Why I Plan Living (Forever?) On The Countryside?
I have been in the province for the past 2 years since the pandemic started. Yes, I am not comfortable at first because since I was in high school, I am living in the city already. Half of my life - teenage years to adult, I lived in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The city is fast-phased. If you are too slow, you will be left out.
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I do not like or hate the province. In fact, I am so used to cities that when I am in the province I forgot that there is no Grabfood or nearby fast-food restaurant. I have to adjust. Eventually, I am more decided that when I get older, I want to retire in the province. So, here is my list why I like to live in the country side.
1) Cheaper commodities
Yes, groceries and fresh commodities are cheaper here because some of the goods are produced locally. Some of the commodities like rice and corn are lower in price compared to the cities. I do not know now if it is still affordable because there is an issue regarding the government not giving support to our farmers, which affects the prices of it. I do hope that they will resolve it if ever it is true. The fishes are cheaper too because we are just one kilometer from the sea. Sometimes, ladies and wives of the fishermen roam around the town to sell fishes. We bought some to help them. Let's support local!
2) Healthier options
In the province, you can live without not so much money because fruits and veggies are easy to find but you have to be hardworking. The trees of mangoes, bananas, pomelo, etc are just scattered around. You can just pick fruits in the backyard. For me, instead of eating junk foods or instant noodles, I sometimes opted to fruits. I will then prepare some dips to partner it. We have mangoes in our backyard and bananas planted by my father. I do not think they are in season now though.
3) Fresh air
I always experience air pollution in the cities specially in Manila. It is because there are so much cars and trucks that passes the city. Also, the cars causes traffics. We do not have new roads but number of cars are rising. I hope the government will have a solution on this matter. On the hand, the province has lesser cars and had more trees to absorb the pollution. The province does not have big factories for industrial activities which is why it has fresher air compared to the cities. Ahhh, I can jog here everyday in the morning breathing the fresh air. I just have to be watchful of the dogs of the neighbors haha!
4) Lesser sound pollution
They say the city never sleeps! Well, partly true! In the city, you can always hear noises outside your house. There are rallies, honking cars and trucks, random Marites, etc. There is no quiet time. There will be always people in the streets. The restaurants are always full of people chit-chatting. Sometimes, when I was in the city I was imagining that I am in a forest where I can just hear the chirps of the birds and crickets and the air swinging the bamboo, and now I am here! Ahhh! The serenity and solitude feeling is the best feeling in the world.
5) I can save more money!
Number five is in connection with number one. I can save money here because the goods are cheaper and the electric bill is lesser too. Of course, the wage here is lesser in the city that's why you have to budget things out. Fun fact, in our province we only pay electricity because our water is pumped through electricity. Our electricity is around PHP 9,000 or around USD190. We are 6 in the house by the way. When I was in the city we are only 4 in the household and we pay PHP10,000 or around USD200. Also, in the countryside, there are temptations to go to the mall because we do not have one here. There are no Grabfood and samgyup place here, which my money is spent when I was in the city.
These are just few of the reasons that I can think of right now why I like to move and live here when I get old. This is not true to everyone though, and this is just my opinion and basing it on my experience. Maybe I am tired of the busy city. Maybe when you get old you just want to be in peace, away from the chaos. Of course, there are some disadvantages too! Hmmm, maybe I will be making an article about it next time tee-hee!
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As someone who grew up in the province, I can tell that province life is way better than city life. I also tried living in city, but it always feels different