Should I stay…

Today is the last day of Phase 3 of the MCO (Movement Control Order)/partial lockdown and but it was announced a few nights ago that it would be extended till the 12th of May. It really doesn’t matter to us as we make sure we are well prepared at all times.

Of course I do not go out as and when I like – so far, I went to the town centre once to go to a pharmacy to stock up on those masks so we will have some we can use as and when necessarily. I did go to the supermarket in the vicinity in town then and even though they insisted that the customers sanitised their hands and observe social distancing at the cashiers’ counters, I did not like how the other customers would walk so close to me instead of waiting for me to move on before going near to whatever I was taking from the shelf. I would rather go to the shops near my house where customers are few and far between and may be easily avoided.

Even so, I only stopped by twice, I think, to stock up on food and stuff when on my way home from somewhere – usually when I was sending something we had cooked to my sister at her house. After all, I was out already so I might as well do what I would need to do before going home and washing and wiping everything I had bought and taking a bath myself right away.

My missus went out twice too, once when the lockdown just started and she wanted to go to the bank (but it was not open) and she went shopping for stuff after that. She went out again the other day and unlike me, she had a list of everything she would want to buy. I would just run around the shops, grab anything and everything and sort them out when I got home.

One thing that I had not bought was this…

Bovril

…and she got me a bottle. The new stock had arrived at the mini-supermarket near my house, it seemed. Now I do not have to worry that I have already reached the bottom of the existing bottle and I can cook and enjoy all the mee sua, noodles or pasta I want without any fear of running out of that completely.

Well, if you’re wondering how much food we have in the house at this point in time, there are two huge bags of rice, alongside two tins, one of cream crackers and the other, Weetameal…and all the noodles…

Noodles and stuff

…and everything else stacked up here and also here…

More here

…(no, the insect spray there is not part of the loot) and the freezer is filled to capacity…

In the freezer

We have not touched most of the canned food in the pantry…

In the pantry

…except maybe a can of tuna that my girl used that day to make some onigiri (Japanese rice balls), a can of santan (coconut milk) and my missus did take a can of sweet corn kernel to cook as there was not much left of the vegetable dish we had for lunch that day.

As everyone can see, we have enough for quite a while so even when they finally decide to lift the MCO, I think I should just stay home, no need to rush out and run around frantically like a dog that has been tied up way too long. I do think it would be best to let the dust settle first and venture out when all is clear.