Found this recently in the dummy Facebook account I use for testing.
Earlier this afternoon I realized today is day 2 of Level 3 lockdown 4 for the 1 community case we got on Saturday evening.
Yes, we got into Level 3 lockdown again since 6 am last Sunday. The lockdown was announced on the Saturday evening, literally within an hour since I was roaming in the city center, peeked into a few bars and restaurants and felt everything was just great and lively! I dropped by the Giapo store, ordered Nothing Else Matters ice cream and then while I was enjoying it, I heard the news of the lockdown. I decided not to worry too much because, after all, I am having Nothing Else Matters ice cream!
On Sunday morning, I was reading The Daily Stoic which offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises. And guess what I got that day!
As the author quotes Epictetus in the next page:
Don’t set your heart on so many things. Focus. Prioritize. Train your mind to ask: Do I need this thing? What will happen if I do not get it? Can I make do without it?
Thinking about the answers to these questions is how I chose to wade through this lockdown week. So far it’s working well.
We had another —third so far—lockdown in Auckland from Valentine’s Day’s midnight, but luckily it lasted only three days as initially stipulated.
Auckland went from Level 1 to Level 3, 4 being most restrictive. The rest of New Zealand stayed at Level 1.
I was stressed not because the lockdown was abrupt but because it aggravated my ongoing low spirit due to sluggish progress on the two big, long-term plans for 2021 and beyond. Plus, it also upset the plans I had for my weekly off days.
But in the end, we eased one level down by Wednesday midnight, and further down to Level 1 by last night.
I see a small number of Covid-deniers and conspiracy theorists in this country, which is scary because what starts small can expand. On the bright side, border workers are getting vaccinated from last Saturday, which is great!
I am still wary, continuing to scan the Covid-tracer app even before this latest outbreak. I am avoiding large crowds, keeping a safe physical distance from people, and being mindful of hand hygiene. I stopped wearing a mask, though.
Overall, things are stable in this little part of the world under the sensible and stable political leadership we elected recently.
11:59 pm, 14-Feb-2021 Sunday
Auckland goes from lockdown Alert Level 1 to 3.
Rest of the NZ goes from Alert Level 1 to 2.
11:59 pm, 17-Feb-2021 Wednesday
Auckland goes down to lockdown Alert Level 2.
Rest of NZ goes down to lockdown Alert Level 1.
11:59 pm, 22-Feb-2021 Monday
All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1 – and a return to mostly normal lives – from midnight tonight.
Hope the normalcy continues…
In the July of 2020, I read What I learned by losing a million dollars book. I blogged a quote that I loved from that book. But there are many nuggets of wisdom and life lessons in the three chapters in the second section of the book titled Lessons Learned.
While this book is about the author’s personal story of how he lost money in the US stock markets, I think the psychological processes he explained in chapters 5, 6, and 7 are universal and equally applies to life as well. i.e. if we swap the words business and markets with life in the following book notes, the principles the author is teaching still hold. So I borrowed this book again from the library to re-read and take and share notes primarily for myself and for any others interested.
This post is the first in this series to read and share what I believe are important takeaways from this book.
Instead of sharing all the book notes in one large post, I will make a series of smaller posts with the quotes and lessons I would like to remember. I hope you will find them helpful too!
Chapter 6: The Psychological Dynamics of Loss
In this chapter the author explains what happens when a business or market loss gets personalized. He also explains the difference between external, objective losses and internal, subjective losses.
Most people equate loss with being wrong and, therefore, internalize what should be an external loss.
In the financial markets, people tend to have difficulty actively (as opposed to passively, as in the case of the fruit-dealer who expects that two out of one hundred apples will rot and light-bulb manufacturer who knows that two out of three hundred bulbs will break ) taking losses. This is because all losses are treated as a failure; in every other area of our lives, the word loss has negative connotations.
People tend to regard the words loss, wrong, bad, and failure as the same, and win, right, good, and success as the same.
For instance, we lose points for wrong answers on tests in school. Likewise, when we lose money in the market we think we must have been wrong.
Most of the time lose or loss is associated with games. Somehow, the concepts profit and loss get confused with win and lose and right and wrong. But if you lose as a participant of a game, you weren’t wrong; you were defeated. If you lose as a spectator of a game, you must have placed a bet (or expressed an opinion) on the game’s outcome and you lost money (or were wrong), but you were not defeated.
I am still processing the above notes since I first read them some months ago, and I will continue to ponder over these notes for the foreseeable future.
In the next post I will share some notes on external vs. internal losses.
In 2010 I first landed in Auckland and instantly fell in love with the city. So much that I applied for permanent residency right in that first week.
Like any worthy endeavors, some effort, some uncertainty, a bit of drama, and a lot of luck helped me realize my dream. In the end, it all worked out in my favor. In about 18 months since my first landing in the Auckland International Airport, I gained my permanent residency and eventually citizenship of this beautiful country, which helped me make this lovely city my permanent base.
