Well, I have just left Manila after a wonderful stay. I had no problems at all, Stayed in Ermita and walked the streets at night as late as midnight.
Yes, there are homeless people, kids and adults begging, but nothing I hadn't experience even in Melbourne. Even saw a women run naked past my hotel....hehehe
My biggest problem would have been i would still be waiting to cross a road as no one mentioned you just walk in fromt of the traffic...I felt safe and yes, I even visited McLaren Market etc. I used the train, Jeepneys, taxis etc all over the place. Danger.....the only danger i felt was traffic on the wrong side of the road for us aussies.!!
As a single white female I had no trouble, and would recommend anyone ot cisit, just use your common sense.
There are security everywhere, but no more so than I have seen in Thailand, and most are unarmed....I saw this myself. Going through scanners etc just make me feel safer in places.
A Big thank you to those on here who helped me with advice, It was much appreciated. I will definalty return. I have to visit my new friends :)
I stayed at the Paco Oasis hotel, yes it is an older hotel, but so are msot other places I saw, it was clean, spotless to be exact, huge rooms, shower etc. I couldn;pt complain at all....just the excess charges like 33p for an extra slice of toast etc.
I will write more in aday or so as i am still on holiday.
Thank you everyone who advised me.................Frank and Noime.....your LEGENDS - miss you already...and it has only been 5 hours...