Things to do at home during movement control order. Quite a lot actually, mostly FREE.

10:35 pm Deelicious 4 Comments

Now is not the time to go out and mingle. Whether you are living alone, with housemates or with family, here are some ideas for you (and your mates) during this MCO time, especially during the weekend when you MUST be home-bound. While you stay home during this movement control order period, there are some interesting things to do at home.

I am trying to keep it short and simple. I will update this particular blog with more ideas, so if you have more ideas that you think should be on this list, let me know. 

1. Home improvement/recycling. 

Home improvement can be even re-arranging your stuff. Or install that cupboard you wanted since 2 years ago. Or drill that hole to hang your favourite painting to you swear you will do but it has been 1 year ago. Do it. 

Do your part to recycle, while you KonMari your stuff because not everything is meant for the rubbish bin. Keep those that spark joy, and those not so much of joy; repurpose or recycle it.

Just in one day, I can recycle 1 IKEA bag. In the last round, I did a full clean up of my kitchen, it was 5 bags of stuff that can be recycled. Not easy, take time but once you muster some guts (you need it, trust me), and when you start, you can't stop. Or at least, just clean up your home. So, just do it.

Just 1 day worth of recycling stuff.

2. Shopping (or window shopping) - DIGITALLY. 

You can't go out and shop (except for grocery) - but you can still shop. Do everything online. Why not? Even if you are not buying it now, you can just drop it into your wishlist or mark it with "love" or "favourite" it, come back later.

I myself needed some new clothes, I do so with... UNIQLO. And I did a quick shop for their loungewear - hey, you need to be as comfortable as you can, even at home. And I love how versatile it is for me to wear it, for all the video conferences that I will be doing at home during MCO. 

Like hello...... comfortable wear....... (and hello free delivery with order more than RM150)!

Loungewear Info 19FW
Image from UNIQLO site.
I screenshot this from the UNIQLO app - you can shop there!
No shipping cost - if you purchase more than RM150, it's free delivery to you! Yay!

Not even joking. Free delivery - it's not just UNIQLO, many other online stores are doing the same thing. One of the best time to make some purchases with all the promotions, who say that we cannot be comfortable and stylish at the same time? No one. 

3. Cooking + be the Chef of the house.

Always wanted to cook for the family or try out a new recipe? It's about time you do it, and if you can't find the time, this is it. 

I cooked this simple meal at home. 
It's good to experiment and enhance your cooking skills now, even for those who know how to cook. I even managed to try with something new or expected.

I tried making jeruk (or mango pickle) because I happened to have one huge mango that is not ripe but I had cut it open, instead of wasting it, I googled some simple recipe. Recipe included in caption.

Recipe for Mango pickle: 1 huge mango, sliced or cut to your liking, clean it - add two tablespoons of salt. Wait for 1 hour, let all the juice come out, drain it, place it into a jar and pour in sugar water (in my case, I use brown sugar just because I want to see whether it work or not, it did work for me). Make sure the sugar water is at room temperature, not hot. Keep it in the fridge for at least 24 hours. It is that so very simple.

Or simply order food, try new things, I mean why not? Lee Sharing (another site) provides a list of delivery takeaway that is running promotions, including KFC, McD, Grab and many more - read it here.

Need to top up your grocery or cooking ingredients? Here are some lists of online grocery delivery, thanks to KL Foodie and NST, click here and here (I particularly like this one because it has extended list even for organic stuff).

And I got you covered for beers (click here) and wine (click here) too. You are welcome.

4. Netflix your way.

If you got time to kill (which I bet you do now), needed some good entertainment, glue yourself to... NETFLIX. 

Hello Malaysians, I know what you are doing. Thank you for making this No.1, I guess?
Netflix is like a pandora box - and Malaysians are so darn good at choosing movies and dramas, I simply just go to "Top 10" to see what others are watching. And today, Fifty Shades Freed is No.1 in Malaysia. Way to go, Malaysians! 

