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When I first traveled solo series: Room #205

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Night bus

Photo taken by Geoff LMV

I was looking at the sleeping streets in the window on my right. A bit dazed, I told myself everyone must be under their sheets by now. The driver pulled over beside a building that looks to be closed already. Then he went down the bus and opened the cargo compartment. Ah this must be our stop.

Everyone started going down and waited for their luggage. I looked around like a confused cat thinking where should I go. Some waited on the side of the road, they must be looking for a cab.  I continued walking with the map to the hotel in my hand. Hmmm where are the signs, where is the bridge. I found myself on the other side of the building, south side I presume so I walked towards the intersection and there I found a bridge. Unsure if it was the right bridge I took my first step then the other and the other. As I was walking I saw a 7eleven at the crossing street but thought that it’s a bit far from how I understood the hotel’s word. I looked on the other side but saw no other so I decided to go down on the 7eleven side of the bridge. I walked towards it but slowly realized that no this couldn’t be it. I turned around, walked around the stairs again and there I found in a not so obvious location the 7eleven I was looking for.

I took a moment with my map again, it said to make a right in an alley then a left. So I went in. An empty alley that has an improvised observation post in the corner inside. Nobody was around only that suspiciously looking man in the post that I didn’t want to deal with at a strangely time. After a few knocks and tries on some random doors I realized there’s still a pathway if I make a turn inside. So that’s why the map said to make a left! And there the hotel’s doorstep was waiting in front of me.

I entered my access code and slowly the door opened. The reception was empty, even the common room empty. It felt strange like someone breaking in but it also felt like going home late to your house while everybody is sleeping.

Room #205 that is my room and when I came in everything was ready.

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EDSA Bus Scheme

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EDSA: New Bus Scheme

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Dreidel Regala

EDSA is such a dreaded word in Manila. It is the main highway in the metropolis which traverses several cities. Actually it’s so useful to both local commuters and visitors but its usefulness is also plagued by horrible volume of traffic.

The MMDA has recently released a new bus scheme along this popular road. So if you find yourself in the area, be sure to plan ahead and save yourself the hassle cause not all bus types stops in every corner.

I personally think this is for the best. Though it may be frustrating to find my destination not in the bus’ route, I know I must learn to get by as I usually do in foreign places.

EDSA Bus Scheme

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Transporting in Manila streets

Posted on 17 August 2011 by Dreidel Regala

Many say that Manila’s transport situation is one of the most complicated in the world. So how do newbies brave the mean streets of Manila? Here are some things to remember:

  • Metro Manila consists of 16 cities which includes: Manila City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Pasig, Parañaque, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela and Pateros.
  • Manila City is the home of Intramuros, Rizal Park, Quiapo and Binondo. This is a busy city with students flocking the university belt and locals going to markets. Major streets to avoid during rush hour are España, Recto and Quiapo.
  • Makati is the business district. Many office workers flock to this city so avoid streets like Ayala, Sen Gil Puyat (Buendia) during the rush. Many however go here at night to hangout at malls or dine at restaurants.
  • Quezon City is probably the biggest city in Metro Manila. It houses the state university (University of The Philippines), government offices and Araneta Coliseum.
  • The international/domestic airports and Mall of Asia are located in Pasay.
  • Common public transportation includes jeepney, bus, LRT/MRT, taxicab, FX (share) taxi, tricycle and pedicab.
  • LRT yellow line goes through Pasay, Manila and Caloocan cities.
  • The MRT blue line goes through the main highway in Metro Manila (EDSA) and traverses Quezon, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay.
  • LRT purple line passes Manila, San Juan, Quezon and Marikina.
  • There are atleast 2 trains passing Pasay, Makati, Manila and Quezon.
Manila Transit Map
  • Train fares start from P11 then increase by the distance.
  • Trains don’t operate 24hrs so it’s best to check the varying timing.
  • Inner streets are best taken by jeeps or tricycles (buses don’t take inner streets).
  • If you are unsure if the vehicle will pass your destination, it’s best to tell the driver the city of your destination then narrow it down to the street name. You may also describe a landmark you are familiar with.
  • Jeep fares start from P8 then increase by the distance. Say “bayad” then pass your fare until it reaches the driver (tip: wait for the best time the driver can take your fare to make it easy for him) then say “para po” when you’re about to go down. Jeep stops are not strictly enforced but it is best not to put yourself and the driver at a risk by hailing to stop in the middle of the road.
  • The jeep’s destination can be identified by the homemade board posted on the vehicle’s windshield.
  • To signal the jeep to stop, wave your hand as it approaches and let the driver see you.
  • During rush hour some riders tend to stand by the jeeps exit as it goes, this is called “sabit” and is a common practice.
  • The main highway (EDSA) which crosses major cities in Metro Manila is mostly used by buses and private vehicles.
  • For a Makati transport route system check this link. But for the rest there is no standard or regulated route system so it’s best to ask a local on how to take one.
  • Metro Manila traffic is usually horrible. Intercity travels often takes about an hour but taking the train really helps minimize the hassle.
  • Taking the cab is sometimes convenient and fast but could also be expensive. Flag down rate is from P40 then increase by the distance.
  • An alternative to jeep is the FX taxi. These usually take the same route as jeeps but with the comfort of airconditioning. Fares starts from P12 and increase by the distance.
  • Always be cautious in public transports. There are tons of thieves lurking as you travel. If you can, do dress casually.
  • There are two types of buses gracing the streets. One is airconditioned while the other is not. The latter being the cheaper but most likely takes the same route. Fares start from P12 and increase by the distance.
  • If you need to travel from the north to south of the the metro and you can’t take the train, your best bet is the bus. This is however slower especially during the peak hours.

Some useful sites:

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