23 Mar No Plans for the Holy Week? There Are a Lot of Last-Minute Things You Can Do Over the Next Four Days
Don’t fret because you’re still part of millions of Filipinos with no idea what their spiritual, reflective, restless, drained, or even inspired mood is and so with no idea where to go or what to do during the Holy Week. And you’re not alone with the unsure mind of what to do even if you have more than enough in your wallets to make a trip.
The Holy Week isn’t exactly mandatory as to whether to take a long vacation off from the daily grind, take a reflective time off for prayer, or simply get yourself crucified for the sake of penitence. So for those unsure of what to do or where to go for the Holy Week, here are some last-minute suggestions of some fun or contemplative things you can do for the next four days of vacation.
Do workouts at home
If you’re a member of a gym and its closed during the holidays, why not do your daily routine at home. Since the internet isn’t on holiday, you can pop some YouTube videos of exercise routines, play them, and voila, your whole family can join in the fun. And it’s free, and the family can all pitch in to cook up a healthy meal after each session. Great bonding fun.
Listen to your music
If you’re kind of a loner, you can chill out and listen to your brand of music while outside, sitting at the terrace or veranda, or just in your living room. There’s no rule for Holy Week that says you need to listen to religious music because not everyone’s a fan of Don Moen. However, we do caution that if your music is more on the rocky and metal side, you might want to put on those headphones.
Stay at a hotel
With many people going out of town or joining religious treks, you can easily find a nice hotel for you and the family in the city just to relax from seeing the same old house each day. Try finding a hotel with a nice view, especially at night, or one with a swimming pool so your family can enjoy some swim bonding in the late afternoon and evenings because no one will be using the pool during Holy Week.
TV or movie marathons
With your family, other like-minded families, or just with friends, you can organize a TV series or movie marathon and list down what everyone wants to watch. In between, you can organize what to cook during mealtimes and snacks.
Go camping at the beach
Unless it’s Easter Sunday, the beach resorts and generally, the beaches, are almost deserted for the next 3 days. Instead of checking in the resort rooms or hotel, inquire if you can book a camping trip and bring your own tents. Inquire as well if you’re allowed to do your own cooking, or if the resort can do the cooking for you. If you don’t own a tent, inquire about tent rentals. It’s another great bonding fun for the family.
Trek to the mountains
You’ll be surprised that the city has nearby mountain trails that are open for trekking, and once you reach the top after the mountain climbing, the view can be spectacularly breathtaking. Just be sure to wear the right attire, wear the right non-slip shoes, and bring lots of water and food for the whole day affair. You can do this with your family or by your lonesome, or perhaps with close friends.
Go on a thorough general cleaning
If you really decide to stay home, perhaps now is the time for that long-delayed general cleaning to get rid of the junk and useless clutter that’s just lying around your home and free up much needed space. You’ll really feel accomplished for getting rid of the unnecessary mess in your house. You can even take ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures to show off later on social media.
Go out and visit churches around the city
Even if you’re not feeling prayerful and reflective for the Holy Week, you can get rid of the boredom just staying at home by going to the different churches around the city and be amazed at the unique architecture of each. You’ll be amazed that no one church is the same and you can even just sit inside for a few minutes to contemplate the quiet atmosphere and interior designs. A few of the really nice architectural church wonders around the city we can suggest is the St. Augustine Cathedral, the Xavier University Chapel, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (Carmen), Jesus Nazareno Church (in front of Ayala Centrio), San Isidro Labrador Eco-Church (Kauswagan), and Our Lady of Fatima Church (Macajalar Hill, Camaman-an).
Have a picnic at the park
Now here’s an old-school activity that you’ve probably haven’t done for ages. The city has a lot of empty parks since people are going elsewhere. And to put nice touch to the picnic, leave all your gadgets and phones at home and just eat, drink, and generally talk and be happy with the family. Be sure to bring enough food and drink, especially food that won’t easily spoil. You can add more to the fun by bringing a Frisbee or ball to throw around, or fly a kite. However, before flying the kite make sure the park is far from electrical wires and cables.
Pick up on new books
If you’re used to a certain genre of books, why not try another one? And while you’re at it, instead of those drab e-books that you simply flick through your tablets, why not hold a good old book in your hand and experience turning the pages with both hands. Some of the great authors we recommend for fiction are Rick Yancey, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, James Patterson, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Larry Bond. If you like Sci-Fi, try out Orson Scott Card, William C. Dietz, and William Brinkley. For non-fiction we recommend James Bradley, Hampton Sides, Jeff Shaara, and Chris Kyle.
So there you have it, and who ever said that Holy Week was only limited to resorts and religious treks. But of course, when all else fails and you just want to recharge your batteries for the coming daily grinds after the holidays, you can just SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP throughout the next four days.