My asawa and I recently visited the “Queen City of the South” and visited the new SM Seaside Cebu. It was an amazing adventure in shopping. This Super Mall, the 3rd largest mall in the Philippines and 8th largest in the world, opened last November. Though all the retail outlets are not open yet, over 250 out of 447 stores are in operation, making it a tourist destination I highly recommend.
This is the first in a series regarding our visit to this super mall in the Philippines. It only cost us 100 pesos to reach the destination, SRP, South Road Properties, as it was referred to by our cab driver, from our room at the Travel Bee Business Inn.
The SM Seaside City Cebu is a circular-shaped retail mall with multiple anchors, including a two-story The SM Store, SM Supermarket, a Centerstage theater, a Large Screen cinema, two Director’s Club cinemas, and 4 regular cinemas, an 18-lane SM Bowling and Amusement Center, and a food court flanking an Olympic-size ice skating rink (Source: Wikipedia.)
You can reach SM Seaside by using the Cebu MyBus service as currently no jeepneys, only taxis and the MyBus, are allowed on the property. The MyBus, a hybrid, European-made Vovlo, has four different routes and run from 8am to 11pm daily. You have to purchase a e-Plus card for 200 pesos before you can avail of the service and each ride will cost you 25 pesos. The bus drivers will not accept cash so if you plan to use the e-Plus card it needs to be reloaded if you plan an extended stay in Cebu.
We used the taxi as it was more convenient for us. If you need to catch a cab at night I wouldn’t recommend standing in line at the extremely long taxi lane. My wife and I walked outside the Mountain Wing Exit where a security guard approached me, trying to wave me off the road.
I was on the MyBus path, but I ignored the guard, who didn’t pull his gun on me, and walked over to another area outside of the mall and flagged down a taxi. Trying to catch a taxi in SM Cebu City at night, the “old” SM or the new outlet we visited, is extremely difficult.
We waited in the taxi lane at SM Cebu City one Saturday night for over 30 minutes and the line barely budged. I took matters into my own hands and walked off the property and caught a taxi passing by in a matter of minutes. And yes, the cab driver went “on meter.”
The outside of the new SM Seaside is unique. Check out the photos I took with my lovely asawa standing outside of the huge shopping mall. It resembles a ship! We were impressed.The mall was designed by Arquitectonica, the same outfit which designed SM City North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall.
I took the next shot outside one of the many stunning views the mall offered, such as the port area shown below.
A beautiful mountain vista is depicted in the next photograph taken outside the Sky Hall section of the mall. My spouse loved the plants and flowers planted in the gardens which even had a sprinkler system, something which I have rarely seen in the Philippines in the almost seven years I have lived here.
I loved this huge metallic sculpture standing sentry over the nearby seas.
Here’s my lovely asawa again, posing for another picture with an amazing view behind her.
My wife insisted on taking my picture at this spot, too. My apologies to anyone who might be eating breakfast, lunch or dinner while reading this blog.
More posts regarding our amazing adventures at the SM Seaside Mall and our trip to Bohol and the Chocolate Hills are coming up!