Pandemic Made Me Do It

By now you’ve probably seen tons of photos, articles and blog post that are all related to this pandemic. What can we do? This has been monumental for everyone of us – like it or not, we’re all affected by the rapid spread of this virus and it is such a game changer. We were all forced to take a pause from our daily routine, our sense of normalcy disrupted and have since been adapting to our new normal. But as social beings stuck in this world of capitalism, we still found ways to create new fads.

It started when Dalgona coffee took the internet by storm. This easy to make beverage is everywhere on the first few weeks of quarantine – you name it, it’s all over your face each day. The fact that it is easy to make, its ingredients readily available (for a fair price too), highly aesthetic and actually tastes good got the most of us whipping our hearts out. Then came the basque burnt cheesecakes and other pastries. By now, some of your friends have probably opened their own homemade bakeshops that you’ve already tried (
#supportlocal). And let’s not forget the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons that everyone (including the celebrities we follow. Hi Elijah Wood and Brie Larson ) jumped on the hype train and went gaga over the deserted island life simulation game that even Nintendo was surprised by the sales not just of the game, but the consoles too. But I think, one of the most common guilty pleasure we all share right now is online shopping. It’s convenient, it’s hassle-free, and yes, it’s plain old “retail therapy”.

Again, what can we do? We all have our own coping mechanisms and online shopping can boost our mood or at least gets us something to look forward to. Careful though, it’s a slippery slope to going broke. I myself am a culprit of spending some hard earned cash during this pandemic period to help me get by and let me share with you some of the stuff I loved
:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    I am guilty of being completely crazy over this game for the first two months since its release. I was playing (more like grinding) this simulation like game which helped me escape from the clutches of reality during the first few weeks of the quarantine. Check out my thoughts on this game here.
  • Kindle Paperwhite
    Late last year, I broke my Kobo (another ebook reader) and has been meaning to replace it ever since but only got around to it during this quarantine period when I stayed with my grandmother. All my books were at home and it also didn’t help that I slept in the same room as to keep tabs on her and therefore could not continue with my late night reading. For those reasons and the sale on Lazada (the leading online shopping platform in Southeast Asia) got me eye-ing this new version of the Paperwhite, I haven’t been disappointed by this since I was able to get my hands on it!
  • UVC Sterilizer
    Even before the virus outbreak, I already have a small bottle of alcohol with me inside my purse or my pocket. I bring it with me when stepping out for lunch or while drinking with friends. When traveling, I see to it that I buy some sanitary wipes and alcohol on the first or nearest convenience store that I could find. So when this pandemic hit the Philippines, I was one of those people who are a bit more careful – spraying alcohol everywhere, getting my hands clean all the time, wearing mask even inside the car, and now, carrying with me a UVC sterilizer too. I just had to up my disinfection game! The efficacy of this product is debatable especially when dealing with the corona virus, but I did my research on the dos and don’ts, and also looked for a reputable brand that I believe in.

Aside from these three and the local food businesses that I support, the best purchase during this period is actually this: yes, this blog. engrvwrites.com. I was a bit hesitant at first because this is my hard earned money that I’d be spending to fund this little passion project of mine but then I realized that if I’m not gonna believe that I’m worth it, then probably nobody else will. I took a bet on myself, and it has not been the same since then.

How about you? What are your favorite purchases this quarantine period? 🙂

5 thoughts on “Pandemic Made Me Do It”

  1. Pandemic made me buy a new phone, summer dresses that I can’t wear outside, a pretty swimsuit that probably will never be worn this year, and even a perfume that costed me a month’s salary (from part-time)! 😭😭 I bought these stuffs for my supposedly wedding this year which is now cancelled. I guess, that’s life. On a side note, I support the idea of investing on ourselves, like having a blog! You’re always worth it! 🥰🥰 Let’s grow our blog together, Engr V! ❤️

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    1. Sad to hear about the wedding being cancelled because of the pandemic. 😦 I hope it turns even better when you reschedule it after everything has settled. Thanks for the comment, Princess and please, just call me V. 🙂

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  2. Cool! I’m planning to try Kindle Paperwhite too so thanks for sharing it here 😀 Yeah, the pandemic is kinda more tiring because we don’t have the liberty to go out anytime we want… It’s tiring in a different way… to be in front of gadgets all the time, etc. But what I loved doing is reading physical books. I got my hands on the books that has gathered dust on my shelf, all because of the pandemic! Haha

    Hope you’re doing well and wishing us a great day ahead, V!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for dropping by. Hope you’re doing fine too! Personally, I still prefer picking up a physical book too if I have the title I want to read, but everything else, I read on an ebook reader. I find that there’s really not much difference between the Kindle and the Kobo, I guess with the Kindle you can go for the Kindle Unlimited subscription and have access to thousands of books, while you can have epub formats in the Kobo. Hope that helps with your planning. 🙂

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