getting a cab
there are a lot of taxi that you can hire here.on the airport, you can hire them if you want.there is also a rent-a-car here in manila.i have no idea what their phone number is.but you can wait on the street and just call a taxi if you want.try our jeepneys.. night life here in manila is really good
HALO-HALO ("snow cone" extraordinaire)
Try HALO-HALO, which is a frozen dessert based upon shaved ice with different kinds of fruit, macapuno (coconut meat), and pinipig (toasted rice). If you order 'halo-halo especial' it comes with a scoop of ice cream and a cube of leche flan (custard). Not only a study in flavours, it is often an architectural miniature that seems to defy gravity. The protocol is to eat from the bottom to the top. It is usually served in the late afternoon around the time of merienda, c. 4 - 6 pm. (See SHAVE ICE on my Hawai'i page). The beautiful sunsets over Manila Bay as seen from the lanai (terrace) of the historic Manila Hotel.
Eating Out in Metro Manila!
A wide choice of food establishments awaits visitors, whether they will be dining in Metro Manila or in the various provinces in the country. When in the Philippines, it is worth seeking out kamayan (eating with your hands) restaurants for a true cultural experience. Because of its coastline, the Philippines boasts of seafood galore. In fact, most restaurants offer seafood cooked one way or another. The most popular form of cooking, though, is broiling (inihaw).
Filipino food is an intriguing blend of Malaysian, Chinese, Spanish and American cuisines. For instance, the use of coconut milk as an ingredient is a gastronomic legacy from the Filipinos' Malay ancestors. Popular dishes such as lumpia (egg rolls) and pancit (noodles) are Chinese. Even the country's most famous dish lechon (roast pig), originated in China. Some traditional dishes are still called by their Spanish names such as mechado (beef with pork fat), menudo (diced meat and potatoes stewed in tomato sauce) and pochero (pork, green beans, cabbage and other selected vegetables).
Within each region, you will find specialized dishes. Baguio is famous for serving the best in fruit and vegetables from the Trinidad Valley. Pamanga is known for tocino (sweet preserved meats), Bicol, the coconut-growing region, uses gata (coconut milk) in cooking, along with many spices. Don't miss Zamboanga for its excellent prawns, crabs and lobsters.
Ordering in restaurants is easy since the menus are in English, although most of the dishes are simply described by their method of cooking. Remember, you're not finished with your meal until you have had dessert. Choose from the wide variety of baked delights, Philippine-made ice-cream, or fresh fruits, since the Philippines offers one of Asia's largest selection of tropical fruits.
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AIR: The Philippines' national...
AIR: The Philippines' national airline is Philippine Airlines (PR). Other airlines serving the Philippines include Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific,Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlinesand Malaysia Airlines.
NOTE: The period over Easter, from Good Friday to the following Bank holiday (and sometimes beyond), is a major holiday in the Philippines as is Christmas and New Year. There may be some difficulty booking a flight during these periods.
Approximate flight times: From Manila to London is 16 hours; to Paris is 14 hours 10 minutes; to Los Angeles is 14 hours 25 minutes; to New York is 17 hours 30 minutes; to Singapore is 3 hours; to Hong Kong is 1 hour 40 minutes; to Bangkok is 2 hours 35 minutes; to Tokyo is 5 hours 15 minutes and to Sydney is 8 hours.
International airports: Ninoy Aquino (MNL) is 12km (7 miles) southeast of Manila. Airport facilities include banks, post office, medical clinic, baggage deposit area, duty-free shops and car hire. Bus and taxi services are available to the city (travel time - 15 minutes). Mactan International Airport (NOP) (Cebu Island) is 45km (28 miles) from the city centre. Hotels and tour operators provide their own coaches; taxis can be hired.
Departure tax: P550 for international departures. Children under two years of age and transit passengers are exempt.
SEA: Manila is a major seaport, a crossroads of trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Shipping lines which call at Manila include American President Lines, Eastern Shipping Lines, Premier Shipping Lines, Lloyd Triestino and Evergreen Lines. Schedules and rates are listed in the shipping pages of daily newspapers.
Philippine Dried Mangoes, World's Best!
Philippine Dried Mangoes are exported the world over. it has a sweet, slightly tangy taste that is to die for! here in the philippines, it is sold in 100 to 200 gram packs and costs 65 pesos (1.25 USD) and 90 pesos (1.99 USD). Thai dried mangoes are cheaper at 90 baht (128 pesos or 3.20 USD) per 500 grams but does not have that distinctive sweet and tangy taste of dried philippine mangoes. Mangoes grow year round in selected areas in the philippines. Dried Mangos are sold in the states at 30 ounces pack (850 grams) at $16.50 (740 pesos)