Before you start conquering 2016, you firstneed to take care of all your remaining 2015 obligations. Those include finishing your holiday shopping, catching up with friends and family, and doing some exploration yourself. So you can make December more fun and less stressful, we've come up with places and events you need to check out this month. Call the girls and set that next hangout, stat!
1 Gorge on soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung Manila
G/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
The long wait will soon be over. If you're one of the many who just love Din Tai Fung's world-famous xiao long bao, be sure to visit its first Philippine branch when it opens on December 8. Bring the whole gang, and be ready for the long lines. We suggest a budget of about P500 per person since you'll be dinning as a group.
2 Do your holiday shopping at the 15th World Bazaar Festival
World Trade Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City
Still not done Christmas shopping? We know bazaars are the way to go for fab and affordable finds. You'll find everything from fashion items to novelty gifts. Make your way to the 15th World Bazaar Festival happening from December 4 to 21 with your favorite shopping buddies. Tickets are at P80 each, and the event will benefit the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.
3 Make your own Christmas tree at a Craft MNL woodworking workshop
Unit 302, 926 Pasay Road Condominium (Pamana-Languages Building), Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
Step up your DIY game by making your own wooden Christmas tree. Craft MNL's two-day holiday-themed workshop is happening on December 8 and 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn how to use power tools (under supervision, of course) as you create your own 30-inch wooden Christmas tree. Workshop fee is P3,000 inclusive of all materials and equipment use. Log on to craftmnl.com to register.
4 Check out your favorite online-based brands at HollerMall
32 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City
There's a new and hip shopping destination in the South where you can finally find your favorite online-based stores. HollerMall is home to 44 brands, including Maven Manila, Backdoor Studios, Shy Shop, and Caia the Label. Find something that suits your style – be it preppy, boho, sporty, grungy, or classic. The mall is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
5 Feel the beach vibe at Crunch Crab
16 C United St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City
We're absolutely loving the chill beach vibe and sumptuous seafood selections at Crunchy Crab, one of the newest mom-and-pop shops in Kapitolyo. Of course, we can't let you miss out on this, so grab your foodie friends and try out their tasty soft shell crab burger and taco. We suggest a budget of at least P300 for your visit to Crunchy Crab.