Lifestyle
8 Tips to Successfully Commute Around Manila
Consider yourself armed for the streets of Manila with these handy tips!
PHOTO Pioneer Films
  1. Choose your weapon (i.e. mode of transportation). As soon as you know where you want to go, the next thing to do is to choose which mode of transportation you will take. Trains like MRT and LRT are good for navigating places like University Belt and Taft, while buses are more suited for provincial trips and places that pass through EDSA. FXs, meanwhile, have set routes and end points, so make sure that you ride the right one.

    1via giphy.com

  2. Equip yourself with the proper amount of money. Make sure that you have extra cash for longer trips and enough coins for quick ones, so you won't have to constantly bug the driver for your change. Note that coins are more suitable for jeepney and train rides, while paper notes are more acceptable for buses.

    2via uglocal.tumblr.com

  3. Never lose your proof. Some forms of public transportation need you to present your ticket before you ride (especially train rides), while some have inspectors that make rounds during the ride. Get a grip on your tickets because losing them would mean more cost (not to mention a  major hassle).

    3via giphy.com

  4. Familiarize yourself with the route you're taking. The Internet is your friend when searching for maps and other ways to get to your destination. Use your favorite search engine for finding out the best transportation to take to get to wherever you want to go. Buses usually have conductors that announce the names of bus stops and trains usually have voiceovers that announce the stations so make sure to listen, so you'll know when to get off.

    4via giphy.com

  5.  Talk to strangers. But only the friendly, trustworthy ones. Be perceptive of the people around you so you can decide who to ask if ever you get lost. Locals are easier to ask since they know the place by heart. Try to avoid asking directions from people who look like they're on a hurry–you don't want to be on the receiving end of glares and exasperated sighs.

    5via giphy.com

  6. Be careful with your belongings! Manila, while very beautiful, is also very prone to petty theft. Make sure that all your belongings are secured. If you can, bring something that can act as your self-defense equipment (such as keys, umbrellas, spray perfumes). It's better to be safe than sorry.

    6via giphy.com

  7. Show courtesy. Set yourself apart from the others commuters by being the nice one, especially to senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with disability. If you can, give up your chair to someone who needs it more. Taylor Swift said that "being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind," and we fully agree.

    7via lovedisney.tumblr.com

  8. Take in the different sights. While whipping out your phone to take pictures is unsafe, don't forget to soak in your surroundings – this might also help you should you get lost on your way back! Happy commuting, Candy Girls!
your REACTION
BOO

0

CUTE

0

EWW

0

HEART

0

OMG

0

YAY

0

/////////////////////////////
COMMENTS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION BELOW!
VIEW more ARTICLES ABOUT
About the author
Lausanne Barlaan
Candymag.com Correspondent
I'm a Candy Girl because I am a modern day Elle Woods, refusing to be boxed by stereotypes. Liking pink and other girly things does not mean I can’t do things society does not expect of me. I am a Candy girl because having flaws do not limit me from chasing my dreams and standing up for what I believe in. I can showcase my smarts and skills, all while looking my best.
VIEW OTHER ARTICLES FROM Lausanne
Comments
latest on CandyMag.com
 
x
Share
How to be good to your skin AND your beauty routine!
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
Before the season 2 premiere of Stranger Things, we got to hang with some of the old gang and a pair of brand new strangers making their debut soon. Read all about it here!
 
x
Share
Score great hair from Monday to Friday next week.
 
x
Share
Hindi sa lahat ng oras matapang ako.
LOAD MORE ARTICLES
your REACTION
Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!
/////////////////////////////
CONNECT WITH US