Things You Didn’t Know About The Philippines

Things You Didn’t Know About The Philippines

This is a guest post by Mimi

The Philippines is known for its rich culture. It is also abundant in natural attractions like Boracay, Surigao, Palawan, etc. The Philippines has 7,641 islands by itself. It was divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. So Let’s started with THE PHILIPPINES: CULTURAL FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW. 

Living, Migrating, or Visiting the Philippines for the first time is memorable. You would fall in love with its natural attractions and local culture. Once you step up to the ground, all you need to include in your baggage are thin clothes and bottled water because of the hot and humid weather you will experience. That’s why travelers finding good hotel resorts for their stay in the said country. 

CULTURAL FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW 

Nourishing the “Mano Po,” Opo,” and ‘Po” Polite Culture 

The traditional culture “Mano Po” and using of “Opo” & “Po” is still nourishing nationwide in the Philippines. Mano Po is a hand gesture that derived from the Spanish period. You usually do “Mano Po” by showing your respect to those older than you. (like your grandparents, aunt, and uncle).  

Using Po & Opo is also necessary for traditional culture in the Philippines. When you talk to an older person in a conversation or someone you didn’t know as showing respect. You can add “Po” at the middle or end of the Filipino sentence. “Opo” is used when you agreed with someone with respect. 

They are around 180 languages used in the country. 

The Philippines is known to have two main languages using in their daily interaction for both local and international guests. Both English and Tagalog mainly use for communication which shortens as “Taglish.” Most young professionals preferred it that way. Unlike in many other provinces, they are still using their dialect. 

Some of the Languages: Tagalog, Waray, Bikol, Cebuano, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Hiligaynon, and Pangasinan.  

Birthday Celebrant must buy food for their invitees. 

Every birthday celebrants want to feel special on their birthday. Having fun with family, friends, and relatives comes with a blessing. However, the birthday culture in the Philippines is different. Unlike its neighbor countries, the Philippines has its own birthday culture. In this case, it became mandatory for every person who has a birthday must buy food for their invitees to share their blessings with them for fun. 

It was a tricky purpose, right? However, it was a sign of sharing your gratitude with everyone. 

BOODLE FIGHT OR KAMAYAN FOOD CULTURE 

Boodle Fight is common in Kamayan culture restaurants. When you heard “Boodle fight,” it doesn’t mean literally “fight.” That was considered a food challenge in a food festival in the Philippines. It was popular to the point you must eat your meal in banana leaves using your bare hands. Boodle fight was also one of the anticipated food dining experience of many Local & Internation Tourist coming over from their respected places or country. 

Some food includes in Kamayan Culture are rice & noodles, chicken wings, breakfast meals: tapa, tocino, longganisa, dry dishes, and many more. 

THE PHILIPPINES’ WONDER WITH ITS CULTURE 

Despite the current situation worldwide, The vision of traveling in every country is still achieving like an invisible traveler. If you ever have the chance, visiting the Philippines, all you need to process is your plane ticket since most countries don’t require you to enter with a visa for tourists. Unless you are from these countries, you’ll need to apply for Philippine Visa.  

The Philippines’ Wonder has a lot to offer. You can enjoy different leisure activities in the community while learning the Filipino culture. If you keep wondering why Filipinos are so resilient that is because of their hardworking mindset and keep on smiling despite challenges they take whenever they go. Also, it leads to being hospitable at all times whenever they encounter another person that needs their help like finding the right route or place they want to go, recommending side options to solve the problem of one person with assistance in work, and many more. 

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Mikhaela Alyssa Adarve is a travel management university graduate, who hails in the Philippines. She is a Freelance Model, Language Translator & Digital Creator loves to share her insightful travel tips, honest food reviews, the importance of self-love & raising the awareness of sustainable fashion.

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Books to Inspire your Wanderlust: 01# The Lonely Hearts Travel Club – Destination Thailand

Books to Inspire your Wanderlust: 01# The Lonely Hearts Travel Club – Destination Thailand

I promised myself that in 2021, I’d get back into reading. Doing an 4 year English Literature course can really mess with your reading habits because all you can do when you read books is analyse EVERY SINGLE DETAIL WITHOUT LETTING YOURSELF JUST ENJOY THE NARRATIVE.

