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5 Tips for a Cooler Summer Vacation

It is definitely hot these days. PAG-ASA reports temperature as high as 41 degree Celsius on some days. The kids can go nuts when it's really hot. Here are some irresistible ways to cool off during these hot summer months.

1. Turn on the Air Conditioner

Though as much as possible we don’t want to use our air conditioner to save on electricity, we choose to turn it on for at least 3 hours during the night. Without the aircon, the kids are complaining about the hot weather. It's difficult for them (me, too) to sleep.

It's been a month now that we used the aircon and I just saw my April electric bill with a P700+ increase primarily because of aircon use. I read on the Meralco website that turning on the aircon, for example, during off-peak hours means I will be charged less. I hope that is true. Off-peak hours at night starts at 9 pm. So, we usually turn on the aircon at 9 pm just before we go to sleep.

2. Go swimming at home

Last week, the girls enjoyed swimming in our above the ground pool, which we bought in 2013. It’s about 3 feet deep but usually we don’t put that much water because we feel guilty about saving water. It comes with a water pump/filter and pool cover so the water can keep clean for a few days and the kids can swim more than once.

I remember one time in 2014 when we had the pool set up in our backyard. It was so hot that even the grown-ups (even lola) joined in and had a dip in the pool.  Sulit na sulit yung water. Afterward, we use the pool water for watering the plants, flushing the toilet and cleaning around the house.

3. Enjoy Eating Ice Cream, Shakes and Halo-Halo

Summer won’t be the same without ice cream, shakes and halo-halo.

I taught my kids how to make smoothies and shakes just by blending together some shake powder (chocolate and ube are their favorites), some milk and crushed ice. Another option to make it healthier is to peel some bananas, freeze them and then blend them with the shake. You can also freeze other fruits (mango, pineapple, etc). But sometimes, when we're out of the house, we just can't help but buy Zagu or Dunkin Donut iced beverages. Starbucks beverages are just too expensive for us.

Sometimes, we buy halo-halo for P15-20 from the neighbor who is selling it to make an extra buck. Last Sunday after the church service, we went to Eastwood Mall. After lunch, my kids are so "makulit" about eating Dairy Queen ice cream. I ended up spending P500 for all 7 of us. Well, what can I say, the ice cream was really perfect to beat the summer heat.

We haven’t tried making ice cream just like how Gemma Stafford does it in her videos below. Maybe we will try some of her recipes this summer. They look so delicious.

4.  Go to the Mall or Park

It’s obvious that people frequent the mall these days because it’s cold there. But you have to spend some money at least for the food if you go there just like when we went to Eastwood Mall last Sunday.

Going to the park is also good if you want to breathe some fresh air. We go to RAVE park in Pasig from time to time since it is very close to our home. The place is really cool with all the trees around.

These are the girls with their cousins. They like playing at RAVE when they were small.

But last Sunday, we went to Quezon Memorial Circle. We attended our church's sunrise Easter service. Then, we shared breakfast with our church mates. After, we went for a little stroll; the others played badminton.

5. Stay cool inside your house

Even if you're just staying at home, you can do something more to keep yourself cool aside from those mentioned above. Here are just some ideas:
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Read here for some fashion tricks to keep you cool.
  • Take a bath or shower in the morning and before going to sleep.
  • Open the windows to let fresh air in.
  • Let down the curtains if sunlight directly hits the window.
  • Drink water. Keep yourself hydrated especially when it's very hot. Read what happens if you don't drink enough water.
That's it for this post. How about you? What do you like doing during summer to keep cool? Where do you usually go?


