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Day 20 of Lockdown

Kuwait Lockdown Day 20

 

Day 20 of 20!

Day 20 and that’s it, we’re done with total lockdown across Kuwait, but those of you who are still experiencing full lockdown, don’t worry, we’re still here to keep you busy, we won’t abandon you! For our last lockdown article, we thought we’d put together all our suggestions from the past 20days onto one page, so you can look back and tick off all those you’ve done, and indeed, what’s left to conquer….so without further ado, here you go:

 

Visit the Happiest Place On Earth from the comfort of your living room, Disneyland!

The best part—no lines! Disneyland might have shut its doors temporarily, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun — even if you’re a million miles away. That’s right, you can now enjoy all your favourite rides without leaving your sofa! Just click [here] and enjoy.

Teach your dog new tricks:

We get it…even your pooch is going to get itchy feet and needs a way to lose all that energy, so how about trying these activities, you’ll love it too!

Search Games: Hiding some treats and toys all around the house will create something like a scavenger hunt for your dog. He can use his senses and find these rewards once he finds your hiding spots. Just make sure you only hide small amounts of tasty food, and not too much.

Shell game: Place three plastic cups upside-down on the floor and hide a treat under one of the cups. Move the cups around each other while your dog watches the movements. Then see if he can find the cup with his reward.

Frozen treats: are another source of fun and entertainment.  You just need to put some food or a treat in an ice-cream container, fill it with water and freeze it. Your pet will have lots of fun waiting for the ice to melt and revealing the delicious surprise for him to enjoy.

Chewing: is a natural behaviour for dogs and chews such as Kongs can keep your dog busy for hours, as well as helping to maintain good dog dental hygiene.

Teach basic commands: Does he already know the important commands like “sit”, “stay”, “come”? Now is the time to put in some hours of reward-based training. You can try it with clicker training: More here!

Teach names: Give toys names and ask your dog to fetch “teddy”, “ball”, or “dolly” and put them in a box.

Tidying up: Much to the delight of your children, train your dog to also put away his toys, preferably in a box.

Refresh your wardrobe by upcycling your old clothes…how? Just click [here] and learn.

Build the greatest pillow fort of all time, if you need inspiration, of course we can help….just click away!

Make epic pasta with an Italian Nonna!

This fabulous YouTube channel films Italian Nonnas cooking pasta live, many of the ladies are over 80, and they are a joy and inspiration to watch, simply, bellisima! Watch & enjoy by clicking [here].

Unmask a Killer in an online Murder Mystery Game

A puzzling murder case really does liven up one’s lockdown, doesn’t it? Certainly beats solving the mystery of who used the last roll of toilet paper, at any rate. Strange happenings and odd situations have marked life in the palace recently, so suspicion is falling heavily on every inhabitant. The facts just don’t seem to add up, which means a person such as yourself – blessed with expertise, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to sift fact from fiction – needs to use your Sherlockian instincts solve the shocking murder of the palace butler. Tickets can be found here.

Host a Fab Virtual Abba Night!

Yes, the world has sent out an SOS that it needs entertaining, and heres an Amazing ABBA Quiz. You can dance, you can jive, you can answer a series of questions designed to test your knowledge of Sweden’s greatest pop band, and basically have the time of your life whilst doing so. Tickets are available here and lets Say Thank you to The Music!

Stand a broom on its end (which you can do any day of the year, just FYI)

Get your culture fix with the Royal Opera House’s upcoming streamed productions

The London Royal Opera House are streaming Operas & Ballet, for FREE, during this period, so get your culture on, settle down and grab a front row seat (at home of course) click [here] and enjoy!

Put up some seasonal decorations!

The beautiful lights come as a reminder that there’s still hope, love, and solidarity among all during these dark times the entire world is experiencing…..whether its traditional Ramadan decorarions and if you don’t celebrate Ramadan, why not Christmas decorations? Lets just all unite at this time at the beauty that is our planet!

Learn to play the guitar

Fender, the guitar manufacturing company, is offering three free months of their online music lessons during the coronavirus outbreak. Their online music program, Fender Play, will be free to everyone who wants to learn how to play while they’re practicing social distancing. How thoughtful!

