Hobbies and interests are a great way to keep newly switched vapers focused on their journey
The ber-months are here and Pinoys everywhere are ringing in the Christmas cheer. It’s time to check in on everybody and start planning socially distanced al fresco lunches and dinners. More importantly, it’s the perfect time of year to reconnect with and check in on our loved ones. It’s been a challenging year for most of us, but one thing’s for sure: us Pinoys are all about that holiday spirit. Let the reunions commence...safely!
However, if the thought of entering the festive season — and attending all its parties — still makes you feel a little uneasy as a newly switched vaper, relax ka lang! Just think of entering the ber-months as something similar to making the switch: not only are you getting the chance to shake off a particularly challenging year, you'll also get to embrace a smoother start.
Here are some hobbies and activities you can try out with friends at your next meet-up.
Santa Squad Assemble!
Are you the most generous of the bunch? Now’s your chance to flex those gift-giving muscles — it’s the ber months! Hit the online shops — or your nearest mall — and get shopping with your friends. If you prefer to DIY, take advantage of all the extra time you’ve been gifted this pandemic and create something special with your own two hands. You could even upcycle old belongings and transform them into new storage solutions or build an Instagram-worthy standing desk for your home office! Of course, all this crafting is a lot more fun with friends around, so be sure to involve one or two of your buddies.
And yes, `tis the season to be jolly, and to give back to the less fortunate, too. Regardless of which charity you choose to donate to, they’ll be sure to appreciate your generosity.
Cleaning For the Wannabe Neat Freak
Embarking on any new journey can leave you feeling a bit fidgety at first. So, while switching to vape, it’s good to keep your hands busy and your mind focused on completing projects. Given the pandemic, we’re sure many of you have been taking advantage of all the extra time by getting round to all the cleaning at home you’ve been putting off for so long.
Cleaning the ash of the past is not only cathartic but also a great way to get all the clutter out of the way and make room for all your Christmas decorations.
Cooking up a Storm For the Festive Foodie
It’s fun to cook for your loved ones over the holiday season
You’ve already tickled your tastebuds with the vast array of vape flavors on offer, which means that now’s the time to take it up a notch by going on a gastronomical adventure. First, try hitting up some of the metro’s famous food spots, such as Binondo, Molito, and Poblacion. These spots have a wide array of restaurants and cuisines to choose from. Perhaps these might inspire the inner kusinero in you?
Now that you’ve tasted different cuisines, why not practice for your next noche buena and play chef in the kitchen? This way, you’ll spend less time lounging and it also helps you to resist the temptation to light up a stick with the others. You can just focus on keeping their bellies full!
One top tip? Try some of the latest culinary trends. Today, many of us enjoy recreating the Korean and Japanese food we see on our favorite TV shows. For more inspiration, there’s always YouTube or Instagram! You can also treat yourself with one of Gordon Ramsay’s masterclasses to bring out your inner master chef. And once you’ve mastered the basics, woo your friends and family at your next (socially distanced) holiday get-together.
Enjoying the Great Outdoors for the Nature Lover
Making the switch is the first step to making better life choices. Embarking on this new journey with the ambition to change yourself will impact your future for the better. One of the best ways to ditch your former habits and change your mindset is physical activity. Keeping your body moving and pumped will make you feel mentally refreshed. Even better, how about suggesting some outdoor physical activities to your friends as part of your get-togethers? That way, the gathering kick-starts with some safe outdoor fun!
You can even lead by example, by playing instructor or coach during your next socially distanced get-together. Get the gang together — complete with face masks, of course — for a nice Christmas picnic at the park or campsite, where everyone is bound to enjoy the scenery and wholesome physical fun. Keeping busy means less opportunity to take out a cigarette pack.
On top of that, cycling is more popular than ever today. Round up the crew and go for bike rides around the metro. Whether you’d prefer a sunset ride by Manila Bay or a hilly challenge in Antipolo’s verdant surroundings, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic routes. The ber months are the best time of the year to bike too!
Going Digital for the Tech Enthusiast
Enjoy the latest e-cigarette innovations from RELX with your friends
When we’re ditching old habits, it’s good to find ways to enrich our lives by keeping abreast of the latest tech trends and everything new in the digital world. Today, there’s an array of innovations that have helped us to forge closer relationships during the pandemic, including hi-tech e-cigarettes.
Still not comfortable meeting up with friends IRL? Set up a ‘teleparty’ and watch all 9 episodes of Squid Game together. If you and your barkada are up for more light-hearted fun, play game master and coordinate a Christmas-themed virtual game night for your closest buds.
If you’re known as the Elon Musk fan of the group and you’re the go-to when finding extra deets on new tech, this is the perfect time to convince others to join you in making the switch. Present them the gift of #NoSmoke. To help you, brands like RELX are easily accessible in the Philippines, reasonably priced and they have a large online community you and your friends can tap into for exciting deals throughout the holidays.
It may be challenging to start a new journey and leave familiar habits behind. For some, it takes perseverance and a whole lot of courage. Now that your holidays are jam-packed, we hope these activities and socially distanced get-togethers will keep you busy! Focus on reconnecting with your loved ones and leave old habits behind. Enjoy the ber months and have a Super Smooth holiday!
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