After posting the “ShutDown Day”: http://jimmyliew.org/shutdown-day08-3-may/ event in FaceBook, I was contacted by a couple of journalists from our local papers about why I put that up. One of them actually posted a challenge to me – get unplugged for one day and live the challenge!
Basically I had to stay 10 hours free of modern technology – no Mac, no mobile, no XBox, no TV … bascially – NO LIFE!
Or what I thought it would be.
The day started off (10am) with me reminding myself not to flip TheBund to check NNW for all the latest reactions to Man Utd’s loss to Chelsea, or whether the new iMacs are being released next week. I could only lightly tap my fingers on the shiny alumnium shell and try to read it via telepathy.
Thankfully the challenge didn’t extend to the microwave oven, or I’d be starved off the yummy 2 minute mee goreng. Without the TV or the Mac, I had my appetite for news quenched by reading The Sunday Times front to back, word for word.
But knowing that what I am reading is something that’s already 12 hours late makes me realise why people are drawn to the Internet as there are sites like Digg or STOMP or ping.sg that gives them near up to date postings on things that’s happening around us. Traditional media like CNN has iReport while our own Straits Times has Stomp are playing catch up just to make sure they are still relevant to the Internet generation.
By the time I’m done with the papers, it was nearly noon and while waiting for lunch time to reach, its back to the room – looking yearningly at TheBund. Nope. Hands off.
Fine. So took the time to pack the room. The family will be shifting again in the next two weeks to the new place. I feel like a gypsy… been shifting twice in the last six months and hopefully by next March, I’ll shift one last time to my new place with the gf…by then she will be my wife! w00t!
Anyway, took the time to clear the rubbish in the room and also pack a lil bit just to prepare tor the shift. Not having the Internet, TV or the XBox to distract me made it quite easy to finish up the packing. By then lunch arrives (2pm)!
Mom who just had her birthday couple of days back came back with Dad with lunch – nice hot soupy Kway Chup! While slushing down the yummy kway chup, Mom continue her usual Sunday work – prepping the food for the next week, while Dad sort out the stuff to shift to the new place.
After lunch, it was back to the room to sort out the mess in there. Since I can’t use the mobile, I was rather disconnected from the rest of the world. Most of us would have put our friends’ numbers on the mobile or in programs stored in the PC. So if you grey matter is not as good as it should be, like I am, it was almost difficult to call anyone straight off memory…except the gf or the family. Thankfully, the gf has work to catch up and we didn’t make any arrangements to go out.
3pm – maybe it was food coma, or the hot weather, with nothing much to do, I made the best choice to run the clock down – an afternoon siesta !
Beep beep beep … alarm sounded … no it was more like “Time to eat dinner…wake up wake up!!” …
It’s already 7pm by the time dinner time was ready. Oh … but the TV was on. Technically it wasn’t me who switched on so I guess I have not violated the challenge… 😉 Had a yummy hot curry chicken dinner with rice which Mom prepared.
By the time I finished it was already 8pm. Two hours more to go.
I remember why I could sleep at 9pm when I was a kid. There was really nothing to do. Twiddling my thumb as I watch the darkened screen of my TV, I flipped open the past issues of magazines I got … taking time to look through Home & Decor … FHM…
Not too soon, 10pm hit and I am online again.
I think I didn’t really made the full use of today and trying to live a day being unplugged. Its just…not the right day. If it was Saturday, things would have been different. I was at the Peranakan Museum doing work the whole of afternoon, looking at the displays, the history of the Nonyas…
Anyway, I’ll take this as the dry run for 3 May. But honestly, I don’t think I can be unplugged. Most of my connections are done via the web – making arrangements for outings, sharing ideas or just fragging on XBox – the web and the tools have become a major part of my life…that’s why the new house will be, let’s just say, well connected. But that’s for another day.
I’m back online and wearing my fatigues fragging in COD4 … w00t!