Kayaking: Exploring the mangroves of Pulau Ubin

When we launched early Friday morning from Pasir Ris, the water was still. The air hung, weighty and heavy and silent. Dark clouds filled the sky, ominous. But it was a holiday weekend (Hari Raya Haji), so our spirits were high. We just needed to make that 2+km crossing over to Pulau Ubin. Given that …

Still in lockdown but at least I’m traveling virtually

The Singapore government loves play on words. We're going into the second month of our "circuit breaker" - it's not a "lockdown", they insist, because essential services are still able to continue to work, because we are still allowed to go to our local parks for runs and walks, albeit with masks on. And now …

2020 – the year of appreciating life

Despite the government's best efforts, the number of Covid cases in Singapore continues to rise, now driven overwhelmingly by outbreaks in the foreign workers' dormitories. As such, the government has instituted ever tighter restrictions on our movements. I had been primarily working from home already, ever since I returned from LA on March 8. But …

Kayaking for social distancing

Since I last wrote, the world has completely changed. The financial markets are in free fall, many countries have instituted bans on foreigners coming in and mandating that returning residents and citizens quarantine themselves for 14 days. Travel has essentially ground to a halt, and most companies have instituted work from home policies. I couldn't …