how to find the perfect bikini

Finding the Perfect Bikini Is Like Finding The One 

Finding the perfect bikini can be an adventure in itself. When you’re prepping for your much-anticipated vacation, a weekend beach trip with the S.O., or traveling to an international summer destination, swimwear is not only a necessity, it’s an absolute priority. You’ve already planned your Instagram feed to revolve around your strapless bikini or hey, string bikini for the bold, right? So here’s how to find the perfect bikini…which is pretty much like finding the one

THREE WORDS TO GUIDE YOUR BIKINI QUEST:

With a plethora of options for bikinis in Australia alone, it’s crucial to zone in to what’s going to cover all the bases. Think three words and stick to them. 

Functional. Classic. Quality-made.

It’s easy to go for the low-price, trendy, swimwear sale finds but remember you want your bikini to be your best mate. It has to be reliable and it has to stand the test of time, in quality and style. Choosing your swimsuit right can make or break a beach trip so don’t compromise on this, girls! 

Checking the fabric, cut, and design is essential in your quest to finding the perfect bikini.

Luxury brands like Australian-based Bondi Born offer swimwear to the girl who values quality for her buck and is searching for that perfect bikini to not only look good in, but feel great in. She’s investing in a timeless piece that in turn makes her relationship with it, priceless

WHAT YOUR SWIMWEAR SHOULD DO FOR YOU:

Once you’ve found that perfect bikini, you are all set and then some. Ultimately, your perfect bikini should be the one that keeps you on trend, but makes you stand out. It should be the one so well-fit, it allows you to let loose! The perfect bikini should be your partner-in-crime for all things fun in the sand, sea, and sun

Now you can tick that off your beach trip checklist!

Sinulog Festival Guide: Here’s What to Expect at Cebu’s Biggest Festival

Do you claim to be the life of the party? Well, there’s only one way to test that. Happening once a year is the country’s largest festival, Sinulog Festival, and it’s right around the corner! Every third weekend of January, you can expect party upon party in the Queen City of the South. Of course, the festival’s main purpose is to celebrate the Sto. Niño, but any religious gathering in the Philippines is also another excuse to get out of town!

Since you’ve already booked your tickets, it’s time to pack your bags, and get ready for the wildest weekend down in Cebu! Here’s how to survive Sinulog Festival 2017. Pit Senyor!

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

If you’re arriving a day ahead of the Sinulog festival, on a Thursday, you can jump into the pre-Sinulog parties to prepare for the weekend madness. There are a lot of things to do in Cebu beside drinking and dancing, and taking a day to explore is a good idea, too! But here’s what’s happening on a weeknight.

Liv Superclub and Sentral

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Check out these establishments, and you’re sure to see a Manila-based DJ you’re familiar with. Most of them, like DJ Mars Miranda or Ace Ramos, arrive ahead of time to hype up the crowd. If you’re in the mood for hip-hop, Sentral is the newest bar in Cebu that dishes out the classics and modern R&B. Want to pump your fists in the air to Top 40s and EDM? Liv Superclub has the reputation as Cebu’s most frequented nightclub in the city.

Liv Superclub
City Time Square, A108, Mandaue City

Sentral
#2 Norkis Cyberpark, A.S. Fortuna Street

LifeDance

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If we haven’t completely outdated the word Yolo, LifeDance embodies this term precisely. This year, they’re taking it up a notch by having three stages, adding one specifically for indie bands. With a mix of international and local acts, it’s exciting to see the most talked about event in Sinulog expand their musical taste to the likes of Up Dharma Down, and Jensen and the Flips. All attendees can get a fair share of DJs and bands this January 13!

Sinulog Festival Activities

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday are official activities that you can look forward to. During the whole month of January, Sinulog Festival hosts different competitions, marathons, concerts and even masses! But of course, we can’t forget the Filipino favorite, beauty pageants!

Beauty Queens and Fireworks

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After two very successful MMFF entries about pageants (Die Beautiful and Sunday Beauty Queen), it’s safe to say Filipinos just looove their pageantry. Falling on a Friday night (January 13), you can watch in anticipation who will be crowned the newest Sinulog Festival Queen 2017! After all, Cebuanos take pride in their representatives to national competitions, and she may just be the one! In addition to this, admire more beauty and magnificence on Saturday night (January 14), when the Sinulog Fireworks Competition takes place in SM City Cebu at 7:00 p.m.

