Writen by Qadijah Adzmir
Don’t get hung up by boredom! Staying in, cooped up at home can be taxing and a little tiresome but in this period of the pandemic, it is necessary.
While it isn’t very pleasant being forced to stay indoors, many of us can consider ourselves lucky that we are ‘trapped’ comfortably in our own homes.
And as we idle about the house with not much to do, we suddenly find that we have been handed ‘too’ much time. Chances are, many of you are probably longing to head back to the office!
But slow down for a bit. There is still a good amount of days to go through for the MCO with a likelihood that it may be extended further to keep the number of cases down.
Want to gain more information about the effect of the pandemic on the world?
With more time in our hands, let’s take up new skills and work on self-improvements. There’s a lot of information out there!
Is it reliable? Is it free? Yes and yes!
Here, I am pleased to share with you the sites that I have tested out and found it easy to navigate. It also contains useful information at the same time. Let’s go!
Here are links for you to gain more information about the effects of the pandemic to the world.
1) World Economic Forum Strategic Intelligence offers a great interactive tool to easily guide its users on different topics related to COVID-19.
2) ACLED COVID-19 Disorder Tracker provides crisis mapping on how the pandemic is affecting certain parts of the world while they are battling with their own political violence.
How about learning new languages?
1) Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies has shared with the public about several indigenous languages explaining the COVID-19 symptoms and awareness in poster-form. A wise move to learn from.
2) If you are interested in learning French, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Original Title: Le Grand Méchant Renard et Autres Contes …) can be a good starting point. The cinematic is colorful, funny, and it has valuable elements that all ages could relate to.
3) Or maybe you are planning to go to Germany? Radio D can be a useful platform to hear, understand and immerse yourself in the German language.
Would you like to contribute directly to societies that are battling the effects of the pandemic?
1) Majlis Belia Sabah has launched #DapurBelia so that they could directly distribute staple food and supply to underserved communities in Sabah.
2) JagaSamaDirik is Sarawakians initiative with the mission of “PPE for Frontliners at Work, Food for Our Children at Home.”
3) There is an urgent need to raise funds for the Women’s Emergency Fund, a collaborative initiative to assist marginalized women who are about to deliver in the upcoming days or weeks. Delivering babies in a government hospital could also cost them a lot.
4) HNSB Volunteer is taking proactive measures under their project called Misi Bantuan C19 in ensuring that our front liners and those are in-need are eating well.
The list is non-exhaustive, so I hope that you could explore more and do not forget to share it with everyone ya!
“The best among you are those who bring the greatest benefits to many others”