Makati has a reputation of being busy – too busy at times – but in spite of its fast-paced 24/7 culture, there are still a lot you can do in this lively district that can get you to chill and relax as you start your Christmas break. Here are a few that you can try:
1. Try archery at Kodanda
Tucked in the basement of Makati Cinema Square is Kodanda Archery Range. For P550.00 an hour, you get free use of their equipment, a quick tutorial on how to use a barebow, and as many arrows as you can shoot. Archery is a great stress reliever as you get to focus on exactly what you need to do, and if you do the breathing right, it calms you right down.
2. Drop by the Yuchengco Museum
The Yuchengco Museum at the RCBC Plaza on Ayala Avenue is an oasis in the midst of the city. Walk through halls of paintings, sculptures, clothing, other artworks centering on four main themes: “Sino-Filipino Expressions,” “Bridging Cultures,” “Design as Art, Art as Design,” and “Culture and Development.” To stay updated on their current exhibitions, regularly visit their Facebook page.
Belated happy birthday to National Artist for Visual Arts Jeremias Elizalde Navarro (1924 – 1999), who would have been 92 yesterday. J. Elizalde Navarro's devotion to the visual arts spans 40 years of drawing, printmaking, painting, graphic design, and sculpture. PHOTO: J. Elizalde Navarro "San Miguel and TV4" Undated Oil on canvas 107.5 x 90 cm
3. Watch “The Festival of Lights” at the Ayala Triangle
Find a quiet spot at night and enjoy their annual lights and sounds show, which happens every thirty minutes from 6pm to 10pm until January 4, 2017. While you’re at it, you can also hang out at any of the restaurants within the Triangle, including Kanin Club, Amici, and Poco Deli.
4. Visit the Giant Christmas Tree at Circuit Makati
If you find Ayala Triangle a bit too crowded, head over to Circuit Makati and visit their giant Christmas Tree by the amphitheater. You can bring your own snacks, lay a banig on the grass and chill, or have dinner in one of the many restaurants in their open-air mall.
5. Go crazy at Miracle Art Happy World Museum
Also at Circuit Makati is Miracle Art Happy World Museum, where you can go gaga over all the optical art that will definitely make for interesting Instagram posts. Bring your kids or your friends for more fun!
6. Eat well at Chaplin
This cozy Century City Mall cafe featuring a middle-eastern menu is also known for its good coffee and seriously awesome desserts. If you're looking for something savory, order their shakshouka, but don't leave without trying their chocolate souffle!
Shakshouka is a Tunisian dish of poached eggs in tomato sauce spiced with chili peppers and onions, and served on a hot plate. Mozzarella cheese can also be added into the mix, which makes it a great dip for breads. Great shot by out friends from @femalenetwork ! #chaplinph #shakshouka #yummy #foodie #foodgram #foodmanila #manilaeatup #eeeeeats
7. Get a massage at Willow Stream Spa
Since you really deserve to indulge yourself this holiday season, why not go all out on luxury and enjoy a spa day? Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Makati offers massages with aromatherapy, as well full spa packages that will make you feel like the queen that you are.
We're in dire need of a post-holiday detox! The soothing 3-step process of a 30-minute chamomile scrub, 1-hour avocado wrap with shea butter, and 30-minute aloe vera massage is the perfect rejuvenating escape at the Willow Stream Spa. For more details visit www.fairmont.com/makati/willow-stream/ #wellnesswednesday #spaday #escape #willowstreamspa #fairmontmakati