National Museum of Anthropology

Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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One of the national museums here in Manila, formerly named the Museum of Filipino People. The museum is one of the main branches of the National Museum of the Philippines, and is conveniently located near the other branches. The museum is right next to or I think inside Rizal Park, and across from another museum. Just get off the Jollibee store and you’ll find an entrance, just walk straight down and you’ll see the large white 1916-1918 neoclassical buildings.

A few things to note, when we visited the lifts were not working, but there are staircases to keep you moving. There is also very limited seating in the museum, so make sure you have some super comfortable walking shoes. Flash-photography and video recording is prohibited, and make sure you bring only a small bag. The entry was free! There are a few food vendors outside the museum, as there are no cafes and gift shop inside.

There are 4 floors, with each room showcasing exhibitions of the Filipino people, the southern islands culture, ancient artefacts, early trade, textiles, biodiversity, religion, baybayin script and pieces from the San Diego wreckage. Each exhibition room was quite large, with corresponding object labels and some rooms had a video playing demonstrating how a Filipino instrument was played. I’m not sure if they have guided tours, as none was offered at entry. Make sure to check out their website to find out! I would allocate about 2-3 hours in the National Museum of Anthropology.

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StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park

91 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City

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A great place to hang, honestly, I was super surprised with its location because the food park is smack in the middle of a very quiet, suburban area. StrEat starts operating at 5pm up until 12am, Tuesdays to Sundays! Great to start eating and drink after a long week of working or studying. The food park is not large, so make sure you come in early.

The parking is limited, so it’s best to either get dropped or take public transport. Once you enter, the place is lit up, you’ll see cute colourful lanterns in the ceiling, plants and quaint looking chairs. The place sure looks inviting! I don’t believe there was any background music from memory, so you won’t need to worry about shouting when talking. There are a small number of food outlets to choose from, conveniently surrounding the seating area. We just walked-in, but I did see some outlets had reservations.

 There was only one food outlet that was closed, a few names of the food/drink outlets include: Epicure, The Lost Bread, Schmidts Hot Dogs, Fujimama Manila and much more! Best to order a bunch of small plates so you can try a variety. The price was low-mid range, very affordable. The highlight for me was the delicious bucket cocktails from Epicure Mixology.

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Manos Nail Lounge

Unit 2-I Crescent Park Residences, 30th St. Cor. 2nd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Second time visiting Manos Nail Lounge, and I remember my first experience there before went well.

The nail lounge is located in the modern city BGC, Taguig, where you will need to enter Crescent Park Residences (left staircase), past a kindergarten school and down a hallway.  You will then be greeted promptly by the lovely ladies. I highly recommend pre-booking, by calling, messaging to email, ensuring your visit is hassle-free. The interior is lovely with warm tones, comfortable seatings, cool temperature, capturing the Filipino style.

 I recommend their Awakening spa treatment, which helps target tired muscles and encourages blood circulation. Whilst that was happening, I also had the Manos Classic and got myself a daring yellow nail gel. The ladies were great in delivering the service, relaxing, professional and my nails were clean! The nail gel was applied perfectly, you can see the image below.

Unfortunately, both my pedicure and manicure did not dry quickly, so when putting on my slippers, my big toe nail got hit… damaging the nail gel. I got offered the nail drying machine-thing, though it only blew out cool air. So guess what that didn’t work, and so my nails were getting damaged. As I said earlier, the room was cool with not an ounce of dryness, so my nails could not dry.

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Japan Supernatural

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The exciting exhibition is running for a limited time only, at the Art Gallery NSW, from now until the 8th March 2020. Adults are charged at $25 and children are charged at $12.

A fun and mesmerising experience, where visitors are introduced to Japanese folklore, from ghosts, shapeshifters, spirits and mischievous goblins. At the entrance, visitors are given the choice to carry an audio device (highly recommend), which senses the visitor when entering each gallery room. Different music is played, setting and enhancing the experience. Some artworks have an audio recording, which provides visitors information and stories for each artwork. I loved the little activities placed on some artwork labels, for the children to interact with the artwork or exhibition.

The amazing Japanese artists you will find there are: Takashi Murakami, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Chiho Aoshima, Fuyuko Matsui and Miwa Yanagi.

Through this immersive exhibition, I’ve definitely discovered and appreciate the Japanese folklore and the artists’ work behind each piece. My favourite highlight artworks are on this post, but to be honest, there was much more that I wanted to take a photo of. Take your time to read each artwork description and try it with the audio device, for an enhanced experience.

