7:30am Wake. Begin carrying out my chiselled morning routine. One that Tim Feriss, Mr Life Hack, would be proud of. Days indoors require expert time management. Ensuring that each minute is carefully considered is a daily mission. Roll over to begin first minute of regimented 10 minute snooze.
8:25am Get out of pyjamas before morning call with fellow work colleagues. I take a seat by our south-east facing window. The morning sun shines radiantly on my ZOOM video profile. Natural light + a plain top = easier on the eye. I feel like the model online professional.
27 January- 21 February in pictures.
8:32am Mi amore tells me I have peanut butter from the pancakes on my face. Model professional status questioned.
10:50am I’ve finished the second class of the day. The student was visually amazed that we could go on a virtual tour of the Acropolis online. The change of scenery really blew him away. All from the comfort of your living room. The same living room you’ve been in for the best part of a month. Why leave I jest
10:55am I take the morning break to look outside. Our 3rd ring apartment is a good location for car-spotting.
3x Chinese Volkswagen Santana
2x BYD Tang
10 x Geely Borui
Today I was fortunate to also spot a China-built Tesla S. Update Car spotting group. It looked like it was heading out east. Was it making a runner?
12:01pm Take lunch. The leftovers from last nights dry food cookoff. Practically made of lentils at the moment.
12:10pm Spot new residents in the building opposite. The dismay of their faces towards the taxi drivers fee suggest they’ve come from the newly built, rarely used, deep south Daxing airport. Data log their floor. Check on other residents to see if they are also abiding to the 14-day quarantine. Everything seems in order for now. Am I in a Hitchcock movie?
2:34pm Sense a drop in my post lunch dopamine levels. Change Spotify playlist from ‘Focus’ to ‘90’s Rock Songs’. Rock out on Cranberries- Zombie. Excellent day choice.
2:45pm Interrupted by a furore in the ‘Safe and Sane Beijing’ group. A self proclaimed ‘Earl of Grey’ believes the government is sandbanking an apartment block in their aim to prevent mass spread. Where doth this Troll emerge from?
3:30pm Complete my 2nd daily temperature check. Report measurements to HR to pass on to our work buildings property management. I am grateful to be helping instil this local government policy. My second recording of 36.8 degrees is higher than normal.
3:35pm Sanitise the flat
4:14pm A kuaidi (delivery) calls. Can I come meet him at the gate? <Nervous exhale>
4:17pm Finish putting on my protective mouth gear and collect parcel of survivor peanut butter. Ponder if the biker’s ‘whole’ facemask is a fashion statement, road safety related or as everything nowadays over just coronavirus precautious. I herald him and ask him which TaoBao stall he bought it from. He obviously thought our distance was too close and zoomed off.
4:19pm I feel my nose running as I wait for the elevator. It might just be the extreme condensation currently taking place under these masks.
4:21pm Make it back to the flat.
4:50pm Did I tell you I was addicted to Duolingo at the moment?My hearts come back on again and I knock through a few lessons as afternoon stretch happens.
5:30pm Mind turns towards this evening’s entertainment and I realise we’ve watched all of Netflix’s shows that surpass my 95% match. Do I or do I not dip into Outlander? The match rating of 94% seems low.
6:20pm A ‘What to do with your loved one instead of Netflix’ article has some super good ideas on. Thank-you Cosmopolitan.
6:40pm Prepare flat for evening. Draw curtains. Put on mood lighting. Top up the water int he humidifier. Switch Spotify to ‘Soul Classics’. Evening mood is ON.
7:17pm Curry two nights in a row. Not a problem.
8:15pm Cosmopolitan’s Couple Workout is a surprising hit! Until the high PM 2.5 headrush knocks us for six.
9:10pm No 7 on Cosmopolitans indoor list is Play an old computer game. Don’t mind if we do! How was I deprived of Hercules Action Game as a child?
11:30pm Can’t sleep.
12:12am With a new set of hearts I work on building my way up the Silver League in Duolingo. It really is an addiction! If there is one thing this Coronavirus will teach me, it is Italian.