8 Things you can try when you get bored on weekdays

 

Boredom.jpgWe all wait for Fridays! Chill out in the eve… hangout with besties … roam… shopping… sleep for long hours… relax… many more…

Despite how your office is exciting and even if you have funniest office buddies, obviously at some point you should have a feeling like… “Why weekdays are such boring!”

This happens because we all are stick with the same routine all days. Get on to the bus/train on the same time… walking on the same route… eating from the same food spot… come out from the office at the same time… then you get bored!

Here are some tips to try out with low cost or no cost on a weekday eve to change your normal boring routine.

  1. Change your way of traveling

routes_3If you travel by bus to home or boarding place all days after work, why not trying the train? At least for a short distance. You’ll meet new travel buddies and stories. Your Cinderella might be there too 😉

  1. Walk… as long as you could…

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One thing I hate is the traffic after the office time. Fully packed snail busses make me so bored!! Walk… that’s the solution! Get off from the office then walk towards your home. You’ll able to save 10-20 rupees from your bus fare. Use a short cut where busses are too large to squeeze. Google maps may help you here. You’ll be able to skip your gym session for a day and have a good breeze without AC!

TIP- ladies put your heels into the bag and put on your slippers. Your boss is not on the road!

  1. Use alternate routes

short cutGoing on the same route make us robots! So use alternate routes. Sometimes you may have to spend few more minutes on the road. Maybe on crowded bus halts… tuk tuks… but trust me. It’s something worth to try! A small adventure is better than nothing!

  1. Click click click

Smartphone camera street photography reviewYou don’t have to go for a beach or safari to get great clicks! Imagine the streets as your studio. Get your smartphone out & try different angles of the buildings. Sky… road signs… men… women… litter… anything! Create some art with it. Post on insta! Ta da!!

If you have a DSLR, get that giant out! Beware of the security guards of the high secure zones and shopping malls!

  1. Be a food adventurer!

General Economy Images As Rajan Turns Round The Rupee After Just A Month In Office

If you tasting the same food from the same place always, you don’t have a taste tongue or it is dead! So try different food from different places. There may be some delicious dishes in the nearest small “Bath Kade”! If you afraid of putting new things into your digesting system use “Siddalepa asamodagam” after the meal!

  1. Explore your office and surrounding.

service_elevator_and_attendent_by_squedestock.jpgHave you ever checked what’s outside to your cubical and where’s the service elevator of your tower? For me looking for the spots that few uses is fun! Try a tide in your service elevator! It may sound weird! But try it. Peep from the backdoor. There might be a friendly car waiting to be your companion.

  1. See the sea

Three ladies watch the sea in Teignmouth.

If you working in a coastal city like Colombo, going for the sea, maximum by a 30mins ride is easy. So try it. Yeah alone… sea will heal you… She may get all your sufferings…

  1. Greet strangers

234171_5_You are meeting hell a lot of people regularly. In the elevator… road… break that awkward elevator silence. Do say them good morning! Treat with a good smile. Cost you nothing. But he/she may grab you for lunch next day!

See how can some tiny things can change your boring routine! 🙂

 

 

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North – Isn’t it Sri Lanka?

1097808684Aerial view of the lagoon in Jaffna Photo Alamy

Aerial view of the lagoon in Jaffna Photo : Alamy

 As I’m following my Masters degree I decided to do my research on “Education for Social Cohesion”. So my supervisor advised me to visit Sri Lanka and do the research there.”

Lora, a grad student from University of Amsterdam, Netherlands explained me her reason of visiting Sri Lanka.

“My supervisor said that it is the most convenient country to do my research because Sri Lanka is a country trying to stand steadily on the ashes after the thirty years long ethnic conflict. I searched the internet, found out that it’s a secure place for a girl to travel and I took my decision to make Sri Lanka my destination.”

I met Lora with a group of school children from Kurunegala, on their way to Jaffna. They were planning to visit a school in Jaffna and to have a friendship camp of three days to develop the bonds with their Tamil brothers and sisters. The program was organized by the Ministry of Education.

Lora was busy checking her mails it seemed like she expecting & important doc to receive.

“Any Problem?”

“Mmm… I’m waiting for the approval letter from Ministry of Defense to travel in North!”

Whaaaat!!! In the same country why a foreigner needs a paper to travel in a particular area! From the Ministry of Defense! Talk about it!!

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The link Appears in Ministry of Defense Web Site (Bottom right corner)

It’s true. As the announcement SL Army did on 15th October 2014, the foreign passport who wish to visit the North will have to obtain prior clearance from the MoD. According to army spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya, the curb was applicable to all foreign passport holders, including journalists.

Reference –

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=Foreign_Passport_holders_traveling_to_the_North_20141030_02

IN 2009 the SL forces defeated the LTTE terrorists and it became the turning point of the country. No doubts it is a great pleasure to breath in a country where there’s no gun fights and suicide bombers. As we all know some foreign agencies as well as with the support of some locals fed the terras. Getting the cover as iNGOs and NGOs they funded the terrorists to fight against the Sri Lankan government.

We have the bitter experience of the tsunami disaster in 2004. Many tsunami aids came from foreign agencies were pumped to feed the war! Even now LTTE diaspora is trying to arise conflicts in the Northern area. Some countries also trying to point their finger upon us complain of “War Crimes”.

But, as a country we are running in a post war era where we have to build a good image in the international. Tourism is a major industry of Sri Lanka that not only carries foreign currency into the country but also the tourists carry out the good name and the amazing hospitality they experienced during their stay here. That is the best way to make a good image in the international other than having nasty media shows.

So is it practical and effective to have such kind of dumb rules issuing a legal document for the foreigners as a “Visa within a Country”?

“I was but confused seeing that I have to get the approval from the Ministry of Defense. I mean in our countries it’s normally a closed authority! Even by getting this letter it feels somewhat insecure. I don’t think it is a good practice for a country like Sri Lanka promoting tourism.” Lora said.

“The security forces have imposed restrictions preventing all foreign passport holders (including British nationals) travelling to the Northern Province. All foreign passport holders planning to travel to the north must get prior approval from the Ministry of Defence. Military activities are ongoing. You should obey orders from the security forces and signs warning of the danger from land-mines. See Local travel – North

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/safety-and-security

That’s how the UK government advising their citizens about traveling to Sri Lanka. Doesn’t this kind of mentions create a fury in tourists?

“I love this country. I was pretty amazed seeing the sandy beaches and I love the city Kandy! My parent also coming to visit Sri Lanka in December. I’m pretty sure they’ll not travel to Jaffna! 😀 “

Lora said with me showing some photos she took during her visit to Kandy.

My suggestion – Why this couldn’t done under the supervision of Tourism Ministry or such department? Just by putting a mask to the furious face MoD appears for the foreigners. It’ll be more effective and friendly than this doubtful process.