With over 180 works and each gallery having their own unique theme, you will be hypnotised by the stories behind each artwork and like me… wanting to comeback for more!

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The Maze: Sydney

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Such a cute and fun event, independently run and inspired by the nostalgic arcade hit, Pacman! The pop-up event ran for two days only, August 16 to August 17, where hours are split between ‘Family Session’ and ‘Adults Only’ periods.

Located inside Marrickville’s Town Hall, you are greeted by friendly event staffs, who provide you with a wristband that has your 3 life tags attached. So whenever you get caught by the human-ghosts, the life-tags gets ripped off. The immersive maze is lit up by LED lights, where you have to collect stamps, items and collect the 6-code digits to accumulate points. But be sure not to get caught by either of the ghosts! Running isn’t permitted by anyone, not event the ghosts, so just walk fast haha. Surrounding the maze, there’s a cute little food/bar section, limited arcade machines and some board games. Oh and the DJ was awesome, playing some dance-worthy music!

I quite enjoyed the event, I recommend coming in a group, it’s so much fun! The maze was surprisingly large, everyone was not rowdy and the challenge-factor was definitely there.

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Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

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Running between the 18/08 till the 27/08 this local event was a breath of fresh air! If you have not been to or would like a taste of Japanese culture with the beautiful backdrop of these gorgeous flowers, this festival is a must.

There were 3 areas that had rows of cherry blossoms, you be sure to have your gadgets ready for the ultimate snaps! With my visit, we were blessed with clear blue skies which made the trip more picturesque. Be sure to enter early so you avoid the crowds. There were various other programs, such as a sumo stadium, oragami, silent disco, cosplay and live entertainment. For just $5 for entry, you not only get to relax against the blossoms but you also get treated to a variety of tasty Japanese cuisines!

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TedxSydney 2017

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TedxSydney 2017 was purely amazing and inspirational! Not only was I in awe of the brilliant minds and courageous presentations of the speakers, it was refreshing to listen/watch the whole event unfold.

For its price, I cannot remember the exact price but it was below $200, you are scheduled in a full day (9-6PM) with talks, mini talks in between sessions accompanied by morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea! Also, we were treated with 10 short films that have yet to be shown to the public. I loved all of the mini films, but the Tetris and story about a mother reuniting with her child melted my heart.

The other cool concept placed within The Hub, where people congregated after each session, was the Tribe spaces. You are given a pack of stickers to choose from and stick onto your name tag, this identifies some of your personality traits and interests. You then find the balloon with the same colour and find other people who share your same interest. It’s great if you came alone or want to meet new people. There is a youth (30 years and under) event, I believe being held in September this year.

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Superhal

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Shakespeare’s Henry IV (1 &2) is seamlessly combined with Henry V, set in a modern superhero universe… still cannot get your head around it? Imagine an alternate England where magic exists, where princesses can control nature and where thieves as well as drunkards are prevalent.

The play follows Hal, or otherwise known as Prince Henry. Speaking in Shakespearean, Hal is initially portrayed as a rebel against the King but a civil war looms over, he chooses to accept his destiny.

Adapted and directed by John Galea, be sure not to miss out! Taking a contemporary approach to a classic play, it was an entertaining adaptation, from the actors/actresses to the props it was superb. The props helped create the magical world, but the actors/actresses truly gave the story life.

Tree Top Adventure Park

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 Had so much fun here, basically if you want to challenge yourself whilst working out this is the place to be! We had visited the branch at The Hills location, based at the Cumberland State Forest.

At the start you get a fun run-down on how to attach yourself on the ropes, and you are told there are three courses you can complete in order. Green, blue and then red. I stopped after blue, because of how challenging it was already to my brain haha. I have a fear of heights, and the first two courses had already pushed my limits. I did hear from E and my brother, that the red course wasn’t difficult and was just as fun! Courses include, wobbly bridges, rope ladders, cargo nets and zip lines to name a few.

I did hear the black course will be completed about 2 months from now, I am super keen to check out the other locations. The next day, you can immediately feel muscle soreness, for me it was my core, back of my arms and back.

Webers Circus x Wild West

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I love local events and a circus on top of that! Currently touring in certain locations in NSW, the last date being on the 9/10/16.

Family friendly as well as if you are riding solo on the night, Webers Circus is an entertaining event with a bright, young cast it was mesmerizing throughout! It was remarkable the variety of talent they showcased that night, themed around the wild west. I was lucky enough to get a VIP ticket and since we sat smack down in the middle, my partner got chosen to assist haha.

  I do not want to spoil the event, but all I can say is for the  price and talent plus the cutest ponies it was worth the dime!

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