Weekend Guide: What to Watch, Eat, Read + More

Project Power, a different sushi bake, and more!

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(SPOT.ph) And just like that, it's the end of the work week! Now it's time to do something different from your weekday routine for a change of pace. We're here to help you out: Check out our list of things to watch, listen to, and munch on, as well as activities to get busy with during your down time. Have fun!

A few of our recommendations for a worthwhile weekend:

Commission a quirky portrait of your pet 

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Tyang Karyel’s distinctive work was among those in the recently concluded Art in the Park Online, and if you didn’t get a chance to purchase any of her pieces, here’s a good alternative. The artist is currently trying to raise funds for her father’s COVID-19 hospitalization bills, and you can commission a portrait of yourself or your pet (or the two of you together) in exchange for any amount you deem appropriate. A cool, pop-art piece featuring your favorite feline would make a great addition to your gallery wall, don’t you think?

Get past that one-inch tall barrier through this podcast

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Early in the year, Parasite director Bong Joon Ho said, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” Perhaps it's time to learn the Korean language. Check out this podcast called Talk to Me in Korean, where you can listen to bite-sized Korean lessons by Hyunwoo and Kyeong Eun. Each episode discusses up to two to three words or phrases, so you don't get overwhelmed trying to remember everything they've said. The best part? You can download textbooks, workbooks and e-books from their site as reference! 

Try another variant of sushi bake

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At this point, you've probably gotten a taste of sushi bake—one of those, uh, "quarantrends," as they say—but have you tried versions generously topped with scallops or uni? Check out online seller Eleven Baker Street, which offers torched sushi bakes such as Truffle Scallop Aburi (P980/mini, P1,600/medium) and Uni Aburi (P800/mini, P1,400/medium). The mini is ideal for two to three people and comes with two packs of nori, while the medium tray is ideal for four to six people and comes with three packs of nori. They also have the Classic Kani (P700/mini, P1,150/medium) in case you just want the original variant. Just fill out their order form and check out their Instagram page for updates on availability and the next cut-off for orders.

Treat yourself to ice cream bars

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We don't know about you, but ice cream is always a good idea. If you want to try something different this weekend, why not get your hands on Meiji Ice Cream Bars? They have fruity variants like Mango with Condensed Milk (P370/box of six) and Sea Salt Lychee (P370/box of 10), as well as Japanese flavors like Chestnut Red Beans (P370/box of six) or the Matcha Chocolate (P370/box of six). You can get these icy treats from Frozen MNL, which, as the name goes, offers other frozen goods as well. They accept payments made via Paymaya, Paypal, GCash, Unionbank or BDO bank deposit, Dragonpay, and cash on delivery. 

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Stash away trinkets in these clear boxes

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The quarantine has given us more reasons to keep our spaces tidy. Are you the type who likes keeping printed tickets and other notes? These acrylic ticket boxes from Popjunklove allows you to put all your small notes, letters, movie tickets, boarding passes, and even postcards in one place. It's almost as big as a half-sheet of a short bond paper, so you don't need to worry about it occupying so much space.

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Learn a bit of architecture 

Most people have turned into "shefs" during the quarantine, but if you want to pursue something else, this up-and-coming YouTube content creator and architect might be able to help you out. Oliver Austria's channel shot to fame when he started reviewing the houses of viral stars like Mimiyuuuh and celebs like Team Kramer and Slater Young. Through his videos, you can impress your folks and friends when you drop terms like "caustic reflections," "wood strip stagger," and "board form concrete." Curious about his cred? We did some research and found out that he placed fifth in the June 2016 Architect Licensure Examination, so he knows what he is talking about. 

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Chill out with chicken and pizza

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If there’s one thing that goes well with a Netflix binge, it’s a good slice of pizza. Even better? A pizza and chicken pairing. You can order both this weekend from the brand-new CiaoChow by Chef Josh Boutwood, which just started serving up their very straightforward and very satisfying menu yesterday. We’re going for the prosciutto pizza and Chipotle & Queso Fresco chicken, and probably order the mac n’ cheese, too.

Make coffee time a little extra kawaii

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Raise your hand if you’ve been having more than your fair share of coffee these days—we know we have, and it’s not just because we’re constantly juggling house chores and work tasks. Might as well give yourself an extra reason to look forward to that soothing cup of joe by putting it in a cup that’s sure to put a smile on your face, every single time. Studio Mon Lapin’s double-walled cups will do the trick.

Imagine a world where everyone could have a superpower

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We’ve all imagined what it would be like to suddenly have superpowers—what if you could get them from taking a pill? And what if you didn’t know what superpowers you’d have until you took it? That, and what happens when people realize they can do all sorts of things when they’re invincible, is the premise of the much-anticipated Netflix original movie Project Power. It stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and Inception standout Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is likely to be what everyone will be watching this weekend.

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Rediscover the wonders of sinigang, our unofficial national dish

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Everyone has a family recipe, of course, but what really makes sinigang good? Many well-known Filipino chefs have their own take on what makes the beloved soup so timeless. What was the inspiration for Sentro’s famous corned beef sinigang, and why did Manam decide to put watermelon in their version? We went in search of the answers.

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