A further look into local life: Cavite, Philippines

What it’s like to sleep at night

Getting a good night’s sleep in an environment with no light pollution should be a piece of cake.

But if there is an inconsiderate rooster right next door that decides to cock-a-doodle-doo at 10 p.m., 3 a.m., and 5 a.m., and consequently prompts three to four other nearby friends to cock-a-doodle-doo right back at him, say goodbye to beauty rest because straight sleep will not happen. (Unfortunately, there was such a rooster just outside my grandparents’ house.)

It’s not just chickens that can disrupt much needed slumber, though: jeepney and tricycle engines have merciless engines that rev and roar up until the middle of the night. Many times they even start sputtering as early as 4 a.m.

So unless you’re a heavy snoozer with a sleep cycle dictated by the rising and setting of the sun, bring some good earplugs and an eye mask when staying in (safe) rural areas of the Philippines.

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