Things to do while stuck indoors

Remember all those things you said you would do, “when you find the time.”? Well, turns out it wasn’t actually the lack of time that was stopping me, haha, just rather me procrastinating.

Also, it is exhausting to think of things to do while locked up at home because you feel the tasks should be “creative, purposeful and inspire personal growth.” So when the day has passed by and you’ve done nothing but scroll through Instagram while lying on your bed you feel so guilty and swear tomorrow you will do that thing you’ve put off for so long, but then you don’t do it….again.

Creating a list of things I could do, no matter how big or small the task, really helped me. I tried to do at least one thing on the list each day. That way at the end of the day I felt I had accomplished something and could alleviate some of my guilt and lessen my self admonishment.

So here is a list of things for you to do. Some are quick, easy and fun. Others are more of the bigger things you can tackle.

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Baking a Cobbler at home

Baking cobbler is one of the easiest things you can do while stuck indoors.

I discovered this recipe by accident. I had some strawberries that were going off faster than I could eat them so I decided to Google “easy strawberry recipe” and voila this recipe came up.  And it’s true to the name of being an easy dessert.

I used the recipe from Divas Can Cook.

It takes about 10 mins to prep and about 30- 40 mins in the oven.
Best served warm with some ice-cream on the side.

Have you been baking more while self-isolating and staying at home?
Have you made a cobbler before?

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Reading in the time of Corona

 

One of the best things to do with all this time on your hands during Corona is to catch up on that reading list that you’ve neglected for so long due to “lack of time”. I have a packed bookshelf I need to get through.

I run a monthly book and wine club at Vineworks in Sangsu, called Vineworks Book and Wine Club, on the last Sunday of every month. This April was actually our 4 year anniversary. So during normal times I would be going there and meeting up with my friends but during Corona we actually postponed and we had a virtual book club with someone even joining from the USA.

When we are finished with all the social distancing why don’t you join?

This year we will be focusing on women authors with a specific focus on WOC authors.

What you can expect: There is always a lot of food, good conversation and you get your OWN bottle of wine. That’s right. No sharing of wine and you can take doggy bags of whatever is left. (there is a non-alcoholic option available too)

So if you aren’t sure what book you want to read you can join and read what we are reading. It’s also a great way to make friends. Here is a list of all the books we’ve read over the past 4 years.

I know many apartments in Korea are small and/or people don’t want to buy physical books because they don’t want to have to worry about getting rid of them because they are leaving soon. For this reason, I use Scribd for my books. Scribd has 80 million users, and has been referred to as “the Netflix for books”. I use it on my phone or my desktop.

It is an American e-book and audiobook subscription service that includes one million titles. It is very seldom that I don’t find either the book or the audiobook of the title I’m looking for. 

During this difficult Corona time, they’re letting you sign up for a month to try it out and you don’t even have to give your credit card details. But if you use my link to sign up you’ll get 60 days free: https://www.scribd.com/ga/2cc82n 

Have you read any good books during this time at home? Please share the titles in the comments.

This is part of a series of things to do while at home during Corona.

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Nanta- The nonverbal must see show

When my mother came to visit me I really wanted to take her to watch Nanta but was a bit worried that a) you needed an understanding of Korean or that b) it was another tourist trap. I’m incredibly happy to report that we needn’t have worried about either of those. Nanta completely exceeded our expectations and blew us away.

For the entire duration of the show, we sat enthralled by what was happening on stage. We laughed, we clapped along, we bobbed our heads and tapped our feet in beat with the music. It truly was a wonderful performance so full of energy and kept us thoroughly entertained.

So what is Nanta exactly you ask?

Nanta is a non-verbal comedy show created and produced by Song Seung-whan and incorporates traditional samul nori rhythm. The musical has a simple backstory of three cooks attempting to finish preparing a wedding banquet within a strict time limit while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case is performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives. The performance is almost completely non-verbal. The very few words which are spoken are mostly in English.

Nanta is the longest-running show in Korean history.  The musical made its international debut at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received an award for best performance. Since then it has been staged in 57 countries around the world. Nanta opened Off-Broadway in New York City in 2004 and ended its run in August 2005.

