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The 12 types of people in quarantine

We’re pretty much sure you’re #8 in the list.

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The pandemic has kept people indoors and isolated from their day-to-day lives. While cabin fever set in for some, others have thrived in being able to stay in the comfort of their homes. 

Being productive while in quarantine has been a major challenge for everyone ever since it began. With normal workflows being disrupted, we had to find ways to keep our minds working amidst the recent events that have taken over the world. With that said, being productive isn’t just about continuing the grind, it could also mean finding the time to heal in all aspects of our lives.

These limitations gave birth to personalities that we did not know we had; for others, the personality they wished they could always show. Here we list down the different types of people in quarantine.

1. The news bulletin

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There might be some who feel burdened and tired by the daily news cycle, but these people are not one of them. Glued to the TV or the updates on their phones and computers, they’re the kind to stay on top of the news as it happens. These people are the ones we rely on for updates, even if it means talking to them is like listening to primetime news.

2. The health secretary

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Going hand-in-hand with the news buff, these are the types of people we can trust with the latest safety tips and tricks against the pandemic. They keep up-to-date with recent studies, at-home advice, and ideal precautions to keep themselves and everyone safe. Like the news bulletin, we can rely on them to help inform us on how to stay safe during this pandemic.

3. The quarantine entrepreneur

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Quarantine brought upon limitations, but these people have found business opportunities while at home. They’ve created different products or services that people can make use of while at home. For some, it has also been a way of helping communities by donating portions of their sales to charities and relief efforts. From delicious desserts to affordable online services, these people have kept on the hustle during the quarantine.

4. The house executive

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While the lockdowns meant work had to stop for most, these people continue the work at home. Often seen in an online meeting in Zoom, Teams, or Meet, they carry on with their job in what some argue to be a less stressful environment. At the same time, they also become sources of entertainment in calls when random background events occur.

5. The (at-home) gym rat

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Who said you had to skip your summer bod this year? With more time indoors than ever before, these people prefer to use their time to whip their body back to shape. Having less distractions, they’ve managed to find a workout plan to stick with using all the equipment at their disposal.

6. The quarantine chef

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If there was anything we loved watching more than comedy skits and dance challenges, it would be cooking videos. With people spending more time in the kitchen this quarantine, more recipes have come out to inspire our quarantine chefs to put their aprons back on. We can bet on these people to wow us with their cooking on our tables or on our smartphones when they post their cooking online.

7. The vlogger

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While most people are content with enjoying content, these people have been inspired to make them. You’ve probably seen some of your friends start a YouTube channel during this quarantine period and maybe even shared their videos in support. These people make their quarantines more interesting by exploring their creativity and producing content for friends, family, and the world to enjoy.

8. The TikToker

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Perhaps the young and hip cousin of the vlogger, these are the people who have decided to get in on the trend and produce TikTok videos. Similar to previous platforms like Vine, TikTok makes it easier to produce fun and quirky content that’s much shorter than its YouTube counterparts. Whether it’s TikTok dances or comedy skits, these people have joined in on the fun on the trending social media platform in their spare time.

9. The Netflix guide

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If the last two entries featured people who make content in quarantine, these people are the ones more content with consuming them. Finally having the time to sit back and go through their Netflix library, these people have become very reliable guides for what movie or show to watch next. Whether you’re looking for heart-wrenching dramas, light and witty romcoms, or serious and brooding thrillers, they’ve got just the thing for you.

10. The digital shopaholic

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Lockdowns may have caused malls and shopping centers to temporarily close, but these people have decided to take their business elsewhere. They find themselves spending most of their time browsing through flash deals and free shipping specials looking for the best deals. With packages coming in on almost a daily basis, these people have endeared themselves to the delivery crew in their area.

11. The Zen master

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Being at home this quarantine means you get to be in the one place you’re most familiar with. While others try to stay active physically, these people use the comfort of their homes to engage themselves mentally and emotionally. They’re the ones we probably don’t hear a whole lot from this quarantine but when we do, it’s often to hear realizations and reflections about themselves and the world around them.

12. The couch potato

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Perhaps the most recognizable and most relatable, these people are the ones that just enjoy the break from it all. These people simply enjoy sleeping in, staying in bed, or just relaxing in their own little spaces. They relish in the simpler things in life, choosing to just take a good break from all the work and stresses that they’ve had before.

The pandemic has left us with a constant feeling of uncertainty about our future. Monthly bad news and toxic arguments in social media have made us feel bogged down and burnt out. 

Regardless of the means, what’s most important is that we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether that’s by doing physical and mental activities or simply taking a well-deserved break, what matters most is that we keep ourselves afloat. 

At the end of the day, our part in staying at home is the best we can do to not only help ourselves but also everyone around us against this pandemic.

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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The most dreadful time of the semester is here and with it comes every student’s best friend: cramming. We all know that it’s an ineffective and unhealthy way to retain information. Yet, we still choose to condense weeks worth of lectures into hours of late night study sessions because it somehow still gets the job done. 

Studying in the wee hours of the morning means you need something to keep you and your brain awake and functioning. Below, we’ve compiled a playlist that will surely get those neurons firing as you burn the midnight oil.

 

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12 tweets hyping up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat

And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

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"Lady of Sorrows" poster grabbed from the official Facebook page of the University

Today, the University published a poster commemorating the day of the Lady of Sorrows. As a Catholic university, it has always been a practice of the University to publish publicity materials about the Catholic Church’s feasts, traditions, and holidays. However, the Lady of Sorrows poster had more to offer other than the photograph of Mama Mary. What does the Twitter-verse have to say about it?

