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Hey M.C.A.

I am thinking about moving into a condo this time. They are safe and have a lot of amenities. I would make sure I moved into one that the building is kept up and very clean. Also, one that they control the noise of renters. The last time there I lived in a single story apartment and my neighbor behind me had 40 chickens and roosters. Then in front of the apartment across the street they had 2 dogs that never stopped barking. I mean 24 hrs a day. Drove me nuts.

When I got back to the states I had to go have treatments with a psychiatrist. hahahaha
 

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Hey M.C.A.

I am thinking about moving into a condo this time. They are safe and have a lot of amenities. I would make sure I moved into one that the building is kept up and very clean. Also, one that they control the noise of renters. The last time there I lived in a single story apartment and my neighbor behind me had 40 chickens and roosters. Then in front of the apartment across the street they had 2 dogs that never stopped barking. I mean 24 hrs a day. Drove me nuts.
I have a hunch you'll have that same issue everywhere unless in a high rise condo in Manila. After a bit over 14 years I just kind of accept what I can I cover the other odd noises with soft music

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Hey Jet,

I know what you mean by drowning out noises. I am going to invest into earplugs this time. haha If I did stay in the Manila area I was thinking about the high rise condo buildings like you mentioned. The last time there I ran air in my bedroom and played music all night so I wouldn't hear the dogs barking at every mosquito.
 

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Hey M.C.A.

I am thinking about moving into a condo this time. They are safe and have a lot of amenities. I would make sure I moved into one that the building is kept up and very clean. Also, one that they control the noise of renters. The last time there I lived in a single story apartment and my neighbor behind me had 40 chickens and roosters. Then in front of the apartment across the street they had 2 dogs that never stopped barking. I mean 24 hrs a day. Drove me nuts.

When I got back to the states I had to go have treatments with a psychiatrist. hahahaha
I think renting or buying in Philippines, the same rule holds true as it does everywhere else in the world.........location, location, location.

I don't think it matters so much whether you rent or buy, house, apartment or condo, if you want a peaceful environment, then you are gonna have to find the right location. I found my place of peace and tranquility in Davao. We built on a subdivision which is 180 hectare, 70 hectacres of which are a golf course. Our house has open views of the 9th fairway and all of our neighbors are quiet peace loving folk.
 

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Hey Hogrider,

I understand what you are saying but I find the noise in the philippines more wide spread. There seems to be no law on noise no matter what hour of night. It is the normal way of life there. Here in the usa we have noise laws and the police will do something about it. The noise is everywhere unless the expat can afford a gated community off of the main roads. For the most part I can live with it since I run aircon at night and a fan. That drowns out most of the noise unless it gets to loud.

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Greenstreak It's a wake up call and all I can relate is that I observe how citizens here react to such annoyances, usually it just facial expressions... LOL mild swearing that cannot be heard or when beggars ask for money the slight twisting of both palms face out because to talk would be futile and to raise your voice only draws attention onto you and it's not good.

You might also want to read up on the customs here, they are very different when comes to situations, facial expressions and head bobbing sort of replace talking.
 

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Hey Hogrider,

I understand what you are saying but I find the noise in the philippines more wide spread. There seems to be no law on noise no matter what hour of night. It is the normal way of life there. Here in the usa we have noise laws and the police will do something about it. The noise is everywhere unless the expat can afford a gated community off of the main roads. For the most part I can live with it since I run aircon at night and a fan. That drowns out most of the noise unless it gets to loud.

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Actually there are noise laws here, but like most laws here they are not enforced.

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Hey Chuck,

Yeah I know what you mean. Once we called the police in Tagum for a large party going on across the street from our apartment at 4am and they never did come out to do anything about it. It was so loud that we had to stay up all night. Our bedroom was in front of apartment facing the party going on.

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Hey Chuck,

Yeah I know what you mean. Once we called the police in Tagum for a large party going on across the street from our apartment at 4am and they never did come out to do anything about it. It was so loud that we had to stay up all night. Our bedroom was in front of apartment facing the party going on.

