Productive ways to spend long weekends

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  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2015

ONE OF the benefits of living in a multicultural country is the abundance of holidays throughout the year.

For some, working on your day off has become a norm that when the long weekend comes along, you may find that you do not know what to do. From food hunting to being a tourist in your own city, StarMetro Online suggests 10 things we can do to take advantage of the long weekend.

An ATV enthusiasts going on the mud with greenery in the background along the track in Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor

1 Try a new outdoor activity

For under RM50, you can go caving in Gua Tempurung in Perak.

Alternatively, depending on the season, you can try something adventurous such as paragliding in Bukit Jugra, Banting, or riding an ATV in Kampung Kemensah, Kuala Lumpur.

Don’t be too quick to brush off new experiences as you might surprise yourself by enjoying them.

Nigel Richards, Tan Soo Suan and the cast of Larger Than Life performing the grand finale, Do You Hear The People Sing? from the famous French musical, Les Miserables.Larger Than Life, a production by the Dama Musical Theatre Company hosted at KLPAC, was sponsored for one night only by SP Setia.

2 Watch a show or performance

You may have heard of stand-up comedy shows running in the Klang Valley but have you considered going for one?

Places such as the Crackhouse Comedy Club in Taman Tun Dr Ismail offers open mic nights and performances by local and international comedians to tickle your funny bones, while PJ Live Arts in Jaya One also has a variety of shows for your entertainment.

2. Clean your house

3 Clean your house

Like it or not, the long weekend can be a good time to push ourselves to do the things that we have been procrastinating over; this includes clearing our house of junk.

You can start by recycling your stack of newspapers, magazines and glass bottles, sell unwanted books to second-hand stores and donate your wearable but unwanted clothes to charity organisations.

You can even sell your pre-loved belongings on apps such as Carousell.

4. Be a tourist in your own city or country

5 Be a tourist in your own city or country

We tell ourselves that we can do all the touristy things that are within our city at anytime because of our proximity to the location. Unfortunately, many of us may be guilty of never visiting those places.

For example, there are those who have lived in the Klang Valley all their lives and have never visited places such as Batu Caves, Central Market or Petaling Street.

Others may have always talked about visiting Kuala Selangor to see the firefly colony but have never had the time. What better time to visit these places then when the long weekend comes along?

3. Read your unread books

4 Read your unread books

Rainy days are part and parcel of Malaysian weather and staying at home can be one of the easiest things to do.

Many of us love a good bargain on books. However, we often buy in bulk, only to find that these books are left unread, collecting dust on our tables and shelves.

The long weekend is perfect for lazing on the couch with a book and your favourite beverage.

5) PopiahThe popiah basah and popiah goreng at Taman Tun Dr Ismail’s (TTDI) Ramadan bazaar is popular among many. Several ingredients are used, including fresh tauge, shredded turnips and crispy prawns that are rolled tightly into a popiah skin.The folks at Pakya Popiah Power can sell up to 2,300 pieces per day, its popularity seen from the mountain of spring rolls, with some drizzled in a slightly sweet and spicy red sauce for an added flavour.

6 Go on a food trail

The long weekend can be perfect excuse for you and your friends to travel to our neighbouring states to fulfil your cravings for some of our local cuisine or to try something new.

You can head to Jalan Yau Tet Shin in Ipoh, Perak, for your chicken rice fix or travel to Klebang, Malacca for their famous Coconut Shakes.

If time does not permit, stick to the new cafes, restaurants or food trucks near your neighbourhood that you have never gotten round to trying.

If you are looking for something more budget-friendly, visit your neighbourhood’s pasar malam or hawker stalls in other areas and try some different unfamiliar street food.

Follow-up process: Supporters and volunteers hiking up the Bukit Gasing Education Forest during part two of the Association of Backpackers Malaysias “Save Bukit Gasing?campaign, which included an environment audit and marking a new trail in the forest.

7 Go for a hike

If you live in a concrete jungle, consider rounding up some friends and explore hiking trails.

You can use the clear roads to your advantage and take a mini-excursion to places such as Broga Hill in Semenyih, Gunung Angsi in Negri Sembilan or Pine Tree Trail in Pahang.

Bring some snacks for sustenance and enjoy the great outdoors while getting some exercise.

7. Learn something newFrom learning a new language to picking up a new hobby, learning new things is one of the ways to grow ourselves.However, in the peak in excitement, one may be overzealous and commit themselves to something without being fully prepared.This may include buying several modules of a language course or buying a full range of gear for your newfound passion for scuba diving, only to find these items collecting dust as your enthusiasm diminishes later in the year.

8 Pick up a new skill

Learning has never been more accessible in this day and age and you can put your time to good use with the many online courses available, some of which are free.

You can look up websites including the Khan Academy and Coursera where you can learn anything from maths to arts and humanities subjects

You can also pick up a new language with apps such as Duolingo or by browsing children’s books – they’re cheaper and more fun to look at.

9. Cook for the week ahead

9 Cook for the week ahead

On weekdays, many of us may be too busy or too tired after work to cook.

After adequate rest, consider trying new recipes or cooking several meals in advance to freeze for the week ahead.

Additionally, instead of going to cafes for desserts such as cakes, cookies and muffins, try making them at home instead and invite your friends over.

Keep The Change went on a walkabout session on the second day of Hari Raya to feed the homeless in Kuala Lumpur.

10 Do some charitable work

Many of us may have thought about doing charity work but lament about our lack of time to get involved.

With the long weekend, you can take to the streets in Kuala Lumpur with some friends to feed the homeless or swing by a shelter home to donate some items that they need, or even spend some time with the occupants of the home.

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