19 Jun 2019
Being born in the Philippines could be a blessing and a curse. A blessing for being born into a country with majestic islands, and a curse for living with people with no other things to do aside from scamming their fellow countrymen.
In every part of the Philippines, one of the popular modes of transportation is a Tricycle. From the word itself, meaning it has three wheels/tires. These tricycles can take you to your destination in less than 5 minutes (if you are in a hurry or if your destination is short), but could go as long as 15 minutes or more if you are in a province with no other modes of transportation to take you.
It is fun riding tricycles but it could be dreading if one driver scams you, might as well consider the trip ruined.
In a place in Manila called Legarda, there are tricycle drivers charging you 50 Philippine peso (about 1 USD) for a “special” (meaning, you are solo) and 20 Philippine pesos (about 0.38 USD) per person if the ride is shared. Let’s say if your destination is just about a couple of kilometers away, you still have to pay 40 php. It is very overpriced when in fact that couple of kilometers could just be traveled by foot.
Some drivers could charge over 100 Philippine pesos (about 2 USD) es[ecially when it is raining. Even if the distance is short, pay 100. If your distance is far then expect that 100 to go higher. I have experienced paying 150 pesos (about 2.50 USD) just to get home because there are no Jeeps available. I had no choice but to take the tric.
If you guys are traveling to the Philippines and is going to ride a tricycle, be aware that they charge unusual prices to foreigners. So please take time to know the actual rates before agreeing to anything. You could ask around if you are confused. People are very much willing to help.