My friend told me to give myself 2 hours to get from Manila airport to the hotel in Makati and to take a taxi it'll only cost about 400 pesos ($15AUD) also because there was no public transport.
I get a taxi and instantly the driver asks if I wanted to take the "Skyway" it's the new motorway, he said proudly, but it costs 20 pesos (LESS THAN A DOLLAR). "Sure as long as it's faster". Yes he reassured me.
This motorway technically has 4 lanes marked and yet due to the volume of cars, drivers make their own lanes and still the lanes are packed 10 lanes deep for kilometres on end in both directions.
In the absence of any really public transport (more on the Jeepney mini bus later), people have no choice but to use private vehicles. So you build motorways to "ease congestion" and what do you expect more people will drive outta their way to use it. Congestion doesn't ease with more lanes.
Seriously, 2 hours to drive 10 kms. Google lies.
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