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How to Stay Occupied During MCO

Let’s try to get the best out of a sticky situation

Published on 19 March 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting Movement Control Order (MCO) have forced most of us to stay home and practise social distancing to help flatten the curve of the infection nationwide. We’ll be working in the comfort of our home, with maybe that one short trip to the grocery store to restock on food.

We know that most of you must find it a bit strange working from home in the first few days — some of you even uploaded videos of pets reacting to their owners being home in the daytime. It feels like it’s taking longer to reach 5pm, and you’re technically clueless on what to do to keep yourself amused.

So here’s a list of things you can do throughout your stay at Resort D’Home:

1. Stay calm, stay clean, stay safe

First and foremost, we need everyone to stay calm. Acknowledge that the virus has affected our daily lives and it’s time to adjust with the times.

Now that you’re calm and collected, please make sure to wash your hands properly or sanitise. If you’re one of those folks who couldn’t get a bottle of hand sanitiser before the panic buying, just wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds. Don’t forget to shower, too!

Due to the MCO, it is only wise for all of us to stay indoors most of the time, and only travel for necessities.

2. Only spread verified information regarding COVID-19

As you all may know, there have been numerous false reports on the COVID-19 situation, even rumours that the virus can turn you into a zombie. Now this isn’t an episode of The Walking Dead, so to avoid panic, please check your sources and make sure that the information you’re sharing is authentic. We need to do our part to ensure that the movement control action taken by the government will bear fruit.


This also includes chain messages in family or neighbourhood WhatsApp groups. Good morning messages are cool, fake news is not, okay?

3. Cook that dish you’ve been wanting to try

Since we’re all busy with work most of the time, we barely have time to experiment with new recipes to cook for ourselves or our loved ones. It’s always either pre-packed food or instant meals, especially for the bujang ones. Today, you can try out a number of crazy recipes using the groceries you bought recently.

To add a bit of flair, maybe try fusion recipes like tomyam spaghetti, or even pasta masak lemak cili padi!

4. Finish reading those books

Do you remember when many of us bought stacks of cheap books from a book sale, and ended up never reading them? Some of you might read them, but they’re all collecting dust on your bookshelves. Maybe it’s time to revisit those books and give them a read — be it a book about characters from Star Wars or Freakonomics!

Alternatively, you can read great stories from websites, like ours! Check out this heart-warming tale of a young Sabahan boy who believed that his mother’s prayers were the reason behind his successes in life.

5. Listen to local music

You’ve cooked your meals, you’ve brought out your books; what’s next? Music, of course! Now is a good time to explore the local music scene and enjoy Malaysia’s finest musical craft you can find online.

You might not be able to attend the music festivals, but here’s a tune that will help you relax after a hectic day: a cover of the legendary SM Salim’s “Tak Seindah Wajah” performed by monoloQue and Asmidar.

6. Check in on your loved ones

You don’t have to balik kampung to connect with your family. Checking in on your loved ones can be the smallest of gestures; it can start with a text, a phone call or even a video call where everyone huddles in and shares stories about different experiences working from home.

If you’re already with them, maybe it’s time to bring out the board games and enjoy quality time the old school style. A game of Sahibba or Monopoly won’t hurt!

Need quick and easy solutions without stepping out the door? In these trying times, take full advantage of digital platforms that tick all the boxes for convenience. Whether you’re looking to order in a delicious meal or searching for home repair services near you, just visit Yellow Pages Malaysia and you’re all set!