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With Facebook and Google Gmail network global outage and in Singapore recently, There seems to be nothing we can do about it. But rather than just sitting around and doing nothing, Here are some things you can while they fix the outage.

1. Get outside and walk

It might seem like a no-brainer, but one of the easiest (and cheapest) things you can do while Gmail is down is to simply go for a nice long walk. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through your local park or a brisk walk to a friend’s house nearby, getting outside for some fresh air is a foolproof way to re-energize.

2. Cook something that you know by heart

Bored while Gmail is down and not sure what to do while waiting for it to get up? Bake something simple and delicious from scratch—think chocolate chip cookies or quiche—and treat yourself to a short (and savoury) break from technology.

4. Read a really good book

The only thing better than picking up a magazine is getting lost in a really good book for a few hours. Do your brain a favour and devote some downtime to reading a real book (eBooks are fine as long as you stay away from your web browser) and actually use your imagination for a while.

5. Organize your junk drawer

What better time than now to finally get that crowded junk drawer under control? Keep your mind (and hands) busy for at least an hour by cleaning out and organizing the messiest drawer—or closet, if you’re feeling adventurous—in your place. We have a bunch of organization solutions for you here!

6. Use Social Media or Just Call someone

Gmail down is not the end of the world? Try calling up a friend the good old-fashioned way, and catch up over the phone or maybe(Instagram or Facebook).


7. Take a nap

Uninterrupted sleep is a luxury few of us can afford, especially during a busy workweek. But since Gmail is down, Why not?

8. Upgrade your bedroom

Your bedroom is where you spend the most time recharging, but it’s often the room we neglect the most. Take advantage of the Gmail outage and spend an afternoon sprucing up your bedroom—think: a solid closet cleanout, rearranging your furniture, or simply softening your bed sheets—for fun. You can also look for inspiration on how to cool down your room from the hot climate!

9. DIY something

Feeling bored but ambitious? Pull out your neglected art supplies and use this opportunity to make something simple but fabulous for your home. For example, making a jewellery stand or crafting will keep you busy and on-budget.

10. Organize your bathroom

If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably sitting on a ton of obsolete toiletries—think: expired medicine, old cosmetics, and useless hair products—in your already storage-deprived bathroom. Now’s the time to get rid of (and recycle) all the stuff you aren’t using anymore and perhaps even employ a cheap organizer or two from Homefix Japan.

11. Infuse some lagom in your life

Lagom is a Swedish lifestyle trend that’s all about finding balance in your everyday life. Use this time offline to consciously make your home and brain a more streamlined space, by infusing some lagom into your life and clearing out the clutter.


12. Start a home recycling system

While you’re busy getting rid of all your old unnecessary paperwork, why not finally forge a simple home recycling system while you’re at it? You can use everything from tote bags to laundry baskets to sort your recyclables, and you’ll be making the world a better place while Gmail is out. Simplehuman has high-quality Bins and organization solutions for your home.

13. Plant something

Searching for an inexpensive way to breathe easier while you’re at home? Houseplant can naturally purify the air in your apartment or maybe get one of your Air purifier from Vornado.

14. Go grocery shopping

Grocery shopping: Can’t stand it, but can’t eat without it. So why not use your Gmail downtime to plan your next big grocery-shopping trip, or at least put together a working list of your weekly essentials so you’ll have it handy.


15. Colour your home

Giving your home a fresh new coat of paint is a good way you can spend your time while the Facebook and Google Gmail outage is still on.

16. Send some snail mail

Whether you drop a postcard for your mom in the mail or send a care package to your bestie across the country, snail mail is a great way to stay connected with the people you love—no Gmail necessary.


17. Exercise

Nothing helps you check out mentally like an intense workout session. Use your time off Gmail to go for a nice long run or partake in a fun in-home fitness routine.

18. Deep clean and organize your pantry

Look, we dislike clearing out and organizing your pantry as much as the next person, but the truth is, you’re probably sitting on way too much-expired foodstuff and therefore, wasting a lot of precious kitchen space.

19. Dust hard to reach spaces

Just because Gmail stops working doesn’t mean that you have deep clean your entire apartment. However, taking a few moments to dust some of your home’s harder to reach places —such as ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, and the tops of tall bookcases—will freshen up your whole space (with much less time and effort).

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