It’s only been a few days that most of us are left to stay at home due to the Level 2 Alert due to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak that lead to Metro Manila being in “Community Quarantine” limiting movement within the city.
Our health is most important in this time of uncertainty, if possible to stay home during this time, do it.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
Family and friends have been constantly sending messages of items they do to pass the time and how they are all slowly getting bored and that’s why we’ve decided to round up 10 things you can do during the Metro Manila Lockdown:
1. CLEAN, CLEAN and CLEAN
If you’ve been watching the news then you know that the number 1 deterrent for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is as simple as washing your hands with water and soap.
You know that we’ve been going out to get supplies and because we still go out there is a chance that we have brought home the virus, the best way to eliminate that is to do a general cleaning of your household.
Bring out the gloves, bleach, mops, and brushes. It’s time to get down to business and make your house COVID-19 free!
2. Declutter your home
While you’re ready at it and sanitizing your home, the next step is to actually DECLUTTER.
Follow the proven method of Marie Kondo by simply asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” when cleaning out your home.
You’ll be able to not only clean the clutter in your home but also organize it and make it more efficient.
3. Study Courses Online
Those of you that are forced to stay at home can be doing something productive to pass the time. In this time of uncertainty, you can choose to upgrade yourself by enrolling in online courses that will not only pass the time but help you in the long run.
We recommend enrolling on the following sites below:
4. Join a Free Livestream Meditation Class from Hongkong
Have you tried meditation?
FREE MEDITATION CLASSES
Freedom of Choice through Tantra – Become the Person You Want to Be with Gen Kelsang Tonglam
Tuesday 3, 17, 24 March @ 7:30pm (HK time)
- 17/3 The Freedom of Emptiness
- 24/3 Self-transformation through Tantra
Gen Tonglam will introduce the meditations on Tantra which enable us to make real, sustained, and smooth changes from the inside out, and in the process, experience deeper and deeper levels of joy and fulfillment. Here’s the Facebook Page
5. Write a book, a blog, or a journal.
At one point or another, you’ve probably thought “Maybe I should start a blog? or a journal? a book?” but you just never had the time.
If writing a book has always been in your bucket list, this is the perfect time to start!
First decide what you want to write about, and who you want to talk to.
Read some resources online to help you, or you can simply email us if you need help.
While the situation is not ideal, writing a book will keep you motivated. Wanting to write that fanfiction you’ve been thinking about? Or maybe writing poetry? This is the time. You never know who will be reading your work in the future.
6. Learn to play an instrument
Did you know that learning to play an instrument reduces stress and gives your brain exercise? If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, start now! You will have more time to focus on upgrading your skills from basic to advanced in a spam of a month.
7. Play video games
Any video games you have not finished yet? Time to log in those hours at the Playstation Online. We recommend playing these games that is sure to consume your time:
- The Witcher III
- Last of Us
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare
- Red Dead Redemption
- Star Wars Fallen Order
- Death Stranding
8. Tour Virtual Museums from your couch
Want to tour museums while sitting on your living couch? Check out the link below:
9. Read a Book
Don’t have time to read books on your normal workday? For those lucky enough to work from home.
Time to get that ebook of the latest Haruki Murakami novel you’ve been wanting to dive into.
We recommend reading the following books:
- Daily Stoic
- The Alchemist
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- The Great Gatsby
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- The Catcher in the Rye
- Great Expectations
10. Binge watch on TV shows, FREE Films online, Broadway shows, and Live Opera.
Whether you have a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Go streaming account here are some shows you should binge-watch:
- Little Big Lies
- Handmaids Tale
- Game of Thrones
- Twilight Zone
- Crash Landing on You
- The Witcher
- Breaking Bad
- Orange is the new Black
- Stranger Things
- Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
- Ugly Delicious
- Friends from College
- Sabrina the teenage witch
- Peaky Blinders
- Modern Love
- Good Omen
- Parks and Recreation
- American Gods
- Carnival Row
- Jack Ryan
- This is Us
- Fear the Walking Dead
Metropolitan Opera offers free streaming of past “Met Live in HD” performances
- Thursday, March 19 – Verdi’s La Traviata
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018.
- Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008.
- Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on February 7, 2009.
- Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on February 24, 2007.
All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Go to the Metropolitan Opera House official website to watch.
Release the Cinephile in you
You can stream locally produced independent films through the TBA Studios Youtube channel here.
Stay Home, Stay Safe.
It’s going to be a long month with the Enhanced Community Quarantine lasting until April 13. What’s important is to always wash your hands and stay safe! If we help each other we will be able to overcome this outbreak. Be informed and be vigilant– we compiled all relevant pieces of information to battle out the Covid-19 Virus here.
Anything else you want to add to this list? Let us know!
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