Going from living in a house in rural Florida to a big city in the Philippine:
So going from Brooksville, Florida to BGC, Philippines really hasn’t been too much of a culture shock or anything like that. Since we were always going back and forth from our home in Brooksville to our In-laws apartment in Brooklyn, NY about 4 times a year and also having prior lived there for 3 years we are well adjusted to city living. The kids…Not so much. They are used to short periods of time living in the city (a month here and there). Some of the hard things about us living in a city and not in our rural town in Florida are that we are not close to any beaches, parks, hiking trails, etc. These are all things that the kids really enjoy and love to do and are very used to doing for all of their lives.
Another thing they are adjusting to is not really to do with real to city but more to do with US to Asia and that is making friends. They are always making friends for short periods of time like while we are playing at Kidzoona or running around in one of the many green spaces in BGC but we are yet to make any real long term friends here in the city. We have one friend we see on and off and we appreciate that friendship immensely. Other than that, we have yet to find any kind of “mom groups.” I am not sure if it is even a thing here in this culture or what. A lot of mothers seem to work and have full time yayas so maybe not. Either way, I think this is more of a cultural adjustment than anything else, even if there are a lot of other people here besides Filipinos/Filipinas (Australian, British, English, Indian, etc.)
Something that has become more of a “thing” is traffic safety though. Since we did live in a small town, we mostly drove places and parked in parking lots so there was much explaining about crossing the streets and how the street likes work, etc. Especially since when we were going back and forth to NYC they were mostly baby worn or put in a stroller when we were out and about since they were still so little. Aubrey is not very aware of when it is her turn to cross the street and when it is not, as well as how important holding hands are, and the “count down.”
NOISE! Noise is something I wasn’t used to. I mean even in Brooklyn you would have some noise but not like here. The traffic is very noisy, the honking, the motorcycles, the police, the ambulance, you hear them ALL. It doesn’t “bother” me so much but it was something to get used to especially when they are randomly lighting fireworks? Or whatever they are doing that sounds the same (I can’t see very well outside my condo right now because I am facing the pool alone, really.) The neighbors here aren’t too noisy, we are probably the “worst” when it comes to that… I love music and have children, so… haha! Sometimes we will here drunk people coming home, laughing obnoxiously, singing, yelling, etc… haha!
Something I love so much about city living though is the events!! High street is amazing and really does events every weekend! They do them for all sorts of things and there are always booths for clothes, food, movies, drinks, fitness, and so much more. It is pretty cool to get to randomly walk into an event every weekend. 🙂 There is a lot to do here all the time and that is a huge plus when living in a city. There are so many play places, museums, open green spaces, malls, shops, etc and that is something I absolutely love. I just wish PH would get a Target… Just sayin’.