More than a year into the health crisis, many people have undoubtedly begun to miss doing things that they can freely do so before. Things like hanging out with friends, eating at their favorite restaurant, or meeting with new people are all put on the back burner in the past year for the sake of safety.
Fortunately, experts have said that you can still do the things that you love doing, only now you can do it outdoors. Enjoying fun outdoor activities is not only safer as it poses less of a risk but is also beneficial for your mental health and overall well-being.
For those who are looking for a safe space where they can go outdoors for a little while, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls offers a way for people to relax and enjoy without compromising their safety.
Enjoy safe, outdoor dining
One of the favorite spots in almost all Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is its alfresco dining area. Customers can feel safe with this set-up as tables and chairs are spread out to observe proper social distancing. Menus are also contactless as they provide scannable QR codes.
Take your pick from locations such as Eastwood City, Southwoods Mall, Forbes Town, and more as it offers different cuisine in its extended outdoor dining areas.
Over at Uptown Bonifacio, the mall has introduced Scan to Dine – a QR-based, centralized menu that is accessible by any diner through their smartphone. Diners at its expansive outdoor area called The Deck only need to scan the QR code in any of the dining tables there and it will lead them to the lineup of restaurants. Customers can then pick their restaurant of choice and order from there.
Visitors can stroll around and enjoy a safe and relaxing ambience while grabbing a snack from Food Trucks around Forbes Town and Arcovia City. There are also similar concepts over at Forbes Town with its Corner Pizza and Mo's Burger food trucks.
Cyclists no longer need to worry about parking their bikes while dining as Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo offers a new dining concept called Bike and Bite. Custom-made solo dining tables also serve as bicycle racks allowing cyclists to indulge in their favorite Asian cuisine while keeping their bikes parked securely.
Another thing to look forward to is Mercato Centrale's famous food markets which will be found at Uptown Bonifacio this May.
Walk with your pets
Pet owners can enjoy a morning or afternoon stroll at the mall's open-air spaces as most Megaworld Lifestyle Malls are pet-friendly.
Both fur parents and fur babies can exercise together or go window shopping as these malls feature restaurants and shops that are also pet-friendly. Pet owners can even take Instagram-worthy photos of their pets while walking around Eastwood Mall's Open Park or Burgos Park in Forbes Town.
For everyone's safety, the malls will be launching a digital pet pass that lets pet-lovers apply for their pass online for a contact-free registration.
Shop at community market on wheels
As it can be difficult to source fresh produce today, McKinley Hill partnered with the Department of Agriculture and KADIWA to launch Community Market on Wheels.
Residents can shop a wide selection of fresh homegrown produce at farmgate prices in select locations. The initiative hopes to provide residents with a way to eat healthily while supporting local farmers affected by the health crisis.
For May 2021, the Community Market on Wheels will also be going around Forbes Town Road (May 7-9), Eastwood (May 14-16), Uptown Parade (May 28-30), Newport Mall (May 13-15 & 27-29), and The Village Square Alabang (May 28-30).
Drive to the countryside and enjoy scenic views
If you are in need of a longer break, why not drive up to Tagaytay and bring your loved ones on a road trip.
About 55 kilometers from Manila, the Twin Lakes offers a respite from city life as this vineyard resort community is nestled in the lush forests and open grasslands of Tagaytay. Enjoy a cooler climate, refreshing air, and picturesque views of Taal Lake. There are also plenty of places to eat – whether you just want to relax with a cup of coffee or eat dinner with a view in the open air.
Participate in wellness activities
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls' outdoor spaces also allow fitness enthusiasts to jog, run, and even ride their bikes to stay active.
An example is Arcovia City in Pasig which has a spacious open area where residents can walk or bike at ease.
While going to the gym is still considered risky, people can exercise and do their fitness routines in designated areas in McKinley Hill during weekends. There are bike lanes and jogger's lanes specifically marked where people can comfortably exercise.
There are reminders for guests to stay physically distanced while wearing their face masks and face shields. Checking of temperature, footwear disinfection, and health checklist distribution are also observed.
For people living in Laguna, Southwoods Mall also hosts a variety of outdoor exercises such as yoga, Zumba, and jump rope at its atrium.
With everything that is happening today, it is nice to know that you can still do the things that you love doing before, only now you get to do it outside.
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls has provided several outdoor options for people to shop, dine, and exercise with heightened health and safety protocols, making it easier for people to comfortably think about their well-being while also staying active for their health.
For more information, visit Megaworld Lifestyle Malls' website or follow its Facebook page for updates.
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