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Manila With The Girls

August 14, 2017
In the Metro for Ariana Grande’s hotly anticipated Dangerous Woman Tour on 21 August? Here are some treats to keep you and the girls (of all ages) entertained during the day – from code-cracking mysteries to fabulous shopping, sugary indulgence and pamper-some ‘me’ time.

Teens and grown-up gals should start the morning in one of the five live-action role-play rooms at Mystery Manila, with fun (if somewhat stressful) simulated puzzle experiences. Your brain-box entourage will love decoding the secret messages and solving clues to escape the room within the allotted hour. Or, the faint of heart might prefer a bouncy-flouncy morning at the Trampoline Park, a vast purple-padded hall of aerobatic amusement and silly soft foam pits.

Next, over to the Power Plant Mall for calorific abandon and shopping top local artisan labels. Lauded as one of the most on-trend edits in the Philippines, creative collective Cura V is the go-to for hard-to-find or limited edition jewellery, handbags, accessories, homewares and hand-milled soaps. Edgy Team Manila is also great for bagging androgynous tees, caps, hoodies and more made-in-the-Metro swag.

Your girl squad must be getting hangry, and while the Power Plant Mall has plenty of fab savoury options, all this bouncing and shopping has surely earned you a sweet treat at The Dessert Kitchen. Beautifully plated puds at this Hong Kong import include a Taiwanese-style shaved ice sundae, melt-in-your-mouth Eggettes, luscious mango-laden rice puddings, soft-serve green tea ice-cream and the world-famous Japanese raindrop cake.

Time to get primped and preened for the night ahead, and mane maintenance in the sultry Metro is an absolute essential. Submit your wayward tresses to the hot air, deft fingers, and curling tongs of the lovely mop mavens at BLO – no cuts, no colour, the name of the game is ‘Wash, Blow, Go’. Whether you want your hair ironed skyscraper straight, flirtily flounced, or in an à la carte up-do, they are the crew. Just add an argan oil conditioning treatment and a chilled glass of wine and you’re party ready!

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman / 21 Aug / Mall of Asia Arena / smtickets.com
Mystery Manila / 3/F / Century City Mall / Makati / +63 2 718 92 51 / 1-9.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-10.30pm Sat, 10am-9.30pm Sun / + branches at Jupiter, Ayala Malls / mysterymanila.com
Trampoline Park / The Portal / Mayflower St / Greenfield / Mandaluyong / +63 90 5453 3879 / noon-9pm Mon-Thu, noon-10pm Fri, 9am-10pm Sat, 9am-9pm Sun / trampolinepark.ph
Cura V / 2/F / Power Plant Mall / Rockwell Dr / Makati / 11am-9pm daily / facebook.com
Team Manila / 2/F / Power Plant Mall / Rockwell Dr / Makati / +63 2 895 7864 / 11am-9pm daily / teammanila.com
BLO / 1/F / Power Plant Mall / Rockwell Dr / Makati / +63 2 808 6322 / 11am-9pm daily (open from 7am by appt) / blomedry.com
The Dessert Kitchen / 3/F / Power Plant Mall / Rockwell Dr / Makati / +63 99 5448 8233 / 11am-9pm daily / facebook.com

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