After nearly two and a half years, we’ve made it back to Singapore. It’s a practical trip – banks, doctors, dentists, accountants – and it’s quite startling being in a different environment in Covid times. Every country has dealt with this crisis differently, and adjusting to the changes or protocols requires patience and compassion.
Patience is something I’ve written about in the past, especially anything to do with the tourism and hospitality sector. Most of the staff are new or not fully trained, so nothing is really working seamlessly yet. When you get back on the road just take a deep breath and smile.
As an example, the first encounter of ‘new’ was the technology in place to track Covid, and it’s all based around the app ‘Trace Together.’ It’s all beautifully done of course (it’s Singapore), but everyone here has adjusted to it over time, for us, it was just confusing. Expect it to take a few days to get it.
Then eating out. Because Singapore is a physically small place with a large population, the distance between people is something taken seriously. And I mean really seriously. The staff in restaurants and cafes are working overtime to make sure you’re not sitting anywhere near anyone you don’t know.
And the booking requirements – this blew me away I must say. It’s hard to be spontaneous, because if you don’t have a booking, well you might not get a seat anywhere. There’s also a time on bookings, so expect to be chased out when the time comes for the next group to arrive.
You can also only be with 10 people, and as there are four of us, our ability to catch up with people is limited. My apologies to anyone we can’t see. We’d normally have done a ‘Last Friday of the Month’ type gathering and told everyone to come join us. Not this time, unfortunately.
Of course, the important observation is the impact on society, and that’s a more subtle aspect, but you can definitely see it. Singapore is just emerging from the pandemic, and while many places around the world look like they’re fully past the pandemic, it’s definitely not the case everywhere.
While you see the pain, you also see the pleasure. I’ve been delighted in taxis, bars and restaurants by people who are just so happy to be out in the world, with customers in their businesses, and a feeling that the end of this long ordeal is close.
I know a lot of people think life can get back to ‘normal’ now, but if you read the Covid content below, we have a way to go. Then again, if you read the environment content, I hope you recognise we can never get back to normal. We need to create a new way of living. This is something I’m not seeing widely understood yet, and we’ve got to get it, we really do. We all need to shrink our lives in every way we can. Until then, I’ll keep sharing what’s going on.
Friend’s content and mine
How I got 20k TikTok Followers in 50 days! – my mate Tom Radford has experienced some spectacular success on TikTok, a platform I’ve only recently started looking at again. I don’t love it, but it’s continuing to grow and become an important platform in the social media domain, so check out Tom’s suggestions and follow him, he’s brilliant.
Why we need to become more exploratory to get to NetZero – I was also thrilled to interview Grant ‘Axe’ Rawlinson to talk about how we all need to have an explorers mindset if we want to get to NetZero. The thinking that got us here won’t get us where we need to go. Take some inspiration from Grant.
I launched my daily tips for everyone to help address climate change and here is week four. I will also be updating these ideas at this blog – What can I do to act on climate change? Actions we can all embrace. Favorite it and check in often.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Video message by UN Secretary General at the WGIII AR6 press conference –
Satellite pollution is threatening to alter our view of the night sky tks Samantha Gayfer
Greta Thunberg to publish a ‘go-to source’ book on the climate crisis tks Damian Corbet
Global politics – Ukraine and Putin’s war
The Return of the Third Horseman tks Mark Thorburn
Ukraine: Why the cartoon Masyanya was banned in Russia tks Avi Liran
Shanghai lockdown tests the limits of Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy tks Richard Turrin
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
“It’s not about the bloody money.” What teachers in crisis actually want tks Claire Kielty
Passion, humour, history
Alternatives To Resting Bitch Face tks Tabatha Tee
Bridgerton season 2: 19 of the funniest memes from the Netflix show tks Gina Giachetti
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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