City-Spotting Weekend Guide

SPOT.ph gives you the lowdown on what to do this weekend.

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The weather's been pretty crazy of late but promise of sunshine, coupled with some cloudy skies, is on the horizon this weekend.   Wear your favorite sundress or your new sneakers and head out to eat, shop and play around Manila's streets:

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Friday Night Date at Chateau 1771. It's Miele Guide Month this August and Chateau 1771 is one of the restos that offer special set menus.   Dine in style and help the world as 15 % of the   revenues will be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).   Order the Raclette, a Swiss dish of melted raclette cheese and the Baked Butterflied Prawns, stuffed prawns cooked with cream, mushrooms, squash and parmesan cheese, as you get ready for a packed weekend ahead.

Where: G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City (756-5893)
How to get there: From EDSA Southbound, take a right on Ayala Avenue, and turn left on Makati Avenue.   The Greenbelt area is right beside Ayala Museum to your right.



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Race through Saturday. Bored with karting tracks? Want the speed without resorting to drag racing? Wheel to Wheel is the recently-launched racing simulator and motor sports café in Greenhills. It's light years from the typical arcade race game. Bond over 10 linked computers, simulation equipment with clutch pedal and H type gear shift, bucket seats and 20-inch LCD monitors. All that's missing is the smell of burnt tires. The racing cars at Wheel to Wheel have their own version of the paddle shift which enables fingertip gearshift control and the footrest which minimizes driver fatigue, both of which can be found in the all-new Honda City.

If there are some beginners in your group, no worries, you can ask for help from the staff.     Rates are P300 per hour and P150 per hour before 5 p.m. on weekdays. If you get hungry from all that racing, you can just pause your game and head to the café downstairs.

Where: 2/F City Center Bldg., Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan City (Check out www.wheeltowheelph.com for more information).
How to get there: Drive down Ortigas Avenue (Greenhills Shopping Center side), the City Center Building will be on your right, after BMW Klassik.


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Slow down on a Sunday. If you'd like something other than your usual shiatsu, go to Ace Water Spa for their hydrotherapy massage. Instead of a masseuse, you'll be treated to their ultrasonic jet system. These strategically positioned jets can give you soft, moderate or hard massages. You'll also have four hours in the pool, much better than the hour-or-so massage.

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Everyone in the family will love the different amenities this spa offers: lapping pool, hot herbal pool, rainfall acupressure, kids' pool, floor fountain, bucket splash, lazy river, sauna and steam room.

Just remember to pack proper swimwear–shirts and shorts are a no-no. And just like mom always said, make sure the kids (and the adults too) refrain from binge-eating at least 30 minutes before the treatment. Instead, you can eat afterwards at their coffee lounge.   Rates are P550 for adult and P250 for kids.


Where: 399 Del Monte Avenue (near cor. Banaue St.), SFDM, Quezon City (367-8040 to 41, 367-8061 to 62, 415-0164)
How to get there: Drive down Quezon Avenue from EDSA and go past Araneta Avenue.   Take a right on Sto. Domingo Avenue and turn left on the second street, Del Monte Avenue.   Ace Water Spa will be on your right.


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Movies. If you haven't been to the cinemas yet, it's time to drive out to see G.I. Joe, still showing in Manila cinemas this weekend. To check the screening schedule of G.I. Joe on SPOT.ph, click here.

Sale Alerts. We know you love comfort when you go shopping.   And cars that are roomy, with interiors designed with extra leg room for all-around freedom and enough trunk space to load bagfuls of retail finds is your favorite shopping buddy.   Drive a vehicle like the all-new Honda City when you head to Theodore's Moving Out Sale at Bonifacio High Street this weekend.   Every single receipt purchase for P10,000 and above gets you additional discounts.   Race to Theodore's and you can shop with major discounts until October 31st.

Side Trips. If you're heading down South, check out the newly-opened Trilogy Lifestyle Boutique at Legaspi Village.   Trilogy is changing the retail rules with their selection: they've got books, Dim Mak shirts, Adidas apparel, Andy Warhol watches and best of all, a 'canteen' that has free wi-fi for times you want to be connected in between checking out the goods.


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