On 11th January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a stricter movement control order (MCO) for 6 states namely Wilayah and Selangor which encompasses ban on inter-state and inter-district. And a day after the MCO was announced and was due to take place, Malaysia recorded the highest number of COVID19 cases at 3,309 cases (on 14th, we set a new record with 3,337 new cases and 15 deaths). Image source: MOH.
When one is undergoing 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a small confined hotel room, trust me, the days will pass by very slowly. Even the hours seem to be taking its own “sweet time” to move. Whilst one may get excited on the first few days of being quarantined in a luxurious hotel room, one will soon get bored with the routine and yes, with the food which more or less from the same list of menu.
One of the key things that caught my eyes when it comes to daily meals during the 14 days quarantine is this – the label on top of the meal box. It explains 2 main things namely the date & timing when the meal needs to be finished and the fact that the Ministry of Health vetted through the daily meal to ensure a balanced meal.
A big part of the “fun” of being quarantined down in a small room for the next 14 days without anything much to do is to watch for the 3 meals of the day that will be hand-delivered to the small table just outside our quarantine room. Of course, one also needs to be prepared with standby food of their own – in my case, 3 in 1 cereal, biscuits and packet drinks.
(The view from my quarantine room which unfortunately was nothing to shout about but at least I could get some sunlight into the room. When I am bored, I will look over when the office workers are leaving the parking lot in the next building for a change of sight)
This will be the second time that we will be undergoing 2 weeks of COVID19 quarantine but compared to the first time quarantine in Cambodia, the quarantine in Malaysia with Malaysian food and Malaysian hospitality is always welcomed.
Continuing from Part 1, we were indeed getting closer to our homes but first, we had to go through the hurdles of COVID19 testing and the mandatory quarantine. It will take time indeed but at least we have set our legs in Malaysia.
(The fried noodles for breakfast is nothing new for me – I often have the same for breakfast back in Malaysia too. However, I appreciate the breakfast here as they provide a lot of vegetables even for breakfast and these vegetable dishes were well prepared indeed).
Continuing the Cambodia adventure, this post will be on breakfast as we started our self-isolation for 14 days and on the 13th day, we suppose to go for our 2nd COVID19 test. That will determine if we will be free to go on to work on our project in Phnom Penh or get stranded in a Government Hospital until we are free of the COVID19 virus.
The problem with foreigners in Cambodia during the time of a pandemic is that there is very little information available for them to know what is going on and what the next step will be. Often it is left to one’s own assumptions and “google” findings to know what to do next. What is given is some standard leaflet which does not clarify anything and there were no Cambodian officials were around to give any briefings on what to do next.
Continuing the Cambodian adventure, our pockets were literally empty by the time we finished paying the USD3,000 at the airport and went to the immigration counter to submit our passport and all the relevant forms.
(Chaos, confusion, uncertainty at Lisbon airport when we suppose to be in Cape Verde, we have a problem when adding impatient passengers into the equation)
The Cape Verde flight passengers started to assemble closer and rumours & assumptions started to fly – some passengers especially those with small children became restless. Someone shouted “It’s Not Fair!!!” and a bunch of passengers joined in.