What Life Is Like Under MCO In Malaysia

By now, it’s been more than a month since the initial Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia came into effect. After two extensions (with a third extension already confirmed), you’d think that Malaysians have all but adapted to these frankly weird times.

Weird is definitely an understatement in this case.

Many things have changed in Malaysia, especially in cities like Kuala Lumpur. The once lively metropolis doesn’t seem as busy. Schools and educational institutions are still closed. And only essential services i.e. F&B, grocery stores, etc. are allowed to continue operating, providing us with a semblance of normality that most Malaysians are desperately craving for right now.

Well, as normal as normal can get when you have to stick to a strict guideline when it comes to your weekly grocery shopping. This means only a handful of people are allowed into any grocery store at a time, and patrons must practise proper social distancing while outside. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t get us started on the economic impact this terrible global pandemic has had (or will have) on the country.

On the bright side, many are using this “break” to be with their families. While others aren’t so lucky as they can only wait out the storm before being able to head home. But waiting doesn’t always have to be boring.

Malaysians have started to come up with creative ways to keep themselves occupied. Some may attempt to pick up new skills, whereas others may fall back on video games to pass the time. And others still may also try their hands at the social media game by shooting TikTok videos.

Here’s what life is like under the MCO in Malaysia — in the form of Instagram posts for your viewing pleasure.

The Budding Culinarists

Unsurprisingly, Malaysians have started to busy themselves with an array of culinary projects — as evident by the dozens of pictures and videos featuring mouthwatering home-cooked dishes and recipes on Instagram.

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MCO Day 21: Homemade pan mee (mee hoon kueh) RECIPE ?‍?? . Ming and some friends had requested for this – so here we go! Max's mom (who is Hakka) used to cook this a lot. What's good about MamaMax's soup is the use of a lot anchovies as well as shallots to sweeten it up. ? . SOME KEY TIPS: The key to good mee hoon kueh is to really pull it to get thin slices – which something Max can't master just yet. But you can skip the noodles-making part by using ready-made nudles. . Also, sayur manis (ma ni cai) is really the best veggie for pan mee soup (MamaMax's recipe is super yums). Unfortunately, we couldn't find any but choy sum is the next best veggie. . The anchovies-shallot soup should be sufficiently savoury, so go easy on the final seasoning and toppings (especially the anchovies). A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. ? . The remaining oil used from frying the shallots, anchovies and minced meat can be poured into the soup base too to UNLOCK FURTHER FLAVOURS! ? . Minced chicken/pork is the usual choice – but MamaMax's recipe involves pork slices – so we follow tradition here! . Find the full recipe in the ?‍?? Pt.3 Highlights. Enjoy! . #thokohmasak #maxmasakmasacovid #panmee #homemadepanmee #meehoonkueh #hawkerfood #homecookedfood #homecooking #malaysiahomecook #hakkapanmee #malaysianfood #malaysianhomecooking #homechef #malaysia #panmeesoup #pleasestayhome #food #panmeerecipe #masak #meehoonkuehrecipe #easyrecipe #homemademeals #homecook #homechef #hawkerfoodrecipe #mcofooddiary #mcofood #chinesecooking #hawkerrecipe #noodles

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One particular dish that speaks to the soul of a KL-ite is a traditional bowl of steaming hot Pan Mee. And this user has perfectly encapsulated the essence of Pan Mee in their attempt to recreate a homemade version of the celebrated dish.

If you can’t get to Pan Mee outside, might as well bring the Pan Mee to you, right?

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⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ bahan-bahan: ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ – beras⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – santan⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – bawang⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – halia⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – sedikit garam⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – sedikit minyak masak⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ cara-cara : ⁣ – cuci beras dan rendam selama satu jam⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – kukus beras sebentar untuk beberapa minit⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – tuang santan yang telah dicampur dengan sedikit garam⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – masukkan bawang, halia, minyak dan daun pandan⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – kukus sehingga masak⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ hidangkan bersama sambal tumis, timun dan juga ikan bilis goreng.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #nasilemakkukus ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #malaysiafood⁣⁣ #resipiorangbujang #smallpotion #instafood #zellasmallkitchen #homecooking #mcofooddiary

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Who can forget Nasi Lemak?

This dish is the staple breakfast food of choice for Malaysians before the start of the MCO. But nowadays, you’ll find it difficult to locate many (if any) vendors selling the beloved local cuisine — which is precisely why you should learn how to make your own at home!

@omakase_at_home shows that you do not have to go out to have a grand Japanese feast.

