Our Manila trip coming up in another 3 weeks' time.
Have a couple of questions :
1. We are booked to stay at the new Malayan Plaza (an apartment building ) located on the ADB avenue corner Opal Road, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City. (across from the Podium Mall apparently) Our bus from the airport will stop at SM Megamall Building A, ADB avenue, Ortigas Centre - note - Mandaluyong City. My initial enquiry for the reason of the two different cities is that the Ortigas Centre is in the middle of both cities, and that the distance between the two is only 5 minutes.
As it will be nightfall by the time we got into Manila and also it would be our first time , I am not sure whether the 5 min distance is really a 5 min distance. Should we take a taxi or walk the 5 min distance ? Are the two places really very close and safe for us to drag our baggages along in the street , may be across traffic light etc, ? What would you suggest we do ?
2. Do taxi drivers turn on taxi metres readily, or only as told, or just won't do ? How much does the taxi metre start at ?