I made a new video about my journey to the Philippines and me experience. I use the GPS history from google to show my journey and I talk about how google makes it look like im flying in a car hahaha I call it shitty shitty bang bang instead of chitty chitty bang bang.
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If your traveling to the Philippines for the first time and your lucky enough to participate in a Fiesta, you know its going to be an amazing experience.
The Philippines has fiesta’s nearly all year round with each different province or town celebrating in memory of some saint or other.
My experience of a Fiesta was in May of 2011 in Santa Cruz which is just up the river from Poambong, Bulacan. Well after a 30 or 45 minute ride from Poambong we stopped to rest at a nipa hut and say hi to the locals. My ass was in pain from sitting in that boat, I never could get comfortable in those wooden boats even if I had a pillow to sit on which is what I had on this occasion. So I would ask to take a break every hour or so. the river in Poambong itself is very dirty with a lot of garbage so although I say it took 30 to 45 minutes to get half way to Santa Cruz this was partly due to the garbage in the river getting caught in the motor and so the motor would stall. The fisherman would then reach down and take the garbage off the propeller before trying to restart the motor.
Once I had rested and played a little basket ball with the local on a basketball court in the middle of no where surrounded by fish ponds we proceeded on our journey to Santa Cruz. Another hour or so of travel and we where there. Santa Cruz is a small town on the edge of the sea. From what I saw it has a School, Church and a whole lot of boats. the people are friendly and welcoming.
We went to one house belonging to the aunt of a friend and inside everyone was hard at work preparing a lot of food for the fiesta. I liked the food but we where told to go outside as the procession was passing by the house. So I went outside and its like a parade, everyone walking along and people offering drinks and the marching band playing. I remember we joined the procession and it started raining but we just carried on marching threw the streets it was a lot of fun and they also had fireworks.
After all that I was hungry so it was back to the house for some food and I just kept eating. After the food we went to a few other houses and said hi and spent the night in the aunts house. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it.
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Getting from the Airport to where your staying is not that difficult and you have mainly 3 options.
1) Take a Taxi
2)Take the bus although you will have to take a taxi to the bus station
3) Get someone to pick you up in a van or a car.
Taking a Taxi
This is quite easy to do as when you come out of the Airport you will find the taxi’s to your right. Although I find Taxi’s to be quite expensive its a lot cheaper than what we have in the U.K or US. Make sure you get the taxi driver to turn on the meter and another thing you can do to make sure your at least going in the right direction is to use the google maps on your cell phone or mobile phone as we call them hear in the U.K. I have used this method before but you will need access to the internet and I had a pocket wifi device with me at the time ( I will talk about pocket wifi and how to set one up in a later post). Anyway to give you some idea how much it should cost I will tell you it cost me 580 peso( £8.28 or $13.18 US Dollars) to catch a taxi to the bus station in 2010 and I had a local person with me. He did offer to take us all the way to Bulacan where I was spending my fist night for 3,000 peso which is around £42 or $68 US Dollars but as it was my first time there I didn’t know if that was reasonable or I was getting ripped off so I took the cheapest option.
Taking The Bus
Like I said on my first Visit I was cautious so I took the cheapest option for travel just until I knew what the prices where ect. so we took the Taxi from the Airport to the bus station for 580 peso which is around £8.28 or $13.18 US Dollars. The bus costs 55 peso(£0.78 or $1.25 US Dollars per person from Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.
Getting Someone to come pick you up in a van or a car
I did this for my other 3 visits as I realised after traveling for more than 14 hours with a 7 hour wait between flights, I am to tierd to take a bus and besides the first time I took the bus I felt sick. So how do you arrange this, well you need to have friends locally who will help you and organise this for you but the cost should be between 3000 and 3500 peso(£42 to £50 or $68 to $79 US Dollars). Its also important to note that if someone is coming to pick you up then you need to go out of the Airport, across the road and down the ramp and you will see from there that there are a lot of people waiting so that’s where you need to go.
Please keep in mind that it can take up to 4 hours to get out of Manila because the traffic is terrible but again this depends on what time you arrive and what the traffic is like on the day.
Note: Please do not allow the Taxi drivers to take you anywhere without the meter running unless you know exactly where your going and how much it should cost. I would also have a local person with me just in case it turns into an argument as the taxi drivers do try to rip off tourists. All taxi’s and some busses have Air con
Well I hope this helped you guys and feel free to comment, like or subscribe. if you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.