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9 Things You'll Need to Beat the Summer Heat

Don’t let the heat get in the way of you making the most of this time of year.
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This year, the Philippine summer is expected to reach dangerous levels. Aside from heading to the beach, here’s what you can do to cool down.

1. Trade in your thick clothes for more lightweight options.

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Shop LANAI’s newest collaboration with Bohemian womenswear label Merakibowy. The exclusive collection features summer tops and other stylish, easy-to-wear pieces. While you’re there, take a look at the chic tropical-themed accessories from Ken Samudio and his luxury line Matthew And Melka. Samudio uses beads made from recycled plastic bottles, sea glass, and other sustainable materials to fashion wearable works of art.

2. DIY your own frozen treats and make an activity out of it.


SMEG 50's Retro Style Refrigerator

Keeping yourself hydrated is a given, but often it’s not enough. Make yourself some frozen treats such as an ice cream cake, granitas, semifreddo, and more. Read Delish’s 85 Best-Ever Frozen Desserts as a guide.

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Of course keep everything fresh, cool, or frozen in a cute in our favorite SMEG refrigerator that comes in a rainbow of colors.  

3. Plan a hotel staycation and be pampered for the weekend.


Give your airconditioning a rest and spend a weekend at a hotel. Makati Diamond Residences’ Weekend Wind Down makes for the perfect urban vacation. You can visit the area’s weekend markets or go for a cultural trip at the nearby museums. The Studio and One Bedroom Suite are priced at P6,500 and P8,500 net per night respectively, and is available from April 14 until May 31, 2018.

4. Head to the spa for a quick escape.

If you’re dire need of a break, a trip to the spa is more than enough to recharge you. The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Makati offers “state-of-the-art natural treatments designed to indulge the mind, body, and spirit.” Choose from Willow Stream’s signature treatments, The Executive Recharge (P5,000) and the Ultimate Willow Stream Experience (P8,400). For more information, call 632.795.1822 or email [email protected]

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5. Have a summer iced tea party at TWG. 


This season, TWG is releasing an iced teabag collection with refreshing varieties such as Eternal Summer Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea, Pink Flamingo Tea and Cocktail Hour Tea which you can enjoy with their decadent patisseries. You can also enjoy their tea infused ice cream and a special macaron ice cream sandwich which they describe as “the perfect dessert to beat the heat.”  TWG Tea's iced teabag collection retails at P1,500 while the tea-infused ice creams and sorbets are priced at P120 and P130 per scoop respectively. The macaron ice cream sandwich is priced at P90 per piece, and is available for dine-in until May 31, 2018.

6. Keep the summer allergies at bay.


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Another thing that comes around, like clockwork, during summer are allergies. From pollen to smog, there’s a lot to worry about this time of year. Dyson’s Pure Cool is a wifi-enabled air purifier that doubles as a bladeless fan. The Pure Cool has the ability to remove allergens and pollutants including pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria and pet material from your home. You can even control it through the Dyson Link app on your smartphone.

7. Wear comfortable footwear.

Summer is the season to use your flip-flops, sandals, mules to your heart’s content. You can also opt for lightweight everyday loafers, much like the ones designed by sisters Betina, Selina and Juliana Ocampo. Their contemporary footwear line Daily Schedule New York has mules and loafers made in materials such as brocade, suede, leather, metallic, mesh, chenille, and more. Shop Daily Schedule New York at dailyschedule-ny.com.

8. Get out of that work slump and enjoy after-work cocktails and chow.


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End the night at Bank Bar with its updated Happy Hour bar chow. The new dishes come from The Moment Group’s repertoire and includes favorites such as chicken skin chicharon, crispy wonton chips, 8 Cuts onion rings, kung pao noodles, tapa fried rice, and Manam’s crispy sisig rice bowl for just P99 each. In addition to the chow, happy hour also entails you to bottomless cocktails for P695. Bank Bar’s Happy Hour happens Monday to Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

9. Keep fresh all day long with a refreshing face spray.


If all else fails, spritz Mac's Prep + Prime Fix+ to keep you fresh. The lightweight water mist was made to finish makeup, but it also has the ability to soothe and refresh skin. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and is available in original, calming lavender, and romantic rose variations. But for summer, our pick is the creamy coconut.

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