As soon as I heard that the Masterchef Asia 2015 tv show will be launched at the Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, my immediate concern is how do I go there.
Thanks to Google, I was able to get ideas on how to commute from Sta. Cruz, Manila, without (hopefully) slashing my wallet for taxi fares.
A commuter, apparently, has the following options:
1. Free Shuttle Service – Resorts World Manila offers free shuttle to and from RW. That is, if you are a member.
Of course, membership is for free. All you need to do is sign up online.
The downside? You still need to get your actual membership ID first and the free voucher before you can get your free ride. They’ll ask you to present it, believe me!
So for newly signed up members, forget option numero uno. For more information on inbound or outbound schedules and stations, check RW’s website.
2. Trains & Airport Shuttles – Ride LRT 1 or MRT going to EDSA Station then ride the airport shuttle for PhP 20 per head.
This is the option I chose. I was successful in riding the LRT to EDSA. From there, I passed thru the overhead walkway towards this specific hotel as instructed in the posted sign in LRT. Shuttle was supposed to be parked in front of the hotel.
Since I was able to see said hotel from the train’s exit point, I was already thinking: Yes! Cheap transpo cost today…yahooooo!
I celebrated too soon!
No shuttle is able to park along that area in Taft Avenue, corner EDSA. Tents were set up and vendors selling stuff like slippers, boxer shorts and even gadgets have displayed their wares.
So I asked around and was pointed to go near McDonald’s to find the parking area for airport shuttles. There, manong barker discouraged me from taking the shuttle and offered to get me a taxi who’ll transport me to RW for PhP 350.
I dunno how I managed to just say “No, thank you!” instead of pointing out that for less than that amount, I could have taken a cab from home.
So, I just walked back to the entrance of the garage-slash-bus and shuttle station to get a cab myself. However, two more kuyas are hailing taxis for a few tips from both the drivers and passengers. At least they’re not forcing passengers to pay a ridiculous contracted rate, right?
Long story cut short, the metered rate costs PhP 80, excluding the PhP 20 tip I gave to one of the kuyas. It’s unfortunate that I had no coins for tip 😑.
Now, my only problem is commuting back home later. I figured I can get that free shuttle ride from RW since I was already able to collect my new membership ID and voucher.
But since I was accompanied by a non-member, I specifically inquired at the registration area how my companion can ride for free. I was assured that a minimum of PhP 200 purchase in the mall will do and I just need to present the OR.
Relieved that splurging on our Shabu Shabu lunch earlier meant I’ll be able to save about PhP 200 on taxi fares, I walked from the mall towards the steel garage in front of Marriot Hotel. Only to find out that registration guy gave me wrong information about presenting the OR.
Apparently, No Membership ID, No Ride! Even after explaining that I even inquired first and wouldn’t have bothered walking to the car park if I was not assured that my companion can ride the shuttle with that OR.