I had made a mental note about how I was starting to hate Ortigas 94 times in the course of to weeks. Every time I had to sort of jump a hurdle I would think, this was probably why Ortigas isn't the number one city. It kinda sucks. I'm still trying to finish the long track of hurdles but let's list them down according to the "Peeve Meter".
The king of all hurdles that got me begging and crying (true story) was the internet problem. I had lived in three other cities before this and not once had I thought my area was not serviceable by at least one service provider. It came as a shock to me that I was smack dab in the middle of Ortigas Center, right along major business avenues, in a 36-floor residential building that's been established for years, that I couldn't get access to the country's biggest cable (and internet) network. It came as an even greater shock that I could barely get phone signal. I had better reception in the Bukid. I had better reception under a rock. The only logical explanation for it was, the condo unit I rented was a black hole, or a glitch in the space-time continuum.
Next, as a person who loved to shop, Ortigas had one of the worst shopping malls at its center, SM. How a mall that huge could have the most limiting of options, I could never understand. It irked me that if I was looking for a particular item, I had to go all the way back to Makati's Landmark just to get it.
Third- commuting in Ortigas is expensive. These elitists figured they shouldn't have jeepneys and have FXs instead that's 70% more expensive.
Fourth- Drivers DO NOT RECOGNIZE PEDESTRIAN LANES AND PEOPLE WALKING. They don't slow down in side streets. They don't slow down even when people are crossing the pedestrian lanes. Worse, they even cut you and blink their lights at you to "signal" that they want to go first. I have not seen one single driver slow down for a pedestrian.
And let's not forget, the place doesn't have a park. It has a patch of grass that they call a park but no.
I hope I could learn to live through at least two years in this place.