So I’ve decided to dedicate some time each week and finally get through my Goodreads list. I’ve always wanted to read more travel books which includes fiction set in different parts of the globe, that-whole-narrative-about -finding-yourself-on-a-trip and just any books about stepping out of your comfort zone and thrusting yourself in another culture. So I’ve set up a little series on my blog where I’ll be reading travel books and reviewing them.

The Lonely Hearts Travel Club by Katy Collins

I was going through the books on my iPhone and this one popped out at me because it was about travelling and it was also free which is always a bonus. I didn’t have any expectations so just went into this blind.

The book is about Georgia. a woman who is jilted just before her wedding from cheater ex Alex. In turmoil, she decides to go travelling to build herself back up. Feeling lost, she books herself onto a tour in Thailand and its safe to say that her holiday gives her a whole new perspective on life. Bitchy girls, a cheating con man and a drunk nipple piercing, Georgia’s trip goes awry at points and her insecurities kick in. Yes the whole novel really plays into the narrative of finding yourself through solo travel. It’s funny, charming and really explores how rewarding solo travel is when you’re at a crossroads in your life.

It really resonated with me because the first time I went solo travelling, I felt lost. Things in my personal life were crumbling and so deciding to study abroad in Australia for a year and then embark on my first solo trip which was, life changing. Georgia comes across mild mannered at the start of the novel but she does have a daring nature which really comes out during her trip. I was definitely taking leaps and bounds to increase my confidence and doing things to bring out my inner extrovert.

Georgia eventually makes it to this fictional resort called “The Blue Butterfly” which sounds like a magical place. I could just imagine the gold beaches, waterfalls and Pad Thai. Katy’s descriptions of the beauty of Thailand really made me wistful for a place I’d never visited. The rustic hut with ocean coloured rugs, the gentle waterfalls and mouth watering delicacies. I’ll definitely be visiting Thailand whenever I can after reading this book. It seems like its the perfect mix of raving and nature which is great for taking things at your own pace – I can’t wait to party at The Full Moon Rave and then nurse my hangover on the beach the day after x

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Christmas markets on my bucket list

Christmas may have come and gone but this Christmas was probably the least Christmassy I felt due to you know, a whole {redacted] pandemic. I haven’t travelled in over a year and it shows.

I’ve wanted to go to a Christmas market abroad but this looks like its not happening for quite some time so instead I’ve decided to write a blog post about the ones I want to visit in the future .

This blog is a collaboration with Karen.

Brussels

I picked Brussels because lets face it, who doesn’t want to walk down those pretty streets while munching on some delicious Belgian waffles. The glorious skating rink pulled me in at first and I ignored the fact that I can’t ice skate to save my life. A dazzling sound and light show is projected on the towering Grand Palace forming the perfect backdrop to admire the scenery and snap that photo with your bae more waffles

Quebec

The city that is permanently covered in a blanket of snow seems like an amazing place to take a trip to in December. With a German theme, there are a selection of delicacies such as mulled wine, Bratwurst and gingerbread. Choir singing and 90 wooden kiosks, theres plenty to do here and apparently the Alpine Chalet is the place to go if you’re a foodie.

Drusden

There’s nothing like exploring a Bavarian wonderland like Striezelmarkt to get your dose of Christmas spirit. There’s lots of booths to get some handmade crafts if you’re running out of present ideas. Try some glühwein (mulled wine) or Christstollen (fruit bread). There’s lots of delicacies here if you’ve never tried German food. There’s also a grand Ferris wheel to take in the glorious views of Drusden.

Karen’s recommendations:

Japan

Japan holds a place in my heart and Tokyo is a city that leaves me in awe and fascination by the merge of ancient traditions with mesmerising futuristic technology. I’d love to head to Tokyo for their Christmas markets, not so much because of their German beer and gluwein influences but because of the unique light displays thay really do make the city magical at Christmas. One I have my eye on is the Tokyo Skytree Dream Christmas with the fourth floor garden packed with illuminations too

New York City

New York City at Christmas has been an absolute dream since I first watched Home Alone as a child. From ice skating to the parades, it really does hold all the dreams of a magical Christmas. Each year Grand Central Terminal holiday fair is one of the biggest markets in NYC, packed with vendors selling toys and gifts in Vanderbilt Hall. If I make it to New York City at Christmas I will definitely be heading that way!

