Limlingan: Tiktokers, cooks and kite fliers

The Advocate

THE enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) implemented by the government in the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 has produced a lot of skills and talents among Filipinos. Some are perhaps inherent among people but most of these were developed due to the implemented lockdown. Since its implementation, time is abundant at homes that people are having slight difficulty to think on what to do to while away time.

While having an access to the world wide web today has become ordinary, the volume of internet users has increased either through personal computers or through the handy smart phones during this quarantine period. The internet has become our windows to the world when we cannot go out of our homes. The famous Facebook has become more famous as people have the luxury of time to browse, interact or know what’s happening around us.

Because of the popularity of the said social networking site and other software applications ready and easy to download and install on computers and mobile phones with the latter having cameras, making a video has been a fad among netizens. Tiktok videos have become widespread too that the younger generation flaunt their dubbing, dancing, singing and sexy bodies.

Cooking has also been made an exciting activity for many. People have explored various recipes and even posted their kitchen adventures on the internet. Since cooking was made a trending, eating became a pasttime too.

One time I have watched a cooking demonstration video made by an amateur vlogger who seemed to be a professional cook exhibiting his featured recipe. Well, its good that people are having their time learning some cooking lessons and for those who are already adept with it, the opportunity to improve it further and even showcase it on the web.

Various memes on gaining weight flooded the net. Most of these are funny but form part of today's reality. Cooking and eating have become favorite activities too.

Meanwhile, those people, young and old alike, who are fond of the outdoors and can't help fight not only the virus but the boredom they experience while indoors. One of their diversion is flying kites which has been made a trending activity too.

I myself had enjoyed flying one during my much younger years. It gives the kite flier the thrill of making a kite design so unique and making it fly high. We even have the competition then of having the highest flier.

Back then however, there was no virus to speak of and there was not much electric power lines dangling overhead. Kite fliers are now a problem of barangay officials who are implementing the lockdown. The rule of staying inside our homes is simple and yet, these people go out into farmlands and other open spaces to fly kites.

There were a number of local power outages in different towns caused by entangled kites on power lines which caused inconvenience to electricity consumers and even posed threat to the safety of people near the power lines. Such is strictly prohibited under Republic Act (RA) 11361.


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