Thursday, November 24, 2016

LIFESTYLE | The polar bears, reindeer, and co. are back for Christmas at Rockwell

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It's the reindeer's time to sing this year.

I often say that I love Halloween more than Christmas but it doesn't mean I don't love Christmas. Maybe it's the dressing up in a Halloween costume that appeals to me so much that makes me say such things. With Christmas, on the other hand, it's the festive decor that I enjoy a lot, and I always appreciate whatever anyone puts up.

One of the decors I look forward to each year are from Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati City. They won me over four years ago when I first saw their stuffed animal holiday display, which drove me nuts. Talk about polar bears, pandas, penguins, and white tigers fitted with animatronics! All the cuteness will kill you and the kid in me naturally took over. Some of them even learned how to "sing" over the years (just go see them and you'll get what I mean). Last time it was a polar bear that did the singing; this year it's a reindeer. Now watch this:


While the mall doesn't really deviate from their formula of classic Christmas with red and gold ornaments and stuffed animals, the sheer amount of decor that they mount is epic. They absolutely do not scrimp on anything here, wrapping every arc and column with plastic pine leaves and lights while huge wreaths hang from the ceiling. After employing orange lights last year, which I really loved, by the way--Power Plant went back to using warm yellow this time. As for the animals, they simply find themselves stationed in different areas of the mall each year.

I haven't circled the whole mall yet but what I saw some two weeks ago was more than enough to make me happy. I mean, after going through hellish Friday night traffic, my mood instantly lightened up upon entering the mall. Here are a few photos:

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Stationed at one of the mall entrances, the polar bears and some penguins are in charge of welcoming visitors.

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From a lazy photographer, a glimpse into the mall's decor while seated at a resto on the ground floor. But didn't I say that all arcs and columns are wrapped in lights? And look at those wreaths!

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The Christmas tree at the 1st level.

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This reindeer doesn't seem too pleased being bossed around by a polar bear and not Santa.

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Cute baby reindeer. And no, their noses are not red.

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Outside and around the Rockwell area, last year's orange lights are at play.

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Ah, the kid in me.

Update: I now have a couple more pictures!

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Look at how festive everything looks!

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Some big white kitties at one of the mall entrances.

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Another squad of animals greets shoppers at yet another mall entrance. But wait, there's a polar camel?

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From above, just when the shops closed for the day but right before they turned the Christmas lights off.

And in keeping with tradition, Rockwell is raffling off two luxury vehicles--Land Rover Discovery Sport S cars this time. And of course, the beauty in their raffle is that you only need to provide your contact details once, which they'll keep on record, and the stubs are simply printed for you to sign. Lovely, isn't it?

Now if only I can win one of those Land Rovers...

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