November 22nd, 2007 – by: ted332
Ocean Boulevard, Manila
The Mall of Asia is not really the biggest mall in the whole of Asia but it is huge. I can say that it is possibly one of the most beautiful malls I'd seen among the places I've been to because of its location. It is within the Manila Bay Area, far from the congested central Manila district. This is where one can experience shopping and dining while watching the seascape. The whole side of the mall facing the sea is a long stretch of two levels of restaurants and bars serving a variety of local & international food and wine selections. They call it the Entertainment Mall. The place is good for after office chill-outs, dining, beer; while watching the sunset. There is an open park at the seafront where people can jog in the morning, do afternoon walks, or just laze around.
The sun goes down...
Sometimes mini concerts and shows are held in this open area. There is also an hourly bay cruise. Just go to the concierge for the tickets. This place is just 30-40 minutes away from the international airport. If you wanna drop by before your outbound flights, just leave your baggage at the concierge, and yes, they can arrange for transportation from the MOA to the airport if you would require one. But taxi is very convenient in this place. Just go to the designated taxi queu area, fall in line, and get a sure ride. Security personnel are assigned in the area to record the plate number of the taxi you would take and those taxis picking up passengers will not refuse passengers because they will be apprehended when the passengers will report them to Security. If you're a tourist, insist on the taxi driver to use the meter.
The MOA can be an alternative place to visit after going to the popular Manila tourist spots - Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Chinatown, Chinese Cemetery. It is just a 20-minute travel from the tourist belt of Manila(Malate and Ermita area, where most backpackers stay) and it can serve as your momentary relief from traffic congestion, noise, and pollution at the old Manila city.