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  • 168sean168
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    edited March 15
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    I went to a concert and the ushers made sure that we practiced social distancing. Strangers will be kept apart

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    A social message on the concert screen before it began

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    The concert was a Performance of string instruments. I feel so cultured

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    Hardly anyone attended this free public Zumba, I think people were wary again. The past two weeks it was rather packed. But three to four weeks ago it was also quite empty.

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    My community hub showing Attack of the Clones. Audience were spaced apart. I believe that in early April we should get to see Star Wars Rise of Skywalker

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    A social message at a bus stop banner. It came about due to the current situation.
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 17
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    A new wave of panic buying here which started 11 pm plus last night. This is people waiting for a supermarket to open this morning. The trigger was from Malaysia announcing a complete lockdown from Wed to end of the month.


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    An important hotel in Genting Malaysia asking their guests to checkout
  • 168sean168
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    edited March 17
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    Watched a concert called Soul Jam. They performed many R&B songs. Really good. I think this is the first time I see Blacks performing live. If I don't go to city area, I hardly see any blacks in my town.

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    Empty toilet paper racks in two large Supermarkets in my town at 6 pm today
  • 168sean168 wrote: »
    The trigger was from Malaysia announcing a complete lockdown from Wed to end of the month.

    Yeah, we are now locked down and supposed to stay in our houses unless for something urgent. At least we have a good view:

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    My brother in law commutes on a weekly basis to Singapore from Melaka - he is now 'trapped' in Singapore until April, effectively, as he doesn't want to have to do 14 days isolation. May be he has a better deal than us, as he can still go out!
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 18
    Hey thanks for sharing. I went to Malacca once. Jonker street? Hope to visit again next time. Which part of Malaysia are you living @gypsymacgyver ?
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    The Causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore was jammed last night as Malaysians struggled to get into Singapore before the lockdown.

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    The causeway today. It never looked so empty before in my whole life.


  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    Thank you all for taking the time to share during what is a very testing time.
  • gypsymacgyver
    207 posts Member
    edited March 19
    168sean168 wrote: »
    Hey thanks for sharing. I went to Malacca once. Jonker street? Hope to visit again next time. Which part of Malaysia are you living @gypsymacgyver ?
    The causeway today. It never looked so empty before in my whole life.

    I'm in Kuala Lumpur, about 4km away from the centre. We can see the skyscrapers such as the Petronas twin towers (once tallest buildings in the world) from our flat. They're currently building a new addition to the skyline which will be the second tallest building in the world when it is completed next year. It will be nearly half as tall again as the twin towers. I will see if I can edit in a pic later.

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    Yes, a very blurry one! The crane in the background is building it. The building in the foreground is the Ilham tower, next to my office. It has 60+ floors, and it is quite interesting to look at, whereas some of the buildings are boring or even ugly.

    I know Melaka well because my wife's family is from there as we used to visit once a month as it's only a two hour drive - we like Jonker Street/Walk though it does get crowded at times. It might take a while to recover from the virus stuff. At weekends, particularly public holidays, lots of Singaporeans drive to Melaka. The locals complain about the resulting traffic, but really it's probably not that much of an impact!

    I've been stuck in traffic on that causeway many times. Usually in a bus going north on a Friday, but a couple of times in a car going south.
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    Social Distancing implemented in food centres and eateries but they were not taken seriously. Most think it is not practical as the lunch time crowd is big.
    And also, people are still packed close together in public transport like the MRT
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 21
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    A flute and Harp concert. Social distancing in seating was carried out though

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    A band performing R&B songs during the current theme of Soul Jam at Esplanade. They placed stickers on the seats to make sure audience spaced apart
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 22
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    What happens in Singapore when someone is required to stay at home due to his travels or coming into contact with an infected person.

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    Bought two of this cheesecakes under promotion and will be eating it all by myself.

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    A couple performing over the weekend.
  • Thanks ever so much for posting this thread. @168sean168
    I truly appreciate reading comments and seeing images without the typical *Media Spin* attached. I hope that you're doing well, and will continue to keep us updated.
    My constant prayers are for this world and all who dwell in it. 🙏
    This is our last dance. This is ourselves under pressure.
  • Thanks ever so much for posting this thread. @168sean168
    I truly appreciate reading comments and seeing images without the typical *Media Spin* attached. I hope that you're doing well, and will continue to keep us updated.
    My constant prayers are for this world and all who dwell in it. 🙏

    Thank you. All is well here. Everything is still running as per normal. Just that now businesses are asked to implement social distancing. Things like queueing, sitting, people need be kept apart by 1 m.
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 22
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    In Singapore, majority of the people live in Government built public flats that look like this. It comes in various sizes and designs. At the bottom of the flat is a void deck that can be booked for various functions. These flats are supposedly priced fairly if you buy direct from the Government. And supposedly it can be used as an asset if you resell it later as resale prices can be high. However the guidelines to buy a flat directly is very pro family and you have to be married to get one. There are some guidelines for singles too but generally needs to be fairly old like 35 for singles to get a flat. Whether the flats are really an asset is a controversial topic as they are only on a lease of 99 years.

