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The Corona Chronicles

Kuala Lumpur Lockdown


Overcoming loss is complicated and some have linked it to the stages patients with terminal illness go through – denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance”

I picked up on the above amongst the flurry masses of Covid-19 articles and links forwarded to my mobile device hourly. Filtering plethoras of bad news has been a routine since 18th March 2020.

Doomsday scenario: the entire nation is forced to stay home in social isolation and to suspend non-essential work and businesses. The city is haunted by the army patrolling for hefty summons towards those who wander out of their homes for no valid reason. Our country has locked our borders from the outside world. Life has never been the same since.


Life is shit.

Our current situation is akin to an alien invasion – the virus is an extraterrestrial thus is beyond any human comprehension. Out of this panic pandemic, world leaders are head butting social policies blindfolded while they attempt to convince the public that they fully know what they are doing.

In reality, nobody knows. Do you?

No doctor and the greatest advancement of science is able to immune, let alone buffer mutated flu. Vaccines will only be available a year from now, at the very least. For as long as every single person on the planet has NOT had a virus test – locking us in with an isolationist approach will never shield us from an invisible, yet seemingly invincible enemy. Without a clear strategy, we hastily chose to destroy our global economy in this process of figuring out what to do.

The virus is a decoy. Many of us are dying psychologically.

This level of uncertainty and imposed lockdown devastates all our 2020 plans, hopes and resolutions including our sanity. Cabin fever is imminent. Panic buying becomes a fun outing. We are all addicted to our phones seeking out death tolls rather than the recovery tolls.


There are four groups of characters dealing with lockdowns:

1) Opportunists who will work on bettering themselves, or to be lazy (and lazier).
2) Pessimists who will grief, and dwell in this nightmare.
3) Spiritual Sadists who affirms that the world should suffer for abusing the earth (weird karma?!)
4) Futurists who will plan for the future, even if normalcy only resumes in 2030.

The past two weeks I went through all of the above except for spiritual sadism, just because I am not into self-flagellation for something someone else did.

My first lockdown week was a living disaster. On March 16th all businesses were given a 20 hour notice to wind down their businesses by March 18th without clear governmental policies. I still recall the day I stood with my team, which comprise from all walks of life, in breaking the news of the apocalypse.

I was rather teary-eyed when I said this:
“Everything we are experiencing now is beyond our control and the world. I beg you all to stay strong and have faith in us making this work”
I couldn’t entertain any questions thereafter because I simply had no answers. What a shitty leader.

My other half, my love, was due to fly in on the day of the national lockdown. We met out of exceptional circumstances back in November 2019 and even though we were mostly apart, we miraculously manoeuvred the long distance by racing through airports and we lived our lives epic. Life would fall into place by March as we would finally be united for the long term in the same country, but then the international borders shut abruptly. Indefinitely.


As this is non-fiction, I was heartbroken. I don’t know when we will see each other again.

Coping with the shock of being imprisoned within the family home in your late 30s, where I have spent 80% of my life gallivanting the world, socialising at the restaurants, parties and at work crippled my nervous system. I had a grand idea of surviving the lockdown with a bottle of orange wine daily… but it turned out that being drunk in my negative state of mind would bring out the worst of me and hell it did.

So I stopped drinking.

I hated the world, its policies and its helplessness. I cried most mornings, struggled with the smallest tasks. I snapped at the slightest irritation. My insecurities returned, so much so that I was so sad that I turned vegetarian.

By week 2, I learnt to poach an egg. Every morning I run around my garden 60 times, planked 3 sets of 100 seconds reps and I began reading a self-help book into the sunset. I finally wired in my surround speakers in my bedroom, retrieved my old techno CDs and ordered a DJ console. I am appreciative that the wifi signal is forgiving. I started to play PubG by teaming with my other half because counting kills became a mode of sanity and unity over long distance.

To ease myself into strategic planning for an unforeseeable future, I transformed my kitchen bar into a workspace. While our dire circumstances is seemingly real – history has shown that any ridiculous idea born out of pain can be a game-changer in reality. Perhaps there is no better opportunity to plan ahead of time even if it makes no sense?

That’s me being futuristic with a hint of sarcasm.

As the days go by, I work on self-love as immunity to the ongoing negativity that surrounds us. Humanity has never felt so vulnerable, but courage is all it takes to wait out our days with hope.


