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5 Unconventional Hobbies to Pick Up in 2018

Published on 31 January 2018|
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Instead of the hobbies we always hear about, why not try picking up something different and unique this year?

by Tommy Duncan, Carrybeans

We all have common hobbies and interests, whether it’s reading, sleeping or even eating. Or sports, cooking and the movies. However, if you’re in need of a new way to spend free time, give some of these unconventional hobbies a go. Who knows? You could even turn some of them into a small business and make a few extra bucks!


1. Miniature Figure Painting

Miniature painting is a traditional art of painting that is often in detail and as the title goes, for mini scale figurines or miniature art pieces. This is not for the impatient or those unable to sit still; you won’t enjoy it if you’re someone who enjoys being on the move all the time.

It also requires extreme skill and takes years of mastering, but there’s no better time to start than now!

Credit: Boynton

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2. Birdwatching

This is a recreational hobby that’s not for all. To those who don’t enjoy it, birdwatching or birding can be hard to understand. However, did you know that people from all over the world come to Sabah and pay thousands of ringgit just to watch birds in their natural habitat?

As there are about 10,000 species of birds all over the world, this hobby is a rich one and constantly offers something new. You can watch birds with your naked eye or use helpful instruments such as binoculars.

3. Coding

Today, technologies runs the world and start-up app coders are sprouting everywhere.

Coding is a practice of designing computer programs, and requires you to learn a new field of ‘communication’ altogether. It’s not an easy task and it is not for everyone. But if you find that building an app or computer software exhilarates you, then this hobby will definitely suit you well!

Credit: Ilya Pavlov

4. Martial Arts

If you’re a fitness junkie, hitting the gym five times a week is probably your kind of hobby. Perhaps even cross-fit might be on your list. However, if you haven’t gotten an exercise hobby yet, why not take up a martial art?

There’s mixed martial arts, judo, taekwondo and even wing chun, the kung fu art made famous by Ip Man. There are classes and clubs that you can join, so give it a shot!

You may just a kick out of it.

5. Cosplay

Cosplay is a contraction of the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’, and literally means that! It’s both a hobby and a performance art, and there are serious cosplayers all around the world. In cosplay, individuals dress up as specific characters, either fictional or real, from head to toe.

You may think it’s not much, but cosplaying is far from easy! You have to think about hair, make-up, costumes, getting into character and staying true to the character you’ve embodied.

As it’s grown in popularity, cosplay conventions are held everywhere. There’s even a HobbyCon held in Kota Kinabalu each year, and is open to all.

Credit: William Tung

Did you find any of these different hobbies interesting? Which would you go for? Let us know in the comments below!

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