How have you been? No, really, how are you actually feeling?

It’s been about 2 weeks plus since we all went into the “Circuit Breaker” mode. I have been showing up around the house in comfy home clothes every single day, and I’m loving it.

Aside from work, life has to go on. While some of us already have a list of to-do-s to keep ourselves productive or occupied at home, the rest of us are just taking each day at a time. I can’t say the same for you but these are the ‘stages’ I have observed ever since Circuit Breaker started on the 7th April.

Stage 1 of Circuit Breaker (CB): You’ll become a #circuitbaker

I’m not surprised if your electric mixer is already out on your kitchen top. A majority of you have tried making Dalgona Coffee ever since tutorials were all over social media. Then came Dalgona Matcha. The latest Dalgona as of 23rd April is Whipped Strawberry Milk, Whipped Cocoa, and even Whipped Nutella.

And if you are on social media every other day, you will have realized that almost half of our friends have started to bake. We have seen many Singaporeans making Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudgy Brownies and even acing a Crème Brulee. As for me? I had some success with English scones and Basque Burnt Cheesecake with the help of video tutorials. They are easy recipes with ingredients you can simply get at any supermarket or grocery store. I won’t really consider this as a hobby but more of satisfying a long-time craving while keeping it within the week’s budget.

Stage 2 of CB: Online Workouts from Home

By now, there are a ton of Full Workout Tutorials readily available online for you to choose from. The best part is, most of them are made available for FREE to encourage everyone to do their part and stay home as much as you can. Here are some Free Workout Tutorials from local businesses:

Circuit Breaker - Workout at Home with Box Office Fitness Singapore
Circuit Breaker - Workout at Home with Lululemon Singapore

Stage 3 of CB: Clean, Pack & Refresh Your Bedroom

You are spending most of your day in your bedroom. Might as well make it comfy!

Step 1: Start by removing your bedsheets, pillowcases, quilt, and bolster covers. Toss them into the washing machine and get it running.

Step 2: Sweep down every bit of dust, vacuum every strand of hair and give it a good wipe by mopping your floor from one end to another. Once the cleaning bit is done, you can move on to organizing.

Step 3: If you have a Pinterest board of your dream bedroom, get ready to rearrange your furniture to create a new space for yourself, or a new bedroom look. Don’t be afraid to shift your table/bed/wardrobe to a new spot. Who knows you might just feel cozier in the room with the new arrangement.

Step 4: Put on fresh sheets for your bed to complete your bedroom look. As the saying goes: “Your bed does a lot in setting the mood of your bedroom.” Check out our range of 100% Cotton bedding sets here.

 

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Snuggling in a cozy bed with such comfortable sheets bring me joy! am really happy with my purchase. not to mention, the midnight grey shade matches really well with my grey wall! 🙂  -Debbie

Stage 4 of CB: Watching TikTok Videos

Just when we have seen enough of The Plank Challenge, here comes the next trending video of the Funeral Coffin Dance, which also gain its popularity from the TikTok app. When I first downloaded the app, I couldn’t get why people love TikTok so much. The videos shown to me were cringe-worthy and nothing worth opening the app again. Then I heard from a friend, who is a regular TikTok-er, that it takes a while for the app to register what kind of TikTok video interests you. After a couple of times swiping through the videos, I began to understand why people are living for this app!

You can expect to see useful DIY hacks, adorable animals around the world, a ton of pranks, and one-too-many dance videos. It amazes me how creative yet amusing people ideas can get. There are also videos of people painting things, and somehow it keeps you watching till the end. I guess it can be a source of humor for when you need a 10 minutes’ break out of your routine. How about you, what do you think of TikTok?

Stage 5 of CB: Self-care Day

Today is THAT day – I woke up at 10am in the morning, look at myself in the mirror, can’t say I wasn’t taken aback, and decided that I need to clean myself up today. Get yourself together and have a fresh start to this whole Circuit Breaker situation. What my self-care day looks like:

Morning Time

  • Change into workout clothes and follow an online workout (Twice a week)
  • Take a nice, cool shower
  • Make it a point to apply Argan Oil on my hair daily
  • Apply sunblock on my face and neck
  • Create a deliberate habit of drawing my brows every day
  • Set instant noodles as your last resort. Explore other meal options, or try out one of the local F&B businesses listed on HawkersUnited2020

Night Time

  • Use steam (from a freshly boiled pot of water) to help loosen up clogged pores
  • Extract blackheads
  • Take a nice, long shower. Might as well treatment my hair.
  • Lastly, pamper my skin with a soothing masking session
  • Sleep, knowing I don’t have to set an alarm for tomorrow 😊

Stage 6 of CB: Checking in with fellow friends & family

Once you have your own wellbeing in place, you’ll begin to also wonder: how are your loved ones and close friends doing? Be sure to check in on them. Getting an “I’m okay” response is a good start, but let’s move the conversation to a deeper level. Find out more about how they are coping. Questions like: How’s the situation at home? How are you spending your time? etc. As you know, the more engaging a conversation is, the more we’ll tend to open up and share our real thoughts.

