An update on life in Wellington, Covid-19 and this blog

So, the last few weeks have been a little crazy – as I’m sure you know. Last I posted, I was getting ready for a two-and-a-half-week holiday in Southeast Asia. Thankfully, this ended just before the Covid-19 pandemic stepped up, so there weren’t many disruptions.

I had intended to do a blog on my return, but it didn’t feel right. I have so many ideas for different pieces of content that could really kickstart this blog again but after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to put a holding on publishing until everything settles down again.

Before I go, here’s a few little updates.

Southeast Asia and the cruise

I had an amazing time on holiday. It was great to see my family for the first time in two years, and after a couple of days in Langkawi alone, I boarded a cruise ship for two weeks to see more of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

If anyone kept up with me on Instagram, you’ll see some of those pictures and how much I loved it. It was a great appetiser and cemented my desire to go back and explore these countries in more depth in the future. It’s the one downside to the cruise, that there’s only a short period of time at each location but we definitely made the most of it.

Cambodia was the only disappointment – purely because we didn’t go. When the virus broke out in the country, a decision was made to alter our itinerary to avoid any risk of contamination. It was the right call but I’m disappointed to have missed it.

I’ll go into more detail about it all once the coronavirus threat steps back but I’m glad we were lucky enough to avoid most disruption.

Wellington in lockdown

I spent two weeks away from the office when I got back to Wellington as a precaution. I was confident of not having coronavirus, but an organisation-wide policy made it so. I worked remotely before I got three days with the team before a national lockdown was picking up momentum and then announced.

As such, I’m at home again, and this time for the foreseeable future. My job is secure, and the company position is people first, so we’re being well cared for and expectations are measured against our priority work and situation. I’m thankful to be in this situation in the wider environment.

We can still go for a walk and get supplies from the supermarket, but social distancing rules are being enforced. I’m impressed with New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 threat, and I’m confident we’ll get through it sooner rather than later as a result.

Cuba Street in Wellington devoid of people
Cuba Street in Wellington devoid of people

Keeping myself busy

As mentioned, I’m going to put all further updates on here on hold. I don’t think it’s right to post about my travels and experiences while there’s such a threat around the world – and with many places in lock down/isolation.

I won’t be sitting on my ass, though. I’ve had plenty of ideas for this blog, from guides to experiences and more, but time has been my enemy. If I’m looking for the bright side to this, it gives me more time to create that content and when the time is right, I’ll share it far and wide.

As some of you know, I separated my writing blog last year and I’ll be sharing some great creative writing exercises over the next four weeks over there. If you have any interest or need some prompts, please check that out from next week.

Until then, my friends; stay safe, practise social distancing and make the most of any free time you have!

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