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    The cheapest way to get around

    by littleman Written Sep 26, 2014

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    The cheapest way to get around although I do not think it is the best.In the hot, polluted traffic jams of manila, I do not recommend these pedicabs.Maybe at night time when there is less traffic.....Taxis are inexpensive,airconditioned and safer.

    Pedicabs on Mabini st.
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    METRO COMMUTER

    by davidjo Written Sep 4, 2014

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    I was amazed to be in a jeepney in Manila the other day when i heard the whistle of a train and barriers came down across the road, and a train with 4 carriages passed by, so i decided to investigate. Unknown to me the Philippine National Railways run a service from Tutuban to Alabang, but one train a day starts further up the line at Mamatid and returns there at night. Twenty-five trips a day are made on this 29 km Metro Commuter Line (Tutuban -Alabang only) from around 5 am yo 7 pm, and fares cost 10, 15, 20 and 25 pesos which seem quite reasonable to me. From Tutuban (Manila) to Alabang takes 65 minutes which seems rather long for a 29 km journey.
    As a visitor to Manila you may have no idea of where the route takes you but there are some stations on the route that many tourists want to go such as EDSA (for MRT, LRT and Mall of Asia), Buendia (bus to Makati), and Paco(Paco Park).
    Tutuban Station is not too far from the North Harbor but an area that i would not feel comfortable as a foreigner while Alabang is a little past Las Pinas on the shore of Laguna De Bay, not too far from Muntinlupa where there is a notorious prison.
    We saw several trains that day and they all appeared to be jam packed, so should you decide to use one i would be very careful of pick pockets.

    For stations, schedules and fares please refer to the website below.

    near Pasay Rd Station

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    TAKE A UTILITY VEHICLE

    by davidjo Written Sep 3, 2014

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    Although i have visited Manila countless times over the last 35 years and traveled by boat, car, jeepney, tricycle, pedicab, bus and taxi, last weekend i took my two rides on a UV Express, and wished i had used this mode of transport before as the trips were very comfortable and fast.

    WHAT IS A UV EXPRESS? (UV = Utility Vehicle)
    A UV Express is a public transport license to operate in the country and the franchise costs around 200,000 pesos. UV Express vans are air-conditioned and can hold up to 14 passengers and travel along certain routes, which are indicated by a sign in the driver's window. They have their own passenger terminals throughout the city. I took two rides and each time there were two passengers in the front with the driver, 4 more in the back seat and there were two fold down seats at the back which could accommodate 4 more passengers. The vans can be hailed from anywhere and can drop you off along the route (as long as it is not illegal to stop).
    Overall i found them to be quite comfortable, even for a big foreigner like myself.
    I am not sure what the minimum fare is but the rate should be 2 pesos per km after the minimum, but i am told some drivers overcharge. I paid 15 pesos and 20 pesos for i guess a 3 km and 8 km ride.

    You can find a list of routes on the website below

    comfortable enough!   and fast   !!!

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    BUS FROM THE AIRPORT, (20 pesos).

    by davidjo Written Jun 9, 2014

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    Arriving at any terminal at NAIA in Manila you will find that there is a regular bus that connects each terminal to the LRT or MRT at Edsa or Taft. I have only caught this bus from T3 and it leaves from just outside the arrival terminal about every 15 minutes. The cost is a very reasonable 20 pesos so if you are traveling light you can avoid the expensive airport taxis and later take the train to different parts of Manila, but be warned that you may have to wait up to 30 minutes as quite a long queue may form during busy times. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance but can only be paid for when you are on the bus. There is lots of room for your luggage which is usually piled up at the front of the bus or in the aisle. There are also buses that connect all four terminals for passengers wishing to catch an onward flight.
    The bus from T3 to Edsa normally only takes 15 to 20 minutes.

    can be a long line
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    JEEPNEYS IN THE RUSH HOUR

    by davidjo Written Mar 31, 2014

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    If you are unable to get on a jeepney at its origin and should you want to make a trip from the suburbs to Makati try and allow plenty of time if you wish to travel in the rush hour which is 6.30-8.30 am in the morning. The same goes for the evening rush hour which is from 5pm to 8pm. We had an important appointment at the hospital and stood by the side of the road for 30 minutes before we found a jeepney that could accommodate us. Trying to catch a jeepney along the early part of the route is next to impossible at this time as the jeepneys leave the terminal full and most of the people will mot get off until they are near the end of the route, or at junctions where they have to transfer to other modes of transport. The journey can also be extremely slow in the heavy traffic.
    The same goes for buses too.
    The metro can also be extremely busy and the locals are packed like sardines, unless you get on at the pint of origin

    NOTE
    In the countryside people will climb on the roof of the jeepney or hang on the back but in Metro Manila there are limits of the number of passengers and of course you cannot sit on the roof, and certainly not hang on to the railing at the back!

