A day at the Mall of Asia…

So it wasn’t really a whole day there, considering how late I managed to wake up on Sunday (*cough*mid-afternoon*cough*).  But as soon as I was up, Karl and I took a leisurely walk to the Mall of Asia (MOA) and half an hour later, he was getting his hair cut, and I was on my own exploring.

Arriving at the MOA, you encounter a big globe.

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The unusual thing about it for the westerners like us?  The Philippines are smack and center of the globe:

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Though there was no traffic on our side during our walk there (it was Sunday after all), the roads were still very busy.  See the Jeepneys?  They’re everywhere in this town!

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Filipinos LOVE their Mall, so it’s no surprise that the place was a madhouse on Sunday…  It was like Tysons Mall during Christmas season.

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Every type of store you see in either the US or in Europe (like Marks & Spencer) is located in the MOA.  I even found a Vibram FiveFingers store!  (I don’t even think we have those in the US!)

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After browsing through the inside of the MOA, I finally ventured outside, where you can see the bay.

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Who knew it was really really pretty right behind the mall?

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I guess boxing is a big thing here?

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The view is so pretty!

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Another odd thing?  The Filipinos who were not inside the Mall, were sitting against the wall of the bay, taking advantage of the shade.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, it was hard to find an empty spot so I could take pictures of the water.

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The boardwalk-like area is filled with restaurants with indoor and outdoor area.   (but even at night they were empty…)  We’ll need to come back here to try them out!

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When Karl was done with his haircut, he joined me for the pictures!

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Yogurt here is also EVERYWHERE you go, just like it is in the US.  We went to Karl’s favorite chain, Red Mango (he used to be a frequent visitor when he lived in Seoul, years before the yogurt craze came to the US).

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We later stopped by Illy for a coffee…

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(Can you tell I haven’t yet been out in the sun much since arriving?  Must hang out at the pool STAT!)

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We finally found a place for dinner, where we ate some sushi (it wasn’t cheap, but anytime you fill yourself up with good sushi, you’re in for a surprise bill).  It was worth it though!

Outside, the globe was all lit up…

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Finally back at the bayside, we found the coconut water place (a.k.a. “buko juice”), and grabbed a taxi back home with an armload of fresh bottled coconut water!

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10 responses to “A day at the Mall of Asia…

  1. Hey Carla – Looks like so much fun. I’m so happy you’re enjoying yourself over there and keeping us all updated. I love the Internet. You are halfway around the world but it doesn’t feel like it. Keep blogging. I miss you and can’t wait to see you again (hopefully before we’re old and gray).

    P.S. I have a cat now! Did you see the pic on Facebook?

    • I saw the pic of your kitty — the cutest thing!!!

      Heck, you’re welcome to take a trip to Asia and bring the baby boy (well, he’s not much of a baby anymore…). We’re hiring a maid, so she can be his “yaya” (babysitter) during the day when we explore 🙂

      When else will you have an opportunity to come here?

  2. great pictures. Looks like a great place

  3. Wow, amazing pictures!! Have a wonderful trip…

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  5. Al

    nice shots! you know why filipinos keep themselves out of the sun? cost them a fortune and months to make their skin white and one hour onto the sun will bring their natural color back 🙂 Notice beauty soaps on ads contain whitening creams 🙂

    I cant help noticing how karl smiles 🙂

    • I know that Asians in general hate being dark so they stay away from the sun. I forgot to pack a normal sized moisturizer, so on my first shopping trip I had that in mind — it was hard to find one without whitening on it!

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