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COVID-19 Days: Some Thoughts and Reflections

A few days shy to three months since the country was put under the movement control order. What I thought was probably going to be a short “partial lockdown” turned out to be longer than expected.

But this marks the first time I’m feeling so settled, after all these years of moving from one place to another. Although it’s been a year since I relocated back, it is only recently when things are beginning to feel more in control.

This adjustment period happens to me every single time after I’ve relocated to a new place – the need to make your new dwelling more like a home; the need to firefight some random, unforeseeable problems that crop up at the wrong time; adjustment to the new work environment and culture, etc.

But the sense of “settledness” probably also coincides with my post-marriage life and the fact that I got to relocate back to my very own crib in Peninsular Malaysia – you can call this my second, third, fourth and whatever else home and it doesn’t matter because I’ve lost count.

But what it matters is that I no longer need to rent places to dwell in. Sometimes it’s just amazing how things have been arranged for you. This is certainly a very interesting round – I have come a full cycle to return to serve where I started my teaching career some ten years ago, despite it being at a different campus this time around. I’m also back to my current dwelling that I left five years ago and thought about selling off at one point.

Despite the crazy number of tasks I have at hand, I feel I’m finally having enough rest at home, sans the travelling and moving around during this Covid-19 period.

Being a rather hyperactive person I am, on the one hand, it’s not easy to sit still without feeling agitated (reminds me of the Phangan experience and the need to recreate it at home). On the other hand, it’s probably a blessing in disguise on many levels. The crisis definitely signals a need for us humans and Mother Nature to take a break.

Although working from home has kept me busier than usual during this period, not having to travel means I get to channel my energy and more focus into the tasks at hand. There is no need to waste so many meaningless hours driving, getting trapped in the traffic or looking for parking spaces.

It is also a test for managers to see how trustworthy an employee can be working from home unsupervised. If things get moving as effectively in the virtual setting, it probably means we can look into cutting down some of the unnecessary bureaucracy and protocols in the office or physical setting, and not do things for the sake of doing them.

As a teacher and now having to do all teaching and learning activities online, no doubt there is a lot more work to be done and skills to be learned. But that’s just the way it is now in the era of IR 4.0.

I think it’s dangerous to be slacking around when others in the same industry are moving towards digital preparedness. It’s either we change our mindset or we may find ourselves being driven into irrelevance in the near future.

I’ve seen my older colleagues from my previous workplaces – some past their retirement age – still being so tech-savvy and probably even more so than myself. Being so much younger than them, who am I to not learn?

The Covid-19 period certainly is not a welcomed one and has disrupted many things. But there must be a window of opportunities that comes along with it. I think that’s just how the nature works.

Anyway, I don’t know about others. But during this time of crisis, the physical disconnection between us and some of the people we meet on a daily basis, had made me want to connect more with those we don’t meet everyday – at least virtually. It is amusing as much as it is surprising.

Silly Fools’ Toe Natapol: From Rock Star to Beef Seller

Today I would like to introduce a figure named Natapol Puthpawana, or Toe. Toe is the former lead singer of the iconic Thai rock band Silly Fools, famous in the 90’s. But he has since quit the band and shunned entertainment and fame as he practices Islam.

He is now selling beef and has a new name “Weerachon Sattaying”.

I watched the following interview with him at 4am today and it got me thinking a lot about what he says and the way he explains certain things.

SS2 EP.1 โต (อดีต) ซิลลี่ฟูลส์

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Posted by ป๋าเต็ด on Jumaat, 8 November 2019

What interests me is not his embracing of Islam, but how he is keeping his belief to himself as he adjusts himself out of the entertainment industry in a manner people around him would consider “radical”, completely ditching music, including the master recording of the unreleased songs he last made.

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