I came from Bulacan and I’ve been living in Metro Manila since college days from 1999 to present (yes it’s been almost 2 decades) so believe me when I tell you that when you talk about horrible traffic, toxic noise and pollution, overcrowded places and the like; I totally understand and feel what you mean.
Living in the city (I reside in Makati) has its own pros and cons. And yes, urban living can be really stressful especially I you can’t get that much needed vacation or out of town/country trips. But sometimes, a break from your daily routine is the very thing you need like enjoying a weekend outside your own place but still within the city. Yes, I mean trying to have some staycation.