Meeting up with mates in Manila
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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We headed to the departures gate to avoid the standard airport taxis and got a normal metered one instead, as our hostel had recommended. This move meant we paid £3 for a taxi instead of the £20 Ash and Anna ended up paying for the same trip. If you do try this trick make sure you are getting a metered taxi rather than a flat fare one.
We were staying at Friendly’s guesthouse which turned out to be one of the most depressing, run down, dirty, smelly places we’d stayed in to date. Why it’s recommended on the LP guide is beyond me. Having said that, they did have a nice communal area and free tea and coffee which meant we felt some love for the place. I think cheap accommodation in general is pretty grotty in Manila.
We found a great street with loads of bbq restaurants. We had a fantastic feast for next to nothing and we were the only foreigners there which was cool. It was great that they did not try to rip us off too!
So that was our 1 night in Manila. We really can’t say much about it. it’s a massive city with no real centre and has terrible traffic. Maybe Kaz & I will see more of during our stay.
Well, that was a great first day spent with our good friends Ashley & Anna. If the next 13 nights are like this it will be a great 2 weeks!
Our next stop is up north to the mountains. See you all in Bagio.
Love Paul & Karen xxx