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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.

43 comments:

betty said...

No; I wouldn't have guessed this. I would not have guessed Disneyland and the like being closed, pro basketball's season not being finished, professional baseball not starting in April. I remember the day exactly, March 12th. I was still working that first job I got after I had been fired. I remember one of the younger kids working there listening to his radio and saying time after time "this is closed" "that is closed" etc etc etc. I never thought of such a thing in my lifetime. I never got the thing with why toilet paper and other paper products were being wiped out at the store. Finally 8 weeks later I was able to finally find Lysol spray at the store. Hadn't seen it since this all began. I never thought churches would close and schools would be closed here March 13th to the end of the year with talk of online learning for the next school year. I really feel we are being manipulated and conditioned to something us people in the states might not like. I truly blame the media here for it all.

So no, I can never imagine it all.......

betty

NCSue said...

Would you ever have guessed that we could be faced with a world-wide pandemic, quarantine, social distancing, and shortages of toilet paper, bleach, and human contact?
This is the saddest thing.
Thanks for sharing these photos at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/05/meet-tommy.html

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Its sad that the things we took for granted are the things we thought would last forever. Life is changing all the time,this time more drastically! I guess I'm learning to adapt whether I like it or not! Wishing you well and have a wonderful week!

Sandee said...

I hope you get to get back to your skating soon. We are all missing the wonderful things we love to do.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

stevebethere said...

Wow what a difference first time i have ever seen a rink with no ice before :-)

Hope things get back to normal soon

Have a safetastic week 😷😷😷

Phil Slade said...

This has been a sad time. Not able to cuddle our grandchildren. Thankfully it is coming to the end.

Birgitta said...

Cool shot!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

can you imagine the Magic Kingdom empty?

Michele Morin said...

Back in February, we flew to Colorado to visit our son and his wife. We'll be flying again this coming week, and I'm not looking forward to witnessing the change in airport practices and traffic level.

NanaHood said...

It's been so hard and I'm afraid it's not over. I wish it was, but I don't think it will be for a long time.

junieper2/jesh StG said...

This virus all aught us unaware:( Except for people who I would call "prophets." Two of them saw the very same thing. They were taken to a bio lab in Wuhan and the people in the lab bio engineered (created) the virus! Then a machine sprayed it on the people. You know what this means, right? - this whole pandemic was set up by a certain country:( Now I don't know if they could foresee that it would have global consequences, but the intent was evil enough. Since you pray, you know what to pray for. Unfortunately, your captures of the ice rink are the result of what I wrote above.Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we should not be ignorant about the enemies' schemes.
Many thanks for these captures for All Seasons and giving me an intro to what I have known now for a few weeks (I only write this to people who would understand this). Have a better week, Veronica. Our God is bigger! Jesh

Meditations in Motion said...

The photo of the full skating rink looks almost jarring now. You wonder "What is wrong with these people?" Then you realize, "Oh, it was before." I wonder if the rink will open again. It looks so sad and forlorn!

betty-NZ said...

It does look sad, but I like to think of these things as a temporary sidestep to getting back to our true normal.

Your link is a great addition to 'My Corner of the World' this week!

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

Oh my...everything is drastically changed due to the corona virus. I do miss everything back then. But we have to adjust to the new normal

Anagha Yatin said...

The world has come to a standstill and its tell a tale signs are everywhere to witness. Its indeed not so good to see the deserted ice rink :(
this too shall pass

Zinaida Strinu said...

The situation is the same in Romania. We hope that, eventually, things will return to normal and the children will meet again in the ice rinks in the malls.
Have a nice day, Veronica!

Suzana said...

I wait the normality, praying to come soon!
We have also these kind of places. Kids adore them!
Happy WW and all the best!

Stevenson Q said...

Hello Veronica! That is a very sad photo especially when you showed how it was when everything was 'normal'. I just hope people can skate again freely and safely again very soon!

Thank you very much for your visit on my blog Veronica and your kind comment! Please stay safe and praying for you and your family and for Malaysia, Truly Asia!

