Self-quarantining and social distancing in Bali? If you’re staying put in your hotel or villa, here are some fun things to do at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It’s official: Coronavirus is in Bali and Indonesia, so it’s now time for us to minimise our movements to reduce the spread of the virus. For those of us who are still here on the island, you may already be social distancing or in self-quarantine, which means your daily beach club hangs and fine dining date nights are on hold for a little while…
And if you’re already feeling a wave of villa-fever and need some entertaining while self-isolating? We’ve put together a list of awesome things to do and fun activities to keep you and your family busy. Stay safe, stay sane, and don’t forget the sunscreen…
THINGS TO DO AT HOME UNDER QUARANTINE
Netflix & chill
We can only imagine the surge of new Netflix subscriptions right now, and for good reason. You can lose track of hours (even days!) binge-watching your fave Netflix series, and there’s no better time to tick off all the goodies from your must-watch hit-list. Our faves? Try Stranger Things, Bodyguard, Sex Education, The Sinner, You, After Life, The Stranger and Cheer – to name just a few. Oh, and if you want to mix pleasure with productivity? Get inspired and spruce up your home by watching “Tidying Up with Maria Kondo”…
Learn the lingo
Bali expats, no more excuses on why you only know a few words in Bahasa Indonesia after years spent living on the island – now’s the time to learn the lingo, ayo! There are so many ways to improve your Indonesian, from online classes, downloadable language apps (like Duolingo), or even the old-school method of flash cards or post-it notes stuck on your mirror. Selamat belajar!
Smash those fitness goals
Okay, so you can’t exactly hit one of Bali’s best gyms or famous yoga studios, but what you can do is find the perfect exercise class or fitness app online. The web’s buzzing with inspirational fitness blogs and trainer videos full of fit peeps who can show you the battle ropes – from full-blown workouts with fitness gurus like Kayla Itsines, to calming Yin Yoga with virtual instructors.
Log in to Instagram Live
TV guides are soooo 2019. The 2020 pandemic is all about Instagram Live schedules that let you tap into one-off experiences and educational workshops around the world. You can watch live “concerts” from your favourite band (direct from their living room), you can join art workshops, listen to interviews, get involved with political discussions and even chat live with your fave Insta personalities.
Download GO-JEK and live the dream
For Bali’s residents and expats alike, GO-JEK really is LYF. Honestly, we can’t remember how we ever survived before this all-in-one app fell from heaven. So, do yourself a favour and if you haven’t already, download the app for unadulterated access to home-delivered food from all of your fave Bali restaurants, as well as in-villa massages, on-call cleaners, at-home beauty services, personal shoppers and even postal services – all available at your disinfected fingertips!
Take a breather
Let’s face it: during these unsettling times, even the most laid-back of peeps are a little on edge. So why not soothe those stresses with some meditation, mindfulness, and even anxiety-melting sleep stories to get some good Z’s. Our fave apps are Calm and Headspace – we feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about them…
Cook up a storm
So, your chic Bali villa is kitted out with a sparkling kitchen and all the must-have cooking gadgets – but you’re yet to get ‘em dirty? Well, now’s the time to start living your best domestic life, because Bali is blessed with plenty of fresh produce, and most importantly, some home delivery services that bring all of the ingredients right to your doorstep. Our fave is Bali Direct, selling everything from fruits and veg to vegan cheeses, baby food, meats and baking essentials. You may not be attending a cooking class anytime soon, but there’s a little thing called YouTube that might come in handy…
Supercharge your CV
Whether you’ve been laid off work for a while or you simply have a few extra hours on your hands, there’s no better time to step-up your skills and add to your professional portfolio. Now, it doesn’t have to be a gruelling coding qualification or mind-boggling maths class. You can learn about interior design, animal behaviour, and even mixology for your nightly cocktail hour. Check out Masterclass or Coursera for our faves, direct from top universities and instructors from around the world. And if you don’t have time to study? Check out Blinkist and takeaway key ideas in just 15 minutes from 3000+ bestselling non-fiction books.
Work from home
Bali’s digital nomads will already be very well acquainted with the remote work schedule, but if you’re new to this twenty-first century trend, welcome to the at-home club. Making the transition ain’t always easy, but following a few simple guidelines can keep you on track with your daily to-do list. Our top tips? Plan a schedule (and stick to it), create your own dedicated office space, take regular breaks, and regularly check in with your colleagues to stay connected and keep the team morale sky-high. A productivity-provoking playlist goes a long way, too…
Foster a quarantine companion
Let’s be straight – self-isolating is exactly how it sounds: isolating and pretty damn lonely. So if you want some company throughout your quarantine period (and endless laughter, snuggles and entertainment), why not foster a cute dog or cat from one of Bali’s rescue groups? Check out Mission Pawsible’s “Part Time Paw’rent” program for more details, and find your paw’fect match!
Become the next Beethoven
Beethoven once said, “music can change the world” – and damn we need some of that right now. So it’s officially time to dust off your old college guitar, unpack your long-lost violin or even turn your coffee table into a makeshift drum kit. Hop on over to YouTube, find your favourite tutorial, and dance to your own beat.
Soak up the sunshine
Right now isn’t the best time to sun-soak with the masses at your fave beach clubs, but you can make the most of Bali’s beautiful weather by laying out your sarong, popping on your hottest bikini and lazing the day away by your glittering infinity pool. After all, they say that the virus doesn’t do well in the heat, so bronzing your bod is all for a good cause…
Go wild with an online shopping spree
Retail therapy doesn’t have to mean a day traipsing Canggu and Seminyak’s best boutiques. You can easily update your wardrobe online, too – from Bali-born bikini brands to the most fabulous jewellery pieces and more – all just a click away. And psst – Bali expats! If you haven’t heard of Tokopedia yet, you can thank us later. Like the Indonesian version of Amazon, Tokopedia is where you can shop almost all of your fave creature comforts from overseas – already imported and delivered within days. Here’s our full list of online stores in Bali & Indonesia.
Get your game on
Don’t let boredom get the better of you; instead, reach for a board game and get involved with some good old fashioned family fun. Or, if you’re a solo isolator, get busy with puzzles, crosswords or video games to pass the time. Top tip: you can join online gaming communities and even play with your mates too – the virtual world is your oyster!
Plan your next vacay
Overseas trips may be on hold for now, but you can always plan your next adventure across the island. We’ve got guides on Bali’s best waterfalls, where to stay in Ubud, quiet escapes to the north in Pemuteran, and even island escapes to neighbouring Lombok and Bali’s little sister islands, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan.
Stay safe and sane, everyone!