More than a year passed since the outbreak of Covid-19 and implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO), a life-changing roller coaster ride for everyone. From worrying about getting infected, lack of income, to gradually returning to work, and getting used to the new normal standard operating procedures (SOP), our dear 10 uncles and aunties remain optimistic. Regardless of the situation, life goes on, they put on a brave face and take strong strides forward.
During the first phase of MCO, most economic sectors ceased operations temporarily. Uncles and aunties took this opportunity to have a good rest, bonding with family members while staying at home. Leisure time can also be spent in a productive way, such as trying out new things and learning new skills. They work on keeping the mind active in order to avoid laziness and procrastination.
As the numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases are reined in, and MCO rules eased, certain economic sectors are allowed to reopen with SOP compliance. Despite footfall decline due to various travel restrictions, as well as difficulty in forecasting consumer spending habits, this decision sparked hopes as they could escape from boredom and income dilemma. Even as uncles and aunties return to work with anticipation and anxiety, suffering from revenue losses, they intend to work as long as they could, and to improve gradually.
The spike in cases nearing Chinese New Year resulted in tightened MCO restrictions, wanderers were unable to return home for family reunion. Fighting the Covid-19 pandemic remains the top priority, therefore uncles and aunties had to suppress their familial longings. Each celebrate Chinese New Year at their current place of residence, gathering via videocalls. Even though they were unable to visit each other, social distancing does not cut off family relationships. An occasional phone call, a greeting, brings along warm wishes.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought upon changes in our daily lives, a constant battle is still being waged. Our ten dear uncles and aunties shift their life perspectives, accept responsibility in preventing the spread of Covid-19, and carry on with their various labours. Their perseverance in uncertain times is much admirable, patiently march towards the future with unwavering steps.
Text: Daniel Lim & Pua Hui Wen
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Producer : Daniel Lim
Cinematographer : Amelia Lim / Evon Pang / Michael Lerk
Video Editor : Evon Pang
Copywriter : Pua Hui Wen
Music : 《Romantic Piano》 / 《Beautiful Inspiring Piano With Strings》
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