“I was babysitting for an American couple when the outbreak happened, and it turned into a two-week, all-expense-paid trip for me. They were based in Shanghai but in Tokyo on holiday. So the lockdown in Shanghai forced them to stay two more weeks and work remotely, while I showed their kids around town. One of them was Taiwanese-American and I’m from Taiwan doing a working-holiday in Japan, so they felt at ease entrusting their kids to me. I guess babysitters suddenly got a lot of work after the government announced school closures nationwide. Although I hate to benefit from other people’s misery, it was a fun, rewarding two weeks I’ll never forget.”

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