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See what’s been buzzing in East­wood City

Northern Living - - SPECIAL FEATURE - TEXT SHARM DE SAN JOSE

Strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween work and plea­sure is im­por­tant to main­tain a healthy life­style. Con­sid­er­ing all the stress and fa­tigue one ex­pe­ri­ences from the daily grind, it’s best to have a place to un­wind. Sur­rounded by cor­po­rate of­fices and com­mer­cial build­ings is the heart of Manila’s shop­ping and leisure cap­i­tal. Of­ten de­scribed as the coun­try’s first cy­ber­park, East­wood City has be­come the place where peo­ple come to work in the day and play at night.

More than a busi­ness hub, East­wood City is a neigh­bor­hood. It’s a com­mu­nity of of­fice­go­ers and res­i­dents, and is home to a num­ber of com­mer­cial build­ings and recre­ational es­tab­lish­ments. The place is con­tin­u­ously grow­ing and ex­pand­ing as more peo­ple fre­quent the area. Adding to the cur­rent ros­ter of leisure venues, here are some of the things to try and watch out for in East­wood.

Sweet and de­lec­ta­ble

New additions to the café and dessert scene are Tim Hor­tons and Blk 513. Canada’s best loved cof­fee chain is un­like any other in the metro, of­fer­ing de­li­cious brew and af­ford­able meal com­bi­na­tions that can take you from break­fast to af­ter­noon meet­ings. Giv­ing an in­no­va­tive take on the frozen yo­gurt craze is Blk 513. Their char­coal-in­fused yo­gurt el­e­vates the cold con­fec­tion to even health­ier heights with added ben­e­fits such as anti-aging and anti-bloat­ing. Want some­thing ex­tra? Choose from a wide va­ri­ety of top­pings.

Grub hub

Giv­ing con­ve­nience to res­i­dents’ meal prepa­ra­tions and din­ing pref­er­ences are Mar­ket­place by Rus­tans, Yak­i­tori Nan­ban­tei, and 80 Queens. A su­per­mar­ket filled with top of the line mer­chan­dise, pre­mium ar­ti­sanal food, and high qual­ity cuts is what gives peo­ple a rea­son to stop and shop at Mar­ket­place by Rus­tans. If you fancy a nice sit-down meal at a restau­rant, Yak­i­tori Nan­ban­tei is the place to try out. This Ja­panese con­cept restau­rant spe­cial­izes in the art of kushiyaki or skew­ered/grilled meats, and is a first in Que­zon City. For a more laid-back din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, 80 Queens is an easy choice. From the cre­ators of Blk 513 comes an­other healthy af­fair: 80 Queens serves na­chos in­fused with ac­ti­vated char­coal and eye-catch­ing beet root fries.

Re­lax and recre­ations

Fill your week­ends with re­lax­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like a pam­per­ing ses­sion at Wink or em­brace the artist in you by try­ing out some of the work­shops at Mo­saic by the Creek. A bon­afide ex­pert on pain­less and safe hair re­moval and skin whiten­ing tech­nol­ogy, Wink lets you achieve that per­fect, smooth, and fuss-free skin from head to toe. Go­ing for a more artis­tic route, Mo­saic by the Creek gives you a unique and cre­ative out­let to re­lieve stress. Here, guests can tap their in­ner artists and cre­ate col­or­ful mo­saic mas­ter­pieces.

For those who are more into the phys­i­cal kind of de­stress­ing, Kid­zoona and Ko­danda are cool op­tions to check out. Try­ing out a new sport like archery at Ko­danda might lead to a new hobby. Ev­ery­one is wel­come, whether pro­fes­sion­als or en­thu­si­asts. Guests are en­cour­aged to try out the low-in­ten­sity ac­tiv­ity that can sharpen one’s co­or­di­na­tion and aim, while de­vel­op­ing pre­ci­sion and bal­ance. While big kids try their hand at archery, lit­tle ones can pass the time and en­joy an un­for­get­table play­date at Kid­zoona. Here, kids can sharpen their mo­tor and so­cial skills while play­ing in a deep in­flat­able slide-and-ball pool. They can also let their imag­i­na­tions run wild while cre­at­ing Lego-like struc­tures and find­ing their way around an im­pres­sive mini city.

Newly added stores in East­wood City Clock­wise from left: Tim Hor­tons, Mar­ket­place by Rus­tans, Yak­i­tori Nan­ban­tei, and Ko­danda

To know more about East­wood City and other Me­ga­world Life­style Malls, visit their web­site at http://www.mega­worldlifestyle­malls.com or call 709-9888

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