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Here's How You Can Binge-Watch Netflix Shows With Friends While Maintaining Social Distance

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The "enhanced community quarantine" has you spending time alone at home, and a great way to pass the time is to stream a few shows or films. Inviting friends over to watch a new series or your fave movie isn't possible until April 12, but you'll be happy to know that you can still stream the same show at the same time with the people you miss. Google Chrome extension Netflix Party allows your squad to watch on Netflix as a group without leaving your homes.

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The extension synchronizes video playback, meaning you and your friends are on the same second and minute during the entire time you're watching—if one person skips 10 seconds ahead, it also skips for everyone else. Netflix Party comes with a group chat function, so you can unleash your feels, talk about that plot twist, or tell folks that you need to pause for a pee break.

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Netflix Party is available for free on the Chrome Web Store and is easy enough to install. Do keep in mind that in order to stream simultaneously with friends, everyone invited has to have their own Netflix account and must have the extension installed in their browser. So no, it's not screen-sharing, and no, your friends can't mooch off your subscription.

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After you've installed the extension, you'll see the "NP" logo at the rightmost part of your address bar.

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Next, you have to go to the Netflix website and log in, and click on the series or movie of your choice (we've got K-Drama picks, if you're looking for recs). For this tutorial, we're streaming Kingdom Season 1 episode 1. Click the "NP" logo to start the party. If your squad's the type to prank you with a few abrupt pauses and skips, the "Only I have control" option is your new best friend. If you select this, you'll be the only one in the group to pause, play, skip, and rewind. Only members who start the party get this option.

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Once you start the party, a random link will be generated. Share the link with the gang and they'll be taken to the Netflix website with your series or movie of choice loaded up. In order for others to sync and enter the chat, they have to click the "NP" icon.

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Press play and voila, you are now streaming with friends while maintaining social distance. The extension is only available on the Google Chrome browser, so while it works on desktop and laptops, know that it can't be used on mobile. Happy streaming!

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For more information, visit the Netflix Party extension page on the Google Chrome Web Store.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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