The COVID 19 had proven that work from home (WFH) can be a reality for many companies in Singapore or globally. This is going to challenge the management to change the way we work. But are the company ready for this CHANGE?
The company has setup the available resources to ensure that employees can work from home effectively. One of the critical resources is to have the company data available on cloud services. Many companies in Singapore had subscribed to Google services by storing their data on My Drive. But there are company who are sceptical on the security of their data.
In fact, during this WFH we need to pay our own utility in order to support our work activity. This means that we will not be able to recoup this cost from the company even though this cost is minimum.
The company also need to pay for teleconference account in order to ensure workers can meet virtually. This is only required for those meetings that will run more than 40 minutes or above. For meeting, less than 40 minutes it is generally free for all users. Hence, this is easily solve for WFH workers.
Like I say not all companies are ready. Healthcare sector is one of them where data are stored on their own cloud network instead of third party service providers. These workers will not have access to the intranet data when they are working at home. Thus, it is more difficult for them to work effectively. They will need to synchronised their data when they are back at work.
I am sharing another experience by FB, Loh Hor Leong where he travel from Singapore to Malaysia during the movement control order (MCO).
Sharing my detailed walkthrough and info during my way back today, from Sg to Msia. Hope it can use as a guide and help for those going to travel back soon.
📄Documents required: A) Hicom letter – print or screen shot. B) Passport & Msia IC. C¹) Work Permit, Company letter & Exit Declaration (home leave). C²) Company letter & Exit Declaration (resigned). C³) SPR IC D¹) For your own convenient and faster process at certain counters, best prepare this on a paper (written/print):
Msia local address (place to go after quarantine)
your phone no.
emergency contact phone no, name, ic & address (if different)
company name, phone & address
address of place of stay in Sg (hotel/house) E) ✍️Bring along a pen ! (optional)
🛂Departure from Singapore:
[7:40am] Enter departure hall officer will check for passport/WP/SPR/Hicom letter.
proceed for immigration counter(WP)/thumbprint(SPR)
🚸Crossing the Causeway [7:50am]:
try go early as the sun🌅 is not too hot and less crowd. (Can check-in hotel early & less waiting time)
🍼bring enough water.
if can, bring less luggage. (you need to lift it when walk the stair and a long uphill walk home).
🛒make sure your luggage wheel still in tip top condition. (saw many broken wheel on the way back).
🛂Arriving Malaysia (standby all documents): 1) [8:30am] 1st counter Saringan – 🤒😷temperature check & update your local address and phone contact (self and emergency contact).
2) 2nd counter – Imigresen check and update on passport.🛂
3) 3rd counter – KKM. Confirm your local address and advice to quarantine. * Here they will only keep your passport.
4) 4th counter – 🛃 Kastam check bag and luggage.
5) [8:50am] Go to holding zone wait for transfer.
Here you can request with the official-in-charge to go buy things at kastam mini mart (snack, drink, roti, rokok🚭). Need to give them your IC as safe keeping.
🚌 [9:30am] Get passport by batch and take bus transfer to Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Johor (Marsah) beside Johor Zoo. (All sit individually in bus, max: 22persons).
6) [9:50am] arrived and need to fill up registration form (at Marsah) and wait for bus transfer to hotel. *saw the 1stq batch bus transfer to hotel at 10:20am.
7) 🚌 [11:20am] Me on 2nd batch transfer to designated hotel. (All sit individually in bus, max 22persons).
8) 🏨 [11:45am] Arrived at hotel. Briefing by KKM staff ⛑️ and hotel manager 👨🏽💼. Bag and luggage disinfection by frontliner.
Fill up personal health declaration and contact form.
Temperature check and attend by doctor 👨🏻⚕️.
After done, take room card key (and lunch).
Check-in self quarantine room for 14days.
9) This final step is the most important & that everyone will do. Time to update friends and families on your hotel stay. *Until lunch pun lupa makan!🤦🏻♂️
🙋🏻♂️Lastly not forgotten, salute to all the frontliners. As what I’m going through on each process & location, they have done it diligently & professionally.👍
(Disclaimer: I share whatever I have see & experienced, but no guarantee it will be same as yours).
