Face coverings have become part of our ‘new norm’. We’ve had to wear them on public transport and many people have made it compulsory wear when out and about. Well, now it will be mandatory for face coverings to worn when out in the open at all times.
What has changed?
As of yesterday (24 July), Britain enforced the law that face coverings must be worn when in supermarkets, banks, shops etc. The law has come as a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Police also have powers to give out £100 fines to people that fail to comply with the new law!
If you don’t have a face-covering don’t sweat I have you covered!
I thought it would be a good idea to share a few brands that sale face coverings online. I myself will be purchasing from one of these companies because your girl needs to look better in the streets! Get this through, they are **Black-owned!!
Please note: I have not yet purchased any of these face coverings, for my own use.
We all know what is going on with coronavirus. It’s been difficult, to say the least. In the last week, I’ve been working from home; this month, I’ve had to cancel a fantastic trip to Jamacia. 🙁
Yesterday the British Prime Minister stated that he will be taking new measures to enforce people to stay at home. He basically in so many words set a UK Lockdown!
As you can imagine, this has been a challenging time for all of us, blogging has become extremely difficult, particularly as a travel blogger. Those that use their blog as a therapy tool have really struggled including myself.
I am still trying to process what is really happening, it feels so unreal. I wake up at home, work from home, work-out at home and then go to sleep. To me, it feels like I am dreaming.
UK Lockdown means…
Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
And because of everything unfolding so quickly, I’ve decided to write a day to day personal account of how I’m coping with it. Let’s be real. Not much will change, but I think a personal account of what is really going on in one’s mind is essential and therapeutic.
It will be interesting to reflect on what has happened once this is all done and dusted! I will be updating this post with a new account of each day.
Join me, comment and let’s help each other through this difficult time. I will start with the first day of the lockdown.
Woke up at 7 am this morning, got up and had a shower and changed into my work clothes to feel a sense of normality. My boyfriend looked at me like I was going crazy, but it got my head ready for the day. It’s been a week since I started working from home (WFH) and I’m not going to lie it’s starting to really get to me. I have daily chats with my team at 11.30 and then continue to work.
After lunch, I decided to give my airline (AirCanda) a call, the number was continuously busy. If it wasn’t on busy, then it would just continually ring out. When I eventually got through to them, they insisted that my ticket was non-refundable and that I would have to pay a cancellation fee of £160!!! What an absolute joke – my flight has already been cancelled!!
I am so lucky that I paid for my flight through my credit card. While I’ve been on hold with Barclaycard, I’ve managed to buss a quick workout.
Anyways, I made ewa/beans and plantain for dinner, which lightened my mood a bit. Going to now watch a movie and probs fall asleep.
See you again tomorrow.
Woke up at 7 am to my next day neighbour screaming “FOR FUCK SAKE”. This is pretty normal, but for some reason, it startled me a little.
A little after 8 am I logged into work and decided to give Barclaycard another call for my flight refund! No luck with getting through to them, but we will try again tomorrow!
11.30 am – I joined my team meeting, where I shared a movie quiz! It seemed to brighten everyone’s spirits! I’ve shared the quiz below for anyone that wants to have a go! If you would like to see the answer, you have to go a little further down!
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P.S. It’s worth copying and pasting the emojis to a WhatsApp chat so you can see all of them clearly!
After the team meeting, we decided to go out for some food essentials. We walked past a restaurant that was opened, so we decided to get a quick takeaway – after all, everything else is still closed. We got talking to the staff while we were ordering our food and learnt that they had only been open for 5 months! They have to stay open during these difficult times! I got lamb with rice and salad – see the picture below. It was very yummy! I had organised a team lunch (virtual of course) which was good.
I then got on with some work and wrapped up at around 4.30 pm. Work hasn’t been busy, so it has been quite challenging to concentrate. After work, I made din-dins. Tonight was meatballs and spaghetti, with some garlic bread. I don’t have a picture of this I’m afraid.
I then did a couple of workouts. As you know, gyms are all closed, so it’s been great having these Instagram live workouts.
If you would like to get involved with the exercises I have dropped a couple of Instagram links below:
Yusuf Myers – does daily workouts, which are for the whole body! They are absolutely amazing, but not for the faint-hearted.
I finished the night with a programme called For Life. I’ve really enjoyed watching this programme. It’s loosely based on an innocent man – Issac Wright Jr. A man that was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
After the programme, I fell asleep and woke up at 12 am!! This honestly wasn’t planned! I think with this pandemic, my sleep patterns have been suffering dearly
When I woke up, babe and I had a conversation about black celebrities and who they married etc. It was an exciting conversation which led to looking at black couples in the UK. We concluded that the only black celebrity couple based in the UK is Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre.
If you know any more black British couples please drop them in the comments below.
