Monday, January 25, 2010

Noisy nuisance

Check your calendars and you'll know that Chinese New Year's just under three weeks away. As a kid, I enjoyed this occasion tremendously, and why not? I get to eat scrumptious food that I'd get to eat only once a year (since that's the only time that I actually get to eat some of my aunts'and uncles' cooking), but more than that there's the ready supply of fireworks! One of my uncles would be the supplier and my cousins, brother and I would rub our hands in glee over the precious loot. And we'd play to our hearts content.

But, it seems that some people nowadays are in an overly early celebratory mood. For the past couple of nights, I've been hearing the sounds of fireworks going off around the neighbourhood. Now, I wouldn't mind so much if it were already Chinese New Year because it's to be expected. But, the New Year's still so far away!

So, I find all these high-pitched whistles and mini-explosions a nuisance and an irritant - more so since these people seem to get itchy fingers past 9pm when Adelle's already asleep. Adelle's not especially fond of all these fireworks going off when she's awake, more so when she's asleep - they wake her up and disturb her sleep. So, whenever these things explode I'd stop whatever it is that I'm doing and wait and see... whether Adelle would wake up or not. If she does, then I'll have to go up and pacify her and reason with her saying how 'naughty' all these people are who play fireworks when it's not even Chinese New Year yet. Only when she's convinced then Adelle will go quietly back to sleep...until the next bang wakes her up, then it's the whole process again. It can be quite tiring - for me having comfort Adelle again and again, but also for Adelle because of her disturbed sleep.

I'm all for celebrating special occasions, but let it be done in consideration for others, especially if the celebration involves loud noises.

5 comments:

Nick Phillips said...

Yeah, I think people should have some consideration. I'm actually bracing for all the noise to start soon cos I know my neighbours and they have no common sense let alone consideration!

ALTing said...

and you know what is the worst thing? many of the one being a nuisance playing these firecrackers and firework are not kids but adults!! grown adults who are fully aware that what they are doing is annoying a lot of people... bila kena panggil buduh diorang pandai marah tapi tatap juga buat karja buduh so kalau bukan buduh nama nya tu, kasi panggil gila la kan?? heheheheheh....

Perry R. Lim said...

Nick: I feel for you. Whatever happened to civic-mindedness, huh?

Perry R. Lim said...

AL Ting: Sia rasa ngam la tu...hahaha.

Ann said...

Hey, at least there's the 'hei fan' (in cantonese) and the tradition is still alive there. Nothing over here in Melb!

 
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