TIP: It’s best to get a good night’s rest on Saturday night, seeing as the Grand Parade starts early the next morning on Sunday. And you’re going to need all the energy!

Sinulog Grand Parade

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The Sinulog Grand Parade is a cultural feast for the eyes! From native dances to elaborate costumes and floats, you can watch the parade as it marches throughout the city. This showculminates all activities leading up to it and has never failed in its grandiosity and liveliness. If you’re in Cebu for the whole week, this is the ultimate way to cap it off before you hit the streets!

READ: Cebu Itinerary: From North to South of Cebu In Just 4 Days

Sinulog Invasion

Annually, street parties during Sinulog Festival have grown bigger and bigger that a few years ago that they had to be banned. Fortunately, however, Spectrum made a way to keep the tradition alive by staying in Mango Avenue. Sinulog Invasion is the most anticipated event of the festival for partygoers and tourists alike. The party is actually a tour in all cultural festivals of the Philippines, starting with Sinulog, then Dinagyang in Iloilo, Masskara in Bacolod and lastly, Kadayawan in Davao. This year’s Invasion features regulars, Nix Damn P, Martin Pulgar, and Kat DJ!

Survival Essential Tips

  1. Travel in a group. Sinulog Festival is not the time for a solo trip! You should gather a bunch of your friends and come up with an itinerary for which activities in Sinulog you want to do.
  2. Bring extra clothes. It’s hard to say when they’re going to get dirty, but they will get dirty. Particularly at outdoor events.
  3. Purchase a phone bag and sturdy backpack. Walking around the parade or party, you never know when you might accidentally drop or lose your belongings. So secure those.
  4. Keep hydrated. Water is essential, and with the amount of drinking and frolicking you’ll be doing, you need that H2O.
  5. Bring extra cash and secure a way back to your hotel. Write your hotel address on your shirt if you must! It’s going to get busy and packed. You don’t need the hassle of always trying to find an ATM or use your card, and it’ll be hard to catch cabs on the street. Book Uber in advance or make sure to book a hotel/hostel near your planned events!

We hope you find this survival guide helpful on your upcoming Sinulog trip. If you need a complete Cebu itinerary, we also have one for you!

One Beat. One Dance. One Vision. Visit sinulog.ph for more information on Cebu’s most colorful festival!

7 Useful Things To Learn This Summer

Summer, that beautiful time where you’re so happy to be out of school and relax all day long. No papers to stress over or exams coming up; it’s just you and your T.V. Until that gets boring and you think to yourself, how can I possibly fill up my time? Summer is the perfect season to pick up a new hobby. Here are seven useful things to learn this summer!

1. Tap Into Your Artistic Side With A Painting Class

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There’s no assurance that you’ll become the Picasso of our generation, but there’s no harm in trying! Pick up a paintbrush and get those hands moving. Craft MNL offers kids to adult classes in their many workshops, from Calligraphy to Painting to Weaving. You can test your arts and crafts skills at any one of these all throughout April and May.

The Young Artists Studio also offers summer workshops for all ages in all locations over Metro Manila. Plus, you can choose from a variety of classes: Painting, Drawing for Beginners Animation, Comics Illustration, and even Fashion Design. They’ll be accepting students starting this April till July!

2. Learn Self-Defense With Krav Maga Philippines

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Hebrew for Contact Combat, Krav Maga is a highly effective, battle and street tested Israeli system for self-defense. Our local edition, Krav Maga Philippines offers courses in Civilian Krav Maga, VIP Protection, and Military and Law Enforcement. We’re assuming you won’t really need the latter two, though. Their classes are all throughout the year, but if you want a quick insight, they’ll be holding a Defending Un-Armed Attacks seminar on April 29. Here, you can learn how to prevent all forms of unarmed assault attempts. For inquiries, rates, and locations, just visit their website!

Self-defense is no doubt a priority on our list of useful things to learn this summer because you honestly never know what can happen.

