Staying in Manila multipal times close to Ermita, during the day we’d go down for a walk along the Manila bay for a bit of sightseeing. It was always in close proximity to our residence being only a few minutes away, traffic was always hectic I found this interesting not what I was use to in Australia were everyone obides by rules. Like I said it was interesting and an eye opener in a good way.
The bay it self is well made old but still practical, plenty of people traverse the bay, from the vendors food carts selling specialty foods to watches and nicks and knacks. There are plenty of tour operaters with there horse and cart called (kalesa) or (karitela), some are like hawks scrolling around looking for foreigners to take them for a ride. Cheap and always barter as each one is always undercutting the others.
There is also a down side to such a lovely place within the city boundaries, homeless people sleeping along there, beggars and the occasional rubbish along the so called beach walk. The reality of how some are strugglers, low wages and no hand outs from the goverment, unlike here in Australia were if you don’t work you still get unemployment benefits… To be continued….