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Hey masterchefs. Time to show off your skills! Order at: tomorrow k. ?? ??? ???? ??????? ?? ???? ???? ??? ???. And all sets will come with a FREE PINT of our favorite Ice Cream from Inside Scoop. ? Choose between Beef Patty or Chicken Thigh. ? Available in Seapark, MyTOWN, And Bangsar only. ? Since this is soft launch, it’s pickup only. Soon we will have it for delivery and also on Grabfood. ————————————- ??? ?? ??? ???? '??? ?? ????' ????: 1) Defrost the meats for 1-2 hours in room temperature or 24 hours in chiller. ? 2) Beef Patty: a)You can make 4 quarter pounders (120g+) with the Minced mBL Beef blend pack. b) Our Minced Patty is lightly seasoned. Be creative, add chopped onions, garlic, and any dry herbs to boost its flavor. Minimal Salt required. c) Shape with your hands. Pack it tight, make a patty with a diameter of 10cm+. Make a dent in the middle of the patty to ensure middle is cooked evenly. d) Cook on a searing hot pan. Estimated cooking time: 2mins each side ? 3) Chicken Thigh: a) Chicken Thigh Patty is already marinated so it packs a punch. No extra seasoning needed. b) You can pan-sear it OR deep fry with some egg wash and flour coating. c) Medium Heat cooking. Finish with high heat on skin side. Estimated cooking time: 6mins-8mins (flip often) ? 4) Be creative! This is YOUR BurgerLab now. See what you have in the fridge and get funky. That curry you ordered last week that you can't finish? Thicken it and it's a great sauce. That sambal your mom made? Perfect! Peanut Butter and Jam? Make your own Elvis! Scrambled Eggs, Spam, Corned Beef, Bacon. Avocado? Throw them on! Trust us, with the quality ingredients we have provided you, it's hard to make a bad burger. ✨?✨ Submit to us your creations on fb or instagram: #myburgerlab #mBLAtHome and who knows, we might feature it on the menu next time! ? ps. If you fail and burn your burger.. no worries you still have a pint of free Inside Scoop ice cream. You can eat that and cry in the corner you noob.

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For those hankering for a bite of burger, look no further than MyBurgerLab. The popular burger joint is currently offering a DIY home kit (including instructions and most of the ingredients) for you to make your own version of their famed burgers from the comforts of home.

Their fragrantly toasted signature black brioche buns sandwiching a juicy meat patty, along with a whole host of other ingredients and condiments will surely make your days in isolation a brighter affair.

Baristas In Training

If you haven’t been living under a “social media” rock, you would’ve undoubtedly come across the latest trend in the art of café — Dalgona coffee. This simple coffee variation uses only three ingredients (instant coffee, water, and sugar) to create the most frothy cup of joe.

Also to no one’s surprise, more variations of the classic Dalgona coffee have been popping up of late. Case in point, this non-sugar, affogato version of the beverage is sure to satiate even the most hardcore coffee drinkers.

For non-coffee drinkers, a matcha variation of the drink also exists.

Who doesn’t love a good old cup of Milo? Especially if you take it up a notch and whisk it to frothy perfection.

The Cities of Malaysia

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movement control order,

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Truly a far cry from the once vibrant and often gridlocked streets of KL, the city now falls eerily silent. @siva_wwc’s post capturing the before and after of the MCO is definitely worth a watch for the baffling spectacle of KL’s seemingly abandoned roads.

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#GeorgeTownCity // Another quiet night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ? @eu_jinn ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #penang #penangisland #pulaupinang #georgetown #georgetownpenang #georgetownmalaysia #georgetowntoday #highway #penangview #visualsofpenang #perintahkawalanpergerakan #pkp #rmo #mco #movementcontrolorder #circuitbreaker #malaysia #nightscapes #nightcity

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Up north, a similar situation is present in Georgetown, Penang where the once-bustling highways often filled with traffic jams are now deserted.

In the east, Kuching City — touted as a sleepy town — is akin to a ghost town. Its roads are empty and most businesses are shut tightly before the sun even sets, truly emphasizing the gravitas of this pandemic.

The Netflix Binger

Now that most Malaysians are suddenly “burdened” by a ton of free time, the most logical thing to do would be to try and pick up a few new skills, right?

For some, that is indeed the case. For others, this blessing in disguise is a great opportunity to catch up on their ever-increasing library of Netflix shows to watch.

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it’s carole here from big cat rescue

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Hey all you cool cats and kittens.

Tiger King is a true-crime documentary that dives into the realm of big cat breeding in the United States and features a cast of almost larger than life characters. Even if you aren’t interested in the genre, this TV documentary is still worth a watch for some of the hilarious Internet memes that came out of the show.

The latest instalment of crime drama, Money Heist will inject a dose of thrill and excitement in your otherwise dull MCO days.

