Heap of deflated balloons to celebrate travel bubble at Hong Kong International Airport is a 2020 mood

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Travellers' spirits have deflated following the announcement that the air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore have been postponed due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.

And so too have the balloons set up in Hong Kong International Airport that were supposed to commemorate the occasion. 

In a post shared on Facebook on Saturday (Nov 21), what was meant to be a grand arch of gold and silver balloons welcoming travellers into Hong Kong now lay in a sad, sad heap on the ground. Kind of like a heart-wrenching rendition of the How it started vs How it's going meme. 

The sudden decision, which came just a day before the travel bubble was due to kick off, had been based on clear parameters. Still, travellers were left feeling rather flat by the development. 

Gotta say, though — it's a pretty apt parallel to the entire year thus far.

2020 summarised in balloons

Posted by SGAG on Monday, November 23, 2020

With the internet being the internet, there was only one way to deal with the sorry sight — with bad puns and jokes.

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