Surely all of us have been staying in our homes for quite some time now since the pandemic happened. And that does not only apply for people like us who live here in Cebu City but for all places that have been affected by COVID-19. For four months now and counting, Cebu City has been placed for quarantine with many people not expecting it would take this long.
When the quarantine started to go on, many of us have found it challenging to keep ourselves occupied especially with the free time we’ve been getting. Routines have changed drastically for everyone. Even I, who used to be outdoors most of the time, at first have always been thinking about how I can be productive.
So right now, I’m writing this blog because I thought that it would be nice to share with you all the things that I’ve been doing at home during all these times. Hopefully, some of what I do can inspire someone out there to also keep themselves busy, entertained, and be productive whilst staying at home.
Things I’ve Been Doing to Keep Myself Busy During Quarantine Season
1. Binge-watching Series
Since the quarantine started, I have been binge-watching series on Netflix and some that can be found on Youtube. This is something that I don’t usually do as normally on weekends, I would go to coffee shops or chill somewhere and chitchat with friends. 😂
So what series have I been watching?
I didn’t stick to watching English series this quarantine season. Of course, just like the old times, I decided to watch K-dramas. Haha. I started with Crash Landing On You! Most of my friends told me to watch it because it’s good. And as they say, it really was! I felt kilig and shed tears for this series just like the majority.
Aside from this, I have also spent most of my time watching Thai BL Series! And I must say that I was really hooked up with this one. If I can recall I could finish one series in a day or two just because it’s good and so kilig!! 😭
If you would ask me for suggestions, there would be so many of them! I recommend you watch some of my favorites and let’s take it from there: 😍😍
2. Trying Out New Good Treats from Cebu Local Businesses
With many businesses including malls and restaurants being closed during this quarantine comes the birth of many local businesses. And as I noticed, these startups have been introducing new and unique specialties that you wouldn’t normally see around. Or for some, you would see them daily but these new businesses decided to put a twist on it.
And because I’ve just been staying at home, I can’t unsee these new goods popping up everywhere whenever I open my social media accounts. And it’s always making me drool!! 🤤 That’s why I have already made it a habit to try a product that is new to me from time to time. In that little way, at least we can help our fellow Cebuanos too who are managing these businesses online. 💯
Check out some of our great finds from Cebu Local Businesses here: Must Try Favorites this Quarantine Season
3. Established a Food Account on Instagram
Instagram has been a part of my daily routine for quite some time now. And with this quarantine going on, I stumbled to good food photos in my gallery that hasn’t been posted. Simply because I don’t like it to mess up with my feed. Haha. But if you ask me if I love food, my answer would be a big YES! 😂
So I came to a realization that since I love food, why not I create an account where I can venture my food photos on? That’s when Chibugan Kini happened. The idea of Chibugan Kini came from, of course, Chibuano Kini. I made it somehow similar so that people would know that yes it’s still Chibuano Kini. “Chibugan” came from the Tagalog word “chibog” which simply means food or eating time. This is commonly heard during informal Filipino parties and gatherings. And “Kini“, a Bisaya term which means “this“. So it generally says “This is eating time“.
Aldrin is also helping me out with this account. And now with Chibugan Kini, our food counterpart, these food photos can give people an idea of what and where they can enjoy amazing foods here in Cebu. And since I have also been trying out foods from new startups already, I decided to post it all here and also do honest reviews. At least in that way, we can get people to know the expectations whenever they get that product! 😍
For food reviews and recommendations, check out my Food Instagram account guys and follow us too as it would be a great help! Let’s share moments there through good food, @chibugankini. 😍🍽️
4. Work from Home
Like that of many people, I stayed at home when the quarantine started. And as someone who works in a BPO Industry, we do know that it’s crucial and confidential to get the work done outside the office. I was even doubting if we would either still have our jobs and take the risk of going to the office every night amidst the pandemic or be given a chance to work from our own homes.
I’ve been working in this company for more than a year now and I must say that this is the easiest job that I had for years. Though this job belongs to the BPO industry, we don’t do calls and chats. It’s kinda more on product research that makes it manageable. And luckily, all of us in our company was given the chance to continue doing our jobs while staying at home at the same time. And for many of us who didn’t have an internet connection, we were given prepaid wifis so we can continue to go on. 🙏🙏🙏
5. Keeping myself good with Healthy Diet and Regular Exercise
I’m not really that type of person who cares about how I look. I don’t even give exercise importance even way back before the quarantine started. Haha. It’s because I just do what I do. I work, I eat, and I sleep. Those were my routines during normal weekdays before the pandemic happened. And on weekends, I would either just chill at a coffee shop, have a food trip, or travel somewhere I can reach. I even eat anything even if it’s unhealthy just to satisfy my cravings. And that even continued to happen in the first month of quarantine. Well, nothing’s actually wrong with that right? 😂
But as the quarantine continued to go on, I noticed while looking at my photos, in the mirror, or do videos, that I already gained so much weight. Some of my outfits even fit so tight already. My belly even looks so bad! That was the time I came to realize that I need to get back to a fitter version of myself. This is where my “Quarantine Balik Alindog” program started. 🥳
Getting back to a healthier and fitter you takes dedication and discipline to make it work! Many have been asking too as to how I did it. This would be a long discussion that’s why I’ll be making a different blog of my fitness journey very soon. Stay tuned!! 😍
We’re not sure yet how and when this pandemic will be over in our country. But we are hoping that there will come the time that everything would be back to normal just like how the other countries did it. So for now, just be sure to move around your house, eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, and exercise regularly! In that way, we can keep ourselves healthy against COVID-19. 😍