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Living in times of Covid-19. Lessons from our last 2 months in HK!

As we’re all coping with the recent Covid-19 / coronavirus related changes to our lives, thought we’ll share a brief note on some of the things we’ve learned having been living this reality for nearly 2 months now in the hope that it’ll help you get better prepared for what’s coming (as much as we can be).

Things to be prepared for / Practical Tips: Purchase your regular medications + basic first aid over-the-counter medicines that you or your family members might need.Keep some cash at home for any emergencies just in case ATMs are inaccessible, etc.Important IDs - As a reminder, check to ensure that you have all the right IDs and documents and bank accounts (setup for online banking) are in place including any govt. services.Place a hand sanitizer bottle near the entrance of your home for easy access for yourself as well as visitors (when you don’t have time to wash your hands)If you are / know someone who is part of your building or society management, do check on the housekeeping …
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Blogging... because I can :)

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Poetry thanks to Gully Boy

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After many many days, I suddenly feel this urge to write,
To think, to feel, to just get it out.
Feels weird to hold a pen again.
The grip is off.
The speed is gone.
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I feel like I'm letting life happen to me,
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a clear goal or even a dream.
Work is getting hectic and I'm scared inside,
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Movie Review: The Danish Girl

Hello you! 
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Just because....

Time is a precious commodity,
One cannot have more than 24 hours in a day,
Don't leave things until the last minute,
Just do it,
Blah blah and some more blah!

I'm flying to US tomorrow. I haven't packed my bags yet. I have work that needs to get done and sent. I'm on my laptop, but..... I'm not working. I'm not packing my bags. And I'm actually writing a blog! What's more fun? I'm actually going to post the blog when I'm done to my social pages (facebook, g+) and then smile and reply to all the comments that trickle in. Because seriously, how many of my friends are awake at 3am to read my rambling? :P

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Travel Tales from Ho Chi Minh City & Hong Kong

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