Learn, immerse, and explore even on lockdown.
As the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines is still under enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus. The majority are getting hooked on Tiktok, while some are swiping right and left on dating apps and doing crazy stuff online just to keep themselves sane and entertained in dealing with boredom due to this month-long quarantine. It’s a struggle for everyone to get stuck in the same environment with the same people for a long period—missing the weekend night outs and after work or class hangouts with our friends or S.O., thinking about the postponed concerts and shows we were excited about, and witnessing how the country suffers.
Aside from binge-watching your favorite series on Netflix all day, here are the things you can do at the four corners of your room—without being insensitive—to continue learning amidst the virus outbreak:
Read, read, read!
Keep the creative juices and knowledge flowing with these free comics and zines uploaded online. Several local content creators and writers shared their works via PDF and Google Drive for easy-access readings while on home quarantine. In case you’re getting sick of re-reading the old books on your shelf, it’s time to grab your phone, download, and start reading now since some of them are available for a limited time only!
Discover a new hobby
Been wanting to master a new language, play an instrument, or declutter your wardrobe but never quite had the time? Maybe it’s time for you to dive into new hobbies and catch up on some of those chores you put off too long! Try cross-stitching, knitting, embroidery, calligraphy, painting, even puzzle and board games will surely give your brain a bit of a workout while you’re stuck at home. Cleaning your space and organizing your stuff can be productively fun in some ways as it also sanitizes your environment.
Watch live stream concerts
Festivals and tours have been cancelled, bars and concert venues are temporarily closed, and even artists are practicing self-quarantine. Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, and more artists performed via Instagram live to entertain and serenade their fans. Local artists Ebe Dancel, Ryan Cayabyab, Ben&Ben, and other celebrities lightened up and gave hope to the Filipino viewers through a short performance via live stream. It feels uplifting to enjoy musical events and sing our hearts out from the comfort of our homes.
Listen to podcasts
Tired of the same songs playing on shuffle? Try to check out some interesting podcasts from unproblematic celebrities; Saab Magalona for Wake Up With Jim (her husband), Enchong Dee talks about financial literacy, Joyce Pring tackles adulting, and couple Mikael Daez and Megan Young give relationship advice. If you’re a type of person who loves chills and thrills every night, you can listen to this horror podcast “Stories After Dark.” It features true crime, mystery, and haunted stories such as Hanging coffins at Sagada, Balete Drive, Baguio’s Diplomat Hotel, Maguindanao Massacre, and many more.
Take a virtual museum tour
Take this chance to appreciate art, culture, and history without getting off the couch. There are virtual museum tours available online, big thanks to Google Arts and Culture! The online platform provides digital tours of more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world, among them, are New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum. You can also have a glimpse of the National Museum and Presidential Museum and Library! Sounds exciting, right?
Let’s also take care of our mental health as we fight this pandemic. Continue learning and be productive at home! May this crisis become a lesson for all of us to reflect on our choices and actions that will affect the future of the country. Check your privilege and always wash your hands!
What home activities keep you sane and productive under quarantine? Share it with us!