I just spent an unsuccessful afternoon at the Indonesian Embassy trying to convince them to process my visa with the requirements for Canadian nationals, despite the fact that I am in Manila. I kept waving my Canadian passport around aimlessly; they kept saying "You are in Manila. You will be treated as a Filipino national." I gave up.
A typhoon is currently barreling toward Samar and Leyte, and the preliminary storms have already begun to drench Manila in terrifically strong rain. I waited at least 30 minutes for a cab, only to have it stolen by a wizened old lady who swept in out of nowhere and jumped in the front seat, flashing me a toothless grin as the cab sped off. I took the next cab and five minutes in the following dialogue occurred:
Cabbie: Ma'am. You will pay 50 pesos extra because we will be stuck in traffic.
Me: No, I will pay the metered fare. That's how it works.
Cabbie: No, you will pay 50 pesos extra because TRAFFIC.
Me: No, I will call the taxi commission and report that you are trying to scam a nice girl like me.
Cabbie: Ok, no extra charge and then no calling taxi commission?
Cabbie: You look like a nice white girl but you are not nice.
Me: I've heard that before.
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