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Postby Saint » Wed, 30 Jun 2010 9:42 am

carlsum1986 wrote:maybe no humans live in there but beings from the other world..... :lol: :?


Americians you mean :lol:

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Postby germangirl » Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:10 am

Saint wrote:
carlsum1986 wrote:maybe no humans live in there but beings from the other world..... :lol: :?


Americians you mean :lol:


oh, I know they are chinese, some other neighbours told me... two mid-aged chinese men (well, in their 50's I was told). outside their door is a small altar and buddha's etc... it looks quite traditional... not the type who would annoy their neighoburs so much...
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Re: Neighborly noise

Postby teck21 » Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:47 am

swami1959 wrote:This is where HK is superior to Singapore. There they have strict laws on all types of noise.


It's not that Singapore doesn't have the necessary laws to protect tenants/consumers/whatever or prevent money-laundering etc.

The will to enforce these laws is non-existent, or simply circumvented through creative wording or reasoning (one area of creativity this country actually has. eg to prevent preferrential treatment being given to children of prominent persons serving in the military, it is necessary to identify them to make sure no such treatment is given).

OP: Your first step as others have pointed out is to contact your HDB branch office. I'm not sure if you know what it is, but I guess you could call HDB to find out.

They should have at least one 'officer' in charge of your particular area who will drop by to investigate if you cage them enough, and speak with your inconsiderate neighbours by telling them to be considerate (as if that would work??!!) and hope never to hear from you again.

That's customer service in Singapore, when the back is turned, job is done whether the back was turned in satisfaction or anger.

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Postby carlsum1986 » Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:47 pm

Saint wrote:
carlsum1986 wrote:maybe no humans live in there but beings from the other world..... :lol: :?


Americians you mean :lol:


ghosts not americans lol :o

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Postby worldcup4400 » Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:09 pm

i tried to knock on my upstairs door and ask them not to drag their heavy furniture which is a constant irritation. But i was ask to leave as the owner was having dinner and he dared me to call the police. He said I am ultra sensitive and he cant help me with anything. Wow way to go!!! Ultra sensitive............i think i need to see a doctor to have my ears rebalanced. Pure arrogance..........and by the way, this upstairs family is from HK.

What can I do? Call police? But their noise pollution is intermittent.........elephant walking, dragging furniture, slamming of cabinet door, slamming of bamboo poles during cloth drying, slamming room door...............arrrrrrrrrrrrrr ............as I typed.......door slammed!!!@#$%@$

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Postby JayCee » Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:50 am

worldcup4400 wrote:i tried to knock on my upstairs door and ask them not to drag their heavy furniture which is a constant irritation. But i was ask to leave as the owner was having dinner and he dared me to call the police. He said I am ultra sensitive and he cant help me with anything. Wow way to go!!! Ultra sensitive............i think i need to see a doctor to have my ears rebalanced. Pure arrogance..........and by the way, this upstairs family is from HK.

What can I do? Call police? But their noise pollution is intermittent.........elephant walking, dragging furniture, slamming of cabinet door, slamming of bamboo poles during cloth drying, slamming room door...............arrrrrrrrrrrrrr ............as I typed.......door slammed!!!@#$%@$


If you live in a condo then maybe talk to the condo management? Not really surpsied they've refused to shut up, HK people are the most ignorant on the planet in my experience

I can sympathise as I also have noisy neighbours upstairs, most of the time it's fine but every now and again there are slammed doors and very heavy walking (who lives up there, Andre the Giant???) after midnight. I've not said anything to them yet (mainly because I don't trust myself not to fly off the handle at them) but I will do soon and if they refuse to sort it out the condo management will be my next stop (along with going up to the roof garden which is directly above their flat and bouncing a football around at 3am :cool: )

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Postby carlsum1986 » Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:35 am

JayCee wrote:
worldcup4400 wrote:i tried to knock on my upstairs door and ask them not to drag their heavy furniture which is a constant irritation. But i was ask to leave as the owner was having dinner and he dared me to call the police. He said I am ultra sensitive and he cant help me with anything. Wow way to go!!! Ultra sensitive............i think i need to see a doctor to have my ears rebalanced. Pure arrogance..........and by the way, this upstairs family is from HK.

