I live in an "exclusive" townhouse in the city; exclusive in the sense that only those who can financially afford can live here (and the gates of the whole area plus the compound where I stay is strictly 24-hours guarded and my doors vaulted)...rich people, so to speak. I live alone and should have liked to have a maid like I always had but ever since I found out that my maid was an accomplice to an attempted robbery in my home in another part of the city before I moved in here four months ago, I have to get away from a maid. My daughter has one maid to come by once in a while and a cleaner provided by the homeowners association comes once a week.
I had been living in the center of commercial area (the big mall is just around the corner, banks, school, church, traffic, restaurants, etc.) in the city for more than a decade until my husband died and my two children becoming successful in their studies, career, and marriage lives. I tried to live with them but I didn't like the feeling of "just another family member" despite all the comforts. The longest time I live with my (millionaire) son was five months...it was very comfortable and happy with my growing grandchildren...eldest is sophomore college now...but I prefer to live alone and reign in my own "kingdom".
It's very scary to live in the city (Philippines) when people suspect you are rich...when they know I have a millionaire son, foreigner husband, and living alone...I had always been a target of criminals, robbers specifically. I had been robbed lots of times and had some kidnapping for ransom attempts to me, thanks to my son's success.
I prefer to live peacefully and normally in the country where nobody would try to pry on you as to whether you are rich or poor. The last time I had lived in the country was 37 years ago when I was pregnant to my son and was exiled and "hidden"in my father's farm until I delivered my baby and stayed two years longer until I went back to the city with my two-year-old son. I loved the country...it was beautiful and peaceful...now I am still on "hiding" for another reason...hiding from the robbers...and had to stop working for this reason.