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When Covid-19 Interrupted My Post-Graduation Plans

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I finally did it! After two years of struggling with my research on lipid-protein interactions and writing my thesis on it, I graduated from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan in January 2020. I was excited about this achievement and had been thinking about the next step of my journey post-graduation. But I soon realized that God had different plans for me when Covid-19 threw my plans into uncertainty.

4 Tips to Survive A Second Lockdown

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I tried to count my blessings. I still have my job, my friends and family, and a roof over my head. But yet other emotions such as anger, sadness, and disappointment, pushed in at me. Anger that my brief taste of freedom has been taken away, sadness at not knowing when I’ll be able to see my family in New Zealand again, and disappointment at having plans cancelled yet again. 

Losing Patience with COVID-19? Two Tips to Keep Yourself Mentally Sane

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Like me, you probably thought that this outbreak would not last for long. But looking at the current situation, the pandemic is unlikely to end soon. We have to learn to co-exist with it for a long time. Does this make you feel anxious or uncertain, wondering when Covid-19 will ever end or how it might continue to impact our lives as we’ve known it? If so, here are a few suggestions to help us remain mentally healthy as we wait for the traces of Covid-19 to completely disappear.

Reimagining Church Amidst Covid-19—and Beyond

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All over the world, mass gatherings have been suspended, and churches are no longer conducting physical congregational worship services, but are reimagining different ways of gathering. All these changes have made me ponder what exactly church is. What if God, through the present crisis, is asking us to rethink how we do church, so as to rediscover His intentions for it?

Isolation's Ending . . . Should I Have Done More?

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A friend asks me through the flames, “So, Maddy. What have you been doing these last few months?” The fire crackles. I feel the eyes on me. It’s my turn to share, and suddenly, socializing doesn’t seem so easy and pleasant. What have I been doing?

To My Pre-Covid-19 Self, From 2020 Me

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Ooh, I’d put that fancy 2020 diary down if I were you. I know, I know, you’re tremendously excited at the thought of the start of a new decade, and to be fair, things are looking quite rosy in December.  But in just a couple of months, life, as you’ve grown accustomed to, will be pulled from under your feet. I’m sorry, it is as bleak as it sounds. 

3 Ways to Live by Faith Amidst Covid-19

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In this season of uncertainty and fear, the fact that there are so many things beyond our control makes me very anxious. After all, there are only so many times we can wash our hands, and only so many masks we can wear. . . As I read the news daily and watched the case numbers climb, worry continually gnawed at me.

3 Tips for Dating During Lockdown

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When COVID-19 broke out, and our government announced circuit breaker (CB) measures restricting our movements back in April, I jokingly texted my boyfriend that we would be back to having another LDR—this time, a locked-down relationship. With our previous experience in an LDR, we thought online dating would be easy for the both of us. But our first online date didn’t quite go as we hoped, and here are some key lessons we’re learning as we navigate dating during lockdown

When Covid-19 Disrupted My Travel Plans

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My husband and I were in the midst of travelling South America for a year when our trip was rudely terminated by the coronavirus. In late 2019, we had both quit our jobs and took off on a one-way ticket to Santiago. We were barely two months into our trip and were having a ball of a time when the pandemic brought the world to a grinding halt.