I had to sadly return to Singapore earlier than expected, due to the coronavirus outbreak. My parents were very worried, what with chronic illness and all that in the mix. After being put on hold with the customer service line for seven hours straight (yes, happy tropical island music for hours!), I was told that my flight back had already been cancelled. I guess I was lucky in some sense, as they only sent this email out a few days later, and I had time to book a flight on Finnair back for the next day.
The airplane food was surprisingly good on Finnair (maybe the best so far), although I was a little freaked out the entire flight. There was an inconsiderate woman seated next to me who was sniffling the whole way through without a mask, and simply wiping all her snot on her sleeve. Then there was a young drunk girl in front of me, who disrupted everyone’s sleep throughout the flight with the glaring call bell, yelling and ‘stretching exercises’. She was seated in the emergency row – not so reassuring.
Apart from that, Finnair airport looked really nice and nature oriented, and I hope to be able to visit Finland someday too when this is all over!
To say that I miss the weather in Europe is an understatement. I believe that I will never adjust to the weather here in Singapore – hot and humid is just not for me. Every day I simply look forward to my evening shower to get some relief. The humidity saps me of energy, causes fatigue, depression, aches and more.
Whereas cold weather makes me feel alive, makes my spirit feel a little more wild and free, and refreshes me. I actually love when the weather in Singapore gets grey and gloomy, because it feels so much more soothing and calm, despite the increased aches due to humidity or air pressure levels.
My life actually hasn’t changed all that much since I’ve returned to Singapore, with the self-isolation and social distancing in place. I guess that I’m more isolated than I had imagined on a daily basis, living the chronic illness life. But it’s something I’ve gotten used to, and quite enjoy in fact. The ones I come into closest contact with are my birds, and they make for lovely company. I am happy they still remember me after three months of separation by the way!
Also, having returned to Singapore, I must commend the government for educating the public here thoroughly. Everyone seems well-informed, there is little panic (yes there is toilet paper and food on the shelves!), and all supermarkets have tape on the floor for proper social distancing. Let’s hope this disruptive virus is rid soon. Life isn’t so fun with this tiny thing floating around, is it?
I have been super stressed with a web job, only because I haven’t worked on one with such a tight timeline for a long time, and am not used to it anymore. I am really glad I got the deal though, because, money. The stress has been so bad for me that I passed out in bed on Friday night until 15:30 the following day, which hasn’t happened since I was a teenager! After which I napped again for two hours after ‘lunch’, and went to bed earlier than usual.
I think to myself, ‘wow have I become weak’. But thinking to myself further, any increase in stress levels for any person would be the same. Handling stress requires stamina, and stamina comes with training. It’s like a muscle, yet one we shouldn’t push beyond the limits either.
I do still need to learn how not to stress over things that I have no control over however, which I’m terrible at. When I hit a roadblock in the project that was totally out of my control, I freaked out. Work is the biggest area in my life where I self blame for some reason.
Finally, with all that’s going on in the world right now, we need to find reasons to celebrate life a little still, do we not? Easter’s coming right up, and it falls exactly on my birthday! I wish Claire of Pain Pals Blog could bake me a marbled glass cake 😉 They do look so pretty, and she’s so talented!
Anyway I’ll be turning 34, which sounds a little older than 33, and closer to that dreaded ‘35 year old pregnancy deadline’ that many women fear. Strangely, the older I get, the more tired I am from the daily pain, and the less I want a baby. This was different when I was 14, and never even had a boyfriend yet! The irony.
Yet I do still hope to have my own child and family some day, because I’d like to ‘unlock’ all the meaningful doors in life if I can. This is largely out of curiosity, and we only live one life. And family is after all, one of the biggest and most meaningful doors to unlock, if at all possible.
Apart from that, I have no plans for my birthday. It’s just another day, and a social distancing one. We’ll see what happens when it comes 🙂
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*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes and is based on the author’s personal experiences. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding any new treatment protocols.
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