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    getting a cab

    by aurel_1024 Written Oct 9, 2008

    Favorite thing: 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..

    Fondest memory: night life here in manila is really good

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    Things To SEE & DO in Manila

    by risse73 Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Here are some things to "see" & "do" in the country's capital of Manila:

    1.) Experience the famous Manila Sunset
    2.) Stroll along Roxas Boulevard where you get an unobstructed view of the Manila Bay
    3.) Visit antiquated churches around town especially along the old Manila area (e.g., Malate)
    4.) Visit Intramurous--the old and charming historic district of Manila
    5.) Eat at the many Filipino oriented restaurants serving an array of local dishes/specialties
    6.) Visit Luneta Park/Rizal Park
    7.) Visit the Japanese Garden
    8.) Visit Nayong Pilipino (a replica of famous tourist spots in the country)
    9.) Visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines
    10.) Visit the Manila Chinatown in Binondo
    11.) Visit Fort Santiago
    12.) Visit the neighboring cities (e.g., Quezon City, Makati, Pasay, San Juan, etc.)
    13.) Shopping in the "tiangges" (local markets) of Quiapo for cheap native handicrafts & souvenirs. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities in the upscale malls of Makati.

    Enjoy your trip to busy Manila!

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    In and around Manila

    by cmarsek Written Jun 9, 2008

    Favorite thing: I'll second Intramuros and from there you can walk to the nearby Rizal Park (I think that's the name).

    Also, you should take a tour (by boat) to Corrigidor Island, which was a location of fighting during WWII.

    If it is raining, you could visit the large mall there (I think it's called the Mall of Asia).

    You can also take a day trip by car to Tagaytay, and see the volcano's there. It's possible (and I recommend) arranging a boat to the island volcano and then bargaining with the villagers to take you to the crater on horseback.

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    Manila infastrucure

    by bulldogtwo Written Apr 10, 2008

    Favorite thing: Welcome to Manila. The PI infastructure leaves a lot to be desired to say the least. More than likely, the phone that you are calling from is not connecting because the switch is not connecting you. This happens a lot in Manila especially if you are not calling form a reputable establishment or a pay phone. Just becuse it's ringing doesn't mean a whole lot, and it especially doesn't mean that it's ringing at the embassy that you are trying to call.
    I know that I am not telling you anything substantial, but this is the Philippines, and it doesn't make sense. Also, when trying to get the operator, it could be as simple as, they don't want to pick up. I've been to many establishments and businesses where the clerks just didn't feel like waiting on you and you'd sit there and stare at each other. Frustrating. I can't believe that they think that this is the way to do business, but... Now, I could be wrong and I definitly don't mean to put down the filipino people, I am married to one. I am just relating the experiences that I have had. Good thing you didn't have a tourist question, you'd really get me going!
    I would suggest going to the embassy itself, or going to a good hotel and calling from there, even if it meant paying a bit more, well, maybe a lot more, but at least you'd probably get through.
    Good luck

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    Entertainment!

    by machomikemd Written Oct 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Filipino musicians are among the best in Asia. Metro Manila bustles with nightlife and is often heralded as Asia's entertainment capital. There is a wide variety of music to choose from: pop, rock, jazz or Broadway, as well as a wide range of bistros, nightclubs, pubs, bars and cafes at which you can hear it. Traditional Filipino music and dance are offered at theaters or hotel restaurants where cultural dance troups perform regularly.

    A Typical Live Band in Manila in a Typical Bar in Manila Colorful Dances Filipino Actors and Actresses Lively Cultural Shows!
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    Eating Out in Metro Manila!

    by machomikemd Written Oct 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    (pls see my restaurant and local customs tips!)

    A A at Pantlan ng Manila Restaurant! in Chic Greenbelt
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    Getting Around Manila From Airport!

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is eight miles (12 kilometres) south of Manila. Take only official, metered or pre-booked taxis, do not accept rides from people that approach you in the terminal. The taxis in the line in front of ÔarrivalsÕ are metered and will charge around 150-200 Pesos (6USD-8USD) to central Manila hotels. It will take about 20 minutes to one hour for the trip, depending on traffic. Many of the major hotels run cars which you can book in advance, or you can look for a hotel representative in ÔarrivalsÕ. The cost is around 750-950 Pesos (30USD-38USD), and is considered well worth the cost for the convenience and security. Once youÕre in town you may be advised to use the pool of taxis operated by your hotel. They have fixed fares and provide a more convenient and safe way around the city than driving yourself or dealing with the difficult public taxi system

    Fondest memory: Arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) may be a nearly unique lifetime experience. Because of security, no one without special authorization may come into the airport. All "greeters" must remain outside, across the street from the main entrance. There is an air-conditioned, glassed in raised waiting area, where for a nominal fee, your "greeters" can wait. Because of the huge number of Filipinos who work overseas, Balikbayans, the luggage area can be pure mayhem. Take a deep breath. You're here!

    WARNING: Watch your purse and carry on baggage while you are standing at the carousel waiting for your luggage. Although undoubtedly no worse than any other large city, there are pickpockets and thieves about who take advantage of your distraction to rob you. I know of at least one seasoned expat whose welcome to Manila included the theft of her wallet and all of her money, documents, and credit cards. Exercise caution!

    immigration In Manila! Arriving in Manila! plane arriving
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    Medicines...

    by shintarojon Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: (last date bought the medicines - June 14, 2006)

    Botica ng Bayan
    Siao-Brigino Pharmacy & Gen. Merchandise
    Balut, Tondo, Manila

    1. imodium for diarrhea - 30 pcs @ 7 pesos = 210 pesos
    2. biogesic for fever - 10 pcs @ 2.75 = 27.50 pesos
    3. benadryl A.H. for allergy - 10 pcs @ 25.25 = 252.50 pesos
    4. bonamine for dizziness - 10 pcs @ 10.25 = 102.50 pesos
    5. lagundi tablets for cough - 20 pcs @ 4.25 = 85.00 pesos
    6. cetrizine tablets for allergy - 20 pcs @ 20 = 400 pesos
    7. strepsils for sorethroat - 5 packs @ 21 = 105 pesos
    Total amount - 1, 182.50 Pesos

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    Embassy of India in the Philippines

    by shintarojon Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: (date written - June 2, 2006)

    I went to Embassy of India to apply for tourist visa.

