Hi everyone, I am new to this site in way of posting, but not new as to reading a lot of the hilarious rants and ravings. A little back ground about me. I have been to the Philippines 3 times for 6 month trips. I have lived in Manila, Davao, and Cebu cities. Cebu city is where my awesome Filipina lives, and apparently I am a real lucky guy to have found someone like her. just because from what I have read, there seem to be a lot of people who have maybe not found the right person yet. We’ve been in a relationship for two years and we have no plan to get married yet, plus we both don’t want kids.
It wasn’t always like that though. I have had some real bad run in’s with Filipina before I found her. So I know where a lot of the guys are coming from. But today I would like to share a story, and trick, for taxi’s in manila. My first trip there was to manila, and I don’t know how some of you can stand living there. I heard the place was supposed to be awesome, but since I am not a bar star, nor into girlie bars, it’s probably the worst city I have ever lived in. ( I got a hilarious story about the only girlie bar I have been in, but that will have to be a story for another time).
The one thing that drove me crazy with anger and rage in manila, were the taxi drivers. It really wrecks a persons trip to have to argue with a cab driver to turn on their meter. Or have one of them trying to talk you into a flat rate fare. It took about 2 months of this before I got fed up. Now, I am the type of person that as long as you aren’t trying to fuck me over, I am a pleasant guy to be around. But these cab drivers were knowingly trying to rip me off. They knew I knew it, but didn’t care.
So finally after two months of arguing, being screwed over, or having to have people on the street flag down a cab, but pay them for the privilege, I had had enough. So on this day I was headed to mall of asia. I waved a cab down in malate and of course he gives me some ridiculous price for the fare. He has a meter, he knows he is supposed to be using it, and he also knows what he is doing is illegal. So I agree to it because I was tired of arguing and had a plan.
So a pleasant ride in the cab because I had absolutely no intention of paying him for the ride. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but I was done with these guys ripping me off and figured this might teach this one a lesson. So I make small talk with the guy and make it seem like I have no clue where I am.
We pull up to the mall and I open the door. As I am getting out I yell” 300 PESO TO GO TO MALATE,YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I’LL JUST GET ANOTHER CAB! I’m making enough noise that it catches the guards attention and they look my way right when the cab driver is getting out. At this point I figure I am going to get stabbed because the cab driver is yelling something at me that I can’t understand, but it started drawing a couple of the security over.
They come over and I am assuming the cab driver is telling them I am not paying my fare. One guard asks me where I came from and I point down the mall. I tell him that this guy picked me up and I wanted to go to malate, but he wouldn’t turn on the meter, and said I need to pay 300 peso. so I told him to stop and let me out because I wanted to find another cab. But of course the cab driver denies this is true and says that he picked me up in malate. Then the guard asks him for the receipt from the meter….ooppss.
I said that they can call the police if they wanted too which got the cabbies attention. So what ends up happening? you probably guessed it. The cab driver of course takes off after calling me something in tagalog. I stood there with a bit of an adrenalin rush, a smile on my face, and had to chuckle about it a little. I walked down to the part where it’s that outside road that runs down the middle of the mall and went in another entrance.
So I wouldn’t suggest doing this all the time or maybe ever. Just because you could get into a lot of trouble for it. The awesome part though was that on the way back I met this awesome cab driver that put the meter on right away, I actually didn’t notice he did and asked. He also drove super fast. I used him for the rest of the time I was in manila. I will never stay long in that city ever again though. Cebu and Davao cities are way better because your not going to have a heart attack fighting with cabbies.
It’s to bad my Filipina lives in Cebu though. I prefer Davao city.
Thanks for reading my first post….hopefully it gets posted.
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