Globe Lifestyle Launches 1st Apparel Lineup with 0917 & Pop Art Collections

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In celebration of the annual 0917 fest, Globe launches its new collections of lifestyle apparel and accessories. The new collections represent the vibrant and wonderful world of Globe, through colorful prints, fun designs and graphical pop arts. The collection ranges from shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and caps, which are available in two must-have designs.

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The 0917 collection is a typography-based basic wear, taking inspiration from Globe related culture. These are words that resemble the company which is the famous “0917” prefix, the company’s building address of “32nd street corner 7th ave” in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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On the other hand, the Pop Art collection is a graphical-based lineup that shows fun and colorful artworks that is designed to stand out. Inspired by today’s generation, the lineup illustrates artworks that look old-fashioned combined with new elements and produce a retro-fashion look.

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“Globe Lifestyle is our new way to connect to our customers, we bring a fresh and wonderful experience through fashion. The new collections of 0917 and Pop Art is just the beginning and customers can expect more lifestyle products to be launched soon.” says Globe Stores and Retail Transformation Head, Joe Caliro.

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To complement the collection, lifestyle accessories such as wallets, pouches and tumblers under the 0917 collection are also available. These accessories are a must-haves to finish off the looks of an everyday urban junkie.

The new Globe Lifestyle apparel collection now available in select Globe Gen3 stores nationwide. Check out the complete lineup by visiting the online store

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Haunted Halloween Feast at The Promenade




Growing up, I only see Halloween on TV. No costume parades or Trick or Treat. As time goes by, Western culture has intertwined with our local ones. I personally don’t mind because it means knowing a different tradition and as long as we still continue our own local practices ( hey, bring back Magandang Gabi Bayan Undas Specials! #Batang90s).

But of course, food. From Fourth of July to Easter, I like these Western celebrations because they become themes in many restaurants just like The Promenade’s Haunted Halloween Feast.

Days Hotel Iloilo‘s in-house restaurant is having their Halloween-themed Lunch Buffet (October 24-28) for this week and Dinner Buffet this Saturday ( October 29).


No, they won’t turn their food into something gross. You can see and taste the Halloween at their dessert table which is great for kids. Just a sprinkle of Halloween at the main courses and appetisers like this Dinuguan …


Main Station is Lechon de Rondalla. See, no grossy food!


Up close. That crackling skin. Yum!


I always say that I’m already full with Promenade’s appetizers. I have Pumpkin Soup which was delectable.


I won’t share each dish so you can have something to look forward.  But maybe some of the desserts because they are such eye candies!

Mummy Cupcakes


Poltergeist Pannacota


Heaven and Hell Cake


Green Blob Jelly


Conjouring Fruit Medley


Bat Cupcakes


And other Halloween-themed sweets like these cake pops.




If you want to skip, The Promenade always have a halo halo Station.

Now for the drinks, they serve both Alcoholic and non-alcoholic Halloween-themed drinks on top of their regular offerings.

To name some, here’s my drink- Ghastly Glycol Punch


Here’s another one – Vampire Kiss


Don’t forget to bring your kids and enjoy The Promenade’s Haunted Halloween Feast!

The Promenade is located at Days Hotel Iloilo, 4th Floor of The Atrium.

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Cagayan de Oro’s Stoneware Pottery



I have recently published about Opol’s Ostrich Farm but if you are looking for more things to do in Cagayan de Oro with kids, visit The Stoneware Pottery!

Visiting potteries is not really new to us. For sure your kids have visited potteries during their school field trips, but this pottery in Cagayan de Oro is a first-rate pottery.

 Located in Bull, Cagayan de Oro, the place has been a pottery center not just of the city but in the region. If you hail from the area, Bulua is where you will find other potteries and both locals and tourists can buy pots and other crafts.

What makes Stoneware Pottery remarkable is the fact that it is joint venture with the Germans.  Stoneware uses German white clay and technology, mixing together the local’s long tradition of pottery making.




The material, white clay, is an apparent distinction of Stoneware Pottery and their products.  White clay is imported from Germany.



