A lot of foreigners think Manila is a shithole. That is not without a basis. Everytime I see one visitor roaming around I am always afraid what he/she has on mind. Today I rode on a jeepney with three Germans and — to my surprise — all speak fluent Pilipino. “Baba na kami rito?” one of them asked speaking in the correct grammar. (When even most Filipinos in fact have messed up the usage of the word rito and dito.) These guys, they can deliver all right. They must’ve been in the country for a very long time now. It’s interesting when foreigners get the hang of living in this “shithole.”
As they thanked me for showing them directions, my mind fooled around with that disturbing supermarket catchphrase..