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 weeks—and failure to save up some money—we 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 vacation—with little to no money required!
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 them—but 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!”
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.
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 room—things that “don’t spark joy” anymore—to 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!
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 cuisines—from 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.
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.