More than half the year is done, and with life whizzing by so fast, you may be forgetting to give yourself the break that you deserve. Here are a few things that you can try indulging in before 2017 ends—because there’s really nothing wrong with going all-out once in a while.

A good pair of kicks

Who says that you’re too old for fancy sneakers? Ignore the naysayers and find a pair that exudes your classy personality. Best worn on casual Fridays!

TRY: Saucony G9 Shadow 6000 in Veg-Tan leather (L), P5,995, and Saucony Bullet (R), P3,295 at Saucony stores in Glorietta 3, UP Town Center, and Trinoma.

Healthy food and drinks

Don’t you think it’s about time you start becoming conscious of what you consume on a daily basis? You are what you eat, so it’s good to always take healthier alternatives.

TRY: Bayani Brew Teatox Detox Teas in Lemongrass Pandan, Moringa Dalandan, and Sweet Potato Leaf, available in Human Nature branches and supermarkets

Moments with friends

When was the last time you got in touch with your closest friends? Don’t let your hectic life get in the way of long-lasting relationships, and set aside time for a long afternoon of kuwentuhan.

TRY: A get-together at Café Pronto at Marco Polo, which serves a delectable array of drinks and snacks, including their signature cake, Chocolate Haven (P1,100). *FN Tip: Marco Polo Ortigas is celebrating its 3rd anniversary with various promos and discounts.

A quiet and luxurious getaway

How about a quick staycation to de-stress? Book yourself a room at a hotel within your city and unplug from the world. No work emails allowed!

TRY: Visit Seda Vertis North, the largest hotel in Quezon City. Room rates start at around P5,300 including taxes and other fees.

A trip abroad

If you haven’t flown out this summer, maybe it’s time to book a trip abroad to see autumn in Japan or Korea. Expanding your horizons is one of the best things you can gift yourself with.

TRY: Book a flight to your dream destination with HSBC Red Mastercard, which gives you four times the bonus points which you can redeem as air miles from Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, PAL Mabuhay Miles, and Singapore Krisflyer.


If life has been kind to you, you need to pass it on. Investing in kindness goes a long way because it doesn’t only change you, but also the future of others. Who knows? Maybe one day the circle of compassion will go back to you when you need it most.


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