Manila is a city that if I didn’t grow up there is a city I would skip so I could immediately go to the more exciting and amazingly beautiful islands. However, the effervescent and laid back quality of people give the city it’s own character. I hate the traffic immensely. A ten kilometre cab ride will probably take an hour to get me from A to B. The cheap and affordable shopping is almost enjoyable apart from the slow-motion-like customer service and overly crowded shopping centres. It’s however a truly teeming metropolis that gets bigger each day, both in population, with people pouring in from the hinterlands, and size, as new developments in all directions swallow up villages and rice fields.
The more organised, cleaner and safer part of the town is called Makati and where I would recommend you to stay. It is surrounded by many five stars hotels to cater for more discerning tourists. It is the commercial centre as well as a place where the expat foreigners and workers congregate safely and comfortably after a working day along with the other tourists. Here, in almost orderly atmosphere, you can go designer shopping, wine and dine local food to your to your heart’s content but be wary about drinking the water and drinks with ice. They are not safe to drink unless you have confirmed with the waiters that they are bottled spring water. And if you are going to go outside Makati on a public transport to immerse yourself in the real Filipino culture, think again. You may want to leave all your personal valuable belongings in your hotel as well as your white skin.
TIP: Don’t wear any jewellery when you are out and about. They are bound to be snatched by thieves lurking around.
Popular Points of Interests:
San Agustin Church
Cultural Centre of the Philippines
Mall of Asia
Bonifacio Global City
- Theme Parks:
Marine Ocean Park