3. Take Up A Design Course

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Want to finally live your dreams of being a fashion or beauty savant? School of Fashion and the Arts offers a long list of summer short courses that are not only useful things to learn this summer but super fun! From basic makeup to fashion styling to even leather crafting, SoFA provides classes for kids, teens, and adults. Enroll as early as now because most workshops will be starting soon and will last till mid-June. And also, they feature guest teachers that are either celebrities or well-known artists in their field for capsule courses.

Soul Flower Co. hosts other accessory-making and craft workshops such as silversmithing. And if you want to turn your creations into an online business, such as fashion accessories, Manila Workshops will be holding a seminar! Creating an Online Fashion Accessory Business For Beginners is on July 1 at PenBrothers, Makati for just PHP 1,500!

4. Create Tunes With A Musical Instrument

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They say one of the best things you can do for yourself, is to learn an instrument. Not only do you make pretty music, you look cool, and it teaches a whole lot of discipline. If you want a crash course in voice, guitar, violin, or maybe piano, Yupangco Music Academy provides individual and group practice slots. Even more convenient, their studios are in actual mall music stores, like Yamaha Megamall and Robinsons Galleria.

If your trip is more of putting music together, check out Bounce DJ & Electronic Music & DJ School in BGC. They offer courses in DJ-ing and beginner’s music production. You might even spot a famous DJ walking about!

5. Earn Bragging Rights For Speaking A New Language

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This one should be easy enough. There are plenty of books and audio guides on the market that will help you master French or German. In your spare time, pick up a book or CD and put your skills to the test in a new language.

This has to be one of the most useful things to learn this summer, seeing as it’s also a possibility you’d travel to a foreign country or meet someone you’d like to impress. Berlitz Philippines offers many courses in different languages, such as Spanish and Japanese, both of which would come in handy.

6. MasterChef Your Way Into The Kitchen

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At one point or another, we ask ourselves, why can’t I cook? And usually, the answer to that is, you don’t have enough time! But this summer, learn the skill that is highly useful. Something as simple as making your own meal!

The Maya Kitchen offers classes for Basic Culinary from April 18-21 and Basic Baking from May 2-5 at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center. These courses will set you back PHP 8,000-9,000 but are worth the whole four-day experience! Tie your aprons on and get your spatulas ready!

7. Try Latte Art For The Coffee Lovers

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This could be one of those trends that are interesting enough to spend a whole summer learning the how-to of. If you’ve ever been to an artisanal cafe, chances are you had to take a photo of your lovely cappuccino. But if you’ve ever wanted to imitate that art, Yardstick has branched out into offering workshops for the latte art lovers! Learn the drawing techniques such as the heart, and floral designs so that the next time you brew your coffee, you enjoy mesmerizing it first before taking a sip!

Make your summer a productive one by picking one (or two) of these useful things to learn this summer and be proud of your progress! At Philihappy, we know you should never stop learning, so if you have any other suggestions, please let us know!

10 Things To Do In Manila On Rainy Days With Family And Friends

The rainy season is back! Finally, after getting roasted under the summer sun you can sit back, relax, and lounge in the cool breeze in your favorite sweater while sipping hot chocolate. But just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that fun has to stay at home. There are many things to do in Manila on rainy days! Here are 10 activities you should check out:

1. The Bike Playground

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If you’re a bike enthusiast—or even just someone who enjoys sports—then you’d be thrilled to know that there’s finally a place in Manila where you can jump on your bikes and enjoy an indoor pump track. The Bike Playground is the Philippines’ First Signature Pump Park where kids and adults can pedal through an outdoor dirt track and an indoor pump track, which was specially designed by Velosolutions.

The Bike Playground
Located at Circulo Verde Calle Industria, Bagumbayan

, Quezon City
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(0917) 124 2787

2. Breakout Philippines

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Breakout Philippines is the country’s premier escape room game. With four branches and a total of 17 rooms to choose from (so far), you and your barkada can challenge your wits and skills by getting locked up and having only 45 minutes to solve your way out. Will you break out or will you be trapped forever? This is for those seeking daring things to do in Manila on rainy days!

