Establishing your career is one of the most exciting chapters in your life. After finally getting your college diploma, you want to start building your life and make sure your hard work in school, as well as your parents’, pays off. But you also want to enjoy life to the fullest while achieving your career goals. After all, all work and no play is not the life we dreamt of.
The Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal convergence is the most ideal place for young professionals seeking a perfect work-life balance. One of the biggest cities in Manila, Pasig City is home to shopping malls, entertainment and recreational hubs, residential communities and business districts like Ortigas Center. The city shares boundaries with Cainta, Rizal, which makes the Pasig-Cainta convergence an idyllic community amidst an energetic cityscape.
For young professionals who want a relaxing time out from work, here are some after-work activities you can enjoy in Cainta, Rizal and Pasig City.
Fitness and fun adventures
As young professionals, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle for our physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
Pasig City houses several sports clubs and game centers. There’s the PhilSports Complex where you can go swimming or jogging on an early Saturday morning. If you enjoy extreme sports such as wall climbing, rappelling and skateboarding, the local government’s Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE) is the perfect place to go to. You can also do weight-training, aerobics, tae-bo, zumba and belly dancing with your friends at RAVE, while enjoying the fresh air and the beauty of nature.
If you like to have fun while staying fit, you can try Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park and invite your friends from work to play dodgeball, cage ball, slam dunk basketball, open jump trampoline, and other fun activities.
If you’re into scuba diving, there are scuba diving organizations in Pasig, such as Dive District, that provide diving lessons.
Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal have colorful histories dating back to the Spanish times. The Pasig-Cainta convergence is an ideal home for young professionals who want to remain true to their roots and enjoy cultural and artistic activities.
In Pasig City, you can visit the Cuartel del Guardia Civil or the Bahay na Tisa, a Spanish home made of adobe and capiz shells. You can also hangout with your friends or officemates in the Lopez Memorial Museum at Benpres Building or the Meralco Museum at Megamall.
Cainta is one of the most urbanized towns in Rizal and offers a number of lighthearted activities for artsy young professionals. If you like Spanish art, the Our Lady of Light in Cainta is home to popular paintings made by the Philippine National Artist Fernando Amorsolo.
For yuppies who appreciate modern art, you can spend a relaxing weekend at Pinto Art Museum to view contemporary art pieces made by Filipino artists like Jose John Santos III and Mark Justiniani. The museum is located in Antipolo, which is only a 16-minute drive from Cainta, Rizal.
One of the best ways to relieve stress after a long productive week is through great food. Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal offer a variety of cuisines.
Cainta, Rizal is well-known for its tasty and affordable kakanin or rice cakes. You’ll never lack delicious food for your sugar cravings in Cainta as shops everywhere sell different varieties of bibingka, sapin-sapin, kalamay, biko, suman, and cassava cake.
Pasig City is also a gastronomic paradise, from budget-friendly meals to high-end restaurants. You can try wide variations of Asian food in Kapitolyo. There’s Ba Noi’s Ca Phe et Boulangerie, which serves Vietnamese dishes; Katana Ya and Saboten for your Japanese cravings; and Yum Cha, which serves authentic Chinese food. Of course, there are also Filipino restaurants, such as Skinita Street Foodz and Kanto Freestyle Kitchen, which serve our all-time favorite meals.
If you want to enjoy night-long merrymaking with your colleagues on a Friday night, Pasig City is a great place for party-goers. Among the famous bars and restaurants are Sky High Bar, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge, Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew, Elbow Room, 12 Monkey’s Music Hall & Pub and The Black Boar. The city’s nightlife offers a fun and energetic night of great food, beers, pool games, and live music.
Cainta, Rizal has its fair share of offerings for a well-deserved drink such as Sanctuary Liquor Profiles and ZILI Restaurant and Bar.
Empire East Highland City as a refuge for young professionals
Empire East Highland City is the ideal home for young professionals in Pasig-Cainta. The Highland Residences, a 38-tower luxurious residential community, is designed to promote privacy, security, comfort, and luxury every discerning urbanite deserves. The development also features an expansive open space called the Highland Park, where young professionals can take a stroll and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a green environment—a welcome respite after facing the busy city life. The luxurious Highland Mall will also rise to house world-class shops and restaurants, giving the convenience of high-end and sophisticated retail and gastronomic experience.
Lastly, the development features The Chartered Club, an exclusive club for Empire East Highland City residents. The club will have world-class amenities and sports facilities, such as swimming pools, multi-purpose court, game room, event halls, cafe, and lounges.
The Empire East Highland City’s strategic location at the convergence of Pasig-Cainta will also give young professionals living in Empire East Highland City easy access to their workplaces and key business districts in Metro Manila.
By providing an array of lifestyle, entertainment, and residential comforts, Empire East Highland City is an ideal retreat for young professionals who are yearning for a healthy balance in their careers and lives.
Read our previous journal for more features about Empire East Highland City.