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(View the SM Mall of Asia Photo Gallery in full sized images.) The SM Mall of Asia , the biggest [tag]mall[/tag] in the Philippines and the third largest in the world (behind only the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the Golden Resources Mall in Beijing, China). had its grand opening last May 20. None other than our beloved President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo graced the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Even if we live 10 mintues away, I didn’t feel like wheedling my way through the crowds. I expected lots of shoppers converging during the opening week. However today, I decided to have some bonding time with the girls. This week is a busy time for me as I’m preparing for Luijoe’s 6th death anniversary on May 27. (will talk more on this later). I wanted to make sure that the girls won’t feel left out during this difficult week.
So off we went including Pat, Lauren’s boyfriend. [tag]SM Mall of Asia[/tag] is a sprawling two storey mall with a colorful and festive design. I would imagine it should be a two storey affair. After all, the land that it sits on was a body of water. It is built on 19.5 hectares of reclaimed land and has a gross floor area of 386,000 square meters. The design is spectacular and so unlike their usual dull looking box-type malls.
From their fourth floor parking area, the view reminds me of a city in itself.
The use of natural light is evident in its design.
Another unique aspect of the mall is the seaside gallery. One crosses through the blue pedestrian walkway to reach the other side . Too bad the weather looks gloomy to stroll. I love the idea of a seaside view.
Although there are maps everywhere, it doesn’t state the “YOU ARE HERE” . The best thing is to ask the guard. The girls thought Cafe Breton had a special offer so we went there only to find out they didn’t have a promo anymore.
I thought I wouldn’t be spending but with young kids, they are always hungry. Crepes and coffee is a treat from me.
After our snack, Lauren and Pat ventured to the seaside while Marielle and I explored the other parts of the mall like the cinema, the skating rink, the food court. There’s even a beer drinking station. Yuck. (If you want the SM Mall of Cinema schedules, click here.)
Then we’re back at the South wing which houses the spa, salon, clinic, derma and health-related shops.
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Visit also the SM Hypermarket