Serving a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) might get rather dull for many people, having to be cooped in a single place for two weeks.
One Singaporean however, managed to make the most of her stay, and even came out of it with a new friend.
Carmen Wong shared with Mothership that she and family were previously living in the United States.
Upon returning to Singapore, Wong had to serve a SHN at Fairmont Hotel.
Documenting the entire exchange in a series of Instagram stories, she said she had initially pasted some Post-its on the hotel window to entertain her two kids.
Surprisingly, someone in the hotel opposite, which was Hotel Swissôtel The Stamford, responded in kind several days later with their own Post-it message, saying "Hi!".
The Swissôtel guest then proceeded to ask how far Wong was into her SHN, with the Post-it message reading "DAY #".
Wong assumed that she was the one that the Swissôtel guest was communicating with, and replied to say that she was on her eleventh day of SHN.
The fellow hotel guest then responded with a "Yay!", perhaps expressing happiness that Wong was close to freedom once her SHN ended.
Soon after, Wong received yet another pleasant surprise in the form of a new message from the other guest.
The guest had used Post-its to spell out the message: "bbt rm #".
Initially confused, Wong's questions were soon answered when the guest changed her message to: "bbt? rm #" — a request to gift her some bubble tea.
Wong responded with her room number at Fairmont, hoping, as she stated in her Instagram stories, that the bubble tea would be zero per cent sugar and "less ice".
The next day, Wong was informed by the concierge that a delivery was on the way.
New friends during SHN
And ta-dah, two cups of KOI bubble tea had arrived for her.
Wong shared that the guest had kindly provided her Instagram handle on the bubble tea receipt, which allows a more efficient means of communication than Post-its.
She found out that the guest was another woman named Lydia Low, who had just returned from working in Denmark.
Low was serving her SHN at Swissotel with two other colleagues, and like her, all loved bubble tea.
As Wong's SHN neared its end, Low even sent over a "farewell" cake to celebrate her last full day of SHN, and wished her a "goodbye" with more Post-its.
Low also shared how she would miss her new "bbtf (bubble tea friend)".
The whole exchange had definitely perked up her stay, said Wong.
She added that she believed she and Low will remain in contact after this, and might even meet up in person to go grab some bubble tea together.
Top photo from Carmen Wong