I’m really excited to interview Kathy Mills of Wall Street Is Waiting about Manila, Philippines. Kathy works for the government and is in Manila for a 3-year assignment. Her tips for the best things to do in Manilla are awesome because she’s a blend of tourist and local that understands what we’re looking. We want to sample the local cuisine, experience their customs, and try something unique that we can’t find anywhere else.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon. It offers a mixture of historic colonial buildings with Spanish influence and modern skyscrapers.
The weather is hot year-round and is wet a good portion of the year. Kathy says that the best time of year to visit is from November to February. There are many festivals throughout the year which celebrate the diverse heritage and culture of the city. You’ll have your choice of Filipino, Muslim, Chinese, and holiday festivals to explore.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out the Philippines Department of Tourism. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Best places to stay in Manila
Here are the best places to stay in Manila.
- The Peninsula Manila Hotel (reviews) – The Peninsula in Makati is beautiful and well-located. It has some history because it was the site of a short-lived coup in 2007.
- Manila Marriott Hotel (reviews) – Great location and they offer a free shuttle to the airport.
- Ramada by Wyndham Manila Central (reviews) – Centrally located
Getting around Manila
The local airport is Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), which is about 12km or 22 minutes to downtown.
Kathy says that you should absolutely not drive when in Manila. She recommends using Grab (iOS, Google), which is the Filipino version of Uber and Lyft. It is cheap, easy, and convenient. Most rides are less than $5.
For those that only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Kathy Mills about Manila, Philippines. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Manila, Philippines
- Green dots = best things to do in Manila, Philippines
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Manila, Philippines
Who is Kathy Mills?
Kathy Mills works for the US federal government. She is on assignment in Manila for three years and has already fallen in love with the people and the culture.
In her spare time, she encourages people to learn how the stock market works and start investing through her website. Wall Street Is Waiting provides step-by-step guides in easy-to-digest language that is appropriate for investors of all ages and experience.
Here are a couple of articles that she’s written:
- I Am Terrible At Spotting Good Stocks, Yet I Still Make Money
- How Does Short Selling Work?
- Do I Need A 401(K) Or A Roth?
Kathy’s writing is a great start for beginners but also dives deep into topics that experienced investors want to understand better.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
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