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METRO MANILA

IT'S HARD NOT TO COMPARE THE PHILIPPINES TO THAILAND. THESE ARE THE TWO MAIN MONGERING COUNTRIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND MANY TOURISTS TRY TO COMBINE THE TWO ON THEIR TRIPS. YOU'LL FIND THAILAND IS TYPICALLY ASIAN, BUT THE SPANISH INFLUENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES CREATES A CERTAIN CENTRAL AMERICAN FEEL. THINK MEXICO.

 

ARRIVING IN MANILA YOU WILL SOON BECOME AWARE THAT THIS IS A FAIRLY POOR COUNTRY. CERTAINLY A STEP DOWN FROM THAILAND.

YOU'D BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THAT THIS WOULD TRANSLATE INTO AN EVEN BIGGER SEX SCENE, WITH FILIPINO'S CHASING THE SEX TOURIST DOLLAR MORE THAN THEIR THAI SISTERS. NOT QUITE.

 

THEIR ARE CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS FORCES AT WORK WHICH OVERRIDE THE TEMPTATION OF SELLING PUSSY FOR CASH. IN GENERAL, FILIPINO'S ARE MORE SEXUALLY CONSERVATIVE THAN THAI'S AND PROSTITUTION IS LESS OPENLY ACCEPTABLE. WITH THIS IN MIND, SOME SAY FILIPINO'S MAKE BETTER WIVES. MORE LOYAL THAN THE FRIVOLOUS THAI'S WHO CAN'T RESIST ANOTHER PAY DAY WHEN THE BOYFRIEND'S BACK IS TURNED. FOR THAT REASON MANILA CAN BE A GOOD PLACE TO FIND A SEROIUS GIRLFRIEND, IF YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

IN THE 1990'S MAYOR LIM CRACKED DOWN ON MANY OF THE GIRLY BARS IN MANILA. AN EASY THING TO DO IN A STAUNCHLY CATHOLIC COUNTRY. IT HAS NEVER TRULY RECOVERED, BUT IN A CITY OF 16 MILLION, YOU KNOW THAT FUN WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SOME PLACES.

 

 

ERMITA. A COMMON AREA FOR SINGLE MALES TO STAY WITH THE SWAGMAN AND SOUTHERN CROSS HOTELS OFFERING CHEAP ROOMS (NOTE: FEWER TOURISTS MEAN PHILIPPINES HOTELS ARE NOT AS CHEAP AS THAILAND). ERMITA IS A BUSY VIBRANT AREA. AMONG THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE EXPECT TO SEE PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET AND TOUTS HANGING AROUND. ALL THE NAUGHTY BARS USE TO BE FOUND IN THIS AREA, BUT A CRACKDOWN HAS ONLY LEFT A HANDFUL OF FREELANCE PICK UP JOINTS.

 

THE 24 HOUR 'MANILA BAY CAFE' IS THE CLEAR WINNER FOR A FREELANCER BAR. BEST TIME TO GO IS IN THE EVENING WHEN THE PLACE IS TEEMING WITH GIRLS ON THE HUNT. CATCH THEIR EYE AND THEY'LL SOON GESTURE TO JOIN YOU. UPSTAIRS THEY HAVE LIVE BANDS AND A SMALL DANCEFLOOR. AS WITH ALL FREELANCERS, GET THEIR I.D CHECKED BY YOUR HOTEL RECEPTION.

NOT MUCH COMPETITION FOR THE 'MBC' IN ERMITA, BUT YOU MAY HAVE SOME LUCK IN AMAZONIA OR G-POINT BARS. EXPECT TO PAY BETWEEN 1000 AND 1500 PESOS....BUT OBVIOUSLY NO BARFINE.

 

MAKATI. THIS IS THE MAIN BUSINESS DISTRICT IN METRO MANILA SO EXPECT TO BE QUOTED HIGH PRICES. WHILE THE AREA DOESN'T HAVE THE SOUL OF ERMITA, IT IS CLEANER AND SAFER.