Getting Fit Indoors

Being stuck indoors during the MCO isn’t a reason to stay sedentary. In fact, a lot of Malaysians have begun adapting their workouts to fit (get it?) their home environment since, well, gyms aren’t going to be opened for the foreseeable future.

Get your heart pumping with some short high-intensity workouts. To add a fun twist, make it a challenge and tag your social media friends to do the same.

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Raw video ‘MCO HOME fat burning cardio circuit ?’ After so many days of MCO, I’m sure you can’t be lazy and you know your body is the best piece of equipment you’ll ever use and get the heart pumping with this killer circuit (40 Secs on 20 secs off) —— 1️⃣Front Jack 2️⃣Back Lunges to One leg Hop (R) 3️⃣Back Lunges to One leg Hop (L) 4️⃣Jump squats to front kick 5️⃣Bear crawl to froggers 6️⃣High plank you toe touches —— ?Beginner 3-4 rounds ?Intermediaries 5-6rounds ?Advance 7-8rounds Let’s work work work together! No excuses that I don’t have a gym and I can’t workout. If you want to lose fat fast, DM me ? #fitness #fitnessbabe #fitgirl #fitnessmotivation #fitbabe #homeworkout #lockdownworkout #stronggirl #noexcuses #fightthevirus #fitnessjourney #catherinefitness #workoutmotivation #mcoworkout

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Circuit training is also a good way to burn those calories in a fraction of the time. Simply pick from a few bodyweight exercises (say, maybe around five to six per set) and do them consecutively. That’s one circuit. Repeat for as many times as you can with minimal rest between sets.

We promise you’ll be sweating buckets at the end of your short workout.

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Although our physical doors are closed, you can still enjoy the benefits of 2-way interactive, trainer led, LIVE group Personal Training workouts…! . In a time where most of us are feeling isolated and alone, these virtual classes have given us the opportunity to connect, smile and interact with people all over the WORLD ? We now run over 30 virtual experiences weekly, to make sure that folks in all different time zones can participate It’s been such a humbling experience so far, and we‘re excited to keep the classes coming We’re super excited for the coming week with our 28-day at-home challenge to support local businesses

There is no equipment required and can be done from the comfort of your own home. If you want to come sweat and smile with us, DM me “28DAYS” and I’ll get you started . . #fitnessworks #homeworkout #bodyweightworkout #zoomworkout #youarenotalone

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If all else fails, perhaps taking a virtual fitness class would better motivate you to workout?

Standing in Solidarity

While this pandemic has brought about some of the darkest days in the nation’s history, there’s always a silver lining. Nothing exemplifies the Malaysian spirit than the tireless efforts by the frontliners, essential workers, food delivery drivers, volunteers, and so on who’ve poured their blood, sweat, and tears (most importantly risking their own health) to ensure that the country keeps moving forwards.

Indeed, tragedy does bring us together as Malaysians.

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Update on 3/4/20 I have distributed the first batch items to a refugee family. Based at one place and other refugees family head is collecting it from there. I won't share any refugee's family pictures on social media. I truly believe you will understand. The good news is that these 13 families sharing some food and grocery items to another 2 to 3 families. I can't be doing all this without your help, YES it's YOU, you made it happened ? the babies are not crying for the hunger anymore! Thank you for sharing my post and donating ❤️ @sheila_philipfogg I wish I can type as good as you to express my feelings for you. You are an angel, thank you so much, babe, as you say 'We only know ourselves when we are put to the test' ? @hanimseymour your smile and your positive energy is your plus, met you few times @goodnesscakeskl cafe and today you are one of the pillars to make it happened, you are the first person to call me as 'social activists', to get a titled from active social activists like you is a dream, I need you to guide me more to serve more needy out there ? @eswarannk the first person to bank in and gave me the encouragement that I can do this. Thank you, brother. @rahimah ka, the first person to WhatsApp and say 'come to my house and collect the goods for some families' thank you for always being there when i needed ? Thank you VR Star Enterprise, Kedai Runcit at Jalan Ipoh (wholesaler) to give some discounted rates for the potatoes and lentils ? @mag_eswari you know where you stand babe,?thank you for guiding me all the way to purchase the items and managing the accounts. The rest is the history, I will update the received a donation, purchase proof, and balance money in my Facebook comment box and at my IG stories which are saved in Highlights (Refugee) This opportunity is created by YOU. Thank you, everyone. P/s my MPV car is full except the driving area? #mmco #mco

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The selfless volunteers are especially appreciated in these times of need.

And while the hospitality industry grinds to a screeching halt, it’s great to see that our hotels are still showing support to the country in their own special way.

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