What Filipinos can do at home during Singapore’s circuit breaker

In this post, I write about what Filipinos can do in Singapore during the circuit breaker.

Many places around the world are in lockdown due to the pandemic. Singapore is no exception since it began the circuit breaker period on April 7, 2020. As of this writing, circuit breaker will end on June 1, 2020 with the re-opening of business in phases.

First of all, stay home!

With exception to going out for exercise from your household solo, stay at home. Stay at home. Stay at home. Be safe. Here are some suggestions on what you can do.

Learn new recipes with Panlasang Pinoy

Since circuit breaker began, I’ve brushed up on my cooking skills by watching my favorite Filipino cook on YouTube, Vanjo Merano. The way he explains recipes is clear and easy to understand. Subscribe to his YouTube channel here if you haven’t yet.

If you must exercise, do it at the nearest park.

Of course, with all the food you’ll be cooking and eating… keeping healthy means keeping fit with exercise. We’re lucky that during circuit breaker, we’re still allowed to leave our homes for essentials and solo exercise. Remember to follow all government rules during this period like wearing a mask if you’re not exercising. Jog solo and NOT with your housemates (yes, we Filipinos tend to live together in houses). Bring your mask with you and your EZ-Link card in case you somehow jog too far. At best, please try to stay within your neighborhood. If you’re going to the park, you can check if it’s crowded using this NParks safe distancing tracker.

Connect with friends and family back home

During this circuit breaker period, I’ve connected with my friends and family in the Philippines. I recently had a call with my college friends, high school friends, and family. My brother even organized a virtual lunch one Sunday so my partner and I can eat together with my family.

Put together a balikbayan box to send stuff back home

With the downtime, it’s also a period you can declutter things you’ve accumulated over the years in Singapore. If you have shoes, bags, and articles of clothing you can send back to the Philippines… use this period to assemble a balikbayan box and have it shipped. Shipping is an essential service. You can learn more on the LBC website.

Support a charity or charitable organisation

Many of us in Singapore are blessed to have jobs and a work pass. While we provide for our loved ones, let’s not forget we can also provide help for charitable organizations both in the Philippines and Singapore. In Singapore, you can look at supporting HOME or give.asia which provides assistance to migrant workers. In the Philippines, ABS-CBN Foundation has a donation drive called “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig” (Bridge of Love) which is calling for donations in the fight against Covid-19. Learn more about ABS-CBN’s initiative here.

It’s important to stay healthy and safe during the circuit breaker. As a Filipino on an employment pass in Singapore, there’s an added layer of stress of not wanting to make the simple mistake of being in a crowded place or being caught without a mask. Please follow all government advisories and stay updated. During circuit breaker, stay home and only go out for essentials. Don’t forward unverified news. Stick to reliable sources of information.

My sources of information: Singapore’s Ministry of Health website on Covid-19 and the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

The health of all depends on each one of us.

One of my favorite quotes from the gov’t daily WhatsApp reminders

How are you keeping sane during lockdown or circuit breaker?

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