colorful buses and Jeepneys

Let’s compare the Jeepney of the Philippines with buses in Haiti and in the African nation of Senegal

Here are the Jeepneys of the Philippines

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This bus in found in the Caribbean country of HaitiImage

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This bus is found in the west African nation of Senegal.

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The Jeepney – basic cheap transportation

ImageWhen it comes to the Jeepney in the Philippines..it is BASIC, CHEAP Transportation in the larger cities, and there are RURAL Jeepneys  that take you from town to town in the rural areas.   A Jeepney runs between 8.5 and 20 pesos in Manila…depending on your destination.   The good thing about the JEEPNEY in that there is ALWAYS room for one more!  When it fills up inside they can hang onto the luggage racks on the roof!  😀

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Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlight with Emergency Battery Backup - Black (2 pack)

Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlight with Emergency Battery Backup – Black (2 pack)

Kaito KA550 Portable Solar / Hand Crank AM/FM, Shortwave & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio with Automatic Weather Alert & Cell Phone Charger

Kaito KA550 Portable Solar / Hand Crank AM/FM, Shortwave & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio with Automatic Weather Alert & Cell Phone Charger

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Solar Powered Battery Charger Charges 4 D, C, AA and AAA Batteries

Solar Powered Battery Charger Charges 4 D, C, AA and AAA Batteries

Driving in the Philippines

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If you are an American, driving in the Philippines should be easy. They drive on the same side of the street as Americans.  If you are driving inside Metro Manila, be prepared for rush hour traffic jams. In some locations near Cubao/Quezon City rush hour traffic can last all day. I would love to drive outside of Metro Manila the next time that I am in the Philippines. Places where there is little or no traffic and see the beautiful tropical scenery and mountains!

Security precautions when traveling in manila

SECURITY PRECAUTIONS when traveling in Manila  

ImageWhen traveling in Metro Manila. Use the same security precautions that you would use when traveling in any large city.  I keep  my wallet in my FRONT POCKET when traveling in Manila or any other large city.  If you are traveling by TAXI, be sure the doors are all LOCKED and write down the drivers license plate number which is usually displayed on the rear passenger window. Carry only enough cash with you that you will need for the day. Don’t open up your wallet and show thousands of dollars (or even thousands of Philippine pesos) or you could be targeted.  Manila is no more dangerous than any other large city Keep safe while you travel.  I have lived in the Philippines for seven months in 2012 and I lived in various locations in Metro Manila for three months.  I traveled by taxi, elevated train (LRT/MRT) as well as the Philippine National radio (PNR) and never encountered any problems.  I walked the streets of Santa Cruz, Quiapo, Intramuros and Malate on numerous occasions but always in the daytime. I stayed in my room at night, only because my night vision is not very good.   Keep safe and secure when traveling in Manila!

getting around Manila

getting around Manila

There are several ways to get around Metro manila. Taxis can be very expensive, while MASS TRANSPORTATION is relatively cheap. The elevated trains LRT & MRT are usually 10p to 15p depending on how far you are going.