London, United Kingdom
March 27, 2003
The shared shower room has several loos and shower cubicles with curtains, but the cubicles don't lock. However, you’ll be quite safe, because there is a notice on the door warning men not to enter. There is no hot water, but that’s rare anywhere cheap. There is a kitchen for guest use downstairs, but it's not always clean. I only saw one rat, who didn’t realise I was there –- as soon as he saw me he slipped discretely back down the drain.
The main advantages of the Cove are price (350 pesos or US$6/single) and location. It’s a short block from Pedro Gil metro station, past every tempting kind of fast food –- fresh or deep-fried bananas, carved pineapples, fresh coconut juice, deep-fried sweet rice balls, skewered meats, Dunkin' Donuts, fried rice, and noodles. There’s a 7-11 next door for chilled drinks and snacks of all kinds. Jeepneys and megataxis to Makati stop right outside the door, and those to the long-distance bus stations stop a block away by the metro station.
From journal The place where no-one goes