Most people know of Manila as the city that connects both tourists and locals to the different provinces and islands in the Philippines. Aside from the towering buildings and bustling streets, Manila is home to various attractions that are family-friendly, making it a really good place to spend a weekend in that even locals from provinces take the opportunity to explore it on weekends and holidays.
Skip the white-sand beaches for now because it's time to explore the Philippines' capital!
Want to see the Philippines’ largest crocodile in captivity? At the NMNH is Lolong’s life-size replica and skeleton, together with other creatures’ taxidermied specimens.
Clearly known to be an Instagram-worthy location, be sure not just to snap photos around but take time to appreciate every piece of art within the NMNH. Lines may get long especially during weekends and holidays, but as they say, it is worth the wait. Best part? Admission is free.
Get the Spanish-era feels by touring around Manila's oldest district, Intramuros. Walk around Fort Santiago, which was what used to be a Spanish base. Cross the bridge across a moat and enter Fort Santiago where the Rizal Shrine, Plaza de Armas, and Baluarte de Santa Barbara are.
Also in Intramuros are San Agustin Church of Manila, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the Manila Cathedral.
Join the Millennial hype as you step your Instagram gaming up at the Dessert Museum!
This newly-opened attraction in Manila brings dessert lovers together with the dessert-themed rooms with life-size goodies such as giant gummy bears at the Gummy Bear Room, pastel-colored sugar clouds at the Cotton Candy Room, and fluffy marshmallows at the Marshmallow Room.
Aside from getting all those cute photos, you wouldn't need to drool over the interactive decorations as free treats are provided in the tour.
There certainly is no need to ride a plane to be able to experience the popular attractions at the famous Ocean Park in Hong Kong because Manila has one, too!
Manila Ocean Park, where the first and largest oceanarium in the Philippines is, has attractions such as Sharks and Rays encounter, where you could interact with stingrays and sharks without even getting wet! At night, catch MOP's Symphony Evening Show which showcases a musical fountain display, bringing colorful lights at Manila Bay's night sky.
Your list could go on for places to visit in Manila, but wouldn't a staycation be a better idea, especially if you've been working too hard for the past few weeks?
If you'll be visiting the above mentioned destinations for the weekend, it'll be best to stay within the Manila-Pasay area for accessibility. Choose hotels surrounding the Manila Bay such as TRYP by Wyndham which has a stunning view of the bay, or Hotel H20, an aquarium-themed accommodation situated within the Manila Ocean Park.
Plan for the weekend and don't forget to take photos so you could treasure your memories from these experiences. And if you need someone to make capturing memories the easier way, find a photographer at SweetEscape!
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SweetEscape is an on demand photography platform. Tired of hearing the overused new year, new me slogan from your circle of friends and acquaintances? Believe it or not... we are too! It's great and all in the sense that people would like to change within the new year (hopefully) for the better. But think about it, why wait for the new year to improve yourself as a person? At least, SweetEscape would like to (if we may) propose that improving, re-vamping and enhancing yourselves shouldn't be a yearly thing - if anything, it should be an everyday thing! "What? Are you serious?" You're probably asking. Life is short, escapists, and it's definitely too short to not make any changes in our lives so that we better ourselves for others as well. With that said, here are 5 things that you could do before the year finally ends:
As humans, we don't stop growing throughout our lifetime. The things we enjoyed doing when we were younger may differ from the things we now enjoy, and that's because we don't get any younger. Perhaps you adored your toy/figurine collection when you were in your teens, and was your number 1 prized collection in your entire room. Or maybe, you were the type to hang posters of your favorite bands and role models on the walls of your room, much like that of a late 80's or early 90's teen bedroom. Surely you've gone a long way from there, and if you haven't transformed your room that much... now is the perfect time to do so! Rearrange your furniture, or maybe even Feng shui it up - it won't hurt! You'll feel a thousand times better in a freshly organized room.
