10 Things to Do to Build New Friendships/Relationships By the New Year

Whether we are single or not, I think we can all have more fun and better health when we engaged in relationships and build new ones. However, building new relationships can be a struggle among single people at times.

Let’s face it and I’m speaking from my long years of being single. Sometimes we become so used to being by ourselves, doing our own thing, being with the same group of people. And when we continue on this path year after year, we don’t really get to know new people and possibly date someone new.

Again from my experience and that of my friends, we had to invest time and energy (and even resources!) to be able to meet new people to build lasting friendships and for some to build relationships that paved the way to the altar.

So really, we have to welcome new things. New way of doing things. And it is the new year. It really is time for the new. (Okay. Overemphasis of the word “new” in this paragraph.)

Allow me then to tell you some new things you can consider doing on New Year’s Eve that can possibly pave the way for new friendships and relationships. Here we go:

1. Join a party or gathering outside of your own family circle and usual circle of friends.

Of course, if you stick to the same group of people, you won’t really meet someone new. Spend time with your family and gang on other days but for this coming new year’s eve, try something new. (Okay, you can tag along one or two of your singles buddies to the party/gathering).

Now, don’t tell me you have no idea which party/gathering to go to. Ask around, read up, scour social media, check out establishments (hotels, events center) in your area which can be sponsoring new year’s eve party or countdown events. Go out. Mingle.

2. Organize your own party/countdown event.

Well, if you can’t find an event to your liking, why not organize your own? And since you are the host, it can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. And it can be as fun as you like.

For this you may consider inviting some close family members and friends but MAKE SURE you invite new people, too. So it makes sense that before this new year’s eve event, you should already have a list of who to possibly invite, worked out the costs, the venue. This can be really fun, you know 🙂

3. Go online.

Yes, go online and connect with new people. This was what a couple of my friends did. They went on and tried dating sites and actually met their future husbands online. Yup, this happens more times than we know.

If you are based in UK, you can try out dating site uk . This can be something new for you but check it out and consider giving it a try. The international dating site to check: welovedates.com.

4. Hang out at a music club.

Okay, you may add hang out at a dance club, too. I just prefer the music club (like jazz club or folk music club) because I prefer listening/playing music than dancing 🙂 Many of these clubs stay open past midnight.

The point is that just by being at a place where you can enjoy something you like, like listening/playing music and dancing will bring you in the company of new people who love the same things you do.

5. Travel to a new place.

Why not? Travelling can open up new things for you to experience and yes, to meet new people.

A few days before new year’s eve, drive, sail or fly away to another city, country and celebrate there in the midst of new people, new culture even. Bring along a friend for fun and for safety (!). It’s a new place, culture after all.

6. Go on a cruise and welcome the New Year at sea.

Check out any New Year cruises and float your way to new experiences and meeting new people as the clock strikes 12.

7. Attend a concert or dinner concert.

Some hotels, clubs and key venues would hold a concert or concert dinner in time for new year’s eve. This is one way for you to meet new people and just in case you don’t, at least you enjoyed the music and/or dinner.

8. If you love playing music or singing, organize or join a jamming session.

This was one that my single friends actually did several years ago. And it was a blast! We enjoyed singing and playing live music to welcome the new year. They also made sure to invite new people to the group who either could play, sing or just enjoy live music. Some dating relationships were later on birthed from that event. This is a fun and cool way to meet new people on new year’s eve.

9. If you love games, organize or join a game night.

I have single friends who have done this. Board games, card games or video games — have fun and meet new people in the process. If you do the organizing, you can always ask your friends to bring their friends or contacts that you may not have met yet.

10. If you love literature or creative writing, organize or join a poetry reading.

My friends and I used to organize poetry readings and we met so many new people in the process! Attendees can either share what they have written themselves or works from writers they love. This common love for words actually paved the way for relationships (and marriages!) later on.

