When I used to travel back to the Philippines many years ago, I would stay with my aunt in Malabon or cousins in Quezon City. Those visits were typically short in duration so I did not mind that my movement around the city was restricted. But now that I am semi-retired, I like to stay longer: to reconnect with a large extended family and to explore the city I used to know. My stay coincides with winter in the Midwest when temperatures get stuck in varying freezing degrees for days. In contrast, temperatures in Manila, from December until February, are usually in the mid to high 70s. And humidity is mostly absent.
I heard about Airbnb through an article in the Los Angeles Times and decided to try it out three years ago. I have been using the service since then and I have been a satisfied customer, except for some glitches here and there (see details below). I even booked a condo in Taipei last year. So far, I am hooked.