I'm due to travel to Manila pretty soon. I've been reading up here & there but I've been told by a few people that they wouldn't recommend solo traveling in Manila. I'm deciding where to stay- Makati or Malate? I read the former is safer but more upscale and the latter have some dodgy areas. I'll be looking for a hostel and I'm not sure if this is relevant but would I be treated any differently because of my ethnicity? I'm south east Asian and fairly light skinned. I want to know that I won't be attracting too much attention, unwanted or otherwise.