    Visa fee - 2,100 pesos (for Filipino)
    a) Other nationality - 3,150 pesos
    b) American - 4,200 pesos

    Date applied - June 2, 2006
    Date of release - June 8, 2006

    Acceptance of Application:
    Monday to Friday
    9:30 am - 12:00 noon

    Location : Embassy of India
    2190 Paraiso St. Damarinas Village, Makati City
    Phone # 843-0101/843-0102

    Fondest memory: (date written - June 8, 2006)

    Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa (India)

    1. Finally, I got my multiple-entry tourist visa for India today. Valid for 3 months. (June 5 - Sept. 5, 2006)

    Since I will leave Bangkok for India this 18th of July, I can spend only 50 days in India. It means to say that I can spend only few days in Nepal and other neighboring countries if I'll be successful in getting visa in Kolkata, India.

    multiple-entry visa
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    Exchange Rate for your info.....

    by shintarojon Updated May 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Foreign Exchange as of May 16, 2006

    (Infotext: ABSFOREX)

    ) 1 US $ = PhP 52.15
    2) 100 Yen = PhP 45
    3) 1 HK $ = PhP 6.00
    4) 1 UK pound = PhP 95.40
    5) 1 Euro = PhP 65.45
    6) 1 Australian $ = PhP 38.70
    7) 1 Canadian $ = PhP 46.53
    8) 1 Saudi Riyal = PhP 13.75

    ================================
    (date exchanged - April 3, 2004)

    SM Manila - Foreign Exchange

    Address: SM City Manila
    Conception cor Arroceros & San Marcelino St.
    Manila City
    (1st Floor inside SM Department Store)

    10,000 Yen = PhP 5,300

    Other info: as of April 3, 2004)

    1) 1 US $ = PhP 56.15
    2) 100 Yen = PhP 53
    3) 1 HK $ = PhP 7.10
    4) 1 UK pound = PhP 99.16
    5) 1 Euro = PhP 65.70
    6) 1 Australian $ = PhP 40.74
    7) 1 Canadian $ = PhP 40.89
    8) 1 Saudi Riyal = PhP 14.27

    Philippine Peso
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    Chinese New Year Is a Big Deal in Manila

    by AKtravelers Updated May 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I traveled to Manila over the Chinese New Year period, arriving on the morning of Chinese New Year's Eve. While I figured that there would be some interest in the holiday given the Chinese ancestry of some Filipinos, I had no idea how big.
    The first sign was our carriage ride around Old Manila, which took us into Chinatown on New Year's Eve. The place was wall-to-wall people, many setting off fireworks or dressed in dragon costumes. Unfortunately, the low lighting and bouncing of the carriage prevented many of my pictures from coming out.
    Then, two nights later, we were invited to a boisterous Chinese New Year's party at the Heritage Hotel. There were about 300 people there, all dressed nicely and enjoying the food and drink provided (starting two hours late, of course). The party was outside around the pool, which wasn't used except for a place to float a large Chinese dog (it was the year of the dog). A line of tables was set up upon which was laid the longest salad ever constructed in Manila. All the guests were then given chopsticks and asked to toss the salad in the air -- the higher the better for good luck. Of course, salad got everywhere and all over everyone. After the salad tossing was done, a 20-minute fireworks barrage took place both overhead and riding up flagpoles behind the stage. We had to cover our drinks as remnants of the deafening pyrotechnics fell everywhere. Watching the spectacle silently -- it was too loud to speak -- I made the observation that I have never been to a party where the guests were both so well-dressed and covered with so many vegetables and fireworks casings. It was a bizarre sight.

    Chinese New Year fireworks for sale in Chinatown
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    Embassy of Philippines in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    by muddybok Updated Mar 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Embassy of Philippines in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    No. 1 Changkat Kia Peng
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur

    Phone: (603) 2148-9989
    Web Site: http://www.philembassykl.org.my/


    For Malaysia citizen, you need not to apply travel Visa so long your stay in Philippines is not exceeding 21 days. This will translate into lower cost of traveling to Philippines and probably can buy few jugs of beer or 1 dive with that money.

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  • AMA

    by arabian10 Written Jan 21, 2006

    Favorite thing: 2-Year Diploma in
    Business and Information Management

    A course that will provide you basic knowledge on the broad spectrum of activities involved in the development of information system. It covers all general Information Technology applications found in a modern business setup.

    AMA

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  • AMA

    by arabian10 Written Jan 21, 2006

    Favorite thing: 2-Year Diploma in
    Computer System Design and Programming

    A course that will equip you with the core knowledge on the latest techniques and methodologies in program logic development, software development tools, software testing tools, documentation, software maintenance, and entry-level software engineering. These subjects will enable you to develop world-class skills in program applications for both local and foreign industries.

    AMA

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  • AMA

    by arabian10 Written Jan 21, 2006

    Favorite thing: 2-Year Diploma in
    Computer-based Accountancy

    A course designed to give you greater knowledge about the Internet or the World Wide Web. Skills will be developed in database management, Web-based designed and programming, business transaction via the Internet and computer networking.

    AMA

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