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.
The Coronavirus is spreading and affecting people lives worldwide. People are panicking and snapping up surgical face mask in the retail stores. Let’s look at the Coronavirus fact and how it might infect you.
We should stay calm and adhere to the local authority advisory in your country of residence.
The Wuhan virus is still not been contained and had the potential to infect more people’s globally. Airports and hospitals are now equipping thermal scanner to screen human body temperature.
The mass fever thermal scanners will be in hot demand again if the Wuhan virus continues to spread. Infrastructure with high human flows such as airport, educational institutions, transport hub and hospitals need to start screening the human traffic,
For interested party, you make take a look at Omnisense System mass fever scanning machine.
It is time to change new notes for the Chinese New Year 2020. But unfortunately, DBS and POSB closed the online reservation just 4 days after opening.
The online reservation starts on 09 January, 7am and end on 21 January. But in actual fact, it does not allowed you to reserve online from 12 January onwards.
The demand is too strong and DBS & POSB had closed the online reservation. Everyone know that they will be disappointed if you want to change notes at OCBC. It always displayed no more new notes at their bank branches and does not have online reservation. You can use the DBS & POSB pop up atm and good luck to all of you trying to change the new notes.
You can travel easily using the Taipei Metro to most of the tourist attractions and destinations. This should not be an issue if you come from a country with mass rapid train services. Connecting on a Metro is more easy than a central or connecting train station.
I have used the Taoyuan Express to travel from the airport to the Taipei Main Station. It is best that you can get your hotel or AirBnb within walking distance of the MRT Station.
This is one of the best travelling card that you must have in Taipei. It allowed you to travel on the Metro, local trains, express train from Taoyuan airport and many others. It save you time queuing to purchase single trip tickets and money for the trips. There is a deposit of NT$100 for the card. You may keep the card and use it when you are back at Taiwan in future. https://www.easycard.com
Please remember to have a data roam plan or purchase a local data SIM Card. You will need it to access Google Map or Apple Map. They are the best companion on DIY trip. I use Singtel ReadyRoam services and my family will share the local data SIM Card purchase from Klook so that we can stay connected when we get separated in the busy shopping district or night markets. You can also opt to purchase at the Taoyuan Airport or at retailers in Taiwan.
This system from the USA can clean, sanitizes, and deodorise without the usage of chemical. In healthcare, chemicals are use together with water to clean the trolleys or any other working devices. This system gives you the opportunity to remove the chemical and still meet the cleanliness and infection control needs.
There is a Capex investment for the system and yearly OPEX costs for maintaining the system and replacement of the filters. This is a sustainable green products as it use water only and eliminate the usage of chemicals.
You may contact the following company if you need more details.
The open plaza sun screen was damage after heavy rains on Sunday (29 Sep 2019).
They are currently waiting for the vendor to come down to do the rectification works. A redesign is require as the system is not suitable and this problems had occured many times over the past 2 years.
The open plaza will be wet till the repair is done. It will be tedious to the local facility team whenever it rains.
I am fortunate to work in a normal shift as a FM Engineer and working for the building owner. Tonight, I reflect on how I had progress over the years. There are still so many things that I have gained over the work through experience be it the soft or hard way.
As a FM Engineer, we are ready to sweat the hours out when we are call upon duty. This include emergency breakdown at odds hours or preventive maintenance shutdown after the office hours. You must be prepare to work in these odd hours to get the job done. Do not shun this out of office hours if you want to be a true facility management engineer.
You must be prepare to sacrifice your time outside your office hours. This does not occur frequently and thus you must be prepare to support your superiors. Those who does not take up this call of duty means there are not fully committed to the job yet.
Are you ready to accept message and calls after office hours and on weekends?
The Hungry Ghost Festival 2019 is here. Chinese will pray on what they belief of their custom. This is a survival guide for others whom want to understand the do and don’t during the month long festival in Singapore and Malaysia.
Chinese also pray at their work place to ensure a smooth and cordial work for them and the organisation. There are also others whom do not believe and does not allow it to be carry out at work place.
It is up to the individual and organisation to decide whether they can fit in to the traditional Chinese custom.
I was reading through an old email where someone send me this email on becoming a competent staff in Facility Management. Previously, I was a equipment engineer for 15 years before transiting to facility management (FM) engineer. An opportunity was given to me in late 2013 and I took a leap of faith. I have moved through the years in my aspiration to become a competent FM Engineer through the 4 stages below.
The first stage is being unconsciously incompetent. This is where the professional doesn’t know what they don’t know. They understand that they have a lot to learn, but they have no idea where to start.It is in this stage that you are completely worthless to the organization because you are not doing anything to improve.
The second stage is being consciously incompetent. Here the professional understands everything that they don’t know, but they don’t know how to do it.In the case of FM, you might have read a list of responsibilities but still have no clue about practical application at your facility.In this stage, you start to build value because you know what you need to learn and you actively study it.
From there, the professional will progress into the third stage of being consciously competent. Now, they understand both what is expected of them and can perform their new skills in a deliberate fashion. They will still need to reference resources, checklists, and training aids, but they can function at their jobs.
The final stage in the progression is unconscious competence. Here the professional has truly mastered their skill and can perform it without thinking about it as if it was a reflex. This is where you are truly valuable to the organization.In this stage, you are so proficient at the tasks that must get done, you can do them and focus on improving the organization and leading you department strategically at the same time.
I would like to take an opportunity to nurture the new staffs whom had joined. In fact, sharing with one and other will gain our knowledge further. There are still many other competent staffs than me out there but does not share due to many factors that you cannot list in a competitive world.
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