I’m not too fond of large crowds, and I don’t feel safe in large cities. Although Auckland is NZ’s largest city, it is still small by the standard definition of a large city. It is of just the right size to my liking. I believe it has just the right amount of everything that makes a lovely, liveable first-world city where I am fortunate to live and raise my family.
Moving to Auckland is one of the best decisions of my life, one that enhanced my living experience for the last eleven years and counting. I love traveling, but the feeling I experience every single time I land in Auckland is marvelous!
I feel grateful every single day to have realized my dream of where and how I wanted to live my life. I never took my privilege for granted and never will.
To this lovely city that enriched my life, a very happy anniversary day today!
Here is the list of books I read in 2020, lifted from the Todoist Read project.
Books with ♥️ are insightful reads that I’d like to revisit.
I voted today! This is my fourth time voting in this country since 2011.
Having voted once in 2009 in a third-world country amidst lot of unwarranted drama and hassle, I decided not to vote in similar situation again. But just after a year, in 2010, I got lucky and extricated myself from that corrupted environment. I have since enjoyed hassle-free voting at every possible opportunity in this wonderful country that I am fortunate to call home.
Looking forward to the results on 6th November.
I’m so glad that we as New Zealanders could contain the second wave of Covid-19 in 56.5 days since the last outbreak. Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm today (Wednesday, 7 October).
While that’s great news, this time I am cautiously optimistic. There is still COVID-19 in New Zealand; as of today, there are 37 active cases, albeit in managed isolation and quarantine facilities. That number is much smaller than many other countries, but it only takes a little bit of complacency to push us all into another lockdown. It may sound obvious, but it is called a virus for a reason: it goes viral and we wouldn’t know how!
Meanwhile, I urge everyone, wherever you are in the world, to practice three Ws:
- Wear a mask.
- Wash your hands.
- Watch your distance.
And use whatever COVID Tracing app your government prescribes!
Here is the full NZ lockdown timeline:
11:59pm, 25-March-2020 Wednesday
New Zealand moves to alert level 4; the entire nation goes into self-isolation.
11:59 pm, 27-Apr-2020 Monday
NZ goes down to lockdown alert level 3.
11:59 pm, 13-May-2020 Wednesday
NZ goes down to lockdown alert level 2.
11:59 pm, 08-Jun-2020 Monday
NZ will move to alert level 1 – and a return to mostly normal lives – from midnight tonight.
12:00 pm, 12-Aug-2020 Wednesday
Auckland returns to lockdown alert level 3.
Rest of NZ returns to lockdown alert level 2.
11:59 pm, 23-September-2020 Wednesday
Auckland goes down to lockdown alert level 2.
Rest of NZ goes down to lockdown alert level 1.
11:59 pm, 07-October-2020 Wednesday
Auckland joins rest of NZ at alert level 1 – and a return to mostly normal lives – from midnight tonight.
Hoping this is the end of it! Knocks wood.
A third, but luckily shorter wave timeline here.
The physicist Niels Bohr on what it takes to be an expert:
“An expert is a person who has found out by painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.”The oldest source I could find was “Dr. Edward Teller’s Magnificent Obsession” in LIFE magazine. September 6, 1954.
Last night I woke up to this emergency alert:
Auckland returned to lockdown alert level 3 since this noon: 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The rest of New Zealand moved to alert level 2.
I was shocked because last night I went to sleep planning to make the most of today, which I took off from work for working last Sunday. I wasn’t following news and had no idea of events leading up to this second lockdown. So having to wake up in the middle of my sleep to the emergency beeper of my phone freaked me out.
We decided in the night that we are not going to send our son to school. We woke up and found that schools are closed for the rest of the week anyway.
I also woke up to see the appaling trollies in this tweet:
and the nonsensical claims of the leader of the opposition.
It took me a few hours to get over all this and come to terms with the situation. I feel much better compared to when I woke up.
It sucks to have to lose the freedom to move freely, but there is inevitably another wave of virus infections. I told myself to accept the reality and stick to the usual stuff that we have accustomed so far in 2020: stay home as much as possible, maintain physical distance when outside, wash hands regularly.
As always, I feel lucky to be living in Auckland and beautiful New Zealand. I believe in my team of 5 million country people. We are going to do it again. It wasn’t a problem getting food and essentials even during level 4 lockdown, so not worried about toilet paper in level 3 lockdown that we are in now. Supermarket visit can certainly wait.
I chose to keep my positive habits. I ate reasonably well today, did the second of my three weekly workouts (I am yet to miss a week of workouts this year), setup Sharesies to get started with long-term investing, spoke to my mum on an important family matter and spoke to a close friend. Now I am looking forward to tomorrow, and eventually getting over this lockdown. Just like we did a little over a hundred days ago.
This tweet from Giapo is timely and sums up my feelings: