32 comments on “Noisy Neighbors

  1. We fantasized that the new owners would be monks who took vows of silence or maybe a sign language school, or maybe a family of mimes. i love this… hahahaha! i was laughing when i read this…
    hahahaha! chico baka may gayuma ung bhay kaya laging maingay,,, hahahhaa!ok lang yan chico kami din ganyan pero in our case kami ung koreans.. pero 2 times palang kami napagsabhan ng kapitbahay namin… hahaha!

  2. haha! i was in my station in the office reading your blog while i was working.. and i started laughing. haha! this is the funniest blog i read tonight. sana we could be neighbors someday. Ü

  3. I think you’ll be proud to hear that Filipinos here in the U.S. adjust better than other nationalities. We respect the fact na, this country is not our country kaya we “try” to adjust with what foreigners expects of us :)

    Bakit marami ng Koreans sa Pinas? Out of curiosity lang. Kasi when I went home 2007, I was pretty surprise nung pumunta kami sa SM :D

  4. hi chico,suddenly i felt lucky to have these noontime show all-girl dancers as our neighbor than to have one like yours.these girls doesnt shout nor play extra loud music,but their car..my goodness! naga-alarm anytime,worst,even very late at night.

  5. Funny how you started out ranting against noisy neighbors and ended up giving behavior tips to Koreans. I wonder, how much does one’s ethnicity really contribute to that person’s neighborly demeanor?

    Apparently not much, judging from your own account — both Pinoys and foreigners can act like neighbors from the black lagoon.

    Nonetheless, you attribute the behavior of one to the fact that they are foreigners who don’t know proper behavior, insist on doing what they want, and do not respect the culture. However, the other neighbor was equally ignorant, non-conforming, disrespectful and yet as native to your community as you.

    So why lash out at loud Koreans and sit in silence for 20 years with loud Pinoys? Why pick on one’s ethnicity when the ability to generate noise and display savagery obviously crosses racial boundaries?

  6. my heart goes out to you chico. i’ve dealt and still dealing with people from other cultures…as far as koreans are concerns, based on my personal experiences with them, they are generally rude…i was told that respect and courtesy is somehow not incorporated in their culture..daw! however, people are people, regardless of culture, majority will test their bounderies. actually, to a certain extent we are guilty of this – testing bounderies. we had an unruly neighbor before back there in the philippines. he parks his car blocking out gate. we tried diplomacy, asked them kindly to refrain from doing it. deadma sila. i got pissed off one night, i deflated 1 tire. angry sila syempre, and confronted us. i responded: “i don’t know..now you how will you move your car? you are blocking our way. you are causing too much inconvenience for us.” inulit uli..again i deflated the same tire. confronted me again, my respond: “do you really think i would admit to it?!” that taken him aback. however, he did it again…i deflated the same tire again. then he stopped parking at our gate and started parking in front of his gate.

    i am not encouraging my behavior…however, we all have to find ways to make things work for us. hangga’t saan kaya ng sarili nating moralidad. there are people na napapakaisupan, there are na kailangan patulan, so they’ll know their bounderies and respect other’s as well.

  7. [... "We Are The World" ...]

    thought you’ll sing “We are the champion” or “Ako ang nagwagi”… joke!

    anyways, i really hate people who does not give a damn consideration to people around them and yet they complain a lot about others. i don’t know if they knew how inconsiderable they are or they just don’t know the how to be concern, even a little. grr selfish brats!

    tsk tsk tsk

  8. hahaha. hilarious!
    did u know that there is also an aspect of korean life (some and not all)where they are boisterous? lets just say it is a mind-boggling, orgasmic and therapeutic sound.

    DISCLAIMER:
    I cannot confirm or deny this allegation. This is purely hearsay.

  9. To Marcus… you got a point there. I hope chico would answer -besides, this is his blog-all are HIS VIEWS…but it wouldn’t hurt – i’d like to hear his comment on your concern.
    I think the lesson here is to set a good example no matter your nationality is, whether you’re in or out of your territory.
    Those Korean neighbors of chico may have been in the Philippines for sometime and lived somewhere else where they had Filipino neighbors who are as noisy and disrespectful and probably suffered the same. Thus, they could have thought that this is how Filipino neighborhood sounds like. You know – they saw it from the locals so they may have mistakenly thought that’s the norm in a Filipino neighborhood. Baka lang they had the same experience of disrespect and had it as an example and they lived with it.
    It’s like-if I am new in a place and know nothing at all of the dwellers’ ways, I would look at how the locals do-and follow.
    Hey chico … would like to hear from you…

  10. ay naku chico kami rin pianagpalang mabigyan ng mga nakakairitang kapitbahay……mga kapitbahay na kung pwede lang, gilitan na…(oops, sorry! a little morbid!)

    if there is a vote for the worst neighbors your neigbor and ours would be in a tight competition..our neighbors are shouting at each other, arguing over God knows what, at 3 in the morning..they’re also having parties here and there with, of course, the inuman that will sometimes end up in a fight..when there’s a storm, the fruits of their coconut tree always fall on our roof and they don’t seem to care at all..they don’t control their cats and dogs so most of the time they pee and poop on the streets..now they’re pulling a new trick…they pretend to be “the good citizens” by cleaning outside their house…of course after the cleaning, all their basura will magically end up on our side…hmmm, i wonder why?!…

    naisip ko lang…husband is to mother-in-law as family is to noisy neighbors ata eh…hehehe…it’s like God is reminding us that hell is just around the corner, or maybe just next door!!…

  11. I know what you’re going through. I used to have the same bunch of neighbors. Anyway, since they’re Korean, I guess the most annoying thing to do, if you further decide to wage war, is just to display a Japanese flag on a spot where they could actually see it every morning. Maybe you could also get those life-size Voltes 5 or Daimos action figures and sit them side by side with a miniature Jumong, right outside your door . Hehe.

    I totally agree with your sentiments, they should really undergo a thorough cultural orientation before coming in here. Just as how we adapt to theirs, everytime our OFWs get their visas or working permit.

    It’s really a pity having these foreigners just trash about in the country, having this air of comfort and we’re-far-more-developed-than-you attitude. : )

  12. ay, wait till you meet my stupid franco boss. i totally lost all the admiration for the french people. and yes, i am guilty of generalizing. :)

  13. chico, I feel for you , man. on the aso problem.
    a cousin-in-law is next door (my cousin is an OFW), whose dogs yap as they breathe. I resort to throwing rocks at them whenever they’re left alone. worse, they’re left alone most weekends. and the poor mutts (nakakaramdam pa din naman ako ng awa sa mga iyon) don’t even have anything to eat or drink. and they stink! plus, they should train their dogs. konting kibot, tahol! we’re losing sleep already. and siesta’s a struggle, too.

    ang sa akin lang, kung di marunong mag-alaga ng aso, wag na mag-ampon ng aso. nagiging monster lang eh! = uuy, plugging! =

  14. hay naku, chico, grabe tlga yang mga koreans na yan. i hate to generalize pero for those i have dealt with… hay naku, para silang walang pinag-ar**an! Imagine, i handle renting out my boss’ condo units (yes, unitS with an S, hehe) somewhere at roxas blvd. and unfortunately, our agent bugaw-ed every korean lessee that come her way to us. Kami naman, in good faith, sige, pa-lease sa kanila ang mga units. ayun, almost lahat sila, nagpapaputok ng cheke. “Promising” post-dated checks later became either DEPOSITED-AGAINST-INSUFFICIENT-FUND, STOPPED-PAYMENT (funded or unfunded) or worse, ACCOUNT-CLOSED!!! i swear, uniinit ulo ko sa kanila! When i try to ask them why their check bounced.. sagutin ka ba nman ng “Oh, i overslept yesterday afternoon, i went to the bank at 3:30pm to deposit fund but it’s already closed.” Hello? anong oras ba nagsasara bangko sa kanila? di ko rin alam a, pero if im there, i would pay attention to these things naman. magpalusot pa ba sa pagputok ng cheke nya? yung 1 naman tumakas pa! he brought out his things a bag at a time, before the guard knew, wala na palang tao sa unit! Bad trip. Wrong choice of lessee. (This is my tip to other lessors.) AND sa gym! para silang flock of kalapati na magkukumpulan sa treadmill, sa bike, sa lat pulldown! Pati sa sauna! my gosh, they would barge in with clothes on, giggling habang kilitian ng kilitian. tapos maka-5minutes na mausukan, lalabas na & guess san na sila pupunta?………. gagamit ng mat sa aerobics studio!!! Kadiri!!! yoko na nga mag-gym dun ulit. ayoko narin ituloy tong comment na to. nakakasuka sila. yuck.

  15. To everyone, please find time to proofread your comment before posting it. Medyo masakit sa mata basahin ang ibang mga posts, too many grammatical errors. I’m not being self-righteous here, ang sa akin lang e pwede naman mag tagalog…

    Just an observation, walang halong pang-aasar.

