The start of a new year is the perfect time to try something enjoyable, exciting, and you’ve never done before. Read on for ideas on activities worth trying this 2015.

Master a new language

Bonjour, Ciao, Hola, Konnichiwa, Hello! It may seem hard to learn a language at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy, not to mention, useful especially if you decide to travel abroad. While many master a foreign tongue to get an advantage at work, you can also learn it to immerse yourself in another culture. Studies also show that learning a new language improves your decision making skills, increases your brain power, and boosts your confidence!

Can’t decide on what language to study? Click here for our suggestions.

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Try out a new kind of exercise

Still doing the same cardio workout? Reboot your routine—and jumpstart that new year’s fitness resolution—by trying a new class. Body-weight exercises, core training, functional fitness, and outdoor activities are just some of this year’s top fitness trends that you can sign up for.

Travel alone
Sure, it’s fun to go places with your travel buddies, but sometimes, you do need some time for yourself. This year, take your “me-time” to the next level by traveling solo to some of the countries on your bucket list. Not only does this give you time to explore the sites and soak in the culture at your own pace, but it also gives you the opportunity to get in touch with your inner self.

Try an extreme sport or hobby

What’s life without a little thrill? There are some extreme sports and hobbies that you can try locally. Some of our faves: white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro, free fall or bungee jumping in Danao, Bohol, and flying trapeze in Taguig. Take the plunge and experience something extreme this year!


Eat something exotic

Conquer your fears and tickle your taste buds with something out of the ordinary. Not ready for super exotic dishes? Here’s an idea: go an a food trip with your best buds and try the regional versions of the classic adobo. There’s adobong kamaru (mole cricket) in Pampanga, adobong uok (beetle larvae) in Rizal, and adobong salagubang (june bug) in Nueva Ecija.


Learn self-defense
Imagine this: you’re walking the empty streets of Manila on your way home, and you suddenly feel like someone is following you. What do you do? First instinct is to run, but what if he catches up to you? A better solution: Defend your self. Do this by learning a martial art or taking a self-defense class. Not only will you learn practical, even life-saving skills, but also get to workout in the process, too.

Here’s one to try: the Israeli self-defense system of krav maga.

Krav Maga Philippines
Address: 20 E Maclang St. near P. Guevarra, San Juan City
Contact Numbers: (+632) 726 5021 | (632) 917 843 KRAV | (632) 947 990 KRAV

KMA Academy
Contact Person: Nelson
Gym landline: (02) 551 4449
Or you can enroll at the gym anytime during operational hours
KMA Makati:
Le Domaine, Tordesilas St, Salcedo, Makati
Opposite Baptist school near the corner of De la Costa Street

KMA Wack Wack:
Wack Wack Royal Mansion, Wack Wack Road
From Shaw Blvd take Wack Wack Road corner Petron station


Hold a garage sale
It’s time to raid your closet! Check which clothes you wear often and which ones you’ve totally forgotten about, then decide what you want to keep, donate, or sell. Holding a garage sale is a great way to clear out your closet (to make more room for new clothes) and earn some extra cash.

Start a journal

Keep a journal or blog of your dreams and aspirations. It’s an awesome way to let your creativity flow, express your thoughts, and keep yourself accountable for achieving your goals. Plus, if you write regularly, you get the chance to re-live moments and memories that make you feel good.


Volunteer for a cause
Whether it’s volunteering for an animal shelter, a hospital, or a youth facility, helping others is always considered a good thing. You get to meet and reach out to others, share your blessings, and build your self-esteem.

Get a makeover

Tired of your usual look? Visit your trusted salon and get a makeover. A good pampering sesh will not only give you a fresh, new look, but it can actually boost your mood and confidence, too.


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