Manila - Post Report Question and Answers

What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

THat even though it appears very western, the mindset is not western at all. Years of oppression seems to have created a very fearful local population, unwilling to take risk. We say it is like an onion. You peel back the first layer of shiny skin, to reveal something entirely different. - Apr 2021

You can never really imagine how bad the traffic is until you plan a 15-minute trip that turns into three hours in which you accidentally find yourself having to wait another hour until you can turn around. I knew the traffic would be bad, but don't try to meet it head on, it will crush you. Avoid it. Anticipate it. Prepare for it. Outsmart it. - Oct 2020

I wish I had a live-in driver...again I hate the traffic and feel trapped when my driver is not around (I can drive here, I JUST CAN'T find parking all of the time and it's frustrating). - Feb 2020

The importance of geography. Traffic ranges from “a drag” to “soul-crushing,” and it makes it really difficult to get anywhere. We’ve made a lot of good friends here, but most of them live within walking distance of our apartment. BGC and Makati are only a mile or two apart, yet traveling from one to the other can take 1-2 hours in bad traffic. For the same reason, there aren’t a lot of easy day trips around Manila (other than Corregidor), because a 10-15 mile trip up the road could turn into an hours-long odyssey. - Feb 2017

The traffic is truly appalling, and gets worse by the month. - Jul 2016

How much of an effect the traffic has on your accessibility to social things. On a map things appear close, but travel time is horrendous. The people are nice, but there can still be a feeling of being an outsider even if you work on the local economy. the beaches really are AMAZING - Jan 2016

The traffic and disparate neighborhoods cause the quality of life in Manila to be quite poor. - Jan 2016

Clubs - Sep 2015

That traffic is sometimes a huge impediment to exploration. - Aug 2015

I don't know. I don't think there were any surprises. - Aug 2015

Mountains are very hard to get to. Hiking and parks are fairly non-existent. - Sep 2014

How terrible the air quality is throughout any city or large town. - Jan 2014

The Embassy is large, but is best suited for families or married couples. - Dec 2013

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