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
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!
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
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
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
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
Quite a few of my readers have commented on the amount of plastic involved in my quarantine journey/meals. Absolutely - and you just saw the plastic involved with meals. It's actually far worse. The worst of it is that the only choices I can exercise in this is to cut the meal plastic by 2/3 … Continue reading Plastic Purgatory
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?
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
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