Their massive kiln. This one is cooking at 940˚C.



You will fine it interesting that some of the fixtures in your favorite hotels and resorts are actually made here. I saw one of the mugs in my favourite coffeeshop in my city.





This is a nice place to visit for all ages. Watching potters working on their creation on the potter’s wheel.





Making final touches..




Never miss the chance to try it yourself!



An educational place to visit for the whole family, The Stoneware Pottery should be on your list when visiting Cagayan de Oro.

The Stoneware Pottery Inc.

Opens from Monday to Saturday (8am-12noon; 1-5pm)

+63 88 583 0012





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Days Hotel Iloilo’s Renovated Rooms




To keep loyal guests, hotels know the significance of room renovations because no matter how impeccable the service, guests pay high value on room quality. Nobody likes spending a night in an outdated accommodation.

Days Hotel Iloilo is one of the first hotels in the city that still has a solid pool of loyal guests. Over the years, they have renovated their lobby, front desk, and guest rooms to answer the needs of today’s guests as well as to keep their rooms at  their best.

It is such a delight that my family is always billeted at newly renovated rooms whenever we spend a night at Days Hotel Iloilo. Last week, we spent two nights at Iloilo’s top hotel.

Welcome to our room!




We stayed at the Modern Deluxe Room ( with Window). The room we stayed at is one of the newly renovated rooms of Days Hotel Iloilo. This year alone, the hotel has renovated 11 rooms. As of this writing,  only 15 guest rooms ( out of the 69) need renovation.




If you were are returning guest, what are the things that you’ll immediately notice? On top of the newly painted walls and fixtures, the rooms are brighter with white LED lights installed.  They have stripped out the old carpet, giving guests the experience of staying in a brand-new hotel.

Days Hotel Iloilo is preferred even with the advent of new hotels in Iloilo because of their spacious rooms. The hotel is also designed to cater to business travelers but personally, it’s a nice hotel for those with kids.

Their guest rooms are way bigger compared to other hotels in the city.



Certified kid-friendly



Plenty of space that each room has space for a sitting area. Most new hotels skip this part.



A must for business travelers.



I like how the working station is placed in a nook. It felt like giving me my own personal working space.




For the bathroom snobs, Days Hotel Iloilo provides spacious bathroom and it is also renovated.




New tiling on the floor and walls complete with ceiling mount rain shower head. I love the backsplash, instantly updating into a modern bathroom.




If you are looking for a hotel in Iloilo, stay at Days Hotel with rates start at PHP1,999.  I suggest you book direct to get the best rate.

Staying at Days Hotel Iloilo also includes free use of their fitness gym, sauna, and power breakfast at The Promenade.

For Days Hotel Iloilo contact number, call +63 33 3373297. Visit their website, and like their Facebook page.


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Launching this Fall/Winter 2016, Chuck II Leads Converse Footwear Against the Wet Weather

With Canvas, Leather and Rubber

Converse is taking wet weather head-on this season, combining classic sneaker designs with premium weatherized features, with the debut of the Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection. The new collections provide the necessary tools to combat the climate shifts while emphasizing essential weather-beating benefits. The innovative sneaker collections feature a bold mix of colors and materials including water repellent canvas, rubber and leather, and waterproof neoprene. Divided into three unique categories: Shield Canvas, Leather and Rubber– these collections are intended to stand up against the unpredictable inclement weather.

Each sneaker has been treated to help tackle rainy weather while maintaining comfort and style. The Converse Counter Climate Shield Canvas sneakers have been given a DWR (durable water repellant) treatment, standing guard as the first line of defense against the rain.

For the holiday season, both new and time-honored styles endure the harsh elements with the Counter Climate Rubber collection. These rubber sneakers are winter-ready with water resistant material and heat retention.


