The Philippines is a noisy place, I don’t think anybody can argue against me on that. As I am sitting here at my desk writing this post, over the last five minutes I have heard all of these sounds outside my window:
- A rooster next door has been letting out his “cock-a-doodle-do” about three times per minute
- There is a house being constructed behind mine and they have been working since around 6am with lots of hammering, cement mixer sounds, general noise
- A few minutes a garbage truck was picking up garbage and honking his horn endlessly
- The construction crew is playing their radio quite loud
- Traffic is passing by on the somewhat busy street in front of my house – car engines, horns etc accompany the traffic
So, as you can see, there is plenty of noise to keep my ears full!
The truth, though, is that I am used to it (except the rooster, which is a new addition to the neighborhood). It doesn’t bother me much anymore. When I talk to, or get e-mails from other ex-pats who live here, noise is one of the most heard complaints about living here. And, the number one noise maker that I hear about are roosters crowing. Can you get used to it? What do you think? If you plan to live in the Philippines, you will have to get used to the noise here. There is no escaping it! You will experience noise like this whether you live in the middle of the City, or out in the Province. Adjust, or forget making the move!
As a friend and I often tell each other – we’re not in Kansas anymore!