Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Front Page - Text: Pa­tri­cia May P. Catan Sun­Star Week­end Writer Photo: N.S. Vil­laflor Il­lus­tra­tions: Jo­sua S. Cabr­era

The swel­ter­ing heat sig­nals the start of sum­mer, which also means Ce­buanos will be sweat­ing pro­fusely more of­ten. We've only ush­ered in the month of March, and the sum­mer heat is mak­ing its pres­ence felt. The heat can be­come un­bear­able, and the only way to deal with with the weather is to adapt. That's eas­ier said than done, since the hot spells can get over­whelm­ing even for res­i­dents of this trop­i­cal coun­try. For days when the sun blazes a bit too much, here are a few tips on how to keep cool amid the sum­mer heat.

1 Wear bright colors in thin cloth­ing.

Colors mat­ter when dress­ing for the sum­mer sea­son and choos­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing ma­te­rial is just as im­por­tant. Do away with dark-col­ored clothes dur­ing warmer days be­cause it will only at­tract heat, which causes one to sweat pro­fusely. It's also com­mon sense to avoid wear­ing clothes that are too thick for the weather. In other words, dress in sum­mer colors and don com­fort­able clothes fit for the sea­son.

2 Keep hy­drated.

Wa­ter be­comes more es­sen­tial dur­ing sum­mer. The heat can eas­ily leave one de­hy­drated, so make it a habit to drink lots of wa­ter. It is ad­vis­able to pack one's own wa­ter bot­tle be­cause small sips of wa­ter can re­plen­ish your sys­tem when you're out and about un­der high-tem­per­a­ture con­di­tions. And never take de­hy­dra­tion lightly.

3 Get your­self a por­ta­ble hand­held elec­tric fan.

No one wants to get drenched in sweat on the way to the of­fice be­cause in this un­for­giv­ing heat, it's hard to look fresh even in the early morn­ing. Your good old hand­pow­ered fan just won't do the job, so bet­ter pur­chase a por­ta­ble hand­held elec­tric fan in­stead. It's bet­ter than the reg­u­lar fan since you don't have to flap your hand like crazy — one push of a but­ton is all it takes for air to in­stantly keep you cool.

4 Chill out at your fa­vorite cafe with an iced bevvy.

A per­fect place to take a break is at your fa­vorite cafe, sip­ping an ice cold bev­er­age on a hot sum­mer day. Ice blended cof­fee, sum­mer cool­ers, or fla­vored iced tea? These thirst-quench­ing drinks are sure to re­fresh mind and body in the swel­ter­ing heat.

5 Sun's out, sun­nies out.

The sun can be blind­ing this time of year, and the best so­lu­tion for this is to whip out those sum­mer sun­glasses you've been keep­ing in the drawer for months. Also, since sum­mer is sun­glasses sea­son, make this an ex­cuse to wear the wack­i­est or trendi­est sun­nies you can get your sweaty palms on.

6 Go for a swim.

Of course, it's sum­mer. One shall not pass up a swim­ming ses­sion op­por­tu­nity. You can head to at the beach, or take a quick dip in a swim­ming pool at one of the many city ho­tels in and around the city.

7 Spend a day at the mall.

The eas­i­est way to shake off the sum­mer heat is to visit the mall. The cen­tral­ized air con­di­tion­ing is what one truly needs in this weather, while you do some win­dow shop­ping for your sum­mer va­ca­tion stuff. When the house gets a lit­tle too hot too han­dle, take a trip to the mall to cool things off.

8 In­dulge in the neigh­bor­hood's iced good­ies.

Re­mem­ber how much you en­joyed those in­ex­pen­sive iced treats when you were a kid? Well, there's still plenty to choose from from your neigh­bor­hood stores and stalls. Ice candy, fla­vored shaved ice, lo­cal ice cream, halo-halo, you name it. What can be cooler than re­liv­ing the hap­pi­est days of your child­hood?

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