Legal assistant Raymond had to wake up at 3:30 a.m. every morning to make it to his office before 8 a.m. For years, the 30-year-old employee lived in a Quezon City apartment and had to commute for at least two hours to Makati City daily. During rainy days or whenever the MRT suspends operations, he would spend at least three hours on the road. Raymond was among the tens of thousands of exhausted employees who lose precious time on commutes otherwise spent on productive endeavors. After four years of this toxic lifestyle, the young bachelor moved to Dansalan Gardens, a resort-style condo in Mandaluyong City.
Mandaluyong City lies at the heart of the National Capital Region. It’s adjacent to San Juan, Sta. Ana in Manila, Ortigas Center in Pasig City, and Makati CBD. Mandaluyong, also known as the Tiger City, is home to premier DMCI properties: Dansalan Gardens, Flair Towers and Tivoli Garden Residences. These condo communities redefine city living through their accessible locations, innovative architectural designs, and top-notch facilities and amenities.
If you want to make the most of your life in the city, condo leasing is the way to go. Here are 6 reasons to rent in Mandaluyong.
#1: Sleep longer
Former Quezon City resident Raymond could only accommodate work and a little bit of sleep on weekdays. He would rise up at 3:30 a.m., work in the office between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have his dinner at 9 p.m. and wake up again at dawn. His travel time was consuming too much of his time and energy. He was too tired, physically and mentally, to engage in fitness or leisure activities. Things changed when his co-worker invited him to share a condo for rent.
The easier commute from his home to his Makati office allows him to sleep longer. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that an adult aged 18 to 64 should get seven to nine hours of quality sleep at night. Raymond can get up at 5 a.m., spend 30 minutes on the treadmill, and prepare his breakfast before traveling to work.
#2: Fit in exercise in your schedule
Who’s got time for the gym if commuting and work eat up more than half of your waking hours? Before Raymond decided to live in a condo for rent in Mandaluyong, he was always too exhausted to exercise. He would try to catch a nap while stuck in traffic. The closest he would get to a regular physical activity is the daily walk to the jeepney stop and coffeeshop.
Condo renting in the Philippines come with access to lifestyle amenities such as a fitness gym. Not only does Raymond have the time for a daily cardio routine, he can also use gym equipment for free.
#3: Eat clean
A study by researchers from the University of Minnesota suggests that busy young men are likely to have unhealthy diets. “Working long hours constrains time available, potentially influencing the amount of time that can be spent in alternative ways (eg, cooking, shopping for food),” the researchers noted. Dining out regularly increases one’s risk to obesity, diabetes, and diseases related to unsanitary food preparation.
One of the advantages of renting in Mandaluyong is the accessibility to groceries and markets where fresh produce are easily available. Raymond would go to Pasig City public market, which is one jeepney ride away from his condo, to buy his weekly supply of vegetables, fruits, poultry and meat. He would cook meals on weekends, place them in sealed containers and keep them in the fridge. He would heat up the meals as he cook rice for breakfast and dinner. He would bring packed lunches and sliced fruits to work. This method saves him money, time and effort. Plus, he gets to enjoy clean, homemade meals every day.
#4: Get more productive
Technology has made a lot of things possible from better communications to greater productivity. You can earn a decent living within the comforts of your home through online jobs. But how can you seek other earning opportunities if traveling to and from work is taking too much of your time?
Why rent in Mandaluyong? The proximity of the Tiger City to Ortigas Center, Makati CBD and other business districts in the capital saves you time. Instead of wasting time in traffic, you can go home early and do some part-time online jobs that can help pay the bills. If you don’t need the extra income, you can enrol in an online course to level up your skills. Check out UP’s Open University for interesting courses.
#5: Spend more time interacting with people in person
When was the last time you had coffee with your best friend? Do you remember your latest lunch date with your mother? Religiously interacting with family and friends on social media is good, but nothing beats talking, laughing and having fun in person. Living in Mandaluyong frees up your schedule to accommodate a healthy social life.
A condo for lease in Mandaluyong offers ideal venues for your get-togethers. You can have a weekend picnic on the picnic grove at Flair Towers or an outdoor movie night on the observatory at Tivoli Gardens.
#6: More quality me-time
The American Psychological Association (APA) warns that stress increases one’s risk to cardiovascular diseases, depression and bad habits such as smoking. It can also interfere with sleeping patterns. Living in the city can mean exposure to a lot of stressors including overcrowding, air and noise pollution, and a culture of overworking. Spending long hours in traffic every day can aggravate one’s already heightened stress level.
A condo for rent in Mandaluyong is your ultimate escape from these stressors. Decompress in the leisure pool at Dansalan Gardens or meditate in the gazebo at Tivoli Garden after a tedious day in the office. You can also do quiet strolls around the jogging path and landscaped gardens at Flair Towers.
A quality life is not measured by how much you have in your bank account. At the end of the day, money just a medium of exchange that can be replaced. However, time lost is lost forever. Live in an affordable accommodation that will allow you to live your life to the fullest. Condos for rent in Mandaluyong City are ideal for career-driven professionals working in the country’s top business districts.