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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Summer Esentials

Summer. Oh Summer. It is like an old friend we somehow remember during the Holy Week or after our first case of sun burn for the year. Summer may not be the Glutha-addict’s favorite season; but it is definitely one of the most relaxing times of the year. Although not everybody may have the chance to have a grand vacation in some far flung city; a person’s craving for a hot vacation should not be stomped. There are many ways to enjoy summer without having to travel far or spend gazillions of pesos. There are many worth destinations within your city or island. So, let us assume that you have actually started to plan your destination. What is next? Planning what you have to bring to your trip.

Now, although this may seem to be quite an easy task; everybody always seems to forget something, and the last thing you would want is to hit the shower to rub off the sad from your hair only to find out that you do not have shampoo or soap. So here is a list of my must-haves when travelling.

1.) Wet wipes: wet wipes seem to be God’s gift to germ-freaks everywhere. It keeps your hands clean; it refreshes your skin when it feels dry and oily; and it is able to wipe off all the sticky, and grimy stuff in your hands. Even if you have alcohol or hand sanitizer, nothing does the job as well as wet wipes.

2.) Toilet Seat Sprays: since I discovered Holy Seat, an on-the-go toilet seat spray at Watsons, I have never left my home without it. How come? Because you never know when you, or someone you know, might need to use an icky public toilet. Simply spray Holy Seat on the toilet seat, wipe it with tissue paper, and you are good to go. It kills 99% of germs and smells fresh and clean.

3.) Noah’s Ark Mosquito Repellant: this battery operated mosquito repellent uses sound waves to war doff mosquitoes. So you may say goodbye to sticky insect repellents from here on end. It costs about 500 pesos and last a very, very long time. And although the sound may be annoying at first, you just have to get used to it. Moreover, I find that getting bitten by mosquitoes is still more annoying than that sound. Oh, and it protects a really wide radius, so your friends can share your mosquito repellent with you.

4.) Music Player: whether you travel by land, by sea, or by air, travelling always involves some down time. To ward off your boredom, make sure that you fill your music player with a chock full of summer ditties. This will get you in the mood to partey at your next summer destination. My favorite summer tracks include Love Song by 311, Island in the Sun by Weezer, Pu Yoru records On by Corinne Bailey Rae, Just the Way You Are by Milky, Summer Sunshine by the Corrs, Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow, Just Go by Lionel Richie, and Sandcastle Disco by Solange Knowles.

5.) A Bandana or Shawl: one of my favorite travel buddies is a bandana or shawl. Think about all the possibilities of this really good textile buddy. It may serve as a wrap on the beach, it may give you some sort of protection from the sun, and it may even be used for carrying your wet clothes after swimming. In some cases, it may act as a small blanket, a bonnet, or a mat for seating or lying on the beach.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Summer State of Mind

Summer State of Mind

Although are days seem to be getting hotter; our nights have suddenly become wetter and colder as well. This is probably one of the reasons why we do not feel like Summer has definitely arrived. And this is a very sad thing. Why? Because Summer is one of the most laid back seasons; and partyphiles love carefree days of wild abandon under the sun or a dry sky at night. In fact, just thinking about the gorgeous season of sand and bikinis (and sand in bikinis) makes one conjure up some really kooky thoughts.

When Summer comes, it brings with itself a promise of a great time with friends, family, and a maybe even the prospect of a Summer fling. And sometimes, even getting yourself in a Summery mood is enough to put your mind at a more relaxed place. So how does one feel like it is Summer when it keeps on raining and the air is cool? Put on your shades, take out that neon parasol, slather some sun block, because here are some quick ways to put you in a Summer State of Mind:

  1. Put On A Song: One of the best ways to change your mood is through music. I suggest that you create a Summer playlist in your mp3 gadget of choice or simply burn a cd and play it all day in your car. Some of the best summer tracks include One Look by Kjwan, Amber and Love Song by 311, Island in the Sun by Weezer, Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow, Pure Shores by All Saints, Summer Sunshine by the Corrs, and whole lot more. A simple online search of the songs that get you in an island-cabana mood would help too if you do not already have your Summer staples in mind.
  2. Redecorate Your Room: Your room is your most personal space; thus it is only natural that it reflects your state of mind. If you want to put yourself in a Summer state of mind, redecorate your room and add a lot of azure and aqua. These colors are not only Summery but are also very relaxing; and that is ultimately the goal to any summer get-away. You may also add items that remind you of the beach like shells or bottled sand.
  3. Movie Marathon: Nothing inspires one to hit the beach better than actually seeing people bathe in a cool ocean while getting a tan on. I suggest you have a Summer movie marathon with your friends. You may choose to watch the second Charlie’s Angels movie, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, and a host of other Summery movies. Or, why not have a Baywatch marathon?
  4. Hear the Waves: Sometimes, all we really need to get us into a Summery mood is to hear the waves. What I do when I’m craving for a night at the beach (but can’t really afford one or make time for one) is hit Seawall at Matina Aplaya. These days, it is a lot more peaceful (as compared to its heyday as a spot for boozing up) but it seems to be a lot more of a hassle to get to the actual sea wall. However, if you enjoy just sitting on a bench while listening to the waves, this is a cost-free way to do just that. Oh, and the sharks in the little pool are still alive.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Top Five Instances When You Can Blame It on the Alcohol

5.) When you’ve forgotten to pay the bill at your favorite bar.

4.) When you’ve just vomited all over the person beside you…in a plane.

3.) When you’ve screamed out someone else’s name in bed.

2.) When you’ve just kissed your friend’s girlfriend.

1.) When you’ve just sent your crush a message telling them that you’ve been secretly lusting for them all this time.

Alibi Cocktail

The Alibi is a simple cocktail that is very easy to prepare once you have your special syrup. Here is how you make it:

In a shaker, combine

  • 2oz Vodka
  • 1oz Ginger Simple Syrup (Simply boil 3/4 of brown or white sugar, 1/2 cup of water, and a slice of ginger until the sugar is dissolved)
  • a squeeze of fresh lime juice or calamansi
Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and then pour it over an old-fashioned glass with ice. Top the drink with some club soda and serve.

April 13 is Blame Someone Else Day

It is blame someone else day today so use every and any excuse in the book and blame everything on someone else starting right this minute! And if anything goes wrong, you could go ahead and blame me. Why? Because my name is Zhaun, and these are the Confessions of a Partyphile

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Top 5 lines partyphiles live by

5.) Work hard party harder? Who says anything about working?

4.) Don’t drink and drive. You might spill your drink.

3.) Live For Today...Plan For Tomorrow...Party Tonight!

2.) Drink triple. See double. Act single.

1.) Don’t think. Drink.