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas

Designed for the Chuck Taylor lover who can’t give up their Chucks no matter what the weather, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneaker combines the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner, non-slip padded tongue and micro-suede lining with materials that can also withstand most climate challenges. Converse has added a water repellent Shield Canvas and a gusseted tongue, as well as removing the medial eyelets to make a durable sneaker that is ready for wet and rainy adventures. The sneakers also feature reflective heel webbing and barrel laces for added visibility in low light environments.

Available colors: Black/Volt, Black/Reflective, White/Lava, Black


Suggested retail price: Php 4,550


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber

Another iteration of the Chuck II will also be releasing this fall – the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber. By incorporating a transparent rubber overlay on the iconic Chuck II silhouette, this allows for the sneaker to breathe while repelling water and protecting feet from the elements. The sneaker includes all the features and benefits of the Chuck II such as a Lunarlon sockliner and a non-slip padded tongue, while adding a beautifully crafted dimensional canvas for breathability, micro-perforated leather lining for comfort, and a heat reflecting barrier at the footbed for warmth.

Suggested retail price: Php 5,430




Converse Cons One Star Shield Canvas

This season, the Converse Cons Star also receives the Shield Canvas treatment, combining the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner with a lightweight and breathable canvas that can also withstand the rain. Added features include a gusseted tongue and removed medial eyelets allowing the sneaker to tolerate wet environments. Traction rubber has also been incorporated to the outsole, providing additional grip.

Available colors: Black, White, Obsidian

Suggested retail price: Php 4,250




Converse Jack Purcell Signature Twill Shield Canvas

The Converse Jack Purcell Signature collection introduces a thicker Shield Canvas with a water repellent finish, and a tri-color reflective heel stay. A mesh lining backing the shield canvas regulates temperatures across a range of climates while still keeping the sneaker breathable. Reflective laces add flare while a gusseted tongue construction will prevent water from seeping into the dual pod Nike Zoom Air insole technology.

Available colors: Inked, Natural

Suggested retail price: Php 5,590


Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series

This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light.

Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black

Suggested retail price: Php 5,430




Converse Essentials



The collection features quality and durable everyday basics for your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Constructed for comfort and fit, the Converse Essentials collection will get softer with time. Each piece includes a natural color fade of fabric with long-term wear, durable stitching, and a managed shrinkage fit that remains the same throughout the lifespan. The collection includes the Converse Essentials Tee, Converse Essentials Pullover Hoodie, Converse Essentials Full Zip Hoodie and Converse Essentials Jogger.

Available Colors: Black. Grey, Obsidian, Egret

Suggested retail price: Ranges from Php 899.75 to Php 3,339.75


The new Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection and Essentials are now available at Converse stores nationwide. If you happen to be in Iloilo and for more sneaker designs and styles, visit Converse at Robinson’s Place Iloilo City. The Converse shop at the 2nd floor of Robinson’s Place Iloilo City.

You may also log on to or for more! #ConversePHCounterClimate


*Source: PR Kit



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Opol’s Ostrich and Crocodile Farm




Mindanao has a lot to offer even for traveling families with kids, particularly if you want to expose your kids to nature and animals from Davao’s Philippine Eagles to the dramatic Maria Cristina Falls of Iligan.

A must-visit for families is the Ostrich and Crocodile Farm in Opol, Misamis Oriental, just outside the city of Cagayan de Oro. My kids have seen ostriches but not in a farm, when you say farm- hundreds of them! This is just a parcel of the whole farm.



Opol’s ostrich farm is a pioneer in the industry. If you have visited your local ostrich farm, there is a big chance that they got their birds from Opol. Our guide told us that even the ostriches in Palawan came from them.



The farm is the source of ostrich meat and some part of the birds like its feathers are responsibly used for other products. If you want to try ostrich meat, you can dine in one of the restaurants in Cagayan de Oro.

The number of ostriches is not the only thing that will amaze you when visiting this farm. Visitors will get to see the life stages of the world’s living tallest birds from eggs to adults.



When visiting the farm, always ask for the ostrich egg and hold them! How many omelettes do you think we can make from these eggs?



Tried to walk on ostrich egg shells.



First time to see ostrich chicks. They are the cutest!



I would say, teenager ostriches?