    NO ROOM FOR MORE PASSENGERS

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    PASIG RIVER FERRY RESUMES

    by davidjo Written Mar 21, 2014

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    After an absence of several years the river ferry is starting again on 4th April, initially having 5 terminals. A great way to see parts of the capital region and avoid the traffic. Hopefully in the future there are plans for 12 more terminals to open. The price for a ticket from end to end is 70 pesos, but you will be able to access parts of the city which you would be unlikely to see on foot.
    THE TERMINALS
    1) Pinagbuhatan, Pasig
    2 ) Guadalupe, Makati
    3) Santa Ana, Manila
    4) Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila
    5) Plaza Mexico, Manila

    rather dirty Pasig River

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    Pasig River Ferry

    by monina_c Updated Feb 22, 2014

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    I wrote this tip in the year 2007 when the ferry was still in operation. I am not deleteing this despite the fact that the ferry has stopped operating. there is a current move in the congress/senate to open it once again. I hope the proponent suceeds since the Pasig Ferry is not only a practical solution to the Metro's traffic problem but it also might help keep the river clean and add to the colorful story of the Pasig River saga.
    Here's the text of my original tip:

    A good alternative transportation to the usual bus, car, taxi and jeepney to get to and around the tri-city (Pasig City, Makati City and City of Manila) metro. The ferry service runs from Escolta to Sta. Elena in Marikina with stops in between (e.g. PUP, Sta. Mesa, Guadalupe). The ferry slows down as it passes Malacanang Palace so you will get a good view of the Philippines' seat of power.

    The rates are reasonable and during Sundays their flat-rate (P25:USD0.50) apply.

    MV Pasig Ferry 1 City lights as viewed from the deck of the Ferry
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    AIRPORT-YELLOW OR WHITE TAXI

    by davidjo Written Oct 26, 2013

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    If you are arriving at any airport in Manila you will see two different types of taxi, yellow or white. The yellow taxis are accredited by the airport authorities and may wait in line for passengers at the terminals. They must take their passenger to the destination and return to the airport to wait for another passenger. White taxis are allowed to drop off passengers at the airport but are not allowed to join the line to pick up a passenger. Yellow taxis are allowed to charge a higher initial pick up fee, and a higher rate per kilometer and are on the whole much safer that the unregulated white taxis. There have been many complaints of scams by drivers of white taxis such as overcharging, not using the meter, dropping the passenger off in the middle of nowhere if he argues about the fee, and even stealing the passenger's belongings.
    Read more http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/456371/naia-allows-white-cabs-anew-but-exec-says-yellows-safer

    waiting at airport not allowed to wait at airport

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    GOING NORTH BY BUS-SAVE TIME

    by davidjo Written Jul 30, 2013

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    If you are staying in the Malate area or anywhere near the LRT and plan on going north to Baguioo, Zimbales, Dagupan or Taguegarao in the Cagayan Valley it will save you a lot of time if you hop on the LRT and get off at the past stop at Monumento (Caloocan). Victory Liner have a bus station 2 minutes walk from the LRT station and buses will leave frequently for the destinations i mentioned. The link below gives the schedules and fares. To get to the bus station you have to walk through a small shopping mall, but just before you do there are a few stalls selling fruit where you can stock up with apples , orange or the local fruits of the season.