Breakout Philippines
Located at SM North EDSA Mall
Other branches are at Katipunan, Serendra BGC, Paragon Plaza Mandaluyong
0927-2571602 (Globe) and 0928-8214531 (Smart)
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3. Monkey Mic

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Every Filipino is a singer! Monkey Mic is the country’s First Modern Industrial Gastropub KTV. Aside from tapping into your inner Mariah Carey, you can choose from a variety of food like Double Cheese Baked Mussels and Mushroom Carbonara to satisfy your comfort food cravings.

Monkey Mic
Located at Blk 3 Lot 8 Congressional Ave. Ext., Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City
Open from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
0926-1674166 (Globe)/ 0908-4708464 (Smart)
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4. Game Over PH

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Game Over PH is a gaming bar and restaurant that welcomes not only those who are good at board games but also those who those who geek over consoles and arcades. This is the only gaming restaurant where you’ll people playing NBA 2K on the couch with a craft beer in hand. Also, watch out for acoustic nights and other events! Game Over PH always announces what’s up on their Facebook page for things to do in Manila on rainy days.

Game Over PH
Located at 31 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights Quezon City
Open from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday; 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
0933 028 5298
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5. Staple and Perk Café

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Staple and Perk is a 24-hour café, which is perfect for those who love spending the sweater weather slow and steady. Either by reading a good book or sipping coffee with a friend or two. Staple and Perk is also home to many artists and performers. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for upcoming events this rainy season!

Staple and Perk Café
Located at G/F 2306 Ecoplaza Building, Chino Roces Ave. Ext Makati City
Open 24 hours
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6. The Mind Museum

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The Mind Museum is one of a kind! It’s interactive, engaging, and kid-friendly. This is perfect for those who always find themselves touching exhibits in museums when there’s a clear sign above it that says “Do Not Touch.” The Mind Museum focuses on science if you’re looking for geeky things to do in Manila on rainy days. Aside from permanent exhibits, there are monthly educational events that families and barkadas can join.R

The Mind Museum
Located at JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Tuesday to Sunday
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7. Climb Central Manila

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The search is over! Manila finally has a spacious, accessible, and family-friendly wall-climbing gym! In fact, Climb Central Manila is the Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym in the city. Watch out for promos! Climb Central Manila just extended their Summer Holiday Promo to June 30. If you come in as a group of five or more adults (18+), day passes will only cost PHP 300/head instead of PHP 400. *There’s a Php 200 one-time registration fee for first-timers.

Climb Cenral Manila
Located at The Portal, Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
Open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Mondays to Fridays; 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday to Sunday
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8. Ninja Academy

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Ninja Academy is the first indoor Parkour Facility in the Philippines. This one of a kind gym also offers martial arts tricking, calisthenics, functional and obstacle training, and—would you believe it—parkour workshops for kids and teens! Ninja Academy just transferred to Circulo Verde this month, June 2017. It’s branch in Pasig City closed last June 13. Ninja Academy is currently pre-selling memberships for PHP 1750/month, now that’s affordable! But hurry! Only the first 99 sign-ups can take advantage of the pre-selling rate.

Ninja Academy
Located at Circulo Verde, 
Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, 
Quezon City
0917 146 4652
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9. Sip & Gogh

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Sip & Gogh is the first paint-and-sip studio in the country. Those who know how to paint and those who would like to learn how to paint are welcome! In each class, there will be an instructor to guide and help you tap into your creative side. This is a great activity for both families and barkadas. Register online and choose a class for a taste of artsy things to do in Manila on rainy days!

Sip & Gogh
Located at Ayala Heights
Other branches at Eastwood, Kapitolyo, Alabang, Atelier, Century Mall
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10. Lazer Maxx (Laser Tag Arena)

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Laser tag will never get old! Lazer Maxx has been around since 2009 but their arenas just keep getting bigger and better. In fact, the Greenhills branch just finished renovating! Are you ready to battle it out and show which laser tag team is truly boss?! If you are, then gather your troops—the maximum number of players is 24.

Lazer Maxx
Located Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
Other branch at Eton Centris, Quezon Avenue
Open from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (Greenhills); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mondays to Sundays (Centris)
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This rainy season, we challenge you to complete every single activity enumerated in this list! Manila is home to so many fun and unique activities, guys! Step up and try these things to do in Manila on rainy days for the best rainy season yet!