Being away from home isn’t easy… however sometimes being at home isn’t either.
Though we rent, we’ve put effort into making our apartment a home – a peaceful sanctuary…
A couple of months ago that changed.
We were invaded! Sonically invaded in the worst way!
Two flats above decided to gut their apartment and completely remodel. As in 4-5 months of constant pounding, drills whining with the only respite the building “Quiet policy” between 2 – 4 pm.
When we moved in, we thought it a bit silly to have such a rigid rule of “no music / noise” between 2-4pm for the elderly to nap and youth to study. And no music / noise post 10 pm.
As I work from home, that ‘fuddy duddy’ quiet time became my one chance at sanity daily!
Then it all that changed… again…
The building behind us is being completely demolished bit by bit, bang by bang, pound by pound… and they aren’t restricted by our building’s policy.
And then it all changed.. again…
The flat in the building across from us is similarly being gutted and remodelled, but with no building “Quiet policy” on noise. The constant inflow of dust and dirt too is also a battle.
And then it all changed… yet again…
The building on the other side is also getting work done!
And then the entire building behind is being rebuilt. Arrgghhhh!!!
Now I’m all for the idea of repairing, fixing and making things better.
But try living with a constant cacophony in your sanctuary. And we know that the multiple noisy invaders will not be done any time soon!
A sage piece of advice given by a fellow Canadian in Bangalore to any newcomer – when looking for a place, find one with the maximum construction around it.
Why? Because at some point it will be over!
Risk a nice quiet place and it won’t be long until there will be a pile of rubble and the work begins.
We found a lovely little place on a peaceful street… we thought!
And now we don’t see this changing for many months! Nay years for the building re-construction.
So while it is tough being away from home, I’m revelling in the bliss of a quiet noise-free Sunday in Jakarta.
Um… er… maybe it is a bit too quiet. Time to blast my music and liven things up a bit!