Ermita, Manila

Whilst still not feeling very well this afternoon, I did manage to spend an hour or so walking around the run-down Ermita neighbourhood where my hotel is located. Hopefully these photos will give an idea of what the neighbourhood is like.

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‘Burger Machine’ stand, opposite my hotel. Ate one of their $1 burgers – never again!
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Ramshackle buildings

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Pineapple cart on street corner
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Deep-frying sweet potatoes with a sweet coating

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The streets are always full of Jeepneys durinb the day – local transportation buses made from converted WWII Willy’s Jeeps. Each vehicle is decorated differently.

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LA Cafe – a 24-hour hooker bar!

Just across the street from LA Cafe, in broad daylight, I was approached by a dirty, dishevelled, toothless old lady who told me that if I was looking for a girl, she had a young girl I could have! Elsewhere on my walkabout, I was offered phones for sale and even Cialis (almost certainly fake) – in addition to frequent begging by adults and children.

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Broken up sidewalk 
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More Jeepneys
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Ice cream cart
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Street vendors
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Many of these bicycle and sidecars seem to double up as homes, with couples sleeping in them (day and night)
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There are tall, modern buildings mixed in with the old
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A small Chinese section of shops
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Guards with pump-action shotguns outside a money changer shop
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Money changer shops are everywhere!
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Nothing about this shop-front would entice me to get my teeth fixed there
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Street corner shop
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Clinic advertising sign

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Watch where you’re walking!
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Open sewer – but at least it has tape around it
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This money changer has a notary public inside

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Those bald tyres could prove interesting in the wet!
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Notary public inside this cafe, also
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Street food vendor

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Chicken heads
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Intestines
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Street full of Jeepneys
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Dad sleeps on the motorcycle whilst the kids sleep/play in the sidecar
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Cute kids (begging for money)

I’m hoping that I’ll be feeling much better by tomorrow, as the antibiotics take effect, so that I can wander a bit farther from my hotel and see more of the city.

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