5 things to do this week of July 27 to August 1

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Let Peter Dinklage guide you through the handbook of autocrats in "How to Become a Tyrant." Screencap from NETFLIX

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, July 27) — It's a rainy week so far so here are some recommended activities and events to keep you cozy and entertained.

Watch “Leeroy New: Myth Monsters and Aliens”

In this special video for Art in the Park, artist Leeroy New will talk about his practice, which is always filled with bizarre and out-of-this-world imagery yet hinged on pressing issues. The video will premiere on Tuesday, July 27, 8 p.m. on the Art in the Park Facebook page. — CNN Philippines Life Staff

Filipiniana trivia time with Chinatown Museum

What souvenir items did zarzuela patrons used to collect? Which Filipino artisan was famous for his narra beds? If you don’t know the answer to this (or even if you do), head on to Chinatown Museum’s “Trivia Time: Filipiniana Heirlooms” on July 31, 4:30 p.m. for an afternoon of trivia questions about Filipino antiques and household items. Before the trivia game, there will be a talk with historian Felice Sta. Maria about the topic.

RSVP through here. Check the Chinatown Museum Facebook page for more information. — CNN Philippines Life Staff

Watch “How to Become a Tyrant”

Throughout history, the way tyrants rule and seize power has had an unmistakable pattern. This is what the Netflix docu-series “How to Become a Tyrant” focuses on, spotlighting some of the most murderous and power-hungry rulers of history: Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin Dada, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and North Korea’s Kim Dynasty. The episodes take you through the most bloodcurdling stories in history involving genocide (Hilter), covering up news about famine (Stalin), turning your country into a “human slaughterhouse” (Idi Amin Dada) or even the tactic of hiring female bodyguards to intimidate other rulers (Gadaffi). Episodes are short and narrated by Peter Dinklage. Go binge watch now. — Don Jaucian

Warm up with a 45-year old mug

₱1500 seems like a pretty price to pay for a coffee cup, but this Fire-King mug from 1976 really feels like it will last forever. With a petite frame for swigging a hot beverage without spills, a handle that stays cool, and a milky hue that’s easy on the eyes, it ticks the boxes of good design. - APC

Perk up your post-workout tipple with a splash of cold brew

Though I confess I am not a big coffee drinker, the new cold brew from Convenience Coffee has made its way into my daily protein shakes. The recipe is simple: two scoops of milk tea boba-flavored protein powder, cold water, and ¼ of the Convenience Coffee cold brew in the mix. (I just eyeball the quantities, to be honest.) The sour flavor notes in the cold brew plays off very well with the sweetness of the protein powder. This new ingredient adds a kick that perks me up post-workout, giving me the push to keep going in these nap-inducing rainy days. —Marga Buenaventura

Order Convenience Coffee through their Instagram page here.