There’s no place like home. Let’s get this one out of the way: except for living in Makati for the first seven years of my life, I was raised entirely south of Metro Manila. This means I may be vastly ignorant of your own blissful life outside of Alabang, so please pardon the naked bias. It is the same bias that made my Quezon City raised husband move here when we got married — I simply refused to leave. But I’ve heard no complaints, especially now that we have our little B. He’s learned what I’ve known all along: the small city, big town of Alabang is simply a wonderful place to be a momma.
There are a lot of places to hang out
Since our little bambino started moving about, there hasn’t been a shortage of spaces for him to play and try out his new motor skills. We normally take him to our neighborhood playground, but on rainy days we make a beeline for baby gyms and indoor play places. We especially love Gymboree in Westgate and Peewee Explorers in Madison Galeries. We treat these places as his “yes space” where no toy or structure is off limits so he can develop his curiosity and confidence.
It’s baby wearing country
Mr. D and I are a baby wearing, breastfeeding, Attachment Parenting couple. We appreciate that around these parts no one is going to tell you, “isn’t he getting a little too big for that sling?” They just kind of let you be. And when you pass a mom wearing two babies, you make eye contact and give each other a mom nod.
Mom nods. It should be a thing.
No one bothers you when you breastfeed
If anyone feels uncomfortable that you just pulled your boob out so that a toothy pre-walker could latch on for a post-meal snack, you wouldn’t know it. I’ve breastfed at Chilli’s in Alabang Town Center and Racks at Festival Mall. To be fair, though, I heard from friends who had their kids earlier that guards used to tell them to breastfeed in the ladies’ room. Let’s just say that if you didn’t already know that mom glares could kill, well they could. And it is to them that mommas like me owe our freedom.
Anyhoo, if you’re not the type who can just, uhm, pull one out, Alabang Town Center has a lovely family lounge where you can nurse comfortably and in peace. And I pray that you get there faster than your little one can undo your blouse.
No place is too far
Even if I’ve moved from freelance makeup work to working at home, my mom schedule is as hectic as ever. The wonderful thing about Alabang is that nowhere is too far when I need to step out to do errands. And while we aren’t immune to rush hour traffic — 7am – 9am and 5pm to 8pm are the absolute worst! — we still experience a few hours of easygoing driving. This means I can take B out with me and not worry about abusing his car seat tolerance.
I also have a ton of schools to choose from (for when the time comes) and a hospital nearby. I simply don’t need to drive past the Sucat Tollway for anything I might need.
Are any of these things exclusive to living in Alabang? Not by any means. And if you want to raise your children in an urban setting, the south is definitely not for you. But there has been so much development here since we moved in that everything we need is within reach. Put all of that in the laid back lifestyle that Alabang is known for and I’m one happy momma.