Currently: Quarantine Edition

I think I’m actually a little bit late writing this as it has been weeks since the lockdown was implemented for most countries; ours has been even partially eased and most essential establishments and even hotel private beaches and parks have been reopened by now. But since we’re dawned by having too much time on our hands, thanks to ‘Rona, I’m sure the majority of us have kick-started different activities and mini-projects to pass the time off. 

Personally, the first few weeks since everything had to be shut down, I was a bit more mellow and was just being a vegetable at home, binge-watching shows and films on Netflix while on quarantine. Having that much freedom after months of nonstop work felt like a vacation and I didn’t really mind the extra time I’m out-of-the-blue given. Maybe I was also still in a mix of denial and shock of what’s going on, hoping that it was all temporary and will return to normal in no time.

After some weeks though, I just realized that maybe it’s time to snap out of it and actually do something while I’m still in this period that I would otherwise not normally have. 

Since the situation forced me to do a double-take on how I spent money on food, I took it upon myself to go back to cooking simple and easy-to-whip meals at home to cut back on my expenses a bit. My current food obsession is Sinigang, which is a classic Filipino sour soup. I used to stay away from cooking soup dishes because they’re unfamiliar to me but once I learned how easy it is, I started making it almost every week; cooking it made me feel like I was just at home.

The great thing about this dish is it’s pure umami — a good mixture of sour, salty and spicy. Drinking this soup would make you feel warm and comfort inside, which is something that I think we all need right now. 

I’ve never thought about it before, but Sinigang is such a beautiful dish and I will recommend you to try it out especially if you haven’t had any Filipino food before. In a separate post (which will be up very shortly), I want to share with you my version of Sinigang which will be easy to follow and you can cook at home.

In other news, I’d also been passing time off by ideating more content to put here. It feels odd that I’m adding this specific line but I’d really like to be able to share more posts with you before this year ends, as well as grow my blog together with you. Whenever I have an idea in mind that I want to share, I immediately write it down. Most of the work recently gets done through my phone since my laptop broke down some months ago which is a little bit of a challenge, but I’m not going to let that cripple me from putting up something for you.

Aside from that, I’d also been looking into honing my skill set by learning things such as intermediate/advanced Excel know-how to creative writing and whatnot. At the moment, I’d been loving the Skillshare app for this and there’s an incredible library of different resources which can help you up your skills. Totally not a sponsored post, but I’d been able to score 2 months of premium membership for free from their website upon signing up which is a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.

In terms of shows I’d been binge-watching as of late, I’d been hooked to Bon Appétit’s videos on Youtube, particularly Brad Leone’s It’s Alive segment just because all his fermentation projects seem interesting, plus he has such a fun stage presence. I’d really love to be able to taste his cured egg yolks experiment grated on pasta. Everyone from their test kitchen staff seems to have lovable personalities and they’re all watchable; someone had commented that they look like a cast of The Office sitcom which is actually funny when you realize the parallelism.

Many of us have probably watched a ton of new shows and films over at Netflix during these last few weeks but I’d been leaning more to reruns of old sitcoms and new seasons of shows I’d watched before. In the next couple of days, I might share with you some of my recommendations to watch if you’re looking for something new to binge.

That’s pretty much it for me during this quarantine. I try not to overexert myself and just pick up a few light hobbies and activities here and there. I’d made it a point that even if the restrictions were somewhat eased in my country, I still chose to stay at home and only go out when absolutely necessary just to keep myself and everyone around me safe. That means I haven’t had any proper social engagement for a while now except for some of my colleagues. It’s a very tough time, but I know we’re all just braving it out and hopefully sooner, things will return to “normal”.