Why Filipinos Are Annoying Neighbors
Despite being a cheapskate one thing that I don’t mind overpaying for when living in the Philippines is accommodation.
On top of being in a better location and not signing a 6+ month lease there is another hidden perk – no noisy Filipino neighbors.
When you overpay for an apartment you are mostly going to live next to other expats. They are generally old guys that keep to themselves and don’t make much noise. Can’t really beat that for a neighbor.
Not only can most Filipinos not afford to stay in the places we stay they know they are terrible value even if they can.
Why Filipinos Make Bad Neighbors
#NoRacist, and I have nothing against Filipinos (and certainly nothing against Filipinas hehehe) but these are the reasons why they make pretty bad neighbors.
Music Non Stop
Do you like listening to love songs all the time? Well if you have Filipino neighbors expect them to be playing music non stop.
They will likely keep their windows and sometimes even doors open so everyone around them also gets treated to their music. I can only hear John Legend sing about perfect imperfections and how even when he loses he is winning so many times.
They will also keep very odd hours and be up all night.
Granted I do the same, but I am super quiet and know at 3am we shouldn’t be having a party in a hallway or a common area next to other peoples rooms.
Googled it and instantly found a Pinay saying she was thinking of sound proofing her house, so I’m not the only one with noisy Filipino neighbors.
One time I was living at a hotel that did 1 month stays when the people from the massage shop next door decided to pool together and rent a room for a month. The place was pretty cheap, but still way more than Filipinos would generally pay.
The quality of living there dropped drastically once they moved in. They would throw small parties a few nights a week. That’s fine, nothing wrong with that.
The reason it was a problem is because they would have the party in a common area that had 4 rooms (including mine) right next to it. The hotel staff became friends with them and there was really no way to get them to stop.
Filling Shared Areas
Their room was big enough and there were only a few people out there. They had no reason to be in the hallway, yet they were there from 10pm to 4am a few nights a week.
There was a shared kitchen at this place and they would use all of the dishes and either keep them in their room or never wash them. It was basically like having a really terrible roommate.
They also left garbage everywhere…. it really got so much worse when they were there that I would have moved out anyway, but luckily I was near the end of my stay.
The only other Filipino family I can remember living there was bad for a different reason. They didn’t throw parties and they didn’t leave a mess. But they had kids.
Filipinos often don’t have control of their kids in public places, and it’s even worse at home.
Granted I feel like a crotchety old man complaining about a kid having fun….. but there were times where the noise level was really crossing the line.
If it’s not kids then its barking dogs.
Lack of Awareness
Pretty much every hotel I have stayed at in Asia has signs in the hallway demanding SILENCE yet hotels in Asia are ten times louder than ones in the US. Funny how that works out.
When I wrote about how there is a lot of rude behavior in Asia I mentioned a lack of self awareness and how people here don’t realize their actions affect others. Well it is not fun to live next to people that have a complete lack of self awareness.