Six years ago I published a couple of articles about my experience living in Cambridge Village (Cainta). I grew up on a typical house/lot environment with large enough yard to play around. Thus, it was a shock to me how it goes with condo living. In any case, I learned how to live and love Cambridge Village – it’s home now for me and my family.
I got more than a couple more of questions for updates on the condo in the last 6 years. So I decided to compose an updated one, complimenting the early ones.
In the last 6 years, the developer continued building more units; however, the population increase, in my opinion, was on the southern side; the northern side is also growing, but not as much. How do I know? Just look at the windows in the evening if they are lighted – you know if there’s a resident or still vacant. We were actually happy when across the street, a couple of units showed signs of life because it’s almost a decade that nobody lived there. The parking building also started opening up higher floors to accommodate more cars. And the price of a 40sqm loft unit sky rocketed; I believe it’s almost double now, cash basis.
So let’s start with parking. As I mentioned on my earlier, related article, it increases every year w/o really improvement in service. I decided to purchase my own parking place; I am paying 3k a month, plus 20+ annually for 4 years and I am on my 2nd year. Unlike those in the southern side, my unit is located nearby the parking building. Thus, most of the residents on the southern side would queue for a while to get an available slot (which I think is free). Just a reference why they won’t prefer the parking building – the club house is approx. 300m away. So now, you can imagine if you are living on those clusters farther than the club house – and imagine if it’s raining cats and dogs. I see the queue starts to build up early evening up to late at night; in a few instances, I saw a couple of cars around midnight waiting for their turn. How bad it is, I have no idea – I only have my own observation from afar.
This is the south side parking space. My daughter learned how to bike in this area. But this picture is taken around 2012. Nowadays, you’ll be lucky to get your car parked here.
The traffic is just getting worse (what else is new!). When we moved here, I could still get a tricycle at 7am. And the temp tricycle terminal in the morning was near the Kabisig school; nowadays, CV residents would queue up on the driveway near the guard house at 6am! During school days until January, the traffic build up starts at 630am – the traffic is due to school crossing on Kabisig Elementary School, the Canary St. (access road to Midtown) and F. Legazpi bridge. Then traffic starts to build up again near the Ortigas bridge because tricycles are making a u-turn towards their terminal along floodway.
This picture is taken around 530 am. Back in 2008, we had to walk for 100m towards the police station. That’s where (in front of the hardware) tricycles back then would wait for their passengers. At 7am, you can still get a ride in 5m! c2015
Based on my experience, the jeeps plying the route of Ortigas-Cubao are always available anytime of the day. Most of the passengers are going to Makati, Taguig and Ortigas area. Thus, those making a commute to Eastwood would slow down until Ortigas Ave. There’s an alternate route – via A. Rodriguez and Calle Industria – a combination of short jeep ride and mostly tricycle rides. One hour, in my estimate is still needed to go to Eastwood during peak hours.
Seven years ago, around 7am the traffic going to Ortigas starts piling up after the Kabisig St. Motorcycles zipping thru the traffic are rare. Since 2 years ago, traffic reaches even farther than CV and it’s not even 7am yet! c2015
Going to Makati and Ortigas are different stories. Back in 2011, I would take FX at 530am and I will be in Ayala Ave. at 615am or 630am. I tried leaving at 545am, it took me 1.5 hours. And a couple of years ago I tried 530am and arrived 7am. Working in Ortigas is also a pain when commuting because one has to compete for seats with the students going to Manila area. I tried taking G-Liner several times and it’s so bad that you can simply stand w/o falling down, ika nga hindi makahulog karayom. But then again, there’s no place now in Metro Manila that’s not experiencing heavy traffic. Even the side roads are experiencing heavy traffic due to Google Map and Waze.
Note: CV transpo guide new residents or those simply curious of CV’s accessibility.
When we moved here on 2008, there were very few establishments. I think only Buryanik is the mini-store in the compound (it changed ownership once or twice already). Here are the available establishments inside CV:
- there are 1 bakery that is open until late at night, though I also see them closed around 8pm
- there’s a spa, Garden Scent, that offers home visit until 3am; it’s more expensive to have your massage on their shop than on the home visit
- there’re 2 establishments that offer meals and coffee
- there’s the barber shop, the cheapest that I know
- 1 dental clinic
- 1 tutorial school (I haven’t really checked if they are still open)
- 3 mini-stores
- several drinking water businesses
- several dry cleaning shops
Also, the parish church just had its 2nd parish priest since it opened. We normally attend the late afternoon mass, and I noticed that more and more parishioners are attending masses during the said period – a good sign. Sadly, due to security concerns, nobody can pass through our area going to the church. And even CV residents cannot pass through the church premises going to Poblacion through Midtwon.
Parishioners start to pour in for the 5pm mass on Palm Sunday 2018.
Security wise, I still hear pilferage of clothes in the drying area (normally around November/December period). Couples would still make scenes along the road yelling to each other at the top of their lungs. There are still altercation between guards and residents who run out of (free?) parking space. So far, I haven’t heard any violent crimes or robbery lately; but then again, I also don’t go out a lot.
The worst experience in the last several years is really about the recent billing. So nowadays, we are keeping our receipts.
Overall, there’s an increase in population within and outside Cambridge Village, which brings progress and the rest that comes with it. One can observe this on the shops along floodway, the cars plying the floodway route and also the no. of lighted CV units at night… And of course, the heavy traffic again…
Finally, for those who are planning to move in, take this article as a grain of salt. On one hand, my family calls this place home in the last 10 years and there’s no plan of moving out.