15 days more to the end of the circuit break. The COVID 19 community infection had drop to less than 10 cases ove rthe past weeks. Dormority infection had been controlled with the swab isolation facility used to test the workers. They will be transfer to the community care facility to recover as most of them are healthy.
We are going to come to an end of the circuit breaker. But we must not let down out defences as the infection of this disease is high. Let’s us continue to wear our mask and safe distancing. This will ensure we can start to recover our economy in the most safe manner .
Let’s all of us stay prepare as this COVID 19 is not going to end overnight unlike SARS. The world shall eliminate this disease if we work together as a global team.
The Singapore Changi Airport Solari Board or split flap display is something that I enjoy watching since I was a child. It was so great to see the display flip and display the correct character and number. It had age over the years and have to give way as the technology advance.
I will always remember it as a memory lane as it had been operating for more than 20 years.
Dear Client, it has been a while since we caught up. Hope you and your family are safe and coping well with the current circuit breaker extension. Just to let you know that you are not alone and below is what GE is currently helping with for our policyholders:
I have purchased the Good Notes 5 and it had help me in my work. Then I consistent learn from others in order to maximise the note that I am using to improve my productivity. Check out this YouTube video in which the user share on how he use it for his lectures.
Learn new things during the COVID 19 lock down and get prepare for the future that is awaiting us.
The number of infected patients had maintain at above 1,000 cases for the past 2 days. This had trigger the task force and the SIngapore Prime Minister to take on drastic measures.
The Circuit Breaker had been extended to 01 Jun (inclusive). This include more drastic measure and tightening of essential services.
The circuit breaker had been further extended to 01 Jun (inclusive) and going to affect the livihood of more people with more business going to close down. This is really a historic moment that we always remember in our life.
The trains had increased their frequency during the peak hours which is a bad move. This represent how the government and train companies senior management are out of the touch with the grounds. The increase of frequency should only be after peak hours where the passenger traffic are thin. This lead to the breaking of the safe distancing on the train today. Prior to today, safe distancing can be maintain on trains during peak hours.
I have completed my night duty officer at the hospital command centre. We are still seeing three digits growth for the COVID 19. Ever since after my national service, this is my duty to serving Singapore once again. I am a Facilities Management staff in the hospital and together with my other colleagues, we play a critical part in this battle. We are scare just like others but I look forward to working there to help the community.
I am able to have the luxury to find seat on the train ever since the start of the circuit breaker. There is no issue of locating a seat even with social distancing on off peak hours. Anywhere the train will be increasing its frequency due to the drop in the ridership.
After the circuit breaker end, there will be a strain on the system if we continue need to practice social distancing on the train. With this rate, trains frequency need to shorten to 2 minute in order to meet the passengers demand.
Everyone have started to get use to the safe distancing to get access to the supermarket and wet market. You also need to don a mask in order to enter it or get rejected from entering it. The rules will be follow by the obedient residents generally. But there is a small portion of people who always want to challenge or override the rule. Hence, in Singapore the government always made it into a law to ensure people follow.
There is an issue on the eating allowable places for essential staffs on the move especially in hospital. There is no sufficient pantry to cater to the huge amount of staffs to take a meal at a safe distancing of 1 metres. We need to spill these staffs to open areas with chair at a distance of 1 metres. FM will innovate and create short term dinning places for our frontline staffs to enjoy their meal during their break.
FM always try our best to help our frontline staffs to solve the backend issues so that they have more time to concentrate on fighting the COVID 19. We may not get the honour after this pandemic end as FM is just one of the backend support group working silently. But this is our national duty especially for local helming the fort.
An update of today situation in Singapore battle grounds:
[Sent by Gov.sg]
COVID-19: 12 Apr update
New cases: 233
– Imported: 0
– Local cases (linked): 66 (linked to known clusters/cases)
– Pending contact tracing: 167 (16 are S’pore citizens/PRs; 10 are Work Pass/Long Term Pass holders; 141 are Work Permit holders mostly residing in dorms, work sites)
Total cases: 2,532
– Hospitalised: 976 (31 in ICU)
– In community facilities: 988
– Fatalities: 8
– Total discharged: 560 (Discharged today: 32)
Help our contact tracers
🧾🚖 Keep your taxi receipts for one month to help identify close contacts, should you or your driver get infected
📱 Download TraceTogether App to help determine if you’ve been exposed to the virus, even between strangers. Make sure the app is active when you go out, esp in meetings and crowded places.
