Oh yes, Chris how can I forget Apol and let me tell you there are many more pretty girls here and the sad thing is they are into pretty much anything if you can pay their price.I can only elaborate in person as it's a little graphic to mention.
We definitely did not see the real Manila in 1995 and I have a glimpse of what those jokers who rented the car for a "tour" as Terence mentioned.Funny thing you mentioned Miggi cause I was thinking about her...a very nice girl.
It is still a country that still has extreme poverty and people work hard to make a living like this street peddler who toils in the sun all day trying to sell the simplest stuffs like a face towel or even rags.The difference though, some people are poor...very poor and yet I see smiles on their faces(like this morning on my way to the Cavite province) and you wonder why people in affluent countries like Singapore end up lying down on MRT tracks.
Below is a picture of a shop called "Brand X" and when you think about it they get free advertising all the time by other brands even though it's bad advertising as those brands always run Brand X down.I thought it was unique but that's me.
The customer service standard here is really good and it should be because if you don't perform there are 10 more people eying for your job.Overall, a visit to places like India,Philippines or Thailand will always make you feel a little thankful and humble...something we take for granted at times.
BTW, we went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch today in Cavite called "King Bee"...think it's the husband of "Jollibee" and you know what ........the food sucked as well.Jake will end up ordering dish after dish and still will complain.