Much like Jakarta, the mall culture is alive and well in Manila. Our condo complex includes a mall, the Power Plant mall, built on the land once occupied by a power plant - nice to see that a mall name actually makes sense. The other day we ventured into the prime downtown area of the "borough" of Makati in which we live. We had a pleasant brunch at the Greenbelt Mall complex (Greenbelt not nearly as accurate as Powerplant as no green was about - accepting the massive amount of money that flows through parts of this city). We dined Alfresco and enjoyed a rainy season shower - which turned into a rainy season downpour forcing us indoors.