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Covid-19 Quarantine at Community Care Facility

I tested positive for Covid-19 at end of February 2022 so I went to see a doctor and I was assessed to have mild symptoms (Protocol 2). My father, whom I was living with, had underlying health problems so I requested to quarantine in a community care facility.

There wasn’t much information about community care facility online. All I could find were some old newspaper articles about the quarantine centre in Expo so I thought that’s where I would be going.

I was told that someone will contact me within 24-48 hours to coordinate my transfer, but I actually got a call that very evening. A kind Indian lady told me that a driver would pick me up the next day between 9am – 12pm.

I packed my bags and the driver picked me up at 9.15am the next day in a taxi. He was wearing personal protection equipment and N95 mask, all the 4 windows were wind down as per protocol.

I ended up being quarantined in Furama Riverfront Hotel, sharing a room with another lady who tested positive around the same time as myself.

The taxi driver dropped me off at the entrance of Furama Riverfront Hotel. A staff in full PPE attire reminded me to do TraceTogether check-in and brought me to the “reception”. The whole reception hall was covered with thick plastic sheets, with a few dismal chairs by the lobby.

The staff checked my name, gave me two sheets of paper that states the rules during my stay. I was also given 2 sets of ART test kits, I was to test myself on the 4th and 5th day.

Another staff in full PPE attire brought me to my room. I think the whole floor or maybe the whole hotel has been converted into Community Care Facility. There was a chair outside each room, where the meals would be placed three times a day.

Covid-19 Quarantine at Community Care Facility 1

I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious the room was. The room comes with an attached bathroom with a bathrobe and there’s even a television in the room.

The two single beds were pushed to the far corners of the room, one next to the toilet and the other next to the window sills. There was even a window, through which I could down to the barren swimming pool downstairs.

Covid-19 Quarantine at Community Care Facility 2

On each bed, there was a large white towel, ample toiletries, white plastic bags to put our trash as well as laundry bags. There was also a packet of chocolate chip cookies and a few sachets of milo.

Covid-19 Quarantine at Community Care Facility 3

The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which were placed on the chair outside our door. We were to throw all trash into the white plastic bags provided, tie them up securely and place them outside the door.

Except for not able to go anywhere outside our room, it was an otherwise pleasant experience. My roommate was a mild-mannered lady and we talked occasionally. We shared some of our food and she didn’t snore so I was able to have good sleep.

If you contract Covid-19 with mild symptoms, do consider serving quarantine at a Community Care Facility. In fact, I don’t even mind doing it again. I brought my laptop and managed to get quite a bit of writing done. It’s almost like a retreat of sorts. Good for some serious soul-searching.

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What is The Purpose of Life? It is to Create.

I believe I am not the only one who have these questions: What is the purpose of life? What am I living for? What is my purpose in life? 

Judging from the millions of search results, I think pretty much everyone have asked these questions at one point of their life or another. 

I think I have found the answer to this question, at least it’s what I can agree on. 

I chanced upon this answer when I was searching for answers to another question: Is travel really necessary? 

The thing is, my parents don’t want me to travel. They feel that traveling is a waste of my hard-earned money and it is dangerous. I understand their concerns but I still want to travel. I was confused if my desire to travel is wrong so I decided to find out. This article gave me a whole new perspective as to why traveling is overrated. 

Okay, back to the original question: What is the purpose of life? I found the answer in an article: 

Create

If you think about it, it’s really true. Everyone creates, it’s just a matter of how big the scale is. 

Ordinary people make small creations. We create babies, we create homes, we create families.  

The millionaires and billionaires are so rich because they created something that many people needed. Bill Gates created the world’s largest software company, Steve Jobs created a better smartphone. They created solutions to problems and that it why they are so successful. 

What can I create? What problems can I solve to make the world a better place? 

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原来快乐这么简单 – 九把刀的金字良言

八月头被公司派回来百丽宫的诊所,现在半个月已经过去了。由于新冠病毒疫情的原因,新加坡人出不去国外的游客也进不来,诊所的病人也不多。

我决定用这段时间,把那本写了10年也没写完的小说写完。

有点不知道应该怎么写了,记得以前看过九把刀的一本小说,决定找来看看,找点灵感。

搜索了一下,那本书叫“爱情,三好两坏”。搜索的时候无意间看到他的另外一本书“人生就是不用的战斗”,是九把刀部落格(网志)里文章的合集。我喜欢他的文章不做作,用词简单。

在一篇超长的前言里说有一次被采访,有人问他“九把刀,你怎么可以这么快乐?”。

他的回答很简单,甚至有点白痴,但又是无比的正确:

想要快乐,就多做一点可以让自己快乐的事,少做一点让自己不快乐的事。这样就会快乐了

我最近这一两年也开始在注意哪些事让我真正快乐,哪些事我以为会让我快乐,但其实并没有让我快乐。

这是需要慢慢摸索的,不是一日两日能够知道的。

但至少我知道应该做什么了。

我会在手机上记上让我快乐的事和让我不快乐的事。

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Scam Alert! Scammers on Facebook/Tinder/Meetup

Scam Alert

Do I have the words “ Please Scam Me” written across my forehead or something?

Because if that is not the reason, I can’t understand why I am ALWAYS meeting scammers. I have met so many scammers that it is statically impossible.

Let me just share a few of my experiences with you all here. These are the recent ones which I can still remember.

Case 1: New York Engineer Patrick Chong 

He found me on Meetup.com and we continued chatting on WhatsApp. He was here in Singapore for contract negotiations, apparently.
He was born in Hong Kong but he and his parents migrated to the US long time ago.
His profile picture on Meetup.com and WhatsApp looked pretty ordinary, very Chinese-looking. He also sent me some recent photographs so I thought he might be real. But for someone who lives in New York and is an engineer by profession, his English sucks (red flag).
We have been chatting for almost a month now. He didn’t come on too strongly. I was busy last week so we didn’t really talk. I suddenly received a message from him this morning asking me to reply when I see the message. He then told me something about his project having problem and he asked me to pay for him first and he will reimburse me. I immediately blocked him. 

Case 2: Real Estate Agent from China

I was talking with my girlfriend the other day and she was telling me about how her friend found her husband on Tinder. It gave me hope that there are good real people looking for relationship on Tinder. I downloaded it again and even put in recent photographs.

This guy from China matched with me. Apparently he was in Singapore for holiday. How convenient.
He was all “call me hubby” and I played along. We have great chemistry and we were texting non-stop. Somehow the topic changed to making money. He was telling me that he invests in bitcoin and he asked me to join him. He gave me a link to a bitcoin platform call EasyCoin but Apple blocked it because the certificate is not verified. I told him about it and he told me how to go about it. But this made me doubt the credibility of this bitcoin platform so I did a search online. It turned out that people have been talking about this EasyCoin scam since 2013! I told him that I have too many things on hand and I put bitcoin on hold for a while. He agreed and didn’t push further.
The next day, when we started texting in the afternoon, he was talking about the bitcoin platform again. He asked me to join him and promised to teach me. I told him that I am not interested and this time he was all “if you love me, shouldn’t you learn to enjoy what I love”. I asked him about the EasyCoin scam and he said that’s because they don’t know how to play. He says he earns tens of thousands of dollars, he won’t want to cheat me of my palsy few hundred dollars.
I got tired of all these pretense and blocked him.

These are just two examples. There are many others on Tinder, Facebook and other platforms.

My conclusion is no more internet dating, I am only going to join programs organized by SDN-accredited dating agencies from now on.