I hope for the day when we can hug our friends at our local bar. I cannot wait for the day when I can dive back straight into work, back into my restaurants and back into the kitchens. And the day when I would head to the airport’s arrival so that we will never have to say goodbye again.

Courage is not to lose hope of all the above. While this imposed imprisonment is unjust, we must attempt to make the best of the present, one small sober step at a time. Just like a terminal illness, we may never know all of the answers – but the least we can do is to strive for psychological survival, that is to be the best version of ourselves during these deepest darkest depths.

Post Covid-19: Everyone will live happily ever after as no one will ever take life for granted again.

But that said, on acceptance – and as this virus is so seemingly contagious beyond all universal scientific truths – I shall hope that there will not be any further “surprise” policies or discoveries that could mean putting our beloved pets into quarantine….

I will refuse to pay the price of this negligence. You can F&*k off.

Lyn Siew

Lyn Siew

Based in Kuala Lumpur and having previously lived and worked across 8 countries, Lyn Siew is the owner of an award-winning Contemporary Chinese Hybrid Restaurant, Ruyi & Lyn. She is currently incubating a local startup project for culinary students, and building an online platform for the global food community. Relationship status? Married to food and champagne.


In the lush heart of Singapore, a little masterpiece of European and Asian fusion cuisine began in June 2015.



La Ventana is not only a restaurant, but a destination. The end point between two countries in a meal, surrounded by a lush garden in a timeless colonial building.

At the helm of this wonderful balance of flavours is Chef Tony Valero. After his training and fame obtained in Costa Brava, driven by his thirst for knowledge, Valero heads to El Viajante in London and subsequently to the Moo, Omm Hotel in Barcelona.


Chef Toni Valero_1


Inspired by the Globetrotters met during his path, a new ambition of bringing his passion into the World and the World into his passions settles in his mind. After Europe, a call to the East was inevitable. The road heads up with the executive head chef role at the search and interpretation of a modern reconstruction of Spanish cuisine, with fresh and local ingredients, in a latino-oriental mix which turns out magical. Now, after the successful experience in Malaysia at The Internmark and the Coquo, in Kuala Lumpur, the arrival at La Ventana, where Tony’s mission continues with Spanish and Asian’s influences in a caliente equilibrium zen.


Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Charcoal-grilled Secreto Iberico, Fermented Pineapple Jus, Grilled Pineapple Salmon, Mustard, Ginger

Beauty and flavor in dishes and location, where the search for perfection emerges.

So, if your path brings you to Singapore, stop and rediscover, with a delightful delicacy, the world on a plate.

La Ventana was recently rebranded Tapas 26 with a new look and new website Address: 26a Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247695 – Phone: +65 6479 0100

Carcosa Seri Negara

Luxury dominates Kuala Lumpur, and once you step inside the sophisticated  Carcosi Seri Negara, rich in history and heritage, you don’t want to leave.


The Hotel is located in the Lake gardens area and it is composed of 2 mansions, one called Carcosa and the other is called Seri Negara.

The mansion has been an old residence for a succession of High Commissioners, British officers during the 18th Century. Later on, when it was passed into the hands of the Malaysian government, it became a hotel in 1989 united to Seri Negara. Neo-Gothic and Tudor Revival define the style of this wonderful mansion, white is the dominant colour, which paired with the garden around the mansion creates a charming and delightful atmosphere, this combination makes the venue perfect for organizing classy and exclusive events.

By the Carcosa Seri Negara Hotel, we had the honour to attend the Glenfiddich promotion event; the world’s most awarded single malt scotch whisky event.


The Glenfiddich team offered the guests a special behind-the-scenes look into what goes on at one of the world’s most reputable single malt distilleries.

Malaysia became an important market for the whisky brand given Malaysians growing appreciation for craftsmanship and high quality.

The Valley of the Deer Experience is a multiple award-winning Glenfiddich experience. It’s a modern interactive exhibition of the best age-old processes, representing the skills of the craftsmen.

Enhanced with digital elements; touch screen technology and life sized replica of the distillery elements gave us the opportunity to understand one of the finest whisky’s is produced in a funny and playful way, with the bar offering different types of whisky tastings paired with delicious appetizers, and gifts for each guest.


 Thumbs up both for the brilliant location and the classy event!

