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vehicles are a hangover from the jeeps left by American GIs after World War II and no visit to the city is complete without a ride in one. They stop and start according to the whim of their passengers; to hail one, simply make eye contact with the driver and then nod or stretch out your arm. The standard fare is a bargain at eight pesos (about 20 cents). Pass your fare to the driver or their assistant at the front of the jeepney and say ?bayad po? (my payment), and ?para? (stop) when you want to alight. EAT LOCAL Hitting the streets and eating like a local is a must in any Asian city and Manila is no exception. While Filipino food hasn?t achieved the fame of its

Southeast Asian neighbours, it?s both tasty and unique. On the challenging end of the scale is the infamous balut (a fertilised duck egg with a nearly developed embryo inside) and isaw (pork or chicken intestines). There?s plenty of palate-friendly fare, too, including the highly popular lechรณn, or slow-roasted suckling pig. For dessert, indulge in halo-halo, a mixture of shaved ice, evaporated milk, sweet beans, bananas and ice-cream made from purple yam. RETAIL THERAPY If there?s one leisure activity that gets Filipinos going it?s shopping and, in Manila, an array of retail options cater to this national pastime. You can?t go to Metro Manila without visiting one of its malls, 16 of which are in the supermall category, and then there?s the slew of community and lifestyle malls. But at the top WWW.EXPATSWORLD.COM

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