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument or want to use this free time to brush up on your musical skills, Fender Play is a great option. The music education program gives you access to multiple levels of courses on several different guitar styles as well as bass and ukulele lessons.

They’re offering the first 1million who sign up 3months free so simply follow this [Link] and sign up online, no credit card required. Once three months is up, you have the option of continuing lessons for a small fee month, but there’s no pressure to buy, so rock your way through this quarantine and we’ll see you on the other side.

Watch every David Attenborough nature documentary

Come on, we all agree, Sir David Attenborough is a legend, with over 60years of documentaries its an impressive career, his distinct voice and enthusiasm make him a joy to watch, and we can learn so much. Click [Here] to learn more

Recreate a Kuwait landmark

Please do share the results with us

Finally understand TikTok….you know all the kids are doing it!

Hop on tour of some of the worlds finest Galleries & Museums

No need to leave the house to travel the world and see some of the iconic masterpieces that have been created by the generations before us, just sit back and enjoy the tour by click [Here

Become that Instagram Influencer you knew you were destined to be

Or indeed, just learn some of the tricks of the trade to enhance your profile and maximise your reach, click [here] to learn how.

See Londons history unfold in this mesmerising 

This is a must see, and only 7 minutes long……incredible for over a 2000 year history! From the Romans to today…go on a journey of discovery, music’s pretty cool too!

Become a master of disguise from a former CIA officer

Theres no better time to learn a new skill, and while we can wear a mask and be pretty incognito at the moment, this can be a serious bit of fun during lockdown…. Whether you’re hoping to hide from your housemate as you sneak to the fridge for the seven millionth time, or frighten your brother as he leaves his bedroom, disguises can really add a whole load of excitement to the lockdown days monotomy. Click [here] to learn how in this fascinating video.

Design a new Zoom chat background for meetings (adding yourself to memes is highly encouraged)

Watch the Northern Lights on this mesmerising [live feed]

Every single evening, for the past 8 years this feed has been streaming the sky in all its glory. If you’ve picked a good night, you’ll catch nature’s stunning light show live from Churchill, Manitoba in Canada. The cam is located directly underneath the aurora oval, which is one of the best places in the world to admire the northern lights. And the very best part? You can do so without trudging through the arctic conditions and, instead, can camp out from your sofa with a nice warm brew.

Take a Lockdown Gap “Year”

Set off on a lockdown gap year by transforming each room in your house into a far-flung destination, we did say we would have some unusual suggestions to keep you busy.

Dive into the World of Opera free online performances

Well-established as a go-to resource for opera buffs, OperaVision have upped the number of free performances on their platform. Classic operas, performed in some of the finest opera houses across the Globe, are on offer here, with everyone from Verdi to Puccini, and Mozart to Wagner making an appearance. Grab the popcorn and check out the full streaming programme here!

Enjoy a fitness class for you and the kids

Joe Wicks, more commonly known as The Body Coach, has launched live daily PE lessons on his YouTube channel. The British fitness guru, who rose to fame thanks to his popular 15-minute recipes and HIIT workout videos, will host the classes from Monday to Friday at 11am Kuwait time. Click [here] and use the last 14 days of lockdown to get fit!

Organise a pillow fight which the whole apartment has to partake in

Organise a flat-wide pillow fight to decide who your zombie apocalypse leader is

Adopt a Grandparent

Help beat the loneliness with this wonderful initiative. The Adopt A Grandparent scheme intends to match caring individuals in the community with an elderly resident, with the aim of creating long-lasting intergenerational friendships. Participants are able to take part in many ways, such as having phone or video calls, sending pictures or poems for them to enjoy, or sharing stories and sending letters or postcards.

Every little bit of communication, albeit digital, goes a long way to providing care and is a welcome distraction for all at this time. To get involved, go to the Adopt A Grandparent page of their website and fill in the form. A staff member will then be in touch.

