For their recent assignment, we asked our Manila CitySlickers to share a slice of their life in the city in black and white. Let us take a look at the monochrome snaps of Leslie and the stories behind them after the jump!
Name: Leslie Lipa
City: Pasig, Philippines
Occupation: Finance Associate
I like living in Pasig. It has that homey feel to it. It’s very clean, traffic and car volume on the streets are rarely terrible, and for the most part, it’s quiet. Quiet not in the extreme suburbian sense, but the kind of quiet that exudes peace. While that has its disadvantages, especially on days when you’re just feeling the buzz for life, it has personally never become an issue because the city is a neighbor to some of the most alive areas in Manila.
There are a lot of subdivisions and townhouses in Pasig. In the age of high-rise condominiums and mid-rise apartment units, I feel blessed to be living in a townhouse. I would love to own a unit in a modern skyscraper someday but houses are truly the best option for families. Space is not so limited and we have our own parking space just one staircase down from our room. It also gives that dramatic sense of community — seeing people by their garages, people walking their dogs near the playground… it really just has that different vibe to it. Developers are already starting to build a lot of condominiums in the area, and I can’t help but feel that much has already changed. Pasig is really moving along with the changing times. It is far from the place I first came to know when I was around 3 years old.
I’ve been living in Pasig for most of my life so as much as it has watched me change, I’ve seen it grow too. I was pretty much a homebuddy when I was small. I wouldn’t go out under the sun that much to play with other kids and since there weren’t much places in the city to go to, whenever my parents would take me out, we were most probably in a different area — Greenhills, Makati, or Mandaluyong. For today’s kids, there is much, much more that can be done within the area because there are now a lot of commercial establishments here.
I also spent my high school days in this city — that’s 4 years of everyday living and studying. I know the ins and outs of the city very well because my brain has already created a map of the streets. I’d like to think that I wouldn’t get lost here.
Home is where you feel safe, where people are familiar, and a place you’d want to keep coming back to after a long day’s work. This is how I know I’m home.