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Activities that Help Me Get Through Lockdown

Many people have discovered they have hidden talent or skills during the lockdown. Some learned they have wanted to bake, cook, play musical instruments, or sing. Others develop hobbies like gardening, painting, reading, and writing. And some pass away the time binging on movie series or playing games to entertain themselves. All these activities have helped us get through this time.

I have my personal lists of favorite activities that cheer me up through the lockdown. 

Online games

Playing online games keeps my sanity from the daily stresses. When I get tired from doing the household chores, I rest a bit and grab my mobile phone to play block puzzles. It is like a mental exercise to me when I need to focus on something important.

When I am sitting in front of the laptop, I would be playing a fight virus game. The interesting part of this hospital simulation game is you get to destroy the nasty COVID-19 virtually. Even if it is just a game, it feels like you are doing your share protecting hospital workers and patients eliminate the virus.  

To play this, tap or click on the virus to disinfect the hospital environment. By destroying the virus, you keep the hospital staff and patients safe from the virus infection; tap patients (with heart signs) to help them recover more quickly. A meter in the lower-left corner illustrates the percentage of how infected the hospital is. The game is over if it reaches more than 70 percent.

Korean Dramas

South Korean dramas are popular among their Filipino audience. I started binge-watching Korean dramas in 2016 around the time I was recuperating from a medical procedure. Watching KDramas has kept me company from boredom, and I am still hooked until now. I was thankful for this streamlined series because I have learned so many things about Korean culture and fashion.

What is good about KDramas is that the seasons are shorter, and soundtracks are appropriate to the theme and unforgettable, too, even if I do not understand the lyrics. The funny part is I get the hang of reading subtitles fast while catching on to the scenes.

I actually watched almost all KDrama genres: drama, romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller, horror comedy. I have tons of still unwatched KDramas on my list.

Decluttering

This is actually the least of my favorite activities. However, decluttering has helped me lessen my anxiety and focus on other things. It is actually therapeutic.

I have started putting away old clothes, a stack of newspapers, old receipts, old school books, and paper books. I am planning to sell the newspapers and schoolbooks to the junkshop. I have a bit of a problem with old clothes. I hope I could find a recycling shop that would accept the clothes.

Next project will be decluttering the kitchen.

Gardening

Planting is one of the activities that hubby and I share. We do not have many plants, but we are content to see them grow every day. Gardening helps ease our worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger, and simple activity like this is good for our mental and emotional health.

The activities may be simple but they help me get through the lockdown.

How about you, what are your coping mechanisms all this time? What activities you think have helped you refocus your priorities, how it helps your mental state? 

Paper Dolls

paper-dolls

She used to play with paper dolls and even made her own as a little girl. Now my daughter is making paper dolls not the ones that you can touch and play with but digital paper dolls. Her supervisor has assigned her to illustrate paper dolls with different outfits and actions. The dolls bear the faces of young actresses Ylona Garcia and Andrea Brillantes. #paperdolls

Enjoy watching! 🙂

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Credit to candymag.com

Memorable ABBAMania Concert

Highway 54 Band

The front act. Highway 54 Band

The kids and I watched ABBAMANIA performed at the Resorts World Manila two years ago. Thanks to our generous sponsor for giving us the gcs. We were welcomed by the grooving music of Highway 54 band, they served as the opening act for ABBAMania. They sung mostly the popular upbeat songs in the 70’s to 80’s. Listening to their songs relive my younger years.

Abbamania singing Voulez Vouz

Abbamania sings Voulez Vouz as their opening number.

Dancing queen

Dancing queen

Abbamania is one of the many tribute shows being produced since ABBA (the worldwide phenomenon Swedish pop band) was disbanded in 1982.

Mamma mia!

Mamma mia!

Super trouper

They sung almost all of my favorite ABBA songs: Voulez Vouz, I Have A Dream, Honey Honey, Gimme, Gimme, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia!, Thank You for the Music, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, The Winner Takes It All, Waterloo, and many more.

Crowd cheering, dancing

Crowd cheering, dancing

The crowd cheering for more songs as the concert is about to end.

The crowd cheering for more songs by the end of the song medley.

It was an awesome experience. The kids and I enjoyed watching our first concert together. The performers may not be the original ABBA, but they were able to relive the ABBA magic.

Thanks ABBA for your music!