There is only so much you can help a friend in this circuit breaker situation. We can also gently encourage a loved one who needs emotional support during this pandemic to seek help from National Care Hotline. It operates alongside other specialized service helplines, such as those for mental well-being or violence and abuse.

There are over 300 psychologists, counsellors, social workers, psychiatrists and public officers from about 50 agencies have stepped up to man this 24-hour helpline.

National Care Hotline: 6202-6868

Stage 7 of CB: I Want to Learn Something New

Shaw Academy is offering a 4-week trial which includes free access to 50+ online courses. The courses include Photography, Finance, Marketing, Design, Beauty, Music, Business, Language, Technology, and Health & Wellness. If you are thinking of picking up a new skill in these areas or boosting your resume, you can consider signing yourself up for the free trial.

Otherwise, there are a ton of tutorials and step-by-step classes easily accessible on YouTube as well. Take your pick! It doesn’t necessarily have to be about studying. It can be in the form of journaling, drawing, DIY-ing too. Find out what really interests you? If you already have an answer, just go for it. Go all the way.

Stage 8 of CB: Watch A Musical Online

If there’s one good thing about this Circuit Breaker period, that is having exceptional resources made available online for FREE to encourage everyone to stay home.

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ musical was streaming free on YouTube for a limited time, which was watched by more than 11 million people around the world.

Tonight, 24 April, at Singapore Time 2 am, the musical ‘Love Never Dies’ will be streaming for 48 hours. Don’t miss it!

A word of advice: Watch the musical first thing in the morning in bed, while your room is still cool from the morning breeze or aircon. Trust me, you will tend to doze off if you watch it on your television at night. Also, having your earpiece on makes it so much better. Enjoy!

Stage 9 of CB: Support a local business

I have always wanted to visit The Better Half café and try some of their attractive bakes. However, the Circuit Breaker happened. I waited, as they make adjustments to accustom themselves to the new changes. Once they announced that they have found someone to run deliveries ($8/address) for their bake orders, I placed my first 2 orders with them!

I ordered myself a Vanilla Salted Caramel, Pistachio Lemon, Carrot Walnut, and Rose Raspberry and had another set of bakes (consisting of Carrot Walnut, Earl Grey Lemon, Orange Passionfruit and Pistachio Lemon) sent towards my parent’s home. Their bakes did not disappoint. It was delicious! Definitely not the standard I can achieve in my own baking attempt. Any F&B businesses you have tried and would recommend? Let us know!

Stage 10 of CB: Changing your hairstyle

For those of you who didn’t manage to get a haircut before the closure of hairdressing and barber services, you’ll likely find yourself wondering how long has it been since your last haircut. What perceived scarcity is doing to us; you want something more when you can’t have it. And when that happens, we find ways to get it done:

  • Dyeing Your Own Hair

The temptation is real. A piece of advice based on personal past experiences: you can achieve brown or red with black hair by using box hair dye. Japanese brand bubble hair dye always does the trick for me. But if you’re going for ash, pink, blue, and other wild colors, usually bleaching (probably 3-4 times) is required to lighten your hair first. But I would recommend you to just wait it out and get it done professionally at a hair salon. After all, different people have different scalp conditions.

  • Become a hairdresser yourself (with the help of YouTube tutorial)

Well, you may have some fun with your family members/partner with a little skit “Welcome to (your name) Hair Salon. What style would you like me to cut for you today?” Fingers crossed. Nonetheless, I would still recommend you to just wait it out and get it done professionally at a hair salon. Now’s the chance to see how you’ll look with F4-length hair. Nobody is going to see you until the end of the Circuit Breaker anyway 😉

Now that the Circuit Breaker is extended till 1st June, we’ll update you again if anything new pops up. But at the top of my head now is:

Next Stage of Circuit Breaker: Make Surprise Plans in Advance

Start planning for Mothers’ Day, or even a good friend’s birthday that falls within this circuit breaker period. It’s never too early to start planning and gathering all the resources you need. After all, delivery takes time. So does putting together a solid plan.