This morning I decided to head to Tanjung Malim for a quick breakfast. The weather was awesome, hovering around 25-27 degrees Celsius. Uncommon for Malaysia. But the ride home was just mad. Rain was way too heavy.
Finally, after the MCO – I managed to pick up my bike. It was a long and painful wait but I must say it was worth it. Now it is about me riding as much as humanly possible, while staying safe both from Covid and riding!
I have been riding a motorbike since 2012. Starting from BMW F800GS which I must say the most exciting bike. It allows me to go to places that I never imagined I would go. Perhaps one of these days, I probably will get it again. It is light but super tall!
After a long thought, I finally decided to get back into the saddle. It is something that allows me to destress – especially during the weekend. Got something that is not fast, but more relaxing. So now, I can be considered a SissyRider! Ha ha
So – here is the bike!
It has been a long while since I last took any photos. My cameras are all inside my dry box, waiting for me to take it out and shoot. The question that I have in my mind is:
Should I go out and shoot
The Situation Now
Here are the facts with regards to the situation:
- Movement Control Order has been transitioned to Conditional Movement Control Order.
- There are no limits with regards to the movement except for the areas designated as a lockdown. The Ministry of Health will lock down any areas if there are clusters detected.
- We can go out and roam around but will need to take the necessary precautions like social distancing and masks.
Should I Wait?
Honestly, I am not particularly sure whether I can or not go out. The facts that I listed above is based on what I read in the papers. Even today, when I drove to The Curve to buy a birthday present for my dad, I was not very sure but took the chance as I really need to get him a present (sounds stupid right?). Yes – come to think of it.
Here is my thought process with regards to whether it is safe to go out:
- I need to pay particular attention to social distancing.
- Always wear a mask.
- Do not interact with people UNLESS it is absolutely necessary.
- Stay away from crowds.
Seriously, it is a predicament that I have. After more than 1.5 months being stuck at home (or in-office), I am now rearing to go out to get fresh air. Though shooting is a non-essential activity. I can postpone this further rather than taking unnecessary risks.
After – reading what I wrote above, I have made the decision to NOT GO OUT and will stay at home until further notice. I will decide again, come next week.
First of all, thank you to ALL THE FRONT LINERS for all the hard work. I really appreciate the sacrifices that all of you have made. Nothing will be able to repay all your sacrifices.
After almost 6 weeks of MCO – the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced on 1st May that the MCO measures will be relaxed and nearly all economic sectors can resume operations on 4th May 2020 (Source: [The Star]).
I think the reopening is too abrupt and too risky given the state that we are in. I prefer a softer landing to open the business gradually, and not let the flock out of the cage. I do understand the concept of sharing the responsibility where everybody has to follow a strict SOP. But, hand to heart, do we think Malaysians can do this?
The Economic Dilemma_
The challenge I have in my head, how long? The economy is not able to sustain a prolonged MCO. According to the Prime Minister in the same announcement – the economy is losing RM2.4 billion a day, and to date (I assume 1st May), the total losses have amounted to RM63 billion. Based on the survey made by the Department of Statistics released on 9th April – 46.6% of self-employed worker has lost their jobs, and this is mostly from Agriculture sector. In fact, 94.8% of self-employed worker reported reduced income due to the Covid-19.
Lives and Livelihood
According to the Director-General of Health in his 1st May daily briefing, there must be a balance between “Lives and Livelihood”. The way I interpret this is that the MCO cannot last forever. The Livelihood of the citizens is impacted. This is true for those who are not able to get any income during the lockdown. As much as we want to eradicate Covid-19, there won’t be a permanent solution until a vaccine is available.
I guess the Government is taking a leap of faith to share the responsibility to the community as we transition to a “new norm”. New norm being, social distancing, mask, hand sanitizers, temperature check etc. Strict SOP has been issued by the Ministry of Health to the sectors. I do hope that each of and every one of us will abide by the SOP.
I agree that we must strike a balance between Lives and Livelihood. Where possible, we must adapt to the new norm as we venture into this new era. I will continue to “MCO” myself with a little bit of flexibility to exercise outdoors where possible.
What do you think?
It has been 39 days since the start of the Movement Control Order. The number of positive cases has dropped to double-digit for the last couple of days. Definitely a good sign but it is not the time for Malaysia to relax their rule. Despite the economy moving at the lowest level ever, it is something that we have to go thru for us to save ourselves from the virus.
The best way to contain the virus is for everybody to isolate themselves. Movement Control Order – being enforced, there are still so many that’s flouting the rule. We cannot afford to get into another wave. The economy has been halted for a very long time, and every day we in MCO, so much money is lost and many more jobs are gone. Let us all work together to recover from this pandemic.
If anything, the pandemic has made Malaysia stronger than ever. Despite those Covidiots, Malaysians have grown to be much more united than ever. Rising to a level where we have not experienced before. And all these behaviours will shape the “new normal”. In addition to the digital transformation that is happening everywhere, the new humanly behaviour will transform the Malaysian into a more caring society.
