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!
Many times it feels as though, although physically I am in Texas, in the United States of America, I am walking with one foot firmly planted here in the states while my other foot is still planted in the Philippines. Many times I imagine myself still walking down the streets in Santa Cruz, Manila, or in the beautiful Cagayan Valley. I spent seven months in the Philippines and it was a very enjoyable vacation. It inspired me to write three books about my stay there. I will talk more about my books in future posts.
When 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! 😀
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
Solar Powered Battery Charger Charges 4 D, C, AA and AAA Batteries
I took the Victory Liner buses on several occasions between Manila and the Cagayan Valley. They were always SAFE, COMFORTABLE, well air conditioned and I was usually traveling in the middle of the night. If you can take the DELUXE version it has a restroom ONBOARD!
I loved Mercury Drug stores because it reminded me of Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies back in the states. There is ample security as there are always one or two security guards in the store. They sell a wide assortment of products I would go in the store to buy a 1-liter bottle of C2 green tea or apple juice for 20 pesos (about 50-cents US).
Most of the shampoos and conditioners come in small sample sized (or what we would call travel size here in the states). The prices are much lower on the sample size and travel size products so they are easily in reach of the Filipino consumer.