07/7/15

Travel Madness and Breakfast Wellness

Last weekend was a busy one as the SMX Convention Center hosted yet another big travel fair event, the Travel Madness Expo, while up north at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall is another event being held which is the Nestle Wellness Expo

Some of the highlights of these events can be found after the break.

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07/5/15

ToyCon 2015

It was that time of the year once more for one of the most anticipated events of the year. To be specific, it was the time again for ToyCon, the biggest gathering of toys, comics, collectibles, and other geekery on display and the people who are fond of them. And as usual, SM Megamall was the place to be for this event.

As the Urban Roamer has covered this event in the past, there is nothing much else to say about what this is about, though it has occurred to me recently that in a way, this can be considered our country’s answer to the famous annual San Diego Comic Con in the US. And from what I’ve learned, the organizers are aiming to make this event a worthy equivalent of the aforementioned San Diego event. After all, ToyCon prides itself being Asia’s biggest convention related to geek stuff.

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06/6/15

Brew and Vinyl Love at the Satchmi Store

These days, the old is becoming the new. Most especially so in the case of music as vinyl records our parents and grandparents used to listen to are becoming hip again in this age of digital music where digital formats, music playing gadgets, and services like iTunes and Spotify are shaping the way people today are listening to music.

It is certainly one trend that is not going unnoticed. Apart from the antique shops and other vintage item dealers in open markets, one company making its mark in riding the vinyl wave is Satchmi which has been marketing its own brand of vinyl record players.

September last year, Satchmi took their fondness for vinyl to another level with the opening of its store in SM Megamall, a lifestyle store that blended vinyls with an ambience of a cafe. Which by itself is not a bad thing. Continue reading

06/23/14

Checked Out: ToyCon 2014

It is that time of the year once again when the country’s biggest toy convention hits town. And the Urban Roamer was there as usual at ToyCon 2014, held at the usual venue which is the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall last June 20-22.

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02/2/14

The Mega Fashion Hall: Ice Skating Makes a Homecoming

Back in the early days of the Urban Roamer, one of the early posts published in the site was a memoriam to the SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink. long considered as a landmark that put the mall and SM as a whole on the map. At that time, SM Megamall was undergoing what could be considered the early phase of its expansion as the Ice Skating Rink and the nearby Bowling area had to give way to more retailers who wish to set shop in the bustling mall.

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For the next four years or so, SM Megamall has constantly expanded itself to as far as its property can accommodate, putting up the Atrium expansion, a carpark/office space building, and finally, the Mega Fashion Hall building.

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