It’s International Women’s Day this Sunday,and this year’s theme is MAKE IT HAPPEN. What better way to celebrate and make it happen than to indulge in some activities that you’re passionate about? Women are known be the selfless caretakers who cater to everyone’s needs but their own. This time, put everyone else’s needs aside for just a moment and focus on the most important person: YOU. No matter if you’re a busy working woman or a housewife, your hobbies could either be intellectually challenging or a form of ‘escape route’.
1. GROW YOUR OWN ORGANIC FOOD
With vegetables and fruits filled with toxics like pesticides sold widely at major supermarkets and grocery stores these days, perhaps it’s time to grow your own food. Eats, Shoots & Roots provides a range of workshops and courses specialising in organic gardening at an affordable price.
Photo credit: Eats, Shoots & Roots
2. LEARN TO PLAY UKULELE
People from all walks of life have gathered to play the ukulele at MUG (Malaysia Ukulele Group), and the activities include a performance, workshops and information/tips on ukulele. The meetup is once a month (usually the third week of the month and on Saturday).
Photo credit: Malaysia Ukulele Group
3. HAVE FUN SEWING
At Hobby N Coffee, you could either join their free sewing workshops, classes and gatherings, or attend the social sewing every Saturday morning for some chit-chat and good coffee. Free sewing machine usage is available daily (from morning until afternoon).
4. WAX LYRICAL ALA SHAKESPEARE
If you are into poetry (and all things literature and art), check out Poetry Cafe KL, a virtual cafe where you could find the latest info about poetry news, events, workshops, performances, and meetups in Malaysia.
5. WRITE AND READ A BOOK
Not only is [email protected] the great place for bookworms and literature lovers to gather and listen to book reading, it also provides you the chance to sell your books. So, if writing is your hobby, why not bring it to the next gathering and read it out loud in front of an enthusiastic and supportive audience?
Photo credit: Timeout KL
6. COOK UP A STORM
Want to upgrade a very important and useful life skill? Learn to cook. You don’t have to be an expert at cooking (we have professional chefs for that), but being able to cook even the basics could do you wonders in the long run. Check out Lazat (which was listed on tripadvisor) and our list of cooking classes in Kuala Lumpur & Selangor.
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7. DIY BATH & BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Are you interested in artisanal items, or would like to try making your own bath and beauty products? Soap Artisan offers workshops ranging from soap making, candle making, DIY skin care, DIY shower gel/hair care, to DIY home spa at their USJ 21 and Publika outlets.
Photo credit: Soap Artisan
8. GET YOUR HEART PUMPIN’ WITH JAZZERCISE
If loud music and dancing is your scene, Jazzercise will do the trick. Not only can you lose hundreds of calories per hour, you could have fun along the way with the dance party workout. Who says working out is a chore? Plus, the classes fuse cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing with dancing.
9. LEARN HORSE RIDING
Riding a horse proves to be emotionally therapeutic, not only for those with life-threatening illness, but others who are going through tough times as well. Equestrian Park Putrajaya offers a riding lesson with instructor at RM60.00 for the duration of 45 minutes, and RM70 for a private lesson with an instructor for the same duration.
Photo credit: Equestrian Park Putrajaya
10. MASTER THE ART OF COFFEE APPRECIATION
If Starbucks and chic coffee joints are your second home, you might like to learn the expert’s way of appreciating your favourite fix. UNIVERSITA del CAFFE Malaysia offers a coffee appreciation workshop dedicated to coffee aficionados. Find out the different types of beans and its origin and try your hands on those expensive-looking coffee machines, among other things.
Photo credit: The Thousands
Finding the right time to indulge in your passion may be daunting in the beginning. Start by dedicating a certain time in a day or week to indulge in your passion, and see where it leads to. As the International Women’s Day theme for 2015 says, ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN!’
HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!