On the average, SSC sees over 200 walk-in students daily. Their commitment to their high service standards remains during this period. “Before the virus, my goodbye message to students was “Have a nice day”, now, I say “Please take care.”
The smell of plum blossoms after winter
Some of the students I teach are on LOA. But I still keep in touch with them via text messages. I got their permission to release our chats.
- The warmth from kettles
J: Hello Prof! Long time no see! How are you?
Ching: Hey J. I’m good. Which block are you in? I’ve been scheduling myself to deliver food to PGPR but have not hit your unit. Are you sick of curry yet :)?
J: Thanks a lot Prof! We really appreciate that! we are doing well 😊
J: Yes!!!! we miss fresh vegetables 😭 and less oily and salty food. Thank you very much Prof!
Ching: Yes, I already told the vendor but today they gave us beehoon. Never mind - I will order vegan ice cream for you guys! My treat! Will organise it for the weekend
J: Do you plan to have a group chat with all the LKY students under quarantine and wanna hear from them as well? Re: Food, I know, sometimes they may take some time to change 😟
Ching: Am organising sth even better! With Provost and the rest of the Olympians. Will let you know if we can get it done
J: Thank you so much Prof! 😭
J: The rest of the Olympians?
Ching: The university leadership in charge of education and infrastructure etc
J: All of them? in a group chat? OMG we are privileged!
Ching: It’s just for one hour ah. Need to make sure they don’t have too much fun
Ching: How is the room? Are you hearing lots of news out from home?
J: The room is nice! with everything inside! I now hear the kid living opposite to me playing piano 😭😭😭 i miss my piano in my study room at home.
Ching: Hahaha. We can’t get you a piano but I hear you wanted warm water so we got you kettles right? I saw the bill for 7 kettles for 7 of you :)
J: hhhhh never mind! i can go to utown to practice playing piano when i am free from quarantine 😁 yes we get the kettles quite early! like the 2nd day? Thank you so much! We feel the warmth and concern from our school, although we are now far from it. Thank you so much for all these arrangements and efforts!
Ching: 加油, 不经一番寒彻骨，怎得腊梅扑鼻香 - 是这么说吗？
J: 哈哈哈差不多哦, “不经一番寒彻骨，怎得梅花扑鼻香”🤗🤗🤗 是的呢！而且其实我们也没有很苦吖😁 (after the winter cold, comes the smell of the plum blossoms)
Ching: It’s great you are in good spirits. Take care!
J: Thank you Prof! I will take good care of myself 😁 你辛苦了！
2. Noisy Fans and Fishy Water
Ching: Hi K! I went to your block but didn’t get assigned to your unit today.
K: Hello Prof Leong! Thank you for delivering food to us. Guess it’s the best we don’t meet for now lol
Ching: It's fine! :) I talk to all the students who open the door (and I shout through the door to apologise to those whose curry I spilt - Jia lat). How are you doing?
K: Oh really i thought y’all knock at the door and leave immediately to avoid contact lol
K: I’m doing fine
K: staying hungry to be honest 😂
K: Do you think we can have healthier food?
K: Or otherwise we can order in?
Ching: Order in - yah, I think so. Let me ask the team - the thing is, the rooms are hard to find - I got lost a few times around the blocks. But yes will keep you updated for sure.
K: oh wow that would be nice 👍🏼
Ching: What else do you need? How have you been doing in the room for exercise - yoga?
K: i miss ice creams lol
K: Not really doing much exercise lol
K: too hot here 😂
Ching: Is there air con in the room?
K: Oh do you know about the digital game competition?
K: oh yah, e gaming :) yes. Do you have a team yet?
K: Do you know what games are included?
K: no but there’s a very noisy fan
K: Can we have more bottled water? the tap water here tastes fishy
K: oh we need a team? 😂
Ching: don't need - just sign up online, and the teams with people of the same skill level will be formed.
Ching: I think.
K: ok nice nice
Ching: I've never played an online game in my life. (Games: League of Legends, DOTA, Overwatch)
K: Do you know if we could use the laundry room downstairs? 😂
K: oh you don’t know what you’ve missed
Ching: Ah, yes...like you guys don't know what it's like to read a newspaper with the smell of ink!
Ching: Tap water is safe to drink. You know I have an anti-bottled water campaign at LKYSPP, but it's ok lah, this time give you exception. What's your block and unit number, will make sure this gets to you :)
K: hahaha you’re the BEST!! I’m at block XXX 😘😘😘😘😘
Ching: How have you been spending your time?
K: attending lectures via teleconferencing
K: applying for jobs
K: and playing online games
Ching: So serious.
Ching: only the last one is worth doing :)
K: unfortunately cannot read newspapers with the smell of ink
3. A basic life
E: Hi, Prof! Thanks for all of the support! so far so good:) It would be better if we can be supplied at least 1.5L of water per day
Ching: You know you can come out and get water from the pantry right? Don't need to only rely on the bottle we provide - you'd be dehydrated for sure. And today's drink is sugary tea!
Ching: Can use the pantry too - just don't do you usual corden bleu or 满汉全席 :)
E: Ohh really? Coz we were told that we cannot leave our room---
Ching: Cannot leave your rooms and socialise, but can leave and do laundry etc.
E: i c.. i did laundry myself so no need to leave the room ha!
Ching: ah you have your own bathroom - just washed the clothes by hand?
Ching: so 李子柒 :)
E: yeah i brought my own detergent
A/P Leong Ching
NUS Dean of Students
#QOTD Questions of the Day
Today’s QOTD’s answers takes reference from the advisory by the Ministry of Health sent on 2 Feb.
Question: “My flatmate who just arrived from China is quarantined in our flat. Since we share the kitchen and bathroom, I’m worried. Why is she not quarantined in PGPR for two weeks?”
Answer: Only those who are served with Quarantine Orders (QO) are required to be quarantined at PGPR R2. Those on Leave Of Absence (LOA) will serve it within their own rooms.
Question: “Hi, I am currently an NUS undergraduate student, and I am writing to you asking if it is possible for me to stay for 14 days in campus(hall or PGPR). Because my parents are coming back from China on 5th Feb (They are both permanent residents), and they are required to be on a mandatory LOA. Hence, it is not wise for me to stay at home together with them. And they want me to live in campus during their LOA. Therefore, I am wondering if I can stay in campus?”
Answer: There is no need for you to live separately from persons on LOA.
While you can live in the same room as a person on LOA, you are encouraged to reduce interaction and minimise contact with a person on LOA. For example, avoid sharing a bed, limit the time spent together at common areas within the apartment, have separate meal times, ensure that the room has proper ventilation etc.
Question: “Can persons on LOA share the same toilet as other occupants in the same household?”
Answer: You are advised to avoid sharing the same toilet where possible. If it is not practical to do so, avoid using the toilet at the same time and clean toilet surfaces more frequently. You may also wish to allow some time to pass between toilet usage, in order to allow any remaining water droplets after showers to settle to the ground.
Sharing the same roll of toilet paper is safe as long as the toilet roll is not stained, soiled or wet. Sharing of towels is not advised.
DOS Update #9 -- With Love from the Canteen (5 February 2020)
DOS Update #1 (28 January 2020)
DOS Update #2 -- The Proximity of Noses (29 January 2020)
DOS Update #3 -- Black cats, white cats and the placebo effect (30 January 2020)
DOS Update #4 -- A Thousands Words (31 January 2020)
DOS Update #5 -- Food, Buses and the Virtual Company of Friends (1 February 2020)
DOS Update #6 -- What's in a name? (2 February 2020)
DOS Update #7 -- "Everyone is scared, but it’s part of our job.” (3 February 2020)