Driving in the heart of Manila (MECQ to GCQ)
Driving in Manila from MECQ to GCQ
Most of the OFWs drivers in the UAE are not confident to drive in Manila when on vacation. Aside from trying to avoid any issues or accidents while on holiday their concerns are the inconsiderate drivers. Most local drivers have their own rules.
Same with them I am avoiding driving here every time I’m on vacation. No matter how good driver we are abroad and know the traffic rules, it seems doesn’t applicable here.
Local drivers here mostly do not follow the rules. They are not respecting even the basic rule in changing lanes at all.
Despite driving here regularly is challenging I don’t have any choice but to do it. Taking public transportation here is a big no for me, practicality, and mostly because of safety.
So far, my regular driving route is Rizal – Manila – Rizal every two weeks. I am accompanying my Father to his chemo session at PGH.
Though I learned driving here in the Philippines 20 years back, I never drive in Manila. My father wouldn’t allow me that time or I don’t know what he will do to me in case I sneak in.
Manila is known for a place with heavy traffics and reckless drivers, driving there is really hard. I never imagine before that I would be able to drive in this place.
Now that I am confident and my Father as well in my driving skills, he is letting me go. My driving experience in UAE for 7 years ready me for this situation.
However, every time I am driving here, my patience, calmness is being tested. It is fine, I know for few more months I can drive here full of confidence like in UAE.
A short video of me driving at City of Manila going to PGH during MECQ and GCQ.
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