Meeting up regularly over a good meal and coffee meant a lot for fast friends Jess Tan, 55, Jessica Lee, 56, Elsie Kong, 56, and Veronica Chow, 56.
In addition to being fun and relaxing, the gatherings were also important for them to extend emotional support to each other.
So when MCO3.0 hit, they decided to hold virtual tea sessions while dressing up for the occasion according to designated themes.
Their first online meet was held May 13.
“Our theme was ‘All White’, specifically white tops since we could only see each other through our ‘tiny’ phone screens, ” said Lee, a homemaker.
“We just wanted to unify our outfits, so we thought ‘All White’ would look great in pictures and it's an easy theme to comply with. Everyone will definitely have white clothes in their wardrobes.
“Not just that, we believed that with white outfits, we would still look great with fun filters on while video chatting using Messenger, ” added Lee.
The sessions also enable them to catch up with each others’ lives and stay connected.
“Even though we are unable to meet physically, we don't want to lose our friendship. Previously, we lost contact with each other, but our lives crossed paths again and we got to reunite. No matter what happens, whether it's physically or virtually, I hope that we can remain close to each other and share our thought, ” Lee said.
So far, they have had four sessions, each usually held from 2pm-4.30pm.
“We used to hang out once or twice a week before the MCO but now, there’s nowhere to go. I really miss chatting with them. With these video chats, we can still see each other online and talk about our problems and daily activities.
“It’s also fun to plan what to wear each time. It’s something to look forward to so we don’t feel that bored staying at home, ” said Tan.
Added Lee, “Personally, I think it's especially important during this pandemic so we can support each other.”