Weekend by numbers 12.06.15 to 14.06.15

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3 SPAS TO GET PAMPERED AT

Hammam 
At Hamman, the first Moroccan version of the Turkish Bath in Southeast Asia, let the soothing warmth of water and steam release the tension from your body and relieve your sore joints as you relax in a delightful setting with trained specialists. Their signature package is the Hammam and Gommage, which detoxifies, steams and purifies the body using traditional Moroccan black soap. Make an appointment between 10am and 10.30pm at the outlet most convenient for you and choose from the myriad spa packages available for a truly revitalising experience. Their outlets are located at level G4, Publika Shopping Gallery, KL and level 3, Bangsar Village 2, KL. Visit www.hammamspas.com for more information.

Mandara Spa
If you are a fan of Balinese massages, try out Mandara Spa, which is founded upon traditional massage techniques. While there are 70 Mandara spas located all over the world, no two are the same — the sole exception being the professional service rendered at each outlet. The signature Mandara Massage is performed by two therapists together and marries Shiatsu, Thai, Hawaiian, Swedish and Balinese styles to creating a one-of-a-kind indulgence. All treatments are provided by experienced therapists and aestheticians. Mandara Spa is located at the Renaissance Hotel, Jalan Ampang, KL and is open from 10am to 9pm daily. Call (03) 2162 2233 or visit www.mandaraspa.com for more information.

Spa Village 
Experience a holistic spa treatment at Spa Village, which boasts an East meets West approach that combines ancient and modern practices with natural local ingredients. A must try here is the Sensory Room, where customers will be guided on a 90-minute sensory exploration that includes aromatherapy, tasting, vibration, ancient and natural sounds and sensory relaxation, as well as a scalp and foot massage. Open from 10am to 9pm daily, Spa Village also offers couple spa packages in addition to individual and ala carte treatments. Find Spa Village at The Ritz-Carlton, 168 Jalan Imbi, KL. Call (03) 2782 9090 or visit www.spavillage.com for more information.

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2 ART EXHIBITIONS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND

Delayed Gratification 
Discover Filipino contemporary art with this group exhibition which presents work from four gifted artists. Together, Gernale, Amer Abdullatif Mira, Gonzaga Visayans and Miravalles Visayans will explore the shifting states and current concerns of the Filipino art world. The exhibition is part of HOM’s residency programme known as Sage (Southeast Asia Artist Group Exchange) with artists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Catch Delayed Gratification anytime from 11am to 6pm today and 1pm to 6pm tomorrow at 6A, Jalan Cempaka, Taman Cempaka, Ampang, KL. Visit www.homarttrans.com for more information.  

Walking on the moon 
Walking on the moon presents new works by renowned Pakistani sculptor, Amin Gulgee. As part of Wei-Ling Gallery’s fifth solo show of Gulgee’s work, the exhibition will feature large-scale bronze and copper sculptures which are inspired by Islamic traditions of architecture and metal work. Gulgee’s work is also inspired by Hindu mythology and Buddhist asceticism, which explore the underlying spirituality of man. Catch Walking on the moon from 11am to 6pm at Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01, level 6, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, KL. Call (03) 2282 8323 or visit www.weiling-gallery.com for more information. 

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1 GREAT ACCESSORY FOR ENTERTAINING

The Eat Like a Man Guide to Feeding a Crowd: How to Cook for Family, Friends and Spontaneous Parties
This welcome follow-up to Esquire’s wildly popular Eat Like a Man cookbook is the ultimate resource for guys who want to host big crowds and need the scaled-up recipes, logistical advice and the mojo to pull it off. By Bryan Voltaggio and David Granger, this book will come in handy for anyone tasked with cooking breakfast for a houseful of weekend guests, producing an epic spread to host a sports game or planning a BBQ. With tantalising photos and about 100 recipes for lazy breakfasts, afternoon noshing, dinner spreads and late-night binges, including loads of favourites from chefs who know how to satisfy a crowd, such as Linton Hopkins, Edward Lee and Michael Symon, this is the only cookbook a man — or a woman — will ever need when the party is at his place.

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3 GIGS TO JAZZ UP YOUR EVENING

The Lady Sings the Shows
Spend the evening being serenaded by Junji Delfino at the Theatre Lounge Café in Plaza Damas. This year, the songstress will perform some well-loved tunes from Broadway and the West End such as Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserable, Hello Dolly! My Fair Lady, Cats, Oliver, Jekyll & Hyde and All That Jazz. Joining Delfino on stage from Friday to Sunday is the talented Michael Veerapen Jazz Trio. The Lady Sings the Shows begins at 9pm, and tickets are at RM65 for the standard seat and RM117 for the sofa seat, which includes a complimentary glass of wine. Theatre Lounge Café is located at B1-3A Plaza Damas 3, Sri Hartamas, KL. Call (03) 6730 7982 for details.

City Quartet 
Looking for a place with good food and live music to kick off the weekend? Then, make a date with renowned globetrotting jazz musicians, City Quartet, led by pianist John Dip Silas. The band features musicians who have perfected their skills through the experiences gained from travelling and performing across the globe. The show starts at 10pm and admission is free with table bookings available for diners. Alexis Ampang is located at Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang, KL. Call (03) 4260 2288 for details.

Wonderful Tonight 
Enjoy an evening of song and dance in support of Mercy Malaysia’s relief efforts for the Nepal earthquake and Kelantan floods. Audiences will get the chance to see talented singer Sean Ghazi perform his signature mix of Malay and English songs alongside special guests Tony Eusoff, Deanna Yusoff and dancer Suhaili Micheline. Known for his appearances in the film Anna and the King, Sean has also released a Malay jazz album entitled Sean Ghazi Semalam that earned him a Best New Artiste award at the Anugerah Industri Muzik in 2006. Wonderful Tonight begins at 8.30pm tomorrow and Sunday at Connexion @ Nexus Auditorium Level 3A, Bangsar South, 7 Jalan Kerinchi, KL. Tickets are RM280 and RM380, visit www.myticket.my to purchase.

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on June 12, 2015.