On top of that, we all now realise how important are the front liners, especially in the medical field. I remember a couple of months ago, there was a drama about us limiting the housemen and contracts for the hospitals (I think..). And now, more than ever – they are the seeds for one of the many battles that will emerge in the future.
I am confident that we will survive this, and we will emerge stronger!
We are now in Pandemic.
Many years from now, when I read this post, it will remind me how much life has changed. COVID-19 is a virus allegedly started from China and now has spread across to all corners of the world.
Am I scared?
To be honest, I am scared of the virus. I will be lying if I say that I am not frightened of it. Looking at the different videos on the internet on how the patients are suffering from the disease. It is definitely scary. The thought of losing the ability to breathe is alarming. In addition to that, we may contract the virus even though you are doing the right things. Stupidity roams very in every corner of the world, the difference is to what degree it is.
The success of evading this virus does not just depend on the world and the Government(country). But it is the responsibility of each and every person to ensure that the virus gets eliminated. One thing that I noticed, the Community where I am staying now has definitely strengthened. Though we are not able to meet, the Facebook group is far more active now – and it helps to remind each other on what we can and cannot do.
I can never be more proud of being a Malaysian now, knowing that our Ministry of Health is doing their level best to handle the situations. Of course, there are sporadic incidents across the other ministries who announced initiatives that are either outright stupid (hint hint.. Doraemon) or dangerous. I am glad, they are sane enough to retract that – if not the Rakyat themselves decided that they want to do what is right. For example, the announcement that the hair salons and barbershop can open their shop. In response to that, the business associations made an announcement that they are not supportive of the idea because such business practice poses a high risk given the close contact to the customers. There’s no robot haircut machine… yet!
Work continues to be hectic – especially during this time of crisis. Given that I am in the Financial Services industry, we are at the core of the economy. As such, we will need to do our part to ensure that the economy keeps on running despite the global threat of COVID-19.
I have a letter that will allow me to go to the office. Still, I have decided to continue to work from home unless absolutely necessary. During the initial weeks, I continue to go to the office, but lately – I’ve been staying put at home as I can continue to do my work at home. The only issue is that working at home means that I am perpetually working. Working till late night is becoming a norm now! Comparatively to what I am used to. I hope that things can stabilise and I can go back and do regular hours.
Health and Diet
Well – the beauty of working from home is that I can control anything and everything that I consume. I no longer needed to eat out or Grab. In fact – I think in the past 4 weeks, I’ve only ordered from Grab 2 times. Once for roast chicken from Ayamas and another for Ramdon (from the movie Parasite)!
Workout wise, I subscribed to Freeletics for 3 months. This gives me access to a HIIT-based workout program. Some days are tough, others are ok. In fact, so far it has been quite good. Been losing some weight, which is good, but it’s slower than my usual routine because the workout at home can’t be as intense as in the gym. Never mind, I’ll make do with what I have! In fact, there are some days where I ran from my living room to my bedroom. Just to get that cardio mileage! Amazing.
In summary – this will be the new norm. Honestly, I don’t feel restricted and have gotten used to being living in MCO. I am still sane so far, and we have 2 more weeks to go. God bless Malaysia and Humanity. We will survive this ordeal!
Back in 2012… I started riding this…
Then I upgraded to this…
Then I moved to this..
I let go of my GS about a year ago, and now I am ready to be back (except that) it is MCO now. Dawn of a new era!
One of the noble work that we have out there, is being a garbage collector. In fact – we always see them as filthy and dirty, but have we ever thought about what if they don’t exist. Can we survive without them?
In fact – if you look at the typical Malaysian streets – it’s filled with garbage. It’s just everywhere. If you have the chance to walk behind the alleys – you will notice a dirty situation, because most people just cannot be bothered with throwing their trash properly.
Anyway – the photo shows a garbage collector checking out a pair of jeans that was thrown away. He seems to be happy (minus the shock of me pointing the lens to him!).
During my street shoot on a Sunday – 1st March, I bumped into a person sleeping under a cabana. I don’t think its a homeless person because he did not have any luggage with him. I suspect, it is a drunk person from the night before.
I am not sure if you can see the person, but it is at the bottom right hand corner 🙂
I guess, the image is not very well composed, because it is hard to be able to notice the person on the bottom right hand corner!
I generally don’t like to shoot homeless, but since the photo does not have any face, I think it is fine. You can’t tell who the person is 🙂
Behind the hustle and bustle of the market, the cleaners do take time to rest and have a sip of coffee in tied in plastic packs. The cleanliness(or non-cleanliness) of the market relies on these souls. They work hard throughout the morning and they do deserve the time for that quick sip.
Another photo from Sin Sze Ya temple. A photo of an old lady praying. At the right time of the day, should be able to get very good light from the skylight on the roof.