Living and Loving the City Life

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Growing up in Laguna had its perks: the clean air, privacy and tranquility, feeling closer to nature, open space, the ability to produce your own food, friendlier people, slow-paced life and low crime rate. I loved it. But as I got older and began working in the city, it became stressful because of commuting.

Photo by Tom Epperson

Have you heard of the term “extreme commuting”? According to Wikipedia, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, an extreme commute is a daily journey to work that takes more than 90 minutes each way.

My St. Scho College, Manila classmates and thesis partners: (from left) Abbey, Grace, Miriam, Maya & Jayzel. Photo from Abegaile Dinglasan

After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to land my first job in one of the country’s best advertising agencies. I was part of the creative team and worked long hours. This entailed commuting back and forth to Laguna everyday which also meant spending hours sitting in traffic. I did this for a year, and I’ve never felt more drained and tired in my life.

Commuting took its toll on my body, so I decided to resign. It was one of the more challenging decisions I made in my life as I loved my job. But living in the suburbs at that time seemed more practical.

On hindsight, I think it would have been a wiser decision for me to live in the city and pursue my career in advertising. But anyway, after years of extreme commuting and wasted time sitting in traffic, I finally decided to make the big move. It was the best decision I’ve made. I honestly believe that had I stayed in Laguna, I would not have been as successful in pursuing my dreams. I’m not saying that living in the city is for everyone, but it definitely is for me. For years now, I have been living and loving city life!

For those who hail from the suburbs, yet pursuing a career or starting a business in the city and suffering from hours on end spent in traffic, I truly feel you. If there is one advice I could share with you, that is to pursue your dreams and invest your time and money by making it happen. Do it while you are young.

In my youth, living in the South was my comfort zone, yet I left it in order to pursue my dreams. I got a place in Makati City and have been living in this wonderful urban jungle since. And the best part is that instead of working for my dream advertising company, I now work with them. I am so glad I took the leap back then.

I wish I invested the money I made from my first job in a condominium instead of buying a car only to drive in traffic going home to Laguna. I would have saved time and money commuting.

I met up last week with Vice-President for Megaworld Eugene Lozano. We talked over coffee about our experiences in commuting while pursuing our big city dreams and how we should have invested on a flat early on. According to Eugene, “A smart investment like this allows one to live a life uncompromised. To be able to have everything within reach in a matter of minutes is a privilege and a practicality that’s understated. If you live close to where you work, you can better plan your day without the hassle of driving far or being stuck in traffic. Living in Three Central opens you to more choices –where to go, where to eat, or what to do. We are the only developer in Makati CBD that offers very flexible payment terms. Investment for a studio or 1 bedroom unit starts at Php 15,000 a month. Just pay the reservation fee, and the Php 15,000 a month, that’s it. No downpayment, no lumpsum, at zero percent interest.”

Looking at the new Three Central Condominium I can’t help but think that had I invested on a place like this my investment would have probably doubled by now.

Check out Three Central Apartments/Condos:

Location: Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Three Salcedo is part of the exclusive Salcedo Village community right in the middle of the country’s premier financial district. It is surrounded by the top multinational corporations in the Philippines, embassies and consulates.

First upscale mall in the Philippines

Three Central will house the first upscale lifestyle mall in Salcedo Village to be leased and operated by Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, which also brought us Eastwood City, Newport Mall, and Burgos Circle.

This!! Residents of Three Central will have exclusive access points to the mall.

Unit types:

There are different unit types available to suit our clients’ needs:

• Studio (41-44 square meters)
• 1 Bedroom(44-46 square meters)
• 2 Bedroom with balcony(73-80 square meters)
* Buyers have the option to combine units if they need bigger spaces

Unit inclusions:

All units of Three Central come fully-fitted and fully-furnished with modern, well-chosen appliances. These include:

• Air-conditioning
• Range hood and cooktop (brand: Elba)
• Refrigerator
• Washer/Dryer
• Kitchen sink (brand: Franke)
• Microwave
• Dining table set
• Toilet fixtures (brand: Grohe)
• Sofa and center table
• Bed frame w/ mattress
• DVD Player


The seventh floor will house the amenities that also include a resort-themed 20-meter lap pool, pool deck, a kiddie pool, children’s playground, daycare center, palm court, pavillion, function rooms gym, shower and locker rooms, landscaped meditation gardens, gazebo, reflexology path and outdoor spa. The roofdeck, on the other hand, will have a lanai and al fresco seating areas. It will also have culinary stations (pasta,kebab,pastry,sushi). The property will also have function rooms and a business center.

Easy payment terms:

Three Central has very flexible payment terms starting at Php 15,000 a month, no down payment, all at zero percent interest.

Living in the city definitely has its perks especially if you’re building a career or setting up a business particularly in Makati. The convenience of living near your office is everything. You also don’t have to endure long traffic and you save on gas, money and time.

Shoppingero/shoppingra, if you’re tired of commuting and sitting in traffic or you want to save time and money while making your big city life dream come true, maybe it’s time to invest in a condo that’s near your work area. Check out Three Central!

For more information on Three Central, call 0917 8876223 or visit

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