Our Grandfather Story put up a video that gives a little insight on in , an issue to keep in mind as polling day for draws closer

youtube.com/watch?v=NruVy96wyW

Seeing various screenshots of local reports on 's General Election affairs having their headlines amended, I think we *really* should be making use of web archiving (e.g. with Wayback Machine) to capture these moments regularly

Probably could give a better sense of the impartiality (or lack thereof) of different local press agencies

So anyone watched the TV debates tonight? The small glimpses I had gave the impression of a much more civil roundtable session than the stereotypical theatrical debates

I'm pretty worried that the easing of restrictions in Singapore, and the subsequent consequence of so many people loosening their guard, would induce a huge surge in new cases that would strain our healthcare facilities

I really don't know if re-allowing business operations + getting elections going this early, is worth the risk of more infections + deaths

straitstimes.com/opinion/covid

Interesting video featuring a mother with twin daughters with severe autism, on how she copes with their sexual development; casts an important light on and those with intellectual disabilities in

youtube.com/watch?v=DFRA3vX2Eh

That Straits Times informal poll about top 5 jobs regarded as "non-essential" in Singapore, and the reaction of local artists at their job being #1, kinda shows how maybe the term "essential worker" comes with extra baggage beyond the concept of an occupation related to critical operations/services

"Architects and doctors in said improvements in living conditions planned for foreign worker dormitories are a step in the right direction, but more could be done."

youtube.com/watch?v=pnRXHXUBMc

Interesting that the support for from Singaporeans has triggered another series of introspections towards our people's own handling of racism

Despite flaunting a multi-racial society, it's not really a secret that unfair stereotyping and "casual racism" does occur at times, and I think it's important to tackle such attitudes more openly, rather than just agree to not behave like that in public

"The NDP Together Pack will contain hand sanitisers, a thermometer and a face mask, as well as items that express “collective love and wishes for Singapore”...

...the executive committee will produce the packs for about 80 per cent of households, taking into account those who said that they do not need a pack. This number of packs will be “adequate”, based on prior experience..."

channelnewsasia.com/news/singa

Final day of so-called "Circuit Breaker" in today. Not much is going to change for the majority of people within the next month, but I wonder if people might start being more complacent in sticking to existing restrictions?

I'm personally a bit pessimistic that new case numbers will be kept low to none, judging from the various reports of flouters of measures in place during the CB

The myriad of restrictions on to cope with the -19 pandemic can be especially hard on the visually handicapped

youtube.com/watch?v=EJ8edBLnwB

"This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will be split into morning and evening shows, with participant numbers drastically reduced in line with COVID-19 guidelines.

Fewer than 300 participants will be involved in both segments of the show, and the committee does not plan to allow spectators into the evening show at the moment..."

(Am I overly pessimistic or is this just another Covid-19 megacluster waiting to happen?)

channelnewsasia.com/news/singa

"People living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) estates from Tampines to Sembawang will soon be able to watch growing on their doorstep, after the Food Agency (SFA) launched tenders for nine sites on Tuesday (May 12)."

channelnewsasia.com/news/singa

A long read about the plight of the migrant worker population in Singapore, which now makes up the majority of COVID-19 infections here, and the kind of adjustments society has to do going forward.

"[Associate Professor Eugene Tan] We cannot, as a society, seek to harness the benefits of their being here and yet not prepare to bear the costs of their being in our midst."

todayonline.com/big-read/big-r

#Singapore #COVID19 #Society #Culture #MigrantWorkers

Major perk of working from home: actually being next to a window and able to hear morning bird calls + get fresh air, as opposed to being confined in a sterile basement office

On the flip side I also get noise (barking dogs, shrieking children, flying planes, etc.) but at least I can more freely listen to music on earphones to drown that out

This whole "circuit breaker" (really a partial lockdown) is making me realise just how much I crave working from home

No long work commute + better sleep + wearing whatever clothes I want + having all 3 meals with family + less anxiety from being in the workplace + less social anxiety from interacting with colleagues (and occasional strangers)

Post-pandemic, I really want to negotiate for remote working arrangements

Neat little look at testing done in the Tan Tock Seng Hospital labs in

Pretty laborious tasks for the med techs dealing with thousands of samples each day!

youtube.com/watch?v=WLTV2groOx

So did your neighbourhood join in the Singapore sing-a-long last night?

I guess it's not wrong to think of it as a way for those stuck at home to come together, but I don't want people to think that's enough to actually support the essential workers; best for now is to actually stick to restriction orders

Also we should really push for employers to adjust job benefits to make sure workers really are compensated as "essential", rather than be awarded just lip service

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