Manila to Macau Flight
Monday October 31, 2005, 7:20 AM
I have a plane ticket to Macau on November 6, I am not so happy about this. I discovered they are having some type of Sports Games there and all the Hotels could be full. This is not good, for sure one part of travel I do not like is tourist, I like to talk with tourist, however where there are droves of them I would rather be anywhere but there. I hope to figure out a way either to get a cheap Hotel-Hostel reservation or to quickly go to Hong Kong on the same day I arrive.
I often look at myself as some type of travel expert, on the other side I often look at myself as quite na�ve. There is nothing like travel to prove you know nothing about anything, very easy to have humility. That one dingaling that posted how stupid I was because I did not know where the city of Shenzhen in China, just across the border from Hong Kong. People think you should learn all the geography of the world; however, this is like saying to know all the Stars in the sky and name them. There really is no need; they make Encyclopedias and Atlases for this type of thing.
Einstein once said something to the extent as I paraphrase, a piece of paper can remember better than any person on the planet.
I just looked at the map of Hong Kong and Macau, they are only 20 miles apart, and this crazy city in Chine Shenzhen that I cannot spell correctly is very close. I should be able to travel from one location to the next fast.
I am trying to get in touch with what I am feeling about this, I think I do not like to be ripped off or how do I say in proper English. I do not like people to take advantage of my lack of knowledge to over charge me for transportation�
The guidebook to me is supposed to help or stop this� I have a guidebook to Hong Kong, I will see if it helps. It is a Lonely Planet I purchase used on Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand.
It has the departure tax figured out, the tax leaving Hong Kong and going to Macau or the opposite. I really did not figure this out, it is not a big concern because it is not something that normally changes or I have to negotiate.
The reason the book is worthless it is not for Backpackers it is for tourist that are on a one-time trip to Hong Kong or Macau.
I have 426 page of book here to figure out and all I want to know is:
1. What is the name of the top three backpacker places to sleep cheap or �Popular with the Backpackers� places in Macau?
2. How do I get from the Macau airport to this Hostel or Area of the city?
3. How much do I pay for transportation?
I like to take taxis and if the price is under 15 USA dollars, I will pay this just to avoid having to read the book or stand around for an hour with my guidebook in hand trying to figure out where to go.
I want to know how to get off the plane and go to the �Popular with the Backpackers� Hostel or Hotels in Hong Kong?
What are the names?
How much is the transportation? MONEY?
Can I take a taxi and make my life real easy?
Many of you would think this is all somewhat silly; however to me I do not want to live or visit Hong Kong or Macau in the sense of I care to know everything about the place. I just want to go hang out a couple of days, try to figure out the cities and see if I can visit easy.
More or less I am looking for a base, a place like I have right now in Manila, where I can sit around and talk with people and learn how to travel. Strangely not many people here in Manila in the Hostel are traveling around, however if I wish, I can still figure out where or how to go to a place.
I went to the area called Makati, here in Manila the other day, it is the financial district of �suit� area of the city I guess, plus I guess they have some street called �Burgos� I do not know how to spell, however this is the find bar girls street. On the other hand, maybe the center of the party street, luckily this Australian guy Martin took me to Makati. I went to talk with this big web design company that translates English to Chinese or Japanese or many others. Really what they do is have a complex computer program that does it for clients by machine, not a big deal, however for the really na�ve a big deal.
OK, so Martin made my life easy.
This is how it works.
Walk out the Hotel� I am in the Friendly Backpackers Guesthouse on Adriatico. However, the center of Maleta is really the Maleta Pension Hotel, if you ask for the Pan something Hotel you will get close� hehehe.
I went and asked. The name of the Hotel is the Pan Pacific Hotel.
Ok, this is how you come to Manila easy.
Get off the Plane in Manila.
1. 450 OPTION: Pay a lot and go to the taxi stand at the exit of the airport, they will arrange taxis. They will make you pay about 450 Pesos to go to the �Pan Pacific Hotel in Malate area.� You are going to Adriatico Street.
2. 150 OPTION - CHEAP Taxi. - Trust the Meter however check !
Get out of the Airport anyway you can and flag down a taxi.
Malate - MAW LAW TAY
Pan Pacific Hotel
From the Pan Pacific ask or walk two block to go to the Malate Pension on the way you will pass the Friendly Guesthouse, nobody will know where it is located so you will wander around in this small two block area between the Pan Pacific an the Malete Pension till you find the place.
Fourth Floor of a white building.
Corner of Nakpil Street and Adriatico Street.
Adriatico is the big street, and Nakpil the taxi will not know.
Cost about 150 Peso for dorm bed and about 450 for private room.
Be careful there is a Hotels called Friendly that is NOT on Adriatico.
Stay a couple of nights and figure out the guidebook and the Philippines by talking with Benjie the owner or other people in the Hostel. That is all you need to know to visit Manila easy.
IF you do not find a room in the Friendly Guesthouse, there are many small and cheap Hotels in the area. They speak English here more or less so just talk to one bike taxi and they will take you to cheap hotel. However, sit around in the Friendly until someone helps you, or go to the Malete Pension it is ok, however boring.
Going to MAKATI.
Walk out in this area, flag a taxi, and pay 150 Peso by the Meter, no more, make them put on the meter or do not go.
This is all I want, the skinny on how to go from the plane to Macao or the skinny on how to go to Hong Kong.
Just the bottom lines of travel.
You may think this is silly or stupid, however it just means you do not travel very much, there is always an easy quick way to enter and leave a country or city. This can be said or written just that fast, the time where a guidebook become good is after you are in the �Center of the Backpackers Universe.�
Get me there, and then I will look around or borrow a guidebook. For those people who are very arrogant and like to read guidebooks of 456 pages from cover to cover and know the skinny on nothing. Think if you visited 20 countries on a round the world trip.
