Actor-singer Alvin Chong not only has to observe the MCO, he is undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine after returning from the United States on March 18.
Chong, who first arrived in New York for a holiday at the beginning of March, described his experience there: “The first few days there were OK. And then on the fourth day, things got a bit serious. People in New York started getting infected. So, I didn’t get to visit all the touristy places. I spent most of the time in the apartment that I rented.”
The 29-year-old also recalled his journey back to Kuala Lumpur: “The atmosphere at the airports – in New York and Tokyo (his transit stop) – was intense. They were taking extra precautions.” Chong underwent a health screening before heading straight home to begin his two-week quarantine.
“The first thing I was worried about was my groceries. I couldn’t go out and I couldn’t meet anybody. I was worried that I wouldn’t have any food at home. Thankfully, my manager left some groceries at my door and I got everything set up for the first few days. Now I’m doing all my grocery shopping online, ” he added.
Chong, who grew up in Penang and moved to the capital city on his own in his late teens, talked about coping with the quarantine. “I’ve been living by myself for the past 11 years. I actually quite enjoy having my alone time. So it’s not very hard for me to adapt to (the quarantine).”
The actor – best known for playing the leading man on the 2017 local drama Awak Suka Saya Tak – is planning to spend his free time spring cleaning his apartment, experimenting in the kitchen with what limited ingredients he has as well as catching up on K-dramas like Itaewon Class.
Asked if he is concerned about the effect Covid-19 will have on his career and livelihood as an artiste, Chong responded: “I think it doesn’t just affect me as an artiste. I think a lot of industries are affected. With people not being able to go to work, and even if they can work from home, I think a lot of projects and campaigns have to be put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“And there’s nothing we can do about it. We just can hope for the best and hopefully Covid-19 will be over.”
I’m still on my way home. Thank you for the lovely messages on my return. Just wanna remind all of us not to panic, don’t stock piling the groceries, only buy what you need. Reduce outdoor activities and this is really not a good time to balik kampung. We can get through this.
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