Stevenson

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Forgetfulone said...

Looks like the Galleria in Houston. Very sad. What an awful effect this virus has had on people, not to mention the economy.

Powell River Books said...

So many empty places will soon reopen. I hope it will be in a safe way. Our shopping mall next door will have to wait longer than anticipated. The June 1 move to Phase 2 is being pushed back because of a new, though small, spike in case numbers. Many other counties in Washington State are already moving forward. - Margy

pilch92 said...

Things have sure changed a lot.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I have to say I have been enjoying the quiet of a world where there are no crowds. It’s a great idea to put a skating rink in a shopping mall.

Natalie said...

A temporary setback. I hope for better times ahead. Have a good week Veronica! #MCoW

Hena Tayeb said...

Weird and uncertain times we are living in..

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

It is sad to see the deserted ice rink. Who could ever have imagined as we were seeing in the New Year what was to come little more than 2 months later.

~ Dixie said...

I hope, like we all do, that things will improve soon.
What fun that would be for the kids to skate in the mall.
Be safe and sound,Veronica!

Kayni said...

It is eerie similar here - a lot of empty playgrounds. Signs of our current situation.

I'm taking it one day at a time.

magiceye said...

Wonder what the new normal would be like..

Esha M Dutta said...

Who would have guessed how much life would change post the pandemic! It's a total reversal of sorts now and when we are told it's the face of the new normal, we have to bravely accept it and move on, but it is hard. I get how you feel, Veronica! If it's any consolation, know that we all are in this together, braving this change and living through it.

Glad to see you join us this week, Veronica. Happy #ww and a blessed week ahead to you.
Take care

Hazel said...

Well, who would have guessed that.... We are all making changes and new adjustments. One thing I am thankful for is being an introvert. I have no difficulty staying home, being totally alone. Here's hoping for brighter days ahead again for everyone.

Himawan Sant said...

Sad indeed the current conditions, where everywhere in all aspects so quiet visitors. Including in my country too.

The Candid Cover said...

Man! That is such a contrast! I haven't even ventured out to see what our local arenas look like right now, but I can imagine things are pretty bleak. Fingers crossed that we can all enjoy the rink again some day soon. :)

Karl said...

Ver sad... I love ice skating.

XmasDolly said...

Wow! That is a surprise to say the least and it looks like everyone is having fun as they should be considering where you live. Wow! It looks like it's fairly big too! Do you ever ice skate? I use to when I was a kid, but I grew out of my skates never to ice skate again, but I did go roller skating with my friends every Sunday when I was a kid. It was so so much fun! ~hehe~ I truly hope all is well, safe, and healthy for you and yours way over there in your neck of the woods. I'm so happy to see you on-line because when I see that one of my friends isn't here I start to worry. I truly wish this Covid would bury itself in the deepest hole on the planet Earth itself or bury itself in the deepest part of the ocean even better! Please take care of you and yours my friend. You are always in my prayers. HUGS

Mica said...

There are so many differences now in the world, it's strange adjusting to our new normal!

Hope you are having a lovely week :)

Away From Blue

italiafinlandia said...

How sad...
Let's hope the world can find a solution to this plague soon and we can go back to a better life.
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Happy weekend!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

So many of us in so many parts of the world are finding our worlds have changed.

Gattina said...

We will all be in History books ! It's the first time ever that the whole world is sitting in the same boat has more or less the same rules and are all locked in ! Wherever I travel in blogworld it's the same and everybody is also soooo tired ! Probably of doing nothing !
Our restaurants are still closed, but all shops open now and a lot of trafic in the streets again.

yonosoymillenium said...

desde luego es impresionante

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is going to be a different world even after things re-open. (If not, we will be in for another round of the virus).

Natasha said...

Life has changed drastically, indeed.
The new normal is taking a while to getting used to. This will be written in our history and we shall be speaking to our grandkids about it. :)

yonosoymillenium said...

tiene que ser una actividad muy divertida