A wanderluster’s guide to staycation

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By Regina May Cajucom

Serendipity Couch

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


SUMMER is upon us. It’s my most favorite time of year. Even after I have become a professional and started working 8-to-5 “shifts”, and more so since I went back to teaching on weeknights, it feels like summer is the season of laidback-ness. I saw this picture quote online (which I could not resist re-posting) which says: “Summer. Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” I couldn’t agree more.

There is something about summer that probably allows us to breathe a little (or a little more, I should say). It may be because there are no homework for the kids, no quizzes and exams to prepare for, no projects to finish, no requirements to complete; and in my case, no lectures to deliver, to recitations to conduct, no exams to check (well, after I check this sem’s, that is). It allows us time, and space, to be a little (again: more!) lazy, slack, relaxed.

Of course summer vacation presents with it the prospect of travel, of weekend getaways, of sandy beaches and other tropical dreams. Problem is, if you have practically saturated majority of your savings because you travelled thrice the previous year, then you are probably left with no choice but a grand…staycation. Welcome to my life.

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I can whine, frown or fret about not being able to plan ahead for Boracay, or El Nido or even my (yes, “My”) Pagudpud, or I can devote my energy instead to thinking of ways on how to actually enjoy staycation. Let me count the ways:

1. Indulge in couch potato sessions. Movies you have been meaning to watch for a loooong time (Inception and The Lord of the Rings trilogy for me). Movies you are dying to watch again for the nth time (Sleepless in Seattle, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Only You. Chick flicks, for short.) TV Series (I have all 5 seasons of AllyMcBeal for some serious marathon, or just random playing of 10 seasons of Friends. I also intend to catch up on Once Upon a Time (now on its 3rd season.). How many months is summer again?

2. Engage in a new hobby. Calligraphy. Trying out new braid styles. Working with glitter tattoo. Or…finally learning to prepare a new dish. Or why not a new menu altogether, like all Vietnamese or all Thai?

3. Visit old parks, churches or museums nearby. I just realized I haven’t been to the Maryknoll Sanctuary over at Campo Sioco, or to the BenCab Museum at Asin Road. This, is the staycation summer for that.

4. Read. Novels. Non-fiction books: biographies, history, art, anecdotes, anthologies. Travel books. Amazing and interesting articles online. Interior design reads. How-tos, almanacs, whatever. Feed your mind, or even if you don’t with seemingly trashy reads, put a smile in your face, let your heart rush with excitement, nourish your soul.

5. Home makeover. Throw away your junk and acquire more than enough space for your treasure finds among your hoards. Re-design, re-arrange, "energize" your homes. There are loads of sources online that will give you brilliant ideas for that. Be creative.

6. Tech detox for others, tech indulgence for me. I can sit through hours of Pinterest boards and pins giving me novel ideas, making me smile with amusing quotes, making me travel through places I never thought existed. I have a board called “places and spaces” which is a collection of fab pictures of places all over the world and amazing room corners that simply take my breath away.

(http://www.pinterest.com/mycouch) Staycation is love. (serendipity.couch@gmail.com / www.serendipitycouch.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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