Quarantine is definitely making us miss IRL interactions more and more—going on dates included! One couple, Sophia Famatigan and Juan Gómez de Liaño, isn't a stranger to this feeling. After all, the two haven’t seen each other for a whole month! Sophia says, “Not only is it because of the pandemic but also because we’re both very busy.” So, when they had the chance to finally meet up, they grabbed it by spending their day at McKinley Hill. While following health protocols, Sophia and Juan were able to do some of their favorite things like eating out and walking around. Here’s what happened during their date:
1. Outdoor dining
Venice Grand Canal and Venice Piazza Extended Dining Area
Yes, you can take out food and enjoy them at McKinley Hill’s dedicated outdoor dining spaces at Venice Grand Canal and Venice Piazza’s extended dining area. Sophia and Juan ordered delicious treats from nearby restaurants like Modern Shanghai and Sift by Laureana Café. On weekends, they can also head to the McKinley Weekend StrEAT Market for a *wider* range of food options.
Modern Shanghai is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ground Floor of Venice Grand Canal; while Sift by Laureana Café is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Florence Way, McKinley Hill. The Weekend StrEAT Market is at Upper McKinley Road. It is open on weekends from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bike My Way, GF Venice Piazza
Open daily, 9 a.m. onwards
Want to bike side-by-side with your BF? McKinley Hill has dedicated bike and jog lanes, aka the Path to Wellness! Sophia and Juan rented bikes from Bike My Way. Prices are at P150 for 30 minutes and P200 for an hour! This experience was also a first for Sophia and Juan, but there’s no doubt that the two enjoyed their time biking and getting a whiff of *fresh* air! “It [was] fun to do because [the area was] so beautiful,” shares Sophia.
3. Riding an e-scooter
Electric Kick Scooter Philippines, GF Venice Piazza
Open on weekends, 9 a.m. onwards
Aside from biking, Sophia and Juan rode e-scooters. No worries if you haven’t tried it before, because Electric Kick Scooter Philippines offers free tutorials at the Fitness Lane.
4. Going on a romantic swan boat ride
Venice Grand Canal
Open daily, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Just like Sophia and Juan, you can go on a romantic swan boat ride and pretend like you and your BF are the main characters of a cheesy rom-com flick. LOL! It’s going to be an intimate ride because each boat allows a maximum of two persons only. Price is at P150 per head!
Watch the video below to get more outdoor dating tips from Sophia and Juan:
Now that we’re slowly going back to normal with these outdoor activities, let’s continue to observe health and safety protocols as well as get vaccinated once it’s your turn!
BTW, if you’re living in Taguig, make sure to reserve a vaccination slot via the TRACE Taguig app or barangay-assisted booking! Once your schedule is confirmed, you can get vaxxed at the Venice Grand Canal Cinemas 1 and 5, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.