Shopping in Manila

Manila, Metro Manila that is, is not only a city rich in history that dates back to the 16th Century. Manila and its surrounding cities may also offer great shopping experiences from the upper class shopper to a bargain-bug. The following is a list of major shopping malls or districts around the metro.

SM Mall of Asia

Shopping In Manila

Currently is the third largest mall in the world in terms of gross floor area, a 386,000 square meters in total. It is composed of 4 buildings that are interconnected by walkways. Aside from providing a wide range of shopping experience, the mall also features several theaters and cinemas, restaurants, the Philippine’s first IMAX cinema, a Science Discovery Center, an Olympic sized ice skating rink, bowling alleys, billiard halls, and a supermarket. It also houses Dell Inc.’s contact center which adds to the growing number of Philippine call centers.

The mall is located at the reclaimed area on Bay City in the city of Pasay and faces the Manila Bay. It has also been the location of the annual World Pyro Olympics where countries from around the world compete by their beautiful fireworks display on the bay.

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In Transit at Minneapolis

PauTravels with colleagues in the Mall of America in Minneapolis

May 6th of 2007, myself and 3 colleagues were sent by our company on an official business trip to Dell in Austin, Texas.  And on our way to Austin from Manila via Northwest Airlines, our flight connected us through Tokyo-Narita airport and Minneapolis, which was our point of entry to the US.

On that leg of our trip, we had an eight-hour layover in Minneapolis for us to get our connecting flight to Austin.  Since we have officially entered the USA and with long hours for our next flight, we have decided on getting out of the airport and see the city.

Since I was the only person in the group whom had previously been to the US, I led the group on knowing what we can do in Minneapolis during this short period of time.  All of us had not much of an idea of the place and so I thought of going to the airport’s information kiosk to get an idea of where to go in the short period of time.

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Hanoi Experience

PauTravels in Hanoi

In October 2003, I was assigned by my company to support our client in Vietnam for a whole month.  This was my first international travel and I was alone.  I was sent specifically to Hanoi.  At first I was clueless of what the Vietnamese people are or how does Vietnam looks like.  Well, I was up for a whole month to experience it.

Hanoi is the seat of government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  It is found at the northern part of the country.  It is bounded by the Red River at the north. Hanoi is about 1,092 miles from Manila.  From Manila, it can be reached using Cathay Pacific connecting through Hong Kong or using Philippine Airlines connecting through Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).  I took the Manila – Hong Kong – Hanoi route using Cathay Pacific and Vietnam Airlines to get there.

While our plane was landing, the first thing that I saw was vast rice paddies.  It reminded me of the rice fields of Central Luzon.  When I alighted the plane, the first one noticeable was that there were soldiers stationed throughout the airport.  Since it was new to me, I was cautious since I know that it used to be a communist region.

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