Sometimes when you have a three day weekend, you pack up your backpack and book a cheap flight to the Philippines.
Despite many warnings and comments that I should "Be careful," I really enjoyed wandering around Manila last month. The truth is, you should be cautious no matter where you go. There are good and bad people everywhere - and good and bad areas in every city.
Don't let someones experience, (or, oftentimes, lack thereof) deter you from traveling to a place and seeing it for yourself.
Here's 36 hours in Manila in 50 seconds!