I enjoy living in the big city because there’s just so many sights to see and things to do around! I’m always on the lookout for something to fill my weekends actually – sometimes even things I can do after work.

Are you looking for something new, interesting and/or fun to do? Allow me to make some suggestions.  
1. Go watch a play.
Kapeng Barako Club Samahan ng mga Bitter is set to hold a number of shows this October and November. I’ve seen this Palanca-award winning play by Juan Ekis a couple of years ago with my friend, Ryan and I will tell you it’s a really good play! Reserve your tickets for the show as early as now as it can get sold pretty fast. 
2. Go old school and play board games

When I was growing up, my Dad bought me a lot of board games! My favorite was Monopoly. Who would’ve thought fast forward years later that playing board games can be cool again and have become an interesting business to boot? Well if you grew up loving board games too or just looking for some new thing to do with your friends and special someone, try going to Dyce and Dyne on October 16. I went here before when a couple of work colleagues and I needed to pass the time (aka avoid the traffic at EDSA) and we had a whole lot of fun playing! 

3. Celebrate #NationalPamperingDay at Nail-a-holics  

Looking for an escape from the daily stress without leaving the city? Go pamper yourself at Nail-a-holics on October 17 when they celebrate the first ever #NationalPamperingDay of the country! You can get a free manicure and hand massage from 10am to 12noon. 

4. Party the Night Away on Halloween

I love Halloween! And I’m so glad that over the years, we’ve started to celebrate this holiday! Trick or treats in the malls and Halloween parties abound! I still remember the Halloween party I attended with my friend, Maila before. It was soooo fun! Wanna party it up on All Hallows Eve? Check out the party happening in New World Hotel this Oct 28

5. Get cultured and watch a Spanish Film

I learned about this one from my friend, Ver who decided to watch a Spanish film recently to pass the time. It was a Thursday night and it was raining hard which spelled horrendous traffic. I’ve developed an interest in watching such films from my Film professor in College because he used to make us spend Saturdays just watching films of different genres from different countries. The Pelicula Pelikula 2016 Spanish Film Festival will run until October 16 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas. For more information about this, log on to Instituto Cervantes Facebook page.   

6. Learn more about blogging 

If you’re a blogger who’s really serious about her craft, you might want to check out Martine De Luna’s Write Blissfully workshop happening in November. As Martine describes it, “it’s limited to a small group of dedicated and passionate bloggers, entrepreneurs and creatives who are committed to creative success during our time together. In a span of 7 hours, we will “batch write” together, as a group of passionate women. This is a group that is COMMITTED to having a “get-it-done” mentality!”  
7. Tune in to your kikay self and learn make up! 

Rustan’s is holding a make up workshop about Minerals on October 15 at Rustant’s Makati. You’ve probably read about mineral makeup, have heard about it or even seen it. But what’s so special about using mineral makeup particularly Jane Iredale? That’s something for you to find out! You can reserve a slot by (0917) 555 6984.

8. Attend the BDJ Fair 

My favorite brand of power planners is back to launch their 2017 planners! I super love BDJ. I’ve been a BDJ girl since 2012! And they just keep on getting better not only with the planners they design but the events! And the annual BDJ Fair happening on October 16 at MOA Music Hall is a must attend! It’s a day filled with workshops, brand booths and other exciting activities! Plus it’s where you can first get your hands on the 2017 planners! Buy VIP Passes to this event!

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8. Weekend markets 

Here’s something I usually look forward to on the weekends – the weekend markets in Makati! Although I’ve only ever been to Salcedo weekend market which is every Saturday morning of the month, I have heard that there are a lot of awesome things you can find as well at the Legaspi Sunday Market. 
9. Quiz nights

Lastly, if your idea of fun involves challenging yourselves to think of how much trivia you know, why not attend a quiz night? I’ve attended a few of these myself with my friends. We’ve never won but it’s always been fun! There’s a quiz night every Tuesday at Murphy’s Pub in Makati and in 121 Allegro. Other quiz night organizers like Geek Fight Trivia and Pop Quiz hold one every month so be on the look out for those too! 
Speaking of events, do you guys know Eventbrite? It’s the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. I know of this mostly because some of the events I’ve attended in the past made use of this platform to invite people. But it’s really my friend, Ver, who sparked my curiosity to try this out. She once organized an event for her Psychology organization and she made use of Eventbrite. She was so impressed by this platform she couldn’t help but boast about it to us! I love planning events. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to use it. But if you’ve got events you’re organizing yourselves and you’re looking for a way to manage it better, try their event management page.