Luxe Lodgings in Makati for a Stylish Staycation

by Julia Escaño

Maybe you have a big work deadline coming up. Or you and your barkada need to finish a group project. Or you just want a change of atmosphere. Whatever the reason, staycations are a quick and easy way to give us a refreshing boost without going far or spending too much. And what better place for a staycation than one that’s not only familiar to us, but also a haven of food and recreation? Here are some awesome Makati suites that are fitted perfectly for anything and everything your quick escape calls for.

For the Urban Sophisticate

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The Gist A lavish 2-bedroom in one of the most exclusive addresses in town
The Space Accommodates: 6
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Rating 4.5 stars (60 reviews)
Amenities Kitchen
Wireless internet
PoolFree parking on premises

Feel like a millionaire for a weekend in this luxurious 2-bedroom unit in Rockwell Center. High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows characterize this corner unit, while high-end furnishings and tasteful details in every room give it a designer flair. The unit is designed for 4 guests, with two bedrooms, but can accommodate up to 6 without feeling cramped. It’s perfect for a grown-up getaway where your day includes wine and cheese while overlooking the stunning city. For a little activity, the building has 2 pools and is right across Power Plant Continue reading Luxe Lodgings in Makati for a Stylish Staycation

Eatinerary: Taste Maginhawa’s Secrets Through This DIY Food Crawl

By Mich Escultura

If there’s one fulfilling activity you want to center your day around, it’s food. And since there are few things in life as pleasurable as going on a gustatory adventure, we’ve created this complete itinerary around one of the metro’s most well-known foodie hangout: the Maginhawa area.  If a Maginhawa brunch, afternoon snack or dinner is what you’re looking for, this is definitely your go-to eatinerary.


  • Ally’s All-Day Breakfast

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Let’s kick start this eatinerary with the most important meal of the day. Ally’s All Day Breakfast is a sunny little spot in Malingap Street that will instantly brighten your day with a variety of feel-good breakfast food. Whether you want eggs, tapsi, pancakes, waffles, or a comforting cup of Joe any time of the day, this is where you’ll find it!

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24-Hour Drinking Spots to Hit Before Duterte’s Curfew Starts

by Mich Escultura

It’s all over the news – our newly inaugurated president, in his bid to rid the streets of crime, wants to enforce a 1am liquor ban. Yes, that’s bad news for drinkers out there, but the good news is it still hasn’t been enforced. So for those of you looking to find watering holes that will serve you liquor at all hours of the day, here’s our list of 24-hour drinking spots all around the metro.

We suggest making the best of this list before the liquor ban is in full effect.  Think: Metro Manila-wide pub crawl!

1. 121, Eastwood and BGC

Metro Manila's 24-hour drinking spots: 121, Eastwood and BGC
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With Eastwood teeming with BPOs, it only makes sense to have a 24-hour drinking spot where employees can drink after their shift. That’s why 121 is a popular spot for those who work in the BGC, Mckinley, and Libis area. Aside from beer and all sorts of liquor, 121 also specializes in Filipino cuisine at a very affordable price!

Address: Third Floor, BGC Stopover Pavilion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Take a Sneak Peek into the Finest Japanese Design Exhibit at the MET Museum

by Mich Escultura

Japanese Design Today 100

For those of you who love the simplicity of Japanese design, it’s time to clear a date from July 1 to August 19, 2016, so you can check out Japanese Design Today 100 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET).

Headed by design critic and Musashino Art University Professor, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Japanese Design Today 100 presents 100 of the finest examples of Japanese design from the 1950s to the 1990s with a spotlight on everyday products. The exhibit is divided into 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture and Houseware, Tableware and Cookware, Apparel and Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi discussing the 5 characteristics of Japanese design with the help of a translator.
Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi discussing the 5 characteristics of Japanese design with the help of a translator | Photo by Mich Escultura

According to Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Japanese design has 5 main features; they are craftlike, minimalist, thoughtful, compact, and “kawaii”. While not all of these features are present in all designs, you can easily tell that each design focuses on at least one of these features.

Here are some prominent designs from the collection.

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More than Just Coffee: 7 Themed Cafés You Have to Check Out

by Mich Escultura

While Starbucks and The Coffee Bean are some of the most popular hangouts for folks looking for a relaxing place to get a coffee fix, it wouldn’t hurt to venture out and find a café that gets your creative juices flowing just by being there. There are a ton of unique themed cafés scattered around Manila, and we’ve compiled a few of the ones that can give you more than just your regular coffee experience.

If you’re a gamer looking for a board game café to visit, we’ve got an entire article dedicated to that particular theme!

1. UKE Box Caffe

unique themed cafes in metro manila: UKE Box Cafe
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UKE Box Caffe is a themed café that specializes in making you feel like you’re relaxing by the sea with its soothing music, local coffee paired with sumptuous dishes, and of course, the beach-themed interiors. Amid the busy southbound lane of C5 lies this oasis of relaxation that not only serves a multitude of refreshments and live music, but also transforms into a creative learning space.

