Warning lang sa mga tuktuk scam:
Nasa Chinatown kami ng dad ko, looking for a jewelry store so we could buy a pair of gold earrings for my mom. Hindi namin makita yung stores kahit ikot na kami ng ikot, and obviously mukha kaming turista dahil may mapa kami, kaya nilapitan kami ng guard ng isang 7-11. He told us na he knew a good place to buy really cheap jewelry, so my dad and I decided to listen to him. The guard asked for a piece of paper and drew a rough map, and he marked the destination as "THAI FACTORY." Then he told us that the tuktuk waiting beside the 7-11 entrance would take us there for only 40 baht.
Dun pa lang, alam ko na right away na scam yun, pero di ako nagpahalata. Naghahanap pa ako ng right time to say no. The guard kept talking about how great the bargains were dun sa Thai Factory, and how lucky we would be for getting amazing deals. After he was done, I told him that we would consider going to the factory, but that we wanted to eat lunch first. As my dad and I started walking away, hinarangan kami ng guard, and told us that we could eat lunch there sa area around the factory, and that we should shop first because the stores there would close at 2:00 p.m. Obvious na obvious na ang desperation ni kuya, so lalo akong nakumbinsi na scam nga yun.
I was very firm when I told him that we weren't interested. He started to follow us, and when he caught up with us, he blocked our way. That's when I started screaming "NO, NO, NOOOOO!" Other tourists in the area looked at us and thought the guard was trying to steal my stuff, so thankfully, he backed away.
When I got back to Manila, I Googled "Thai Factory," and true enough, scam nga yun!!!