Croatia

Croatia is on my bucket list for any time of year, but I have heard the Zagreb Christmas market is the place to head for the ultimate Christmas experience. With street music, stalls, performances and spectacular illuminations, it really promises to be all the Christmas magic you dream of for all the family to enjoy, from the smells of the sizzling foods and spices through to the sounds of the live music.

Hope you enjoyed our bucket list! Please comment if you have more ideas 🙂

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Best entertainment of 2020 Pt 2

If you haven’t seen my last post about the Best Entertainment of 2020 you can read it here. This is the second part, focusing on TV shows and movies.

This is a collaboration with Karalee

Karalee’s picks:

Movies

Enola Holmes

Enola Holmes is about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister who searches for her missing mother. I love the cast especially Millie Bobby Brown as Enola and Henry Cavill as Sherlock, and the movie was entertaining. I hope they will make more Enola Holmes movies in the future!

The Grinch

I watched the animated version of The Grinch last month with my daughter, and we both liked it. She thought it was funny, and I enjoyed the animated style. The Grinch is a great family-friendly film.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

I loved the book and movie To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, so I was excited to watch the sequel. In the second movie P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean and Peter make their relationship official, but another recipient of her old love letters shows up. Like the first book and movie, this movie has a cute plot and a great cast.

13th

13th is a documentary that explains how the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution led to the criminalization and mass incarceration of blacks. Even though the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, there was a clause that permitted involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. Many of the newly freed slaves were arrested for very minor crimes and forced to work on the plantations again as punishment. The documentary explains other forms of suppression including the Jim Crow laws and the war on drugs that targeted minority communities. The documentary is helpful in explaining why Black Lives Matter today because there is still criminalization and mass incarceration of blacks.

TV Shows

The Circle

I watched The Circle at the beginning of 2020, and in The Circle, people live alone in apartments and compete for $100,000 by communicating solely through the social media platform – The Circle. The Circle is entertaining, and it was interesting to see if the catfish would be found out and sent home. I recommend watching this series if you like reality shows.

Nailed it!

I LOVE Nailed It! and every time a new season is added, I binge watch it. If you have not watched Nailed It! it is a baking competition where amateur bakers who are not that good at baking compete to win $10,000. There are now 4 seasons of Nailed It! and 2 seasons of Nailed It! Holiday, which I would definitely recommend watching!

Tiger King

Tiger King is a true crime documentary that was released at the start of lockdown and I binged watch the whole series. The series follows Joe Exotic, who is the former owner of a private zoo for big cats, Carole Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue, and other eccentric big cat owners. The series is wild and perfect if you like documentaries.

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy has 2 seasons, and it follows the seven children with superpowers who were adopted by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves to help save the world. Over time, the members of the Umbrella Academy disbanded, but following the death of their father, the six surviving members reunite. The plot is interesting and a mix of superhero, action, and drama genres. I also love the cast including Elliot Page and Robert Sheehan.

Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries is a true crime documentary with 12 episodes that are about disappearances, horrific deaths, and paranormal encounters that are unsolved. My favorite episodes are “A Death in Oslo” and “House of Terror”, but all the episodes are interesting and terrifying.

My Picks:

TV Shows:

The Queen’s Gambit

A show about an award -winning chess player doesn’t sound that interesting but this I couldn’t take my eyes off this show. Orphan Beth Harmon navigates her life after being struck down with tragedy at a young age. As she battles addiction, her love of chess helps us her to come alive again as she meets an assortment of people on her journey to becoming a world-famous chess champion

Black Mirror

There’s nothing like a bit of satire to help you escape. However, it doesn’t help that 2020 was a bit like a full season of Black mirror complete with the horror fantasy elements. This show is perfect if you want to unwind and travel to the future, but be warned each episode will leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth after it ends

Bojack Horseman

An adult comedy about a cartoon horse who suffers with addiction and being both a narcissist but also relatable? This show is incredibly real about mental illness and worth a watch if you want to both laugh and cry at the same time.

