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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Room with a View

Growing up in a gated subdivision in the southern part of Metro Manila, I was used to living in a house where the view from my window was just the other house next door. When we moved to the province to my grandmother's house, the view was pretty much the same. It was just another house. Plus, her house was on the main road so it was very noisy and not that relaxing. 

But when our family decided to sell our home in the Metro to buy our own place here in the province, my father went house hunting and picked out a house that he liked. There wasn't a lot to choose from but the one he did find he fell in love with. It was a two-story house with a lot area similar to our first home and it was in a quiet part of town. I could see why he liked it when he first showed it to us. 

While my father loved the house, I was a bit hesitant since it seemed to be too far from the main road and the street itself to the house was a bit small. It would be a long walk for me every time I need to go out since I don't have a car. The house was also big (if you consider that we've been used to bungalow-style living all our lives) and I felt it was too much of a job to maintain. While wasn't new and it was a bit of a fixer-upper (it has a bird problem, gutters need a lot of work, plumbing issues), it had potential.  

Case in point: the master bedroom not only had its own bathroom and walk-in closet, but it also had large windows that overlooked this view: 

mount buntis

The house may have other homes next to it at the back but being the only one with two floors, it had an unobstructed view of the nearby rice fields and the mountain range at the nearby town of Maragondon. 

I love being able to look out the window and see the view of Mount Buntis (in English, Buntis = Pregnant), named as such because the mountain looks like a pregnant woman. The view is so clear that you can tell if it's raining at Mount Buntis. When the skies are clear you also get this amazing view of the mountain from our window. My favorite, however, would be when the sun is setting -- the sky shifts into so many different colors and our window gives us a view that is similar to a painting every single time.  I can't put a price on that.

One thing I would love to do for our master bedroom is to maybe put in a reading nook right by the window because this view is just perfect for it. I can imagine reading a good book while watching the sunset from this window. Or maybe sitting by the window with some coffee while it rains outside. I can't even begin to imagine how relaxing that would be! I'd have to do something to obstruct the view of the nearby homes but other than that, it would be perfect!

I know that the view doesn't cancel out the fact that there are a lot of issues with the house but my family and I are working to fix things up one thing at a time. Once we're done, the house will be as good as the view that we see from it.

My family and I have lived in the province for more than a decade. I wasn't sure if I would love the rural life when we first moved but I am very happy with it right now. The fresh air, the peace, and quiet, the safety...I dread the day when we become more urbanized because that would ruin everything (including the view from our window for sure). I want to enjoy this life and this view while I can!


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