I live in a village – although it’s probably not what you’re picturing.
Metro Manila and Makati (another major nearby city) are full of high rise apartments. The surrounding areas are full of villages – gated communities that include homes, schools, businesses, churches, and parks. The villages vary by size, zoning mix, and income level. Some are hectic – full of tricycles, taxis, street vendors, and fearless pedestrians zipping through it all. (By the way, pedestrians here have zero right of way – drivers here simply do not stop.) The village where I work is like this and I *think* I’m getting used to it. (More posts to come about this artful chaos!)
The village where I live though is much different. Ayala Alabang is what it’s called, and it’s truly a sanctuary. The streets of this 2.5 square mile village are lined with lush, green trees. Take a peak below to see a few pictures that I took during today’s dog walk.
More posts to follow about Alabang -there is much to explore within these village walls!