Go on a Social Media cleanse

Ok, we know it wont be easy, but you can do it……remember the days before mobile phones and internet (yep, we’re that old, we do)? Lets try to recreate those long summer holidays where there was only a couple of hours of children’s television, and if you’re like us, from England, rain for the 6 weeks holiday! We kept busy, so I’m sure we can do it again without our phones and internet…..

Stream The Globe’s Shakespeare productions for free

The latest London theatre to step up to the plate with free high-quality content is Shakespeare’s Globe. The iconic Elizabethan-style playhouse already had its own public streaming platform in the form of Globe Player, but watching it was quite expensive, with productions rented or purchased at individual prices that usually exceed a month’s full access to many TV streaming platforms. Well guess what, that’s all changed. Now, every fortnight you can watch a full English-language Shakespeare play for free, just click [here] and enjoy.

Take a virtual trip to Mars

Thanks to NASA, we can now get to know the Red Planet a little better. Is it possible to switch planets yet? Well take a look for yourself, because, as you may have noticed life on Earth has gotten a little surreal lately/ Here’s what you’d be signing up for if you picked Mars……Take me to Mars

Make those weird dreams into a short film

Its possible you’re dreaming more than before, mainly due to sleeping when you’d usually be commuting, allowing our dreams to unfold as our REM sleep increases, why not make those dreams into a short film? Go on….you know it’ll be pretty trippy, and actually quite cool to look back on a year from now.

Break a Guinness World Record every week

Spending time indoors doesn’t mean you have to be bored. In fact, with the extra time, you can aspire to do great things, including becoming a Guinness World Records title holder with the new #GWRchallenge! Fancy your chances? Then just click [Here]

Count penguins in the name of science

Get involved and help. Your count will help Scientists to understand penguin population changes, and changes in their survival rates and timing of breeding. Get involved by clicking [here]

Rewrite your favourite song with some Covid-19 inspired lyrics

There have been some pretty fab Coronavirus inspired tunes, but we think nothing beats this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious rewrite…..who would have thought it? We can’t get it out of our head… Just shows, you can write anything to any tune…give it go, and share with us, we’d love to see and share it!

Challenge your isolation buddies to a needlessly complicated board game of your own invention

No explanation needed for this one.

Keep your home feeling fresh with these handy tips

As nice as your home may be, none of us are exactly used to being cooped up indoors for pretty much every second of every day. And, because it’s so imperative that we all follow the government’s order to stay at home, we thought it might be worth sharing a few tips and tricks, so that you can keep your space (and your mind!) feeling fresh during this time.

  • Open windows, we understand its warming up but the fresh air will circulate and stop your space from getting all stuffy.
  • Vacuum regularly, bit only does it get rid of all those dust particles (which contain elements of your dead skin, yep, gross), but also will remove any traces of crumbs so you won’t have to explain the consumption of your secret snacks to your housemates.
  • Pack away your work stuff at the end of the day, we promise it’ll help you unwind and relax to enjoy the evening un the more neutral space.
  • Cook for yourself, we’re seeing so many Instachefs arising from our time at home, so why not join in, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as cooking your own delicious meal, beats downing another pack of biscuits!
  • Bring those plants in from the balcony/garden as the weather heats up, it’ll help make your place feel a little less confining, by bringing in your leafy green friends? Scientifically proven to boost your mood, your productivity and reduce your stress levels, filling your home with plants is a sure-fire way to keep your space feeling extra fresh.

Have an online costume party with all the wackiest outfits you can muster

This will keep you busy for a while, finding the wackiest costume ever, and hey, when this is over, recreate the party and have it for real!

Create rainbow window art

They’ve been doing it across Europe, starting in Spain, children’s drawings of rainbows displayed in peoples windows, imagine if we could do the same thing here in Kuwait, how beautiful and bright it would be when we looked to our neighbours windows? The message is hope and optimism, much needed, whilst at least 20% of the global population is in lockdown.