Anyways here are the answers for the movie quiz:
2. JUNGLE BOOK
3. DEVIL WEARS PRADA
4. HARRY POTTER
5. PLANET OF THE APES
7. BLOOD DIAMOND
8. FINDING NEMO
9. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
10. CHICKEN RUN
12. KUNG FU PANDA
13. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
14. HAPPY FEET
16. MEAN GIRLS
17. AMERICAN PSHYCO
18. DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR
19. EDWARD SCISSOR HANDS
20. BENJAMIN BUTTON
21. APPOLO 13
22. PRINCESS DIARIES
23. LIFE OF PI
24. FREE WILLY
26. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
27. LION KING
28. LADY AND THE TRAMP
29. BUGS LIFE
30. JURASSIC PARK
What have you been up to? See you again tomorrow.
Can you believe I am writing day 3 on day 5? The last few days have started to blend into one, and I am beginning to really feel it. I am truly exhausted. So exhausted that I can just about do my exercises to keep me sane.
On Thursday, I woke up early to shower and login for work. Work as I already said has been extremely quiet! I haven’t had any deadlines, which has made it extremely difficult to concentrate on other projects.
At lunchtime, I dipped out for some fresh air and purchased some fruits. I got strawberries, pineapple, oranges, avocado and bananas. I thought it would be good to have chocolate-covered strawberries, so headed over to Poundland and got some chocolate! Check out my chocolate covered strawberries below:
For dinner, I had what I made the night before – meatballs and spag, with some garlic bread. This went down a treat! It’s difficult being on a strict diet!
At 8 pm we clapped for the NHS to pay tribute to the NHS and care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It was quite nice to see everyone come together for a few seconds.
Today is Fridays 27 March 2020. Fridays are usually an exciting day because it means the weekend is coming! However, because of the Lockdown, it wasn’t very appealing.
Today I woke up before 6 am and logged in to work at 7 am! This has to be the earliest I have ever logged into work! I sent a few emails and got in another workout with Yusuf Myers. After my workout, I had a quick shower and logged back into action. For breakfast, I had my slender blender vanilla flavour porridge, with peanut butter and a banana.
Had a few meetings in the morning and then went out for a walk. Work has started to pick up with a few deadlines, so the fresh air was much needed.
We also got the news that the UK Prime Minister was tested for COVID-19 due to minor symptoms. His test results came back positive – see below:
During our walk, babe decided that I should have a cheat meal and got us, Sams. It took a lot of arm twisting, trust me! Yes, Sams and most chicken shops are still opened. Disclaimer: their sweet potato fries are actually a must – sorry I didn’t take time and take a picture!
I was so full from lunch I couldn’t eat again. Instead I had a slender blender smoothie and milk chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert (I didn’t make them tonight so we haven’t got a picture – if you know what I mean haha).
I added another quiz to twitter – please see below and click on the tweet to join in!
We fell asleep watching StarWars – not one of my faves, but it was good to fall asleep too.
What have you got planned for the weekend?
Friday 27th March to 7th April
How have you been doing under this Lockdown? I have to admit that I am being tested daily. I haven’t been keeping up with my daily accounts, which I am disappointed with. A lot has happened since we last met, and I’ve added the main highlight from memory below:
On Sunday 29th March. I pigged out on snacks – this was M&S cookies, and macaroons.
On Monday 30th March. I entered my first #dontrushchallenge with Flights and Feelings which you can watch below
Tuesday 31st March. I was when babe decided to make Banana bread. I have to say it turned out quite well! He followed my recipe which you can also do here. Today was quite hard for me as it was the day I was supposed to leave for Jamacia.
Wednesday 1st April – had a cute little facetime chat with Hannah Ajala an amazing human being! We discussed the negative views people have on Africa.
Thursday 2nd April. I found my new love TikTok. I have a few videos on the platform already have a look. Here is an example below.
Friday 3rd April. All this week I was pestering people to send me their videos for the Black Travel Creators #dontrushchallange! We managed to get it published on Friday. Here is the video below:
Sat 4th April. I had a really lazy day today. I was really feeling it today. So decided to watch a few Disney+ shows – my fave Holes. You should give it a watch I absolutely adore this movie!
Sunday 5th April. I produced some more TikTok videos and added them to my Instagram account stories.
We got news that Boris Johnson symptoms had got worst. By evening it was declared that he was now in intensive care.
Tuesday 7th April
Woke up early today, logged into work and made a green smoothie! I was quite surprised at how nice it tasted. I added:
a banana, a little milk and water
I hadn’t done any workouts for a few days because of the ‘Time of the Month’. So was happy to get back on it today and do two of live Instagram workouts.
I didn’t go out today, which probs wasn’t a good idea. I realised that I had been spending a lot of time on socials so decided to have a break for a few days.
Wednesday 8th April
Made spinach and tomato omelette for breakfast! Tasted divine. I’m afraid I didn’t take a picture. I had quite a busy day with work so I was glad to of the socials! I finished the day with a couple of home workouts and then called it a day.
