My Amazing Uber Experience

What do you do when you have to go somewhere and suddenly the car won’t start? Or when it’s coding and you don’t have a spare car. Or when you look out the garage and realize that hubby or wifey drove your car?

You could get mad, scream, shout, and curse the world for your tough luck.

And then what?

You could hire a cab.

Nah, too scary.

You could take the bus.

Nah, too many things to bring.

You could use Uber.

Say what??


Uber, Everyone’s Private Driver.

In a nutshell, Uber is a smartphone app that easily connects drivers to people who need a ride. Founded in 2009, it has helped ten of thousands of people around the world, not just in finding a ride, but also in earning income as drivers. Just recently, Uber has come to the Philippines, to Metro Manila, to be exact.

I Need a Ride

For one of the reasons stated above, I suddenly needed a ride. Through a friend’s invitation, I signed up with Uber and got free P300 to use. Yey! By the way, you can get your free P300 credits too just by signing up using my invitation! Here’s the link:

I fired up the Uber app on my phone and out came a Google map with a pin to set my pickup location. I couldn’t quite locate the actual location just by looking at the map so I did a search for Petron along that road instead. Once it has that location, it shows you an estimate of how long it would take for Uber to pick you up, in this case 14 minutes. At the bottom of the screen, there are 2 modes to choose from, the uberX and the Black Car. uberX is the basic kind while Black Car has classy written all over it.

  • uberX – P40 base fare + P2.00/min + P5.70/km
  • Black Car – P120 base fare + P2.10/min + P12.92/km

Uber - Request Pickup

I was feeling a bit sosy (because I had free P300 credits!) so I chose the Black Car. I tapped on the arrow on the screen and it took me to a confirmation page that has options to calculate fare and add in a promo code. After that, I had to input the location where the driver will take me, to Choi Garden Restaurant in San Juan, where we were supposed to meet up with some friends. It now said that the driver is en route to picking me up and his info is at the bottom of the screen. It said that Driver Edwin will be coming in a Mitsubishi Montero with plate number NC4354.


About 20 minutes later (from the original 25 minutes), our “black car” parked in front of us at Petron. I was literally expecting a black colored car so I was surprised that it was white. The plate number was correct though so we got in.


Driver Edwin was indeed manning the car. The interiors were nice, faux leather seats, cool aircon temperature, no strong car perfume. There was also an iPad Mini installed in front showing the map and navigation.

Uber - black car

We chatted with Edwin for a while, asking about Uber in general.

Here are some interesting information that we got:

  • He’s fairly new in the company, just one month, while the company itself started just 2 months ago. (Post note: I would later learn that he’s referring to his company Carnavan Transport and not uber)
  • The company is operated by Carnavan Transport in P. Ocampo, Manila.
  • The drivers have to reach a quota of 6 bookings per day. They get P600 out of it.
  • Most of the cars are black Toyota Vios sedans so we were fortunate to have tried a different one.
  • They start as early as 5AM and have a cut-off at 1AM.

It wasn’t long before we got to our destination. We pulled up across Choi Garden (to check out Biocare first, a post on that later) and Edwin tapped a few times on his iPad to show us the fare., P191.00. No need to shell out cash by the way, as is it a cashless system. Everything will be charged to your credit card, the one you entered during sign up. You can also even split the bill with another rider though I haven’t tried that yet.


A receipt like this will then be sent to your mail after the trip. It’s P0.00 because of the free P300 credits that I got. Be sure to register with my invitation so you can get your free P300 credits too! 🙂

uber receipt

There we are, happy riders of Uber! 🙂 Will have to try the uberX next time to compare. 🙂


What I Like About Uber

  • Convenient. I like knowing that I now have an easy way of getting around if I don’t have a car. It’s also cashless so you don’t have to worry about not having enough cash with you.
  • Fast. We didn’t have to wait long before our ride arrived. It came even earlier than the estimated time.
  • Safe. It’s a by-request system so you are designated a specific driver and a car and not a random one.
  • Clean and nice looking cars.