Let the new year be a time to meet new people. And for that to happen, do something different and fun, too, for a change 🙂

5 Cost-Free Things to Do with Your Date in Aberdeen During Autumn

Scotland’s 3rd largest city, Aberdeen, is a harbor city on its northeast coast. It is considered as an important sea port, regional center and nothing less than the hub of the North Sea oil industry.

As one walks through the streets of Aberdeen, it unashamedly shows how the past can thrive with the present. One can see the romance of the old life and the beating of all things new as structures and buildings of ages past and of the present stand tall side by side.

It is a city where possibilities can be glanced at every corner for while it has known spots, it also has spaces where one must take the time to search and savor perhaps more so during Autumn. Autumn, after all, is said to be the most picturesque time to visit Aberdeen.

Like most cities that do not fear to embrace both its past and present, Aberdeen has its spaces for those who aspire to start and strengthen their relationships. These include places where Aberdeen dating can be fun, light and perhaps in the end, truly lasting.

Here are the things you can do in the city where you and your date can do for free and still have the time of your life in Aberdeen:

  1. Catch the autumn sunrise together. Sunrise is almost always a spectacular show in the sky and many would say more so, in this part of Scotland. To catch this natural art in the sky, you only have to go to one of Aberdeen’s beaches which is really just 10 minutes from the city center. And of course, you can enjoy a stroll along the beach as well. This is something that Aberdeen singles can just do to relax and enjoy.

    Aberdeen Beach
  2. Relive history together as you visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Take note that the Aberdeen harbor is one of the oldest in the world. There are plenty of things to see and talk about while you are there.
  3. Seek out the beauty of art as you check out the Aberdeen Art Gallery.  Its art gallery features works from the 15th century to present day. Be aware that the museum also hosts free lunch hour concerts and lectures! Other museums which are free to visit are the Marischal College and Museum which is the 2nd largest granite structure in the world and Provost Skene’s House. 

    Aberdeen Art Gallery. Photo: Colin Smith
  4. Don’t forget to take a walking tour of old Aberdeen. Your time in Aberdeen wouldn’t be complete without exploring together the Old Aberdeen which has some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. Also free to tour are the King’s College founded in 1495 and the St. Machar’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 19th century.
  5. Before you call it a day, stop over at the Aberdeen Harbor. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the harbor is Britain’s oldest business, having been established in 1136. Even as you take in all the activity of the port along with the fresh breeze, you and your date can also try to  catch sight of seals and dolphins which usually play near the entrance.

    Aberdeen Harbor. Photo: Russ Hamer

One can indeed enjoy the city of Aberdeen without emptying one’s pocket even as the Christmas season may be drawing near. Aside from experiencing the beauty and history that the city has to offer, what better way (or best way!) to do it with your date or with someone who now holds not just your hand but also your heart.

Take Out One More Worry in Your Travels, in Your Life

I think it should be non-negotiable, required, SOP.

Even if the Land Transportation Office or its equivalent government agencies in any country of the world would not require it, getting a car insurance should be automatic for a car owner.

After all, a car insurance is for the ultimate good of the car owner. You may shell out some amount to pay for the assurance but what is that in the long run, when the time of need comes? When you’ve had that accident, experienced theft and incurred automobile damage — you’ll be grateful you’ve taken the time and shelled the amount for a car insurance policy.

It’s like having an emergency savings fund. It doesn’t seem necessary until you have that emergency.

We are then glad that we have extensive car insurance policies offered in our country like that of the Malayan Automaster.

And if you find yourself with plenty of excuses that you’ve got no time to visit an insurance office or that you are unsure how much it will really cost you, then this is good news for you: you can access it all online to know more about the best car insurance in the Philippines. Go ahead and click it to also get more info about car insurance essentials such as automobile loss/own damage, third part liability, auto personal accident, acts of God protection and more.

Take out one more worry in your travels, in your life. Take time to think through and purchase a car insurance. In the end, it’s all win-win for you to do so.