Recently, I've this friend who apparently has been hounded by his neighbour's singing. And I don't mean the Superstars or the 星光 type of singing. I mean ah pek ah soh howling into the mike type of singing. All zao sia.
You guys know I sing right? And I used to practise my singing at home on my system. Especially 5-6 years back. During PSS times and before that, I used to sing like, from 11am to 4pm if I'm free at home. And I repeat the same songs over and over and over cos that's how you practise.
Now, back to the issue. This friend of mine has been complaining to me about his neighbour for the past few months. Yes, months. NOT weeks, nor days. He doesn't work full-time, so each day that he's home, he's gotta deal with the 74-year-old neighbour who sings non stop with his gf from morning to night. He has even thought about moving as he has confronted the neighbour who dismisses him. He has called HDB, which has sent their people to get his neighbours to lower their volume. He has called the police but apparently "noise pollution is not their concern".
I wonder if my neighbours thought of me as a nuisance every time I sing at home. =P Though I'm SURE I don't sound so bad...at home without stress and pressure, my singing is usually quite okay...DON'T refer to my competition vids, those were shit and my mum swore they were bad. She once told me she's "never heard me sing that badly at home". So I know I'm okay when I'm singing leisurely at home. No neighbours have confronted me, nor have any government personnel come to knock on my door. Still, you know Singaporeans. Most of us complain and kao peh at home to our friends, family, loved ones, dogs, whatever, but we very hardly do something about the things which bothers us. Especially if they involve writing a letter, or talking to anyone from the government - police, RC, MP, HDB...
My friend has written in to STOMP about his problem. But judging from the looks of things, his problem's probably not gonna get solved. Especially when his dad's now blaming him and saying it's his fault for "making things big" now.
His family doesn't want to move. I wouldn't want to either, especially if I've been comfortable all my life there. And cos it's really a hassle to look for another place and having to find a buyer for ur place, then having to pack and move and unpack, PLUS there's no guarantee you'll get quiet neighbours. Skali the next neighbour smelly how?
And the neighbour is not exactly wrong for making noise before 11pm. (Only if u create a nuisance after 11pm will the police and the authorities intervene.)
Seriously, I hope the neighbour gets it and decides to be considerate and soundproofs his home or something. Which I have decided to do when I move. I will have a room dedicated to KTV and recreation, and that room WILL be soundproofed. ;)
p/s: Feel free to give your 2 cents worth~