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2020 News

Snippets of our life through 2020

8 January 2020

Happy New Year!

December has been & gone, & 2019 has ended. A personally & physically successful year for Carol as she received the Warriors annual award for Outstanding Resilience on 13 December. We enjoyed a quiet Christmas with friends. 

Looking forward to 2020, we have much travel planned as we set out to celebrate our birthdays over many different occasions & will be finding any excuse to celebrate!

Wishing you a happy, healthy & peaceful 2020.

5 February 2020

Happy Chinese New Year!

We've had a quiet start to 2020, which did get noisier towards the end of January when Chinese New Year & Hokkien New Year were celebrated: not just here but throughout the world to welcome the Year of the Rat.

Weatherwise, it is always dry at this time of the year. In fact, too dry. There has been no decent downpour since mid December, & the States' dams are currently running below 50% capacity. 

4 March 2020

Hot, dry weather

There have been a few changes within Malaysia in the past few days, not (yet) affecting us. What hasn't changed though is the weather. The dry season is continuing relentlessly, with rare overnight rain showers, but not enough to see any effect. Seeding is ongoing & just about every state on the mainland has experienced thunderstorms - but not the island.

We are keeping watch on the UK weather, losing track of all the different storms that are relentlessly pounding the Isles, & thinking of our family & friends at this time. 

1 April 2020

Not quite to plan

Along with the world, March wasn't as we expected it to be. This horrible COVID-19 has invaded Malaysia as it has everywhere else. The Malaysian government got its act together quickly & put strong measures in place to curb & control the virus spread. We've been in lockdown since 18 March, & at the moment that is set to continue to 14 April, probably with extensions.

We are coping well, staying healthy & occupied while abiding by the various rules. George does the supermarket shopping as he is classed as a senior, so can get in a bit earlier & avoid crowds (although most supermarkets are applying a 1 in, 1 out process) & can tie it in with his chiropractor sessions (every 4-5 days). Carol walks to the local market each week to top up on fresh produce, & stop at the bakers & pharmacy if needed.

Stay well & stay safe. 

28 April 2020

Life as normal

As we update our web pages, Malaysia today ends phase 3 of its Movement Control Order (aka Lockdown). It started on 18 March & today sees the end of the 1st 6 weeks/42 days. It is continuing, at present, to 12 May 2020. Malaysia continues to pull together to reduce & fight this horrible virus & is seeing very positive improvements everywhere. Penang State is, & we are biased here, exceptional. There have been teething issues, but now everyone knows what has to be done to get through.

We do get out - but only for essentials & when necessary: market, supermarket & chiropractor - probably a total of 6 'outings' between us both over 14 days. We try to fit the supermarket visit when George attends Chiro, so only going out for 1 trip. We cannot travel together, despite being together at home almost 24/7, & must stay within 10km/6 miles of home. We are self-motivated & are exercising at home. A downside is that we frequently had lunches 'out' so we are trying to come up with different main meals & teas to give us variety in our diet. We have limited our takeaways to Sunday breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner.

Stay well & stay safe.

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