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Manila Train Guide

Posted on 16 August 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Trains and Manila in one sentence usually meant confusion and hassle. But thanks to a new project of 3 individuals, a cleaner and straightforward representation of the 4 lines around the metro is now available. The site is in its pilot run so if you guys found anything that can help improve it, feel free to let the cool authors know about it.

Manila Train Guide

Manila Train Guide

Manila Train Guide

The Manila Train Guide can be found in it’s sandbox environment http://trainguide.ph with the full site said to be out in the coming months. I did a quick browse and I liked how the 4 lines are easily laid out although I got held up for a few seconds cause I didn’t immediately understand the icons beside the station names. Turns out I had to click the station points (not station names) which opens a popup for nearby establishments, awesome!

Transfers

Another cool thing about the Manila Train Guide is that it shows which stations are near via the transfer guide. Yup, I said just near cause I don’t think they can be classified as an interchange since you have to go out of the platform gate. Very useful information especially for visitors who’s never been in the country.

So if you’re traveling to Manila, you might wanna checkout the Manila Train Guide along with my points.

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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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Take a ride

Posted on 23 July 2012 by Dreidel Regala

Jeepneys are dubbed as the king of the Philippine road due to their overwhelming presence in the streets. They are famous for having wild (or creative??) drivers but with proper care these jeeps will be your partner in your everyday journey in the country.

Philippine Jeepney

Philippine Jeepney

It doesn’t have air-conditioning or a super comfy seat but these babies offer you CHEAP! And maybe super loud videoke sounds while you take your ride. If you got the heart and you can take the heat of the sun, then take a ride and feel the local commuters life – you will certainly be entertained by the many things that happen inside but just be cautious and leave your fancy stuff at home.

Did you know that you can tour Manila and neighboring towns onboard a jeep? More so you can do it while enjoying Filipinos favorite past time – VIDEOKE! That’s right just join JeepneyTours.

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She got the shoes!

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Dreidel Regala

One lady, in a far away land, has been known to have thousands of shoes in collection. She traveled the world and got back with at least a pair. It’s really interesting that word got to the world all over. She is none other than Imelda Marcos, the wife of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Imeldific it is called, for the extravagant life she lived in poise, fashion, and shoes! So when you’re in Manila you may want to join this event to know more about this famed Filipina and the era she lived in.

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Black Eyed Peas: The Beginning Tour 2011

Posted on 24 October 2011 by Dreidel Regala

The funky quartet is on the last few stops for their 2011 tour. So if you happen to be in Asia, head on to their only stop in Manila on October 25 (tomorrow already!) at the SM MOA grounds.

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Philippines: Entry Points

Posted on 11 October 2011 by Dreidel Regala

For a country with many islands that offers a lot of varying attractions, figuring your best entry point is a BIG puzzle. Most travelers come in via the capital city Manila which has most airplane access to popular provinces. On the other hand, some like to avoid it because of the crowd, pollution etc – this is of course the best strategy especially if it brings you nearer to your stop. With that in mind I tried researching on where are the other possible entry points to the archipelago. Do note that some of these will have lesser to possibly no direct access to some of your choice destinations but don’t worry you can still get to them using a ferry, train, bus, jeep or van although availability of such still depends (yup it may not be one easy ride but could be adventurously fun!).

  1. Province: Clark, Pampanga (Luzon)
    Airport: Clark International Airport
    *Local flights to: Cebu, Caticlan
    *Point of Origin: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore
  2. Province: Davao City (Mindanao)
    Airport: Francisco Bangoy International Airport
    *Local flights to: Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo, Manila, Zamboanga
    *Point of Origin: Singapore
  3. Province: Kalibo, Aklan (Visayas)
    Airport: Kalibo International Airport 
    *Local flights to
    : Manila
    *Point of Origin: Beijing-Capital, Busan, Hangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong, Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan
  4. Province: Cebu City (Visayas)
    Airport: Mactan-Cebu International Airport
    *Local flights to:
    Bacolod, Bantayan, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Manila, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga
    *Point of Origin: Busan, Doha, Guangzhou-Baiyun, Hong Kong, Shanghai-Pudong, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore, Tokyo-Narita
  5. Province: Bataan (Luzon)
    Airport: Subic Bay International Airport
    *Local flights to: Cebu, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa
    *Point of Origin: Seoul-Incheon
  6. Province: Manila (Luzon) 
    AirportNinoy Aquino International Airport
    *Local flights to: Bacolod, Baguio, Basco, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Catarman, Caticlan, Cauayan, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, El Nido, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Marinduque, Masbate, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas City, San Fernando, San Jose (Mindoro), Surigao, Tablas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Taytay, Tuguegarao, Vigan, Virac, Zamboanga
    *Point of Origin: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Busan, Dammam, Darwin, Delhi, Detroit, Doha, Dubai, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Kaohsiung, Koror, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Macau, Melbourne, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Port Moresby, Riyadh, San Francisco, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Vancouver, Xiamen

