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Off the Beaten Roads in the Metro

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban grind this weekend? You don’t have to travel far for an adventure. We explore three hidden gems in the city.
Upside Down Museum


Upside Down Museum

For a new perspective on things, take things literally and visit the Upside Down Museum in the CCP Complex along Roxas Boulevard. The 1,700-square-feet space features over 15 illusion experience rooms. Tour a town with optical illusions with a everything upside down.
Favorite galleries in the museum are the leaning house—a house design that seems to be falling on its side; levitation area—a room where guests can take a photo that makes them appear to be floating on air; the upside down house—several galleries that shows parts of the house such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry area, and living room flipped; and Goliath shoes—a pair of gigantic shoes where guests can pretend to be miniature humans. It's the perfect place to let loose and act like fools without being judged.
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Have topsy-turvy fun with the vibrant Solo AC+. Equal parts stylish, comfy and functional, this retro-inspired classic features microfiber and mesh upper with a traditional lace closure. Engineered with running shoe comfort and the Merrell Air Cushion+ technology for heel to toe support, you can go all day with this shoe.


Escolta
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Escolta

Escolta has always been one of Metro Manila’s most interesting areas, what with its rich history and artsy vibe.It was, in its prime during the American occupation in the Philippines, the islands’ version of Fifth Avenue under the tropical sun. Go on a daytime tour of this famous Manila street to get a dose of art and learn a lot about its history.
Alternative art space Pan///Project Space features subversive performance art as well as inventive installations, some upcycled from local materials like discarded beer bottles and glass shards. 98B COLLABoratory is an artist-run initiative and space where creative individuals can interact and work together while presenting art, design and creativity in different ways— displaying consigned works, including photos, paintings, and T-shirts.
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Go where the day takes you in Manila and beyond with the 1SIX8 AC+. Experience heel to toe comfort with the signature Merrell Air Cushion+, this shoe also boasts premium breathable mesh and an EVA contoured footbed with organic odor control. These kicks deliver ultimate lightweight comfort to adventurers wherever they go, 168 hours a week.


Grub Hub

Grub Hub

Touted as the “hippest and trendiest food parks in the metro”, the Grub Hub, along Visayas Avenue near Congressional, is all over social media because of their hip, Instagram-worthy interiors.
If you’re looking to chill with unlimited options of food and drinks, they have 17 stalls serving diverse cuisines, most offering twists on the usual comfort food classics as well as food park staples like burgers, sisig, chicharon, bacon and churros. They have four unique dining areas, with every corner seemingly designed just to be photographed. The Junkyard is an open-air section complete with comfy tire seats and art-covered upcycled tables. The Hobbit Hall is a long hallway lined with stalls patterned after J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbit Holes. The Greenhouse is an enclosed, air-conditioned garden perfect for families who want a little quiet. At the back is the Hippieyard, featuring whitewashed wood and colorful knitted lanterns, where budding artists can perform against a very hip, giant Godzilla mural.
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Chilling out with crew calls for the perfect low-maintenance shoe. Enter the Jungle Moc AC+,the cult favorite given an impressive update. It’s an easy to wear pair that features a smooth suede upper and a roomy toebox giving off a spot-on minimal, relaxed look and feel. Its Air Cushion+ technology has strategically placed lugs for lightweight cushioning all over that makes exploration comfortable and hassle-free.
The AC+ Collection is available online at merrell.com.ph and in Merrell stores located at Glorietta 3, TriNoma, SM North EDSA Annex, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, Festival Mall, SM Dasmarinas, Marquee Mall, Harbor Point, SM City Cebu, SM Iloilo, SM City Davao, SM Lanang, Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall Davao, LimKetKai Mall, Centrio Malland select specialty stores and department stores nationwide.
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