Of course we knew that there won’t be a lot of stores open — so I had my expectations at the lowest level. Only a handful of stores were open scattered in the 5 floors. The 5th is still closed being prepped for the Bamboo Court (whatever that is), Happy 100 Entertainment (probably an arcade), and the Megastar Cineplex.
It’s actually a no-frills type of mall with shops easily accessible both physically and visually – I mean it does not have HIDDEN shops at the back like Vincom. It’s kinda a smaller version of Queensbay Mall in Penang, Malaysia. The mall is not too aesthetically designed in the inside. Save for the bubbly pillars.
However, I do hope they put some benches because there was no area where people can rest a bit. Also, we couldn’t find the toilets. Well, we found one but is beyond the emergency exit. Therefore, you can’t go back inside the mall after you pee! I think the exit doors were meant to stay open but it wasn’t that way today and I was too scared to get locked in the other side!
The foreign shops that were open include GAP, Diesel, Sony (!!!), Esprit, BCBG, Charles David, Tommy Hilfiger, and the smallest Toy Kingdom I’ve ever seen.
Sadly, there is no bookstore in sight. 😦
The only open dine-in place is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Gloria Jeans, Bread Talk, and MOF have yet to open. I didn’t see whether Vietnam’s coffee shops Trung Nguyen and Highlands Coffee will open shop.
What I’m excited about is F.O.S. Hahaha! Finally a store my wallet can afford! 😀
And can you believe it? From Dong Khoi St. to Crescent, Unique opened shop!
So there, I do hope more non-overpriced shops open in the next few weeks and that they can squeeze in a bookstore.