What can I do? Call police? But their noise pollution is intermittent.........elephant walking, dragging furniture, slamming of cabinet door, slamming of bamboo poles during cloth drying, slamming room door...............arrrrrrrrrrrrrr ............as I typed.......door slammed!!!@#$%@$


If you live in a condo then maybe talk to the condo management? Not really surpsied they've refused to shut up, HK people are the most ignorant on the planet in my experience

I can sympathise as I also have noisy neighbours upstairs, most of the time it's fine but every now and again there are slammed doors and very heavy walking (who lives up there, Andre the Giant???) after midnight. I've not said anything to them yet (mainly because I don't trust myself not to fly off the handle at them) but I will do soon and if they refuse to sort it out the condo management will be my next stop (along with going up to the roof garden which is directly above their flat and bouncing a football around at 3am :cool: )

basketballs and golf balls will be effective...i remember living in a unit with africans staying in a unit above me...they would bounce golf balls above my room either early in the morning like 7am or 1am.....it was pretty annoying especially when golf balls bounce a fair bit before they stop...

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Postby carolynW » Fri, 30 Jul 2010 3:26 pm

When we were students we would get a long broom and tap the ceiling then the people above would hear as a response to their loud noise... would that work? maybe keep tapping often, when you walk from one room to another...

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 30 Jul 2010 3:34 pm

carolynW wrote:When we were students we would get a long broom and tap the ceiling then the people above would hear as a response to their loud noise... would that work? maybe keep tapping often, when you walk from one room to another...


Not on concrete, unless you are an Italian plumber.

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Postby carolynW » Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:24 pm

Really ? if you can hear their stomping footsteps, surely knocking upwards will work too? unless you have those false ceilings and strange ceiling trimmings....

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Postby nakatago » Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:49 pm

carolynW wrote:Really ? if you can hear their stomping footsteps, surely knocking upwards will work too? unless you have those false ceilings and strange ceiling trimmings....


a broomstick just won't be able to transfer enough energy to cause thuds on concrete unlike stomping feet. you will probably most likely just ruin your ceiling before your "upstairs neighbor" even notices any sound--if at all. and if you can hear their footsteps they must have really heavy feet. a 1-inch diameter pole just won't be able to produce as much force.

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 01 Aug 2010 3:51 am

Couple of points:-

Having lived in condos/flats for decades I am well versed in noise nuisance.

- In my experience, neighbours are usually completely oblivious to the fact that they are causing a nuisance. A calm and constructive approach is the way to go if possible. I.e. Opening line... 'I'm sure you are not aware of this, but...' etc. I appreciate this gets harder to execute delicately the longer have you let it simmer in your head!

- Neighbour of mine in SG only recently was playing saxaphone at all hours of night and day (AND bouncing freaking golf balls on the floor, though not at the same time!), through concrete condo floors. I took to banging the ceiling with a laundry pole back. You can bet he could hear it, as at times, like 3-4am or what ever, he'd start banging on the floor back!A few follow up complaints via management (actually maybe five in total) got the message home and he stopped. I e-mailed them every time he caused a nuisance out-of-hours. Eventually I think the issue was impossible for them to ignore...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 01 Aug 2010 12:18 pm

JR8 wrote:
- In my experience, neighbours are usually completely oblivious to the fact that they are causing a nuisance. A calm and constructive approach is the way to go if possible. I.e. Opening line... 'I'm sure you are not aware of this, but...' etc. I appreciate this gets harder to execute delicately the longer have you let it simmer in your head...


Somehow, I just cannot get a mental picture of you remaining calm and constructive. Another word actually springs to mind..... caustic? :P :cool:

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Postby Edroche » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 1:16 pm

I'm also living in a HDB. The neighbours upstairs are quite noisy throughout the day and are usually active with banging, thumps, shouting up to about midnight. I visited them last night for a chat, apologising for disturbing them etc. I said that we can't sleep because of the noise to which they said, "yes but you should also appreciate that this is our way of life". "But its midnight... and yuo are making too much noise, we can't sleep" I said to which they replied the same '..our way of life'. I was quite taken back at how unfriendly they were, and unwilling to consider others. Really poor ambassadors for Singapore. I wouldn’t mind but they are well to do folks in their 30s – 50s in a higher income area. Is this why the government has to run the National Courtesy Campaign (for the last 30 years)?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 3:20 pm

Welcome to the world of HDB. You have two choices. Get used to it. Move. Believe me, they are your only choices. Calling the Police will only get a response of something like "We don't handle this type of thing as they are not breaking any laws per se"

I know. I own an HDB flat.


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