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21. Posted by justinec20 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

^ Hi Jimberly, I know the question is meant for karazyal, but I think that's very possible. There are lots of cabs/public transpo available from a "landmark" such as SM Megamall! :)

22. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting jimberly

Hi Karazyal,

Thanks for the valueable info. Hope I'll arrive Makati in one piece. ;)

btw, what if I take the shuttle service provided by Philtranco, get to SM Megamall Building and catch a cab to makati?

That'll work too! Ask some bystanders which direction is Makati and catch the meter taxi on that side of the street and save some taxi fare.

ok

23. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

Hey guys,

I was just wondering ... In the Philippines we can either use Pesos or US Dollars is it? Because I have seen some websites that put the price of a hotel room in USD ... So I wanted to make sure.

Thanks.

24. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Hi Kyels,

Pay in Peso...Hotels put USD as a guideline.

Cheers

dana

25. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

Thanks Dana!

I am finally going there in December! Whee.

26. Posted by amlcortez (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Well just be careful of the snatchers in general in the Mabini/Ermita/Malate area. Cameras and gear are certainly hard to snatch, haha, so as long as you keep your gear close it's alright. I've walked around with a camera bag and nobody seems to take much interest :)

Oh Hidalgo Street in Quiapo in Manila's a good place for photography stuff, I think it's recently renovated. Heard it looks much better with new galleries and all.

27. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

I stay in the Ermita area, in this area I can see lots and lots of improvements. Just leaving from the airport and riding down Roxas you now have the Mall of Asia, one of the biggest new malls in that area. I was there the first week they opened up. Not a bad mall, pretty big, lots of stores, they have a movie theater and a supermarket too! Best of all lots and lots of toilets, better than many malls in other countries!

The new mayor has made cleaning up the streets a priority, there are lots of new lights and many of the buildings in that area (Ermita) that have been under construction for years have been completed. Roxas, between the Phil Navy Base and the U.S. Embassy, last year had a lots of squatters and petty thieves hiding in the shadows, this year the street is full of lights and lots of locals shopping late at night and many new restaurants and shops.

You do have to watch for pickpockets in crowds. You will be pestered by touts either asking you to change money with their preferred shops or wanting to sell you watches or silver dollars (???) Didn't know there was a market for silver dollars. Late at night in some places, some touts will "recommend" go-go bars to you, and more silver dollars for sale!

This last trip was the first time I didn't get any real hassle asking the taxi drivers to use the meter. And the meter actually worked okay. Many years ago there were some shady drivers that would either honk their horns or fiddle with the radio and you could see the peso totals jump on the taxi meter. This time no problemo with taxi cabs using the meter!

I needed to change some money and it was a Sunday and then a Monday holiday where the banks were closed, I went to the CASINO and had no problem cashing my dollars there. You do have to have some decent clothes on, but only a button shirt and long trousers, that's it. Use the security box in your hotel for storing your excess money and valuables.

28. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

amlcortez,

Thank you for the information. I will definitely be careful of snatchers. My camera gears will be with me all the time.

Hidalgo Street? Will keep that in mind. Anymore interesting places to take photos? I'd love to visit St. Agustin. It's so beautiful ... (:

29. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

Karazyal,

I was just wondering --- all the safety deposit boxes in the hotels are trustable right? I may need to keep my camera gears there if I do not want to bring them along at night ... If only.

Will definitely beware of pickpockets.

(:

30. Posted by LaNdIn (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi, I just wanted to give my impression of the swagman. It was great!!! Had a fantastic time, I never felt sketchy about the staff, the cleaning lady was sooo nice!! They have there own transportation, so those really crazy nights at the bar you don't have to worry about being dropped off in the wrong part of town!! They have a pool and restaurant across the street, its only blocks from the main strip and close to the couple of malls.. I spent a few days chillin so if u have any questions about the city pm me!

PeAcE