Nothing Beats the Original

Technology has kept us together during this pandemic, but no matter how technologically advanced technology can become…it still doesn’t beat real life. For the first time since forever, we had my Aunt and Uncle over at the same time as my sister and my immediate family. Nothing beats having a meal together with loved ones…We can video chat all we want, but it is so hard to give your undivided attention in a video chat. It just didn’t feel the same. Eating the same food is just more enjoyable when it’s shared with people whose company you enjoy.

This pandemic has really emphasized how important and how much I enjoy the same family gatherings. Because my Uncle is originally from England, my aunt and uncle spend half the year in Adelaide and the other half in England. Normally at this time of the year, they would be overseas in London during this time of the year, so it is nice to have them around to celebrate their birthdays.

On a side note, to minimise the risk of transmission of germs, we all had disposable plates, cutlery, and cups to use and we also didn’t sit too close to my Aunt and Uncle, to make sure we are still abiding by the rules of social distancing. . Not good for the environment, but good for me since I was responsible for cleaning up the mess after the party! Can’t say I had missed that…

The Toilet Paper Returns to Shelves!

Yesterday, for the first time in about a month (since I last went to shop during special early opening of supermarkets for health care workers).. I was able to buy some TOILET PAPER!!! It was a four pack and it was expensive af, but doesn’t matter! I am just super grateful that we have toilet paper on our shelves again!! On a side note, I also managed to get a 500ml of hand sanitiser!

I am taking this as a sure sign that life is sure but surely returning back to normal.. Some elective surgeries are set to slowly recommence from next Tuesday in Australia. While travel bans are still in place for the moment, the daily number of new cases of Coronavirus in Australia is steadily dropping each day. This is great news for everyone, however it’s been dropping due to the social distancing that is being put into place.

Each business and place have their own levels of social distancing measures…for example, the Asian mart that I go to literally has no signs about social distancing… but then again, it is pretty quiet. However, when I went to my dermatology appointment today, WHOA…I felt like I was going through customs at the airport…! I wasn’t allowed into the practice without having sanitised my hands with alcohol gel, have my temperature checked, and signing a declaration that  I hadn’t been overseas in the last 14 days or to certain areas of Adelaide where there was outbreaks of Covid 19…When all was good there was lines and glass screens which separated me and the receptionist. Anyways, when I actually got to finally see the dermatologist, he didn’t even wear gloves when injecting steroids into my ear?! And there was blood everywhere?? HUH?!

Anyways, I am looking forward to the eventual reopening of public places and hopefully GYMS and BADMINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope I am not excited too early …

 

Being Foot Shy

Basically during this time while we are in semi-lock down, I have not much to write about in my life…so please excuse me while I write about something that is probably considered quite bland for your everyday read… xD… However, it is in these times that what used to be everyday occurrences can become the highlight of your day… or the topic of your blog…

I went to the shops today to buy some work shoes…The shopping centre looked a lot different than the last time I went..  Many clothes shops, toy shops, shoe shops, jewellery shops, basically nothing that was classified as ‘essential’ was closed. It was sort of a bleak sight I suppose…but I guess one that is needed to stop people flocking to the shops to go shopping for those ‘non-essential’ items.

Luckily for me, I had checked online whether the shop I needed to go to was open. As I am on my feet all day for work, having comfortable shoes is a necessity. I was just really glad that this shop was still open, the shop’s name is ‘Athlete’s Foot’ and they measure you up for sizing and help choose for you a shoe that will help stabilise your feet or support your feet is you need it. The person who helped me was super helpful and helped recommend a comfortable yet professional looking black leather shoe. While I don’t mind buying certain things online, such as electronics, stationery, or turtle accessories. I have personally not had much luck buying clothes and shoes. If something did fit by sheer luck, I would make sure to keep buying the exact same one!

That’s why when the physical shops close, it means I won’t get much shopping done…because I am one of those people that really need to try on some clothes or shoes before buying them…because the shoe or clothes might LOOK great, but probably won’t for me….Anyway, so this “Foot technician” I think called Ben, helped me do some measurements to my feet with this “Foot scanning and recording thing” (sorry the name of it is beyond me), which tells you all sorts of things about the way you walk and the where the pressure on your feet is located. To do this scan I had to take off my shoes and socks, I couldn’t help but worry about all the germs that were on the floor and just crossed my fingers I won’t get any foot infection from walking on the ground and thing.

On a side note, for some reason today I was wearing my white duck socks…so embarrassing…I should have remembered to wear a more professional looking sock…normally no one would ever know its a duck sock with my shoes on…but anyways… LOL.. the other thing was I realised I haven’t cut my toenails for a while and eww the small nail on my right foot looks soooo gross…I felt sorry for the poor technician looking at my disgusting feet T_T. If only, they recorded and saved these measurements so that I wouldn’t have to continually take off my socks and be embarrassed. Anyways, I digress. After the testing, he brought out 3 different brands of black shoes and said all the pros and cons of each shoe. I then tried on two of the three, one on each foot and walked around in it. Both felt good and it was kind of hard to choose, it only came down to how it looked…the one on the right foot looked slightly more professional and looks less like a sports shoe than the other one…and that’s the one I decided to get…!

Tomorrow will be my first day wearing my new shoes…albeit being a bit squeaky..here’s hoping that my feet will be happier and less sore after a day at work. And that folks, is the highlight of my week. Buying some work shoes…before they also probably will shut due to COVID 19. Who would have thought life would come down to this? ? ? ? Work is literally life now.. 😦

Keep safe and keep dabbing into your elbow when you sneeze.

