It has been a month since malls and shops that don’t offer necessities closed their doors for everyone’s safety. This meant there are no salons open for haircuts, no coffee shops to hang out at, and no meeting friends to watch cinema. But don’t worry, you’ve got time to learn how to do things on your own. The best part isn’t just realizing how much money you can save, but understanding how much you’re actually capable of. Feels good, man.
We can do haircuts in the comfort of our homes
They say you shouldn’t cut your hair yourself when you’re emotional or bored. Remember those bangs you DIY’d back in high school? Yeah. But times have evolved (not necessarily for the better) and we’re all stuck inside our homes in such humid weather, nobody would blame you if you picked up those clippers and started hacking away at your hair.
We see online more and more men succumbing and getting their wives/girlfriends to cut their hair, While some have been successful, some are downright traumatic. At least if you decide to go bald, you won’t be seeing anyone in a while. Cutting your own hair isn’t so bad, you get to discover that since you can have a family member do it for free, you won’t need to shell out cash to visit the salon anymore.
Making sugar wax for hair removal
Ladies with a regular waxing schedule, don’t despair! It’s probably going to be (at least) a couple more weeks before waxing salons open, but in the meantime, you can make your own all-natural sugaring wax in the comfort of your home. It’s easy and effective and it will make you question why you pay other people to do something you can obviously do yourself.
Learning to bake bread
Making imitations of fast food favorites
Creating a mini vegetable garden where you can harvest fresh produce from
If there’s one thing the coronavirus pandemic has taught Filipinos it’s that everything can go from “We’re fine” to “It’s every man for himself.” You can’t entirely depend on flaky relief goods, sometimes you need to secure your own safety. With a few vegetable seeds, pots, and soil, you can start your own mini urban vegetable garden and reap the benefits of natural, pesticide-free ingredients. Of course it’s not going to be huge potatoes or pumpkins, it depends on how huge your garden could get but you can start with tomatoes, monggo, eggplant, okra, and more. In fact, other LGUs have started distributing their own “sustainable relief goods” in the form of vegetable beans. How cool is that?
You can also join the Facebook group Philippine Urban Gardening to know more about managing small gardens in your home.
Making our own coffee
And we’re not talking of the official quarantine drink that is Dalgona Coffee either. More and more people are discovering they can get up in the morning, grind their own fresh coffee beans, and make their coffee however they like it. Of course it’s not going to taste exactly like your Starbucks usual, but that’s alright because that means there’s room for experimenting and adding ingredients.
Doing your own pedicure and manicure
To the rest of the population who have no idea how to clip and clean their own toenails, you can start practicing now. And when you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you bother to pay Php 500 to get another person to do something that easy for you. Treat your feet to a mini foot spa while you’re at it.
Re-designing your home
Also known as “moving things around until it looks like a new environment” but hey, now you’ve got time to actually pay attention to your living space. The lockdown is an opportune time to make your Pinterest living room dreams come true. You can start by binge-watching KonMari on Netflix to get an idea on how to let go of things you don’t need and then go ahead and rearrange the furniture.
What else have you discovered you can do this quarantine?