The radio is one of the few gadgets that seems to be everlasting. It is in fact one that had outlived the Walkman, the CD player, MD player, LD player and even the DVD player. It is one of the oldest gadgets that is still living in many households in the world. Sometimes, it may not be a set by itself but nonetheless, it's on your cellphone, car or stereo set.
A radio is a good source of news, music and also gossips! I've fond memories of the radio, even as I now still have it in my bathroom. You know, the very basic, one that tunes in to different channel but with a speaker that blasts as loud as it can, given its limitations.
Here's what I like about the radio:
Wake up call: You can set it to wake you up. I don't but I like waking up and switching it on when I take my morning shower. It gives me the feeling that everyone is up and about in the world. I like waking up to a busy world :-)
Weather forecast: That's where one can get up-to-date weather forecast and road traffic. Nowhere else can one find more efficient way of getting news about the weather and traffic!
News of the day: Yes, the news of the day. Has North Korea gone mad? New iPhone launched? U know, that kind of stuff. Also, for those who invest in the market, Dow Jones, Nikkei, Hang Seng, etc, etc...
Music: Lovely way to find new and sometimes old tunes you've totally forgotten and brought back much memories. Perhaps even dating to your prom night! I just heard a song I've totally forgotten but used to like very much this evening, "A shoulder to cry on" by Tommy Page! Boy, I don't even remember the guy anymore but it was a very familiar tune and I was happy to hear it again (despite it being a "sad" song). It brought back a sense of time, back then. Very interestingly, music is the best way to take one back in time, no matter when that was. The feelings and hopes related to that time of life just rushed back into one's consciousness. It's amazing how it works!!! A song or two later, the radio broadcasted another familiar tune by Oliver Newton John "Hopelessly devoted to you". I remembered getting so tired of the song back then but listening to it now, it's nice! Ahhh, those were the days!!! :-)
Tips about all kind of stuff: Cooking, getting rid of stains, sales, stock picks... highly informative!
Chats: People love talking and about anything. When you find something that interest you, it's highly stimulating and exciting to stay by the radio. About movies, about food, about restaurant, about travels...
So, these are but some of the ways to stay in touch with what's out there. With a radio at home (mine is normally in my bathroom) one will never ever feel lonely! It keeps me occupied and staying in touch with humanity, if nothing else! God forbid if one day we need the radio, for emergencies like earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, etc... but for now though, it is something that I feel every household should have. A small radio is dirt cheap, some $10 or so. But in times of emergencies, esp. when there is no electric power, a radio is one of the few gadgets that will keep you in the know. Unlike the internet or the TV, it doesn't need much power, simply 2 small batteries!
I do love my radio. It gives me more than entertainment almost for free! No subscription fee, no connecting charges and certainly no electricity bills associated with it! In fact, I could be living in China and tune into Hong Kong and further (if I've one that can access the world band!). All in all, the radio can easily be turned on and off without much of a hassle. It can also be taken on camping and any country you travel to. Cool!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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