Five online hangout options—or survival tips, if you will—for the modern-day barkada
Enhanced community quarantine has reshaped our lives as we know it. As we ease into the fourth week of working from and staying at home, we’ve all had to relearn the dynamics of relationships: with ourselves, with our families, with our friends. While barkada nights out and quick workday lunches might not be in the cards until the end of April, the lockdown has taught us some new ways to stay connected (and sane) with a little help from the internet.
Meet your favorite new Google Chrome extension. Eliminating the need for third-party screen-sharing websites, Netflix Party allows multiple viewers to binge-watch Tiger King, Money Heist and everything else on the Netflix roster with a few clicks.
Playlist Sharing on Discord
While Discord is primarily used by gamers, it has a few interesting widgets that come in handy for the game-averse, too. Music-lovers, for instance, can make use of the RythmBot or other music bots designed for the platform, to share the songs they have on heavy rotation with their friends.
It’s time to bring out those art skills, folks. For those itching to get a little creative, consider including Skribbl.io, a free online multiplayer game, in the plans for your next group call. Imagine Pictionary—only online and with much less control over your drawing tool.
Who doesn’t love a good karaoke session? Consider it fact: there is pretty much nothing that gets the adrenaline and pure emotion out of the Filipino heart like singing into a mic in front of a TV screen does. In the time of coronavirus, a little adjustments are in order, though: in lieu of the MagicSing, head on over to YouTube. Finding your go-to track shouldn’t be that difficult. Simply search ‘On the Wings of Love Karaoke’ or ‘Whitney Houston karaoke’ and you’ll be well on your way.
Video Call Cook-a-thon
Calling all aspiring chefs and lovers of Bon Appetit: it’s your time to show off those culinary chops. Take inspiration from those cooking shows we all love to binge-watch and challenge your friends to a cook-off. On your next Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Skype call, commit to a recipe all of you want to try out and compete to find the one, true Master Chef of your barkada.
The extended quarantine isn’t easy news to digest, but in times like these, it’s good to remember that there are little ways of making the stretch of time spent at home a little easier to stomach. Safeguard your mental health, keep an eye on your physical health, and check in on your friends. Take care!