It’s Monday (March 2, 2020)


Panic buying has started in the Bay Area. There have been a few cases, not in the county where I live but in the neighboring ones. But people have been doing crazy Costco hauls. I watched amazed as a couple lugged a cart full of bottled water – at least four or five Costco-sizes cartons worth. I just hope all these panicked shoppers don’t try to return all their excess food once they’ve calmed down a bit.

I turned to the husband and asked, do you think we need to stock up on stuff?

We do have extras toilet paper, tissue paper, frozen food etc. Maybe not so much of canned goods, but do I really need so much of that? Or am I getting caught up in all this mass fear and panic?

As some of you may know, I’m from Singapore, and Singapore had some cases of Covid-19 quite early on, causing the government to raise their Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) to Orange which meant travel restrictions, quarantine measures etc (they even stripped someone’s PR status and banned him from entering Singapore after he breached stay-home orders).

When that happened, there was panic buying in Singapore with long queues at supermarkets and people stocking up on instant noodles and other supplies. But things seem to be heading back towards more normal times, or at least from what I’ve seen on friends’ social media feeds.

Anyway, don’t forget to wash your hands regularly. And meanwhile, here’s something more calming to look at…



The husband and I tried this new-to-us ramen place. This is their “entry level” spiciness and yet boy it as quite spicy already! There are two levels above this one and I think you would need a metal mouth to eat them. Also, I don’t like when food is too spicy as then everything tastes only of the spiciness and you can’t taste how the broth is like.









I’m really enjoying this read!


The Chef Show. Watching this show is such a delight. Roy Choi and John Favreau seem to have such a blast cooking alongside each other – and their guests.


Still listening to Five Days at Memorial!










Last week:

I read:

Stargazing – Jen Wang
Bloom – Kevin Panetta

I posted:

Baguette-r be good #weekendcooking

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Dystopian near-future or present? Reading A Song for a New Day

Library Loot (February 26 to March 3)




It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date



  1. Ooh, I read the Taylor Jenkins Reid book last year and loved it. I really like her writing. As for the Coronavirus, I’m in Canada and I’m not sure if we should be stocking up. I did buy more toilet paper the other day and we do have lots of food in the house – I’d have to get creative, but I’m sure we’d get by. And really, if you did have to be quarantined in your home, couldn’t someone still get you groceries, leave them outside your door, and you can etransfer money? I don’t know. I guess we’ll see how it all goes! Anyway, have a great week!


  2. I live in a country town hundreds of km’s from any case of coronavirus but people went nuts this week and have cleared the shelves of toilet paper, tissues, soaps, rice, pasta etc. it’s a complete overreaction, especially here.

    Wishing you a great virusfree Reading week.

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