginning of something great. Spoiler alert: it did. Teh is the main chef behind Amelia's Carrot Cake , an up-and-coming home-based business that specialises in Hong Kong-style carrot cakes. The amiable mother-of-two told me that she didn't use to make carrot cakes on the regular. In fact, this was something that she would prepare only once a year. It is a family tradition for Teh and her sister to prepare a large batch of carrot cake to feast on during the season, as well as to gift them to their close friends and relatives. As an avid cook, she began making them more often this year after many requests from her sons. We were home most of the time this year so the kids would get to ... » Learn More about S’pore husband & wife sell homemade carrot cakes during circuit breaker, business takes off within 7 months
It's a balmy Sunday afternoon and the Jalan Besar Sport Centre, usually filled with the sounds of swimming pool-goers, is unnaturally still. The stadium is also devoid of life, save for a small executive suite in the stands. The space, filled with a veritable supply of used laptops and their accompanying parts, is quite aptly named the Salvage Garden. Here, a group of men and women work furiously on a pile of laptops (called The Pile, of course), sorting them and evaluating their tech specs. Is it fast enough? Does it have enough capacity? Is it missing a part? And most importantly, can it be fixed? If can't, the laptop is sent to a corner where its organs — its RAM, hard drive, WiFi cards, and batteries — are harvested for other laptops that need them. Requests for laptops started pouring in because of Home-Based Learning "Tons of people have spare laptops at home. They don't know what to do with it or they have small issues like it hangs, or it's just slow ... » Learn More about S’poreans refurbish over 1,300 laptops for kids to do Home-Based Learning during Circuit Breaker
COMMENTARY: WFH has its benefits and pitfalls. And after a year or so of WFH, we should have become more accustomed to its conditions and better equipped to cope with this working arrangement – but have we? Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many of us have been alternating between working from home (WFH) and a combination of WFH while going into the office on some days, amidst the changing Covid-19 restrictions. With the latest return to Phase 2 Heightened Alert (P2HA), perhaps we should have become used to WFH by now and have learnt to cope with this new working arrangement. But it seems like that has not turned out to be the case. Rising mental toll During a debate in Parliament on July 27, NTUC assistant secretary-general Melvin Yong highlighted that a growing number of workers, who had been working from home for the past 15 months, were facing mental health issues. Seven in 10 employees have said that they felt stressed by Covid-19, according to a ... » Learn More about We’ve been mostly WFH for over a year in S’pore. Why does it feel so ‘sian’ now?
It’s no secret that skincare isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair – just look at the mind-boggling maze of beauty picks on the market. We all have different skin types and concerns to tackle, which means that finding your personal holy grail takes massive amounts of research and effort, not to mention a crippling dose of decision fatigue. Luckily, a new age of personalised skincare is dawning – one which blends beauty and tech into formulas fine-tuned just for your skin. How does personalised skincare work? You likely already know how to hunt down products based on your skin needs, but customised skincare takes the guess work out of building your routine. A handful of brands are crafting online tests to get a snapshot of your skin type, habits, and goals. Everything from your stress levels to the climate you live in can be factored into their algorithms – some brands even offer selfie analysis. Based on your responses, you’ll then be given recommendations on bespoke products, made ... » Learn More about Personalised skincare in Singapore: Where to get bespoke beauty out of the box
SINGAPORE: For anyone who has made that wholesale leap into work-from-home (WFH), it feels like forever since our last 9-to-5 office routine. From scrambling to convert whatever spaces we could find into an office a year ago - whether a dining table, a sofa, or even the floor - most of us today have settled into a comfortable pattern. Sure, there were myriad teething issues when the boundaries separating our personal and professional lives melted, turning some homes into a sideshow of horrors for parents with screaming kids. Cabin fever and the lack of human interaction worsened disconnectedness. Self-discipline and motivation waxed and waned, making self-doubt seem like the only emotion in abundant supply on some days. READ: Commentary: I’ve been career oriented my whole life, until the COVID-19 pandemic took my ambition But fast forward to today, that nightmare has largely receded into the rearview mirror. By and large, as children returned to schools, as ... » Learn More about Commentary: What if people don’t want to return to the office?
See if this rings a bell. You, a 20-something working adult, are in the middle of a pandemic, most days you stay indoors thanks to a nationwide circuit breaker. Going out is strongly discouraged, only certain professions are allowed back to work, and no social gatherings are allowed outside. Most of your time is spent at home or, depending on how good your relationship with your family is, perhaps even in your room. Maybe some voices were raised during day 27 over what was in normal times a trifling issue, you storm into your room and slam the door. The room seems smaller somehow, more stifling. A place which adequately served as a sphere of independence suddenly doesn't feel all that removed from dependence. That emotion swirls, festers, and eventually gives rise to an idea. "Wha, I need to get my own place." A certain idea of rent Rental volume in Singapore was up by over 49 per cent in September, according to property portal SRX . Nicholas Mak, ERA Realty's ... » Learn More about More S’porean millennials thinking of renting flat after being stuck in parents’ home due to Covid-19
FIRST-PERSON: With the Circuit Breaker ending, and the gradual rolling back of measures expected to begin, the author reflects on how playing a video game has helped him cope with the Circuit Breaker. The Circuit Breaker (CB) is ending. And the past two months have been a strange time for all of us. During such tough times, I recognise that I'm still lucky to have a job and a stable household. Not everyone is as privileged or fortunate. Yet I cannot help but still feel frustrated and anxious at the situation. And everyone has developed different strategies in response to the need to stay at home. Some have used the time for fruitful means. I know of friends who have decided to self-study a new language like Japanese or pick up either cooking or baking. Which is all well and good. I am genuinely happy for these people. But it also got me thinking about my... lack of productivity(?). Sure, I could have taken one of Coursera's or Harvard's free courses ... » Learn More about I spent this CB playing nearly 100 hours of Dota 2 with friends & have no regrets
SINGAPORE: “Are you going to email the form teacher?” asked one mum from my son’s Secondary 1 parents’ WhatsApp group after I’d inadvertently opened the Pandora’s box by wondering aloud if anyone else was concerned that our boys’ school was near the heart of a COVID-19 cluster. The replies came fast and furious. Parents were worried their children took public transport and shared the same commute with students from many affected schools and tuition centres in the East. Another pointed out that despite the lack of reported COVID-19 cases at the school thus far, many boys there had younger siblings who went to an affected primary school nearby. I gulped nervously. Next came the pings from my daughter’s Primary 2 parents’ WhatsApp group, circulating a REACH e-feedback form for parents to state their concerns about COVID-19 infections in schools. A deluge of comments followed. READ: Commentary: The struggle mums in their 30s, 40s face juggling young kids and work is real ... » Learn More about Commentary: Our juggling act with home-based learning last year was mental