How I Stay Sane and Entertained during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Who would have thought that a pandemic would happen in our lifetime? Nobody was really prepared for it. People of different races and walks of life were all caught by surprise. More than a year has passed since COVID-19 started, but we are still reeling from it, with the end of the pandemic not yet in sight. This sad reality has invoked feelings of worry, fear, stress and anxiety, and adapting to the new normal has not exactly been easy.

Since March 2020 lockdown, all three of us (husband, son, and me) had been holed up at home, all occupied with the daily tasks we needed to do: work from home for the man of the house, remote learning for our son, and content creation for me plus household chores). And on our downtimes, we find diversions to find our balance during the pandemic.

So how did I manage to keep sane for more than a year of just staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic? I made sure I am doing things that I find enjoyment in like watching Korean dramas, singing, and playing online games.

Watching K-Dramas
The first few months of 2020 saw me spending less time outside our home and spending more time in front of the TV screen watching popular Korean dramas (K-dramas) on Netflix. I devoured one series after another, staying up until the wee hours of the morning to get the most of what I was watching. I have watched more than 100 Korean series to date and counting. Watching K-dramas has kept me pretty much entertained during the early months of the pandemic and still does up until today.

Singing
As if the pandemic was not enough, our family suffered yet another major blow with the passing away of my beloved mom a few months ago. Because of the lockdown restrictions and for everyone’s safety, we have not visited each other since 2020. No hugs, no goodbyes. My mom was gone just like that. My grief and sadness got me back into my long lost passion – singing. I downloaded a free singing app, registered, and sang my loneliness away. I have already uploaded more than 200 songs (solo and duet) in this app. I really enjoy singing solo and collaborating with other music lovers here.

Playing Online Games
Another activity that I also take delight in is playing online games. I have actually downloaded some gaming apps on my phone that I usually play on those nights I am having a difficult time sleeping or when I’m taking breaks from housework and writing tasks. Recently, I discovered a FREE gaming website that has got me hooked.

Plays.org offers more than 150 games (that’s a lot, right?), and they keep adding more even during weekends. And take note, the games are not just for kids but for adults alike. They have escape games, puzzle games, simulation games, sport games, word games, typing games, and many more. The two games that I like the most are Waffle Word Finder Game and Type Furious.


Even at a young age, I already knew the types of games that I want to play, and they are mostly word games. It comes as no surprise then that the Waffle Word Finder Game sparked my interest. It’s a word hunt game where you need to find words in any order (horizontally, vertically, diagonally, etc.) for as long as the tiles/letters of the words you’re forming are in sequence. I simply can’t stop playing this game once I start it as I’m always bent on beating my previous score.


After I quit my corporate job, my typing skills have become quite rusty. I’m glad there’s Type Furious game in plays.org that will help me practice and improve my typing speed and accuracy. Can I let you in on a secret? I’ve actually learned touch typing from a similar typing game more than 10 years ago. Seeing this typing game now relives those days when I was still learning how to type properly. And the adrenaline rush as I scramble to type every word I see on the screen before they all disappear!

I know I’ll still find more games that I’ll enjoy playing at plays.org, but for now, these two games will do. Aside from the multitude of games you’ll find at plays.org, you also won’t see ads on their website and they don’t retarget users in the web. How cool is that! Likewise, most, if not all, of their games offer cross-device gameplay, too, such that you can play them on cell phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time for all of us, and we all need to find good diversions to keep our sanity intact while the threat of the virus is still very much around. Watching K-dramas, singing, and playing online games are what keep me afloat during the pandemic. What about you? How do you keep yourself sane and entertained these days?

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14 Responses

  1. Oooh, I’m familiar with plays.org. Nakakaaliw siya , haha! We set up the computers here and transformed our place into a mini-gaming room and tried the games. hihi! Anong app yung dinownload mo for singing?

    1. Hi, sis! Nakakaaliw din talagang mag-online games paminsan-minsan no? Re singing app, I’ve downloaded StarMaker, at dyan ako nagtatambay lately.

  2. Mostly ang ginagawa ko namang past time during quarantine ay exercise and plants. Thanks to this pandemic. Kahit papano marami akong natutunan para maka survive.

  3. Hello po! We have similar article content pala 🙂 I have also learned different diversions this pandemic just to keep me sane haha! And I’m intrigued by this singing app of yours! I also like singing on videoke, but only when I am by myself, haha! Gandang stress reliever din kasi, kahit wala ako sa tune. I’ll be checking out the games you shared. Ingat po 😉❤️

    1. Yes, I noticed the similarity in our articles when I visited your blog for comment exchange. Try downloading StarMaker to help you practice singing, and if you’ve registered, please find me there (username: TetchaF) and let’s sing together.

  4. I made it a mission last year to learn how to sing. Hahaha! Alas, I still couldn’t sing. Hahaha! I also tried watching kdramas, not a fan but my sister who is addicted to it forced me but I enjoyed it – Crash Landing on You (nakakakilig sobra hahah)!! 100 Korean series?! Any recommendations, please??? 😁

    1. Practice makes perfect. You get better at singing when you do it every day. I also hope you watch these K-dramas soon. They’re some of my favorites: Dr. Romantic, Hospital Playlist, Prison Playbook, Signal, and When the Camellia Blooms.

  5. I have the same routine 😉 but I also add learning the bible, and tending to the plants, and playing with the cats. Ahaha- we really need to do stuff to keep our sanity! 😀

    1. Keeping ourselves preoccupied with things that bring us enjoyment will definitely help us survive this pandemic.

  6. iniisip ko din yan kahapon.. like who would have thought ano? in our life time eh mararanasan natin yung pandemic. tapos as a blogger/content creator who was active sa events pre pandemic, naisip ko papano na pag ok na lahat……………………….. pero ako yes nag netflix, nag games, nag blog.,. busy din sa school ni bagets and nag content! lapit na to matapos. kapit lang tayo

    1. Just being at home the whole time since lockdown started last year is actually depressing. We really have to find good diversions to ward off the blues while we eagerly await for the day things will return to normal again.

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