Where is this address?

"Hi friend! Do you know where is H.V. dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City?"

That is the exact text or SMS (short messaging system) message of my high school classmate who came to Makati to process some of her documents. I replied, "Yes, I know where that is. Why?"

Two minutes later, I got another text message saying, "Can you show me how to go there?". I replied, "If I know where you are now, I could give you directions on how to go there. But where do you want to go to in H.V. dela Costa?"

Not five minutes passed when I got another message on my mobile phone from her that says, "I just want to go to H.V. dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Can you tell me how to go there?"

This time, instead of making the exchange long, I just replied her with a short message, "Find out the name of the building and ask a taxi driver." I got no more replies from her after that. After three days, she haven't sent me a message yet and I found out she's feeling bad that I didn't help her around when she came to Makati. I was not surprised at all.

It is very typical of people coming from the provinces to assume that you could just have the name of the street and be able to find out where you are going by that. Unfortunately, that is not the case in the city at all. You have to know the building number, the building name and the street name to go to a certain place here. If you don't know the building number, it is important that you atleast know the name of the building. There are just so many buildings of the same name in the same street. For example, in Salcedo Village there is Salcedo Place, Salcedo Plaza, Salcedo Mansions, Salcedo Park, and Salcedo Tower. Two or three of these building could be found in one street if my mind does not fail me.

The best tip I could give a new visitor to the city is to get a city building map. That's the best guide you could use around the city, especially if you are looking for work, visiting different offices, or processing documents in different buildings around the city. I have been living in the city but I still did not memorize where all the buildings are. So I have a lot of maps for this very purpose. Next tip is, ASK! Don't be afraid to ask, don't be ashamed, there's nothing wrong about asking. My third tip is, take a taxi and don't waste your time taking the public transportation when it's obvious you do not know where you're going.

Ah, I just remembered what an old friend told me once when I was new to the city. If you're lost in Makati, then walk. Just walk and walk and you will reach your destination before nightfall.

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