Their beaks and height are intimidating but they  sweet creatures.


Opol farm is not only a trailblazer in ostrich raising but in crocodile as well. There were only few crocodiles at the farm, but it was fine. We often meet crocodiles in human form in our daily lives, right? 😉



The farm also has peasants, peacocks, sheep, goats and other farm animals.

If you are looking for a family-friendly attraction in Cagayan de Oro, take a trip outside the city to Opol.

The struggle to get these kids for a photo-op is real.


Even the young at heart will love this attraction near Cagayan de Oro City.




For Opol Ostrich & Crocodile Farm contact information and the likes, click here.











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Seda Atria in Iloilo




Part of  Seda Hotels under the Ayala Group of Companies, Seda Atria is the first Seda hotel in the Visayas. Seda is not that new to us because my family and I had the pleasure of staying at Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro .  I also have attended various events at Seda Atria.

Weeks ago, we had a quick overnight stay at Seda Atria. I can’t even call it a staycation since we were out most of the time. As one of the newest hotels in Iloilo City, it is nice hotel from its lobby to their rooftop bar.

The hotel faces the Pison Rotunda at the Atria Park District.  Seen here is the Pison Monument, which is a muscovado chimney, paying homage to one of the business ventures of the Pison Family.


A lot of similarities between Seda Atria and Seda Centrio starting with their color scheme. Here is our room at Seda Hotel Iloilo.




The morning after…



It’s not spacious but not cramped either like those hotels in Hong Kong.  Seda Atria has everything you’ll need and personally, I think it is catered more to business travelers.

I love the workstations in Seda Hotels. Not just chic and stylish but ergonomic as well.




I also like that a PokeStop was accessible from our room! Another reason to stay in bed and cuddle with the babies. 😀

Bathroom is spacious and hygienic.




We are satisfied  by the complimentary breakfast served at the Seda hotel Iloilo restaurant. My kids appreciate our attentive server. With its location within the Atria Park District, guests can enjoy local dishes from various restaurants like the famous batchoy.

I think this hotel’s asset is their furniture pieces. The lobby is impressive. Grand yet homey.




I took this photo at night to avoid disturbing guests especially during check-out times. iMac at their E-lounge.  Beside is their in-house restaurant, Misto Restaurant.



Another favorite is their Straight Up Roof Deck and Bar where  husband and I stole some couple time over drinks.



A nice place to end the day.



The hotel also has a gym but they don’t have a pool. To sum it all, Seda Atria is a lovely small hotel in Iloilo City.



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Forever 21 Brings Fast Fashion to Iloilo






They are finally coming to the City of Love! When SM City Iloilo opened its new wing, it was quite a buzz with high anticipation of fashion houses opening their stores in the region’s biggest mall.  In less than 2 weeks, Ilonggos will now shop for edgy, and fast forward fashion pieces at Forever 21.

More than a week ago, I attended the Media and Society Launch of Forever 21 together by fashion-minded Ilonggos and the crew behind Forever 21 Philippines.




To cut off the chase, let me share with you their PR for fashion-forward news and information..


Since its opening in the Philippines in 2010, California-based retail giant Forever 21 has been warmly received by the Filipino public, quickly becoming a favourite among fashion lovers and shoppers.


Set to take over Iloilo’s fashion scene with the freshest takes on the latest trends and affordable basics, the brand’s 700-square-meter space in SM Iloilo’s bright new expansion wing will welcome fashionistas starting October 7, with a shopping treat for early birds.

The store boasts women’s, men’s, and women’s plus size fashion collections specially curated to suit the Iloilo customer. Forever 21’s newest women’s collections pair classic fashion trends including boho, military, perp, and sporty with ’90s street style. The latest collection features distressed denim, bomber jackets, and sleek trench coats.

Through its partnership with SM Retail, Forever 21 in the Philippines continues to update everyone’s wardrobe at reasonable prices.


I’m excited to put new fashionable and pretty pieces into my wardrobe. And personally, I’m excited for their plus size pieces ( 😀 ). Looking forward to their Store Preview and  Shopping Party with 21% discount for all items!