What I Worry About

  • No WiFi. Since I don’t have a data plan, I rely on WiFi to use Uber. What if I wanted to be fetched at a place where I could not find a free WiFi though. Yikes!
  • No Car Available. While trying the app, I sometimes get a No uberX Car Available or No Black Car Available in my search location. Just one of them is not available though, not both at the same time. I wonder if I’ll ever get a location with neither cars available. Double yikes! (Post note: I’ve experienced having neither uberX nor black car available. I just had to wait a while before one becomes available.)

Earn Money with Your Car

By the way, you can also be on the other side – be a driver/car owner instead of being a rider. Here are their requirements.


38 thoughts on “My Amazing Uber Experience

  1. I love love LOVE UBER! 🙂 I was on Uber when I attended the Unilab event. 🙂 Harhar! When I was given the free 300 trial, black cars palang noon. Wala pang UberX but until now I haven’t tried the UberX yet. Ang saya kasi nung Uber Black. Sowsyal ang mga cars. And laging walang available na UberX pag kelangan ko. 🙂 What I think is the best on Uber is the SAFETY no? Di bale nang magbayad ng a little extra basta sure kang safe ka. 🙂 From the Unilab event nga I was able to pump milk pa on the way home kasi ang laki ng sasakyan na nakuha ko. 🙂 And so far, lahat ng drivers nila sooooobrang nice.

    1. I agree with the safety. Hay naku, with all the horror stories of taxis nowadays, dibale na nga to shell out a little more. 🙂 Ah talaga? Galing a nakapagpump ka pa. Ang nice din ng cars nila, mga bago pa 😀

  2. I just downloaded the Uber app, I hope that I won’t be disappointed this time. The other company’s drivers were up front in telling us about how they prefer the ones that add tips to the overhead fee. According to a friend’s friend, Uber drivers have regular salaries, so I’m hoping that I won’t have to over-pay again. I like giving tips, I just don’t like feeling held up for it, if you know what I mean.

    1. From what I read from another’s experience is that uber drivers don’t accept tips. We were happy with our uber driver though so we decided to give him a tip and he accepted it. He didn’t hint on it though so that was good. 🙂

  3. Here in Davao City, no one thinks of riding the cab as scary. I’ve been riding cabs alone since I was 12 hehe. But I’m really curious about Uber! I really wanna try the service!

  4. Nice app.:) I have a question.. for example, I’m in SM North (where there are designated areas where you have to fall in line to get a taxi).. can I use Uber and request to be picked up there?

    1. Hi Audric’s mom. Technically, yes but I think it’s best to set a pickup location that’s not for the taxis since the guards might not let it go there since it is and looks like a private car. Hope that answers your question. 🙂

    1. Hi Monica. Nope, wala naman. I checked my credit card statement online after, no charges naman. 🙂 I gave the driver a tip for his good service. That’s it. Hehe

  5. I dont worry that much about taxi drivers here in baguio too. They may drive fast and really annoying when they try to overspeed but over-all naman, they are nice. Nagbabalik pa ng sukli. I would like that uber though

  6. I read so many bloggers raving about UBER. I, personally, haven’t tried riding one yet. I am scared take public transportation in general but I think with UBER, I might change my mind and try it ; )

    Thanks for a very detailed entry!


  7. It was just recently that I have been riding a taxi. When I had a baby kasi, di bali ng magbayad ng mahal basta less hassle sa inyo diba? Although some taxi drivers are really choosy specially kapag mejo malayo or ma traffic sa pupuntahan nyo diba? IT was indeed a good post. Heheh. Pwede kaya to idownload sa Lumia phone? Or android lang?

    1. Good question. I had to research that pa hehe. It was pulled out of the windows store for a while but they restored it so it should be available na din for Nokia 🙂

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