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    A Malay wedding in process. Usually happened over the weekends.

    Void decks are commonly used by Malays for weddings

    The Chinese use it to conduct funeral wake.

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    An example of a void deck

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    A void deck used for play by a child care centre.

    On normal days, some void decks are used for playing purposes, like tagging, blading, balls kicking. Though I kinda dislike balls kicking as it dirtied the walls. It is actually against the bye laws but no one enforces it.
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 24
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    A educational poster targeted at students

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    In first week of Feb, Our Government gave each household four masks and urged us not to use it unless we are sick. Masks were hard to come by then. I think at the moment they are rather readily available.

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    This week the Investment arm of the Government, Temasek, has an initiative to give each household 500 ml of alcohol free santisier. We bring our own bottles to collect.

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    Each household use this pamphlet to go to the nearby community centre or shopping mall to collect the santisier. In the background a kind soul has provided a santisier in the lift of my flat. It was heartening that after two weeks, no one has taken it away and in fact, it was replenished once.
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 25
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    In Singapore flats, people dry the laundry by using bamboo poles and sticking it out of the kitchen windows

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    This is an upgrading programme going on to introduce bamboo racks. Because the bamboo holders could be a source of breeding grounds for mosquitos if the resident did not cover it up. Secondly, old bamboos at times would break and fell, posing a risk to pedestrians below.

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    This is a picture showing a block with partially completed bamboo rack. This flat should be about 30 years old. The upgrading starts only if the flat hits this age.

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    In a precinct of flats, one or more of the flats would have the void decks converted to small businesses offering services like clinic, barbers, food, provisional shops

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    Dialysis centres are also found in some void decks.

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    In the news today, someone was sentenced to four years jail after he was found with this two pots of plants.
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  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 26
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    This is one of the more drastic measures just being announced in Singapore

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    In my town busker style Performance is still ongoing daily. The audience are seated in social distancing though
  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    Thanks @168sean168 insightful.
    4 years for a couple of pot plants :o:o:o:o
    You would have to cover every square foot of every room to get that punishment here.
    Does it work???
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited March 27
    KLmaker wrote: »
    Thanks @168sean168 insightful.
    4 years for a couple of pot plants :o:o:o:o
    You would have to cover every square foot of every room to get that punishment here.
    Does it work???

    I think he was unlucky. I believed got tipped off. Else it is not possible to track what we plant in the house.


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    In view of the new Covid-19 measures, my community hub has suspended live performances and movies screening and a fountain was set up.

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    Malls here also implemented controlled entering with temperature checks and limiting number of shoppers, resulting in queue at malls here.

    The Government is trying their best not to do a full blown lockdown

    Those found guilty of breaching the stay-home notice may be jailed up to six months, or fined up to S$10,000, or both under the new regulations. Those found guilty of breaching the safe distancing rules face similar penalties. The penalties will be doubled for repeated offenders.
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  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    Those shoppers outside the mall look like they are doing the same thing here.
    Buying supplies to stay at home, so they queue up outside the shop, closer than six feet.

    I went out a couple of times two weeks ago wearing gloves and half my face covered up and I was laughed at by a few people.
    Loads of people shopping and socialising, no distancing whatsoever.
    Well the jokes on them when they get it.

    In UK, two people, one aged 18 the other 41 with no underlying health conditions have died, the virus doesn't discriminate, no one is safe, it is going to get a lot worse here before it gets better.
    Stay safe mate.
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited April 1
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    Yesterday Singapore crossed 1000 confirmed cases. The number of cases increases rather significantly since the second half of March. Many were due to returning residents from overseas. So far there are three deaths, all elderly people. There is no lockdown here but many companies are encouraged to allow employees to work from home. For schools, they get one day of E learning from home per week.

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    A club for the Singapore arm forces in my town took additional measures to implement social distancing in the toilet.

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    My town has a garden well known for its fruits theme playground. The pictures show mangosteens and water melons
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