At the time I’m writing this, I’m supposed to be on SQ308 bound for London.

I had the best plans up my sleeves: I was to stay at a handsome new hotel, catch up with friends both old and new, spend afternoons wandering around museums and spend a little too much at the city’s bars and restaurants.

But here I am hunched over my desk and typing this out from home.

Up till last week, I was holding on to the last sliver of hope that this trip could still happen. Soon, the travel restrictions kicked in, museums announced their closure and then came a three-week lockdown on London. And it’s not just me. This is a familiar plight for many of us whose plans were pushed to the wayside over one weekend, when the world shut in on itself.

Across the social media universe, we are constantly being fed a rising death toll as COVID-19’s skeletal fingers tighten its chokehold on the cities we looked up to as the cultural zeitgeist of our time.

It’s truly heartbreaking to see the world like this.

Yet where there are people losing their minds at home, there are those who post funny memes of positivity. For every bad news article, there’s a Tiktoker doing something goofy while on quarantine. Granted, we in Singapore have far more freedom to move than most but if my social media feed is any indicator, many of us are in a sombre mood wondering when it would be our turn.

During such times, it’s more than ever now that we stay positive and take care of our health — physically, mentally and emotionally — on top of being responsible citizens and practice social distancing.

It’s on that note that my team and I are announcing our new initiative: The Lifestyle Asia Feel Good Guide to Staying Home — a resource on staying centred in this grim climate.

Admittedly, it is a little challenging to continue operating a publication that champions going out to see and be seen at the city’s sexiest new spots. That would be tone deaf and certainly isn’t all that we strive to do here at Lifestyle Asia. To head out and see more of the world is of course, to do things that make you feel good. In this day and age, that means staying home and taking care of yourself.

In this new microsite, we look to be the crackling hearth at the centre of your home as it pours frogs outside. Come by not just for articles on wellness and self-improvement but for exercises you can do from your living room, practical tips on making work from home a little easier, and a retrospective of some of the long features we’ve truly enjoyed putting together. We hope that helps to take your mind off the negativity and inspire little actions that you can take.

We’ll get through this together. In the meantime, take care of yourself, and let’s all look forward to better days ahead.

Azimin Saini
Azimin Saini is the Editor of Lifestyle Asia and manages the team in Singapore. He has been told the sound of his backspace is like thunder through the clouds. On a regular day, he has enough caffeine in him to power a small car.