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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Mask

3 weeks ago, for 2 days, I traveled to and from work wearing a mask. I had caught the flu(cold?) and since it was nearing the Chinese New Year, didn’t want to pass it on to anybody else and marred their holidays. I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction, or rather non-reaction that I got.

I had thought people will avoid me like the plague; nobody will want to sit next to me in the trains but I didn’t even get a stare. The only exception was a girl in the office who when she saw me coming out of the toilet, looked shocked, covered her nose/mouth and backed away! So unlike the experience of this gentleman 1 and a half years ago, it wasn’t a bad experience for me.

In the past few days, I also noticed a few people in the street wearing masks. This is a good sign. While we are still not up to speed like in Hongkong, Japan or Korea, we are getting there in our civic consciousness and social responsibility.


  1. Happy CNY & Valentine's Day Koh...hope you are getting better by now. Eh....I suppose you are not able to kiss your wife huh :D

  2. Hi Shionge, 新年快樂, 萬事如意. Already fully recovered lah. That's was 3 weeks ago leh. Eh.. 老夫老妻 kiss what? lol

  3. Aiyo.....Lao Fu Lao Ji cannot kiss meh :)