The early morning drums in the Philippines

For the majority of the time I find myself sleeping late at night and getting up late here in the Philippines. Some of it is to do with the weather and it being easier to work at night. Other reasons include the fact I have most of my ideas while I am asleep so wake up wanting to write or do something constructive. The last few days though have been a bit different due to suffering with a bit of a cold/flu type virus which has made me tired a lot where I am sleeping at least twice a day, only advantage to this though is I have been waking up around 4.30am most days and not only being able to work in a cool quiet working environment but get to see the neighbourhood wake up around me. The first bit of noise in the morning is the beat of the drums in the distance which is normally tied to the start of a fiesta somewhere (there always seems to be one going on). Then the put-put of an old motorcycle as someone heads off to work around 6am just before the roosters start crowing all over the neighbourhood. What I find entertaining is the peacefulness as very little else is going on you never hear raised voices just the brushing of brooms as people clean the front of their houses and people heading off to work. A little different to life in the UK where I would be heading off to work around 4.30am with a cold car and light still hasn’t shone. The only people I would see along the way are truck drivers on the motorway and the only noise is coming from Radio 2 as I would head off towards London.

6 comments for “The early morning drums in the Philippines

  1. Mchristine077
    January 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The roosters where you are Matt, must be “normal” roosters. The ones in my province never sleeps! They crow at all hours of the day, evening, midnight, dawn. I swear they are insomniac roosters!

    • Mchristine077
      January 14, 2011 at 4:07 am

      Actually, not so much drunkards but the damn roosters! And yes, people who insists on sharing their boombox with you right through the night. And we’re talking about a provincial town here that is usually quiet most of the times. Reality is, when I’m in my province, I sleep very little (I would say no more than 5 hours a night if that) because I’m very sensitive to noise. But yes, I did remember being woken up by a brass band on a Sunday morning 6am while visiting my grandma in 1995. Beats any alarm clocks anytime.

      • Tropicalpenpals
        January 14, 2011 at 4:48 am

        Fiesta time we get different music from 3 directions on the house only way round it was to turn up the stereo in the house.. one of our neighbours has at least 80 roosters so know the feeling..

        • Mchristine077
          January 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

          80 roosters! YIKES!! and I thought my bro’s neighbour was bad enough with his 6 rooster!

          And I can certainly identify with the music coming from different directions. I love my province, but with the noise between the roosters, the hoon motorbikes and the loud music, I am having serious thoughts where to spend my next holiday.

          • Tropicalpenpals
            January 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

            Wireless headhphones 😉 solution to everything lol..

  2. Tropicalpenpals
    January 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Or maybe you have more drunkards?? lol.. what i find is they get woken up by people coming home from a binge on Red Horse and Tanduay which starts the whole neighbourhood off for about 30mins as once one starts they all do. Which generally to be honest I am thankful its quiet after about 1.30am every day here. As I am either asleep or working at that time so not affected.