I knew this would come lah. I think you just add the word "lah" at the end of your words to speak a little malay. This is the first country that I've been in where I've been in a two week lockdown. Luckily I'm in a hotel, near amenities, and plenty of time left on a tourist visa to put my Sociology degree to use.
Most people will order delivery for food and groceries during this time. Kudos to delivery workers! I have seen some wearing masks to stay safe but not all. I'm sure that will change now.
I'm already stocked with enough fresh cooked chicken, veggies, health foods, and supplements. Yall already read that post. lol Never underestimate oat bran or oatmeal when you really just want a midnight snack during such times. It really does keep you full to avoid junk foods.
Now the interesting observations so far. Yes there has been some panic buying from those who weren't paying attention to the news for the last couple of months? Yes there has also been a lot of "Keep Calm and Carry On" moments as well.
Here's what some people have captured so far...
* Some areas are fully stocked with toilet paper because they have hose bidets here.
Hotels are also in good supply of toilet paper, complimentary bottled waters, etc obviously.
* Someone saw a food delivery guy giving a homeless man a meal on the side of the road.
* One grocery store (great supermarkets here) has special morning hours during these two weeks for just the elderly and their caretakers to shop without crowds. Kudos!
* People are posting up resources for deliveries for those who desire to stay home.
* People are finally wearing more masks in public. I didn't see that many doing it just a few days ago!
* Gov reassures everyone that there will be enough food, masks, and hand sanitizers for everyone.
A lot of fresh produce is grown here and shipped to places like Singapore.
* Some feel that people will use these school closings and gathering bans to do staycations.
It's a good way for locals to contribute to the economy if they get bored. I don't think that's a bad thing. :)
It's not advised for the locals to do any domestic travels though. This goes back to the country wanting to cut down on large gatherings.
So far so good!