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Activities you can do at home while on lock-down | Motivist Japan

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Government have urged the people to stay at home and avoid crowded places to avoid the spread of Corona Virus. COVID-19 was declared by pandemic by the World Health Organization. This virus started in Wuhan, China and has spread in different parts of the world. One of the ways to combat this virus since medicine is yet to be discovered, is to practice social distancing and washing hands with soap. The virus will naturally die if it is not transferred to another host. Different countries started their countrywide lock down so people could stay home and be safe. Most companies are also implementing work from home or telework for their employees and online classes for students. 

To some people, working or studying in the comfort of their home is a wish come true but for some, it can be an undesirable thing since you cannot have normal person to person interaction and on top of that staying home in pajamas can make you feel sleepy and bored. 

To combat this, we made a list for our students the things you can do while you are at home:

1. MAKE THAT DALGONA COFFEE

It's been trending in social media and everyone is making their own Dalgona Coffee. Dalgona Coffee originally an Indian and or Pakistani drink called batido which means whipped or beaten. This drink later on became popular in South Korea. This is created by using only 3 ingredients; coffee, sugar and milk. Easy right? 

photo by Trina R.

HOW TO MAKE DALGONA COFFEE

1. Add 2 teaspoon of coffee in a bowl

2. Add 2 teaspoon of sugar in the same bowl

3. Add 2 teaspoon of warm water to the mixture and use an egg beater to whip manually or hand mixer until you reach a foamy consistency. If you choose to whip manually it may take 5-10 minutes of consistent whipping before you can get the foamy texture. 

4. In a glass, add your milk (choose your own type, soy, oat, low fat). Leave some room for the coffee cream, add ice.

5. Layer the coffee cream on top. You may add some chocolate shavings to finish or drink as is. You now created a cheap but delicious coffee in the comfort of your house. 

2. TIME TO HIT THAT FITNESS GOALS

We all know that gyms can get expensive in Japan. Since you have more time now, why not start your fitness goals now. There are lots of fitness gyms conducting free online classes while on lock-down. You can choose from yoga, pilates or hiit at home. Might as well utilize the free classes. You don't have to be shy and conscious too even if you are in awkward poses as no one will see you. 

FITNESS BLOGS YOU CAN FOLLOW

Yoga by Candace

Blogilates

Barre 3

3. COOKING OR BAKING LESSONS

Life in Japan is busy especially if you are juggling part time work and studies. 90% of the time, your meals will be limited to konbini bentos and it can get very expensive. Take this free time to cook your own meal or learn a new skill by baking. There are many online tutorials in YouTube that you can use as guide. 

COOKING TUTORIALS IN YOUTUBE

Japanese Cooking 101

Hidamari Coooking

4. CATCH UP WITH YOUR FAVORITE NETFLIX SERIES

This is the best time to watch missed episodes of your favorite series or anime's. If you don't have a Netflix yet, you should try their one month trial now and if you think you don't want to pay roughly 1,000 yen monthly, then you can cancel before the end of the trial period. 

5. MARIE KONDO YOUR APARTMENT

Marie Kondo also known as KonMari has become synonymous with the word minimalism. Ever since she released her video in Netflix called Tidying up with Marie Kondo, everyone was adapting to the KonMari method of organizing and cleaning things properly. According to her, you should let go of the things that is not making you happy. Since Japan apartments are known to be small and compact, applying a KonMari method is a great help to reduce unnecessary stuff that you keep. Your place will be cleaner and more organized in no time. This is not limited to house alone, you can use this as well in cleaning your computer files. 

6. LEARN A NEW HOBBY

You can try painting, knitting or learning a new instrument. This will relax your mind and at the same time you are putting your free time into good use. Just keep in mind that Japan apartments are not sound proof so practice with caution. 

7. RECONNECT WITH FAMILY

Once you started your life in Japan as student, it is easy to be sucked into the world of work and school and this routine can be restless. Take some time to reconnect to your family. Call them or chat them and let them know your situation and even your school progress. Your friends from your country will surely appreciate the time you spent to contact them. 

8. FIND A LANGUAGE PARTNER ONLINE

Having no classes mean your Japanese study is put on hold. If you are on break for 2 weeks or a month, that's a lot of missed chances to learn and practice Japanese. Imagine paying a lot for tuition only to be on extended break.

If your worry is not able to practice your Japanese, you can join different Facebook groups and install the Hello Talk app so you can connect with native Japanese speaker and have a chance to practice your speaking ability.

Use HelloTalk to find language partners in Japan

 

9. JLPT PRACTICE TEST

It is still unsure if the JLPT for July 2020 will push through but if not, that means you have enough time to prepare for the December JLPT. There are lots of practice sheets and exercises available online. Start now and you are one step closer to that JLPT certificate. 

10. COMPLETE A CHALLENGE

It doesn't have to be a complicated challenge. It should be something that is a little hard but not impossible to do. Example, you can try to quit smoking for a month and if it worked for you then you can continue for longer time. You can also try to cut down sugar and soda while you are at home. It is good for your health and for your wallet. Memorize 3 kanjis everyday. By the end of your one month vacation, you have memorized 90 kanji.