JJReyes Posted January 20, 2012 Posted January 20, 2012 (edited) Honest Taxi DriverDuring my last trip to Manila, I needed to deliver two large suitcases to a non-profit shelter for street children. They were Samsonites in good condition and obviously heavy because of the donated electronic equipment and laptops. The area was very poor. There were no street numbers. I asked the taxi driver to wait while I entered the gated compound to verify if it was the correct address. This took several minutes to confirm. That’s when I realized my mistake. The driver could have taken off with the suitcases. But there he was patiently waiting just outside the gate.I hired him the next day as an "On Duty" taxi for my appointments. My personal bag was kept in the trunk so we did not have to return to the hotel prior to catching an evening flight. Now for a funny story. One appointment required entering Ayala Alabang Village and the security guards wouldn't let us. The driver had a traffic citation rather than a license. Instead of paying the customary bribe, he wanted to plead the violation in traffic court. The impasse was technically the driver had no license. So I asked the head of security, who spoke English, if I could drive inside the village using my US driver's license. His answer was, "Yes. But..." In a wealthy enclave, the American does not drive a taxi while the driver seats next to him. The two of us had a good laugh knowing the head of security was probably shaking his head as I drove away. This was probably a first for him. So if you need a day hire taxi in Manila, try Mikki Gonzalez. Send a text message to Cellular 0927-770-2641. Add the words, "honest taxi driver." That's our agreed code. Rates are negotiable. From Mr. Lee's posting, I will keep Ramil's in Cebu (09219 524 439) in the event I need a day hire taxi in that city.JJR Edited January 20, 2012 by Jollygoodfellow -added image to the post correctly 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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