 

P.BURGOS STREET IS THE PLACE TO FIND THE GIRLY BARS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF UPSCALE PLACES (RINGSIDE, BILLBOARD, BOTTOMS) MOST CHARGING A FAIR BIT (390 PESOS) FOR LADYDRINKS AND 2000-3000PESOS+ FOR BARFINES (ADD ON TOP 2000P FOR SEX WITH THE GIRL). THEY AIM TO CATCH  BUISNESSMEN 'PASSING THROUGH' SO DON'T MIND PUSHING THEIR PRICES SKY HIGH. THE RESULT IS THAT THIS AREA IS PRETTY QUIET MOST NIGHTS WITH MOST MANILA EXPATS PREFERRING TO MEET THE GIRLS OUTSIDE OF WORKING HOURS. TO DO THE SAME YOU WILL HAVE TO DO SOME GROUND WORK BEHIND THE MAMASAN'S BACK

 

SOME BARS DEDUCT LADYDRINKS OFF THE BARFINE, SO LOOK OUT FOR THAT. ROGUES IS SUPPOSEDLY THE CHEAPEST PLACE ON THE STRIP (BARFINE 1600P?), LOOK OUT FOR HAPPY HOURS IN OTHER BARS. I'VE SEEN SOME VERY ATTRACTIVE GIRLS ON P.BURGOS. WORTH A LOOK IF YOU ARE HAPPY TO PAY THE PRICES AND CAN PUT UP WITH PUSHY STAFF. BOTTOMS HAS SNEAKY BOOTHS FOR BJ AND HAND JOBS!

 

EDSA COMPLEX PASAY. THIS ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX CONSISTS OF 8 TRADITIONAL GOGO BARS WITH GIRLS DANCING IN BIKINI'S. IT'S LOCATED IN PASAY CITY SO YOU WILL NEED A TAXI FROM ERMITA OR MAKATI. ROUGHLY HALF THE PRICE OF P.BURGOS FOR BARFINES AND LADYDRINKS. FIREHOUSE IS THE STAND OUT BAR HERE.

LIKE P.BURGOS STREET, THE BARFINE DOESN'T INCLUDE SEX WITH THE GIRL (WE'LL SEE LATER ANGELES CITY IS DIFFERENT), SO YOU WILL BE GIVING ANOTHER PAYMENT TO THE GIRL AFTER THE DIRTY DEED (1500-2000P). SECURITY GUARDS WILL LIKELY PAT YOU DOWN HERE AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE CAMERAS/CAMERA PHONES AT RECEPTION. I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANY REPORTS OF THEFT FROM THIS.

ANGELES CITY IS A LOT MORE MONGER FRIENDLY. CHEAPER WITH A BETTER SELECTION OF NAUGHTY BARS. MANY SEX TOURISTS SKIP MANILA ALTOGETHER.

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SAFETY

 

THERE ARE OTHER SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WITH THAI AND PHILIPPINE SOCIETY, ONE BEING SAFETY. YOU'LL FIND THAT NEARLY EVERY FILIPINO SHOP, MONEY CHANGER, AND RESTAURANT HAS AN ARMED GUARD OUTSIDE. YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THERE ARE WAY MORE PEOPLE SLEEPING ROUGH HERE. WHILST YOU SEE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN BANGKOK, THERE ARE WHOLE FAMILIES LIVING ON THE STREETS IN MANILA. YOU WERE SPOILT IN THAILAND. THIS IS MORE LIKE THE THIRD WORLD!

YOU SHOULD AVOID POORLY LIT SIDE STREETS LATE AT NIGHT HERE. BEGGARS AND TOUTS ARE A LOT MORE PERSISTANT. THEY MAY FOLLOW YOU THE LENGTH OF THE STREET TO GET A RESULT. LOOK OUT FOR SCAM ARTISTS. IF A GUY TRIES TO BEFRIEND YOU (OR SAYS HE KNOWS YOU) ON THE STREET DON'T GIVE HIM THE TIME OF DAY.

WHILE BANGKOK HAS MANY TOURISTS AND WESTERNERS WALKING AROUND, MANILA HAS ONLY A FEW. YOU MAY FEEL A LITTLE CONSPICUOUS UNTIL YOU GET YOUR BEARINGS. ONCE YOU LOSE THAT 'JUST ARRIVED' LOOK AND BECOME MORE ASSERTIVE, YOU'LL FIND YOU GET LESS HASSLE ON THE STREETS.