Tag Archives: Lockdown

France Lockdown, Season II

Guess what? Last night, the French President officially announced a national Covid-19 lockdown for the second time, starting from Friday, 30 October. French Lockdown, Season II. In the past five months since the gradual lifting of first national lockdown, the French government has reiterated that the country cannot afford another national lockdown as the first …

Moving From Traditional to Digital Classrooms

France’s economy, like those of many countries, almost came to a complete standstill during the Covid-19 lockdown. For France, it was for two months from 17th March to 11th May.  In these two months, only establishments such as pharmacies, hospitals, supermarkets, bakeries and weirdly enough, tobacco stores (“bureau de tabac”) that were deemed indispensable to …

Haircut After Lockdown

Last Tuesday, 15 days after déconfinement, I finally got my hair cut. Post haircut. Hair clippings can still be seen on my face. Messy-Hair Couple Silviu and I are different in many ways, but we are similar in that we do not take as much care as we should of our crowning glory. Silviu is worse …

Musings Of Déconfinement

Today is the first day of the déconfinement. Déconfinement  is the French word used to describe the period after Corvid-19 lockdown. Do you know the English word equivalent for Déconfinement? Please drop me a text if you do. I was stumbled by my students when they asked me for the English word. After poring through …

What I Think About When I Am Training On My Indoor Bike?

Ep 6 What do I think about when I am training on my bike?

In the last episode, I told you about a new routine that I have picked since the start of the lockdown in France. It’s indoor bike training. I am training 5 times a week on my bike, based on a 6-week training plan from Zwift, a virtual training application for runners and cyclists. In this episode, I …

Virtual Cycling Adventure With Zwift

Ep 5 Week Virtual Indoor Cycling Adventure With Zwift

What’s keeping you sane during the lockdown period? For me, it’s the 30 hours and 610km of virtual indoor bike training with Zwift, and of course, the buckets of sweat over the last six weeks.In this episode and the following one, I am sharing with you my virtual cycling adventure that I have embarked on. …

Food Ramblings Of A Singaporean

Ep 4 Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

In this episode, I want to speak about food. I want to gripe about the tons of food photos my friends from Singapore have been posting on Facebook in the past three weeks, since the lockdown in Singapore. I want to ramble on about the different dishes from Singapore. I want to tell you that …

Self-Reflection: Productivity Guilt

Ep 3 Ferme Viltane. Tulips. April 2019

In Episodes 1 and 2, I mentioned about my low productivity regarding the list of things I have planned to do during the first month of lockdown in France and that I have experienced feelings of guilt and failure. I shared with you two newspaper articles countering the fad of achieving productivity during these trying …

To Be Or Not To Be – Productive

Ep 2 St. Eynard, Parc Chartreuse, France. May 2016. Trail running.

Nowadays, “productive” seems to be a buzz word. Have a quick look at the social network, and you can see that the Internet is proliferating with ideas on how to stay productive during the lockdown. Are you one of those super productive people, or are you like me, after 31 days of lockdown, there is …

Lockdown Day 31, France

Ep 1 La Loire, France. July 2017. Sunflower.

My first podcast. 31 days have passed since the French government decided on the quasi complete lockdown of the nation. I have lots of goals set up to achieve during this period; yet, a month later, I don’t feel like I have achieved much. And you? Are you confined as well? Are you more productive …