I have practically been living in the province for most of my life. I grew up in Manila, but when my mom and dad broke up, my brother and I had to move to a province called Surigao City, and we’ve been living in provincial areas ever since. I even completed my degree in CDO.
Fast forward to now. Currently, I live in a small city in Misamis Occidental called Ozamiz. It has a population of roughly around 130,000. Prior here, I’ve been living in CDO with my family. Although you can’t really consider CDO a big city, it’s an awesome place to live in. You enjoy the best of both worlds – city feel, minus the traffic and pollution similar to Manila.
When I had to move to Ozamiz and be with my husband after getting married, my fear and my greatest question was – “Would I be able to survive in a city without malls?”. Well, surprisingly, I did. In fact, I don’t want to go back to CDO!
Here are just some of the things I love about Ozamiz:
- Everything is cheap! We had to buy stuff for our new home here, and you won’t believe how affordable everything is here. From groceries to appliances. It’s amazing!
- The city is very peaceful, especially in our area, where we’re surrounded by banana trees 😀 No sound of motorcycles or neighbors. Just complete serenity 🙂
- The city is just a few hours away from awesome places to visit like Dapitan and Tangub, just to mention a few.
- You also get to enjoy different restaurants, not like the commercialized ones that we have in CDO.
So if you’re the type of person who likes peace and quiet, living in the province is the way to go 🙂 There may not be a lot of jobs here, as compared to CDO, but that’s the beauty of being an online worker. You can just bring your work anywhere 🙂