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5 Activities to Shake Up Your Routine

If youíve settled into a comfortable routine of dining, shopping and happy hours or other pleasurable pursuits, maybe itís time to shake it up.

by / Published: 11 Feb 2014

5 Activities to Shake Up Your Routine

Adapted from Life Swap by Carla Sapsford Newman, Expatriate Lifestyle, February 2014

If you’ve settled into a comfort able routine of dining, shopping and happy hours or other pleasurable pursuits, maybe it’s time to shake it up. If the thought of any of these suggestions makes you widen your eyes or gasp in horror, maybe it’s just up your alley? If you’re willing to explore, there are loads of things you can try in Malaysia. Here are a few suggestions for switching up your weekends:

#1 HIKING AND TREKKING
KL’s surrounds are filled with great hiking sites that offer fantastic rewards if you’re prepared to put the work in. Try an early start and walk up to the top of Broga Hill, where the grass and rolling slopes looks like nothing else in Malaysia. www.klhiking.com
 
 
For more on KL Hiking and outdoor sports, check out our Top 3 Community Sports list.
 
 
#2 WINE TASTING
If the thought of sniffing wine to detect bouquets of butter or blackberry makes you snigger, just give this wine appreciation course a try. And best yet, unlike the professionals, you don’t have to spit the wine out after tasting it! What’s not to love? http://ow.ly/sw1Cf
 
 
 
#3 DRAGON BOATING
Using thick paddles and lots of elbow grease, dragon boaters take their long canoe-like boats with their distinctive dragon head mastheads to new heights of speed. Putrajaya Maritime Centre is where it all kicks off locally, with the boats for rent seating ten to 20 people. www.klbarbarians.com / www.dragonboat.my
 
 
 
#4 ORANGUTAN ADOPTION
As logging and other human pursuits has made their habitat endangered, orangutans in Sabah are now bred in captivity and given a special status. at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, this means you can ‘adopt’ a cute little baby ape, be given a certificate, a photograph and updates on their growing up years.
 
 
 
#5 ELEPHANT CONSERVATION
The National Elephant conservation centre at Kuala Gandah in Pahang offers an interpretive tour of their free range reserve as well as the chance to (messily) take part in elephant bathing every afternoon. If you’re not up to the smelly reality, or if you want to help further, they take donations to support their worthy cause. http://ow.ly/sw1Tp
 

Take your pick! Be it hiking, volunteering, trying new foods or sports, shake up that mundane, samey routine. Try swapping your next regular morning coffee session for a little something out of your comfort zone and Tweet us @ELMalaysia to let us know how you go! 

For more events and activities to shake up your weekly routine, visit our What's On page


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