Dealing with the Rude Neighbors in my Neighborhood

karaoke - rude neighbors Josie (my wife) and I have rude neighbors. I’m not talking about the next door neighbors who share our compound because they have sense. Nope, I’m talking about the rest of the neighbors. In our hilly neighborhood, we have neighbors in every direction. Some of them are related to us or one of our other relatives, but most aren’t. We deal with these neighbors in the kindest way we can think of, but not always. It depends.

Rude Neighbors and Loud Music

Most of the loud music in my Olongapo City neighborhood is generated by karaoke machines. Not always, of course. Karaoke singing doesn’t bother us unless the neighbors keep it going until the wee hours of the morning. That’s a no-no during school days because the children need to sleep. I don’t have any children young enough to go to school, but the relatives in my compound do.

When it comes to generating noise by Karaoke, we’re as guilty as anyone else. The difference is that we respect our neighbors. We never go beyond 1am on weekends or beyond 9pm on weekdays. We rarely do it on weekdays and when we do, it’s usually because of a holiday or something. We live in a “suburb”, not in what’s considered the downtown area, so it’s legal.

When it’s not karaoke and it’s annoying, I like to bring out my mini-laptop with 15 gigabytes of music on it. I have some speakers that can really crank up the sound. My music will drown out any music blaring from neighbors.

Rude Neighbors and Barking Dogs

Some of my neighbors have dogs as pets. It doesn’t happen often, but when one of them decides to bark all night, the neighbor responsible won’t do anything about it.

More often the barking comes from stray dogs and dogs that aren’t leashed or confined to the places where they should be confined. When a stray female is in heat, multiple dogs are barking all night and they move from place to place and they’re usually in front of my house.

When it happens and I can’t sleep, I wish I had a gun. It doesn’t have to be anything special. A pellet gun or a BB gun that uses CO2 cartridges would suffice.

Rude Neighbors and Parking

I live in a house at the end of the street, near the top of a hill. The cement actually ends at my house. People come here at all hours of the day and night and some of them think the area in front of my house is a parking lot.

They’re rude and the neighbors they’re visiting are responsible. It doesn’t bother us too much unless they block the gate to our driveway and we need to go somewhere.

Dealing with Rude Neighbors

I don’t deal with them. Josie does. Now, Josie was born and raised in the Philippines (in Tacloban City, Leyte and near Lemery, Batangas) and the rude neighbors bother her more than they bother me. I’m more laid back. Besides, I’m an American and Americans don’t mess with Filipinos in the Philippines unless they’re asking for trouble.

I’ve thought of all kinds of ways to get revenge on the rude neighbors, but I know a lot of the ones near me and they’re the most annoying. This article, “25 Ways to Annoy Your Neighbors“, has some suggestions but I can’t use most of them here.

I’ve gotten used to some of the noise pollution. Roosters that crow all hours of the night no longer bother me.

February 4, 2016


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Tiya (2015)

Wala kang karapatang sa partido, gumawa ng ingay sa buong magdamag at isakripisyo pahinga dahil lang sa ito ay ang iyong kaarawan o araw ng kasalan, etc ng iyong kapwa … Hindi ito nangangahulugan na maaari mong gumawa ng ingay sa anumang oras ng araw na iyon ay nakakaapekto sa iba. Pilipinas kailangan na maging mas disiplinado at magalang. Lahat ay may mga limitasyon! Maging sibilisadong sapat upang igalang ang iba! Kung ikaw paggawa ng ingay na kung saan ay nakakaapekto sa iba pagkatapos ikaw ay tulad ng nagkasala bilang ang mga magreklamo ka tungkol sa.

Republic Act 386 Art. 26

RT Cunningham (2015)

Here’s the translation of what you wrote:

You have no right to party, make noise all night and rest to sacrifice just because it’s your birthday or wedding day, your neighbor etc … This does not mean that you can make noise at any time of day is affects others. Philippines need to be more disciplined and respectful. Everything has limits! Be civilized enough to respect others! If you’re making noise which affects others then you are just as guilty as those complained about.

This is what the Act you cited says:

ARTICLE 26. Every person shall respect the dignity, personality, privacy and peace of mind of his neighbors and other persons. The following and similar acts, though they may not constitute a criminal offense, shall produce a cause of action for damages, prevention and other relief:

(1) Prying into the privacy of another’s residence;

(2) Meddling with or disturbing the private life or family relations of another;

(3) Intriguing to cause another to be alienated from his friends;

(4) Vexing or humiliating another on account of his religious beliefs, lowly station in life, place of birth, physical defect, or other personal condition.

Tiya, no one in our compound is as rude as our neighbors. More than 20 people live here. We respect our neighbors but they don’t exhibit the same respect. No one ever complains about the things we do here because we always do less to annoy others than anyone else in the neighborhood.

Timothy Gott (2015)

That’s great … I think you will really enjoy watching this; yes I know this post sounds like spam but you will really get a kick out of this guys solution for noisy neighbors LOL:

RT Cunningham (2015)

Haha, that’s awesome.

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