15 Ways this Data Scientist Spent the Quarantine at Home
and no, I didn’t spend all my time going on a coursera / udemy binge
Coming from the working class and a non-affluent family, I probably spent a good part of my waking hours commuting. It took on a toll on my health and my mental well-being. Once, I caught pneumonia even though neither I nor anyone I knew (or interacted with on a daily basis) was a smoker.
For most of my days, I always wondered what my life would be like if I didn’t have to commute.
The pandemic has brought on a lot of challenges for most of us and working with a company with a brilliant boss and an amazing culture, I was fortunate to be able to work-from-home even in the pre-pandemic times.
Finally, I now know what life looks like when no time is wasted on traffic.
Here are 15 ways I spent the quarantine time at home:
I’ve always considered myself a maker — and I’ve always been fascinated by everything rustic and hygge. But, as a family, we were always pinching pennies, so I wasn’t able to afford extra “hobbies” stuff like a hammer drill, let alone power tools like circular saw, sander, palm router, jigsaw, kreg jig…
Since I was able to work-from-home, I saved all the money that would’ve gone into transpo expenses and bought some 2nd-hand / affordable power tools… then, I got my hands dirty with some woodworking projects!
2. Raising chickens in the backyard
In the province, native chickens are a hit. This is due to a local custom called palit-buhay where people would sacrifice a chicken (specifically, native chickens) whenever someone in the family is celebrating a birthday or if it’s time for a house blessing. Besides palit-buhay, our chickens are also a hit among sabungeros, locals who engage in cockfighting.
3. Training puppies where and where NOT to poop (and failing)
4. Building the 3rd iteration of our homemade NFT system & container gardening
5. Basic repairs around the house
6. Getting physical (bike, badminton, long walks, HIIT)
A gentleman doesn’t workout and tell
7. Trying out video games (ML, GTA, Naruto)
8. Sorting the coin collection and gummy bears
9. Camping out in the farm, Tagaytay
10. Garage sale
11. New recipes
I’m known for my mac n cheese & homemade pastillas.
Now that we have more time to explore more (time-consuming) recipes, we tried everything, from kwek-kwek to steak.
12. Mornings with meditation, good books and french press coffee
In my previous post, I explained how I automated recording the total time I spend on habits I want to form (e.g. meditation, exercise, L&D).
From the results, turns out I spend an average of 4 minutes (0.07 hrs) meditating around 6–8am in the morning, right when I wake up.
13. Logo design
In my previous post, I share how we came up with the final logo design for Terraza. Here’s the final product:
14. Vision board & FIRST TIME GETTING MY HAIR DYED
This one’s personal… sorry, no photos.
But I finally have a vision board and chalk board (like a math prof) all hung up on the bedroom wall.
But here’s a photo of us fresh from 3x bleaching process:
15. Shifting to a career in product management
Dove into projects in product management and took certifications.
If you are scratching your head wondering WTH a “Product Manager” is, here’s a cool story on product management:
If you’re working in product management, let’s connect!