Both Jitney’s and Jeepney’s are a form of transportation called a share taxi which falls between both taxicabs and buses. These vehicles for hire are typically smaller than buses and usually take passengers on a fixed or semi-fixed route without timetables, but instead departing when all seats are filled.They may stop anywhere to pick up or drop off passengers. Often found in developing countries,the vehicles used as share taxis range from four-seat cars to minibuses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Share_taxi
Even though I am back in the states now, I am always looking at the photos that I took in Manila and only dreaming that sometime within the next two years I will be able to return.
The photos above were taken from my hotel room in Ermita. A few blocks from Roxas Blvd and a few blocks from Makati.
One of the things that I would do different next time is to rely less on TAXi’s as they can be very expensive on ones budget. Next time I will rely more on Public Transportation. The Jeepneys and the Elevated Train System.
My next trip I will bring a TABLET PC with me so I can blog everyday while I am there!
When 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 Metro Manila by Taxi is great if you’ve got the funds to do it. The average fair to get around Manila could be, on the average, from 500p to 1000p (up to $25.US). If you are traveling from NIAA (The Manila Airport to ANYWHERE in Manila, expect the fare to START at $30.US and go up from there depending on your destination.