What’s there to do? You can also learn to play the ukulele with their workshops. And that’s not all; UKE Box Café can also be your venue of choice for teaching and Continue reading More than Just Coffee: 7 Themed Cafés You Have to Check Out

Free-Flowing Beer: 11 Best Spots for Your Draft Beer Fix

by Mich Escultura

Ah, beer! The one ever-present drink that’s pretty much a requirement for a night of fun. Whether in bottles, in buckets, or in a glass filled with ice, beer never ceases to disappoint. But why stop short at a bottle or a bucket when you can get a free-flowing fix with a variety of draft beers?

If you’re looking to get a truly satisfying beer experience with that old school pub feel, here’s our picks for the best draft beer places to get a hefty pint of keg beer!

1. Tap Station

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Undoubtedly the first option when it comes to getting your craft beer on tap, Tap Station offers ten varieties of draft beer, from Indian Pale Ales, Indian Red Ales, Fruit Ales, and more! And who can resist the intriguing names they give their beer like Shut Up IPA, Hard Day Blonde Ale, and Wild Ride?

And yes, they do have serve some chow to go with your pint. But you know you’ll Continue reading Free-Flowing Beer: 11 Best Spots for Your Draft Beer Fix

5 Organizations You Can Volunteer in this Weekend

by Mich Escultura

These days everyone’s busy with something, whether it’s work or school or a time-consuming hobby. We tend to be so immersed in our own little world in the city that we sometimes forget that we’re more than capable of lending a helping hand to those who aren’t as privileged as we are. But contrary to popular belief, being a volunteer doesn’t need to take up too much of your time. In fact, if you just have a couple of hours to spare on the weekends along with a genuine desire to help out, you’re more than welcome to find volunteer opportunities at these organizations in Manila.

1. U! Happy Events

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Whether you want to celebrate your birthday by volunteering or you just want to come to their weekly events, U! Happy Events is a fun and fulfilling way to volunteer. U! Happy Events provides support and teaches values to marginalized kids in the Philippines though creative events such as interactive games, fund raisers, field trips, and workshops. You’re even free to customize an event for the kids!

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Hip Hostels: 6 of the Best Budget Lodgings in Manila

It looks like Manila is becoming more tourist-friendly by the day. If a few years ago, your only choices for accommodation are hotels and motels, there are now a bunch of hostels in Manila, and cool ones at that.

Hostels have had a reputation for being the backpacker’s choice of lodging – cheap, basic and oftentimes sketchy. But recently, many concepts have cropped up that help other kinds of travellers to warm up to hostels. Some hostels now include hotel-grade amenities, tastefully-designed spaces, and even host activities for guests to enjoy.

Here are the hip hostels for your next visit or staycation in Manila:

Z Hostel
Don Pedro Street, Makati

Trip Advisor Rating: 4.5 stars (181 reviews)

Z Hostel calls itself a luxury hostel and it’s clear from the moment you step in. The bright, airy space and tastefully designed industrial interiors instantly make you feel like you’re in a boutique hotel. Though Z Hostel caters mainly to backpackers with their dorm-style accommodations, they do have a few private rooms at their top floor. The dorms come complete with a vanity, lockers and an electric socket for each bed.

hip hostels in Manila: Z Hostel 1
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There is a café at the lobby with self-serve complimentary breakfast. The theatre room also makes up for the lack of cable TV – its complete with a flat screen TV, a turntable and even a DJ console. At the top floor is their famous roofdeck bar with Continue reading Hip Hostels: 6 of the Best Budget Lodgings in Manila

Awe-Inspiring Public Artworks Hidden in Plain Sight in Metro Manila

by Mich Escultura

You might be surprised to know that Metro Manila is actually a pretty artsy place, with works of art hidden in plain sight. While you might see monuments and statues as landmarks that keep you from getting lost in the metro, it’s still a good idea to slow down and marvel at the many public artworks in Manila that you might not have paid attention to before.

No idea where to look? Here are our top 7 picks for Metro Manila public artworks that will take your mind off the typical hustle and bustle of the city.

The UP Oblation

metro manila public artworks #1: The Up Oblation
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The UP Oblation is undoubtedly the most famous piece of artwork you’ll find in the UP Diliman Campus. Created by national artist Guillermo Tolentino, the statue was created based on Jose Rizal’s poem Mi Ultimo Adios. The UP Oblation symbolizes our forefathers’ utter dedication to the nation, with its pose of complete surrender. Continue reading Awe-Inspiring Public Artworks Hidden in Plain Sight in Metro Manila

Meet Manila’s Cutest Kitties at these 6 Cat Cafes

There’s just something about felines that you can’t help but love. Whether it’s the way they lounge around without a care in the world or the way they always looks like they’re ready to pounce, you simply can’t deny their adorable appeal. Whether your kitty of choice is a Persian, a Siamese, a Sphynx or a beloved PusPin, you’ll find a cat to fall head over heels in love with at these cat cafés in Metro Manila.

So if you’re in the mood to relax in the presence of these majestic creatures, a few hours at these cat cafes should do the trick!

1. Cat Café Manila

Cat Cafe Manila
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Located in Quezon City’s bustling new food district, Cat Café Manila gives you an Continue reading Meet Manila’s Cutest Kitties at these 6 Cat Cafes