If you have dared to walk around throughout the weekend and even made it to East Coast Park, you will have noticed a drastic change in scenery – and I am not only talking about the haze itself. East Coast Park is usually filled with BBQ crowds all weekend long. Considering the worsening of the haze in Singapore over the last week, it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Only a few hardcore BBQ fans fought the haze with their own smoke. It is not a secret that doing BBQs on the weekend is one of the favourite pastimes on the island. However, most grills have not been turned on in the recent weeks.
What instead of BBQ?
Talking to many BBQ enthusiasts, one realises that the point of grilling away isn’t to simply eat. It is all about getting friends and family together. The on-demand chef platform Clubvivre.com has been offering BBQs with experienced chefs. Customers have not stayed away, but have turned to dining in at home. Instead of grilling with a chef, many customers opt now for a dinner option at home, says Clubvivre.com.
Many Singaporeans feel reluctant to spend much time outside of their house – rightly so. A drastic decrease of customers in restaurants and cafes has already been reported last week. As the haze had gone really bad and the PSI went over 300, many fast food delivery services had even stopped their deliveries island-wide.
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Dining in at home with a chef has suddenly become a solution against the haze. As food deliveries stop and many prefer to stay inside, the on-demand chef service is one secure option.
It is a question that many have been asking already for weeks – how long is the haze going to stay in Singapore? Not too long ago the haze already appeared to be on its way out – until a new wave had suddenly arrived. Some experts have predicted that the haze might remain a substantial bother until the end of October. Other sources have predicted hazy days until the end of November, which would be one of the longest haze periods in recent years.
Both officials and citizen seem to be helpless against the ever growing pain in the air. As air purifiers have suddenly become a product of extreme desire, more and more apps to keep the check on the PSI level are being downloaded. No matter where one turns (quite literally actually), one can’t seem to escape the haze in Singapore. However, many have accepted it as a fact and understood that their isn’t much one can do about it – besides making the best of it.
Activities at home have suddenly become fun and interesting again. One can compare it with a strong and harsh winter in Northern European countries. People there know that they won’t stop the cold, but they can try to live with it. Minimising one’s time in the cold (or the haze), while maximising the fun at home. Be it inviting a chef to come and cook at one’s home or a simple movie night at home – make the best of it until you can BBQ outside again.
Note: This isn’t pro government writing, but an honest suggestion.