It is everyone duty to do safe distancing and stay at home to fight the COVID 19. Let us do our part for the total defence in Singapore.
There are many Malaysian whom intend to return to Malaysia during Singapore Circuit Breaker. I have extract a procedure written by Yan Ling Tay (FB). I hope it helps all my Malaysian friends and others working in Singapore.
11th April 2020
To all Malaysians who are considering to return to Malaysia, I have just arrived the Malaysian immigration.
I went to see a doctor in a Singapore clinic this morning. I wanted to do swab test but was told by the doctor that only those who are unwell or showing respiratory symptoms are allowed to do so. Hence, I only managed to get a ‘Fit to Travel’ memo from the doctor. The date of the ‘Fit to Travel’ memo must be the same as the date of you exiting Singapore or entering Malaysia.
Before travelling, I did collect a letter from my current employer stating that the company will only resume its business after the Circuit Breaker as the company is not in the essential services industry.
Upon arrival at Singapore immigration, I was told to fill an exit declaration form. ICA officers also checked my passport and the two above-mentioned documents.
However, the above-mentioned documents are not required at Malaysian immigration, unless you did a swab test in Singapore, you will need to present the negative test results to the officers.
Updates @ 3:11pm
The officers sent me to Kolej Pengajian Islam Johor, Jalan Gertak Merah for health declaration. I am very thankful that I don’t have spend the next 14 days here! I am told to stay at Ramada Hotel during the quarantine period.
Upon arrival, my bags were sanitised. We then queued for check-in. I was told that I will be served 3 meals a day. No payment need to be made unless you need to buy detergent from the hotel.
Hope it helps to clarify.
I am very proud to be a Malaysian! KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA has done a very good job in handling the Covid-19 crisis. We were well taken care of up till now and definitely will be for the upcoming 14 days! Being quarantined isn’t scary! Stay home and help the frontliners!
Our hospital like others were not designed to handle major pandemic like COVID 19. This will be posed for a design change after this pandemic end. In Singapore, we made use of every gross floor area (GFA) that we have in the building. Can we really have the extra empty space available for pandemic during peace time? It might be possible now that we undergoes this pandemic.
We were more prepare after SARS with more public hospitals and better facilities. But we were still overwhelm as the infection rate is faster than the design capacity. Facilities Management (FM) move very fast to provide innovative ideas to meet the requirements. We have build rapport with our regular vendors over the past years and they are ready to assist us to provide feasible solutions accordingly to our requirements.
During the public holidays and weekends, we continue to offer our support from home as required. If needed, we will also go back to the hospital site. Commitment and team work are very important during emergency crisis like this.
The streets and neighbourhood were more quiet as more people listen to the government advisory to curb the spread.
Please stay at home and wear a mask when you need to go out.
We need everyone to adhere to the advisory of trying to stay indoor as much as possible. You may still go out to perform the essential tasks. Only 1 person from the family should be going out to buy food or purchase stuffs at the supermarket.
Everyone need to play their part if they want the circuit breaker to be lifted on 04 May 2020. At this point of time, it is still difficult to tell as the cases are still spiking.
The government had make the unprecedented move to allow foreign workers to stay in army camp. They had put aside the camp security to resolve the immediate health concern for these workers whom are part of the essential service providers in Singapore.
The rest of the Singapore Residents need to play their part. Healthcare staffs are already working beyond their working hours to ensure we keep the COVID 19 within control. It is our national duty to keep SINGAPORE safe no matter what job position we hold in the hospital. We do not think about the credit but to solve the immediate issue that is disrupting the livelihood.
I like to remind everyone to be socially responsible and play your roles in this epidemic embracing SINGAPORE and the rest of the world.
We have enter the third day and overwhelm by 287 cases. There is a need to relook at our dormitory design and stop packing so many people within a room. The government must play an active role to reduce the levy and costing so that business owner can provide better living conditions for their workers.