Another hot choice that everyone is dying to watch is... 

They have family-friendly titles too, so don't worry. 

What's the price? Here's the price chart: 

To be honest, not really expensive. Mine is premium and I get to share with my friends and family on different devices. Cool, ya?
If you are keen to sign up, you can do it here

Interestingly, Iflix is currently offering FREE access to all their shows and content during MCO - till when I am not sure, but what I am sure of is that it's free now.

More info, check it here.

5. Home spa.

There's no need to sacrifice your look, beauty and the much-needed pampering for your skin, face, body, and soul

Some of the items that I am currently using at this moment and would like to recommend to you.
AHC face masks; L'Occitane Immortelle Divine face oil and Herbae body wash; Claire's anti-acne facial scrub; Neal's Yard essence oil; Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate; and LUSH's Ocean Salt (face and body scrub), Bucks Fizz Body Conditioner and BIG Sea Salt Shampoo.

If you don't have it now, it's ok. There are some beauty and grooming sites that you can get all your beauty must-haves. Like Althea, Hermo and  Sephora.

Interesting eh? ALTHEA is giving FREE hand sanitizer + free shipping with a minimum order of RM99! Yay!

Want to know how to make some interesting body scrub? Let Priyanka Chopra show you how: 

Or you can always try this at home, using home ingredients, FREE as well: 

And for the men, let's not appear like a caveman after two weeks, here are tips on how to shave, read my post on shaving the right way

6. Read or write.

Do you know you can borrow ebook from our National Library? Like OMG. How can I not know this? 

Wow. Apparently, more than 14,000 books FREE for you to download and read. Click here to find out more and e-Sentral is the direct link, make sure you search for FREE.

I mean, it's FREE you know... 

Another one is Open Library that I absolutely love. 

You can search thousands of titles in Open Library.

7. Learn something, every day. 

Improve yourself. Learn new things, every day, at your own time and leisure. Best of all? It's free. Most of it is free - but if you want the certification, you can pay for it, but the point is, be a better person. Here's a list of site that offer e-learning or courses that is free. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. 

This is so darn genius!

Learn as much as you can - at your own pace, from all the leading learning institutes around the world.

8. Keep yourself healthy.

Again, FREE. CBS News compiled a list of free workouts. Go to any of the sites, there's lots of live-streaming, classes and sessions to choose from. No excuses, even YouTube have a long list of home workouts and yoga. 

9. Get ready for some EPIC GAMES!

Install some interesting games on your laptop, tabs or mobile. Even Pokemon Go introduced some changes to their game rules since there's restriction in movement. Tons of it, FREE if you will. 

All yours to choose from. Free or special discounts and deals.
Even Playstation is giving away free games (T&co applies), click here

10. Spend time with your loved ones. Guess what? It's FREE.

Not sure if you know but..... video conferencing is practically free now. Yes, apparently Google and Microsoft announced that their conferencing tools are now free, connecting enterprises and those in education, doing conferences or lectures on digital. But you can do it now too with your family and friends, using the same tools. 

Other than that, consider the following list: 

1. Zoom, special version during COVID-19, click here.
2. Skype

Of course, LINE, WhatsApp and WeChat - can connect you via video but from one device to another device. If your family and friends is like all around the world, Google (Meet or Hangout), Microsoft (Team), Skype and Zoom is very much recommended. And of course, it's FREE.

Zoom offering free video conferencing during this difficult time.

As of now, this is what I can think of but I guess it's enough for all of us to spend our time wisely. If you have more ideas, do reach out to me and I will update the list.

And if you want to find out more about all the essential services during MCO, FMT covered it extensively, read here

Meanwhile, be safe and stay home!

Be deelicious and stay safe guys!
21 March 2020

And no, this is not a sponsored post - but a disclaimer, I did copy my Netflix code as part of their referral program, I mean, why not? 


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