Circuit Breaker came, Circuit Breaker went. While many see this as a moment to take a break, I saw it as a moment of faith for our studios. We were just about to get started and COVID-19 hits us. It took a while to accept the new norm and we started getting to work almost immediately. The idea of N GOES LIVE was conceptualised and I continued to work 7 days a week despite we were undergoing a lockdown.
Since the debut of N GOES LIVE somewhere in April, I’ve been working tirelessly and endlessly on production – ensuring we have contents every day and the programme goes smooth every time. The stress about going live every day is that you have to be always ready and prepared because there’s no second take. What’s out is out to the public. Even during the second part of N GOES LIVE when we did a shake-up of the original programme and reduced its frequency, I was still working day and night to present the best show for our audiences.
Then, Circuit Breaker became a thing of the past, Phase 1 kicked in. The good thing is film companies like ours are allowed to resume operation. The hustings never stop. I had to attend Zoom meetings with the other members of the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals and setting out all the safe distancing measures required for CTRL N to resume operations. There were posters designed and directive drafted. Everything completed within 2 weeks. June 2, I went back to office and resume work from there. Phase 2 came in quite quickly enough and we were gearing up for the elections. I was glad that I was contracted to Mediacorp as a freelancer during this period. At least I could still earn money while getting our studio ready to resume our pre-COVID plans.
Elections was another busy period for me. On one hand, I had to do the programming for our live shows, and on the other hand, I have to prepare the videos ahead of the projected election dates. While N GOES LIVE ended by the end of June, the work load did not lessen. Those who followed me on my Instagram account would know, I was working late into the night especially after the Writ of Election was issued on 23 June. From then on, till the day after election on 11 July, I was literally on a zombie mode. That means, I was basically working 24/7, working of graphic animation that I had never tried before. (Well, thank God those graphics came out rather well!)
Despite the heavy workload, I seem to still live my life normally. Well, seems.
Friends have been asking me how I managed to combat fatigue despite the long hours. Well, while one reason being how coffee plays the important role in fueling me every day. There are other factors as well.
You are probably going to say cats because of the amount of videos of cats that I’ve been posting lately on Instagram – so much so that I’d even have TWO highlights dedicating to them.
Alright, cats play a very important part of my life and my strategy to combat fatigue. I’d enjoy mingling with my two neighbourhood cats every time when I returned home from work – whether it’s at 2300HRS, 0300HRS or 0800HRS. Playing with cats really do help me with my mood. Too bad because of health reasons I could not keep a cat at home, if not, I would gladly do so. It’s safe to assume that cats play an integral part of my life.
Coffee and cats alone would not be enough to see me through this period – even up till now. Tonic and replenishment is what I looked to to reset me every day. Something that’s more organic and less toxic to the body. Yes, please refrain from having too much caffeine intake.
I was introduced to Hao Yi Kang’s Lao Xie Zhen Premium Ginseng Essence during this period. I couldn’t be more thankful for it.
When I first get to know about Ginseng Essence, I was like ‘I heard of Chicken Essence but what is Ginseng Essence? Does it works the same as Chicken Essence?’ I give it a try, nevertheless, because anything that has the potential of helping me getting through this period worth a try.
When I took my first sip of the Lao Xie Zhen Premium Ginseng Essence, I was expecting the strong, bitter taste from the usual ginseng. I was wrong. I was surprised how even though it contains the combination of the White and American Ginseng, the aftertaste was mild and proved not too strong for consumption. I was satisfied. I made a point to drink it every night, while I am in the midst of production planning or video editing.
Within a few days, I felt the effect. I felt more concentrated, more energized. Well, I guess that is how top grade White Ginseng and American Ginseng hailing all the way from Changbai Mountain does to you. Every bottle of Lao Xie Zhen Premium Ginseng Essence is rich in Ginsenosides, containing up to 400mg of the natural pharmacological component found uniquely to the Ginseng species.
On further read up, I realised that Ginseng is capable in helping to combat fatigue and thus, improving concentration and focus. Those are the two major issues that I am particular of when it comes to my productivity. Furthermore, for health conscious and the elderlies, this has anti-inflammatory effects, hence helping to protect the liver functions, strengthens immune system, lower blood sugar and provides antioxidant protection.
So much goodness in just a small bottle! I guess I have uncovered the mystery to why I still have the energy to get by my days even with my long working hours. I really recommend you guys to try it too, whether you are working adult or students rushing your assignments and projects!
With that I shall sign off for this month. Ok, I’ll promise to write more often on this site from now on. I really do miss writing, to be honest. Maybe the next post , I’ll share more about what I’ve done during Circuit Breaker!
See yall and remember to be socially responsible. Do not spread rumours regarding COVID-19 and get your updates via the official channels such us GOV.SG portal or it’s Telegram channel.