May 16, 2020

Top 3 Reasons Why I Would Like To Thank MCO

Photo credit: Choo Choy May

This is the first time I won't be celebrating Raya with my family and I'm supposed to celebrate Raya with my in-laws for the first time.

So why am I thanking MCO?

I mean, why should I? 

Assalamualaikum and hi guys! 

Oh my god. I really missed my blog so much. How is everyone doing? I know, life changed A LOT for the past 2 months, right? Things happened drastically in a very short time, and you feel like you're stuck at a moment where you don't really go forward, but you know time is moving so fast. Suddenly we are on the 16th of May? Really? Where were March and April again? 

I totally understand that feeling. Really. 

But for those who are separated from family at this time of crisis, it can be a major difficult time. I haven't met my parents for almost three months, and I just met my mother-in-law and father-in-law once since I got married. 

Ehem, did I say I got married? 

Yes, I did! *Showing the ring on my index finger* hehe

Anyway, where did I stop just now?

Oh yes, I haven't met my family for so long, but to say that I understand those who are separated as well will be unfair. I am currently staying with my husband, my sister-in-law, and my niece. Some of my friends are staying alone without any of their close ones, far away from family. I pray that Allah will provide them strength throughout this hard time. Amin. 

Though I might look okay, there were days that I had a breakdown.

Movement control disorder (MCO) was implemented on the 18th of March 2020 as one of the preventive measures as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and shops were closed. Factories stopped operating. Most started working from home. Some even lost their jobs.

Sometimes I'm kinda upset with the MCO, but there's no one to be blamed and I know that it is necessary to do this. So I've decided that every time I get upset with MCO, I'd try my best to remind myself of the good things that are happening.

Here are my top three reasons why I would like to thank the Movement Control Order (MCO).

1. More time with my husband 

My husband is such a hardworking person. He works 8 to 5 daily and some days he would have locum (temporarily replaces someone) at a private clinic. A few days before MCO started, we only met each other at night, but ever since he has to work from home (WFH), I wish he'd just continue staying at home with me even after MCO. Ye, memang both tak payah kerja cari duit pun kan, Ardilla. Anyway, it is definitely a blessing in disguise.

2. Knowing my SIL and niece 

My husband and I are currently staying at my sister-in-law's place for the time being, together with our niece. My SIL is a lecturer so she has to WFH as well. If not because of MCO, we won't really have the opportunity to bond this way. I had so much fun spending time with them and to be honest it made the missing-home-but-cant-go-back feeling more bearable. 

3. Unlocked a new skill 

If you know me well, I was not really into cooking previously. I wasn't confident with myself and most of the time if I craved something, Ibu would cook for me, or I would just buy it. If there was no MCO, I would probably just go out and have a takeaway. Due to MCO, I spent more time at home more than I intended to do, but Alhamdulillah my husband has been a great blessing for me. I started to love cooking when my husband helped me. It was so fun to cook together! Usually, I would prepare the ingredients and my husband would settle the protein part (which I dislike the most). I'd tried cooking many dishes and if you follow my Instagram account (@dyllarezan), you'd probably notice it hehe. Anyway, I'm still in the learning phase and there's a lot to be learnt! 

There's a whole long list of why I wanna thank MCO, but these are my top three. Remind yourself on that when things get rough. Stay safe, stay home, and do take care. This too shall pass and we shall unite with our loved ones soon, InshaaAllah. 

Don't lose hope. Let's not despair. Allah is the Best Planner after all. 

P/s: What are the top three of the good things you get from this MCO?