A whole year is a long time, 365 days long to be exact. When the same clothes are worn repetitively even over a period of 1 year, they can still become over-worn if worn too often. It's now time for you to, if not get a whole entire new wardrobe, re-vamp your closet and outfits. Do your clothes still fit properly? Are they still wearable in the times ahead? Can you still see yourself wearing your current outfits? If you answered no to all or most of them, then chances are that you need to toss them in the bin and purchase new ones. For future reference, go shopping for clothes that are more durable and timeless - that way, you wouldn't need to re-vamp your closet too often (hopefully). If your closet is mostly filled with bright and youthful colors, then try to balance it out by adding more neutral colors to your collection of items.
Have a careful look of your belongings, and recall whether were personally purchased or given by a certain person in the past. Perhaps you were in a committed relationship that just didn't last, and that's totally fine! People grow together while some just grow apart instead. In the case that you still have those belongings from your previous partner, or simply any item that brings back memories of your time together - let those items go and head on to a new chapter of your life. It could also be items that remind you of a certain time way back when, and perhaps you were a lot happier then than you are now. Having those items could really make you stuck in the past and eventually hinder you from moving forward. You wouldn't want that, would you? SweetEscape believes in you!
One of the most important things people tend to forget, is to pause for a moment and reflect upon what they have received in life. Often times we would forget about the things we have in life, and even the little things that matter are often missed. We don't blame you, life can get really tough at times... and during those times it's especially hard to sit back and be thankful for perhaps anything. Clear your mind and start from the smaller things. Do you have a roof over your head? Put aside the fact that your toilet is often clogged, or that your wooden floor is not the kind of wood that you prefer. Be thankful that you actually have a home - be thankful you aren't homeless! Do you have access to enough food and water on a daily basis? Then that's another simple thing to be thankful about. Remember, start with the little things. You'll be surprised as to how fortunate you are compared to many lives out there.
For as long as we're living on this planet, we will be making human errors - and it's inevitable. Mistakes aren't bad because you're expected to make them to be able to grow as a person. The more mistakes you made, the more you learn to avoid repeating the same mistakes again. If you have siblings, you probably have memories of their toddler days. Babies are curious beings, and chances are that you and your siblings were as well. Perhaps your parents told your kid sibling to not touch fire, but as expected, they did anyway. What happened next? Your sibling screamed in shock and pain, and your parents would give them the "I told you so" reaction. After this incident, we would like to believe that your sibling never repeated that same mistake again.
Growing up is hard, we'll give you that. But adult-ing is even harder! Think about it, first it's the school, then your first job, afterwards fall in love with your special someone, but you forgot to learn about taxes, then you'd have to learn about taxes, and don't forget the bills - electricity, water, and your groceries. We're not even half way done listing all of the adult-ing activities, but you generally get the idea. Since adults live such stressful lives, it's necessary for them to relieve from stress, de-stress and escape from the usual burden-some routine. Not to mention, adult lives seem to attract so much nuisance and irritating people almost on a day-to-day basis. For you and yourself alone, you should remember to take some time for yourself. In this case, we suggest for you to take a solo trip somewhere nice and serene where you can be free of all of your worldly problems for just a little while. It'll help you refresh your mood before the end of the year and beginning of a new year.
Last but not least (pay very close attention to this one) is you should release all feelings of anger, grudges and resentment towards anyone who have wronged you. It ain't easy, we know! But the thing is, having all of those pent up negative emotions are far from good for your mind, body and soul. You might not realize it now, but you'll slowly start to see how everything unravels as you prolong those feelings within you. If you'd like to let go of those negative feelings, try activities such as yoga and mediation. They're highly beneficial for your well being. If that happens to not be your cup of tea, then you could start a journal of all the things you feel. Trace it back, and find out why you feel those things. Once through, ask yourself, "Is all of this anger worth my time and energy?". Chances are, the person whom you have pent up emotions towards have long forgotten about their bad deeds to you, so why waste your time? They too, will get their taste of life later on. Life is short, don't waste it on negativity!
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