A day after SM Mall of Asia opened to the public last May 20(I was in “viaje del sol” that time, besides I was not lucky to get an invite from Henry Sy!)I was able to roam around the biggest SM in the country (no longer the Megamall) and one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia!
Fascade of the Mall at Night:
When I go to the mall (which I do usually for leisure and never to shop) I often stop by the food court for some fuddies and drinks. I was surprised to see a fastfood along the line of many others called “A taste of Laoag.” It was not noticeable at first because its neon sign was off.I thought that the owner might be saving on electricity but upon verification with the cashier, I was informed that it “sparked” earlier, thus they put it off.
When I checked the menu, it was indeed very Ilocano. It includes “Bibingka” (but not the sticky rice cake; it’s more of the puffed one which made me think it’s not the Ilocos bibingka), “Laoag canton,” “Batac miki,” “Batac empanada” (the orange one, not the white because the white comes from Vigan-there’s one in Tiendesitas; haven’t tried it but I was told it was “oily”), “longanisa,” “crispy dinuguan,” “sinanglaw” and their best seller “bagnet.” Oh, one thing more which I almost forgot to include.(DISCLAIMER: some words may be offensive) I was definitely surprised because for the longest time I never thought that this food is called the “puqui-puqui!” Who could forget that! It’s not one but two “puquis!” It’s the “inihaw na talong salad.” I did not order not because I didn’t like it but because I might be asked later how my “puqui-puqui” tasted!…And the other dialogues are at your discretion for If I will continue, I may run out of space.
I learned that there are already four branches of this fastfood. Two in Baguio, one in Valenzuela, another in the SM Mall of Asia and their Subic branch is coming up.There must really be something great in the menu why they keep growing, huh!
Speaking of SM Mall of Asia, I am posting hereunder some shots I took with a little bit of information about the place.
Inside the mall; View of the ceiling:
View of the Makati skyline from the deck parking:
This is SM’s 25th mall, 21 years after the first was established. It seats on a 6-hectare reclaimed area along Manila Bay. It is presently composed of four buildings (with provisions for expansion) which are the main mall, the north and south parking, and the entertainment area. Advice: for now, take the south parking because there are more shops open in that area and it’s where the department store is. Otherwise, you may have a difficult time navigating from the north parking to the south and back after a tiring shopping.
Imax Theater from outside at Night:
The entertainment area includes the IMAX Theater which has the biggest screen in the world at 22 by 33 square meters. Press realeases say that the screen is as high as an 8-storey building but by the looks of it, the structure itself is just as tall as the main building which is only 2-storey (unless the screen is from the floor to the wall to the roof and back to the floor, then they are right!)
It has an olympic size ice-skating rink and golf carts roaming inside (yes, inside) and outside the mall primarily to serve the oldies (but as I noticed, people ride for leisure; they might be thinking they went to an amusement park.)
Sunset from the Mall:
Ceiling of the Main Lobby:
There, when you go visit the place make sure you have enough energy to explore the place. More than shopping, now there is a better place to view the famous sunset of Manila Bay; there is enough space for everyone. Parking is never a problem. And don’t forget to check “A Taste of Laoag” to see how the “puqui=puqui” looks like and tastes like. 🙂