I think it’s safe to say we’ve heard enough times how unprecedented the era we’re living in now is so I won’t say it again. But the fact of the matter is that being stuck at home when you could be hanging out with your friends or going to concerts (RIP my plans to see BTS) sucks. Still, there’s a ton of stuff that you can do from the comfort of your own couch (or desk) that can make you feel a little happier and connected to the things and people you love.

1. Watch Live Stages

When I tell you that I watch iconic live stages at least once a month, that is not an exaggeration. Often I don’t remember the date but the outfit that the idol was wearing, so I head to YouTube and search for the song and scroll until I find the outfit that I recognize. It’s not a perfect system, but it works for me and 95% of the reason I watch live stages is to see what they’re wearing. Every one of TWICE’s live stages is worth watching if only for their outfits.

Even if fashion isn’t your thing, there are so many live stages that become almost like a blanket of comfort to rewatch when you just need something that warms you. I love watching the Butterfly live stage of RUN era Bangtan because it was so beautiful and simple. Find the ones that make you happy in the same way and watch them until you feel your mood lift.

2. Make Merch

Okay, this one is more involved but if you’re a crafter, this is an excellent way to get those creative juices flowing. I recently started making bracelets to accent cool Hobicore outfits, but I also embroider and I decided to embroider a little Shooky on a tote bag for my bestie. You can go further and get fabric paints and customize an old t-shirt or buy a cheap pack of white tees to imitate a classic design like the Love Yourself flower.

You don’t have to sell your items either. The beauty about creating is that it’s primarily for you and not for anyone else. If you choose to make some money out of making something that makes you happy, that’s great! But don’t pressure yourself and be creative!

3. Learn K-Pop Choreography

I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent learning choreography for my favorite songs. I don’t claim to be any good at dancing, but wow does it eat up time. I could spend half a day learning the choreography for a chorus and not even notice the time passing. It’s such a great way to get your cardio in and it’s so much fun. One of my favorite songs when I first got into K-pop was Magnetic by GOT7, so I decided to set aside some time on a Saturday to learn the chorus choreography and I had so much fun because it was song that I never got tired of hearing.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re not a good dancer or if choreography is not something that you can pick up right away. Find a dance practice video that’s mirrored and at 50% speed if possible. From there, choose your favorite part of the song and pick one member to focus on. Take your time, be gentle with yourself, and be proud when you finish–even if it isn’t perfect.

4. Make (or Bake) a K-Pop Inspired Recipe

There are so many great K-pop songs that have food related titles. Why not get creative with some ingredients in your pantry? Make some ice cream cake inspired by Red Velvet or some blue orangeade inspired by TXT (and use my recipe) or do something completely unique and make Dark & Wild cookies with chocolate and macadamia nuts and a touch of spice (and let me know how that goes because that sounds freakin’ amazing).

If you don’t have any skills in the kitchen, don’t worry. Use a recipe as a base and then add ingredients that sound yummy or that will enhance the flavor. Do what feels comfortable and explore as you gain more confidence. And! Never be afraid to take shortcuts. Store-bought is always fine.

5. Buy Albums Online

I am the last person to promote irresponsible spending, especially when times are tough, but as always, K-pop artists depend on the fans to stay in business. If you buy albums, that shows the companies that there’s interest in the group and it helps to keep them promoted. Also, online K-pop album retailers depend on our sales to stay in business and with all the restrictions on international shipping, a lot of people have been discouraged from buying so if you can, definitely support your artist!

I recently bought the latest OH MY GIRL comeback album (which is adorable, by the way) from my favorite online K-pop retailer, Ktown4u, and I encourage you–if you’ve got the ability to–to do the same.

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  1. This a great list! I’ve also been watching VLive Run BTS! webisodes since they are free. I’m thankful BTS and other k-pop idols have been very active with VLive. BTS also has have been posting Bangtan vlogs. Did you see the one where J-Hope filmed himself practicing dance moves? Or of Suga painting for an hour! I didn’t even know the man can paint! It was by far the most soothing thing I’ve ever watched. I kid you not, whenever I was having a restless night, watching Suga paint was like a visual ASMR.

    I am sad about many k-pop concerts being postponed. My first one was (G)I-dle beginning of May. And the Toronto BTS one was supposed to be May 30/31st for us. We had both nights. But – here’s hoping they stick to their plans to postpone rather than cancel. I have the Monsta-X one coming up mid-June but I’n pretty sure it won’t happen that date either. At least not here in Toronto – we’re re-opening things up very slowly. Large scale events will be a long time from now.

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    • I saw the Hobi one but I haven’t seen any of the other ones. I keep seeing them pop up on my subscriptions on YouTube but I just keep putting off watching them because I know I’m not going to want to do anything else except watch BTS vids once I start and I want to give myself a whole day to just watch them lol.

      Oh my goodness, you had such a full schedule! I hope everyone starts to announce postponed dates soon. I know it’s hard to gauge when it’ll be safe but I definitely want time to plan.

      Totally unrelated note! My wife and I are thinking of visiting Toronto sometime in the next year or so, do you have any recommendations on what we should see/visit?

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      • Cool! Toronto is a real mix match of things to do – is there something you and your wife enjoy when you travel? Are you more into scenic or cultural? Do you like some of the tourist must-sees or are you a foodie? Also will you plan to stay central (downtown Toronto)?

        For you, as a k-pop fan, you might enjoy scheduling a k-pop drop-in dance class at Dance Life X: https://www.dancelifex.com/

        Currently they are doing virtual dance classes by Zoom but my daughter and I went to some pretty fun classes ourselves there! They show their schedule for the week on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dancelifex/

        Then walk up to this great Korean restaurant, OJA: http://theoja.ca/

        Check out city gems like Cabbage Town or High Park for some nice scenery. I definitely recommend going to The Distillery District as it’s pedestrian only and a historical part of our city: https://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/

        If you want to do something touristy, go up to the CN Tower. https://www.cntower.ca/intro.html (go on a clear day though for a view of Toronto from high above). If you make reservations with the 360 rotating restaurant at the top of Tower, check with them for min. spend to include the observation deck below the restaurant. This will allow you also to cut through the long line-up to go up as you would use the restaurant elevator. Plus they feature Canadian fare food and it was very good! https://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/360-restaurant/reservations-and-menus.html

        High Tea at Windsor Arms is a lot of fun as well: https://windsorarmshotel.com/high-tea/. I haven’t checked out their spa but it looks promising.

        If you want something cultural, I’m a big fan of AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario. https://ago.ca/. They have a really good Group of Seven collection which is famous here in Canada. They were explorers who did some amazing portaging just to see Canada and capture the landscape through their paintings.

        If you have a car, go to Niagara on the Lake for some wineries. If you are into sweet, desert wine, we are known for our ice wine. There are very nice Bed in Breakfast’s to stay in. Same with Stratford – especially if you want to see a Shakespeare play: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/ (also just the small town alone is very pretty and charming).

        As with everything, book/order tickets online to avoid ticket purchase lines.

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      • This is amazing, thank you!!! My wife and I love to eat so good restaurants are always on the top of our list but we’re pretty chill travelers so anything that’s naturey and relaxed is right up our alley. Everything you recommended sounds perfect!

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  2. PS – wineries in Niagara on the Lake only, not Stratford! I meant there’s nice bed and breakfast accommodations in Stratford. Only if you rent a car (or can find a way by GO transit/bus).

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