The mall is where you love to spend your time shopping and hanging out with friends, but you crave more than just the ordinary mall you go to day in and day out. The world is full of malls for you to discover, and you can't wait to explore all the possibilities. So get going! What could be more excited then traveling the world? Nothing! These unique malls will make your everyday mall look insignificant.
1. Siam Paragon, Bangkok
It is 2.5 million square feet in size, so you have a lot of ground to cover. So get started! Your feet may hurt by the end but going to see a movie, going bowling, singing karoke, going to the art gallery, and going to the aquarium is so worth the trip. Who knew you could do all these activities in a mall? You haven't even gotten to their grocery store yet. Their selection of food is from all over from places like Europe.
When you explore the main floor of the mall, luxury is there to greet you. Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Versace are just some of the stores where you can purchase quality clothes, shoes, purses, etc. The first floor has more cutting edge fashion like The Gap and H&M for price conscious customers. The second and third floors cater towards customers who are interested in lifestyle and leisure brands like Bose and Blackberry. Onto the fourth floor the world of technology will be there for all your electronic needs along with some places to eat. The fifth and final floor is full of entertaining activities like going to the movies at the Cineplex, which include IMAX, the Blue-O Rhythm, bowling, and the Royal Paragon Exhibition Hall.
2. Mall Of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
There's nothing interesting about the name of this mall, but the 2.77 million square feet opens its doors to couples who are interested in getting married in their mall. How romantic? Who could blame couples when this place is built like a theme park. It's the mall where most people go to and good luck looking at everything the Mall Of America has to offer because it will take you 86 hours. This mall is a great place for adults and children alike because it includes a Nickelodeon Theme Park for kids and a comedy house for adults and so much more. There's nothing you wouldn't find in this mall that wouldn't suit your needs.
When you're done exploring your inner child with your child, you and your family are starving. The American Girl Bistro is a perfect place for mother and daughter to bond. The American Girl Doll is also invited to dinner where you all enjoy the rich foods and being girls. For more of an adult dinning experience, you can make your way to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. where they only serve the most fresh and most delicious shrimp to ever touch your taste buds. The Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, yes I said the aquarium, will amaze your kids and be difficult for you to pull them away from the sea creatures in the glass. There's a LEGO store that you must checkout with your kids because they will enjoy building with the legos while you wonder how long it took for someone to put together their huge legos models.
3. Mall Of Emirates, Dubai
Dubai's 2.4 million square feet is truly something to marvel at when you step inside this mall. Where to start? Sure it has all the ordinary things every mall has, but what makes the Mall of Emirates so unique is its indoor ski slope. You don't even have to go outside to enjoy this winter activity. It also contains a theme park called Magic Planet where you can see 4-D movies as well as a roller coaster called the RoboCoaster. Did you even know there was such a thing as 4-D movies?
Well there's so much more you haven't explored yet. Borders is a great bookstore where you sit down and enjoy a book and relax. Chanel caters to your every perfume needs, and it's high quality perfume is something that you just can't leave the store without buying. Crate & Barrel is a great simplistic but quality store where you can purchase furniture and accessories to make your rooms at home shine. From sweets to cafes to fast food and restaurants, you'll find all you need to satisfy your taste buds and your stomach. When you've worn your feet out and need a place to stay for a few nights, the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel is a great place by the water where you can rest your head on your comfortable bed.
4. The Kitai-Gorod GUM, Moscow
The breathtaking architecture of this 861,000 square feet is something you will have a hard time taking your eyes off of but the beauty of the circular roof of glass inside the mall is another feature you will never forget. GUM is a department store within the mall you should checkout as well. Tourists travel to this mall from all over the world. All the more reason for you to find out what all the fuss is about. They have brand names that exist in the west that will make you feel right at home. You want to feel like there's a part of home with you wherever you go.
Its history starts with its construction. It was built by Alexander Pomerantsev between 1890 and 1893. The building was inspired by Russian Medieval architecture as well as steel and glass materials to bring this grand building together. When the Russian Revolution came to a close, 1,200 stores were added in 1917. In 1953 this building became a department store and was one of the rare stores where the Soviet Union didn't run out of consumer goods. In 2005 it was sold to a distributor and became a private shopping mall and today you can see the history of the mall in its architecture.
5. Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu
Hawaii's Ala Moana Shopping center is a large open air, 200 million square foot mall with an impressive food court the world will ever see. Its contains more than 290 places to shop and eat. You know you'll be able to taste different foods you have never experienced before. They market towards tourists from all over the world. This is important because they want people from all over the world to come and enjoy what Hawaii truly has to offer and purchase their goods. It's no wonder their occupancy rates are high.
If you're staying at Waikiki's Hotel, you are practically in walking distance of the mall, or you can take the bus. You can admire this mall's size as you can find any place within the mall that caters to your taste buds as well as your bank account. Returning customers will be able to see how the mall has changed in order to reinvent and improve their mall. It's a great environment for families to get out of the sun and have some fun in an indoor world of amazing stores and restaurants. From men's apparel to women's apparel to child's wear, jewelry, shoes, electronics, and health stores, there is nothing you won't find to suit your needs. The mall's newest set up in the mall is called Centertainment where professionals will showcase cultural, fashion, and community performances every year.