  16. haay naku chico, asar din ako sa ilang koreans na yan, maiingay masyado di naman maintindihan kung ano pinagsasabi akala mo kung sino na sila makapagasta,sobrang yabang. may mga koreans na ang akala nila eh pag-aari nila ang pilipinas na kung umasta eh superior sila sa ilang filipinos, helloooo??? for God sake, eh kutis lang nila ang maputi no. (oops, im not generalizing, yong puputok ang bochee…guilty!)

    anyway, tungkol dun sa comment ni marcus, ang sabi nga ni chico marunong syang magtimpi, pero hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon eh nakakapagtimpi, natural karapatan ni chico ang magreklamo sa kahit sino o anong lahi basta sya ay naagrabyado. sinulat ni chico yun sa paraan na gusto nyang isiwalat ang salobin nya, blog nya kaya to. nakikibasa lang tayo. at i think hindi tama rin yung nagsalita si chico sa mga BUNGANGERA

  17. haay naku chico, asar din ako sa ilang koreans na yan, maiingay masyado di naman maintindihan kung ano pinagsasabi akala mo kung sino na sila makapagasta,sobrang yabang. may mga koreans na ang akala nila eh pag-aari nila ang pilipinas na kung umasta eh superior sila sa ilang filipinos, helloooo??? for God sake, eh kutis lang nila ang maputi no. (oops, im not generalizing, yong puputok ang bochee…guilty!)

    anyway, tungkol dun sa comment ni marcus, ang sabi nga ni chico marunong syang magtimpi, pero hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon eh nakakapagtimpi, natural karapatan ni chico ang magreklamo sa kahit sino o anong lahi basta sya ay naagrabyado. sinulat ni chico yun sa paraan na gusto nyang isiwalat ang salobin nya, blog nya kaya to. nakikibasa lang tayo. at i think hindi tama rin yung nagsalita si chico tugkol mga BUNGANGERA nyang kapitbhay! harmless pa nga si chico nyan kasi sa blog nya lang inexpress ang kanyang sentimyento. at walang balak si chico (para sa akin) na magkaroon ng racial discrimination dito. ang punto dito ay ang MAIINGAY na kapitbahay. gets?

  18. funny entry, chico! you narrated it so well i can vividly picture all the events that happened.. i’ve met and some koreans too, my mom used to teach some early this year, and they’re not loud naman even sa house nila.. malas nyo lang at ibang klaseng mga koreans ung naging kpitbahay nyo.. anyway, i hope you can end up as good neighborhood.. para mkantahan kita ng “who are the people in your neighborhood? in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood..” hehehe.. ;o)

  19. edited hehe>> funny entry, chico! you narrated it so well i can vividly picture all the events that happened.. i’ve met and known some koreans too, my mom used to teach some early this year, and they’re not loud naman even sa house nila.. malas nyo lang siguro at ibang klaseng mga koreans ung naging kpitbahay nyo.. anyway, i hope you can end up as good neighbors.. para mkantahan kita ng “who are the people in your neighborhood? in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood..” hehehe.. ;o)

  20. So sad, that we can only choose our neighbors when we try to set in a new place, and that we have to grin and bear all that occupies the adjacent places.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there would be an evaluation before the new neighbor sets in?

    You’re lucky there never was a Chinese resto nearby. Hahahaha. That would surely drive you bonkers (sorry to our Chinese bros, but some Chinese restos are reeeeaaallllly unbearable).

  21. I feel for you on koreans.
    apparently there are 2 kinds of koreans invading manila. There are the lower region koreans (probinsyanos) who are pretty much lacking in breeding and there are the tourist koreans who are well… tourists.
    The promdi types are the rude ones, think they own the country. Spit on the road, push in front of the line etc. There are communities here in ortigas and in makati… dunno about others. In my experience I’ve seen the Korean students go to Megamall to shop. Once this girl was lazy to go to the seat of the shoe section to try the shoe, she sat right on the display ledge (all over the other shoes) so you can’t really browse around the loud mouthed tush that she is… and they were driving the salesladies like the ladies were really dumb. I mean, the salesladies of Megamall aren’t trained hard core in the first place, but no reason to treat them as though they are supposed to understand spit-korean.
    Ah this turned out to be a rant in someone else’s page– but I guess I just wanted to share that your opinion is shared my many and that your case isn’t isolated to just one family….
    ciao.

