Makati & Mall of Asia!
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Now at the start of my trip I got to experience Makati from a business side. So since the Tagatay trip that I had requested on the day before wasn't available I decided that this day I would experience Makati from a tourist point of view - the plan was to begin at the American Cemetary, go to the Ayala Musseum and then end up at Fort Bonifacio. But no such luck. With my mind set for adventure I went on the LRT train to Baclaran and then get a cab to the cemetary.
The adventure really became adventureous as the train from United Nations was full to the extent of me feeling like one of the tomatos in a can of just that - squeezed tomatos. Not untill EDSA which is the station before Baclaran did it start to loosen up. Anyway arriveing in Baclaran was somewhat of an experience.
But as we aproached Greenbelt I noticed the Ayala Musseum and figured okay then I can just as well start there., it's easy to walk back to.
Dead sure that I had pictured the right direction I started walking back towards Ayala Ave. - then turning left and there it was supossed to be - but no way. Went all the way down to Sen. Gil Puyat but no Ayala Musseum.
As I reached the tunnell I asked a police officer for directions to Makati Ave. which was in it self okay but standing there in the intersection with the decission to go left or right on Makati Ave. wasn't exactly easy. My first choise was left however it struck me to be the worst possible disiscion as that was moveing away from the Greenbelt. Okay I turned around and started moveing towards Greenbelt - and there more or less where I started walking 1½ hour before was the Ayala Musseum.
350 Php poorer and not allowed to bring my camera inside I walked through the two exhibitions.
Now after first walking Makati thin and then walking up and down musseum ailes, the one thing that had my highest priority at this point was to sit down with a nice cop of coffee. I had noticed a Starbucks besides the ShangRi - La and that became my destination .
But after that coffee my time was up. I had made an apointment with Hernie to pick him up outside his work in the south part of Makati - so now I really needed to find a taxi.
There on the street I was aproached by a man who offered me a Rolex - clearly just as fake as the ones available in Chinatown, but I had been looking for a fake Omega watch so I declined and said that if it had been an Omega then I would be interested. And vuuups did he swoop a nice Omega watch out of his pocket.
Hmmm....I had to give him that the resemblance to the real thing was amazeing. Much better then what I had seen in Chinatownand very detailed. I asked hm for the price and his reply was 8000 Php. I laughed and said that I didn't carry that amount of money on me, which let him to ask me how much I had. Well...300 I replied....he said okay - which let me to examin the watch a bit more. I rejected and started walking towards the other side of the road. Inside I was drooling for the watch but I had no intention to let him know that. Just as expected he followed me and now offered 200 which I accepted. I know that they go for 100 in Chinatown but this one was much better then anything I've seen in Chinatown. So the price would fit me. Again like the tshirts, I dont even get a noname watch at that price in Scandinavia so the fact that it's a copy product didn't really bother me - and it's acctually a beautyfull watch.
Anyway now I was really in a hurry if I should pick up Hernie in time. To the best of my luck I quickly found a taxi.
Now I had the adress on my cellphone so I told him that we were going to the Mall of Asia but had to pick up a friend at this adress and handed him my phone. I really had to controll myself not to laugh when he picked up eyeglasses without ear hangers. It was acctually an amuseing sight but on the other hand also a sad image of how poorly the taxi drivers earn money in this country.
Well....the trip went well, we found Hernie and got ourselfs to Mall of Asia. My God this place is HUGE. We went around looking at the stores and then decided to find a restaurant to get dinner. We selected a nice japaneese restaurant with outdoor service and view over the lightend street baywalk.
BTW two courses of food, berverages and splendid service includeing a waitress who offered to take a picture of us (as our own atempt was less successfull) at less then 1000 Php that's what I call value for money.