It was another busy day at the hospital as we need to manage the operations and ensure everything run as per normal. There is a concern as spare part lead time are taking longer due to the lock down of various countries.
We treat ourselves to McDonald after half day of hard work. The crowd was thin as I arrive before lunch time to purchase the food. I am wondering when I can come back with my lunch kaki to sit down for a meal.
[Sent by Gov.sg – 9 Apr]
COVID-19: Advisory on Exercise during Circuit Breaker period
💪 Stay healthy and continue exercising to keep up your immunity
🤸♀ But only exercise alone or with household members ❗Do not exercise with others, not even family in other households
Exercise in open-air stadiums or public parks, but keep at least 1 metre apart from others 🏃♀↔️🏃
💻 Or stay active at home thru online exercise classes
🚫 All sports and recreation facilities will be closed (eg. public or private condo gyms, pools, courts) 🏟 15 open-air ActiveSG stadiums remain open
🚫 All group sports and physical exercise, such as group training and one-on-one coaching, must cease
Check out how crowded a park is: https://safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg/
Today is the start of the Singapore Circuit Breaker to fight the Covid-19. For the first time in my life, I am seeing all eating outlets accepting takeaway only. This is unprecedented and hope that this epidemic do not come back again.
Secondary school students took their last lesson at schools before it close until 04 May 2020. The students will begin their home based learning tomorrow.
It had also disrupted and affect the livelihood of a lot of Singaporean’s. Non-essential companies need to close and employees need to take their own leave. There are also worst case where they are laid off as their bosses are unable to sustain the business.
The government had to draw on their reserve in order to ensure their livelihood are protected during these rough times. This will allow them to keep their jobs and business can sustain during the Covid 19.
I WILL NEVER forget….. 3rd April, 2020. This had impacted so many Singapore residents life’s as the epidemic went out of control.
At 4pm on 3rd April 2020, the Prime Minister announced closure of most workplaces, home-based learning to begin (all schools closed) and Singaporeans to stay at home as much as possible and avoid socialising with anyone outside of their family. This is call a circuit breaker.
For about a month and a half we have been taking children’s temperatures at school when they arrive and then again before lunch. We also restricted any gatherings at school to less than 40 people meaning staff meetings were split and lunchtimes were split for children. Any children with a temperature, cough or who were unwell at all were sent home immediately.
People are required to stay 1m away from others when out. Shops have tape on the ground to indicate distance when queuing.
Limited number of people allowed inside some stores.
Mosque are closed. We will have begin our Ramadan without a mosque.
No masses, churches are closed.
Panic buying has set in a couple of times. It can be hard to get toilet paper, disinfecting supplies, paper towels, canned food, pasta, hand sanitizer.
No delivery slots available for online groceries.
Daily Whatsapp update on new cases, clusters, recoveries and deaths.
People returning to Singapore put in hotels to self isolate for 14 days.
People wearing masks and gloves outside.
There are over 1,000,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 54,000 deaths so far! This is in just 3 months.
Borders are closed
People can not travel
Airlines are going bust
‘Social distancing’ had become a new term
Entire sports seasons cancelled.
Olympics postponed to 2021.
Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill in many parts of the world. Refrigerated trucks for the dead outside hospitals in the USA, Italy, Spain, China, and more.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.
Fights in supermarkets over toilet paper.
This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, WHO declared March 11th, 2020.
Be thankful. Be grateful. Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone. ♥️
The new NCP Coronavirus (COVID-19) has a latency period of 0 to 24 days. As there may be no sign of infection, one will not know if he is infected. By the time they have fever and/or cough and goes to the hospital, the lungs is usually 50 % Fibrosis and it’s too late!
Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that you can do every morning :
Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you can complete it successfully without coughing, without feeling discomfort, stuffiness or tightness etc.) congratulations! It proves that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicating no infection.
In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air!
Deep inhalation for 10 seconds in the morning, no cough, depression, tightness, discomfort, etc. * It proves that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, which means that pneumonia has not attack, but it must be tested continuously every day.
I am not sure you believe the above but there is no harm in trying it out. We are living in a world of FEAR but life must goes on.
An Engineer in the Day and Tech Cruncher at Night.