 

Thx. JL

Positive Points of the Pandemic

How are you guys? I hope you are doing well? Wherever in the world, you may be at the moment. I was really surprised after posting the previous post about things to do in the Pandemic at home…I had a 4000% increase in viewers of my website o.O!? And the majority of them were from America!! That’s amazing that this humble little blog from a small city in Australia has been visited by so many International guests from around the world. Anyways, I understand now is a time where it can be hard to remember to be grateful for the small things that we still have. I am not trying to say that I am glad this pandemic happened, but I want to point out the things we have learnt and the unusual positive consequences that have arisen from it. If I don’t laugh in the face of adversity, I will cry…so why not laugh?

 

  • I have never seen petrol prices so low as it is now!! In my 29 years of life,…I have neverrr seen it so low! the lowest I have seen it around is 80 cents per litre! That’s supppper cheap… The average cost is usually around $1.30 per litre for Unleaded 91 petrol.
  • I have saved money on petrol not only because it is cheap, but also due to the social distancing restrictions, I have literally nowhere to go after work -except back home! No more driving to badminton or to the gym…or to visit my sister..or shopping etc. So one tank of fuel lasts for a loonnnggg time. Due to people using less petrol for their cars and fewer flights, I guess that’s good for the environment…!
  • I have saved money because I can’t fly anywhere…so even though I have the travel bug, there is a reason why I shouldn’t/can’t fly at the moment. I am super grateful I was still able to go on my trip and come back safely from New Zealand before all the travel restrictions and quarantine rules kicked in Australia. Super super grateful!
  • I have a legit excuse to skip the gym after work … xD I am usually pretty hard on myself and force myself to go, whether I feel like it or not! But, now with the gym closed, I am forced instead to take walks during lunch or after work and enjoy nature. I am finding out all sorts of cute and quirky things in my neighbourhood.
  • As a pharmacist, I always felt like our profession was always undervalued,
    forgotten, and underutilised. Through this pandemic, there have been so many changes to the rules that have allowed pharmacists more authority than ever before to exercise their clinical expertise more than any other time before. It is also highly recognised that pharmacists who are administering influenza vaccines to the public are helping to decrease the burden on the already overflowing GP clinics. We have also been given the (temporarily) authority to change strengths and forms of prescription items so that supply can be given to the patient without prior approval by the GP. Emergency supplies of medication to people who can’t get into their GP have also been approved in certain circumstances.

 

  • Random Strangers have been more friendly and strike up conversations. I remember when I first heard of the toilet paper shortage, I went to the grocery store and bought two small packs. The random stranger next to me asked me why was everyone buying toilet paper… I said, “I don’t know, but I am just going to buy some in case!”.

 

  •  I have never appreciated the supermarket workers as much as I do now and also never felt appreciated as much as now…With their friendly smiles and small talk, it is pleasant to make small talk with them. In particular, the supermarket near my hospital has been giving away free soup to the hospital, police, and emergency workers. I later went to purchase some items after work and told the checkout assistant that I loved the free soup I got today and she said she was extremely grateful for the hard work that we do. I said, “I appreciate you guys immensely too!”. Because I do, without those workers going in every day to fill the stock, we would have no food to eat! In addition, today, I called Medicare to ask about concession and safety net entitlement cards for a patient and the man I spoke to said, “Stay Safe!” at the end of the conversation…I know these are small things and they are from people I don’t know, it just feels nice to know that people do care about each other. I know these are really small things, but they really do…

 

  • Being grateful for a normal life. After this pandemic, I will always remember how good it will be to meet friends, to go to the gym, to play badminton… to attend concerts, do exams, fly overseas…All of these things that I have taken for granted for so many years… I will be super grateful to be able to do all those things again! #grateful

 

  • EVERYTHING IS SOOOO CLEANNNNNN! I love it. We’ve never been as aware of cleanliness till now. Maybe it is just me, (as you can see in my post about being a germaphobe), but I am glad there is hand sanitiser everywhere and supermarkets having gloves for us to use! I like the idea of having personal space of 1.5 metres between everyone…coz even before I hate hearing people breathe loudly near me or get into my special personal space …xD … My dad is guilty of not washing his hands after going to the toilet, thanks to this pandemic I have stressed the importance of washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and using soup! If you haven’t already seen it, you should the video on how to handwash -the proper way by WHO.

 

  • I’ll put the video link here:

 

Stay safe and wash your hands (properly)!!

Is it Fate?

Do you believe in fate?

Do all things happen for a reason? Or are they just random happenings and it just happened to turn out some way or the other?

I mean is it fate that our parents decided to get married, have a kid, and then bam you are here?

I personally think all the things we think might be random help turns us into the people we are today. Our setbacks, our failures, our successes all happen for some great unknown reason. Perhaps to help build resilience, or to prepare us for something we didn’t expect coming.

Perhaps that random job we did back in our uni days will somehow be the stepping stone for the launch of our career that we really wanted… I think you sort of only reflect and appreciate all the things that happen in your journey when you look back retrospectively..and be like…oh I see.. I didn’t get that job…but in the end end I got this one, which I think is much more suitable for me!

Or…I hated this job..I quit…but I found something so much better and it helped me grow. It can be frustrating when we feel like the place that we are now is now where we want to be…but if we take it all in our stride..as seeing as a pathway to get to where we want to go, perhaps the journey won’t be as burdensome.

 

I think personally for me my journey is going into another direction and exciting things are yet to come..

 

All the best to us!

 

#randomramblingend