After 10 years living here I realize that the noise problem will never go away. You may have periods of respite but for various reasons it WILL return
Where we currently live (rent) we also have the dog problem...several dogs in cages 24/7 in surrounding houses. I'm actual begining to get use to it amazingly.
No loud discos or karoake joints near us or lots of roosters just a large church which tolls it's bells to remind the faithful to come to the morning or evening services. They also use loudspeakers to broadcast to the whole of south Talay for those who can't make it
Filipinos love noise... they love loud everything.. family get togethers...music....tv.. dogs..karoake....everything! When I took my first Filipino wife to live in Australia where we were was a very quiet area and she had difficulty sleeping "darling it is too quiet here I can't sleep"
The problem Jim has I think is the worse as they probaby have the speaker(s) turned up to the point of distortion "the jungle drums effect" all you can hear is the bass booming and vibrating into your house or bedroon if trying to sleep.
My answer to it... too reduce it to a level where you can eventually fall asleep is to use thick acoustic boards (made in the UK and sold here) which fit against the inside windows (see photos) , ear plugs (from Oz), I find the soft silicone type best and a nosiy air con. Further measures I have not resorted to (yet) are noise cancelling earphones.. but hard to sleep in I'm thinking.
One advantage of renting is you can always move... but as Cel points out to me we could end up with more noise somewhere else. Better the devil you know?
At the end of the day it seems we have to just get use to it (and use various sound reduction methods) if we want to avoid going crazy and live here permanently.