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This is the weirdest birthday eve I am having. Even weirder than the year I was told not to celebrate my birthday because the boss wanted to make someone who shares my birthday feel special. It has been twelve years, and to this date, I am unsure if that was a joke or for real. πŸ˜€ It was funny, we ended up still celebrating because the professor I was working with shares our birthday too. To this day, I still have no idea if it was because the boss later found out that a-bigger-deal-than-the-special-person shares our birthday too. Funny things in life. I love these two peeps, because of their devotion to agriculture in the non-invasive manner to our environment. So, three of us were remembered (I wonder if we are still remembered now that our presence has been dissolved) as “ooh, the farmers!”

We are just one day away from the Spring Equinox (yippee, our birthday). Not exactly counting down to it because I have been turning down celebrations. I am unofficially on a Stay-At-Home stint, due to my last return from Cambodia on the 12th March. Whoosh. Unofficial because official travel restriction start date is 16th March 2359hours. Unofficial because everywhere, the health declaration form says “in the past 14days”. So I am in a little bit of limbo being rejected from entry everywhere, including my own office (but they later retracted it because I asked for rental discount!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ) It is also because my little bro almost had to stay home for the 14 days because of my travels (“close contact”). It is iffy and I do not wish to inconvenience anyone, and thus better to just stay home. We basically have to declare every building we enter, so it is better I return to the wild wild world only after the 26th.

It sounds like I am very free and staying at home doing nothing. On the contrary, I have been crazy busy the whole week. The weekend was cleaning up the logistics of flight cancellations, notifying the school, setting up the remote teaching platform (the school has already set it up, but I could not figure why mine did not work – took a whole day to figure out I did not click on a certain button!!!). The weekdays was sorting how to execute the lessons remotely, testing it, showing fellow lecturers how it works, and finally to successfully carrying out all my lessons. Wheehee. Stressful but a good achievement! Will be refining it over the next weeks! πŸ˜€

The numbers have been crazy climbing everywhere (except China … ? still not sure about that. heh) and it is scary. I cannot even use the term “worrying” now, maybe this is a good example of sangfroid. It is becoming pointless to worry now, so I just look at it, get a little creeped out by the crazily climbing figures and then … shrugs … well, we just have to deal with it. Keep ourselves healthy, out of harm to others. It is scary to the extent that even though we find it kind of embarrassing to panic buy, we are quietly starting to stock up. πŸ˜€ Bro came home one evening with a few cans of his favourite foods, and he said, “45 new cases today … ” I returned home yesterday with a few cans of my favourite foods too, “travel restrictions extended to all countries …”; and two boxes (6pcs each!) of gluten free waffles, because I am Stuck At Home and I need comfort foods. When I stacked mine onto our cabinet, I realise bro had already bought the same items I did. πŸ˜€ Family favourites! And now we have a grand six cans of spicy tuna. haha.

For anyone stockpiling toilet paper, here is a calculator to help you make some sense out of the situation. πŸ™‚ https://howmuchtoiletpaper.comΒ It includes advanced options for special circumstances. πŸ˜‰

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thank you! ❀

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  1. Happy birthday, Ping. Enjoy your day and birthday waffles.
    My husband is the chocolate calculator. He has calculated that our family of 4 grown people averages 56 very large chocolate bars a month. That is our regular shop and not stocking up. Try explaining that to the “food” authorities! I think I should I make a couple of chocolate cakes. It might reduce the load.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thanks Tracy! A stack of 6 chocolate waffles will make a very good cake substitute. πŸ˜€
      That’s alot of chocolate! That makes half a large chocolate bar per person per week. In Chinese TCM philosophy, chocolate is “heaty”, so we have to drink alot of water or cooling herbal tea to cool our body down … So I am keep off them this period (as with durians … which are “heaty” too).

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      1. It is a lot of chocolate. Surprisingly I am not in “need” of so much chocolate this past month. My mind is already very focused. Good luck with your online lessons. I hope it goes well.

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