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What I’ve Been Up To in 2020

It’s been more than 2 years since my last post on 1st January 2018 titled “2018“. And we’re already 8 months into 2020.

“Much has happened.” Is not an understatement.

Let’s backtrack a little bit and start with the recent events, obviously. From the start of 2020, the world was and still is fighting against the coronavirus pandemic.

To contain the spread of the virus, governments around the world imposed lockdowns and stay at home orders. Borders were closed. Roads were void of traffic. Mother nature took a breather.

For 3 months, the world was on standstill. Gone were the days of socializing and eating out with friends and family outside till late night. Social life was restricted in the home.

Here’s a document of what we ate at home during the 3 months of lockdown. This feels like a long overdue throwback post.

#stayhome

While in lockdown, people were craving for things to do, to eat, and to pass the time. The trend that took the world by storm was the Dalgona coffee. I too jumped on the bandwagon.

After many attempts, I finally made it! Tried with different versions of coffee and different mixing methods. Whipped by hand, whipped with the mini portable mixer, and whipped with the mini handheld mixer.

As we’re all in this together, we looked out for one another. We exchanged food with our neighbours. Our neighbours cooked delicious lasagnes and Panna Cotta.

Panna Cotta

The pandemic thought us to be self-sufficient and bring out the inner-chef and baker 24/7. We were so used to cooking once a day (at most) for five to six times per week. During the pandemic, we had to scratch our heads on how to cook for at least 3 times a day, 7 days a week, and for 3 months!

The challenge was not just maintaining the routine but also becoming creative for each and every meal.

Homemade Lo Mai Gai for Breakfast
Pies for Lunch
Shepherd’s Pie for Dinner
Cornish Pastry for Dinner
Indian Food for Dinner
Pajeon for Dinner
Cinnamons for Dessert

Through the different phases of the movement control order, we experimented with different variety of food, as illustrated above.

The food delivery businesses – Grab and Foodpanda – were striving in the midst of the pandemic. Restaurants and cafes had to rely on the food delivery services to get business and feed hungry people at home.

The fear of contracting the virus made us stay away from food deliveries and cook at home. Furthermore, cooking at home is definitely more cost saving than eating out or ordering in. There was also the hassle of disinfecting, cleaning, and separating the plastic bags from the food.

As the movement control order eased, we ordered our first outside food in months.

Domino’s Pizza for Dinner

Like being out of a cave, we’re finally back into civilization. More to come in the following posts.

Stay Tuned.


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