January 9 ARRIVAL MORNING in MANILA
After a basically uneventful 15 hour (instead of 16 1/2 hour) flight, we arrived early at 4am instead of 5:30am. I had an excellent taxi driver take me straight to the White Knight hotel in Intramuros.
TAXI ADVICE: Don’t go with the guys who come up to you saying they are the airport taxi. They wanted 1750 pesos to go to Intramuros. I walked across the street to the metered taxies and it was 450 pesos even considering all the detours because of the festival.
This is what it looked like outside at 4:30am, pitch dark in other words, when I walked to one of the main streets in my neighborhood called the Intramuros or the old walled city, to find…