Ratched

Think American Horror Story vibes. A dark drama about Nurse Ratched who is played by Sarah Paulson. The hospital she works at is famous for trying out new experiments on the human mind. There’s something about psychiatric hospitals in the mid 1900’s which screams both fascinating and horrific.

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Best Entertainment of 2020

I’ve been super busy so I apologise for the late post but here’s my second part of the ‘Best of 2020’ series collaborating with the lovely Karalee. See my beauty picks here.

Video Games

The Last of Us 1+2

If you haven’t played this amazing video games series, then you’re missing out. The graphics are amazing and what could be more cathartic then taking out your lockdown frustrations on some zombies and villains? In post- apocalyptic America Joel and Ellie fight off cannibalistic creatures in their quest to smuggle Ellie to safety. This isn’t just an ordinary zombie killing game though, expect to have your heartstrings tugged as secrets come to life. The second instalment is just as gripping as the first and gives us the plot through two main protagonists. You won’t be able to put it down.

Spiderman

If you’re a Marvel fanatic, then you’ll love this game. Spiderman has always been my favourite super- hero! You get to play against all the old villains such as the Kingpin, Rhino, the Shocker etc. The graphics are visual perfection. I recommend playing this game to let off some steam because there’s nothing like KO’ing some bad guys to cheer yourself up

Any Super Mario Game

I don’t care if I’m over ten, these are the Holy Grail of gaming. Yes, you have a man but would he ever fight literal dragons in hundreds of castles to save your ass? If you didn’t play these games you definitely didn’t have a childhood because there’s nothing better than some good old platform gaming.

The Sims 4

Shockingly, I’d only played The Sims via a free version on Facebook before. To say the graphics were terrible was an understatement. I upgraded by downloading the Oracle version and spending hours building my perfect family. It was also super cathartic as I could cause drama between couples and the downloadable mods were a gamechanger. It was easy to make my characters drug addicts and have chaotic messy personalities.

Karalee’s favourites

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I have been playing ACNH since March, and it is still one of my favorite games to play. In ACNH, you move to a deserted island where you can decorate your house and the island, DIY and customize furniture and clothing, visit friend’s islands as well as mystery islands, fish, plant, catch bugs and sea creatures, find fossils, and complete quests. I love all the new updates and events that have been added, and I am looking forward to the next update. Also, my daughter has her own home on my island, and we have been playing together, which has been fun. ACNH is a great casual game to play.

Life is Strange 2:

Life is Strange is one of my favorite game series, and like the previous games Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm, this game is episodic in that there are 5 episodes to play through. In LiS2, you play as Sean Diaz who runs away from home with his brother Daniel after a tragic incident, and throughout the episodes, you make decisions that impact the brothers and the ultimate ending of the game. I finished playing all episodes of the game, and I loved it, but I do think the previous two games were a bit better. With that said, LiS2 is worth playing. Before you play LiS2, I do recommend playing The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This game is a free short game where you play as a 9-year-old boy and his super-hero alter-ego, Captain Spirit, and it ties into LiS2.

Nancy Drew:

During the summer, I replayed and ranked Every Nancy Drew PC Game by Her Interactive, and there are a lot of great games. In the games, you play as amateur detective Nancy Drew, and you solve different cases including investigating a ghostly horse in The Secret of Shadow Ranch and investigating a fashion designer in Danger by Design. The games are fun, and I loved playing them.

Planet Coaster:

In Planet Coaster, you build and manage your own theme park. There are different modes to play including Career mode that provides you with pre-established parks and you complete challenges in that park. My favorite mode is Sandbox because you can create the theme park of your dreams with no limitations on money. I recommend playing Planet Coaster if you enjoy tycoon games.

