Melissa C. Koh

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It’s a strange time now, isn’t it? Do your part, stay at home, they say. A few months back, staying at home sounded like a dream but really, it’s easier said than done. Everyday feels like the same day (raise your hands if you can’t remember what day of the week it is). And with the announcement of the extended circuit breaker measures, some may even feel dreadful for the weeks to come. But as we anxiously wait to return to a state of normalcy, we can take this time as an opportunity to take care of ourselves, both mentally and physically and to take a much needed break from the noise outside. In the spirit of self-care, here’s a week of activities to indulge in, something to bring a smile to your face each day!


Monday mornings can be incredibly dreary, even when working from home. Kickstart your week with a spin on a classic breakfast staple.

Pancakes. Some like it sweet, some like it savoury. But this savoury pancake recipe might change minds. It calls for ricotta AND parmesan cheese, so every bite is sure to be bursting with cheesy goodness. This, topped with a sunny side up or two? Match-made in heaven. Perhaps you need some flare in your mornings. A heavy-hitting breakfast to jolt you out of your grogginess.  A quick and easy kimchi pancake is bound to leave you energised and raring to go! (it’s also the perfect way to use up the old kimchi you’ve left sitting at the back of your refrigerator).

And for all the sweet-tooths out there, how about scones alongside your morning cup of joe? This recipe makes a scone that’s oh so crumbly and buttery, a perfect companion as you drift away from the morning mayhem and imagine yourself flipping through magazines in a peaceful cafe. 


Look forward to a dinner delivery swap with your pal! You get to pick what your friend gets and she gets to pick what you’re having. This one’s great if you don’t know what to eat, so sit back, relax and await a surprise at your doorstep! (A word of caution: your friend might try to prank you with some strange delicacies or spicy food so be prepared!) 


Unfortunately, social distancing means you have to forego that group spin class you love. But don’t let that affect you or your fitness goals. Use this chance to try a class that you would normally shy away from. Find HIIT too daunting? Or perhaps you’re drawn to the poise of ballet classes but thought large classes were intimidating? Now’s the perfect time to try out these activities, all from the comfort of your own home. No one’s watching so let loose, be silly and have some fun while breaking out a sweat. 


Barry’s Bootcamp is an intense workout with a good mix of strength and cardio exercises, plus some burpees for good measure. It’s tough, but it’s a celebrity favourite for a reason. They post new classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8am over on their Instagram Live (it’s up for 24 hours so you can get your workout in at any time of the day).

Alternatively, Ground Zero is offering their classes on IGTV as well. Each class is focused on a particular muscle group, and it’s 40 minutes long, so it’s perfect when you’re in a crunch for time. But don’t get me wrong, it is still tough and you can definitely look forward to achy muscles the next day. 

If you’re looking for a workout that is more low-impact, or perhaps looking to improve your posture, why not give ballet a shot? These classes go through the basic fundamentals of ballet technique and activate the muscles you’ve never used before. Kathryn Morgan pays extra attention to technique and offers useful tips on stability along the way. Patricia Zhou posts new beginner’s classes at 12.30pm every Wednesday and Thursday (PST) and follows a progressive syllabus. Perfect for those who look forward to variety! And for those night-owls, New York City Ballet Principal Artist, Tiler Peck, conducts her ballet classes every day at 10am (PST). That’s 1am in Singapore time, so if you happen to be up late and in the mood to dance, you know where to go. 


Being at home doesn’t have to suck. Make your home a sanctuary, away from busy streets and the sweltering heat. Crank up the air-conditioning, light up a calming candle and get comfortable with your favourite sweater or hoodie. Bonus: a candlelit background helps you look fresher and glowier on Zoom and Houseparty, we promise!


The weekend is here! Place an order for your absolute favourite food, your ride-or-die (pizza anyone?) and whip out your nicest plates. That’s right, we’re getting fancy. Finish with some good old Netflix and a glass of rosé for a sweet ending to the work week.


Do you get your groceries during the weekend? Why not channel your inner master-chef and try your hand at a new recipe? Perhaps even give Bon Appetit’s charred tomato toast or kimchi recipe a try if you’re feeling a little chaotic. You’re in for a good laugh with this recipe video.


After getting all messy in the kitchen, unwind with a nice long shower and give your parched skin some tlc. Douse yourself in moisturiser and massage away your tight shoulders and stiff neck. You’ll wake up to soft and glowy skin, as if Monday to Friday never happened.


Gear up for the following week with a fresh manicure

Photos from J.Hannah Jewelry

Nail polish remover is an important start. A fresh canvas will help make your manicure last longer. File your nails down to your desired shape; a soft oval will elongate your fingertips. 

Follow with a pretty spring shade and seal it in with a glossy topcoat. Once you’ve got a nice wash of colour on your fingertips, a nice dollop of hand cream will seal in all the moisture – you’ll need it, with all the extra-hand washing you’ve been doing lately. And if you want to go the extra mile, add some cuticle oil to avoid those pesky hangnails and dry patches. Don’t fret if you don’t have a bottle of cuticle oil or cream, some lip balm, nipple cream or even a drop of your favourite face oil will do wonders for your nail beds. Now, after all that hard work, you’ll be treated with a pair of hands every time you look down at your keyboard. 

Till next time! Stay safe and wash your hands!

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