The other must visit mall in Manila & the Philippines is non other than SM Megamall. And like the name suggests, this is a huge mall - and is amongst the top 10 in the world.
I didn't had much time to cover the mall - spending most times in the cafe for internet, but from what I saw, this mall caters to the 'B' & maybe 'C' class (more on the classes which I learnt about soon).
Anyway, I still managed to grab some mango juice drinks here... in fact, that is what I've been doing lots in Manila... mainly because Manila is home to lots of mangoes! And I must say, the drinks are nice! :)
Most of the shops in the mall are the regular chain stores - maybe more. But one interesting shop or 'factory' I saw here is The Soap Factory.
The design of the shop is part factory like though most part of it is very well decorated & designed... Plus, there is this strong nice smell entering the shop.
Btw this shop actually sells natural handmade soaps - mainly bar soaps, but there are also those cake lookalikes.
When asked further, I was told that this is a local brand. And though this maybe a small example, but it does gives an impression that Philippines sure has lots to offer - in terms of creativity, style and even buying power :)
*Apparently, Filipinos classify themselves unofficially as Class A, B, C & D - similar to that of our way of classifying the classes by upper class, middle upper, etc. Btw, they freely acknowledge this classification, talking about it with a free spirit (eg. "Oh this mall is for Class A one, maybe some class B"). :)
*Sorry the posts on this Philippines trip is taking a long time. Just too many things on hand at this point (share with you more on this later). Anyway, stay tuned, there's more inspiring things in the Philippines than the already eye-opening malls! :)