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Police won't show up for a noise complaint, only the Barangay village type representative, it's hard to really call them the police, the police would show up if someone was killed or shot something like that but drunken bolo knife chasing incidents or waving bolo knifes may only bring out the barangay and not always and loud music probably not. :eek: It's a process if you are threatened with death you still go first to the barangay and then if it's determined an issue then you go to the police.

My next door brother in-law came after me with a home made sword, I got after him for throwing rocks on our roof I guess his pride was hurt, so we took him to the barangay and it was determined we must then talk with the police, we met up inside the police station and he was told not to do that again and surrendered his sword, we found out later he got his sword back. :eek:

Separate occasions me and my wife both been threatened and while waiting for the barangay meeting, many others there for the same issue or complaint, threatened with death and nearly always dealing with in-laws.
 

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Hey M.C.A.

I am thinking about moving into a condo this time. They are safe and have a lot of amenities. I would make sure I moved into one that the building is kept up and very clean. Also, one that they control the noise of renters. The last time there I lived in a single story apartment and my neighbor behind me had 40 chickens and roosters. Then in front of the apartment across the street they had 2 dogs that never stopped barking. I mean 24 hrs a day. Drove me nuts.

When I got back to the states I had to go have treatments with a psychiatrist. hahahaha
What? Just noise? What about smoke covering the whole barangay from garbage burning??
What if you had some laundry outside? What if you were allergic? Does it matter :)
 

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Smoke, burning plastic

What? Just noise? What about smoke covering the whole barangay from garbage burning??
What if you had some laundry outside? What if you were allergic? Does it matter :)
Good point pronse, every single day it's charcoal, plastic and feather burning in our area, it's like a vacation if I don't smell smoke, my neighbor across the street has a duck processing mini business and he also sells fried duck (it's good) but in order to make a profit he will burn wood to process the ducks and then boil and fry them.

In-laws neighbors refuse to use gas or electric they have what appears to be modern homes but cook with charcoal or wood.

Animal smell is another huge concern, millions of ducks in our municipality and horses with carts delivering shells to feed them, so horse stuff all over road, shells rotting on the beach. In-laws also involved with processing ducks and they dump some parts of the insides and feathers in the open not more than 50 feet from our bedroom, the smell is agonizing, plus they pile up diapers outside not in a hole for burning but open ground and it just smolders for days and this is mainly a plastic smell.
 

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What? Just noise? What about smoke covering the whole barangay from garbage burning??
What if you had some laundry outside? What if you were allergic? Does it matter :)
This is the main reason Dr's prescribe and people use so much in the way or respiratory medications. Asthma, emphysema, COPD are very common here even if you are a non-smoker. The only place I know with these problems that are worse is China.
Does it matter? In the Philippines--Not one bit..
 

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Poor expat with family

The question becomes, why on earth does one spend his last few days in this dump? :)
If you are poor like me and on a military pension you live as best you can with what you've got and my wife and kids and grand kids all in the same municipality so moving is not an option and good luck finding a spot that isn't a dump that spot will set you back some pesos, so I want to be with my family, we rebuilt the family home back in the middle 90's.

If I was single I wouldn't live in this dump and I also wouldn't want to live in the Philippines, I'd want to live in the US, trouble is my wife prefers to live here, we met in WA state and married there back in 1988, it got lonely living in the US by myself so I made that move, I'm okay with it but it has it's bad days.
 

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The question becomes, why on earth does one spend his last few days in this dump? :)
I'm with MCA to a large degree. Life back in the states is a lot different than it was say 30 or 40 years ago. It's also quite unaffordable in most places.
There are some places here that aren't bad. Our location in Central Luzon is rural and has clean air for the most part and even the noise isn't bad. Just depends on location and what an individual person is willing to put up with in life.
 

