Sorry I havent posted in the last few days, its been a tiresome week
Yesterday we started off by travelling to the intramuros site (intra meaning inside and Muros meaning walls)
After that we spent the rest of the day shopping again, later in the evening we went out to the Makati Hard Rock Cafe for dinner and a live band (which was great)
Today we went to the green hills markets and wandered around for the better half of the day, after which we went to the seafood markets and came home to try some authentic thai food!
its really very interesting being around the different cultures, just glancing out onto the street there are homeless people and beggars everywhere, the standard of living over here is severely lower than that of an Australian, weapons are easily accessible over here and there are security guards on every street corner and inside every doorway, all carrying shotguns, machine guns and pistols.
Shop vendors are desperate to sell their items and make a living, so desperate that they essentially harass you, grab your arms and try to talk you into buying their wares.
Oh and did I mention that lady-boys are very common, sometimes you cant see the difference between a lady-boy and a regular lady but sometimes its terribly obvious, so far ive only been propositioned once and hopefully it wont happen again.
Everybody here drives like an absolute maniac, from the taxis to the buses to the motorbikes to the jeepnies, even the regular drivers, safety is of no concern, lines on the roads are sometimes non existent, people dont indicate, people cut people off at every opportunity and not a day goes by without seeing an accident.