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7 Things To Do When You're #TeamBahay With #NoBudget This Bakasyon

Getting tired of the eat-sleep-repeat life?
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Have you ever been sooo bored that you started taking every online quiz on the Internet? Or scrolling through the ends of Facebook, reacting to every single dog post? Because SAME. Vacations are really tricky, it is given to us so that we can relax and unwind, but due to not having any allowance for those succeeding weeksand failure to save up some moneywe can’t do anything according to what we have planned in mind. Hence, we just stay at home and do the never-ending cycle of eat-sleep-repeat!

But being #TeamBahay means you are probably creative and a master of innovation when it comes to having new stuff to do around the house and scouting for affordable places to hang around the metro. So here are some tips and a list of activities that you and your friends can do all throughout vacationwith little to no money required!

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Old school tambay

Up your usual tambayan activities with these tips:

  • If you and your barkada are always craving food, you can follow recipes on food channels like Tasty, Cookat, Binging with Babish, or Yummy Magazine (for local dishes) and try replicating thembut just make sure not to burn the house down. Then do a Mukbang!
  • You can go for Pinoy card games such as Pusoy Dos or Unggoy Ungguyan or the timeless UNO, Jenga, King’s Cup, or the latest card game, What Do you Meme? If you and your barkada don’t have any cards or board games, you can always resort to playing the famous Never Have I Ever.
  • If you don’t have money to rent karaoke rooms, open YouTube or Smule, get your wireless microphone, and voila! You've got free karaoke! (I 100 percent recommend this activity for your friends who are going through a sad holiday breakup. “Alexa, play 'The One That Got Away' by Katy Perry.”)

Getting yourself to exercise for the nth time

For years, some of us have been making it our New Year’s resolution to live a healthier lifestyle by exercising and just basically getting off the couch. So, why not have a headstart right now while the next semester is still far away? You can still achieve that goal despite not having enough budget for a gym membership. Install apps like Nike Training Club for free or watch YouTube videos to guide you on your fitness journey, then grab a yoga mat to start. Encourage your best friend to also hop on that fitness train with you because, as the song says, “Two is better than one!”

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An indie movie date

Instead of watching one series over and over again at home, you might want to try visiting underrated small movie houses that screen local and international indie films. You may try Cinematheque Centre Manila (Ermita, Manila), Black Maria Cinema (Mandaluyong City), and Cinema Centenario (Quezon City). What’s exciting about these movie houses is that their fees range from FREE to 200 pesos only! It is also perfect for an affordable date night if your S.O. is a movie junkie *winks* (thank me later).

Getting back to what you love

A break from academics is the best time to reconnect with your passions and creative side. Go get that guitar and start making songs again, start sketching portraits, or go on a photo walk to add great photos to your collection. You can also start looking for crash courses on the Internet if you’re still learning about something that interests you. It is never too late to get back to pursuing your passions.

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Decluttering

If you really can’t think of something to do this bakasyon, try organizing your room to start off the new decade with a clean ambiance. Begin with clothes that you have already worn out, see if you can still upcycle it into a new look or compile it and give it to organizations that are looking for donations for chosen communities.

Also, try disposing of useless things around your roomthings that “don’t spark joy” anymoreto add more space for new ones. Decluttering is not only for tangible materials; you might as well want to declutter and resolve all personal issues and emotional baggage that this year has brought you. Reflect on things and try to revert your thoughts to self-improvement, self-love, healthy relationships, and future vocations. Start your decade right!

Cheap thrills

Instead of those ordinary fast food trips, why not up your game with your friends and try different affordable food crawls in the metro that will satisfy your cravings for different cuisines? Try visiting Binondo for Asian cuisine and Poblacion for a variety of cuisinesfrom Mexican to seafood, and Pinoy food. You can also try food parks like Sagul Food Park, StrEAT, and Uno Cinquenta. What’s great about this idea is that you are introduced to a wide variety of options for your food cravings. It’s like a treasure hunt with the gang. You can achieve this satisfying experience with only 300 to 500 pesos on hand.

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Or just get lost in memes

Nothing beats scrolling through good ‘ol memes and making yourself laugh all day long. Timeless and top-of-the-game memes can be found on Reddit, 9gag, and Tumblr. These applications will give you a different experience than your usual social media platforms (I swear).

Always remember that you can still have fun and adventure even with a limited budget. Sometimes, good company, self-improvements, and simple joys are enough to make a great experience and create a deeper impact on ourselves —we just fail to notice it.

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Cold Food

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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