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This is now my second time to join the Piri-Piri Lexicon‘s Show Me Around Your Neighborhood series. The first time was when I wrote about my neighborhood in Korea. This particular post is about the neighborhood in the Philippines that I grew up in.
1. Outdoor Fun
For those restless days where we just wanna play outside we head to the Quezon City Memorial Circle park. This park is also home to one of the biggest outdoor playground I’ve seen here in Metro Manila. It has huge jungle gyms, swings and seesaws where kids can ride on as much as they want. There are a lot of other activities one can do at the park, like biking, jogging and playing sports (like badminton). I’ve also heard recently that they’ve added a zip-line feature to the park.
For the older kids who want to exercise but don’t want to go too far, another option is the local community center. Our community center (aka our “barangay hall”) has a basketball court attached to it. People can play basketball here for a fee. Scheduled on weekend mornings are various physical exercises such as tai-chi and zumba—activities definitely catering to the more senior members of the community.
2. Local Modes of Transport
People who have cars generally prefer driving over taking the public transportation. Here are a few of them:
Our Philippine Jeepneys originated from the “jeeps” the Americans left behind when their contracts for their bases here in the Philippines wasn’t renewed. After “localizing” these jeeps to its current specifications it became part of our local public transportation.
3. A Typical House/Building
I never realized how big our houses here in Metro Manila are until I lived in China, where people mainly lived in condominiums (which they consider as apartment). It’s not unusual for people here to live in houses at least two-storeys high and with a lot of rooms. Many houses also usually have a garden outside the house.
4. A Street Nearby
This is Tomas Morato, one of the busiest streets in Quezon City (which is why I decided to take this picture in the morning). Come weekend, every corner of this street notorious for its bars but also famous for its yummy food fills up with cars and humanity.
5. A School
This is Piagetian, one of the oldest pre-schools in our neighborhood in Quezon City. Now it’s expanded and is slowly adding more grade levels. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they started accepting students for high school as well!
6. A Shopping Outlet (a supermarket)
This is Tropical Hut Supermarket. Over the years numerous marts and supermarkets have popped up all over our area, but I’m featuring this one in particular because it’s one of the original supermarkets in the area. Going to the grocery used to be a family thing where my mom dragged all of us to go with her and we would run around and grab stuff she eventually had no choice but to say yes to. Oh I miss those days sometimes. 🙂
Now there you have it, my neighborhood in a nutshell. What’s your neighborhood like?
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