You can’t move into a new place without talking about your neighbours. While everything was still so new, so rushed and so chaotic, I didn’t think too much about them.
Now, at exactly 8 am EVERY MORNING and 8 pm EVERY NIGHT, I’m reminded by my neighbour below that they cook. The wok is clanged and the thick smoke wafts up from below. No fault of theirs really as it’s the building design as I hear others in different areas suffer the same plight too. I just wish he/she would cook less fish!
My next door neighbour is a Chinese family who either love kids or are saints on earth. Almost every day, the boy will scream or I will scream at him “NO!!!”, “Move away from the TV!”, “Don’t throw the ball at the TV!”, “Go out of the kitchen!”, “NO MORE THOMAS!” but we don’t hear a peep from them.
On the other hand, this Malaysian wife and three kids who came to spend the school holidays with her hubby here wasn’t that lucky. Just the second day, she got a very loud knocking at her door. An elderly lady scolded her for not disciplining her kids because their playing and screaming wakes up her newborn granddaughter. Yeah, I do hear that newborn wailing time and again.
I sympathized with the lady but also know what the old lady must feel because the boy wasn’t an easy sleeper either. They came over to visit once or twice to keep us company but am I a horrible person to say that I was glad they went home? They were really rowdy at times and almost destroyed his precious toys.
My most exciting neighbours have to be these 2 feuding couples living diagonally across each other. One late night I was woken up by LOUD yelling and screaming. I thought a couple was quarreling and peeped through the window – I saw a man and woman out in the balcony. I was worried in case it got too dramatic as the woman was holding onto the man. Actually, he was fighting with another man down below…
He shouted and then threw something at them! His wife yelled, “沵干麽? Nǐ gàn má???!!!” (What are you doing?) and dragged him indoors. Of course, Mr. Down Below wasn’t very happy and looked for something to chuck back at Mr. Up There. His wife is such a good SAHM that his balcony has nothing! He could only yell back and then stomp back into his own home – probably to look for something he can chuck to release steam.
I live in such an exciting area! I’m thankful though that such dramas have ended…I love peace, thank you =)