Can’t compare

Quarantine D9 The NZ crowd outside the country are in a bit of a tizzy about the MIQ situation. All quarantines are not created equally and not all countries with quarantine have uniform policies by any stretch of the imagination. My hotel isn't great but at least it's not a repurposed youth camp or some … Continue reading Can’t compare

You cannot make this stuff up!

D8 Quarantine More adventures from the Quarantini's. I've had quite a busy day today and doing an Adobe Illustrator course was still on my "to do" list from the vacation and since I got a 24 hour expiring special offer to do a course via LinkedIn, I decided that now was the time to try … Continue reading You cannot make this stuff up!

Halfway mark

D7 quarantine We're at the half way mark. I'm not saying much today - it's been super busy with the first day back for all faculty and staff and juggling lots of online meetings and presentations. Had my 7 day covid-test - literally feels like a roto-roota went through my nasal cavities. Maybe because I … Continue reading Halfway mark

Days are too short

Day 6 Quarantine Seriously - I've been properly back at work since yesterday and the days are flying by. Tomorrow will mark the half way mark of quarantine and I was just taking a break a minute ago lamenting that my crochet rate has declined dramatically. The banter in my group has also quietened down … Continue reading Days are too short

No life without laughter

Quarantine Day 5. This may seem strange to see but today I've spent quite a few moments laughing until I have tears in my eyes and I'm unable to speak coherently. The reason? My Shanghai Quarantine wechat group. Or as they call themselves Sha QuaranTEAM. Never mind stoicism or resilience or being prepared for the … Continue reading No life without laughter

The Time

Time stretches endlessly when you're in confinement, and unlike say prisoners, there is no fixed schedule for anything. Unless you count our pavlovian response when we hear the rustling on the corridor that signals the twice daily temperature checks or the thrice daily deposit of our plastic containers with the rations for the meals. Work … Continue reading The Time

The suck line – choice or tatty towels?

D2. One of the things that has made coming back a little easier have been the many lovely positive messages from my colleagues. I wasn't sure what to write about today yet, when someone sent me this: "hope you are all settled in QT hotel. Is there a lot of restrictions? I hope you get … Continue reading The suck line – choice or tatty towels?

Channeling my inner PollyAnna / stoic

Today marks the first day of my 14+7 quarantine in Shanghai before I can return to Beijing. Unlike last year's 4 star hotel, I didn't strike lucky on the hotel jackpot this time, so I'm just focusing on what is good: the room is cleanno carpet (so no icky marks, hairs and other debris)nice viewAirconditioningkettle … Continue reading Channeling my inner PollyAnna / stoic

May – Presentation & Panel Month

I've had another lapse in blogging, not that things have been particularly quiet - in particular I managed to mis-step on some stairs in the center of Beijing in early April, thereby managing to fracture both my posterior and anterior malleolus (i.e ankle) resulting in my first ever ambulance ride and some pretty nifty ankle … Continue reading May – Presentation & Panel Month