Watch EVERY Marvel movie & TV show in canonical order

Have you seen every Marvel movie? NO, we haven’t either, but it sure is a good plan during the quiet evenings? If you’re new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which includes the films produced by Marvel Studios, the comic books by Marvel Comics, and the TV shows from Marvel Television, here’s a guide to help you get up to speed. You can’t watch the Marvel films in the order they released. They’re not chronological, which is confusing if you love timelines. That’s why we’re sharing with you a different order – arranged by when the events in each film happen. While the MCU officially started in 2008, with the release of Iron Man, it’s not the first film you should watch. You should start with Captain America: The First Avenger. It released in 2011 and is the fifth film from Marvel Studios. But it’s set, initially, in 1942 – decades before Iron Man. So what are you waiting for? Click [here] and start the Marvel marathon.

See more than 800 pieces of Frida Kahlo art

What a time to be at home, because now we finally have the opportunity to explore 33 different museums at the same time, and enjoy Frida Kahlo’s amazing works—without ever leaving your sofa! Google Art & Culture’s online exhibit, “Faces of Frida,” features more than 800 pieces by (and of) the artist, in what might be the most epic exhibition yet!

Explore your whole house blindfolded, to give you a new appreciation of your space

No explanation needed!

Launch yourself back into the Wizarding World with Harry Potter at Home

Wizards and witches around the world can now banish boredom thanks to Harry Potter At Home. Made in collaboration with Scholastic and Bloomsbury, the online hub will provide parents, teachers and carers with the tools to inspire, amuse, and entertain children. But don’t worry, adults and long-time fans! There’s plenty of magic for everyone to discover while in lockdown. So take a visit to Hogwarts and let the magic begin.

Learn how to become a Ninja

Ninjas are not simply black-clad figures darting around at breakneck speed – they are experts in the Japanese art of warfare: ninjutsu, here are 5 tips to becoming a Ninja!

Rewatch the National Theatre’s best productions with their weekly broadcast

The National Theatre in London are the latest to jump on the complimentary streaming bandwagon. Frankenstein & Shakespeare’s, Antony & Cleopatra are just a couple of the treats in store, click [here] and watch now.

Create a public holiday to celebrate yourself

Ours would be “National Fun Day” what would you call yours?

Sing along to Andrew Lloyd Webbers Classic Musicals

Yes, you’ll get to enjoy a dash musical brilliance, with the launch of a new channel dedicated solely to Andrew Lloyd Webber shows. Performances will be streamed on the all-new YouTube channel, suitably named The Show Must Go On. ALL for no cost at all, and no, this is’nt a dream, its real!

Gather your mates for a Netflix session with this handy browser extension

Now that we’re all social distancing, we’ve had to get creative with the ways we keep ourselves entertained and stay in touch with friends and family. Luckily, there are plenty of great apps that make virtual socialising both fun and easy, a firm favourite being Netflix. The streaming service has launched a new feature titled Netflix Party, which allows us to watch our favourite TV shows and movies with our friends online, what will you choose?

Get really good at public speaking (hey, it might come in handy)

Pose like a classic painting (and share the results online!)

The Getty Museaum in LA have set you a challenge:

They challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.

Choose your favorite artwork

Find three things lying around your house

Recreate the artwork with those items

The Getty Museum has made their collection available online so that you may seek inspiration for your own masterpiece. Maybe you want to try your hand at something Greek or Roman, or travel through the centuries and visit the Middle Ages before returning to the present day, click [here] and start posing.

Learn a new skill in the last 9 days of Lockdown

·         Learn how to Google (you think you know how to search, you don’t)

·         Master the art of keepy ups (juggle like a footballer)

·         Learn how to do CPR and general first aid, and if you don’t want to learn, at least check out these common mistakes so you never, ever do them again.

·         Learn how to shuffle cards

·         Learn how to tie basic knots

·         Learn to meditate

·         Learn how to cook a signature dish

·         Learn how to code

·         Learn how to whistle properly

·         Improve your memory

Now they should keep you busy for a while.

Direct a Spaghetti Western using your stockpiled pasta as the cast

Invent a wacky new sport (Kitchen Quidditch is up for grabs, if you’d like)

Learn ‘The Routine’ from Friends

So we couldn’t share all the ideas due to content restrictions…BUT don’t fear, we will share the remaining items tomorrow….and as always, please take care, love us at LivinQ8

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