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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Missing The Beach

Last night, I was at the beach.

I could breathe in that balmy, salty air.

My feet sank and squished into the warm, wet sand at the edge of the waves.

I never felt more serene and peaceful...

But alas, I woke up from that vivid dream and sadly realized that we're still under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). The ban on interstate travel has not been lifted.

We have been under partial lockdown since March 18th.

My nearest weekend beach is just an hour's drive away but it is in another state.

It will be some time before I can hear the soothing sound of waves again.

From the archives
Port Dickson 2011

I miss the beach..

"A day at the beach restores the soul." - author unknown 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sign Of The Times

Would you have guessed that before lockdown, this was once a very crowded skating rink in a busy shopping mall?
image source - Instagram

Before lockdown
Over here in our corner of the world where it is perpetually summer, an indoor ice skating rink is a huge deal.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Day 62

Remember Penyu, the baby turtle I adopted and released back into the wild on a turtle-release excursion 2 years ago?  Story and photos here.

Oftentimes, I still wonder if my little buddy ever made it after we sent him off into the sea.

It is  estimated that only 1 in 1,000 turtle hatchlings survives to adulthood. Along with fishing gear and climate change, there are numerous human activity threats to sea turtles.

But for now, the fate of turtles may change and the Covid-19 pandemic could be playing a role.

Endangered turtles are thriving as global lockdowns vacate beaches across the world.

In Thailand and India's eastern coast, millions of endangered baby turtles were seen making their way on empty beaches to the sea!

From the archives

Endangered sea turtles are  nesting in peace  at least for now.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Day 56

Bing! Bang! Boom! Boom! CLANG!

Of all the skills my son chose to take up during lockdown!

Haha!  Right back at ya, tone-deaf karaoke neighbour on the third floor!

Nah, I was merely joking. It's a digital drum set so all you really hear is the sound of the drumsticks tapping on the e-pads.

But it still is a tad annoying!

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Day 48

We were supposed to arrive in Milan for our Italian vacation on the 9th of March.

Just two days before our departure, our travel agent called to inform us that the trip was cancelled.

On March 9th,  the government of Italy announced a national lockdown.

There is no refund for the trip, only a deferment . No date has been given.

We are still waiting for a response from our travel agent who is waiting for a response from the tour operator who is waiting for the airline who has suspended all flights until further notice.

It's a long waiting game...

It's a no-win situation for any party and everyone is a loser.

I'm not even angry,  just frustrated.

Our Italian vacation is in limbo.

It's a torturous wait  and at 58, I feel my life seconds numbering.

The corona virus has hit the pause button on my bucket list.

So many places yet to visit, so little time.

From the archives.
London 2011

According to Lonely Planet, international travel might not return until 2021.

I miss traveling!