    Destinations from Monumento , Calacoon City the termonal buy your fruit before you leave excellent choice (the fruit i mean)

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    Cars and bikes

    by obunchyo Updated Feb 28, 2013

    Driving round Manila is an experience! It is one of the most congested city's I have ever been to...if you are planing to stay a while I would use the yellow cabs first to get the hang of the way they drive...as it can be a terrifying experience.
    What I did firstly was used a motorbike around my local area..finding my way back to the house...once I had enough confidence then I took to the road...
    If you are only staying a couple of weeks then just stick to cabs, but make sure you get in one that is safe...some of the older cabs can be down right dangerous...I found the yellow cabs are the newest and safest...if you aren't sure? Don't get in it.
    From the airport to your hotel you can get in line to get a cab which is booked and the cost is told you up front...
    I wouldn't use these everyday but to get you safely to your hotel is probably the right thing to do.
    Back to driving...the main thing to remember is they use the hooter to stop other drivers running into you..if you find the guy in the lane next to you is squashing you hoot the hooter and they move....usually..the lane discipline is none existent...you will find four lanes turn into six lanes, although the road markings are only for four...great!
    They also have one day a week on which you can't drive your car...it is governed by you number plate and you will get nicked by the police rather quickly, if you drive on you off day..
    Driving in the local towns isn't much different as they are as crowded and congested as the main city...the motorbikes fly past on your left side or right side or on the path and are not adverse to driving the wrong way towards you ( very unnerving )
    Then you have jeepney's they stop where ever they like when ever they like, mostly without indicators, some have light lots don't and you need to keep alert...or you will find you smash into them...
    All that said and done...Manila is a great city...just do what I do....go with the flow...

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    PEDICABS

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    Pedicabs are usually found hanging around the streets that branch off from the main arteries of Manila. The people who operate them are usually very poor and often sleep in their pedicab with their wife. They normally just go a few hundred meters so i don't mind giving generously to these poor unfortunates.

    Pedicabs waiting for customers

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    THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    For 10 years now i have used Filipino Travel Agency(foreign owned) for international tickets, and my friends who i recommended the service to were also satisfied. They will also arrange local packages to attractions and resorts throughout the country. They are located near the intersection of Adriatico St and Pedro Gil in Ermita.

    THE BEST

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    MOVE QUICKLY AROUND MANILA

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    The LRT and MRT are railway systems that will get you from A to B quickly. There are many stations and 3 different lines, the carriages are clean and airconditioned. Tickets ar 2 pesos for up to 3 stops and 15 pesos if more.

    FAST SERVICE CLEAN STATIONS

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    NAIA Terminal 3 (International Wing)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2012

    this will be my Things to do tips with pictures at the International Area of the NAIA Terminal 3.

    After A Few Years of Legal Wrangling, It Finally Opened! Naia Terninal 3 was a source of controversy since it was started and at present the Philippine Government and the Builders are still engeged on a court battle for it. The Not so spanking New Terminal Terminal 3 began commercial operations for domestic flights in July 2008, after a near six-year delay (initally serving domestic carriers Air Philippines, Pal Express and the Domestic and International Flights of Cebu Pacific Airline) It now serves other International Airlines like the ANA Airlines of Japan Too.. The terminal is expected to be running full international flights by March 2009. Terminal 3 is built on a 63.5-hectare lot that sits on Villamor Air Base. The terminal building has a total floor area of 182,500 square meters, having a total length of 1.2 kilometres. Departure fee for domestic flights is 200 pesos and for international flights at 750 pesos.

    address: Pasay City 1300, Philippines

    outside check in counters international departure area waiting area of the departure area arrival area
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    NAIA Terminal 3 (Domestic Wing)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    this will be my Things to do tips with pictures at the Domestic Area of the NAIA Terminal 3.

    After A Few Years of Legal Wrangling, It Finally Opened! Naia Terninal 3 was a source of controversy since it was started and at present the Philippine Government and the Builders are still engeged on a court battle for it. The Not so spanking New Terminal Terminal 3 began commercial operations for domestic flights in July 2008, after a near six-year delay (initally serving domestic carriers Air Philippines, Pal Express and the Domestic and International Flights of Cebu Pacific Airline) It now serves other International Airlines like the ANA Airlines of Japan Too.. The terminal is expected to be running full international flights by March 2009. Terminal 3 is built on a 63.5-hectare lot that sits on Villamor Air Base. The terminal building has a total floor area of 182,500 square meters, having a total length of 1.2 kilometres. Departure fee for domestic flights is 200 pesos and for international flights at 750 pesos.

    address: Pasay City 1300, Philippines

    embroiled in Controversy check in counters brand new view from the plane restaurants
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