Metro Manila · Megacitizens' Stories

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A collection of traveling-, living- and working experiences from different Megacitizens who decided to explore the Megacity Manila and everything around it.

These stories reflect lively experiences from our Megacities Community - individuals and groups writing about the ups and downs of living in Metro Manila. Want to share stories, pictures or videos with the rest of the community? Email Us.

City Kart Racing "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/misc/city-kart-racing/city-kart-racing13/1471574-1-eng-GB/City-Kart-Racing_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 City Kart Racing

French national and long-time Metro Manila resident Jean-Marc Freihuber, founder of City Kart Racing in Circuit Makati, tells Megacitizens.com how upset he was the first time he saw Boracay, the moment he fell in love with Bohol, the time he found the love of his life, and when he decided the Philippines felt home, and will always feel home, to him.

Road "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/global-businesses/road/863722-1-eng-GB/Road_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Road

"Don't drive here!", a Discovery Channel show that did a feature on Manila said of the traffic situation in the Megacity. Undeniably, amid the traffic caused by a surplus of autos in the road and the wreck of transport organization in the Philippines, a car is still the fastest way to get around from point A to point B in the Megacity. And for the transcendent Megacitizens in Manila, the solution is either the famous taxi cabs or a second-hand car.

Pole Academy Philippines "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/pole-academy-philippines/717562-1-eng-GB/Pole-Academy-Philippines_zoom_image.jpg" 1963 1200 Pole Academy Philippines

Pole dancing is deceiving as a sport and dance. While the movements seem to defy the laws of gravity, it is gravity that you have to befriend and understand to master dance. Awareness of how the body works can make all the difference.

Metafactor Wellness Center "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/metafactor-wellness-center/624855-1-eng-GB/Metafactor-Wellness-Center_zoom_image.jpg" 1815 1200 Metafactor Wellness Center

Say "Wellness Center”, and everyone immediately associates it with spa treatments and traditional medicine. Yet, Metafactor is backed by a certain philosophy and a fresh twist – putting together dermatological, dental, gym, spa, and rehab facilities under one massive roof.

Jay "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/jay/539329-2-eng-GB/Jay_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Jay

Leaving the well air-conditioned aircraft and crossing the cooled visa area, every traveler needs to pass this wall before arriving the taxi-zone. Locals and Asia-experienced tourists might be familiar with this sudden climate change into hot but wet air.

Ampelmann "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/ampelmann/495902-1-eng-GB/Ampelmann_zoom_image.jpg" 1600 1200 Ampelmann

Megacitizens do not only come together for a Stammtisch in Manila but also in other parts of the world to talk about Manila. How it is referred to might be different but in the end the question is the same for everybody: "When are we going back to Manila?"

Emperador Stadium "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/emperador-stadium2/472871-1-eng-GB/Emperador-Stadium_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 741 Emperador Stadium

Emperador Stadium, with its wide, open space, artificial grass, and blinding flood lights, is the best spot to watch or play football in Manila. The stadium is always alive with balls, lights, music, and cheers.

Bremen Freimarkt "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/megacitizens/bremen-freimarkt2/403166-1-eng-GB/Bremen-Freimarkt_zoom_image.jpg" 1788 738 Bremen Freimarkt

That initial separation stage when the plane takes off is what pains the most, much like the snapping of a rubber band – quick, sudden, and gone. But all worries disappear when that final connecting plane landed in Bremen Airport. The prospect of a warm shower and a cozy bed in 9⁰C spring temperature helped me muster that last bit of energy to transport my luggage to the flat where I’ll stay.

MRT Guadalupe Station "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/mrt-guadalupe-station/345638-1-eng-GB/MRT-Guadalupe-Station_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 MRT Guadalupe Station

One fine Saturday I felt the urge to leave Makati behind and go up north of the Megacity, where you find some green oases such as the campus of UP Diliman and the Quezon Circle. Traffic on EDSA was quite heavy, so I decided to take the the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) for the first time.

Waiting at Meralco "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/megacitizens/waiting-at-meralco/318635-1-eng-GB/Waiting-at-Meralco_zoom_image.jpg" 1022 650 Waiting at Meralco

Today I learned a valuable lesson: always pay your Meralco bill on or before the due date!

PAL Airplane "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/pal-airplane2/25295-1-eng-GB/PAL-Airplane_zoom_image.jpg" 1600 1200 PAL Airplane

'Every town in the city has its own character with its unique bars, restaurants and feel. So, it does not really differ from the cities and Hotspots in Manila'

Nickname "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/nickname/51276-1-eng-GB/Nickname_zoom_image.jpg" 1800 913 Nickname

'While someone in England 'gave' me my nickname, Starbucks Manila forced me to use it and the Philippines made me embrace it!'

Passports "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/about-manila/passports/48194-1-eng-GB/Passports_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1123 Passports

'In order to save some money and because I was curious getting to know the notorious Philippine Bureau(crazy) of Immigration, I dared to take care of the paperworks myself instead of just hiring a travel and visa agency', Jo, Megacitizen

Japan "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-life/japan/40464-1-eng-GB/Japan_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1181 Japan

'Two things usually leave a lasting impression to foreigners visiting Japan: the country's love for high-end technology and the exquisite politeness of literally everybody you talk to'

Megacitizen Jo "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/megacitizens/megacitizen-jo/40332-1-eng-GB/Megacitizen-Jo_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1121 Megacitizen Jo

'I keep postponing my return flight. Once Manila gets you, it won't let you go easily'

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'My credo back then was: if I don't get out of the city every two- to three weeks, I go nuts'