Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Best of the West: Yoga, Coffee, and Rakrakan

Yoga in Manila, coffee and merienda in Alabang, then rakrakan at night.

These aren't the usual things I'd do nor are these places I'd go to but for the sake of experience, it was all systems go. I rarely turn down invitations to eat.

Here are some of the places I wandered off to, which can be considered as the Best of the West.

Yoga, Coffee, and Rakrakan in the West.

1. FLY HEALTH HUB
I'm glad that I had my first-ever yoga session here--even if it was in the heart of Manila. The team made me feel extra comfortable and relaxed as I was obviously uneasy. The instructor was patient and paced herself well enough for me to follow.

We did various stretches during the one-hour class, which were perfect for beginners. Poses look easy, but I was shaking and sweating--to think that we were in a big air-conditioned room!


#Awkward
I left the studio feeling happy-tired and a bit more flexible. While I'd have to think twice about doing yoga again, I do encourage others to try it at least once, if they haven't done so yet. 

Class pic! My classmates who do yoga here regularly are really good!

Fly Health Hub is near the Pedro Gil LRT station. It's great for those who live nearby or need a quick escape from school or work. Aside from yoga, they also offer pole dance, Tissu, adult and kiddie gymnastics, and various dance classes that seem really fun.

Yoga classes are affordable, which start at Php 488 for one hour.


2. COFFEE STACHE
In my mind, Alabang will always seem light years away. It's a place where I'd rather not go to because of the sheer distance. But I'm glad I did--all for this coffee shop.


Cofffee Stache is tucked away from the loud parts of Alabang. It's a small, quiet place ideal for me-time or bonding with friends.

I'm not a coffee person so I looked forward to the food rather than the coffee. I swear, merienda coudn't have come at a better time, especially after some serious yoga. 

Some of my favorites:

Caramel Latte (Php 160)
Tuna Sandwich (Php 105)

Brownie!
Chewy, not too sweet, and pretty big serving! (Php 75)

This was super interesting. It's the first time I've seen coffee prepared this way:

Pour-Over Coffee
You can request to see how it's prepared. Don't forget to slurp really loud!
Interesting how it tastes different after 5 minutes.

One thing that most people don't know about Coffee Stache is that it loves local! In fact, all coffee beans that are used here are locally sourced from the Philippines!   

If there's one thing I crave for, it's this:

Articulo Uno -- my ultimate favorite.
Ice Cream + Chocolate Sauce + Espresso Shot. Hnghhhh!

Late realization: I forgot to take a coffee stache selfie. Ugh!


3. CHECKPOINT ROCK BAR
After a long day, it was time to unwind, chill, and just hangout. We ended up here.

Checkpoint is a no pretentions, no frills, and dress-down place where you can eat good food, get buzzed, and listen to young artists rock it out at night.

The tita in me felt slightly out-of-place as the crowd seemed really young. I even felt a bit overdressed! Even the building guard seemed to wonder if I was really going here. Pero kebs.

Checkpoint is at the 3rd floor of Metrostar Mall.

Alak galore!

The first thing I ordered was my favorite beer. I've been overdue for a drink. I also ordered the Sisig Rice, which, to my surprise, was soggy--just the way I like it. 

The Dynamite Rolls were interesting because there was meat inside! 

Sisig Rice (Php 180), Dynamite Rolls (Php 180), Bagnet Rice (Php 150)

Come early to avoid the Php 100 entrance fee. There were a lot of bands scheduled for the night but too bad we only got to stay for one. #Sleepy #TitaHits

Rakrakan na!
This young band sang OPM hits, among others.

Cheers!!!

The entire West Zone is huge. It's composed of 17 cities and municipalities in the Greater Manila Area: Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Parañaque, Valenzuela, a bit of Quezon City (Projects 7 & 8), a part of Makati, and some places in the Cavite province--the cities of Bacoor, Cavite and Imus, and the municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario. *whew!* 

There's a lot that have yet to be discovered here. In fact, there's a team that's trying to narrow all these choices to experience the Best of the West. There's even a website to feature all these soon.

In the meantime, check out the Facebook page and Instagram for tips and features on local travel, food finds, and awesome experiences in the West. 

Thank you to all those who made me libre that day!

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Fly Health Hub - 2F Birch Tower, 1622 Bocobo St. corner Pedro Gil, Manila
Coffee Stache - Studio City Commercial Tower, Alabang-Zapote Road, 9228 West Parc Drive, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa
Check Point - 3rd Floor, Metro Star Mall, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City


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