Thanks, Forever 21 and can’t wait to shop!






Forever 21 opens at the Ground Floor of SM Iloilo’s New Wing on October 7 at 10:00a.m.; the first 200 customers in line get a special gift (1)Php500 gift card each upon opening.




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Luxurious Hotel Stays in Toronto and Montreal


Toronto and Montreal are must-visit cities when in Canada. When in town, it goes a long way when you choose to book your stay in luxury hotels – best location, indulging amenities, modern facilities, and personalized service.

Let’s check out these properties.

Classy Business Trip


Photo via Hyatt Regency Toronto

The mere mention of “Hyatt” lets you know you’re in for a luxurious stay. Hyatt Regency Toronto is a 4-star hotel property in downtown Toronto. If you are coming to the multicultural city for business, you should book your stay here. From its lobby to its guest rooms, it’s hard to miss the modern, sleek, and sophisticated designs.

Hyatt Regency is within the business and financial district of the city yet strategically located in Toronto’s entertainment district. Therefore, business travelers will have the best of both worlds. Key attractions like CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada are walking distances from the hotel.

Staying at this boutique hotel Canada means enjoying downtown views and CN Tower from your guest room. If you don’t want to go out, enjoy its rooftop pool and 24-hour fitness center.



Fashion and Opulence


Photo via Park Hyatt Toronto

Park Hyatt Toronto is a 5-star property located in upscale Yorkville. This Hyatt hotel radiates luxury and contemporary design and style. Rooms have marble baths and its most luxurious accommodation, the Bi-Level Suite, provides views of the Toronto skyline. Some of the amenities offered by this luxury hotel in Toronto are complimentary car service, spa, and bicycle program.

For cocktails and drinks, head to The Rooftop Bar or The Rooftop Lounge. But if you want to explore the area, 5-star restaurants, as well as posh shops for some retail therapy, surround the hotel.

Urban Oasis


Photo via Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Hotels in Montreal bear elegant European themes and styles but one hotel stands out – Hotel Bonaventure Montreal. This luxury hotel is known for its 2.5 acres of landscaped rooftop gardens complete with water features. The effect is one-of-a-kind and “gorgeous” is an understatement.

After a long day in Montreal, its outdoor heated rooftop pool is a treat with the poolside bar offering the best concoctions. This hotel is a top venue for large meetings and conventions in the city. Major attractions are also nearby.

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal offers family packages as well as accessible rooms.

Old Souls Haven


Photo via Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

Montreal is a treat for history buffs and if you are one of them, stay at the well-appointed rooms of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain. This 4-star hotel property is close to the city’s main historical attractions namely, Notre-Dame Basilica and the Old Port of Montreal. It also overlooks downtown Montreal.

All rooms of this beautiful hotel are newly renovated, complete with seating areas. If you want space, this is the hotel for you. Concierge Rooms give guests access to a private lounge with an unobstructed view of the historic Mount Royal.

For some stylish relaxation over drinks and food, head to their in-house restaurant, Samuel de Champlain or bar, Bar Le Senateur.

Luxury hotels like those in Toronto and Montreal will give every traveler a good start in exploring these destinations. Stay at any of the hotels mentioned above because they are all worth every single penny.

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Tips for the Ultimate (and Drama-Free) EDM Vacation


The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 30, 2016.

So you’ve decided to spend your precious vacation time at raves and EDM festivals. You are undoubtedly in for a blast of epic proportions. Still, it’ll be helpful to employ a few strategies in advance of your trip in order to ensure that things go smoothly—i.e. sans epic meltdowns, lost friends, or bodily discomfort. Whether you’re heading to Electric Daisy Carnival in Tokyo or Electric Zoo in NYC, here’s how to prep for the ultimate EDM vacation so that you can enjoy it drama-free.

