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Onwards 2020 – in a evaluate

Good riddance. 2020 is over. The 12 months had handed in such a weird manner that nobody had ever skilled earlier than in our lifetime. The worldwide pandemic wave forces us to vary our plans and the way we reside our lives. Actions and occasions had been dropped at a halt as we realized the best way to reside within the new norm. 

Regardless of all these, we survived the 12 months! Little question it wasn’t straightforward, nevertheless slowly and steadily we steered by the 12 months, and immediately it’s over!

So identical to everybody, I believed 2020 was THE YEAR the place I obtain nice issues (I imply, hypothetically. :p). Covid-19 destroyed my “nice plans”. Nonetheless, not all was gray as a result of there’s a silver lining behind the gloomy clouds. 

Similar to all different years, I’m going to recap on my earlier 12 months.

Testing of 2020

Concluding 2020

Adaptability was what acquired me by the 12 months. At first of the 12 months, tourism was nonetheless wanting brilliant and cheery. I knew I may make the 12 months work as I proceed to hone my storytelling and tour guiding expertise. When the primary Covid-19 case hit our shore, issues took a flip for the more serious. Hastily, we, the vacationer guides, confronted many excursions cancellations and postponements.

One of many previous few excursions earlier than Covid-19 stopped our tourism. Sure, with a beer and examine.

We had been all hoping that it was not as extreme or much like SARS, the place the tourism sector took a success for 6-9 months and recovered rapidly. Shit grew to become actual when Singapore entered our model of lockdown (aka circuit breaker) the place I suffered a 100% lack of earnings.

All non-essential retailers shutted down throughout Circuit Breaker.

Realizing the virus’s seriousness to our economic system that had impacted many sectors deeply, Singapore’s authorities swiftly reacted because it launched Covid-19 reduction. Additionally, I used to be capable of qualify for the Self-Employed Revenue Aid Scheme (SIRS). Other than these financial handouts, it rolled out Covid-19 associated jobs to maintain our unemployment fee from taking pictures up. With that, I jumped on the probability to be on board as a Covid-19 important frontliner.


As we entered the Circuit Breaker, I began as a Secure Distancing Ambassador (SDA). Sure, I used to be a kind of pesky individuals your pleasant ambassador serving my goal to remind everybody to maintain 1-metre secure distancing between teams of 5 and guaranteeing that you just put on your masks always when not consuming or consuming. I used to be secretly blissful to be out and about when everybody was inspired to remain house primarily as a result of I can’t sit nonetheless for days and weeks. I imply I can laze there and do nothing, however do I need to be within the state? Nah, probably not.

As we entered Part 2, individuals may mingle in teams of 5 and extra individuals had been out socialising, the significance and that means of the function diminished. That was once I transfer onto the subsequent part alongside the Covid-19 frontliner path.

I signed as much as be a Swab Assistant and later acquired upgraded to be a Swabber. It basically means I get to swab individuals’s secretion pattern to be dropped at the lab to get examined for coronavirus. Probably the most difficult a part of the job was the donning of full PPE, which may trigger fatigue, particularly in our local weather. I’m a individuals’s particular person as a result of I benefit from the temporary interactions with the individuals as I typically power lame jokes onto them. HAHAHA.

Native tourism is a reasonably overseas idea to Singaporeans as a result of travelling from one finish to the opposite finish takes 2 hours, and most would typically assume they know this nation they’ve been dwelling in for years. 

Singapore Tourism Board pushes the #SingapoRediscovers marketing campaign to spice up our bleak tourism market as Singaporeans began to make use of their SingapoRediscover Vouchers to discover Singapore! 

On the tail-end of December, I’ve some alternatives to conduct bodily excursions. It felt good to be again guiding once more. Juggling freelance gigs might be tiring due to the hours and days of preparations and brainstorming, however it was all worthwhile. It was additionally an affirmation that that is the place I need to belong.

One of many final excursions of 2020.


So, I believed I had all of it deliberate out. The journey plan I used to be most wanting ahead to was to embark on a Camino de Santiago journey and likewise to go to pals round Spain and probably in different elements of Europe. 

There was additionally a deliberate vacation to Cambodia in March, which I cancelled primarily as a monetary transfer. Apart from, the coronavirus outbreak was travelling even quicker than the information. Not clever. 

The vacation to South Africa with my ex-colleagues-turned-friends in January grew to become my solely journey of 2020! I remembered that we met a mom and son from Shanghai, China throughout our tour of Johanessburg. They talked about that they had been in South Africa to flee the Chinese language New Yr and the Wuhan virus. Again then, the virus sounded to this point and overseas that we paid little consideration to it. I’m relieved we made it for the journey collectively as a result of the planning passed off 6-7 months prior and powered us by circumstances. 

