Whenever I’m not watching K-drama on Netflix, I’m probably on YouTube. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that the time I spent on YouTube has doubled ever since the enhanced community quarantine started. It’s a great way to end your day, especially if you’ve had a rough time at work.
Ever since other countries also declared a lockdown, I feel like there’s been a decline in new video content—probably because most of this content might not be appropriate for the times. For some though, it’s an opportunity to educate and entertain people during these trying times. Here are some YouTubers that have started producing quaranthemed content:
Alright, we’re not gonna lie. Being in isolation has increased our appetite, with some of us trying out new recipes. Obviously this isn’t easy for those of us whose kitchen skills are far from decent. Tasty has always been great at giving us an easier take on usually complicated dishes. Apart from their usual content being shot at the producers’ own homes, my favorite quaranthemed video is chef Alexis deBoschnek giving viewers advice on what dishes they can make with the ingredients they have at home.
The Try Guys
Who says you can’t entertain and educate at the same time? Watching The Try Guys has always been the best pick-me-up for me. Ever since they’ve been in a lockdown in LA, The Try Guys have been creating content from podcasts to vlogs that show their experiences working from home. The one that stuck with me, however, was Zach Kornfeld’s personal vlog where he talks about his immuno-deficiency. Aside from doing commentary, he presented some facts on how this pandemic has been taking a toll on their (immuno-deficient people) mental health because they’re constantly bothered by the fear of possibly dying instantly if they contract the virus.
I’ve always felt a stronger connection with Filipino YouTube content—probably because there are just some experiences that are unique to our culture. I particularly enjoy local blogger and YouTuber Laureen Uy’s quaranthemed content, from mini cooking shows with her boyfriend to daily vlogs. My favorite video though is the one in which she gives some decluttering tips. A lot of us have been Marie Kondo-ing our rooms and houses ever since the quarantine started, and it’s a great guide for those who don’t know where to start.
In her second channel, Mukbang YouTuber Stephanie Soo shares some of her daily vlogs. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the US (and even prior to the government advising people to stay home), she’s been isolating herself with her fiance and cousin doing random stuff at home to entertain themselves. Whenever they weren’t filming mukbangs, Stephanie still films food-related content like ranking instant ramen and cooking TikTok-inspired dishes. The off-brand video has got to be my favorite though—it features her cousin Dan Dan teaching her how to play Fortnite, which I find to be pretty damn cute.