Nothing beats international adventures, like the time a taxi driver in Bangkok accused me of denting his door, but today was even more exciting. We get in a taxi to head back to our hotel, and at first the driver says “400 pesos, ok?” While that’s under $9USD, it’s more than double the normal cost, so obviously he’s trying to screw us. We say “no, meter,” and he agrees.
We made the stupid mistake of trying to get to the hotel during rush hour, which meant the 15km drive took over two hours. Well, this taxi driver decided he wanted to get creative, so he drives in the bus lane. Unfortunately for him he did so in an area with traffic cops, so he got pulled over. He begged for the guy to let him go (and tried to use us, the passengers, as leverage), but the cop wouldn’t give in. The cop wrote him a ticket, and after about ten minutes we were on our way.
By the way, you gotta love how cheap Manila is. Our two hour cab ride cost under 200 pesos, which is about $4USD. Much like in Ho Chi Minh City, cab rides can be scary and entertaining at the same time.