Chinese New Year Celebration 2020

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

I never imaged on the 24th of January 2020 when I was hosting Chinese New Year celebration within the Auckland office that on the 14th of March the whole of New Zealand would be in self-isolation for 25 days and 5 days later for the first time in history the NZ government closed the county's borders to all but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

At the time we didn't know about all that and we all had a good time eating dumplings, playing games and drinking Bai Jiu bomb (Chinese rice wine + Tsingtao beer). We even joked about the year of the Rat being traditionally not so "lucky".

I guess the moral of the story is that we all thought the year 2020 was just another year where we continued on the same path. But somehow COVID has put a pause to everything or maybe more like a time delay (programming terms). We all know things will eventually be back to 'normal' again. The question I want to ask is how should we adapt in this 'new normal'?

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