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

MANILA, Philippines – It has been more than a month since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was imposed in Luzon. Can you still remember how the first week of ECQ went? 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 to place our online orders about one week ahead so we can get our fresh produce and supplies delivered right when they are about to run out. 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. 

More than that, we’ve discovered that there are things we never thought we could or would be able to do. 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 one of Rappler’s columns that aims to tell the unique stories of communities and subcultures. Since we are still practicing physical distancing at the moment, we can’t meet with our subgroups just yet but it doesn’t mean we can’t seek out unique experiences.

So, for this ECQ edition of Detours (from home), we would like to ask you to share stories about the new things you’ve discovered, learned, done, while in quarantine. It can be in the form of photo/s with captions or a 500-800 word essay. 

Please send your story submissions to with the subject “Detours from home: [state the topic of your story]”. Put your story in a Microsoft Word format including the following: title, subhead, photos (please add as attachments), author’s name, short bio, and location. And then we will let you know if your story will be published.

We are looking forward to hearing your ECQ stories! –

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.