Quarantine & Chill


Covid-19. The invisible enemy behind the Coronavirus pandemic that is presently sweeping the world will be something that we will all remember in our lifetime. While the brave frontliners find a way to face the problem head-on and the ones infected fighting their way back to health, we at home are all forced to come to terms with our present reality. With the quarantines and lockdowns going on worldwide and with God seemingly hitting the pause button, we're not chasing time anymore, and are tasked with making the most of the time that we do have - whether it's cleaning up your house, picking up a new hobby, or mending broken relationships.

During these dire times we are living through, it makes one think about the important things such as spending time with the ones who truly matter in your life. Hopefully once things go back to normal and social distancing is a thing of the past, everyone will carry these realizations with them and always remember that life and time are fleeting and are best spent in the company of the ones you love.

We asked some friends to share with us what they have been doing during the quarantine and lockdown period, and how they have been spending their newfound free time.

Maria Parry, 35

Yoga Instructor

England

What keeps me sane during this crazy time is moving- whether it's practicing yoga, teaching online classes, working out at home or cleaning the house. I like a good balance and so I make sure to have some quiet time reading my book, meditating or having a movie day/night with my family. We aren't on full lockdown for now and we are able to go out for walks once a day which helps a lot as we have the sea shore right outside our doorstep. When the world gets overwhelming, I like to immerse myself in nature.

IG https://www.instagram.com/thesouthern.yogi/

Chinky Quintos, 33 Wife, Mom, Homebaker and Cake Decorator, La Dolce Vita Cakes & Pastries Sampaloc, Manila

Before the quarantine, I was busy planning for our church wedding on March 22. Needless to say, the wedding is postponed so I am left coordinating with suppliers and relatives overseas for a new date. I also found a renewed sense of appreciation for basic baking despite being in the industry for 6 years now. On the first week of the ECQ, I made my family’s favorites like cookies, chocolate cake, cheesecake, and butter/ banana cake. This week, I plan to make French Macarons, red velvet cupcakes, and carrot cake.

IG https://www.instagram.com/ladolcevitaph

Teng Ongpin, 35

Real Estate Broker

San Pedro, Laguna

Nothing has changed that much because I work on my own time but since the quarantine period, I realize how errands were a huge chunk of my routine and I find myself missing it.

Daily prayers with my husband take away my worries regarding the situation. Playing and spending more quality time with our twin boys makes time run faster, watching a lot of conspiracy theory videos on YouTube (Qanon and Illuminati stuff), Viber or messenger sessions with friends and family to check if they’re okay, laughing at silly memes, and attending to neglected house chores one at a time.

I also tried to paint but got lazy halfway through it. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I sometimes catch myself thinking about food haha

Despite everything that’s happening, I’m optimistic that better days will come soon!

David Young, 36 Businessman Alabang

Bonding with my daughter 24/7

Danny Balili, 64

Structural Engineer

BF Homes Paranaque

Work at home to meet deadlines and eating guavas freshly picked from our tree.

Katrina Tambag, 34

Cabin Crew

Doha, Qatar

At the start of the community lockdown, I finally managed to get the time to delete all those junk emails that had accumulated all these years! (I deleted a total of 30,000 junk emails) Because of social distancing and having more time in my hands, I’m taking this as an opportunity to be more cautious of what I’m eating and I get my recipes from this app called "Fit men cooks" which is quite helpful since I’m on Low Carb diet.

My intention is always to be more productive with my time and since I have watched a lot of Korean dramas over the start of the year, I recently discovered this website/app called "Let’s talk in Korean” and I’m currently in LVL 1 lesson 12. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sustain it in the future but it’s a great way to pass time. Since I missed my yoga classes I also subscribed to Alo Moves and am currently working on my flexibility! My goal is to be better on my forward folds!

2 hours before bedtime I try to block all negativities and listen to Bo Sanchez or do a meditation just so I’m reminded that a Higher being is still in control, and just like that my day is finished!

Tisay Navoa. 35

Senior Healthcare Business Consultant

Chicago, USA

Trying new recipes, making cocktails lol, Netflix and at least workout 20 mins everyday!

Angel Alonzo, 36

Restaurant Manager

Belleville New Jersey, USA

Everyone is having a tough time being on quarantine. Unfortunately being an Overseas Filipino Worker and supporting a family back home I still have to work. Our restaurant only offers pick-up orders and I work part time as personal aide for the elderly. I have 2 days being on quarantine. And in order for me to kill my boredom I play the old school FAMILY COMPUTER or what I do best talk to boys on different dating apps. LOL

Yayie Samson Cenon, 42

Housewife

Muntinlupa

Eating al fresco (aka the terrace) which we seldom do because it’s a hassle to do so, play a lot of board games (Scrabble, Monopoly cards), catch up on our reading, brought out the inflatable pool and we celebrated my son’s 9th birthday.

Reena Gabriel, 34 Painter/Calligrapher Las Piñas City

I really work from home, so the difference during the lockdown isn’t that stark for me. If anything, it’s the daily presence of the rest of my family that’s both a treat and a distraction. To help ease anxiety and cabin fever, I tend to my pre-lockdown plants and try to join free live classes in social media. I have also been cooking and reading books more since the lockdown. Although I try to stay updated via social media, it also makes me anxious, so staying in touch with family and friends help. Lastly, though I’m not particularly very religious, prayer really does help greatly. Aside from playtime with my pooch, it’s my only other constant to begin and end the day with.

IG https://www.instagram.com/missreenaph/

Marvin Velasco, 41

Operations Manager

BF Homes Paranaque

Spending quality time with my daughter, Caelan, cleaning my car and bike with the Wife “Kahna”, de-cluttering stuff that we don’t need, cleaning the house and playing Nintendo with my daughter. And so many more.

Feliz Bravo, 33

Nurse

Sydney Austalia

For me, it is a perfect time to learn a musical instrument, and I chose to learn to play the bass guitar! It’s always been a dream but never got to do so as I used to get distracted with other activities that I now realize are less meaningful to me. Also want to catch up on reading books that have been left lying around! (Current read: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak). It’s time to slow down and do stuff that truly matters to us personally, no matter how big or small it is.