50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 2

For those of you who ever wailed "But there’s nothing left to do in Manila," SPOT’S countdown continues.


board 40. Play the latest board games for free.

Visit any Hobbes and Landes store (except the Promenade branch) and check out their Try Me section, where you can road-test board games and brainteasers free of charge. Once you’ve mastered those, you can register for the Hobbes and Landes Board Game Olympics with a minimum purchase of P200. The tournaments are held Fridays and Saturdays until mid-May at their stores in Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 5, and Power Plant Mall.

Find out more at the Hobbes and Landes website or call 632-1440.




murp 39. Test your trivia smarts on Quiz Night.

Round up a group of your smartest friends (or join a team if you’re feeling sociable) and find out if you’ve got enough facts and figures stored in your head to cop first place at Quiz Night every Tuesday at Murphy’s Pub in Legaspi Village or 121 along Pasong Tamo. If you can answer questions like "What year was Joseph Stalin named Time magazine’s Person of the Year?" then you just might win the weekly quiz night prize-"though nothing beats getting a week’s worth of bragging rights.

Murphy’s Pub is at Citiland Condo III Bldg. 105 VA Rufino St. Corner Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City has quiz night every Tuesday from 8pm onwards. Call 894-1884 or email info@murphys.makati.com.   121, at the 2nd floor of Karrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, has quiz night every Tuesday from 10pm onwards. Call 892-8301.

alcove_interior 38. Learn the basics of photography, lighting, or food styling.

The Alcove at the Filipinas Heritage Library is offering a number of photography-related workshops this summer, including Digital Photography and the Computer, Food Styling and Photography, and Primer on Lighting. Facilitated by veteran photographer Jay Alonzo, some workshops are free.

For more information, visit the Filipinas Heritage Library website, call 892-1801, or text (0917) 559-4417.





neo 37. Slather on your caviar and eat it too.

Have caviar not only on your bread, but on your face too. This ultimate luxury not only tastes good, it also reduces lines and wrinkles. Get the Caviar Luxe Treatment made from the extract of black caviar by Biodroga Systems. To sweeten the deal, neck, back and hand massages are included in the package.

The Caviar Luxe Treatment costs P2,500 for 90 minutes at Neo Spa.   Neo Spa is 35 Wilson Street corner Washington Street, Greenhills West, San Juan City.





fortexhibit 36. Cash in on your "craft."

You knew all that camwhoring would pay off. Use your photography and film-making skills to win as much as P25,000 in the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Vision Digital Open. It’s open to all amateurs. Capture the theme "Passion" by shooting the BGC characteristics (City With A Soul, A City that Works and A Sense of Place) around the BGC landmarks.

For more details, check www.bgcvision.multiply.com.








35. Enjoy Liquid Nitrogen Ice-cream at Zenses at A-Venue.

Dessert goes beyond traditional at Zenses in A-Venue, Makati. Adventurous cold-dessert fans will find that eating Nitrogen Ice Cream is a fresh twist to the ice-cream eating experience.   Flavors are based on flowers, such as the Osmanthus and the Rose, with Osmanthus being the current bestseller. Creamy with hints flowered tea, the liquid nitrogen changes the structure of food without altering the flavor.   Eating ice cream has reached a new definition of cool.

Zenses is located at A-Venue, Makati Avenue, Makati City with telephone number 703-4988.



bluewater 34. Watch films while getting a foot massage.

Getting a foot spa while your favorite film is on may just be the best kind of relaxation there is. At Blue Water Day Spa, a rejuvenating foot massage gives you the pampering you deserve while you sit back and fix your eyes on the screen. The spa movie treatments can be booked for special events.

Blue Water Day Spa is located at the 2nd Floor BPI Greentop Condominium, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan with telephone numbers 724-0426 and 727-8420.






33. Scour and score secondhand reading gems at Bookay Ukay.

If you like rummaging through piles of books at  Booksale, you’ll  love this place if you don’t mind the dust. A group of selective readers have put up their own secondhand bookstore aptly named Bookay Ukay, with titles worthy of being a part of a lit-lover’s personal library. Pick up a copy of a well-thumbed Murakami or an Esquivel, all at slightly lower prices than brand new ones at the local bookstore.

Bookay Ukay is located at 55 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City.   Shop is open from 12 noon to 10 PM, Monday to Sunday.



seaf 32. Shop for fresh seafood and have it cooked on the spot any way you want.

Take a break from all that red meat and treat your body to fresh seafood. Seaside Paluto or more commonly known as Dampa in Magsaysay Ave., Pasay City offers seriously fresh sea bounty. The dampa SOP: Buy what you wanfresh and then have it cooked the way you want. Yes, the customer is king (and queen).

Seaside Paluto (Dampa) is located along Magsaysay Avenue, Pasay City.






31. Learn how to create a website

The Garage at Ateneo de Manila University offers classes aimed at building computer skills like Basic Animation with Adobe Flash CS3 and Web Design with Adobe Dreamweaver. Classes are held on Saturdays and range from two to three sessions, depending on the subject you choose.

The Garage is at Seminary Drive corner Arrupe Road, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Call 426-5971 to 72 local 221 or email garagejct@yahoo.com.





To read 50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 1, please click here.

To read 50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 3, please click here.

To read 50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 4, please click here.

More next Friday.

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