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_the_Philippines

*Airlines may change/update their route map

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Tea’s Up

Posted on 27 August 2011 by Dreidel Regala

If there’s one thing I really enjoy doing when I’m on vacation besides getting a local massage it’s this baby – Milk Tea! I love Nai Cha, the calm taste of tea plus the sweetness of milk ahhh, and asia’s got the best of these.

I had it in Hong Kong…

… then the Thai version

probably a good surprise is the offering of Thailand 7eleven

and then China’s Happy Lemon opens in Manila too!

So far I like the ones from Thailand but the quest continues as soon I’ll find out about Taiwan’s offering too… happy tea drinking everyone!

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What’s Happening in Manila?

Posted on 12 July 2011 by Dreidel Regala

Here’s a short list I’ve compiled for what’s currently happening in Manila. If your looking for something to do on your free time, you may check them out.

  1. Kobe Bryant Manila tour.
    Kobe’s going to have a 1-day meet-greet/training session in The Fort and Araneta Coliseum on July 13. For more information on this event checkout their website.Kobe Manila Tour
  2. Cebu Pacific Seat Sale Alert!
    Cebu Pacific is having another sale for travel addicts out there.  You can get fares as low as P8 for some Mindanao routes, or go to Hong Kong and Singapore for as low as P555.
  3. Air Philippines Seat Sale Alert!
    This rainy July-August Air Philippinesis having several sale fares for their domestic destinations. Travel for as low as P598.

    And if you are a student, there’s another promo for you so go check their website now.

  4. Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
    The famous cirque show is still showing in Quirino Grand Stand. Check them out before they close out in 2 weeks time. Visit www.hoopla.ph. Continue Reading

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Cirque du Soleil in Manila

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Dreidel Regala

Cirque du Soleil is in the country! I wanna see, I wanna see!!! This world famous circus act is here featuring Varekai. Tickets are let’s say not cheap but many say it’s worth it. So let’s all head off to Quirino Grandstand and witness this awesome show. Woot woot.

For more info check out http://hoopla.ph/

Ticket prices:
Tapis Rouge: Php10,500
Premium: Php7,600
Level 1: Php5,500
Level 2: Php4,400
Level 3: Php3,300

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Intramuros

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Dreidel Regala

Last Monday I went on a different kind of trip in Manila. I am no tourist on this city but I went to some of the tourist spots, along with some CouchSurfers, on what is called a Rizal Discovery tour. We spent walking along the walled city of Intramuros. I have been to Intramuros a couple of times already but I haven’t really seen the whole of it. And now I can really say it is one of the best sights in Manila, and could probably be the only one that preserved a real sense of history in this city. It witnessed the plight of Jose Rizal and the many colonizers of the country. But now the whole place is open for the public with several schools, churches, and offices residing inside. Guwardiya Sibil still roam the area (well sort of) and are friendlier now.

Monday was a really rainy day but everyone in the group was more than willing to get wet to have those tour stamps from the designated sites. We walked passed Manila Cathedral, Collegio de San Juan de Letran, Casa Manila, then on to Fort Santiago. Fort Santiago is a must when in Intramuros. The place is amazing and it gave me the feeling of Royalty with my own palace. Stone walls, prison cells, baluartes and guard posts. And if you got change to spare you can also ride a kalesa around Fort Santiago or the whole Intramuros itself. There is an entrance fee in Fort Santiago (P75) but walking inside the walled city is for free. Other must see stops are Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church which is the oldest church in The Philippines, Casa Manila, and Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum.

So why should Intramuros be on your next itinerary? To witness the remains of a fortress that experienced the hard hitting battles and colonizers of The Philippines.

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