Farida said…
These are certainly wonderful tips to stay cool and to fight the scorching heat. I remembered dipping leisurely in a large, aluminum basin filled with water during summer and stayed there forever, back when inflatable pools weren't invented. I also like the idea of simply staying indoors!
JanzCrystalz said…
Our electric bill for April is too high even though we only used the aircon at night. And that swimming pool is huge. I want that big pool pero ma imagine ko na how much will be our water bill so I think I’ll get a smaller one this weekend..:-)
Aby said…
amen to all! ice cream and drinking super cold water can help us ease the heat.. =)
Van said…
Aww, summer can really make our utility bills go HIGH noh? Electric bill and water bill, too.
It’s too hot here in our place also and although we have an AC which is yet to be installed, we’re thinking twice about putting it up for fear that our electric bill would shoot up!
Oh, that pool is huge! it’s pretty obvious that everyone was having fun swimming! Nice! At least, di naman masyadong nakakapanghinayang yung water because you were able to use it naman with other things.
Maan said…
I love all of these ideas! This summer’s really hot, right? I think it’s even hotter than last summer. What’s making it worse for my city are the rotational brownouts that last for an average of 2 hours. Parusa!
Chin chin said…
I guess having rotational brownouts is not helping at all in this hot weather. But what can be done but to wait and be patient. We’re blessed to be using solar energy at home because we can use the electric fan even when it was brownout here yesterday.
Mommy Maye said…
Wow that big pool is love. I want to buy one but we have no place naman here to set it up. Anyway, summer is the time I really want to purchase aircon unit. Yes, wala kami aircon hehe. Im thinking kasi ilan buwan lang naman matitiis pa pero hey kamusta naman na parang nasa oven tayo ngayon sa sobrang init. Lucky me I am at work all day at my aircon. Sa bahay naman sa room sa taas lang naman mainit medyo cool down na sa gabi pero maalinsangan pa din. Anyway, those are great tips :)
Mayen Acebron said…
Great tips to stay cool this summer. Our electricity bill last month was so high. We use the AC even during the day because our baby gets cranky when it gets too hot. I love to make fresh fruits shakes during summer and lately I've been chilling coffee overnight and start my morning with iced coffee instead of the usual hot coffee. That inflatable pool you have is cool!
Shelly said…
Nice tips. It's a perfect time of the year to make extra bucks from selling halo-halo and ice candy. :D
Katrina Centeno said…
Nice tips especially that tip on the aircon at 9pm. I hope that is true. In our house, we keep the fan on. Mahal aircon hehehe I shower in the evening before I sleep for a good night's rest.
Theresa said…
We don’t have an aircon yet but we’re planning to install one after fixing the floors and ceiling at the room first. So that will equate to a bigger budget. now it’s getting hot! Haha
Chin chin said…
If you could get the inverter split type aircon, it would be more economical though you have to spend more for it upfront.
Melgie said…
Swimming outside is always FUN but I’m more interested on fried ice cream never have those before I’m so curious.:) I want to try that this summer.:)
Melgie said…
Halo-Halo, Shakes and Ice cream is perfect for summer for me. And of course swimming at home is also super fun for thw whole family..:)
Kat said…
Great tips. Summer is really, really hot! A few minutes away from the electric fan would send me drenched in sweat.
Chin chin said…
Same here. So, what would life be without electric fans.
Janice said…
Oh our aircon is on almost 24/7, which is why our electric bill spiked this summer. Oh well! Wish we had a pool though. It would be nice to go swimming anytime we want.
MAV said…
I just came back from a 3 day vacation in Manila and true enough, ang init nga!
Our aircon is on almost 24/7 kaya tumaas na din ang bill namin.
Di bale na din kesa naman magkasakit tayo sa sobrang init.
Sarah Aterrado said…
This is the summerest summer ever! Grabe ang init nga. We splurge on halo and other refreshing drinks. As much as we want to turn the aircon on, nagtitipid kami sa kuryente since electric bills are skyrocketing during summer. Plus, cold shower helps talaga. :)
marichu said…
Our electricity also doubled due to the use of aircon. Pawisin si baby kaya di pwedeng wala sa gabi nito.
Jhari said…
Going to the mall at this time of the month is probably the best idea – however, just close your eyes for possible chances of gastos hahahha!
Chin chin said…
It’s the gastos that I’m actually afraid of when going to the mall especially that we have 5 children.
Mommy Maye said…
OA nga init this summer. Kakaligo mo palang kahit early in the morning, tagaktak na pawis. We don’t have AC at home because one is for the electric bill. Wala pa kami AC taas na bill what more if meron but I want to have one lalo na kung ganito kainit. Matt has a mini pool that he’s using once in awhile =, mahal din tubig here. And syempre ice coolers like halo halo is love. Thanks for the tips sis.
Jemm said…
This is basically how summer has been for me and my family, minus the inflatable pool since we don’t have one. The heat is crazy!
Dominique Goh said…
I don’t dare look at our electric bill for this month too as it has been extremely hot also over here in Singapore and the air-con has been switched on very often.
redamethyst said…
as for me, no-no for the aircon, we don’t have that but for sure kids especially my kid would love the swimming at home
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