Do you feel like you could use a change of atmosphere somehow? Maybe leave the big city and move out to somewhere like the outskirts of Metro Tagaytay and start fresh in the province?
Living in the city clearly has its advantages. (We know– we used to be denizens of Metro Manila ourselves!) Everything you need is just a quick phone call or cab ride away. If there’s one thing that city life generally offers, it’s convenience. But then, given the slew of other downsides to urban living, maybe the prospect of moving out to the countryside isn’t such a bad idea after all.
So here are a few reasons to think about if moving from the city to the country is for you.
1. You Don’t Have to Wade Through Rush Hour Traffic
How bad is Metro Manila traffic these days? The Google-owned GPS-based navigation app Waze found that Metro Manila had the world’s worst traffic congestion in 2015.
If you’re not one of the tens of millions of daily commuters along ESDA and you’re looking for proof, then look no further than your own social media feeds. A quick look at your Facebook feed will give you an idea of the sort of collective hell everyone has to go through on a daily basis on main thoroughfares such as South Superhighway, Quezon Avenue, and Commonwealth Ave., among others.
If you live in Tagaytay and work in Tagaytay, probably one of the best advantages is that you don’t have to deal with the infernal levels of traffic congestion that the folks of the big city (or even those from Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas, etc.) have to deal with on a daily basis.
(Weekend traffic in Tagaytay– that’s a topic of discussion for another day!)
2. You Live Closer To Nature
Living in the Tagaytay countryside certainly does you lots of good.
According to a story from the Washington Post, a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who live in “greener” areas– i.e. areas with more vegetation around– have a lower risk of mortality.
This extended longevity is credited to factors such as improved mental health, social engagement, as well as physical activity that come with living near green spaces.
So next time you’re in Tagaytay, take time to– literally– stop and smell the flowers. Have a walk amongst the trees, gaze out and appreciate the outdoors, perhaps even pay attention to some of the local critters crawling or flitting about the vegetation. It’s not likely you’ll be getting the same experience in the big city.
3. You Can Finally Have Peace and Quiet at Home
You can get a healthy amount of solitude and serenity if you do choose to live in Tagaytay. The crowds, the noise, and the traffic in the city, the sounds of a 24/7 urban center– you’re not going to miss those, we can tell you!
We’ve lived in the city for the most part of our younger lives, so maybe you can chalk it up to old age or maturity that we don’t really miss a more party-centric lifestyle or all the bright lights and big sounds that come with living in Metro Manila.
Dr. Bruce David, in a piece published in The Huffington Post, says that peace and quiet help nurture our ability to do introspection, allowing us to better listen and “know our own heart and soul”, which in turn, greatly affects everything we do, most especially our relationships.
If there is one place where relationships matter the most, it’s at home. So yes, by all means– unplug from time to time, turn down the noise, ad use contemplative moments wisely and strategically.
Tagaytay even has places for retreats and meditation, if you really want to level up on your peace and quiet game.
4. You Can Better Sustain Your Healthy Living Habits
First of all, living in the countryside– as you do in Tagaytay– gives you unfettered access to cleaner air. The air you breathe is clearly of a far superior quality than the smog you huff on a daily basis in the big city.
Not only is the country air a lot less polluted, but if you’re also somehow sensitive to chemicals or irritants in the atmosphere, then the neighborhoods around Tagaytay might just be an ideal place to consider relocating to.
Cleaner air also encourages more exercise and physical activity, as you have more room to roam and run, with lots of opportunities to play and have fun outdoors. This is in stark contrast to city living where exercise is often constrained to a confined space.
Lastly, you’ll find no shortage of fresh produce. Need to go organic with your fruits and vegetables? Tagaytay is a great place to source these out. Need to go grass-fed with your beef, or free-range with your chickens? You can find local suppliers easily in Tagaytay.
5. You Can Enjoy a Lower Cost of Living
One of the things we’ve noticed here in Tagaytay is just how far your monthly budget goes when it comes to food, utilities, and other daily expenses.
Consider this: if you’re living in Makati or BGC, a meal for two– whether you choose to dine out or have it delivered to your condo– can easily set you back Php1500 to Php2000. Here in Tagaytay, that same amount can feed your household of four for a week.
So, yes, we can tell you that living in Tagaytay is great for stretching your household budget. Here are some more points that help illustrate for you how it’s possible that you spend a lot less in Tagaytay:
- Cheaper food costs: fresh fruits and vegetables, and even meat and poultry, sourced directly from your farming neighbors really help in maximizing your weekly/monthly budget on food.
- Not having to deal with traffic means a lot less spending on fuel, parking fees, and other car-related expenses.
- Cooler, cleaner air means you can go on all day with the windows open, dramatically cutting down on air-conditioning costs.
- A generally less stressful and more health-conscious life means you don’t have to worry as much on medical costs (but it’s still best to go get your regular checkups– it’s just the responsible thing to do).
- If you’d like to save even more on your daily expenses, consider working from home and growing your own food from your own backyard garden.
More money saved means more cash you can divert towards savings, family holidays, or other big-ticket items you need for your Tagaytay home.
6. You Can Have an Awesome Garden
Thanks to the internet, as well as the pressing need to live more sustainably, more and more people have taken an interest in growing their own food through a backyard garden.
In Tagaytay, you can easily grow your carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, eggplant, lettuce, bell peppers, and other vegetables. You can choose to go with fruits or flowering plants, culinary herbs, and even a tree or two if you have enough space in your yard. Other more enterprising folks might decide to specialize in a particular crop or plant such as cacao, ashitaba, kale, or even mushrooms, bonsai plants, or bamboo, among others.
The point is: gardening is cool, and we think everybody should have a crack at growing their own food. Tagaytay certainly allows you to pursue that passion, and we say, by all means, go for it!
7. You Have The Freedom to Do Your Own Thing
Speaking of pursuing your passions in Tagaytay, one of the best things about living in Tagaytay is that you have pretty much the freedom to do your own thing whenever and however you want to do it.
Thinking of setting up some instruments and rounding up the guys for jamming in the countryside on weekends? You can do that. Considering building a new country home and then rent it out to visiting families or couples? You can do that as well. Feel like setting up your own coffee lab just for funsies? Sure, why not?
So whether you’d like to pursue a business, an entrepreneurial endeavor, a favorite hobby, or a passion project you greatly care about, living in Tagaytay does afford you certain liberties you’re unable to pursue if you’re otherwise cooped up in your apartment in Metro Manila.
Short of anything criminal or potentially dangerous, go right ahead and be our guest!
A Final Word on Tagaytay Country Living
As you can see, there are a good number of reasons why you might want to consider packing up, kiss Metro Manila goodbye, and move out to Tagaytay.
If you’re interested in living a lot more stress-free, a little bit more self-sufficiently, while somehow maximizing your monthly household expenses and still be able to pursue your passion projects, Tagaytay might just be perfect for you.
Take it from us: we’ve lived in the big city, and after what we consider to be fairly accomplished careers, we decided to move out here and settle down in the Tagaytay countryside. We even tried spending half our time in Metro Manila and the other half here, but in the end, it just made more sense for us to just leave Makati and BGC behind and focus all our efforts here.
Yes, living in Metro Manila does have its advantages, but we’re happy to call the neighborhood of Tagaytay our home now.