Manila is really something. I've been all over the world and if there's anything that remotely resembles the gridlock of traffic here, I sure don't want to see or experience it. Even with a 1 day a week ban on driving your vehicle there is no movement during rush hour. As my driver Pancho Fernansez informed me for example: If your tag ends in 0 or 1, then you can't drive your vehicle on Monday, 2 or 3 you can't drive on Tuesday...etc)
Here's the kicker. Rush hour seems to from 5 am to 10 pm at night with no break. I'm not talking stop and go either. I'm talking stop nudge stop. Seems like all the taxis are standard shift vehicles where the driver shift into first, then stops, puts it in neutral, pulls on his hand brake (in order to save his clutch) and then repeats the maddening procedure again in another minute.
Today was a return trip the doctor as my mucus filled eyeball had worsened as had the swelling. This time I was given an antibiotic eye drop that worked like a charm. Once again the bill was a staggering 440 pesos for the doctor visit and then 460 pesos for the prescription. It may take a day of your life to get to the doc and back in this insane traffic but the good news is it cost me a total of $20 US for the entire medical issue.