PAWS UP! Charity Event

PAWS UP! was founded by two group of animal lovers who aims to lend an extra hand to animal shelters who are in need for an extra boost to raise awareness for the good work they do. They believe that by channeling our love to animals, makes us a better and tolerant society.

Currently, PAWS Animal Welfare Society, a local shelter fostering over 500 abandoned animals is adopted charity for PAWS UP. Their hope is to find these animals a permanent home!


About PAWS Animal Shelter Malaysia

PAWS (Paws Animal Welfare Society) was founded in 1987 by a small group of local and expatriate volunteers. Through their generosity and imagination, PAWS was constructed on a patch of land on the Subang Airport Road. The organisation depends entirely on the generosity of the public through donations or proceeds from charitable events organised and run by volunteers.


Kuala Lumpur, 28th December 2016

PAWS UP! Malaysia’s first shelter community project by two animal lovers em- “barks” (all pun intended) on its second photography fundraiser for the shelter dogs series entitled “Woof of PAWS Street”.

As part of its campaign, PAWS UP! a community project co-founded by Restauranteur Lyn Siew of Ruyi & Lyn and GoBear Malaysia’s Marketing Head, Amelia Lim organized the first of the two-part series to showcase collective works of rescued cats that were up for adoption from PAWS in a different light. The  first installment entitled “Paws Up! Meow Around the City” in collaboration, Zungz Photography raised RM10,000 through the auction of 13 photographs.

This second series will feature 20 of man’s best friend. Shot by Kim Mun, whose works has graced many local as well as International magazines and also print commercials for Malaysia, China and Vietnam.

  His back to basic in his style of photography, goes right to the heart of the subject he shoots thus bringing out their truest and most natural emotions which reveals in his works.

Held at RUYI&LYN in Bangsar Shopping Centre, this cocktail evening encourages “competitive compassion” where the photographs will go to the highest bidder. As part of this cause, cocktail sponsor, Ruyi & Lyn, printer and framers- Colorific Printers, Creative Design Agency – Option 5, Extreme Limousines and GoBear Malaysia generously sponsored their time and resources toward the cause.

“This is indeed a different way to showcase our shelter dogs in a different setting. Kim Mun’s simplicity in photography really brought out the undiminishing spirit of our shelter dogs. We were greatly encouraged by the generosity of the supporters in the first round and we are looking forward to a great night with the founders and supporters of PAWS UP!” says Chia Ern Leong, Shelter’s Administrator, PAWS Animal Shelter Malaysia.

paws6“PAWS UP advocates “The Mutual Rescue” concept because we believe that rescued animals are more than just a pet. They are educators of life’s lessons: they teach honesty, loyalty and unconditional love. They hold an integral role in society as lifelong companions and therapists to the less fortunate” says Lyn Siew, co-founder of PAWS UP!

In 2017, PAWS UP! looks to expanding it initiative with bigger plans and beside advocating pressing issues such as the compulsory micro-chipping of pets nationwide, PAWS UP! is now on a lookout for a donated piece of land to run a self-sufficient mutual rescue animal shelter.

The urgent plight of shelter animals that are in need of adoption is high and where even more animals (these are the lucky ones) are left at the doorsteps of the shelters. The hope is that one day we can move to a society where shelters are no longer a necessity.

So, if you are in Kuala Lumpur, we invite you to visit this charity photo exhibition and auction featuring rescue dog portraits by renowned photographer Kim Mun. It will be held on 9th January 2017, from 6pm onwards at RUYI&LYN, Bangsar Shopping Center. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this fundraiser by submitting donations or placing a silent bid in acquiring one of the iconic photography works. All proceeds go to PAWS Animal Welfare Society, Petaling Jaya.


For any inquiries contact:

Amelia Lim, Co Founder +60125951243

PAWS UP! Facebook Page

Ruyi & Lyn

Ruyi & Lyn is the new modern and trendy spot in Kuala Lumpur, located on the 4th Floor of the BSC ( Bangsar Shopping Center)

Visitors were surprised when they popped into the restaurant for the first time or by chance, totally astonished from the noble furniture that adorns the lounge area, which also credits its beauty to the shiny showcase collection of regal Moet and Dom Perignon. A refined cigar room decorated as a “Parlour” from another era brings its guests in a timeless space where great minds can meet, discuss and create projects. Get lost and relax, sipping one of the best quality whisky and smoke the finest cigars the home has to offer. Business can definitely meet pleasure in the busy private rooms, where guests, managers and entrepreneurs, can rent a space for a business lunch or dinner, and also enjoy their private time with their beloved family and friends. The nice furniture comes from the collaboration with Linds Furniture.


