Detours from home: What new things have you learned while in quarantine?

Marj Casal Handog

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Detours from home: What new things have you learned while in quarantine?
From baking bread from scratch to concocting DIY skincare products, let us know

MANILA, Philippines – It has been months since we went into quarantine. Can you still remember how you felt during that first week? Most of us couldn’t imagine how we would survive a few more weeks locked up at home. 

But to be honest, we all seem like we’ve adjusted to this new way of life. We now know where to place our online orders for fresh produce, groceries, and even our favorites albeit non-essentials like doughnuts, ramen, and frappucinos. We’ve created an effective work from home schedule. We’ve mastered e-numan sessions via Zoom and have probably watched “Crash Landing On You”, among other K-dramas, with our friends through Netflix Watch Party. 

More than that, we’ve discovered that there are things we never thought we could or would be able to do. Or better yet, rediscovered our love for the things we used to do like playing a musical instrument or reading books from our long-forgotten pile.

You may also have picked up new habits that you’ve never imagined you would like doing yoga everyday or those that are simply helping you cope with being cooped up at home. 

I myself have made my own kimchi using wombok for fear of running out of vegetables and then tried regrowing that wombok by putting it in water. 

If I’ve done surprising things like these, it makes me wonder what sort of crazy, amazing things all of you have done while at home, too. What are your #DetoursFromHome?

In case you’re not aware, Detours is a space for individuals, communities, or businesses to share their stories of innovations and keeping up with the times. Even though we still have to practice physical distancing until the foreseeable future, it doesn’t mean we can’t seek out unique experiences.

So, for this quarantine edition of Detours (from home), we would like to ask you to share stories about the things (old or new) that you’ve discovered or rediscovered, learned, done, or reflected upon.  

Please send your 500-800 word essays to with the subject Detours from home: [state the topic of your story] in a Microsoft Word document (Arial, size 12) including the following: title, subhead, photos, author’s name, short bio, and location. And then we will let you know if your story will be published.

Just to give you an idea, here are the kinds of essays we are looking for:

We are excited to hear your quarantine stories! –

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Marj Casal Handog

Marj Casal heads the content team of BrandRap, Rappler’s sales and marketing arm. She helps create native advertising campaigns for brands like San Miguel Brewery, Shell, GCash, Grab, BDO, and more.