There are now three shows in Korea (Myeongdong, Hongdae and Jeju) and one in Bangkok.

discountsThough there are other third-party ticket sellers I would recommend going through the website as they do offer some good deals if you book in advance or at certain times.  If you book in advance you can get an Early bird ticket and the 2pm shows on the weekends are also well priced.

 

 

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Besides being able to buy tickets on the website they also give you very clear directions and instructions on how to get to each theatre.

 

 

 

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If you are lucky enough you get to actually participate in the show. Either as a bride or groom or as some other parts.

 

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If you are chosen to participate they post your photos on the website for you to download.

 

 

 

Nanta is really something worth doing while in Korea. It is fun, family friendly and can be done in any weather. Perfect for the upcoming winter months.

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If you have already seen Nanta let me know what you thought. If you loved it and want to watch some other similar things have a look at my bucket list that has a section on non-verbal shows.

Agatha Christie – WoW

I started this lesson by showing them the trailer to the movie, “Murder on the Orient Express”. 

I then explain that the author who originally wrote the book was a very famous writer and we read the story inside  Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.

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I also show them two videos on YouTube about her life. 1 and 2.

My kids were doing Narrative writing at the time so I had them design a murder mystery plot using the 5W’s 1H.

Have a look at our other Woman of the Week.

Virginia Hall (WW2 badass spy)- WoW

In the years before World War II, Hall tried to break into the American Foreign Service but was denied due to her gender as well as a leg injury. She eventually worked for British intelligence during the war and eventually was allowed to join the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.

SHE HID DOCUMENTS IN HER LEG!! The Limping Lady, Virginia Hall, was the most successful spy in history.

I read the comic book strip from the Rejected Princess website and showed the infographic video,  she shot off her leg and became the best spy ever.  Here is a news report on her. And if you have time here is another YouTube video.

With this lesson, I also decided to have a spy week. They each had to give themselves spy code names and then we did these awards for the week.

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Leave the award on the seat of one pupil at the start of the day or lesson. It is fun to leave it in a manila envelope with ‘TOP SECRET’ written on it! They open the envelope and read their secret mission:
‘Notice somebody doing something great’
They watch their peers closely and award it to somebody by completing the certificate. The winner gets a certificate to take home. I also upped the “spy” factor by making them guess who was the student that spied on them for the day.

Here is the link to all the images I used, the Special Agent Award and the computer desktop I created.

You can find the other Woman of the Week (WoW) here.

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The entry for Virginia Hall in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls book.

 

 

Bette Nesmith Graham (invented whiteout)- WoW

Recently I bought a new book. Girls Think of Everything, Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

So this week we looked at Besse Nesmith Graham who invented whiteout (or as we call it in South Africa Tipp-Ex).

I started the lesson by introducing my kids to the history of typewriters. Many of them had no idea what exactly a typewriter was. I then continued by reading the story in the book. You can download these photos bigger here.

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After reading the story I showed them this YouTube video about her and this one.

I also told them about how Whiteout helped create The Monkees. We watched this YouTube video.

Here is the pic I made for the desktop.

Find more Woman of the Week here.

Images and resources I use for WoW.

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This is what the wall looks like. I found many of these pictures online.

You can find the Google Doc with the pics to print here.

The postcards I got with Good Night Stories box set but you can buy them here. They also have posters and other merchandise to buy.

I also have up quotes from Mandela on postcards.

In the middle, I feature whatever “WoW” we are doing.

I use a wonderful website called Rejected Princesses. It is a series of illustrations of women whose stories wouldn’t make the cut for animated kids’ movies, illustrated in a contemporary animation style. In 2016, it became a book – and in 2018, there will be a second!

Additionally, the site regularly adds profiles of “Modern Worthies” – women from living memory who would also not make the cut.

Lastly, there’s a regularly-updated blog featuring items related to non-conforming women, art, and peculiar bits of history.

I have also gotten women from the book, Girls Think of Everything; Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women. 

And I have the box set of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

To see the full list of “WoW” go here.

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