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Regular Mall V. Outlet Mall

As any battle-scared shopper would tell you, “Live for discounts!”

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And like any other helpful shopaholic, he or she would point you to outlet malls.

Say what? Outlet malls? Like any other typical Western phenomenon engulfing this country, the concept was imported from the United States. Cebu has one now, simply called, The Outlets.

THE OUTLETS AT PUEBLO VERDE

THE OUTLETS AT PUEBLO VERDE

Outlet malls are made up of outlet stores, which are essentially manufacturer-branded stores like Adidas or Nike. “Like in the regular malls,” you say. Well yes and no. Sure you can find the mall brands that you normally patronize or obsess about, but Outlet Mall shops have the reputation of giving you better deals than stores at the regular malls.

Why?

Two main things:

1. Outlet stores carry old and new items. The out of season items they carry would not be available at the regular anymore but these are available at the outlet stores and they offer them at a significantly reduced price; and

2. Because it is cheaper to open an outlet store over a normal retail store at the regular mall. Regular malls have excessive fees because a regular mall offers many other extra amenities for the shoppers. These amenities are not available at most outlet malls which operates on the basic. This can only be good news for the shopper because lower rent for the outlet stores means they can offer their products at a cheaper rate.

In Cebu, and for the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao area, the only outlet mall existing so far is The Outlets at Pueblo Verde. It’s located just before the entrance to MEZII. The Outlets carries a lot of brands and sure enough, most of the products are sold at high discounts.

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THE OUTLETS AT PUEBLO VERDE

Aside from a wide selection of outlet stores carrying popular brands, restaurants are present in the area too. And even a boxing gym! Work-out before a marathon shopping, anyone?

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Plus, if their motto is to be believed, they are on sale every single day of the year! That’s more than any regular mall could offer, for sure.

Now, before you splurge all your 13th month pay and Christmas bonuses, remember that Christmas comes earlier at outlet malls.

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Lunch Around The World at The Marriott

At Marriott Cebu’s Garden Cafe, lunch is a colorful international affair.

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When you only have lunch time to go around the world, an eclectic plate and palate is your best bet and greatest weapon!

My first stop was at the salad station, fronting a wall of wines, and flanked by the fresh fruits station.

I started with an appetizer of half a citrus from the Americas, Korea’s tangy kimchi, and chunks of Greek cheese from the antipasti station that I ate with a small portion of Marriot’s version of NYC’s oh-so-scrumptious Waldorf salad.

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I spent my second trip to the buffet at the Japanese station and enjoyed some melt-in-your-mouth Salmon. I would have gone for seconds except that the other stations had beckoned and sadly, I only have one stomach.

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A third trip landed me at the Thai curry station where I get to choose my own ingredients with the assistance of a chef on stand-by! Minutes later, a steaming bowl of curry was delivered to my table.

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The Filipino cuisine and the meat-loving countries are also greatly represented with chicken, pork, and beef dishes cooked into familiar comfort eats such as caldereta and roasts.

Dessert was a hearty episode as it brought me right back at home, wherever you consider that to be! Homemade and unpretentious desserts in shot glasses and generous slices of cakes and pies.

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Before I knew it, lunchtime has come and gone and instead of the usual afternoon sun, the skies started drizzling over Marriott’s pool area, the view from the Garden Cafe. Now that almost all the continents have been covered for lunch, time to think about dinner!

Cebu City Marriott Hotel’s International buffet starts at 12nn – 2pm and is priced at P850 per person.

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