So continuing the journey....
So boarded my connecting flight from HK and Reached Manila airport on Saturday afternoon, it was a Cathay Pacific flight and as usual wonderful service, however crowd was little different and not that great to talk about.
Manila international airport is called "Ninoy Aquino International Airport" and its located in the suburbs of Manila. My first impression of the airport was not that great, it looked like an old structure and was dirty, it was similar to old airport what we have in India. Immigration office who was manning the airport entry acted funny with me, he threw too many questions and frustrated me. He took my passport, return tickets to the immigration office and after 5 minutes he came back and I got very annoyed with his attitude, he came back and told have a pleasant stay sir....I was like
After clearing the immigration and picking up my baggage proceeded towards the Nissan taxi lounge to check on my taxi, here airport taxi' will be in yellow color and the normal ones will be in white color. Airport taxis are expensive compared to the normal ones, Airport taxi meter starts from 70 pesos and normal ones start from 40 pesos. Here in Manila all taxis are AC ONLY, there is no non-ac cabs.
My taxi was a Nissan Sentra and it was very very spacious, driver was a lady(read - straight) and hospitality was awesome, she wished me and introduced her, showed her id card and finally "Welcome to Manila". She was so pleasing and started explaining about the city.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities that comprise Metro Manila. Metro Manila is the most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the 11th in the world with an estimated population of 16,300,000. Manila is attracted by tourist from Korea, China, US of A and other Asian countries. Filipinos are generally soft spoken and they are very helpful, place is known for its hospitality. English is commonly spoke here. Philippines got its independence from Spain with the help of Americans, so people love to be an American, and they try to adapt to their culture. Americans don't need Visa if they are arriving to Philippines and you can see many Americans out here travelling either for business or pleasure Female sex ratio is very high in Philippines and I guess ratio is 65:35, you can see males dressed in female costumes and females dressed in male costumes. Also you have a official status called single mother. You can see females working everywhere, from 24 hours shops to toll plaza to petrol pumps.
One good thing about this country is that they invest heavily in infrastructure, you can see many sky scrapers here and new construction everywhere. Roads are pretty wide, neatly laid and very clean, there is no dust of pothole in the roads which I have traveled. Manila has too many malls and every mall is very huge and they also have one of the Asia's largest malls.
The retail industry in the Philippines is an important contributor to the national economy as it accounts for roughly 15% of the Philippines' total Gross National Product (GNP) and 33% of the entire services sector. It employs some 5.25 million people, representing a significant 18% of the Philippines' work force, which means roughly 2 of every 10 workers is employed in the retail industry. You can see lot of malls in and around Manila each one will be very huge.
SM Mall of Asia is the 2nd largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA, 3rd largest shopping mall in Asia and the 4th largest shopping mall in the world. It has a land area of 42 hectares and has a gross floor area of an approximate 390,193 m² (4.2 million square feet) and 407,101 m² of total area. SM group has more than 5 malls in Manila. Other than SM group we do have couple of other major malls in Manila, some of it are Ayala malls, Glorietta, green belt, Market Market and Bonifacio High Street. I visited Market Market and its very huge, you have lot of stores and you get everything from imitation jewelry to furniture’s to cars, all malls will house a big food court. For some reason I find these malls have more and more of ladies items, you get lot of replicas and good looking handbag will cost around 300-400 pesos, also you can get lot of beauty products. All malls look crowded always and people in Philippines keep shopping endlessly.