10 July 2006

A life without Television

When I moved most of my things to Baguio last month, along with these went my beloved television. It was my companion for 6 or so years, and it gave me wonderful couch-potato moments after work. The local channels, Discovery, HBO, Star, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network ... what fun!

In my new place, I only rent a room which is part of a bigger pad. My companion has two TV sets: one in his room, and another in the living. But I hesitate to open the one in the living room. I have gotten so accustomed to having my own TV that using others' set is quite disconcerting. What if there's a power surge and the TV explodes? Wat if I drop the remote control and it get broken into a million pieces? What if I fall asleep in front of the TV and he arrives to see me there? What if I suddenly get this impulse to buy something from the TV Shopping Network? How paranoid can you get?

I have never really been accustomed to using other people's things so there. I now spend my nights fixing up the place (which until now, is a bit on the chaotic side), or lie in bed and get comfy with my books. All the Harry Potters and the Reader's Digests have found a new home in Baguio City. I have the latest issue of National Geographic, some odd magazines given me or bought at the 7-11, and my timeless Dilbert books.

Sure, I miss Television and the lazy entertainment it provides. But I have rediscovered the lazy entertainment books are now giving me as well! Plus, books don't consume electricity! Oh, it does. I need light to read.

Hmmm... a visit to Books for Less should give me new material to read. I do hope the next Harry Potter book comes in soon. So until I can afford to buy a new TV, hello bed and books!

Photo credit: ISleepInADrawer.com

13 comments:

  1. "Wat if I drop the remote control and it get broken into a million pieces?" mahinang klase yung remote nya papalitan mo..hehehe.

    Part na rin ng buhay ko dito ang tv, lalo na nung mag ka TFC. Parang andyan na lang ang pinas.

    Laptop na lang palit mo sa tv mo. (napamahal yata)

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  2. lagyan ng mo tv antenna yung computer mo, pwede maging TV yan, tulad ng sa akin...

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  3. bisita ka rin sa booksale!

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  4. I grew up without a television for eighteen years of my life. It wasn't until I went to college and my roommate had one that I experienced what it was all about. Growing up, I read tens of thousands of books and actually read out two libraries. By the time I went to college, I was getting books via an interstate loan system.

    I own two televisions now and have been thinking now that my daughter is born, I should maybe give them up again and go back to the books that I love so much.

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  5. Nick without TV at home???!!!
    Are you still sane by this time dude?...hehehehe

    Btw, I saw a Final Fantasy X sa Tiangge sa St. Francis....=)

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  6. when i became a freelancer, with my time and schedule pretty much under my control, i was finally able to rediscover as well the joy of reading. ansaya, no! ayun! buying spree tuloy. books to read lined up one after the other. hehe... sometimes, it gets a little expensive but what the heck...

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  7. Television is definitely the most intrusive piece of technological wonder ever invented.

    I once completely disconnected mine for four years and studied music. Never missed it once. Nowadays, I very rarely watch TV shows, but would watch DVDs every now and then.

    I guess, I just do not like my time to be controlled by any TV broadcast schedule and would watch more of it if ever TV-on-demand technology ever becomes a reality.

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