Dear Covid-19, I Wish We Never Met . . .

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Dear Corona, You’ve been on my lips almost every day, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you for weeks now. I’ve even been stalking you online—seeing what you’ve been up to lately, following your every move. Clearly, you’ve captivated me like no other.

Covid-19: Calm Your Farm and Carry on With Life

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Things got very serious when WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic just over a week ago, coupled with countries going into lockdowns with tighter security measures in place, and a second wave of panic set in. The fear of a lockdown, with shops and schools closed, are sending people to the supermarkets to clear shelves out of long-life foods such as pasta, canned tunas, flour—to name a few.

Coronavirus Pandemic: I'm Afraid, and I Don't Even Know Why

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Last night, the panic rose to a new level as the governor ordered all K-12 schools in the state to close for three full weeks. This morning, I woke up to the first three confirmed cases right here in my own city.

Marriage Story: Why Broken Relationships Are Still Worth Saving

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I watched the Netflix movie The Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, on a lazy weekend evening. Although I thought I was familiar with the word “divorce”, I did not expect to have tears streaming down my face as I wrestled with the meaning of broken relationships, forgiveness, and redemption over the next two hours and 17 minutes.

Confessions of A First-Time K-Drama Male Viewer: I Was Hooked on CLOY

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“Crash Landing on You” (or CLOY) which has taken over the world by storm, marks the first Korean drama I have ever watched and completed. My wife had started the series and I wanted to sit through at least one episode with her to see what all the hype was about. By the end of the first episode, both of us were hooked.

Covid-19: One Month Later, I'm Still Trapped at Home

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74,675 diagnosed cases. 4,922 suspected cases. 2,121 deaths. 51 days have passed since the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) first broke out on 31 December 2019, and it’s been 29 days since the cities (including mine) near Wuhan have been on a lockdown. Many like myself have been banned from leaving our homes, uncertain of when we can resume work, or have resorted to working from home.

Getting Catty About the Cat-astrophe of Cats

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Watching Tom Hooper’s latest cinematic effort, Cats, was definitely not on my to-do list last weekend. But James Corden and Rebel Wilson’s catty remarks about the film at the Oscars saw me giving up my Saturday cat nap for an afternoon at the movies.

Prejudice—The Parasite That Plagues Us All

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Parasite, a Korean film directed by Boon Joon Ho, made history as the first foreign language film to win four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, and Best Writing (Screenplay)--prompting comments from a news reporter that director Boon Joon Ho didn’t just make a movie, but started a movement for Asian films to gain global recognition. 

Coronavirus Outbreak: In My Panic-Buying, I Bagged More Than Rice

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“Can you go to the supermarket now and buy a few bags of rice? Supply is depleting from the shelves!” my husband said, in a concerned manner. It was the day major news outlets had just reported that Singapore’s Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level had turned from yellow to orange.