December 04, 2007

Unlike Vancouver and Sydney, Manila has yet to make it to the Worlds' Most Livable Cities list.

Although aesthetics which the Philippine capital is undoubtedly lacking of doesn't necessarily translate to livability, neither could Manila boast a functioning sewage system, a low crime rate, sufficient health facilities, or a reliable public transport facility.

Lacking both the sights and the insfrastructure of what it takes to be a 'livable' metropolis, what then is left to see if one takes a 'slice of the city'?

What's life like to the eleven million or so Manilenos?

In the true Ted Lerner way adventure scratches away Manila's un-pretty surface, in a similar way you scrape off the dull silver-gray film that conceals the recharge number of your prepaid card, to reveal a city that may not be deemed as livable by some snob list but a city that is actually living.


posted by Bryan Anthony the First at 12/04/2007 |


At 7:55 AM, Blogger John Halcyon von Rothschild said........
great find! am putting it on my wishlist!

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@john: yes it is... have fun reading Ted!

At 12:56 PM, Blogger joy-joy said........
pahiram nga ng copy mo bry :D o baka naman gusto mo na lang akong bigyan ng copy ko as xmas gift. hahaha. kapal no?

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Carl said........
seems that it's a nice read. ^_^

manila could be the least livable city but the filipinos are the greatest survivors in the world.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Chase said........
I am somewhat curious to read that book!

At 6:12 PM, Blogger tin-tin said........
hmm... parang nacurious tuloy ako jan at gusto ko basahin. hanap ako sa bookstores :)

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
Guys: well, i had a great time reading the book, i know you will too...


At 12:15 PM, Blogger ruff nurse-du-jour said........
@chase, likewise. :-)

i heart manila pa rin... just like what the little girl in pigtails once said...

"there's no place like home..."

and i'm coming home to stay... :-)

(might as well buy the book on next payday. hehehe)

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@joy: kung reliable lang sana ang postal service sa PNG i will send you my copy

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@carl: ako nga nag survive sa PNG... walang shopping malls dito!!!

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@ruff: naku bili ka, it's insightful to hear what a foreigner has to say about manila, someone who didn't drop by the city to get laid with our beautiful pokpoks but an adventurer who took that extra mile to see what else's there to cherish in Manila

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Kiks said........
ang galing naman nito. maybe i should write like that sa aking mga travels.

haaay, i love good reading.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@kiks: uu, magsulat ka...pwamis bili ako ng sampung copy

gamitin ko display sa bahat


At 1:14 PM, Anonymous heyjoe said........
Hello my friends, this is Ted Lerner, the author of Hey,Joe. I would like to thank Bryan for the really nice write up about my book, Hey,Joe, and I hope you all get a chance to read it.

My second book is called "The Traveler and the Gate Checkers," and is a collection of Asian travel stories which I wrote. There is also stuff in there about OFW Filipinos in Hong Kong, and also a separate story about Manila.

Please visit my website at where you can read more stories from my archives, and you can also download the first chapter of Hey,Joe absolutely free.

If you're in the Philippines I have a special offer for readers of my website. You can buy my book for P395, that's P100 off the price at National Book Store. Details are on my site on the order page.

Anyway, I'm here in Angeles City right now where I live with my Filipina wife and daughter. I hope to have another book out next year about this crazy town and the province of Pampanga. Many bizarre and interesting stories to tell. It's never a dull day in the Philippines!

Please keep in touch and continue to support Bryan's nice blog! Happy holidays to you all.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@ted: thank you for dropping by my nook.

i'll certainly get a copy of the other book and maybe even the next one.

my regards to your wife and daughter.

maraming salamat po and maligayang pasko!