How do you carry 20 guidebooks?
How do you read 9000 pages of book?
Who wants to read this much?
Nobody does, however a few do, probably the guidebook writer.
I have decided that the Philippines is one of the best places on the planet to visit for many reason, beaches, friendly, good shopping, scuba diving, primitive cultures, and just about anything you wish to do.
I on the other hand think the guidebooks are terrible; they totally discourage me from wanting to visit the places. I want to go to Puerto Galera and this is not so easy, the guidebook tells me something however, I need to find the bus station.
I guess I will walk out or could walk out of the front of the hotel here near the Pan Pacific Hotel in the Maleta area of Manila and say the name of the bus station.
How much does the taxi cost?
I do not know, I am thinking, I could write some hand held very small guidebooks very fast with the help of somebody.
What they miss out on is the idea of landmarks; the Pan Pacific Hotel is the landmark that will get you to the center of the backpackers in Manila.
I would suppose this street called Burgos is the center of Makati area of Manila.
You need the words �All taxis know.�
The big landmark and work you way from the landmark to the smaller place, the taxi driver can ask once he is in the right area. 80 percent of the planet is just take a taxi, in Europe is where life is hard. Can you imagine how hard it is to do all this by bus�? That is work or by train, or by some German Train where they just do not help you, and do not want to help you and every move is 20 dollars US or 20 Euros.
I am getting some clarity, maybe I can write a guidebook on the Philippines, on the other hand, that means I would have to travel around in the Philippines� A good idea, however I am a very slow traveler, I like to enjoy the day.
I almost have the formula figure out.
( I am blogging this by email to see how it works... more experimentation or playing around.)
Puerto Galera: How To Get There
"The most convenient way is to avail of a Si-kat bus-and-ferry package from Centerpoint Hotel (formerly Sundowner Hotel). The package offers passengers the convenience of having a "connecting" bus and ferry trip.
The fare is more expensive than in other buses (Php 350 one-way and Php 600 roundtrip/open-sted, but the coaches are more spacious and the trip is much shorter since there are no stopovers. Unfortunately, there's only one schedule per day for either way (see ferry schedule)."
I read this same re-copied description (below) on multiple sites, but it's claim is that it's the cheapest way from Manila to Puerto Galera. Kind of vague on how to first get to the bus stations:
"More economical are the commercial buses of BLTB, JAM and TRITRAN. Bus terminals can be found in Cubao, and in Buendia in Pasay City. Schedules of these buses are quite erratic, but the earliest bus usually leaves at 6AM and every hour from then on (depending on the volume of passengers). Fare on these buses range from Php 80 to 100 depending on whether it is a regular or an air-con bus."
I have read you can cell phone blog from places like Puerto Galera's quiet non-touristy Hotel Encenada, where there is no Internet available. I believe you are right on with your assessment about needing a camera phone blog capability. Internet access lags behind wider global Cell phone coverage.
The Ultimate Travel Laptop
A way to "have your cake and eat it too" is the expensive ($2,000-$5,000 USD new) laptop solution for the global traveler is the Panasonic Toughbook -- newer models have expanded numbers of ways with which it can connect itself to the Internet, including in-computer cell phone circuitry that takes SIM cards...it features a special vertical telescoping radio aerial and is both waterproof (actually proof to submergence) and is rated to withstand at least 30 five foot drops and can also be run over by a car. It has a briefcase-like handle (no case required) and a magnesium metal case. Standard equpment include built-in WiFi, Ethernet, modem and Infrared, plus optionally can sport a Touchscreen clearly viewed in full daylight and remote control access within a certain radius from a separate keypad (certain models). Military and police love these. Actress Angelina Jolie used two of these top-end laptops in her recent action-adventure espionage movie, "The Smith's".
I've found cheaper clean refurb'ed EBAY sources (sometimes under $500 USD) for Toughbooks, esp. older models featuring Pentium 3 CPU's in the 800 MHZ -1.0x GHz clockspeed range. One eBay merchant I check regularly that frequently sells good used older Toughbooks such as the model CF-72 is 'bayliquidations' (6783). An example of a pre-owned one for bid to view:
Another example, a new fully ruggedized Panasonic Pentium 4 model Toughbook-29 lists for $3625 USD (and up with more options) and is shown at the Panasonic site:
Well, if I ever win the lottery...
I'm very glad that you have appreciated the Philippines very much...
if you'd do plan to do a travel book of the Philippines, do try to see these sites from Luzon: the Hispanic city of Vigan, the New Zealandish terrain of the Batanes islands, see the majestic Mt. Mayon on the Bicol region, see the scenic Taal Volcano from Tagaytay, and the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan..
in the Visayas islands and Palawan:
the unique Chocolate Hills of Bohol, the white sand beaches of Boracay, Camiguin, El Nido, Puerto Princesa.
in the Mindanao island:
the colorful vintas of Zamboanga, and the Mt. Apo Natural Park in Davao City..
I envy you! I wish I could be as brave and adventurous in travelling as you are! :) I actually came across your blog as I was searching for a hostel in Macau. I'm planning to go there early next year. I've sworn off travelling on a tour as I realized in Hong Kong that they just bring you to places where you are forced to buy stuff and miss out on the more interesting stuff to see. The internet is always a good source of info; the guidebooks are very expensive and not always updated. If you do plan to return to the Philippines, there's a guidebook written by a British which I myself found very helpful when I had to go to two provinces in connection with my work. I'll get back to you later, the author and the title just escapes me right now.
I have a philippine travel site where you can get more info about festivals. No ferry schedule. :-)
On the other hand you can check out my favourite macau tourism site for your travails, er travels, in Macau
I've heard so many things about boracay. And i believed that this place will be perfectly for relaxing...