10 Cool Hobbies to Get Into in 2021

You know what they say: New year, new you.

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PHOTO BY L: Wood Academy; R: Republic Wakepark

(SPOT.ph) Let's face it. Most of 2020 was spent at home, trying to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. We've managed to pick up new hobbies—from indoor planting to bakingto distract us from everything that's been happening in the world. And with the rate things are going, we may need to get into other ways to pass the time and stop ourselves from going mad amid all the bad news.

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Check out these hobbies and workshops you can get into in the new year and where to learn them:

Soap making

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Handmade soaps, especially those that come in the cutest shapes and colors and hypnotizing scents, are just irresistible. You can create your own through Craft MNL's two-hour course on melt-and-pour soap making. The module is at P750; but if you opt for the bundle with a starter kit, you need to shell out P1,100. The latter lets you make up to five bars of soap from 500 grams of clear soap base, fragrance oil, and your very own molds.

CraftMNL's melt-and-pour soap making course with starter kit costs P1,100. For more information, visit CraftMNL's website.


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Wood Academy is offering woodworking classes in Quezon City and Antipolo City. Their basic class, which is perfect for beginners, covers woodworking 101, a safety introduction on the proper use of power tools, and pros and cons in using solid wood versus plywood. You also get to practice cutting, planing, assembly, and sanding of wood. Workshop schedule is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on selected dates. The fee is at P4,000 per head, which is inclusive of tools and materials, lunch and snacks, and Wood Academy certificate.


Wood Academy offers classes at 717 P&S Building, Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City (in front of Robinsons Magnolia) or Rich Golden Shower Montessori Center, Antipolo City, Rizal. Basic session costs P4,000. For more information, visit Wood Academy's website.


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The nearest wakeboarding facility in the Metro is right in Calamba, Laguna—Republic Wakepark in Nuvali. Opened in 2012, it features a man-made body of water, ramps, a skatebox, and other obstacles where you can do your twists and turns while on the board. But if you're just starting to get into this water sport, you can also practice simple drills during a two-hour ride.

Republ1c Wakepark is at West Diversity Boulevard, Nuvali, Calamba, Laguna. It is open from Thursday to Sunday. Two-hour session costs P525. For more information, follow Republ1c Wakepark on Facebook.

Musical theater

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Follow your dream of becoming a triple threat in the world of theater as you harness your talents in singing, dancing, and acting. Long-standing theater company Repertory Philippines is offering online workshops in performing arts for adults from January 18 to February 13, 2021. You can also sign up for voice lessons.

Repertory Philippines' musical theater classes cost P6,000 for 12 sessions. For more information, visit Repertory Philippines' website.


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No, we don't mean kayaking or dragon boat racing—at least, not yet. You can learn rowing as a full-body indoor workout with Saddle Row even at the comforts of your home. You can download a video-on-demand rowing class starting at P600 per session or go all out for unlimited Zoom class for P4,000 for 30 days. You can have your row-at-home kit delivered for P1,500.

Saddle Row's video-on-demand rowing classes start at P600 per session. For more information, visit Saddle Row's website.


Smartphone photography

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Snapping with our smartphones is easy, but you can still level up your skills and maximize your phone camera for better photos. Philippine Center for Creative Imaging is holding a live, instructor-led online class on January 9 and 10 for smartphone photography. The class uses Zoom and Google Classroom for discussions, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and offline projects to practice your skills.

Philippine Center for Creative Imaging's live virtual classroom on smartphone photography costs P2,400. It's scheduled on January 9 and 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit Philippine Center for Creative Imaging's website.

Competitive swimming

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While some people learned how to swim at school or by just being thrown into the deep end of the pool, there are others who miss out on fun island-hopping trips, cliff diving adventures, and beach trips because they never had the chance to acquire this life skill. You can also level up your swimming skills and get ready for aquathlons or even triathlons.

Swim Central specializes in swimming lessons for adults so you don't have to be embarrassed about practicing with toddlers. You can sign up for a class on basic swim strokes like freestyle or breastroke (P525 for 1.5 hours) or survival swimming (P650 for 1.5 hours) through their pay-per-session scheme. They resumed operations in June after three months of closure amid the pandemic. Swim Central partnered with different swimming venues all over Metro Manila, so you can just choose a time slot and spot that's right for you.

Swim Central’s basic session costs P525 at your chosen date, time, and venue. For more information, visit Swim Central's website.

Leather crafting

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Learn how to make your own leather bag or card holder with Soul Flower Co., a local brand that champions the beauty of leather and its versatility. They offer online classes on basic leather crafting, which starts at P3,900, so you don't have to step out. Package includes delivery of a basic tool kit, so you can follow your instructor during a video conference.

Soul Flower Co's basic leather crafting online class costs P4,000. For more information, visit Soul Flower Co.'s website.


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If you've always wanted to try freediving or breath-hold diving—or even get certified in this sport, ManuMano Freedive Training Center offers classes from the basics to the competitive level. You just have to check their website or social media pages for any upcoming diving trips.

Sessions are grouped according to the standards of Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée (or AIDA International), with AIDA 1 designed for the complete beginner. This course is held at either a dive pool in Metro Manila or in the open water of Anilao, Batangas. Lessons include one theory session, one breath-hold session, and one dive session. Just imagine all the underwater life you can see without having to lug around heavy scuba diving equipment.


ManuMano Freedive Training Center’s AIDA 1 Course costs P4,750 at Scuba Studio 308 Seaview Street corner P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City. For more information, visit ManuMano Freedive Training Center's website.

Candle making

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With the constant need to find our Zen, some of us have gotten into the craze of collecting scented candles. But if you want to take things further (and maybe save some money), then you can just make your own scented container candle through the help of CraftMNL's video-on-demand course. You have the option of purchasing the course video (P1,250) or the one that's bundled with a starter kit (P3,250). The latter has everything you need to make two 150ml candles, including a beeswax-coconut oil wax bland, essential oil, wicks, and other important ingredients.

CraftMNL's basic scented candle making course with starter kit costs P3,250. For more information, visit CraftMNL's website.

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