The Sims 4:

I have been playing The Sims since the original game, but I have never played with mods or custom content until 2020. I have made a list of My Favorite Sims 4 Mods and Custom Content, and they really do make the game more fun. I especially love the Slice of Life mod because it adds realism including more emotions, skincare, and sicknesses to the game. As far as expansion packs, I recently bought Snowy Escape, and I love the Japanese-inspired setting and all the new items. If you play The Sims, I recommend playing with mods and custom content and checking out the latest expansion pack!

Books

I’m a massive bookworm and have the ability to devour book after book easily…but this year I didn’t read as much as I normally do. Being in a pandemic really does affect your concentration eh? However I’ve set myself a reading challenge this year on Goodreads! So here are Karalee’s choices instead:

Karalee’s recommendations

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwauba: This book is a fictional account of a girl who was kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and is forced to follow her captors’ radical beliefs. The book was emotional, and I did not know about Boko Haram before reading this book. Also, from the girl’s account, it seems like Boko Haram existed in a different time period, but in 2014 Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Chibok and the terrorist group is still presently active. The book also includes an afterword by Viviana Mazza who is a journalist and documented the real stories of women and girls who were kidnapped by and rescued from Boko Haram. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is not a light read, but it is eye-opening to the atrocities going on in the world. 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Brown Girl Dreaming is the third book I read by Woodson, and it is about her own childhood in South Carolina and New York. Brown Girl Dreaming is an insightful read because Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s after the Jim Crow laws were overruled, but racial issues remained.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down is a short read about a boy deciding whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother in a gang related shooting. Long Way Down was a good read because it is a reminder to think the next time you consider someone a thug and to show empathy instead because you do not know their circumstances.

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen: I reviewed The Rest of the Story on my blog, and it is about Emma Saylor whose dad remarries and leaves for the honeymoon so she spends the summer with her mother’s family who she has not seen since she was a little girl. Throughout the summer, Emma’s identity feels divided between her father’s and her mother’s families. The Rest of the Story was a nice summer read that focused on family and identity, butI did find the plot slow at times.

You can check out Karalee’s blog here.

“My name is Karalee, and I from Texas, but I currently live in Denmark. On my blog Tales of Belle, I write about beauty, books, and lifestyle”.

You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @karaleecupcake

I can’t wait to walk down the Aisle…

I can’t wait to walk down the Aisle…

That is,the airport Aisle. (sorry for the clickbait)

Who needs a chapel when you have the luxury of running to your gate because you woke up late  want to get there nice and early. Getting that smooth boarding pass printed out and then instagramming it (without personal details of course because GDPR) for everyone to see that you’re on a Emirates First Class flight to Dubai…or a Ryanair Super Economy to Prague (a flight is a flight, everyone should be jel).

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I need that pre flight Corona (the beer, to clarify) and a Full English breakfast. I need to stop salivating because damn, could really use them right now. I haven’t been abroad in just over a year and if you check my internet history it’s full of Skyscanner searches and travel blogs. I have no holidays booked at the moment but that doesn’t stop me bookmarking people’s Instagram posts to my folder aptly named ‘Wanderlust’, original I know. It doesn’t help that London is cold and dreary at the moment and waking up in complete darkness doesn’t help at all. I’m envisaging my next holiday to be an all inclusive at the beach kinda holibae where all I do is sip cocktails and complain about the heat while basking in it anyway.

I don’t know when my next trip will be but I am miserable and need a holiday asap. I kinda wanna wait until things get better or we get a vaccine or both. My mental health is a bit of a sorry state at the moment and I really think even a few days in a new city just lapping up that holiday glow is needed.

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Are you going on holiday or have you already been? Let me know in the comments!

The Best Instagram accounts for Brown girls

The Best Instagram accounts for Brown girls

Here are some Instagram accounts that all brown girls need to be following. These accounts really close the gap between culture and social media and if you feel like you can’t relate, check these gems out!

@BrownGirlMemes – I love a good meme – like that white guy blinking a lot – but sometimes a good desi meme is what I need. I end up sharing them with my mum sometimes and you know its a good meme when both you and your mum can find them relatable. So much of brown culture like Bollywood, strict parent jokes and “Pooja, what is this behaviour” memes are missing from mainstream meme accounts and this account really delivers on those

 

@BrownHistory – This account retells stories and memories from people’s POV. There’s some really heart warming stories about how parents fell in love, powerful moments in history and pictures which tell a thousand stories across the diaspora.