1. Read up on the venue in advance.

Once you’ve purchased tickets to a festival or rave, check out the venue’s website to learn if any items are prohibited from the grounds as well as what amenities will be on offer. (For example, some festivals have started going “cashless”—meaning festival goers can load money onto a wristband and leave the credit cards at home.) While you’re at it, print out the show lineup and a map of the festival grounds so you can plan your route in advance.


2. Pack layers.

EDM festivals involve lots of dancing and require being on your feet all day. Do your body a favor and pack layers that are comfortable, breathable, and appropriate for the weather. Even if the day starts out warm, it’s a good idea to bring along a hoodie or light jacket in case the night turns cool. If you have room in your backpack or fanny pack, it’s also a good idea to bring an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet or dirty during the show. Perhaps most importantly? Remember to wear comfortable footwear.

3. Eat and drink well.

Dancing for hours under the beating sun—it’s a blast, but it’s also tough on your body. Give your body the best chance at feeling okay by the end of the night by eating a nutritious meal before raves, packing healthy snacks, and staying hydrated while you dance the night away.

4. Bring the right toiletries.

While you simply won’t be able to maintain everyday hygiene at a show or festival, you can approximate cleanliness with a few key toiletries. Consider packing baby wipes for tackling grime on your neck, armpits, arms, and feet in addition to dry shampoo, sunblock (an absolute must for summer shows), and hand sanitizer for post-porta-potty cleanup.

If you’ll be camping at a festival, pay-per-use showers may be available—bring along flip flops, a bathing suit, and cash if you want to take advantage of these facilities. Also be sure to bring your standard toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc. And don’t forget to pack a basic first aid kit—stashing one of these in your pack can save many a headache (literally) in the event of minor cuts and bruises.

5. Accessorize smartly.

A few items tossed into a backpack or fanny pack can make a huge difference in your rave-going experience:

Once night falls, a headlamp is tremendously useful if you drop something on the grass or need to review a festival map in the dark.
Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from summer rays or the flashing lights that are common during nighttime raves.
Ear plugs will help protect your hearing so you can enjoy EDM for years into the future.
Plastic trash bags can serve as a poncho, a seat, or protection for your belongings in the case of rain.
A waterproof phone case will help spare you from the devastation of ruining your phone.

6. Make sure your phone has juice.

Before heading to a rave, make sure your phone is fully charged so you can take pictures and stay in touch with your group in case you get separated. It’s a good idea to put your phone on airplane mode while you’re at the show in order to conserve its battery. If the venue offers a charging station, then bring along your charger. You could also opt to bring an extra battery.

7. Secure your belongings.

Although it’s impossible to guarantee with 100% certainty that your stuff won’t get lost or stolen at a rave, a little vigilance can go a long way. Some festivals offer rental lockers, which can be a great idea if you’re willing to pony up the cash. If you want to keep your belongings with you, you can help secure your things by hiding valuables in unappealing packaging (such as a cleaned-out sunscreen bottle), keeping your items on your body at all times (i.e. dancing while wearing your backpack, fanny pack, or Camelbak), and making a pact with your friends to help look out for each other’s stuff.

8. Coordinate with your group.


Communicating in advance of a rave can do a lot to keep everyone in your friend group safe and in the loop. Before arriving:

Select a designated driver when applicable.
If you’re going to a festival where multiple artists will be performing, reach a consensus regarding which shows you’ll all see together and when you might split up.
Write your friends’ numbers down on a piece of paper and keep it with you at all times (in case your phone dies).
If you’re up for it, choose an identifier that can help you all spot each other in a large crowd—for example, you could all wear matching T-shirts or bring along a flag or a balloon tied to a pole so that people can find the group again when returning from food or bathroom runs.

Upon arriving at the venue:

Note where you all parked, where the bus station is, or where your taxi will pick you up (depending on your chosen mode of transportation). This is especially important for festivals that are held in remote areas where it’s easy to get lost.
Select a meet-up spot for the group so that if anyone gets separated, you all know where to find each other at the end of the night.

A little advance planning, packing some key toiletries and accessories, and coordinating with your group both ahead of time and at the rave will help ensure that your EDM vacation goes off without a hitch.

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