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At-home substitutes- quarantine edition

If you live in the GTA like I do, many businesses still remain closed so I wanted to write about the different ways to substitute what I would normally do for at-home alternatives 🙂


I can’t say this enough—oh how I miss bubble tea. Even though most bubble tea shops are still open around my area, it’s a hassle to go out just to buy boba, so out of desperation, I resorted to making my own!

All I need is milk tea (of any choice), tapioca starch and brown sugar—that’s it! Since I’ve only made boba twice, I made the classic brown sugar tapioca. But you can always try different flavours like Matcha tapioca if you’re feeling creative!

There are a lot of recipes online (this is the recipe I used) and it’s super easy to make—but it does take a while to make the tapioca. Also, one tip: make the tapioca slightly smaller than usual because it does expand after you boil it and if it’s too big, it doesn’t fit through the straw!

I must admit, it doesn’t taste exactly like the professional boba, but it’s enough to satisfy my cravings during these times 🙂

homemade tapioca
homemade tapioca
Picture of me holding homemade boba
the final product!


Nail art:

Nail salons remain closed, and although I haven’t been going out much (except to buy groceries with my mom), I still like to get my nails done because it just makes me happy. I ordered a bunch of nail polish colours and nail stickers/decor on Amazon so when I’m watching Netflix, I like to paint my nails and treat myself to a little spa day.

If I’m feeling extra lazy, I’ll just use the Kiss press-on nails which are super easy to use.


At-home café:

If you know me, you would know how much I love going to cafes to enjoy a cup of coffee while I study. Of course, this isn’t possible right now, so instead, I got a coffee machine and some Starbucks and McCafe Keurig K-cups which do the trick!

I also love making Dalgona coffee, which was super popular a while back. It’s really easy to make and tastes amazing!

If I’m feeling extra *fancy*, I would go to the nearest bakery to buy pastries alongside my homemade coffee.

dalgona coffee
dalgona coffee!
picture of homemade coffee and a pastry
adding a pastry from the bakery to my homemade coffee, yum!

As quarantine continues, I hope you are able to try out some of these tricks! 🙂

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