Isolation Under COVID-19

Second week attending Sunday Service remotely from home. Under the COVID-19 epidemic, fellowship, calligraphy class and all social activities has come to a complete halt, feeling rather isolated even though I was never quite a social animal.

Only left home for work twice this week. My colleague gave me red pockets and that made me realize that the last time I seen her was already before CNY holiday about a month ago!

Have been working from home mostly. Finished going through the boring Chinese dictionary of 4-letter words and done streaming through all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory, will move on to more interesting projects this week.

Oh God, please continue to help us through this gloomy epidemic, heal those who are sick and let us not lose our faith or hope in You. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

Life Under 2019-nCoV

Worked home for another week to save on masks. Besides eating and sleeping, much of my time was spent going through a Chinese dictionary of 4-letter phrases and practicing Chinese calligraphy by copying the relevant words for a long unfinished project. The dictionary was a gift from my dad when I moved back to Canada after grade 11, he probably hoped I would learn some Chinese on my own, but I never really opened it until now.

While tediously going through the boring ancient dictionary, I had my laptop stream the sitcom The Big Bang Theory on the background. The popular TV series was recommended by a research colleague before I moved back to HK more than 10 years ago, but I never really had the time to stream through it until now.

I’m about 2/3 done going through the dictionary and the sitcom, should be done mid-week, will happily move on to other more important projects after.

Living isolated at home under 2019-nCoV reminds me of the biblical Noah’s Ark, especially at times like these when the whole world seems to be under God’s fierce judgement (i.e. War, Amazon fire, Australia fire, 2019-nCoV epidemic, global warming…). I seem to be having new ideas for my next project(s).

Only left home twice the past week, one for a post-CNY gathering with my calligraphy class on Tue., and two for running some errands at the studio yesterday. Leaving home feels a bit like an adventure these days.

Oh God, please continue to help us through this epidemic. Heal those who are sick and let us all stay healthy so that we won’t add extra burden to the already stressed medical system. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

2019-nCov Took Root

The novel coronavirus is no longer a threat, it has taken root in our city thanks to our CE’s stubbornness in not closing the Mainland borders. A tenth of our city’s medical staff went on strike but that didn’t perturb our arrogant CE’s decision.

Facing the incoming virus from Mainland, our first line of protection is surgical masks, but our stupid government had no way of securing its people with a steady supply (and yet continuously allowing the virus to flow freely across the border). A company near my studio found a way to secure thousands of masks for sale, the news got out and a lineup started the night before and grew long enough to wrap around the industrial district! I only saw photos of the craziness as I had been working from home to save on masks. I did go back to the studio yesterday and heard a few people on my floor talked about the crazy lineup day, and we all connected in blaming our hopeless government for it.

Did some strategic planning while working from home. Saw an unexpected art opportunity opening that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Talked to my family about it and they seemed supportive even though we all know it’s nearly impossible to make a living with art. Need to think more seriously about this next week before drafting a proposal to be submitted end of month.

Oh Lord, please be merciful to our city and help us through this nCov epidemic. In these less hectic days, help me plan and guide my steps in preparations for a foreseeable economic downturn. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

2019-nCoV Threat

With the imminent threat of the Wuhan coronavirus and an unreliable government in controlling its infiltration to our city, I have extended the CNY holiday for another week. However, I did go back to the studio on Sat. to do some cleaning and to pack some stuff to work from home this coming week.

Decided to work from home mainly to safe on masks as there’s a major shortage of mask supplies in the city. Thousands of people lineup outside of drugstores everyday to buy masks, and many leaving empty handed frustratingly. There were even robberies of masks reported! I see the angry and helpless faces of people on the news and I can’t help asking how a bloody government can be so apathetic and merciless to its people?!

Facing this incoming epidemic, there’s really nothing I can do besides staying home to safe on masks and trying to stay healthy so as not to be a burden to an already stressed healthcare system. Have been taking the extra time to catchup on the Inktober52 challenge. Seems like I have an innate affinity to make art at times of stress and sadness. Plan to do more of that this week while strategizing on some major projects for 2020.

Oh God, please be merciful to our city and help us through this imminent epidemic threat. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

CNY Holidays

It has been many years since I’ve spent so many hours at home in my room. In midst of the Wuhan Coronavirus epidemic fear, the motivation to enter the public realm was low, so I spent most of the time in this CNY holidays catching up on Netflix. Finally watched the second season of Midnight Diner, still loving the series and still making me wanna open a cafe every time!

A good friend from Toronto messaged me this morning to pass me a document regarding some good information on the Wuhan Coronavirus. The message led to a short conversation. He seemed concerned about me and asked if I considered moving back to Canada. Actually, my mom suggested that a few times already since the anti-extradition protests broke out in June last year, and I declined saying the situation in HK is not that desperate for me to leave yet. As a matter of fact, I’ve grown more and more connected to my birth city since my birthday last year. With a decent education background, no financial burden, and a Canadian citizenship, it feels like I’m in a good position to offer my minuscule help to my fellow Hongkongers.

Started reading Exodus for my daily devotion this morning, the story of Moses (his background and the way God used him to help liberate his people) seems to reinforce my desire to help Hongkongers. Moses was forced out of his Egyptian home at the age of 40 and I’ll be moving out on my own very soon. A coincidence? Or is God trying to tell me something? 🤔

Sketch… Sunday Service