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Hey Mark,

Why would you want to live in the USA????? I was born and raised here in Ohio. I use to be so proud of this country back in the 60's and 70's but now I am a shamed of it. Our way of life has changed so much here throughout the years. Yes, we do have it better then a lot of other countries. but do you know what has destroyed our country here? LAWYERS! We are the sue capital of the world. It has gotten so bad that a person is afraid to even look at another person with a stare, because we can be sued. Millions of people are paranoid to even do anything because there will be a lawyer that will sue you. You might win the case but you will lose everything you own from your own lawyer expenses. So, in the Philippines I can walk down the street without fear of being sued. that is like it was here back in the early days.

IT WAS SO GREAT THEN! Just me venting on how American has changed for the worse.

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Hey Mark,

Why would you want to live in the USA????? I was born and raised here in Ohio. I use to be so proud of this country back in the 60's and 70's but now I am a shamed of it. Our way of life has changed so much here throughout the years. Yes, we do have it better then a lot of other countries. but do you know what has destroyed our country here? LAWYERS! We are the sue capital of the world. It has gotten so bad that a person is afraid to even look at another person with a stare, because we can be sued. Millions of people are paranoid to even do anything because there will be a lawyer that will sue you. You might win the case but you will lose everything you own from your own lawyer expenses. So, in the Philippines I can walk down the street without fear of being sued. that is like it was here back in the early days.

IT WAS SO GREAT THEN! Just me venting on how American has changed for the worse.

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Tend to agree. Too many lawyers getting filthy rich, encouraging everyone to sue for anything. It is a huge cost for healthcare and almost everything, built into prices through insurance premiums.
 

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Most of the comments that have been written since my earlier post only add to my assessment that the location that you are living in is the biggest factor on noise and other types of nuisance. Of course I do understand that may people live where they do, not necessarily from completely free choice, need to live with or close to in-laws etc., but if you can chose your locations, there are peaceful, quiet places.
 

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Good point pronse, every single day it's charcoal, plastic and feather burning in our area, it's like a vacation if I don't smell smoke, my neighbor across the street has a duck processing mini business and he also sells fried duck (it's good) but in order to make a profit he will burn wood to process the ducks and then boil and fry them.

In-laws neighbors refuse to use gas or electric they have what appears to be modern homes but cook with charcoal or wood.

Animal smell is another huge concern, millions of ducks in our municipality and horses with carts delivering shells to feed them, so horse stuff all over road, shells rotting on the beach. In-laws also involved with processing ducks and they dump some parts of the insides and feathers in the open not more than 50 feet from our bedroom, the smell is agonizing, plus they pile up diapers outside not in a hole for burning but open ground and it just smolders for days and this is mainly a plastic smell.
Well, suffice it to say I Won't be living There! It's making Subic sound better all the time as I never noted burning before when living there back when, or since then when visiting. Wow. ...what you describe as "agonizing"?...that says it all.
 

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Well, suffice it to say I Won't be living There! It's making Subic sound better all the time as I never noted burning before when living there back when, or since then when visiting. Wow. ...what you describe as "agonizing"?...that says it all.
Agonizing because you either have to get out of the house or close the windows and see if you can block it.

If you live within the general population, this is just a guess but 70% you will smell smoke, burning diapers plastic, wood and charcoal every single day, they can't afford to cook with electricity or use electrical appliances, wood is free so they chop down tree's, take home rotten or old lumber and burn it, note if the in-laws are cooking with gas or electricity they aren't poor.

Change was recently my neighbor across the street decided to start a full time (fried duck) business and yes it's agonizing, every single night I smell smoke, sometimes all day long I do get breaks it all depends on the wind and also if the in-laws are not burning but they always burn charcoal.

I can't live without my grand kids they mean the world to me, my 1 year old granddaughter and my 6 year old grandson and they are only 7 blocks from me and I've invested too much to move, it wasn't this bad before but? things change especially when you live in a Municipality that raises ducks, millions of ducks business's come and go, my neighbor seems to be successful and I wish him no ill feelings he has to survive.

Fix in the works, I'm going to work on reinstalling our ceiling it was damaged in a typhoon 3 years ago, if I do this and close the windows I should be okay, it's budget thing and never enough money. :(
 
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