Last December, I was finally given the cold hard cash that will enable me to go get the cool, craze of the world, and must-have gadget called [tag]iPod[/tag]. I was excited, thrilled and I almost did not get enough sleep the night before. Sa wakas, magkakaroon na rin ako ng iPod!
The next morning, I was up early so early that my parents were surprised to see me that early in the morning. Doesn’t the mall opens at 10 am? It was almost 6 am that day so they’ve said it all with that one question. I did not tell them that I just couldn’t wait to get my own iPod, I was always uncomfortable with expressing my feelings to my parents, especially to my dad, we always had a casual almost formal relationship, but that is another entry. So I just took a seat at the table and had my morning meal.
After that I went upstairs to my room to check on my e-mails and my blog, which was just a few weeks old by then, because it was still too early to go to the mall. After bloghopping my spare time, I quickly prepared for the trip. Took a world record-setting bath, put on the clothes I picked just for the occassion, fixed my unruly hair and said my goodbyes to everyone left at home.
It was a two hour trip via bus and passenger van from my home in Silang, Cavite to the SM South Mall in Las Pinas City where I would buy my own iPod. The trip felt like five hours because of my excitement, I was really psyched up to get an [tag]iPod Nano[/tag].
Finally, the van stopped and there I was just a few floors away from my latest gadget craze. I wasted no time and made my way up to the second floor where the computer and electronics shops are located. I stopped at CompLink, where I scouted the best iPod deal in the mall a few months before last December.
I was about to say “I’m here to get an iPod” then a recent memory flashed in my mind.
It was October of 2005, my cousing from Tokyo just arrived at home for a two-week vacation. With him is his sleek and cool iPod nano. He lent it to me during his stay and it was the cause of craving for my own iPod. Until the third day of his stay, the unthinkable happened.
I broke his iPod Nano with my butt. I forogt that the pencil-thin sexy gagdet was in my back pocket when I decided to shoot some hoops with its owner, my cousin Benjie for an afternoon fun. The routine game turned into a nightmare when I lost balance during a rebound and fell to the ground butt ergo, iPod nano first.
I froze when I heard this crack and felt something on my back pocket. Holy Sh*t!! Naupuan ko ang iPod ni insan!!! I screamed in my mind that is now refusing to believe so. It felt like landing on two packs of Skyflakes crackers that..well…cracked. I got back up on my feet with the help of my cousin and while he was concerned about my well-being, I was dead worried about his iPod and my dear life. I braved up, and reached for the device in my backpocket, held it in my two hands and nearly fainted after seeing an unerving crack running across the iPod’s screen that is now lifeless and blank.
“Chotto matte…Nani?!” My cousin Benjie suddenly lost his knowledge of the English and Filipino language and started to be histerical in Japanese. All I understood was, “What the hell happened?!! How?! Why?! Oh you’re so dead!!!”
I couldn’t speak to him for until the third day that I finally approaced him and apologized for the incident which I rightfully blame on my self. My cousin of course was devastated, but thanks to our close bonds that goes way back to our younger years, he was able to come around and manage to forgive me…initially. But the damage was done and it seems that he would be going back to Tokyo, without his treasured iPod. I just screwed his vacation big time, but I was determined to salvage what was left of it and do justice to my beloved cousin.
I couldn’t approach my parents for help because they were equally upset because of what happened and so made it clear that they would not cough up a single cent to repay my cousin. I didn’t expect that they would really, I knew they were saving up for my younger sister’s tuition fee for the coming semester. So I phoned up my grandfather in Laguna, the old patriarch of our family and told him the whole story. After his brief lecture on my stupidity stemming from my absent-mindedness, he asked me who much would I need? I turned around and asked my cousin how much was his iPod, he told me that it cost him $260.00, I did the math and told it my grandpa. All he said was “Ok na. Check mo na lang ATM mo mamaya o bukas.” I felt like the weight of the whole world was taken off my shoulders and was returend to Atlas. It was that time that I smiled and whispered to my self, “Iba talaga kapag paboritong apo ka. hehehehe”
So I replaced my cousin Benjie’s iPod, made peace with him and the lucky bastard even thanked me for the wrecking his iPod, he had been meaning to get a new one because the one I broke was already scratched up and ‘old’ for him, but couldn’t because his parents would not give him any money.
I learned many great lessons from that experience. I was convinced that the iPod wasn’t for me. It was too fragile and too expensive to be lost or broken by someone like me who has this incessant habit of putting things in my pocket only to forget that I put them there in the first place because I hate carrying things in my hand and lug around a bag or something. Besides, I have sweaty hands and the shiny iPod -before I broke it, has slipped off my hands before and I will not accept visions of me riding a jeepney with an iPod slipping off my sweaty hands only to fall on the road and God knows what could happen to it, turning into a grim reality.
I may have a grandfather with a fat wallet, but he’s not going to be around forever and I’m a person who values things that are durable, robust, would last longer and be able to withstand my highly active daily routine. Loosing a five-thousand peso cellphone is more bearable than losing or breaking a twelve thousand peso device that is pencil-thin.
So back at CompLink again. I stepped back and decided to have a look at what they have on offe as an alternative to the iPod. I saw a wide selection of [tag]Creative[/tag] products that are more cheaper, equally appealing to my taste and after I checked each of them out, were more suited to my needs and lifestyle.
So I picked up two [tag]mp3[/tag] [tag]gadgets[/tag] thanks to the cash I had for a single iPod: the Creative Zen Nano Plus with 1GB capacity and a Creative MuVo Mix with 512MB. Both had MP3, WAV and WMA playback capabilities, [tag]USB[/tag] 2.0, a built-in Radio tuner and hand voice recorder. Everything I needed, and its all there, packaged in a small, featherwieght and durable design. Perfect for my pockets, therefore making me less attractive to thugs and goons, and snatchers that prowl our streets. The USB interface, which requires no cable to be purchased seperatly, was so simple and perfect, it has become my hardisk on the go.
I still long for an iPod, but maybe when I’m as old as my grandpa or not too physically active as now. For the time being, I’m enjoying and loving my Creative gadgets to the fullest.