updated by Renzie Baluyut on October 2008
Living alone is no easy deal. There’s a reason why most Pinoys over the age of 18 still choose to live with their parents- because pretty much, it’s the easy thing to do.
My parents took off for greener pastures when I was 18. So pretty much, I was left on my own since then. I’ve been living independently ever since, even choosing a career in broadcasting and FM radio over what may have been an otherwise rewarding career as a physical therapist or a neurosurgeon (hey, who knows?).
But it’s all turned out alright- I’ve learned to make my own cash, and with it, my own decision on how to run my life. Admittedly, I have been quite the wastrel earlier on (the life of an FM radio DJ was rather excessive, in some ways), but I suppose you need to learn a few things the hard way. I’d like to think that I’m a lot wiser now- I definitely know what I want from life, and I know how to go about getting it.
The bachelor lifestyle is definitely quite a way to go. It assumes that you are completely independent- i.e. cut off from support from your immediate family, in ALL ways. So, going home on weekends to your mom’s to get your laundry done doesn’t really count. Same as having one of your housekeepers drop by your pad to clean things up while under your parents’ payroll.
Living solo is all about you. You make money from some crappy day job and then deciding how much to blow on groceries that month, and how much to blow on eating out. You get your own laundry done, you pay your own bills, you keep your own house in order.
On the plus side, you can do whatever you want to do. Sleep, eat or go out when you want to. You make your own rules, you spend your own cash, and you don’t have to listen to anybody.
On the downside, it sucks when you get sick, you can’t NOT have work, nor can you just slack off when you feel like it, or leave the dishes unwashed for several days. Well, actually you could, but it sucks when you don’t have cash, and it sucks when your pad reeks of rotten food with roaches crawling all over the place. Think Joe’s Apartment, with less entertaining bugs since they don’t talk or sing or anything.
In the end, it builds character. Living on your own forces you to take charge of your life- because no one else will. And that’s where you get real fulfillment. Knowing you can rise above crappy living conditions and eventually be kick-ass someday.
Lifestyles of the Not-so-Rich and Frugal
- Finding your own place. Hey, it’s a start!
- Cost of living, bachelor-style, in Metro Manila.
- Need to get some food on the table? Use the phone!
- Home Management for bachelors & bachelorettes.
- So how’s it like living on your own in Metro Manila?
- Getting around in Metro Manila.
- What to do for fun in and around Metro Manila.
Useful Online Resources on Living Solo
Websites and Other Online References
- I’m a big fan of Real Simple magazine. The official website has just about as much to offer- and is definitely worth checking out.
- Wanna get things done yourself? Check out these two great Do-It-Yourself sites: DIY Network’s Do-it-Yourself Projects and you also have DoItYourself.com.
In and Around the Blogosphere
- Here’s one of the better blogs I’ve spotted in the local blogosphere: Frugal Pinoy. It’s got great tips on personal money management, as well as other useful stuff for the average dude. And you don’t have to be Filipino to totally appreciate it.
How-To and Do-It Yourself Guides From Howcast
I hope to keep adding topics as I put in more content in this blog. Feel free to suggest topics, leave a comment, or even drop a few links worth checking out.