Thursday July 1, 2021

SAMANTHA GOH SUGAR QUEEN Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world. This was determined in a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index. Melbourne was ranked number 1 for seven years in a row, from 2011 to 2017. Vienna is currently number one, followed closely by Melbourne by just a 0.7 index margin. Many families have since migrated to Melbourne because of its highly-ranked education and healthcare the city has to offer. The clean crisp air is also one of the reasons I love Melbourne; a major city in the state of Victoria, Australia. 13 months ago I moved from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne – excited to start a new life with my family there. Life was turning out great, until the pandemic crisis hit due to the coronavirus. The last article I wrote was about the beginning stages of lockdown restrictions in both Malaysia and Australia. Today I am in the third lockdown of the state of Victoria. I must say, Victoria had the toughest period of lockdown compared to other cities and states. Brisbane in Queensland and Sydney in New South Wales had a much shorter period of lockdown. Victorians had a total of 6 months of lockdown, and my main job became homeschooling my kids – which was tough. However, my heart goes out to all of those who lost their dear ones to the pandemic. A total of 820 deaths was recorded in Victoria due to Covid-19. Last November I thought I had seen the last of lockdown. I had the chance to enjoy the Black Friday sales outside in the shops. Life was slowly getting back to the new normal; where social distancing and the wearing of masks are compulsory. December 2020 was the...... Read more on Full Issue!

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