50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 4
Last year’s hot list is back with even more choices!
20. Laugh your heart out (for your heart).
Who knew laughter and yoga could be combined into a legit exercise? Laughter yoga has been around since 1995 in India but it just caught on in the Philippines last month. Laughter Yoga Pilipinas founder Paolo Trinidad, who trained under original Laughter Yoga founder Dr. Madan Kataria in Bangladore, India, conducts weekly sessions for free at the Lingap Karunungan Center in Mandaluyong City. A combination of LOLs and traditional yoga breathing techniques and postures, it is said to lift up spirits, tone muscles, enhance the memory, strengthen the immune system, and more, reports Inquirer.net. The exercise-allergic may also find it appealing--one minute of laughter yoga is supposedly equivalent to 1.5 calories burned, while 15 minutes of laughter yoga is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging.
Laughter yoga sessions are at Lingap Karunungan Center, Martinez St., Bgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. For the weekly class schedule, text 0926-6493779.
19. Unwind at a serious sports bar.
Hold your next boys’ night out at Velocity Bar, which claims to be the country’s first and only five-star sports and entertainment bar. Watch the latest sporting events on multiple high definition 40-inch LCD screens heard through a top-of-the-line audio system. Kick back and unwind with drinks from Velocity’s bar paired with man-sized burgers, chicken wings, squid rings, and more. From Tuesdays to Sundays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., get 50 percent off on selected drinks during happy hour.
Velocity Bar is at Marriott Hotel Manila, No. 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City. Call them at 988-9999.
18. Check your dog into a hotel.
No need to stress over finding a dog sitter when you suddenly have to go on a no-pets-allowed trip. The Better Dog Canine Behavior Center offers food and air-conditioned lodging plus supervision for man’s best friend. Your beloved dog can get a haircut, manicure, pedicure and other grooming services. Check out their agility center too.
The Better Dog Canine Behavior Center is at Building C, Karrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Email them at email@example.com.
17. Let your skin breathe in beauty.
For a youthful glow, try the non-invasive oxygen facial, the Intraceuticals Infusion home treatment of Cecil Fajardo, tested and recommended by Women’s Health editor-in-chief Lara Parpan. In the July issue of Women’s Health, Parpan wrote about the facial’s serum that has a base of hyaluronic acid, a natural body product that retains moisture, applied through an infuser and "tiny bursts of oxygen." Parpan writes, "Six sessions are recommended for the results to last for several months, and they don’t come cheap. But try one session, and trust me, you’ll be hooked."
Book an appointment with Cecil Fajardo at 0917-8916645. Visit skininfused.com.
16. Get all your furnishing needs at a one-stop shop.
The LRI Design Plaza houses scores of shops and galleries like Diretso Design Furniture (Filipino- and European-inspired furniture), Noble Dream House Gallery (oriental antique shop), and Heima Store (a branch of the artsy retro furniture shop at Cubao X). Aside from spas and photography studios, the LRI Design Plaza also houses restaurants like the Italian eateries Caffe Caruso and Ricco Renzo Cafe.
The LRI Design Plaza is at 210 Nicanor Garcia St. (formerly Reposo),Bel-Air II, Makati City. Call them at 895-1772 or 895-7949.
15. Have a movie spa-rty in Quezon City.
Tomas Morato regulars now have their very own Blue Water Day Spa branch near Scout Bayoran. All their spa branches offer the same services but only the Tomas Morato and Greenhills branches have the spa theater. At the 16-seater spa theater at Tomas Morato, you can get a foot reflexology treatment, a manicure or pedicure, a body massage, body scrub or waxing. If you’d rather not choose a customized party package, choose their regular P10,000 (consumable) three-hour spa party for 10 people. Tip: the Combo Herbal Massage, a combination of Swedish and Shiatsu massage, is the most requested at this branch. It’s also Blue Water Day Spa endorser and singer Karylle’s favorite.
Blue Water Day Spa is at #238 Tomas Morato near Scout Bayoran, Quezon City. Call them at 486-5584.
13. Play Ultimate Frisbee any day of the week
If you still have or have just caught the disc fever, join the Ultimate Frisbee sessions happening every day at different Manila spots: the Meralco All-Purpose Field, University of the Philippines Diliman Sunken Garden, Cuenca Park and more. Since the schedule changes regularly, check first with the Philippine Ultimate Association at firstname.lastname@example.org before heading out.
12. Turn this restaurant into your own movie house.
Gather at least seven friends on a Tuesday and reserve a table at PenPen Restaurant where you can watch your movies on their 40-inch flat screen TV equipped with surround sound. (DVDs and AVI files are accepted). For movie chow, ditch the popcorn and gorge on three kinds of pasta and seven sauces at PenPen’s Pasta All You Can Tuesdays. The promo is available for P250 per person or P235 per person for groups of four.
PenPen’s Movie Club and Pasta All You Can promo happens every Tuesday at 105-C Scout Castor, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City. Call them at 332-4021.
11. Write in old-school longhand.
Because sometimes, nothing beats pouring your heart out on quality paper. At Papertrail, enjoy a smorgasbord of quirky paper products and accessories: notebooks, stationery, and planners, and even bucket totes and gourmet-scented pencils called "smencils." Their environment-friendly products don’t just come in the traditional brown but also in different colors and patterns. Fun fact: Top fashion designer Rajo Laurel, who said Papertrail has the "most unique and exciting" paper products he has ever seen, couldn’t help but lap up the store’s food-shaped erasers from Japan.
Papertrail is at Unit 201 La’O Bldg., 1000 Arnaiz Ave., Makati City. Call 403-7523 or email email@example.com. Visit their website.
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Photos from Laughter Yoga’s official Facebook, Better Dog’s website, Skin Infused’s website, Gourmet Pao’s official Facebook and Papertrail’s website; courtesy of Marriott Hotel Manila and Blue Water Day Spa; and by Jean Natividad (Haute Design), Ogee Perez (Ultimate Frisbee) and Dyan Zarzuela (PenPen Restaurant).