@ Browngirlgang – An empowering and uplifting space with South Asian women worldwide. From hilarious TikToks, make up looks, Bollywood appreciation and the odd post about chai, this account is a must-follow.

@Browngirltherapy – There’s a large gap in the mental health community for brown people and this page is all about promoting therapy and self-love. Mainstream mental health pages don’t always touch on the link between mental illness and bicultural identity and this page really accesses this.

@BritishBindi – A page run by 3 South Asian best friends. Inspiring, comforting and more memes. Follow if you want a laugh and an insight into South Asian lifestyle and culture,

 

Things I Can’t Wait to Experience After Lockdown

Things I Can’t Wait to Experience After Lockdown

Life During Lockdown

A few months ago everything seemed to change for almost everyone. Our regular lifestyle, schedules and lives in general were changed as we went into lockdown. Although the changes have been made for safety reasons there are still things that we really miss that we wish we could still experience. Pooja, a fellow blogger and I were talking about this and decided to write a post about what we miss most and what we are excited to experience after this lockdown/pandemic is over. The first four are mine and the last four are hers. We hope you enjoy reading the post as much as we did writing it!

Pub Dates

Underrated but I miss cheap and cheerful pub dates where you meet up with friends and get a pint (overpriced if you’re in London, of course) and talk and anything and everything. Bonus point if there’s a pub garden because who doesn’t love a bit of Sun and Sangria. Pub culture is just easy, laid back and chilled which is needed after a long stint of lockdown

Beauty Treatments

There’s a strong chance my eyebrow lady will not recognise me the next time I see her. Or she’ll be speechless when she realises that lockdown pressure culminated in me trying to do my own eyebrows which resulted in a slight disaster. Suffice to say, give me the works (after it is safe, of course). A Mani, Pedi and a facial. Stat.

Food, Glorious, Food

My eyes are definitely going to be bigger than my stomach when all the restaurants open up again. Lockdown has reminded me that I need to be expanding my culinary bucket list and there is are variety of feasts that any foodie can appreciate.

Staycations

International travel is going to be difficult in the foreseeable future as borders will likely stay closed until it is safe to travel. I definitely want to explore more of the UK and see gems like Cornwall and even partake in a road trip to Scotland.

Hugs

I am not someone who is super into hugging or really showing a lot of affection in general but as they say- you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I can’t wait to hug my friends and family and just be around them without worrying about wearing a mask, washing my hands or anything like that.

Travelling

I am really looking forward to travelling a lot more as soon as all this is over and it is safe to travel to other countries again. I even have an entire list of all the places I want to see ready!

Just Chilling

I cannot wait to be able to go out to just relax. Whether it’s to a restaurant, movie, coffee shop or just walking around downtown. I know that I can do that right now but I can’t wait till I can do that without having to put on a mask and avoid other people and keep a distance. Just being able to relax is something I am definitely looking forward to.

Taking the bus

I know a lot of people have a problem with taking the bus or don’t particularly enjoy the experience of taking the bus. I always did though- I thought it was peaceful and I particularly enjoyed longer bus rides because they gave me time to think and reflect. I haven’t taken the bus since the pandemic and honestly I kind of miss it.

What are you looking forward to once normal life resumes?

I collaborated with Pooja G on this post. She is an awesome, helpful blogger and it was lovely to collaborate with her! Check out her blog and her Instagram and Twitter

My top picks on how to keep entertained during lockdown

It’s been three months of anxiety, overexcitement, boredom and fatigue. You’re looking for a wholesome way of entertaining yourself during this period of overkill. Here are my top picks for entertainment:

Netflix:

  • Money Heist: If you haven’t seen this amazing 4 part series on Netflix then what are you waiting for?! Guided by The Professor, fugitives take part in a heist to rob The Royal Mint in Madrid. Captivating and bold, this show has prompted me to think of my own criminal alias, taking inspiration from capital cities like the characters from the show. Delhi sorta has a ring to it, no?
  • Peep Show: I recently started this show and it’s been curing my anxiety. It’s a British sitcom about two flatmates who try to navigate society while trying not to fuck up. A must if you want to see some OTT comedy and feel better about your life
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: The perfect escape from ordinary life, you get to see beautiful drag queens compete for the crown. Lip synching, glamour and hilarious acting challenges, you really get sucked in to the competition.
  • Too Hot to Handle: This show definitely falls into the category of “Trash TV You Can’t Miss While Scrolling On Your Phone”. Think of it as Love Island on Steroids. A group of single Lads and Ladies are put on an Island with one simple rule: No sexual contact. If they break the rules, money from the prize fund is detracted. The aim of the reality show is to help the contestants form meaningful relationships and genuine connections.

Games

  • The Sims: I’d downloaded the game last year but never got round to playing it so this was the perfect time. Slightly addicted to making my family a chaotic, backstabbing mess but it’s ok. Spending thousands of pounds on a red gothic bedroom and then barely having a penny left has become the bane of my life but it’s ok, we live vicariously

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  • Pokémon Go: I had a long ass hiatus but I’m back. Going out on walks and tryng to catch Pokémon has become an act of self-care and is really wholesome and motivating
  • The Last of Us Part 1+2: If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next instalment of TLOU series like me then you’ll be overjoyed to discover it is the perfect lockdown fix. Zombies and a captivating storyline make this a cathartic release for the soul and if you’re anything like me, lockdown will make you want to take out your frustrations on some fictiona characters. I would definitely recommend buying the first game if you haven’t played it.
  • Animal Crossing: So I haven’t purchased this game yet but I had to include it because it’s garnered such a mass following in a short space of time. I’ve heard that its such a calming, soothing game which lets you build your own village and take part in activites like fishing and bug catching as well as meeting other ‘villagers’. I’m gonna put buying this game at the top of my self-care list.

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Hope you enjoyed my picks for entertaining yourself during lockdown! Let me know if there’s anything you’d add x

8 things we learnt about Lockdown through the Memes/GIFs

    1. Your Sleeping pattern will cease to exist



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4 AM is the new 11 PM. Sleeping before midnight is now an urban myth. You will get haunted by the Insomnia ghost and suddenly you have the urge to watch a movie, do a home manicure, go over your regrets from 2010 -2020 and watch videos of funny cats on YouTube.

2. On the other hand, you can’s stop sleeping. Waking up and every day turning out the same is getting boring real quick. Might as well lucid dream to get away from this shit.

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3. “Don’t be a COVIDIODIOT” – Aka, stay indoors, stop having parties/gatherings, this is not the time to be social. So if Tyler wants to drop by the off license with 20 of his friends to pick up a multipack of Strongbow dark fruits to drink in the park together – SAY NO

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4. It’s okay to feel burntout and lost right now and just wanting to crawl in your bed and play Animal Crossing and The Sims all day long. Don’t let those people who are pressuring you to upskill/apply to jobs/redecorate your house dictate your lockdown experience. Read that book you never got time to read. Play the video games gathering dust. Watch the movie.

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5. I don’t know what it is but all of a sudden people are turning into Mary Berry and using this time to make all the crumbles/pies/pastries you can think of. It’s like a game of cat and mouse though everytime you go to the supermarket since flour is always missing. And toilet rolls. Which brings me to my next point.

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6. Toilet paper nearly went extinct at one point. Some stupid people thought it was an apocalypse and not a pandemic and bought masses of toilet paper. You greedy fuckers there are lots of people who are struggling to find toilet paper because of you. I hope you all step on logo xoxox P.s. well done to those people who aren’t hogging toilet paper, this meme is for you!

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7. Lockdown is weird. Without a purpose everyday begins to feel like Groundhog day. I can’t remember what the date is half the time. You just know this pandemic is going to be mentioned in future GCSE history exams.

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One thing I have been grateful for during Lockdown has definitely been the memes and the overall humour of the situation. If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry.

What’s been the best meme you’ve seen during lockdown? Let me know x

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