An entire year had “zoomed” by and life in lockdown still marches on month after month.
People have spent countless hours online that scrolling through social media during downtime has become a monotonous way to pass the hollow hours.
Bored online? Here are other ways to kill time.
Discover the world’s art and culture
Google Arts & Culture is an online platform that makes art and culture accessible online. Browse through different masterpieces by theme, collection, art movement, artist, medium, and others in high-resolution. You can also try out their experiments made by artists and creative coders if you’re up for something more interactive.
Map the stars
We don’t really get a great view of the night sky here in the city—what more indoors! 100,000 Stars is a stellar Chrome Experiment that lets you pan through space with its interactive visualization of 119,617 stars.
Go for a stroll (virtually)
Need to go for a walk? Wander about the different streets around the globe, day or night, with City Walks Live. Since the platform was created during the pandemic, you can see what some cities look like during and before COVID-19.
Drop by a cafe (also virtually)
The faint tapping and tinkling of glasses, the indistinct chatter of customers, the rattling burr of coffee beans in the grinder, the swishing sound of the espresso machine, and finally, the flow of smooth coffee making its way to the bottom of the cup are ambient noises I Miss My Cafe brings virtually for those missing that part of the coffeehouse experience. It even has a tastefully curated Spotify playlist so you can grab your morning coffee from the kitchen and pretend it’s what you ordered from the barista.
Listen to global radio
There are more ways than one to learn about distant cultures, and in times like this, you won’t need a pricey plane ticket. Tune in to live radio stations across the planet with Radio Garden. The website uses geolocation and satellite imagery. Visitors get to explore the interface via a 3D globe.
Travel back in time with sounds
Remember that sound a Windows 95 computer would make? The Museum of Endangered Sounds is an online archive of 33 archaic noises of tech and electronics equipment that will surely walk you down memory lane. Sounds that trigger instant nostalgia include the iconic Nokia ringtone, operators of pay phones, the whirring of a vinyl turntable, the clacking of a typewriter, and the oddly satisfying sound of a rotary phone, among others.
Shop online like it’s a sport
Cross that Shopee haul off your to-do list. Find deals, discounts, and vouchers for your purchases. Need motivation? When you shop, you're helping the economy and entrepreneurs bounce back.
Explore and save ideas
If you like it, then you should have put a pin on it. Save ideas from across the web on Pinterest.
Sometimes, you don't know what you’re looking for until you see it and that will get your creative juices flowing again.
Binge this all-Filipino podcast
For the thrill that sends chills down your spine, Stories After Dark’s 14 local crime and mystery stories narrated in detail are perfect for nights with hot cocoa and a blanket over your head.
Meet up with friends
Hangout after work in this virtual pixel world. Gather Town is a video-conferencing platform with a twist—users can recreate their environments in 2D and customize their own playable characters.
Find movie suggestions based on your mood
The website A Good Movie to Watch lists highly rated but little-known movies and shows based on genre, your mood, top picks, and new releases from different streaming platforms.
Host a movie night with friends
Now that you found the movie, put together a watch party with your friends. Scener allows you to stream shows and movies in sync with others and interact in real-time with video, audio, and chat. You can even “pass the remote” in this virtual home movie theater.
Play mini games
Neal Agarwal, a creative coder, has 21 short, interactive, and informative mini games and webpages on Neal.fun. You can even check out what the Internet looked like 10 years ago today or see scientific predictions on the future of the universe.
Meditate for a minute
Write down on a star what’s bothering you and watch it shrink and drift away. Pixel Thoughts helps you clear your mind and remind you of some important truths, like how our present problems are smaller and that there are much grander things in life.
These days, going offline is the ultimate foolproof way to spend your break time. Pick up an old hobby or find new ones; make something in the kitchen, read a book, or take a nap. Sometimes, we just need time away from the screen to get back in the right headspace.
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by manilastandard.net readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of manilastandard.net. While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.