Due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), most of us are at home.
One of the things that we now called “The New Normal” is to do a task or things in the comforts of our home.
Now, we have more time to spend, be it baking, cooking, gardening, and other hobbies.
Make the most of your time by trying these Quaranthings:
Sharpen your culinary skills and use the ingredients you never thought would work before. Have you tried the Easy 7-up chicken marinade? Challenge yourself to cook a perfectly seared steak or experimenting on preparing the Dalgona in various versions from coffee to fruity flavors.
After the quarantine, gather your friends for a dinner at home and serve them your best recipe discoveries yet.
Brighten someone’s day by baking sweet treats. Start with the basic like baking cookies, then banana bread, to advancing to cakes.
Bake it ’til you make it until you’re confident enough with your weighing and measuring skills.
Unleash your artistic side by recycling. The tissue roll carton as a cable wire organizer, PET bottles as a case for your pencil or art tools, cans as flower vases, etc. You can make pencil cases for your kids, new jars for your room, and even toys for your kids, among other creative ways to reuse them. There are even free online classes that you may join to unleash your artistic side, as well as free music lessons, to boot.
Escape the world with your imagination by reading fiction and non-fiction. Hard copies or eBooks can be your guide in this journey that takes you to places and settings you’ve never seen before. Withdraw from anxiety-inducing news on your social media feeds. You can do a light reading with food books or to feel some love while on quarantine, there are romance novels. Do read up on travel and create that itinerary of your biggest adventure yet once this quarantine is over.
Sweat the stress out, not only to stay healthy but to also keep the happy hormones going. No gym equipment? No problem. There are still a lot of exercises you may do using ordinary items or fixtures at home. Need weights? Use PET bottles as DIY dumbbell; need elevation for your cardio exercise, use the stairs; or if you need to run but has no space, do high-knee, stationary run or jog. For Zumba or Yoga classes, there’s always YouTube.
We’ve also seen more people trying to grow their own urban garden at home in their effort to be more sustainable these days. You might have come across Facebook and Instagram posts by your friends showing off the progress of their mini farm and hydrophonic techniques using recyclable bottles. A lot of beverage companies are receiving requests from non-government organizations for donations of PET and other plastic bottles, too, as they will use them as pots for their plants to create sustainable farms for the communities they are serving.
“We have received several requests for plastic bottle donations from various groups for urban farming projects. And as a company that champions sustainable practices, we are more than willing to help them create a greener world,” said Frederick Ong, President and CEO of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.
“Other than our front liners, our environmental advocates are to be considered heroes also, because what they are doing is for the long-term. And we are here to support their causes,” he added.
And if there’s something we are realizing during the quarantine period, it is that the earth seems to be healing, because of less human activities outside our homes. Most of us are realizing the grim effects of not taking care of the environment. And this pandemic is teaching us to nourish Mother Nature more for us to enjoy healthier years.
More than ever, it is high time to learn how to remain productive, while taking care of the environment. It is clear that we are breathing cleaner air and seeing clearer skies these days. And let’s all do our job to keep it this way to save more lives and for the benefit of generations to come.
But if you opt to do nothing during this quarantine period, there’s no problem with that, too.
Remember: The most productive people also make time doing nothing for self-care and a balanced life.