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04 September 2006

Bits and Pieces

Over the weekend, I went through a roller coaster of emotions...

Let me get over the "nakakainis" part first... Ok so we live in an apartment, so obviously may kadikit yung house namin. There are four units in this apartment building and we all share one gate. My hubby and I live in apartment B, the second unit from the gate. Originally we were looking at Apartment A kaya lang Charlie and I decided not to get it na lang because It was bigger than the three other units (which naturally makes it cost more), and since there would be just the two of us (Charlie's cousin is just temporarily staying with us while undergoing training for work and would probably move out by November) it would be impractical if we got a big place. Besides, we didn't want the house nearest to the gate because we knew we would always be bothered with the comings and goings of tricycles, vendors and the like. So anyway, For about a month and a half now, apartment A is being occupied a family of 5 (a couple a bit older than me and charlie, and their three kids - all boys, with ages ranging from 5-10). Now I know boys can be a bit boisterous but hey, I have cousins and nephews too but let me tell you... even my most hyperactive nephew gets tired and stays quiet once in a while but these boys... they're like the energizer bunny! Times three! But I still keep my cool, whenever they get too loud or their mom's incessant yelling asking her kids to stop whatever it is they are up to for the moment gets on my nerves, I just go to my room and count to ten then read a book or do anything to take my mind off the noise. But last Saturday, it got worse! Way Worse! I think they were having a celebration of some kind because they had a lot of visitors so at first i didn't really mind the noise they were creating with their loud "kwentuhan" and even louder music. I went about my usual Saturday chores like cleaning the house and doing the laundry. While I was hanging the last pieces of clothes I have just washed, I noticed that there was smoke coming from our neighbor’s area so I followed the direction where the smoke was coming from and there, in front of their house I saw one of those charcoal-powered stoves. Now I cannot, for the life of me, understand why they would place such a contraption there when there is a bigger space on the side of their unit, nearer the gate, when they know I was doing the laundry and their smoke-producing stove would of course generate smoke going towards the direction of the other three units. But still, I didn’t say anything and just went about my business of hanging the newly-washed clothes. I took out two of our electric fans and pointed it in such a way that the smoke would be “shooed” away from my laundry. Then as I was about to go on an afternoon siesta (this was around 3pm already) after doing other household chores… they started their videoke session! Talk about bad timing! So anyway, I still didn’t want to play the “kontrabida” to whatever it is that they’re celebrating so I just closed my windows and doors and attempted to sleep (to no avail). Their noise barrage lasted until around 10pm that night. The next morning, Sunday, Charlie and I got a “rude awakening” so to speak. I guess their visitors slept over because there were still quite a number of people there, and they were watching this war movie at seven in the morning! In full volume! With matching reactions from the audience! I mean, gosh! I thought a bomb went off or something! So hubby and I had no choice but wake up early (we usually sleep in until 10am on Sundays and go to church in the evening) and get out of the house ASAP! We spent the day at the mall, just window shopping and trying out new food joints (we went to three different restaurants! Nakakagutom pala mag-mall ng walang binibili, hehehe!). When we finally came home at around 9pm that night, I guess our noisy neighbors ran out of steam (at last!) and stayed quiet the rest of the night.

Now the good part… What I really liked about what happened was that Charlie and I got to go on a “date” again. And what’s more it got us talking about buying a house of our own (far from our noisy, insensitive neighbors). We even talked to a real estate agent that same Sunday afternoon (we found one at the mall) and scheduled a tripping for next weekend. I’m so excited! We are making the first step to owning our own home! I know hindi naman agad-agad kami makakalipat but just the thought makes me giddy!

Anyways, ang haba na pala ng post na ito… saka na lang ulit yung ibang kwento. Back to work muna ako!


Ann said...

hi sis, I know how you feel. we used to have a neighbor same as yours when we are still in Bulacan. Siyempre may time din na napuno na si dad sa ingay kasi katapat ng bahay namin yung house nila. Pero we never thought na lahat ng ibang neighbor namin that night napuno na din and ready to confront the noisy neighbor. Paglabas ni dad he did the usual yelling and cursing (sa galit siyempre) and nag-back-up yung ibang neighbor namin. The next day pina-blotter na siya nung isang neighbor namin (yung may-ari ng house they're renting) stating if ever mag-ingay pa sila, palalayasin na sila. Ayun ... tahimik na ang buhay. hehehe! Pwede mo sis pa-blotter yun. Pero make sure the other units have the same dilemma. Baka kasi in the end kayo ang lugi. Or you can report it to the owner of the apartment you are renting (if you're renting :D)

Heidi said...

Ann, thanks sa advice. Actually yung nasa apt. D naghahanap na ng malilipatan kasi di na nila ma-take yung ingay! And yung nasa Apt. C naman super sara na lang sila ng doors and windows. As for pagpapa-blotter, di na lang siguro. Tutal naghahanap na din kami ni Charlie ng house. Kaya ko pa naman sigurong magtiis until then. Pag may chance, siguro kausapin ko na lang yung neighbor namin ng masinsinan, baka sakaling makuha sa pakiusap.

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