|A photo by Avian Quest: Mukha ng Baguio|
After living in our laid back Baguio City for most of my older brother’s childhood, moving to Quezon City was quite a shock. I kid you not. Wide gardens and hills with pine trees and sunflowers were replaced by concrete roads and a garage too small only his car can fit in. His son has to do some extra effort to squeeze his bike in. The early morning chirping of birds and the nighttime cricket songs were replaced by blaring horns and car engines, and instead of a garden, he has a few sad terracotta pots with wilting plants. Inside, he claims that the place is too small that if he closes all windows and opens his ref, he will have centralized air conditioner. But of course, he was kidding. His house was okay. Maybe, he just misses the wide space he has back home, where shoes don’t make their way to the doorstep (they have their own special shelf) and almost everything school and work-related was done on the dining table.
Moving from a spacious house to a tight townhouse may be dreadful for some, but it was a total nightmare for him. He finally did accept that small spaces have their own brand of charm and practical appeal and was able to make his house work for him by embarking on a DIY maximize-my-home-space project.
Another thing he can’t get over, though, is the traffic and likewise, driving and maintaining a car in the metropolis! He tries to keep his car in tiptop shape, but the heat, the grime and the flood (Manila does go underwater most of the rainy season!). Good thing he is a car enthusiast and usually has his car maintained at automotive shops properly equipped with top of the line otc tools. Having your vehicle properly maintained does go a long way and will save you a lot of headaches later on. Be sure that you are going to shops properly equipped with modern automotive tools, too. He does love to DIY (most guys are like that) and he tinkers with his car on weekends. He has a whole bunch of automotive tools, too.
He has been in the metropolis for quite a long time now, but he still loves to come home to Baguio to take in the fresh air (which was way fresher when he left twenty years ago). The traffic isn’t as bad, though.