The promise of picnics in a pandemic

Picnics, according to the late British-born journalist Christopher Hitchens, are some of the most overrated things in the world. A fortnight ago, I had the chance to put this to the test.

I’d long been sceptical about the idea of picnicking in a place like Singapore. It sounds great in theory – “We’re going on a picnic!” is something that typically evokes delight, conjuring Instagram-perfect images of a chequered rug, wicker basket, and fantasies of cheese, cold cuts and sandwiches.

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