Here are some tweets that that hyped up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat:

1. An iconic upgrade.

Comic Sans MS is nowhere to be found! 

2. And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

I know you’re rooting for this iconic album too.

3. Ah, ah, ah!

The Lord and Mama Mary love us like that! 

4. Time to hype the party!

Wait, are we going to cry or…?

5. Time to light these bad boys up.

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

6. And she spoke of the truth!

It really does, I swear.

7. There’s an uncanny resemblance, right?

Aren’t we all inspired by someone or something?

8. Don’t you just miss the good days?

Time to bust out those moves soon, sister.

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9. Sing it with me!

I’m a hundred percent sure you sang the next lines!

10. *Saves to Pinterest board*

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who did this.

11. Response?

We’re going to need the energy UP tonight.

12. Stream Papuri sa Diyos Remix

Prepare your dancing shoes! You’re going to bust some moves.

Whether one is religious or not, everyone can admit that the pubmat is comical yet well done at the same time. Today, Twitter truly had a laugh while touching up hints on pop culture references. All jokes aside, may we celebrate what the 15th of September is truly about: the day of the Lady of Sorrows.

And together we say, “Amen”.

 

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Experience the Thomasian nostalgia in UST Minecraft

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior Thomasian, we all long for the day that we get to experience campus life once again. For now, here are some of the ways you can relive that nostalgia through the UST Minecraft server. 

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For the past six months, the coronavirus pandemic has distanced us from our friends, classmates, and most of all, from our dearest campus. From taking care of plants to going viral on TikTok, we’ve all tried many ways to cope with our current situation. But for some people, staying indoors helped them to harness their creativity.

What started out as a simple suggestion on Twitter turned into a full-scale project composed of more than 80 Thomasian creators and builders headed by sophomore Charles Nobleza. Every building, facility, and landmark found inside the university was meticulously built by the team from scratch. After months of hard work, the UST Minecraft server was finally unveiled to cap off the Freshmen Week 2020. 

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior Thomasian, we all long for the day that we get to experience campus life once again. For now, here are some of the ways you can relive that nostalgia through the UST Minecraft server. 

1. Commuting!

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It’s no strange fact that commuting to campus is the most stressful part of the day as a consequence of living in the metro. But at the same time, we can all admit that being in quarantine made us miss that daily adrenaline rush. If you’re one of those people, then you’re in for a treat. 

UST Minecraft not only features a digital replica of the campus itself, but also the numerous ways you can get there. After entering the server, you will have to take an LRT to Legarda where a jeepney will be waiting to take you to the UST campus. Rather than hours, the travel time will only take a few minutes. And don’t worry about the payment for the fares as they are included in the list of items you will have upon entering the server. 

2. No ID, no entry.

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Entering the virtual campus is much like the experience in real life. Although we’re used to entering campus through the different gates surrounding it, the server only admits students through Gate 10 in front of the Arch of the Centuries, where you will be greeted by the UST Yellow Jackets. Before setting foot inside campus, the server will require you to wear your ID along with your college or faculty uniform. In true campus culture, you will be required to tap your ID before entering any building. Also, changing your character’s skin while inside the campus will temporarily not allow you to move from your spot. 

3. Don’t be a stranger. Say hi!

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Since the sandbox video game itself was built to be interactive, the UST Minecraft server allows you to chat with other Thomasians on campus. Your college or faculty appears alongside your username in the chat box.  

4. Step inside the buildings.

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The detailed structures in the server are more than just an eye candy, you can actually enter and take yourself on a tour inside them. From the staircases to the tile design, the UST Minecraft team got all the interior and exterior details to a tee. However, there are some areas which are off-limits to students exploring the server. 

While moving from one building to another, take some time to appreciate some of the popular areas in UST like the Quadricentennial Park, which is complete with a fountain that has water coming out of it, and Lover’s Lane. Who knows? You might also come across some of the UST’s adorable cats. 

5. The UST Museum but with a twist!

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Being the oldest Catholic university in Asia, UST also houses the oldest museum in the Philippines. The UST Museum located in the Main Building displays many taxidermied animal species, historical paintings, artifacts, and religious statues. 

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Since most of the museum items are quite small, it would be almost impossible to recreate every single piece. Instead, pictures of the buildings in the UST Minecraft server were created in its place. It is also worth mentioning that a room in the museum was dedicated for the statues of the server’s creators and builders. 

BONUS: Paying homage to UST’S roots.

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Before finding a permanent home in España, UST was originally located in Intramuros, Manila. In fact, it is where the half of the Arch of the Centuries facing the main building was first erected. 

While venturing inside the UST Minecraft server, you might occasionally find yourself teleported to another world which seemingly resembles the present-day Intramuros. This is almost correct as it is, in fact, a replica of the original UST campus built in in the walled city during the 1600s. The surroundings are complete with all the details found in sketches and pictures of the original campus. There’s even a traditional kalesa to complete your historical experience.  

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The accuracy, detail, and scale of the project speaks volumes for the effort and dedication that was poured in by the creators and moderators to make a simple idea possible. It is not only an answer to the concerns of new Thomasians who wish to familiarize themselves with the campus, but also a gift to all those who simply want to reminisce about the experience of being on campus. Albeit virtually, it’s one of the ways we can interact and feel closer as a community especially in these times. 

You can check out all the details on how to access the server here. In any case that you might encounter problems while exploring the campus, don’t hesitate to ask for help from the server administrators and moderators.

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