To be really honest with you my mental health hasn’t been overall great the last couple of days. I’ve been thinking about being in Jamaica (where I should be if it wasn’t for the UK Lockdown. It’s quite depressing really. Being on a beach vs. staying at home is actually difficult to accept.
Thursday 9th April
Woke up at 3 am. I don’t know why. I’ve had a little difficulty with sleeping through the night. I got up and decided to start work early, after all I had so many deadlines to get done. Tomorrow is Good Friday so I have a long weekend ahead – but to do what????
Went out for a bit to catch some sunshine, this was my bit of positivity for the week. At dinner time I fancied a wrap so went over to that in day 2 and got one – it tasted scrumptious!
I didn’t fancy working out today. Will do a couple of workouts tomorrow.
Hope you can try to enjoy your easter break! x
Friday 10th April 2020 (Bank Holiday)
So annoyed with that I didn’t turn my alarm off, which went off at 6.00 am this morning! I was hoping to have a nice lay in, but no. Woke up and made some protein pancakes for breaky and then did some reading. I am currently reading ‘Why I Stopped Talking to White People About Race‘.
It was pretty warm for us (21 degrees – this is warm in the UK) so I suggested to my partner that we go for a walk. It was pretty depressing sitting indoors! I was surprised to see so many people outdoors but made sure to have to keep 2 meters apart from others.
Only a very few shops are currently opened. So when I saw Brixton Caribbean opened I just had to go and get myself some bun and cheese – you know not being in Jamaica and all. 🙁
I’ve been craving salt and pepper prawns all week! Now that everyone is a Chef now, I thought it would be a good idea to actually make them! After seeing WeAreTheFoodWhore post her salt and pepper chicken recipe on Twitter and Instagram, I just had to give it a go!
I think mine turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. Check out the video below.
I served the meal with some egg noodles – lovely! The night finished off with some Disney Plus. Tonight was Cheetah Girls 2!
The coronavirus COVID-19 has affected over 100 countries and territories around the world, and many people I speak to daily are asking if they can still travel.
How harmful is coronavirus? According to World Meters, there are currently 105,905 cases, with 3,567 deaths in the world. This sadly seems to be rising by the minute.
What is Coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. It was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.
Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
What are the symptoms?
According to the BBC, coronavirus is a disease that generally starts as a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, it can then lead to shortness of breath, with some patients requiring hospital treatment.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. They are similar to those for much more common viruses, such as colds and flu.
Today I read that there are currently 206 cases in the UK, (where I am based) and despite the UK’s strategic response to the virus, I still feel a little bit anxious about travelling. However, I do think that with the right cautions and procedures, we can travel as long as we follow the right steps. Below I give you some quick tips on how to stay safe during the outbreak.
Before I share my tips, I would suggest reading in more detail via the BBC and the World Health Organization website. I won’t be able to cover everything, so please do bear this in mind.
How can you stay safe and travel during coronavirus outbreak
You have a basic understanding of what coronavirus is, and the symptoms. Now you want to know how you protect yourself when travelling?
1) Hygiene is Important
You must take your hygiene seriously. Wash your hands for more than 20 seconds. Make sure you are using a tissue to sneeze and cough. If you don’t have a tissue, then I would suggest coughing and sneezing in your sleeve.
If you are travelling, consider wiping down surfaces and carrying hand sanitiser. While travelling, you mustn’t be touching your face until you have washed your hands.
There are videos of how to wash your hands correctly – it might be worth watching.
2) Seek medical advice
If you do feel you have the symptoms mentioned above I would suggest seeking medical advice – for those in the UK, it is 111.
You may also want to seek medical advice if you have recently travelled to the following countries:
Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
You may be advised to stay at home. I would take this very seriously; you don’t want to continue spreading the virus if you have caught it.
3) Stay informed
If you are travelling soon, or in the next few months, you must stay up-to-date with exactly what’s going on.
My suggestion would be to download apps such as BBC News, CNN and other news outlets so you can receive regular updates.
Staying informed will help you decide on whether you can still travel.
4) Avoid travelling to Wuhan
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that travel to China should be avoided if it not essential. The Chinese officials have closed travel to and from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province.
If you must travel to China, the CDC encourages you first to discuss it with your doctor, avoid other people who are sick and avoid animals and animal markets.
5) Consider travel insurance
You may also want to consider purchasing travel insurance or confirming what your insurance covers.
Please note if you’re visiting countries with several coronavirus cases and Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not officially warned anyone against travelling like they have with certain areas of Italy, you can not expect to be covered through insurance.
6) Stay Calm
It’s hard to say this, with the number of cases rising every day, but please try and stay calm. I know what it feels like to feel anxious when travelling, so I do appreciate your worries.
How I see it prevention is always better than cure and I do hope we can all continue to travel and stay safe in doing so.