Commentary: Who knew counting to two and five friends could be so difficult?

SINGAPORE: I’m trying ahead to an epic nasi lemak gathering with friends that has been six months within the making – abruptly shelved in September when dwelling gatherings have been dialed again to simply two company not lengthy after it had been raised in August.

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So, when the multi-ministry activity drive introduced on Saturday (Nov 20) that the variety of family guests would be raised as soon as once more to five individuals, our Whatsapp group chat instantly sprung again to life.

After working round everybody’s availabilities – together with enviable vaccinated journey lane trip schedules we haven’t had to cope with for a lot of months – we lastly locked a date for this long-awaited feast into our calendars.

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But whereas most of us are glad to have the ring of gatherings expanded, yet one more thought got here to thoughts. In our Whatsapp teams of greater than five friends, we’d now have to be cautious not to point out this ceremonial dinner to buddy numbers six and seven by chance to keep away from offending them. Insert screaming face emoji right here.

This juggling of circles of friends by no means actually ends, does it?

Honestly, I by no means imagined I’d have to scrutinise a guestlist for a small gathering at dwelling as carefully as I might for a grand wedding ceremony banquet.

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But in these COVID-19 instances, even one thing so simple as an informal dinner has turn into an “event” that requires an uncanny means to preserve shut monitor of precisely who and what number of you’ve invited, whether or not that quantity is two, five – or hopefully eight or more in time to come.


Since Singapore entered the “Stabilisation Phase” on Sep 27, my different half and I’ve hosted some friends and household at dwelling in pairs, since socialising at eating places was out of the query with a two-per-table solely regulation.

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