Covid-19 General

Cooking During the MCO

One of the challenges during the Movement Control Order (MCO) is getting some decent food. So I’ve decided to just spend time cooking all my meals. Here is a selection of some food I’ve cooked over the MCO period.

Fried Pasta (Indian Style)
Rava Dosa with Soy Meal Maker Peratal

Getting wholemeal bread during the MCO is another challege. It is always out of stock at the grocery store near my house. It’s a nationwide problem as everyone is just buying in bulk these days.

So I decided to just try making chapati. Bought some Atta flour and this can just be my wholemeal replacement bread. Yesterday was the first day I tried it. It was a bit difficult to get the right consistency for the dough and I could barely make it round. But it tasted really good. Yummy! Cooked some vegetarian soy fish peratal to go with it.

Preparing the chapati dough
Chapati with some vegetarian fish peratal. 

I’m going to attempt the chapati again today and try ot make it round. I’ll post some photos later.

Covid-19 General

Panic Buying & MCO Extension

So the Prime Minister announced that the lock-down or Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended till April 14th 2020. I think most Malaysians were sort of expecting it. Earlier today, I went to the grocery shop, near my house, to get some basic food items. Huge crowd and a long queue. I was a bit hesitant to go in but decided to just go and browse some items while waiting for the crowd at the cashier to disperse.

Most items were sold out. No eggs, no Atta flour, no salt(!), no bread, no onions. There was a lady and a man who were engaged in a shouting match at the counter. Seemed like she was unhappy that he was either allegedly cutting the queue or buying too many things. Then there was another man who came and bout 10 bags of rice. That’s a whopping 50kgs of rice. The store lady told me that eggs will be arriving later in the day, so I asked her to keep a tray for me, which I will collect later in the evening. Took a few things which I needed and headed home.

Wanted to pack some thosai from the stall nearby the grocery shop. I placed my order and as I was waiting, an older man arrived and ordered thosai but was turned down as there was no more flour. So I cancelled my order and told the stall uncle to pass it on to the older man. I think he was really looking forward to eating thosai. He seemed like a regular. In fact he brought his own Gingelly oil in his bag for the thosai! I packed some sambar and decided to make my own Rava Thosai.

First time trying to make Rava thosai. Came out crumbly but was still very tasty. Somehow eating food you cook yourself is always satisfying!

I’ll have to accept the fact that my classes will continue to be cancelled till the 14th of April and hope that it does not get further extended. Yesterday, India announced a 21-day shut down. Imagine all the people who get paid daily (construction workers, restaurant workers, cleaners etc.). Will be a very tough and trying time for all of them.

For once, Donald Trump actually made some sense. He tweeted:


This is actually true. In the case of India and the poverty stricken, many may end up with starvation, hunger and possibly even suicide. We pray and hope that things will turn around soon for everyone affected by this.

Prayers and blessings to all. 💜💙💚🧡


Social Distancing or Physical Distancing

Found this interesting quote on Matt Mullenweg’s blog. Probably sums up the proper term that we should be using all over the world.

I’ve really had enough of this term “social distancing.” That is not at all what we are looking for, is it? It should be “physical distancing.” In these times of rampant loneliness (especially for seniors), disconnection, and lack of empathy and compassion, we need the opposite — social connecting. And we need it under these circumstances more than ever. Let’s be creative in finding new ways to come together.

Adam Gazzaley, M. D., Ph. D, University of California, San Francisco

The government in Malaysia is trying their level best to educate the public on the need to be at home. But many are still not bothered defying orders. You even read about a man who despite being suspected and tested for Covid-19, (results show positive now) defied everyone and took a bus from Johor to Pahang quitely, potentially infecting others on the bus. And finally, people are now stealing hand sanitisers from hospitals.

The government is mulling over the idea of imposing more restrictions if compliance is still low. We shall see what happens in the next few days. May the divine bless everyone everywhere with love and compassion.


Trudging Along

So it’s Day 2 of the partial lock down due to Covid-19.

I’ve postponed most of my classes for now. Still not heard back from a couple of parents. I was reading the news earlier today and it seems that the many still have a “tidak apa” attitude not realizing the whole objective of this lockdown. What’s more distressing is reading about the 83 Malaysians who have gone to Indonesia for a religious event despite the warnings and Coronavirus outbreak.

Under the movement control order that is now in effect, the 80 participants would be required to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine upon returning to Malaysia.

How are the authorities going to ensure the above? And what if they end up with the virus and then infect their family members, who are not under the quarantine, and they go on to infect others. What about the passengers of the plane in which they are returning to Malaysia in? As you can see, every single action of ours has a ripple effect across that not only affects us but everyone around us.

Apart from all of this, the one thing which is upsetting me the most is the amount of ridiculous false messages being passed around on Whatsapp aimed at driving more fear among the already panicked stricken mass. Some of the messages have already been previously debunked online but still being circulated. All it takes is maybe a few minutes of our time to verify if the information is correct before passing it around.

We will have to just wait and see where it all ends up.


The need to be certain

The only thing in life you can be certain of is uncertainty. I think most people will be reflecting on this over the next two weeks as the government ordered a partial shutdown for two weeks (March 18-31) to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. This means, closed schools, offices and restaurants.

Most salaried employees will be able to enjoy a full salary as the two-weeks are expected to fall under the “sick leave” while those providing services and those paid on a daily basis will be financially hit as they go on unpaid leave. I fall under the second category as I run my own business (504 Studios & Joy With Music). For my music classes, since they are private one on one classes, most parents are asking me to continue the lessons. There are a few who have opted to break till April 2020. I am still processing everything and will have to play it by the ear.

Since I will be home bound the next two weeks, it gives me a good opportunity to wrap up some ongoing projects by putting in extra hours and attempting to finish it early.

But what happens after 31st of March 2020 is a bit uncertain for now. I enjoy routines and some level of certainty when it comes to day-to-day living but this type of uncertainty, whilst triggering some fear, gives me an opportunity to reflect, understand and remind myself that everything about this world is uncertain and nothing is within our control.

Such thoughts have led many to panic over the last couple of days and you can see the fear in their faces. Yesterday, as I was having tea at a restaurant, I saw the owner and his wife looking extremely stressed out at having to close the restaurant for two weeks. The workers looked gloomy perhaps wondering if they will be paid during this shutdown period.

All that aside, this is a good time to just be, think about our fears, try to understand them and have a fresh outlook on life

Anything that is overcome has to be conquered again and again. No problem can be finally overcome, conquered; it can be understood but not conquered. They are two completely different processes and the conquering process leads to further confusion, further fear. To resist, to dominate, to do battle with a problem or to build a defence against it is only to create further conflict, whereas if we can understand fear, go into it fully step by step, explore the whole content of it, then fear will never return in any form.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti


Back here after a long time

So I’ve finally reactivated my old site. Back to blogging after a very long time. I am not sure how frequently I will post updates but I will try to update as frequently as I can.

I’ve deactivated both my Facebook and Instagram. At first it felt a little weird. And then now I realize that I am not missing that much. I actually feel I have more time on my hands now. If I feel like sharing something, it will be on this blog for now. I think I have more space to compose my thoughts here. Both my social media accounts have become too noisy.

Kids have gone back to Port Dickson for the school holidays. Seems a little too quite without them.