In the second area of Ruyi and Lyn, you can access only with a great entry. All the guests are invited to feel like a VIP as they walk down the majestic red “Valentino” catwalk in their most catchy and elegant outfits absorbed by the enchanting atmosphere created by the suffused lights, giant screen, and the diamond DJ console in the room.



The menu? A bomb. A new concept, a fusion of Asian traditional flavors and best quality ingredients with a contemporary look, a mix able to satisfy even the most sophisticated palates. Modernity meets Tradition; both coexist like Ying and Yang, two halves that come together as a whole, two halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance.



Each dish is a small work of art ready to be hashtagged, shared, and liked by your followers. What can’t be shared is the privilege to be twisted by the intense, orgasmic, apocalyptic taste of each single specialty designed by the multi awarded Chef James Ho.

Cool events celebrated at Ruyi and Lyn?

Guardian People’s Choice Awards, Marie Claire’s 21st Anniversary, Duchess & Co amazing Fashion Show and several private events and parties!

 More and more is coming…

Visit Malaysia, visit Kuala Lumpur, reserve your seat in this luxurious spot and have a great time!

Ruyi and Lyn

Bangsar Shopping Complex

59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ;

+60 3-2083 0288


Date and place of birth

6th July 1983, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


BA (Hons) Art history and Film Studies – University of Nottingham

MA in Art history – University College London

Please, tell us more about your project; how would you define it, what is the main goal and what do you expect from it.

We designed Ruyi & Lyn to be an ultra cool and hip Modern Chinese Restaurant with an unusual dance club ambience. It’s the first innovation of its kind in Malaysia, to bring people together regardless of race, religion and societal background into one ambitious project.

How much and in which way a business man like your father (and your mother) influence your career and your life? What has been his/her best teaching so far?

My father is a highly successful restaurateur with decades of experience; hence he has given me ample support, and a fast track initiation into the FnB business which made my career jump from TV to FnB much easier. His enterprising and generous spirit is an inspiration to many budding entrepreneurs such as myself. My mother is almost my PA – she organizes my personal life while I am too engrossed with work! Both parents are my biggest role models; they have instilled the importance of generosity, honesty and having a good heart as an integral part of my upbringing.

How have you spent these years abroad and how did these long trips changed you into the woman you are today?

I lived and built a career in Europe during my 20s – First moving to Munich, Germany where I knew no one to work for a media company back in 2005. From then on, I have travelled, played, lived and grown within a global sphere of friends and society. To date, I have lived in Italy, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Holland and have built this surreal lifestyle where you only see in movies! All these experiences inspired me to return to Malaysia and to give back my home country in the form of creating employment and influencing lives with a difference through Ruyi&Lyn

Your relationship with your country: how would you define Malaysia? How is to be back after all these years?

I love Malaysia, although I must admit we have created some negative press lately. My core value is to believe in the good of people, and of a country in a bigger scale, we are a progressive society which needs time to develop the confidence of a first world country. My decision to give up my Germany residency and career to return to Malaysia has raised many eyebrows – my friends thought I was crazy! I have no regrets though, as Malaysia is home and I see prospect in my contribution to building the society here. Home is home and I have had my share of fun! ☺

What about doing business in Asia and in Europe: in Asia everything seems to go so fast, people work a lot, and everything is growing up at a incredible speed. Is this the truth or the first impression of a foreigner?

There’s a saying in Europe: “We work to live” and in Asia, it is “We live to work”. That’s true.

We can admire a stunning installation by the Designer Melinda Looi in your new spot, Melinda is one of the top 10 famous fashion designers in Malaysia. Considering that Mr. Jimmy Choo is number one, we can definitely tell that Malaysia has great talents! How did it come to your mind this collaboration ?

Melinda is one of the most innovative fashion designers in the country, hence I am very proud to showcase her work as it correlates with the branding of Ruyi&Lyn. The restaurant is designed to be versatile, ever changing and innovative hence our patrons can always expect something new each time they return to the restaurant. Same goes for Melinda’s creations!

Connect with Lyn and her dynamic team:

Ruyi & Lyn Facebook page

Ruyi & Lyn World!