Metro Manila · Megacitizens' Stories
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
'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'
'While someone in England 'gave' me my nickname, Starbucks Manila forced me to use it and the Philippines made me embrace it!'
'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
'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'
'I keep postponing my return flight. Once Manila gets you, it won't let you go easily'
'My credo back then was: if I don't get out of the city every two- to three weeks, I go nuts'