Having been stuck in our homes all this time, 2020 quickly grew to become the year of quarantine trends. In order to distract ourselves from the stressful effects of the pandemic, we obsessed over something new each month—from whipping up dalgona coffee, to baking banana bread, to playing Animal Crossing, and so much more!
That said, to cap off this unpredictable year, we’re rounding up 10 of the best quarantine trends that kept us up and busy. Check them out below:
1. Making Dalgona Coffee
The trend to start all quarantine trends, dalgona coffee arguably marked the beginning of our revolving door of monthly new indoor hobbies. After the Korean candy flavored drink populated Tiktok last March, everyone gamely tried their hand at mixing and whisking their own dalgona drinks to perfection. The trend reached the peak of its popularity after it eventually spawned different iterations of itself from Yakult dalgona to dalgona milk tea.
2. Signing Up for Tiktok
Speaking of dalgona coffee, we couldn’t leave out the platform that made famous most of the quarantine food trends to date. It’s no secret that ever since the start of a global stay-at-home culture, Tiktok, in particular, has seen a dramatic surge in users—up nearly 800% from 2018 to be exact. According to reports, Tiktok surpassed two billion global downloads last August, with close to 700 million active users reported last July. Now that’s what you call growth.
3. Baking Banana Bread, Ube Pandesal, and More
With how stressful this year’s been, who knew everyone would turn to baking for comfort? From banana bread, to ube pandesal, to baked sushi, it feels like every month of 2020 can be marked by a trending food item that reigned supreme in our ovens. Heck, some of them even spawned food businesses! Admit it, you’ve at least ordered three different kinds of flavored and colored pandesal this quarantine.
4. Improving Our Cooking Skills
Apart from baking, this lockdown—coupled by the fact that we can’t visit out favorite restaurants just yet—has also pushed most of us to finally hone our cooking skills. It also definitely helped that most food companies and restos jumped in on launching ready-to-cook versions of their famous meals, including Jollibee’s Chickenjoy and McDonald’s Chicken Fillet, to name a few.
5. Shopping for Home Decor
Another trend that eased our cabin fever? Rearranging and decorating our homes! Shopping for vintage furniture online and curating K-drama aesthetic bedrooms were especially big on the home decor front. At the same time, a lot of us took interest in watching celebrity house tours for inspiration as well.
6. Binge-Watching Netflix
After having accumulated 15.77 million new subscribers in just the first three months of 2020, it’s safe to say that this year was a monumental one for Netflix. Considering we all turned to the streaming platform for our daily dose of entertainment while sequestered at home, the numbers definitely add up. As proof of our binge-watching obsession this year, a number of Netflix originals dominated both news sites and social media platforms including titles such as The Queen’s Gambit and Emily in Paris, among others.
7. Fangirling Over K-Dramas
Of course, where there’s talk of binge-watching, K-dramas aren’t far behind. Our love for all things Korean definitely went up a notch while in lockdown as we turned to watching our favorite K-actors to distract us from the stressful realities of the ongoing pandemic. Who wouldn’t want to escape into a world of comedy and romance complete with unique and compelling storylines, along with handsome and gorgeous stars to boot? FYI, Netflix even dedicated a section of their year end stats just for K-dramas! With breakout hits such as Start-Up, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, and The King: Eternal Monarch, can you guess which TV series was the most popular on the platform this year?
8. Playing "Animal Crossing"
While we had no choice but to miss out on so many events this year, thanks to Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons both avid gamers and first time Switch users alike were able to continue on living their lives, albeit virtually. “We saw people celebrating graduations; having birthday parties; weddings, even—virtually, through the game itself,” said Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser. According to reports, Animal Crossing is officially the second best-selling Switch game overall just behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
9. Zoom Meetings/Parties
It was the year 2020 when the conferencing app Zoom skyrocketed to global consciousness. Now, it’s almost impossible to plan an online meeting without mentioning the app as the whole world now relies on it for both personal and professional matters. To put their gargantuan success into perspective, Zoom averaged 10 million daily meeting participants in December 2019. By April 2020, the numbers had already reportedly jumped to a whopping 300 million. Apart from work meetings, many have also turned to the app for so-called Zoom Parties as a means of catching up with friends and family during the pandemic.
10. Becoming Plantitas
The odd, yet entirely too precious novelty that sprung up late into the year? Plants! After Tiktok, baking, playing games, and binge-watching TV, it seems most Filipinos eventually progressed to a more relaxing hobby, a.k.a. becoming a plantita/plantito. Even celebs got in on the gardening craze. How could we forget about Jinkee Pacquiao’s viral P20,000 “elephant ear” plant, or even more so, Aubrey Miles’ vast collection which includes a jaw-dropping P300,000 plant?