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Five things to do now that it's haze season


It’s that time of year again when KL looks like the backdrop of an apocalyptic film. As much as we hate that it’s becoming an annual thing, there isn’t much to do except to get hydrated, stay indoors and breathe as little outside air as possible. The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings around the city have exceeded 150 – a reading classified as 'unhealthy' – together with other places around Selangor such as Klang (213), Batu Muda (154) and Cheras (146). Even schools in Selangor, Pahang and Kuching have been ordered to close today. As for us adults, while the haze is still not bad enough to close offices, try to stay in as much as you can if you can’t take the smoke in your eyes. Here at Time Out KL, we make the most of the city, so here are some things you can do to make the most out of this hazy situation. 

1. Catch up on TV shows – we’ve chosen 10 of our favourite box sets, so it’s time to binge-watch. If you want to reminisce about the good old days instead, watch these old local TV shows or films

2. Put on your N95 face mask, bring eye-drops, and water bottle everywhere you go. These are your best friends during this hazy season.

3. Increase your water intake. On top of drinking more water than usual, you can also try these cold-pressed juices. Stay off caffeinated and alcoholic drinks as it will cause more dehydration. 

4. Practise your rain dance moves to Billy Joel's 'We Didn’t Start the Fire', Franz Ferdinand’s 'This Fire' and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?'. Want to go the moody way instead? Bryan Ferry’s version of 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes' might be fitting with just enough dance cues. 

5. If you absolutely must go out, then make it to one of these best shopping malls in KL or any of the events happening in KL this week.

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