Easy-On-The-Budget Short Trips To Take During The Holidays | Clozette

Taking a vacation is one of the best ways to take yourself out of the hustle and bustle of daily life to unwind. And with the cool breeze of the festive season, it makes exploring new places and treating your tastebuds to good food a whole new fantastic experience.

However, juggling our budget between a vacation and the amount of holiday shopping we have to do can be quite challenging. But that doesn't mean that you should compromise one of the two.

So if you're craving for that much deserved holiday vacay but your pockets are a little tight and you're not up for long drives, we're giving you easy-on-the-budget destinations that are sure to satisfy your wanderlust.


If you're in the Philippines

In just one to two hours from Manila, take a taste of history in Cavite where you can find the Tejeros Convention site in General Trias and the Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon. You can also gear up and find yourself in a newbie-friendly hike at Mt. Pico De Loro, where an amazing sight awaits you at the peak. 

And with Instagram-worthy places even as you pass by the road, you can dedicate most of your moolah to the selection of Cavite's finest dishes.

If you're in Malaysia

In the mood to learn something new? Head over to Kampar and visit the Kinta Tin Mining Museum and find yourself learning about the colourful background of tin mining (and yes, it's free of charge). After edu-taining yourself, you can drive over to Ipoh and indulge in nasi lemak and ais kepal

Plus, what's a trip without amazing photos? If you're looking for a place to please your aesthetic, make sure you add dramatic shots around Kellie's Castle to your roadtrip to-do list.


If you're in Singapore

Up for an exciting lifestyle trip? Experience the Covent Gardens in London and the aroma of fresh produce in Melbourne in PasarBella. Feast on their great selection of delicious grub that culminates flavours from East to West.

After filling in your tummy, get a share of history by driving over to the Rail Corridor. This 24-kilometre long former railway line stretches from the north all the way to its grand terminus at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station at the Central Business District. From there, you can head over to Everton Park and get back to munching some more with tons of cafes, restaurants, and lifestyle stores to choose from. 


Wanted to go on a trip but have no one to take with you? No problem! Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Solo Travelling Once In Your Life


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If someone were to ask you what shoes to wear in tropical weather, we bet you wouldn’t put booties on your list. And it’s not surprising given that booties are a type of shoe that are often worn during colder seasons like fall and winter.

However, as the fashion industry has changed a lot over the years and shoe styles have evolved, booties are now a tropical weather-approved staple. How? Keep reading below for our top 3 tips on making booties work for our wet and dry climate.


Be picky with the material

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From cotton to leather to rubber to suede, booties are made with a variety of materials. To avoid making your feet sweaty and uncomfortable when wearing this beautiful shoe, make sure its material won’t constrict or suffocate your feet. Materials like rubber, for example, wouldn’t be ideal to wear because nothing can pass through it – the heat from your feet will just be circulating inside.


Play with different designs

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While classic black and caramel-coloured booties are great, why not opt for something different this time? There are a ton of different designs and colours in the market today ranging from wild Aztec prints to bright hues. Plus, you don’t even have to stick to a typical ankle boot silhouette as there are lace-up and cutout versions now.


Pair it with a light outfit

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Now that you have your perfect booties on hand, the next step is picking out which outfits to wear it with. Our tip: go for ‘light’ outfits such as dresses and skirts. The contrast between the two will create a spring-inspired look that is on point for our weather.


Need more outfit inspiration on how to wear this type of shoe? Here for our 4 ways for wearing boots in hot weather. 



Form and function. Two once mutually exclusive worlds are now becoming increasingly blurred -- thanks to brands that are constantly striving to redefine sartorial rules. But when it comes to leading an active lifestyle, we get it: it’s not easy trying to strike a balance between keeping active and maintaining your personal style.

What if we tell you that you can now own a fitness gear that looks exactly like a fashion accessory? Something that you can actually wear straight from the treadmill to the sidewalk, from the swimming pool to that beach party? It’s hard to believe, but with the Fitbit Flex 2, keeping active in style is no longer an issue.

The Fitbit Flex 2 is more than just a fitness tracker. It not only features an all-day activity tracking, SmartTrack, and auto sleep tracking functions, it also sends you call and text notifications to keep you alert. The Flex 2 even doubles up as your fancy workout buddy by sending you reminders to stay active throughout the day.

On the aesthetics front? It boasts the slimmest wristband yet, and is available in three interchangeable accessories: bands, bangles, and pendants (yes, pendants!). To help us prove that point, we talk to two style and fitness trailblazers -- one classy with an edge, the other sporty chic -- about keeping active in style.


Francesca Tan (@itsfranxcesca)

How do you stay active amidst your busy schedule?

“I walk around a lot because of my work -- in-between my modelling photo shoots and real estate job appointments -- and I always try to squeeze in a workout every now and then. Ideally I’d like to workout five times a week. But because of my current hectic schedule, I squeeze in a workout three times a week. When I commute, wherever possible, I walk instead of say, take a bus, to stay active throughout the day.”

Share your best tip on balancing style and fitness.

“It’s all down to the right pieces and the right fabric materials. You’d want something that is breathable but still look good. Simply dress according to your style and mood, and where you’re going that day.”


What do you like about the Fitbit Flex 2?

“I am definitely not a girly or sweet kind of girl. I like feminine pieces that are classy with a bit of edge to them. The Fitbit Flex 2 is very classy, especially the metallic ones! It doesn’t look like a fitness accessory at all. I would actually wear this everyday.

It also helps with staying active and I especially like the all-day activity tracking function that tracks my steps, distance and more. The reminders to move makes me feel so good. I’m like: “Yes! I walked 10,000 steps today!”


Cheryl Tay (@cheryltaysg)

Describe your personal style. What is your signature look and what makes the finishing touch?

“I’d say sporty chic. My lifestyle is all about fitness and keeping fit, so there’s always a touch of sportiness in whatever I wear, like a pair of sneakers. I feel that the finishing touch has to come from within. It’s about the confidence that you carry with your look.”

What is your take on staying active while staying fashionable?

“Somehow I feel that making an effort to look good will make you feel more confident. If you put on a nicely fitted tank top and you go outside and run, you’ll feel like, “Woah! I feel good.” There is a significant element of fashion when it comes to fitness.

But of course, it’s comfort first and foremost. It has to be something that we feel comfortable in. But shopping for sportswear for me is just like shopping for any other clothes. You want to look good and feel confident in it. Looking good and feeling confident makes you happier, and somehow it leads to an easier workout.”


What do you like about the Fitbit Flex 2?

“It’s light, it’s convenient, and most importantly it fits right into your lifestyle without clashing with your fashion sense. The Flex 2 is designed to suit our lifestyle. In the past when I wore the older sports watches, I used to take them off when I want to go out because it didn’t match [my outfits]. They looked too sporty and when you pair them with a dress, they looked so “off”.

For Flex 2, you can wear it with your dresses -- no problems at all. I think what Fitbit has done is to make it become a fitness and fashion combined accessory, so you can wear it at all times. If you don’t tell people that it’s a fitness tracker, they might not even know!”


Find out more about Fitbit Flex 2 here!