Celebrating Father’s Day Despite the Pandemic

The pandemic has affected almost the whole world and the “new normal” doesn’t seem to feel normal at all. From March to June, it seems as if time flew by so fast and so slow at the same time. Did you even realize that it’s already Father’s Day this coming Sunday?

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There may be uncertainties on when the COVID outbreak will end but there’s no doubt that on how important fathers have been to our lives. It’s the time of the year again to make them feel special! With June 21 just around the corner and the community quarantine still in full effect for majority of the cities, how is celebrating Father’s Day even possible?

Here are seven of the best things you can do on Father’s Day even when inside the corners of your property.

Start it Right- Breakfast

Your mere existence is the best gift your father has given you. At least for one day and one meal, give him the breakfast he deserves! Knowing what he wants is key. Does he prefer American food, Asian cuisine, Filipino breakfast, or something else? Look for typical hotel breakfast menus and make it your own. For instance, did you know that apart from craft beer, Perfect Pint also serves filling breakfasts?

Begin the day with a good meal and you’re off to a good start.

Wine and Chill

With the community quarantine continuing still, going out for recreation is yet to be allowed. Your father may have missed going out to watch a movie on a cinema near you. But thank God for Netflix and other movie streaming applications, binge watching with your father is still possible!

Netflix, Amazon, and even some local streaming apps allow a free 7 days trial. So just set the streaming app on your television, prepare some popcorn, if possible turn on the AC, and you’ll be getting the best possible alternative.

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And one additional perk that streaming at home has over the normal cinema experience is the option to have adult drinks on the side to complete your movie night. If you plan to marathon The Godfather trilogy on Father’s Day, make sure you order your choice of red or white wines at vino.ph the day before if you order by 5pm to qualify for their next-day delivery policy.

If you’re looking for a unique cocktail to mix for dad, try adding gin to Bayani Brew — it makes for a rather amazing lemongrass drink that hits the spot.

Be Sweet Through Sweets

Cakes aren’t limited to birthdays and anniversaries. Having a cake on Father’s Day is great, especially if you made it on your own. Cookies, brownies, leche flan, and other sweets will surely be appreciated.

If you’re a little pressed for time, online shopping is your friend–Bizu has an e-store where you can order cakes and macarons among other pastries. You can also choose to order from Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory for that slice of Japan.

Use the Grill

Eating outdoors, literally speaking, is the closest you can get when it comes to eating out with your family. Why not enjoy it with a grill? Bring out the charcoal for the grill and fire it up with your dad.

Grilled Barbeque, seafood, fish, and even hotdogs are great for grilling. Eat it over a cold bottle of beer and you’ll surely have an amazing bonding time with the man of the hour.

Bonding Time- Game Night

It may sound cheesy but there’s a high probability that the gift fathers prefer the most on their special day is quality time with their family. An indoor activity the whole family can enjoy is game night.

Since going out is unsafe, utilizing what’s available at home is highly recommended. Old board games such as monopoly, scrabble and chess, or card games such as monopoly deal and uno should do the trick. Pictionary or charades is also fun; all you need is a board, a marker, and your creativity to add some twists to it.

Looking at the bright side, the pandemic may have brought everyone to the good old days. With dining out reduced to a certain capacity and beaches and resorts temporarily closed, now you can enjoy time with your father at home. Instead of spending a lot, be creative and use what’s available. At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts and being together is all that matters.

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