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Borneo360 ALIVE’s Guide To Maximising Your Free Time To Its Fullest

When we think of the phrase “free time”, it usually means to have (get) coffee at our favourite coffee shops, to go drinking at pubs and bars, laze on our couches at home and watch television, or simply just to rest; but instead of doing all that, have you ever wondered about the possibilities of accomplishing more for yourself as well as the society? From time to time, the 9 to 5 routine overwhelms us that we rarely consider the possibility of doing what we have always desired to do. Be it to increase our fitness, to pursue our hobbies and passions, to try new things, or to help contribute to the society; all these wishes are forced to be put in the back seat.

There nothing wrong with that, in fact, prioritising your career is very rewarding. Being productive and achieving your goals in work will give you a sense of fulfillment that is healthy to both mind and body. But what if we tell you that you can accomplish the same satisfaction in your free time? Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer; there are many wonderful and invigorating activities that you can do in this tropical city. So to assist you in balancing work and leisure, here’s a guide to maximising your free time.

Live Theatre
If you are looking for something more unique to do, going to a live theatre performance will sure add a fair amount of piquancy to your free time. Green Leaf Theatre House is Sabah’s first theatre NGO and aims to tell the stories of this land and its people through performing arts; they have a theatre performance once in two months, and organize theatre camps for the youth as well. The interval of shows will require you to wait, but that gives you ample time for other exciting ventures. So mark your calendar for their next show titled “Virus in Malaya” – The Rojak Show set to be on 4th and 5th of July 2015 at The Theatre Marina Club, Sutera Harbour Resort and put that into you schedule! For more information on them, you can visit their website or email them at

Art Galleries
Located inside the Oceanus Waterfront Mall Kota Kinabalu, the Ocean7 Art Gallery displays exclusive artwork of local artists – in interactive 3D designs! Get inspired and have fun at the same time in this unique gallery, which is the first of its kind in Borneo. For an entrance fee of RM28 for adults and RM18 for children below the age of 12, you can take pictures of yourselves together with the art with your family and friends. There’s also the Sabah Art Gallery (088-268748), which is a state art gallery that organizes many creative local and some foreign artists to exhibit their artworks to the public. From 10th July to 16th October this year attend the Sabah Women Art Exhibition 2015 here along with the 5th Folk Art Exhibition from 10th to 15th August 2015. Centre for Arts and Design (088-310868) is another gallery that you should visit. A private and
contemporary art space that exhibits the works of artists from the local scene to the South East Asia region, catch their Art Jam – Papier-Mache Edition on the 24th of May
this year.

What’s better than to play music with your friends in your spare time? Strum the guitar, groove on the bass, show your drum skills, and rock the mic at a jamming studio and discover the hidden talents in you! Whether it being a favourite pastime or your utmost passion, playing music improves your confidence and increases your level of
creativity. So instead of listening to music, play them! Whether you are interested in playing songs of your favourite band or songs that you wrote yourself, jamming is
one activity that you should go for. Two places that you can go to is Khaliff Productions, located in Asia City Complex (016-8353256) and KK Music Production, located in Tanjung Aru (012-8265323).

Laidback yet riveting, busking is easily the most accessible way for you to fulfil your needs to enjoy music while you relax and unwind in the streets of Kota Kinabalu. Whether you have just finished jogging at Taman Likas, buying fresh fruits and vegetables at the Central Market or after you have your coffee fix at Gaya Street, these musicians, or buskers, deliver their music directly to you in all three places. You can sing along to the songs, or better yet just grab the microphone and sing with them while they serenade the crowd. They usually show up and play during the weekends, but to keep up with where they will perform next you can follow them on their Facebook page, Busska Buskers and Borneo Buskers.

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