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Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Sign of the Times

Signs of the Times

Day 140 - Is today only Thursday? It seems as though this week has already been rather long.

We have all we need in this apartment and access to three supermarkets within a 5-minute walk. The hotel part of this building is on a number of its upper floors. It has closed and any remaining guests were moved to the few hotels which are remaining open during the travel restrictions. Our floor has just privately-owned serviced apartments. We enter and exit the building through the empty lobby now. The security guards remain on duty.

It's easy to keep up on news, COVID-19 or otherwise, nowadays. As we are free to decide when we want to go back to British Columbia, we keep reading, listening, and watching the information available to us. As it stands, we are to leave in exactly two weeks from today. Those are the plans we made when we bought air tickets last year.

Today, we called EVA Air to see if they had any news to pass along. The representative didn't have a lot to say other than our flights are still scheduled to fly and our seats were saved. She implied, however, that nothing so far in the future is a sure thing. The flights to Vancouver from Taiwan are codeshared with Singapore and Thai Airways. Perhaps that helps to ensure their continued operation. Of course, new restrictions or cancellations could crop up at any time.

We've decided to continue staying in KL on a day-by-day basis. We compare how easy life is for us here to how difficult it would be to return home after nearly twenty weeks and try to maintain a 14-day self-quarantine. Bear in mind our apartment has been shut for four and a half months and our refrigerator is unplugged. It would take a few days to get the internet and TV up and running if we get in early. BC is also in the middle of an emergency situation, so life would not be normal there either.

Mostly Empty

The 7/11's Open

So, for now, at least, we're trying to relax and hang around in the sunny, 34°C weather in a downtown with many empty streets.


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