Sleepless In SIN

10 Apr 2020 –  Blame it on the Full-Moon

Tue: looks like most ppl are staying home as instructed except for these pigeons, which are being a nuisance and causing unhygienic environment. But what can you do with ignorant ppl who keep feeding them?

Have no complains about our MP or RC, they have always taken care of the feed-backs whenever I had any It’s the ignorant ppl who do not read or listen to what is best for them – like now, we all have to take the consequences and I cannot even go and enjoy a meal with my family or friends.

Both thermometers are not functioning, bought a new one to be sure that my temp is OK, so let’s hope that the temp will remain under and does not go over 98.6°F/37°C for as long as there is life in this body…

TODAY highlights some of the dos and don’ts under these new laws. 

Q: May I meet someone at a park for a walk or to exercise? I like walking on my own

Not unless they are living with you. While you may exercise at any open-air stadium, public path or public park, you may only do so alone or with someone who lives with you. 

Activities that may attract like-minded participants are not allowed. These include fishing, flying kites, windsurfing and skateboarding for leisure. 

Q: I need to visit my elderly parents to look after them and drop my child off at a relative’s house to be cared for while I work. Am I still allowed to do so? NA to me

Yes, you may still visit family members to help them with their daily needs including caring for elderly parents or for childcare arrangements.

You may also leave your home to help individuals with their daily needs as long as they fall within these criteria: They have a physical or mental disability or are below 12 years of age or above 60.

Q: May a friend or relative help me to move to another house? No intentions of moving

No. While moving services are allowed to continue, you may not physically meet a friend or relative for this reason. 

Q: Are my children allowed to visit playgrounds or play in common spaces near my home, including void decks or a grass patch in a condominium? NA to me

No. You cannot use sports or recreational facilities in a shared area inside a sub-divided building even if you live there. Any sports facilities in public spaces are off-limits as well. 

You are also not allowed to use common areas such as void decks or shared facilities in Housing and Development Board estates as well as condominiums even if you live there. 

Q: Can my part-time cleaner or private tutor still come to my home? Do not have either

No. All private tutors must suspend lessons and tuition centres must stop all physical group sessions. They may, however, continue to conduct their lessons online.

Likewise, all home-cleaning services are suspended.

Q: May I still get a haircut? Will get a hair-cut when the hair gets in my way

Yes. Basic haircut services such as cutting, washing and blowing of hair are permitted, but must be kept to one hour or less. You cannot, however, colour or perm your hair, or treat it with chemicals.

Similarly, all nail salons and massage parlours will be closed. 

Q: Will I be able to order items online and have them delivered and set up in my home? No intentions of doing that

Yes. Delivery services are still running and delivery employees are allowed to assist with setting up furniture or IT-related products in your home. 

But they must maintain a safe distance of 1m from all occupants of the house, minimise contact and interaction, and leave immediately after completing their work. Companies must also ensure that the number of staff involved in delivery or installation is kept to the minimum.

Q: May I visit my boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance or fiancee, or my sibling who lives nearby? No intentions of doing that

No. Any social contact is strictly limited to those living within your household.

Q: May I eat by myself in a void deck or other public areas? No intentions of doing that

No, you cannot loiter or eat in a public area even if you are by yourself. 

Q: What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Anyone who flouts these restrictions will be subject to penalties under the Infectious Diseases Act. 

A first-time offender can be fined up to S$10,000 and jailed up to six months.

Repeat offenders may be fined up to S$20,000, jailed up to 12 months, or punished with both.

Wed: 2200hrs, beautiful full-moon, but does it really effects sleep or just physiological?? The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not see the Moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase.

Thu: an earlier morning walk than usual and this was what I observed&noticed – more ppl walking, (usually I might cross path with 1or2, but today I counted 8), some young generation in a group making more noise than normal, no more boom-box blasting out music for the older generation groups of TaiChi or QiGong.

Regular coffee stall&ChaiTowKway for my take-away. This handful of herbs cost S$6 today, which should have been S$4 in normal times. – have to use herbs sparingly instead of abundantly nowadays!

Appreciations to these young volunteers for their good job by checking on and handing food&info leaflets to SIN Seniors. Being just one mouth to feed and still able to walk downstairs for my foods, thus passing on the food for those who may need it more.

Fri: Happy Good Friday to those marking the day. Have been watching a bunch of feel-good movies on Hallmark&Youtube. Just cannot get myself into a creative mood, working hard to fight the restless feelings as the COVID-19 cases raising sharply here. This too shall pass…

The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream – remembering Kahlil Gibran who died on this day in 1931, wrote The Prophet, one of the few books I keep close to me.