Day 22

Just another normal day of picking up a grocery order. Just like in the U.S., or New Zealand, right? Note: Stricter line up procedure now and more hazmat equipment. Shanghai Lockdown ‘22: Day 22

Hiding

Shanghai Lockdown, Day 20: I rush to crouch down between edge of the track path and the row of hedges. A government official or community volunteer—pretty much synonymous—approaches, bullhorn blaring that blasted announcement telling us to not go outside. A young boy of around 9 rushes over next to me, lowering his head. He is…

Day 19

Shanghai Lockdown ‘22, Day 19:Touching moment An elder couple living with two grandkids does not really know how to buy foods online. Especially in this lockdown scenario, we are looking out for each other so Serena and I brought over a box of foods my colleague did not want. The grandparents were touched and kept…

Breaking News/-Maybe??

Could we be out soon, possibly??!! Could I actually run again unmolested??!! Could the answer lie in this new document, not yet released officially ? Another day in the lockdown, sorting through masses of news releases and WeChat groups to find out what the heck is going on.

These are days

…in lockdown times Laughter of children! Could it be?? Yes! In complete darkness, kids play. Some wait till after dark, as I do to run. Best to not be harassed by security, roaming, announcing to us who yearn to be FREE. To live. The kids should not have to lie prostrate on the slide, silent,…

This is absurd

The insanity of it grates on me today as the workers ride and walk by with bullhorns repeatedly telling us not to go outside on another absolutely gorgeous day. Thankfully, the mother and young kids are hiding at the backside of the playground I’m looking down upon. Earlier, a colleague left a message saying the…

Rules Are Made to Be Broken

Shanghai Lockdown ‘22: “Rules are made to be broken” Just after sunset.Innocently out of our apartment when we are not supposed to be, Serena & I approached the COVID testing tent site along our compound’s front stretch of road. Directly in front of us is Life Mall, a nice little mall I usually like walking…

A Bartering Society

Shanghai Lockdown ‘22: Return to a bartering society. With neighbors in nearby building whom we don’t really know, we traded 5 bananas for a 1/3 bag of oatmeal. We have a stock of bananas at the moment, while oatmeal we’ve ordered is taking indefinite amount of time to arrive. So, worthwhile deal for both parties…

Shanghai Lockdown Highlights

That little dot to the left of the building, there in the sky—that’s a drone monitoring our neighborhood. April 6thA Few Highlights of Shanghai Lockdown ‘22: ~Thanks to all my Chinese neighbors for showing me outside activities are still possible—after dark, within our large complex. But I feel for the runners and other folks downtown…

Lockdown Comforts

Shanghai Lockdown, Day XII Serena was cookin’ up a storm today. This is the real deal Chinese cooking. All fresh, all homemade. From flour to baozi (steamed buns), completely from scratch, about a 4 hour process! Plus, a nice veggie soup. And homemade banana-chocolate vegan ice cream!