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March 26, 2018

A Day in Uptown Mall + The Secret View that Only Uptown Bonifacio Employees Know About

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A Day in Uptown Mall + The Secret View that Only Uptown Bonifacio Employees Know About #iTownShips

I rarely go to Taguig area, especially on a Friday. 

If there is any reason for me to go and battle traffic, it has to be a really good reason. And that good reason was to date my friend @rodelflordeliz and visit @mjdeleon. So last Friday, I found myself dragging my luggage (I got a weekend trip to Pampanga - but more on that on a separate post) and taking an Uber ride to Uptown Mall. 




A lunch time meet-up is still an early call time for me but I made it despite not having my 8-hour of sleep the night before. We had late lunch at Denny's in Uptown Parade (which is just across Uptown Mall). 

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Enjoyed our late lunch here while my camera battery was being charged đŸ˜€ (thank you for accommodating my request!!). I thought I forgot my charger at home.

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Pot Roast Melt Php 525
Slow-cooked pot roast, two slices of American cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms. Served on 7-grain bread with side of fries. So filling!  

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All-American Slam Php 395
Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, two bacon strips, two sausages, hash browns and toast.

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I always love Denny's big servings and the mix of Filipino and American dishes in its menu. The Denny's Uptown Parade store is open 24 hours. Perfect place for having breakfast after a night out. 

After lunch, we strolled around Uptown Mall. I already made a mental list of the stores to visit in my mind. I don't know about you, but every time I am out to visit a store or location, I make a list of things to do or shops to visit. First on my list in Uptown Mall is the Complex Shoe Store. 

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Complex Shoe Store carries brands like Pony, Sperry, Keds, Polo, Saucony, Havaiannas and other accessory brands

I wanted to buy new pair of Sperry White Sneakers that I got before; but unfortunately, they didn't have my size. 

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This Sperry pair served me well, I wanted a new pair.

I was eye-ing these cute pairs of Keds x Kate Spade sneakers; but yet again, they didn't have my size. I wish more shoe stores would start making shoes bigger than size 10 for the girls! đŸ˜­đŸ˜­đŸ˜­

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sperry uptown mall

At the 3rd Level of Uptown Mall, we found Ilahui, a fast fashion concept store which sells wide range of products like home items, accessories, apparel, makeup and knick knacks. The store and products are inspired by Korean Fashion. 

There are so many stuff to buy in the store. It is a total wasteland! I found a hard time choosing what I really need. I have so many wants, but I wanted to buy only the things that I need. I decided to pick items for gifting to friends and some items for organizing home. I felt like a certified tita! 

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Sunnies at Php 299.

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I am still looking for stationery sets

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Ilahui sells makeup and beauty products. I have a few trusted skin care brands so I just decided to pick wet tissues in funky packagings. 

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Super cute kitchen towels

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@mjdeleon was laughing at my choices - they are mostly for organizing home

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So cute!!! 

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I try not to be romantic

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I want to take it home!
Big Teddy Bear for Php 2,999

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When you shop, don't forget to get a Ilahui Premium Card. You get 1 point for every Php 200 purchase which you can use to shop at the store. 

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Thank you so much @ilahuiph for having us!!!


After shopping at Ilahui, we headed to visit @mjdeleon in his office in Alliance Global Tower which is right beside the Uptown Mall.

MJ told us about the little secret that he wanted to show us that we can only see from their office.  

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Tenen! The urban art installation featuring lively sunflower artwork that can only be seen from the towers around Uptown Mall or when you are riding a helicopter.

đŸŒģđŸŒģđŸŒģ

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Why, I suddenly missed my corporate life when I also get to work and visit high-rise buildings and see interesting sights from my workstation. For the curious cats, I used to work in Eastwood City.

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This photo has to happen! đŸ¤ŠđŸ¤ŠđŸ¤Š



For dinner, we headed to Mama Mia which is right at the ground level of Uptown Mall. Mama Mia transported us to Italy with its impressive menu, rusted brick walls, mosaic tiles and servers named Regina and Maria. 

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For dinner, we had cheese plate, pasta, salad and pizza. MJ joined us for a gustatory dinner and (as always) epigrammatic conversation that night. 

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mamma mia uptown mall
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mamma mia uptown mall

It was a good day to date my friends ❤️ and discover new things (and secrets - around the city and about them đŸ˜)

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I usually dread being stuck in Uptown Bonifacio on a Friday night; but that night, instead of heading home to Manila, we headed to Clark Pampanga.

... to be continued. 



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