  22. my officemate used to work in Samsung-Korea. sobra siyang galit na galit talaga even if she stayed for 4 years there. she told me she was not exactly treated well. and get this, she at one point in time dreamt that she was holding a machine guy and was shooting every Korean she saw. hehehe..sobrang sama nga ata talaga ang loob nya. I used to work for a Korean boss and he was nice naman. Kaya lng, for an investment house parang ang barat lang kse naka-allowance lang kami if we were new (I was in sales back then). If we reached the quota, we can get a bigger share of the commission pero wala nang allowance. kung gusto mo ng allowance, sobrang liit naman yung cut mo sa commission. wwaaah…thankfully, I was doing well in terms of volume so parang sulit na rin na ganon yung arrangement. but i tried teaching english to these people. if you’re lucky, you can have a student who’s a fast learner. pro pag minalas ka, hay ang slow talaga and mababaliw ka sa kakaturo. they use to pay well until they realized they can pay really low. ok lang naman sana kung fast learner yung student pro kung medyo slow, please be realistic and pay better naman sana. besides, this is private tutoring. kung gusto nila ng value for their money, they can go to a class. iba naman ang rates ng private tutoring and di naman kung san san lang nag-aral yung mga tutors nila eh.

  23. haha, feeling pretty! napaka-open minded mo pala. baka sa sobrang pagka open-minded mo, malaglag yung utak mo nyan. biruin mo, balahura na nga kapitbahay mo, ikaw pa ang gagawa ng excuses para sa kanila? sila tong pumunta rito, namerwisyo ng kapwa, tapos in the end, pilipino pa pala ang may kasalanan? eh ang bait bait mo naman pala eh. maybe you should teach sunday school.

    sa tingin mo, kung merong “when in rome, do as the romans do” attitude yung mga yun, magiging ganun ba sila sa neighborhood na yun? di ko alam kung san sila nakatira. pero kung maraming nagrereklamo run, isa lang ang ibig sabihin nun: in that community, it’s not acceptable behavior. hindi sila maiingay sa lugar na yun. wala lang talagang pakialam yung mga koreano kung ano iniisip ng mga kapitbahay nila at kung nakaka-perwisyo na ba sila. either that or ganun lang talaga sila ka-dense at di nila alam na nakakairita pala ginagawa nila despite all the complaints.

    honestly, natatawa talaga ako. literal yun. cheers ^_^

  24. I frequent a certain gas station in the stretch of SLEX northbound and I always encounter Korean “tourists” in the comfort room who talk like they’re talking to hearing-impaired people and who furiously knock on the locked door! Their behaviors are nothing like the impeccable behaviors of the European tourists I encounter during my travels.

  25. I know what you’ve been going thru. I have neighbors who play drums in the open area garage for everyone to hear… When I tried to talk to them we even entered into an altercation .. and she even said foul things in return …. THE NERVE!!!! SO when I read your entry … it brought back bad memories….. btw that crappy neighbor is still my neighbor…. One day I would wish that they go deaf because of that loud music!!!!

  26. btw my neighbors are not koreans… but I can highly relate to the feeling of having ever-so-insensitive neighbors!!! We also went as far as complaining them to the Homeowner’s association but people there are also pushovers .. same with your association… It quite annoying to know that these people don’t really care about others!

  27. this is a late reaction but i feel sorry for you for having this kind of korean neighbors. we actually do have a korean neighbor too. not as noisy as your neighbors, they’re kinda nice naman, binigyan pa nga anak ko ng icecream from the store nung nagkasalubong kami for an afternoon walk but there’s this guy in their house na parating nagsusuka. as in!! at rinig na rinig sobra sa bahay namin. good thing i work so i only get to hear it sa weekends, siguro kung araw-araw nasa bahay ako, napikon na rin ako. hay… sana talaga you can choose neighbors no.

  28. i live in Korea… and i can tell you this one fact: THEY ARE REALLY LOUD. specially when they’re at their turf or at home… they really are waaay beyond the norms. they are nice, but LOUD.

    we live in a neighborhood where everyone has kids, and our house is the quietest of them all (i tell my kids to shush). when an argument breaks into any of the houses, even if it’s about four houses away, imagine how loud that can get… (personally it feels like one will get stabbed =P)

  29. if you feel like telling them that they’re getting out of hand.. say this:

    ajoshi (mister), nomu shikkurowoyeo(it’s too loud), jom choyonghagoshipoyeo (please, we want some peace and quiet). gamsa hamnida (thank you)…

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