Regardless of being confined in Singapore, the explorations by no means cease. I assume that is what that’s fuelling my wanderlust. 


2020 was the 12 months I had been most lively in courting. I’m attributing that to the dearth of journey and interplay with individuals drove me to extend my on-line courting app frequency utilization. 

That mentioned, this was the 12 months I skilled my worst date ever, and I had a few fairly good ones too. 

The worst date prompt an unusual venue and to not point out inconvenient when accessing by public transport. It was an ethereal & spacious backyard subsequent to a restaurant throughout supper time. All through the 1.5 hours, as an alternative of grabbing drinks or snacks on the institution subsequent door, we sat on the park and chatted n the backyard because the wind began to get chilling when the sky turned darkish. I used to be in exasperation once I acquired requested what my five-year plan is! It felt like I went on a no-budget interview, and I went house hungry. 


Expertise helped to deliver me nearer to my pals amidst the worldwide lockdown in Q2. I linked with pals dwelling in Singapore and abroad checking on each other. As a substitute of counting on information media coverages, I learnt first hand about conditions abroad.

Typically I can go on for months with out assembly my teams of pals in Singapore, and through the Circuit Breaker, we had been capable of organise a number of digital sport nights which made the entire lockdown a lot bearable. 

Everybody was tremendous psyched when part 2 rolled round after we can lastly meet up with each other! The human contact and face-to-face interplay is one thing that know-how can by no means change. Issues we used to take with no consideration immediately grew to become so treasured as we frolicked collectively. 

One of many first few gatherings after we moved on from Circuit Breaker.

Well being

I had remained in pink of well being in 2020 though I haven’t completed a full physique check-up but to determine that! Once I begin to put my well being as my prime precedence, I realised I’ve stopped falling sick. It’s known as self-care! 

Then again, my physique began to point out indicators extend compromises completed none aside from my doings. My plantar fasciitis situation led me to hunt therapy because it was affecting my day-to-day life. There additionally got here the purpose that I even needed to cease operating for ten weeks only for my irritation to go away. Lately, I’m sporting podiatrist-approved sneakers to permit the situation to enhance. There are days the place my heels would ache like mad however different days extra manageable. I’m studying how to deal with it.

Two weeks earlier than we ended 2020, I’ve developed an atrocious eye an infection which brought on my left eye to be pink, delicate, teary & swollen. Plainly I’ve maxed out my lifespan of sporting contact lenses. Fortunately, I don’t assume it’s too alarming the second. I’m at the moment on antibiotics and sporting my glasses on a physician’s order. 

Getting lively

I used to be actively practising yoga and went out for runs each different day in Q2 as a result of that was the one time I may exit to get some contemporary air with out sporting a masks. It was most likely the fittest time of the 12 months for me.

I remorse to say that the fixed state of being fatigue took away my will to train over the last two months of the 12 months. Throughout my days off, I’ll both be busy with different engagements or I shall be repaying my sleep debt accompanied with the occasional laziness.

Environmental mindfulness

Final 12 months, I promised myself to make conscientious selections irrespective of how small one particular person’s effort might be in the direction of the atmosphere. 

First, I bought my collapsible Stojo mug and collapsible meals container. I even packed my very own full set of cutlery for eating exterior to scale back using disposables. . Then I began utilizing silicone meals storage luggage as an alternative of these plastic sandwich luggage. I used to be doing an incredible job if I dare say so myself. 

With all the great karma factors I collected, my present work habits offset them resulting from my job nature. We all the time have luggage of trash to stop contamination and compromise on all people’s well being. Our meals got here in disposable containers, and the leftovers get thrown away. I’ve closed my eyes on this matter for these are unavoidable, so I concurred. 

3 issues I’m grateful for

  • My island house, Singapore

Regardless of the journey restrictions, I’m grateful to be dwelling right here through the pandemic, realizing that the virus is below management and most of us are law-abiding in terms of obeying the Covid-19 guidelines.

  • Job transition with adaptability

Regardless that there are not any vacationers coming into Singapore and God is aware of when our tourism sector will get better, I’m grateful that I may transit into different jobs and remains to be capable of pay my payments. 

Well being is the most important asset, and I’m grateful for this. 

In conclusion

2020, I had misplaced myself within the rabbit holes of watching limitless reveals, enjoying cellular video games and the world of social media. I may have higher spent on studying, writing and even taking over lessons. Nonetheless, I cannot be too exhausting on myself as a result of I reasoned that I used to be working for many of the months, so I deserve a few of these breaks. 

One of many duties I got down to do for the 12 months is to proceed studying Spanish. Thus, I’ve signed up for my on-line course and eventually making progress! At the least one factor off my listing! 

All in all, the 12 months was all about surviving. I’m glad I did, and also you too! We deserve a pat on our shoulders! 

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