Go, Get a Life!
Malaysian’s are getting so busy earning and surviving to cope up with their daily life. While this is going on we tend to forget we have something important to do. But, obviously we can’t do that because we don’t have the sufficient leisure time. Hobbies, just gone abandoned. We can still remember that having almost four to five hobbies during our younger age was so common and exciting.
But today, we don’t practice that, at the same time, we also don’t send our siblings or kids for leisure time activity. Parents used to send kids for Thevaram, Bharathanatiyam, music lessons, sports and many more.
Moreover, things are getting costly nowadays. When you have a hobby, it means you need money. Even getting into your favourite hobby comes with a cost, some more expensive than the other. Even so, the payoff makes it all totally worth it. We asked some regular Malaysians how much cash they devoted to their hobbies and why they feel the pay-off worth it.
Yet, the trend of hobbies among Indians has changed. Once upon a time, leisure activity will be very traditional. But now it is different nowadays. People rather go and learn something to their interest which can give them extra income rather than learning something for fun.
“Hobbies can also get your mind and hands busy as you create items of interest to you. This can range from artwork to even something as simple as cooking. I spend about RM50-RM200 a month on ingredients to make interesting dishes. “I tend to bake or cook with whatever I have,” said Nagesh Naidu. “Some dishes such as making a soufflé or meringue needs items like a soufflé dish or Teflon mats and those are too expensive for me.”
As it was mentioned earlier, no more business for traditional hobbies. Even collecting favourite items has taken a paradigm shift. Another type of hobby which is probably known for being more on the spending side is to collect items of interest. Those in the older generation may remember the joys of collecting stamps, but these days having a collection requires quite a bit of investment. Anbu is into collecting items such as cameras and even computer gadgets. He buys a new lens for his camera ever 3-6 months depending on which new lens has been launched. His current one costs RM1, 000-RM2,000 with the camera bodies being RM3,000.
Whatever it is, every hobby brings a certain joy to a person and that is the whole reason why people continue to invest in them. While at times it can be expensive, and sacrifices may be made in order to purchase what is needed for it, many agree that the happiness it brings is what keeps them going and spending.