I remember in early January when Covid was still Corona and in my mind it would soon pass and I would head back to Singapore to work quite soon. This is 2020 we can fix anything!
Late February came and my mood was a little less optimistic and I posted on a Frequent Flyer forum this comment "Do you think its possible that demand will drop so much that Qantas won't fly overseas" most people on the forum said....unlikely!! We all know how that turned out.
As time went on it was clear that we would be living in the Covid world for a long time and it was going to be a hard long fight.
I think the defining moment for me was when on the Friday before the Melbourne F1 race when, because two pit crew members tested positive the whole weekend of racing was cancelled. I was stunned, this event was ready to go, people were lining up at the gate but because of just two cases it was all over.
This made me say to myself we are kidding ourselves if we think we can beat this in a few months.
It's now October and I have no expectation of returning to work in Asia anytime soon, if at all. The world as we know it has changed forever.