Summer may long be over, but there are a lot of long weekends to look forward to. These are made extra special when you have something out of the ordinary planned. But those plans don’t necessarily mean jetting off to another country or spending a month’s salary. The key to having a relaxing—not to mention, Instagram-worthy—holiday is to see your city with fresh eyes and an adventurous spirit. Pursuit of Passion tells you how to do this.
- Enjoy your city’s popular haunts
If you can’t resist a good buy, chances are a nearby Ayala mall might be having a mall-wide sale on payday weekend. Some of your favorite restaurants might have some gimmick or freebie you can score, as well.
However, if you already spend most of your free time in the mall and want to change things up, there will always be relaxing spots in your city to discover. Even if you’re right smack in the middle of the urban jungle, you’re guaranteed to find a spa, a museum or historic monument, and maybe even a park.
If you live near Fairview, Quezon City, having a picnic at the La Mesa Eco Park would be fun. You can also go to the StrEat Maginhawa Food Park and chow down on the latest foodie finds—remember to take a ton of snaps!
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2. Find nature
NUVALI is rapidly shaping up to be a bustling hub of everything you’ll ever need in a city, but which is still within vast stretches of greenery.
Ayala Land’s sprawling estate in Laguna has its share of adventure sports, like wakeboarding and bike racing, but if you want to get up close and personal with nature, you can feed schools of koi, go bird watching, or take a “water taxi” in the lake. They also have Camp N, where you can go zip lining or wall climbing, among other activities. But what we’re really looking forward to is trying out their camp grounds (open daily except Mondays), where you can rent a tent and get into the whole camping experience. We’re bringing s’mores!
3. Do a walking food trip around BGC
Bonifacio Global City‘s pedestrian-friendly streets form a grid, making the city easy to explore by foot. Some restaurants, such as 210° Kitchen + Drinkery or Single Origin, are inside buildings. But there are plenty of restos that you can stumble upon just by walking around, such as Tomatito.
Bonifacio High Street has a collection of great restaurants to choose from, like the huge and delicious burgers of Pound by Todd English, or the authentic Italian dishes from Va Bene. Outside High Street, there are other equally delicious choices. If you’re looking for a change of pace, try Hey Handsome’s elevated Asian cuisine (Net Park building) or Filipino dishes made way better at Sarsa (The Forum). Top off your food trip with a couple of drinks at The Perfect Pint (Crossroads building) or, back to High Street, a cup of coffee at Luna Specialty Coffee.
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4. Take a leisurely stroll around a weekend market
Long weekends are made for sleeping in, waking up without an alarm, and doing everything as leisurely and slowly as possible. If you do choose to be a bit more productive while staying in your calm and relaxed weekend state, head down to your neighborhood’s weekend market. The AANI Weekend Market in Arca South Taguig opens by 5 in the morning for early risers. You can still nip over for a long lunch since they’re open until 2 in the afternoon. They’ve got everything from fresh produce to Filipino favorites, so you’re sure to find something that will make your mouth water.