Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

I don’t know how many of you guys follow international news, but Vietnam is going through our worst COVID outbreak yet. We’ve been in lockdown for nearly 2 months (and it looks like it’s going to be extended). Last year, the pandemic barely brushed us by, but now it’s all too real, and I’m beginning to feel its impact. I start to dread waking up every day only to see that the numbers of cases are still climbing and there seems to be no end in sight.

The thing is, I’m so much luckier than most people, those who are struggling with their livelihoods or even their own lives. But it’s hard to remember that sometimes, so there’s a reminder for myself of a few things I’m grateful for:

– My family and I are still in good health (*knocks on wood*) and most of us have received at least one dose of vaccine. Our country’s vaccination rollout is a little slow (that’s what happens when you’re a third-world country having to depend on others for your vaccines) but we’re getting there.

– Our house is surrounded by a large garden, so there is no feeling of being cooped up inside during the lockdown. Nature is always just outside the window. Plus we’re all homebodies anyway.

– Said garden provides us with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, which reduce the need to go grocery shopping and the risk of exposure.

– I can work from home with relative ease, and I’m used to working from home (with my freelance job) anyway, so I didn’t have to adjust much.

So yes, I’m taking a leaf out of the Monty Python’s book and look on the bright side of life. And on that note, let’s take a look at some photos from the garden to take our minds off things, shall we?

Rangoon creepers


Our first crop of longan!

And it’s all thanks to these dwarf honey bees

Rain lilies

We have a lot of grapefruits this year too

Ground orchid

Queen of the Night


4 Comments on “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”

  1. Mike says:

    Sending you good thoughts and positivity, Salazar. Be careful and be safe.
    Love the pics from your garden!

  2. Kathrin says:

    Sending best wishes to you! Here in the UK we were in a similar dire situation last year and your feelings about rising numbers and the lockdown situation sound all too familiar. I hope there is quick progress in terms of vaccinations.

    Yes, keep looking at the bright side of things and enjoy your beautiful garden.

    Best, Kathrin


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