Singapore, 2020-2021 (On Film)

Sunday, May 16, 2021

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It's been a while, it really has been. And now Singapore is on the brink of an impending lockdown again, a year from our previous one. I had this post sitting in 'drafts' for more than a month now, and I had initially written a paragraph detailing how grateful I was that my mental health and wellbeing is in a much better place, which was attributed to Singapore's progress heading towards some semblance of normalcy again - being able to meet up with friends, getting to explore the nooks and crannies of this island, and going back to the office.

Alas, that was short-lived. While I acknowledge my incredibly privileged position, it's challenging to keep spirits up when it seems like the whole world (or at least the human species + the systems we've created) is on the verge of collapsing. So here's Singapore, as seen through the lens of a Kodak single-use disposable film camera from late 2020 through to early 2021, especially since it may be illegal soon to head outside for "non-essential" activities. Even if there aren't any official restrictions in place, I'll be staying home as much as I can.

Bras Basah Complex

Second hand books galore

Christmas high tea at the Intercontinental - love the vibes, wasn't a fan of the food

Woke up at 5.30am to chase the sunrise around the Civic District - by far one of my favourite, favourite mornings in a long while

Never knew there were swings overlooking the Central Business District

Old school biscuit factory transformed into a quaint cafe

Happy birthday, best friend

Piet Mondrian vibes

Monochrome against the striking colours of the sunset

Carrying blooms to admire the blooms at Gardens by the Bay

From Mount Faber

Singapore is beautiful. Yet, she is also in a dire need for some healing, and not solely from the pandemic. The virus has exposed some of the existing cracks prevalent within our society, such as racism and xenophobia, and these conversations are long overdue. As a Chinese-Singaporean, the baseline is for me to educate myself on these issues and to actively become anti-racist - not simply sitting on the sidelines as a "neutral" party who doesn't transgress because that's not enough.

I'm not even going to mince my words. These two covid-filled years have been an absolute shitshow but I can't even begin to imagine how it must've been for so many others out there. Take care folks.
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These Four Walls

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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A collection of photos from my personal stay-home experience during Singapore's version of a lockdown, termed a 'circuit breaker' from April to June this year; 

I baked, a lot. 

I baked way too much to feed my family, and decided to gift them to neighbours as well as friends. This little project kept me busy for the most part of the lockdown, and I'm thankful for delivery drivers who were able to safely transport my packages of baked goods to all those willing to be my guinea pigs. Also huge shoutout to all those who drove right to my doorstep to make sure none of my kitchen adventures went to waste. 

Some of my kitchen adventures were out of curiosity for what's trending... 

... While some completely experimental. 

It was also clear that neighbours were also hanging out in their kitchens a lot. We got gifted some delicious goodies, such as this homemade bubur-chacha. 

And I got sent a bunch of my favourite things, so thank you everyone who kept me in their thoughts. 

Apart from tangible acts of friendship, I particularly enjoyed the virtual ones that proved that distance knows no boundaries. 

Other than keeping in touch with people who knew me, technology also made musical and arts performances from all around the world accessible to me without needing to leave home. 

Stunning visual spectaculars were also available simply by peering out of my window. Sunrises are best caught from my kitchen window, and sunsets from the living room's—poignant reminders that there's so much more beyond these four walls, and that the world was still spinning despite how we'd perceived it to "stop". There's so much more, much bigger than ourselves. 

The windows also served to build a sense of community. We clapped, cheered, and sung songs together as a relatively young neighbourhood in Sengkang, to keep spirits going for both frontliners and probably (mostly) ourselves. 

And I officially graduated during the circuit breaker too! 

Not able to eat out? Not a problem. I attempted to recreate some of my favourite foods from a bunch of different cuisines. We have what I'd loosely term 'Western'...

... Some Korean inspired ones mostly because I started to watch way too many mukbangs during lockdown... 

... And of course, good ol' local favourites. 

Ending off this archive of memories from a once-in-a-lifetime moment with a selfie for good measure, which I actually took to support the local business which hand-made the pair of earrings I was wearing. Yes, one of the many local business that sprung up as a result of the lockdown, which was quite inspiring to see. 

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