6. Villagio Mall, Doha
This semi-outdoor mall is no ordinary mall with a canal running through this 1.4 million square foot mall. The atmosphere is relaxing, and you'll feel the stress of shopping melt away. When your feet can't take walking anymore, an amazing gondola ride awaits you. You can see night and day from different parts of the Villagio Mall. Other activities include enjoying a movie on a 13 inch IMAX screen, ice skating, and eventually you will be able to ride their roller coaster. You'll never want to leave this mall and go back to your mall at home.
Located between the Hyatt Plaza and Sport City on Al Waab Street, the Villagio mall is the epitome of italian architecture. Luxury brands are available for you to splurge your money. There are foods from all over the global that you can introduce to your taste buds like Thai food. They even have an area of the mall for kids to play bumper cars, sky loop, horror street ride, bowling, and so much more. This is called the Gondolania theme park where your kids can have the time of their lives. Just because you're not a kid doesn't mean you can't enjoy theme park.
7. Tokyo Midtown
You've always wanted to go to Japan, and this mall is your first stop in exploring Tokyo. Surrounded by other developed buildings, this 786,000 square foot mall exudes classy and style. It fits perfectly with your personality. This mall is unique in that it contains hotel rooms, offices, a museum and not only restaurants and shopping malls. You can enjoy wine from Coppola's Vinoteca and shop at american fashion retailer Dean & DeLuca. It's a mall and hotel wrapped into one convenient stay.
Japanese fashion has always been your passion and now you finally get to shop for clothes that have never been in your closet before. When you've worked up an appetite, your taste buds will be interested to the most fresh and high quality cuisine you will ever taste in Tokyo. Their pastries will blow your taste buds out of the water. Health and Beauty, flower shops, pet care, bookstores, drugstores, and so much more are available to take care of yourself, your pets, and your need to shop. Its warm and modern environment makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. The Tokyo Midtown's design is geared towards high quality and appreciation of beautiful things that will stand the test of time.
8. GPO, Melbourne
A three lettered word is the name of this mall, but that's not what is so unique about this mall. It use to be a post office but now its an architectural marvel in Australia. You would have never though that this mall use to be a post office by the way its designed. GPO means General Post Office, but it is now better off as a mall. Its 50 stores stand on three levels you can explore and enjoy. With this many stores, you will find what you are looking for to make this trip worthwhile.
Its museum like atmosphere gives you an unique experience as a tourist that you've never seen before. Try the sushi rolls once you have had enough walking. It's fresh taste and sea weed goodness will make you enjoy this mall so much more. Plus it's inexpensive so your taste buds get to enjoy japanese cuisine without worrying how expensive your meal will come to. Its H&M store will cater to your shopping needs. Larsen Jewelry is a luxury brand where you will only find the most high quality jewelry that you can buy for that special someone.
9. West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta
There's a water park inside the mall. Yes, you heard me correctly. If this isn't unique enough for you, then nothing ever will be. Its a 3.77 million square foot mall with the biggest indoor water park and wave pool in the world. Now you'll never be able to get your child to leave. With over 800 stores you will find something that peaks your interest besides clothing stores like the Galaxyland Theme Park, a lake of sea lions, a shooting range, zoo, and so much more that will make your head spin.
When you need to sit and eat, the mall's dinning options will make you want to stay, enjoy the food, laugh, and drink until the night is over. In the morning you can head over to Beach Hut where you can purchase souvenirs to bring home to your friends and family. If you desire a nice dark and quiet place, the West Edmonton movie theatre is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a film or two. The Disney Store and Build-A-Bear Workshop will excite your kids while the Apple Store will remind you how old your computer is and that you should really get a new one. The Fantasyland Hotel and the West Edmonton Mall Inn are great places to rest after a long day at the mall. The Fantasyland Hotel, inside the mall, has rooms that are designed specifically after an era or place while the inn is your classic hotel room but high quality.
10. The Dubai Mall
You know it's obviously in Dubai by the name alone, and it is the largest mall when it comes to area of about 12.1 million square feet. 1,200 stores exist within this massive mall, and you can definitely not ignore the large aquarium. It even has an ice skating rink you can practice all your cool moves. When you get tired of this, you can rest in your hotel which is actually inside the Dubai Mall. How convenient, right? The mall within a mall theme is something you'll notice when you're enjoying your time at this mall, and you know you won't have enough time to explore all in one day, but you're determined to anyway.
You can shop at the anchor stores like Bloomingdale's for hours because their clothes are fashion forward and stylish. Make your way over to Galaries Lafayette where men and women's fashion, jewelry, watches will make you never want to leave. When you're in the mood for electronics, The Virgin Megastores has CDs, DVDS, Blu-ray discs, books and so much more to choose from like purchasing concert tickets for your favorite bands. They have a toy store that will definitely impress the kids called Hamleys. Hershey's Chocolate world is a true treat for adults and kids alike. You can purchase every hershey brand they have as well as gifts and souvenirs but even better you can have your picture printed on a Hershey bar.
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It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.