Stuff I Hate in Manila #2: DistanceOctober 20, 2008
Metro Manila is huge!
Last Wednesday, I spent the better part of the day touring the Mall of Asia. To say it was huge is an understatement. It was humongous. It was gargantuan. It was immense.
Yet the Mall of Asia for all its size is but a small dot, a speck so to speak, in a 1X1 square foot map of Metro Manila. To consider the Mall of Asia as immense is to consider Metro Manila as fantastically enormous. And to think the places that I have to go into are very far from my brother’s house, where I am staying in the meantime.
It seems impossible that a human could have travelled through all its streets. Drivers may have done so, but I was referring to humans. 2-headed-vampires certainly don’t count.
All that distance makes timely travel impossible to be done on foot. Transportation in the form of jeeps, buses, and taxis are the main fare of those who don’t use cars. The sheer distance of the place obviously brings commuters at constant contact with abominable 2-headed-vampires: drivers and their conductors.
Thus do I hate the distance of everything else in Manila. It makes me face abominable 2-headed-vampires all the time.