My New Toys – Clock, Radio and TV

Ha. Life is beautiful. I colleceted three new toys in the last three days – the toys I dreamed in my childhood, but those never been thought about in recent 10 years.

Old Style Clock

Look at this. This is a old style clock. It is completely machinical clock. I need to wind the springs every night to keep it walking. :-) It is so interesting. I hate electronic things recently. This clock, like followes, are something you need to take care of everyday. I had dreamed of this toy when I was eleven years old – it was a magic toy for me at that time. Today, I was really excited to see this old style clock with alarm in IKEA. The price for this clock is only 38 RMB (about 4 USD). Nice toy, isn’t it?

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Radio

The second toy I bought for myself is the FM/WM two-band radio. This is also an old style radio set. There are too many mini radio set in my life. I have many tiny radio that are very small – that can be easily put into my pocket without being noticed from outside. They also provide automatic tuning. Now I think it is boring – the radio is just as cheap as paper and I can just through them away – only serveral Yuan each.

This radio is different – it is similiar with the large radio set I used to receive the children program in 1980’s. The large speaker and large battery made the voice very good and more importantly, loud. It costs me 40 RMB (about 4 USD).

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Black and White TV Set

Guess what? I even bought me a small 5.5 inch black-white TV Set.

After I bought it home, I still didn’t find out what I can do with it. The only reason I bought it was, it was cheap. Guess how much it costs? 90 RMB (10 USD). There are some other TV that are smaller and cheaper.

After I put it into my bed room, I felt it was really an amazing toy. I even find it more enjoyable to watch some program on this small one than the large full-sized color TV in my living room.

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I bought the radio set and TV set in the Xiandai Electronics Mall at the corner of Xiangyan Rd. and Fuxing Rd.

BTW, Wendy loves the clock but didn’t comment on the radio set and TV set yet. :-)

Top Commenter of the Month

Sorry that in the last three monthes, (Aug, Sept and Oct), I didn’t send out the Top Commenter of the Month Award. This award should not be paused since I’d like to recognize my readers who contributed most to this site by sharing your ideas and giving feedback.

Today, I am going to announce the Top Commenters of the Month award for this website for the last three months together.

Augest 2003

The Top Commenter of the Month Award for Augest 2003 goes to:

toufu 13

Xu 10

Dan 6

Carroll 6

Top 10 list:

Jian Shuo Wang 69

toufu 13

Xu 10

Dan 6

Carroll 6

ricky 5

Jay 5

David 5

Chris Mikeson 5

Anya 5

September 2003

The Top Commenter of the Month Award for September 2003 goes to:

william 8

tutu 8

Xu 5

Pete 4

Top 10 list:

Jian Shuo Wang 34

william 8

tutu 8

Xu 5

Pete 4

Tofu 3

Christina 3

Zain Ahmed 2

ur daddy 2

toufu 2

October 2003

The Top Commenter of the Month Award for October, 2003 goes to:

tutu 10

WilliamW(combined with previous nickname william) 9

Carroll 7

Top 10 list:

(Actually Top 15 since there are 10 persons posting 3 comments)

Jian Shuo Wang 53

tutu 10

WilliamW 9

Carroll 7

Xu 5

steve 5

Sizwe Mpontshane 5

Preteen 5

Phentermine 4

sundeep 3

Steve Savitt 3

JL 3

Jayel 3

David 3

History

In July, 202 visitors contributed 354 comments to this website.

In June, 117 visitors contributed 216 comments to this website.

In May 2003, 175 visitors contributed 453 comments to this website.

In April 2003, 157 persons (distinguished by display name) posted 437 comments.

In the first 5 months of this blog (Sept 11, 2002 to March 31, 2003), 216 persons (distinguished by display name) posted 478 comments.

0 thoughts on “My New Toys – Clock, Radio and TV

  • :)I like this clock!

    I am dreaming of a radio as well. But I prefer a(nearly) full-band one which can receive short band frequences.

    All I want to say is that these toys are very atractive.;)

  • Hehe. Brian, we share the same dreams. :-) After trying a lot of things, I found simple and realiable things are most attractive to me – just like the clock, the TV set and the Radio Set – those without many cool features, but are so simple to operate and work.

  • “I found simple and realiable things are most attractive to me…” Usability, usability, usability. :P This is also why your site is so user-friendly. :)

  • my favorite thing I saw in the photos wasn’t even listed..

    what are those two porcelan figures around the tv? do they have any other use other than decoration? Either way, they look very attractive to me :)

  • pketh,

    The two procelan figures around the TV are for decoration propurse. Acutally, they are the typical Chinese cloths for wedding. The left one is the groom and the right one is the bridge. It is very intersting and lovely. I bougth them at the market in Zhujiajiao, before our wedding.

  • I think that the old fashion coming back because they can remind us of much of unforgettable memory, rather than their real usablity today. So, these toys should come by the name of Reminiscence Commemoration. In front of them, we are able to keep ourselves knowing where we came from, and to spare the real by far better off lives we have in arms now with so many fantastic materials, don’t need to worry over stopping while in trip clock; don’t need to tune in and out digital radio; and even showing the figures clearer and bigger than real things high fidelity TV.

    How can we reject the advanced things that give us comfort and convenience to return to the old lives with undeveloped things ? Is it practical and lasting ? what do you think ?

  • It reminded me about the recent widely distributed pictures about the poor people in China – it reminds people that China is still a very poor picture. Along the hot debate of whether we should worry about the pictures, there is a comment that “if we see the pictures 20 years ago, no one will be shocked because it is our lives everywhere. Now the fact that we are shocked has already proven the country has became richer and stronger.”

    It is the case for these advanced technology. It is the evidence that the technology has advanced so much that simple, old things like the toys I gathered only exists in our memories.

  • Nowadays, there are so many stuff being “electionized”, just like the clock. Life becomes much easier and more comfortable. It might be interesting and fresh to go back to the old-style clock, but I may be bored of twisting the springs at night someday if I had such a clock.

  • Nowadays, there are so many stuff being “electionized”, just like the clock. Life becomes much easier and more comfortable. It might be interesting and fresh to go back to the old-style clock, but I may be bored of twisting the springs at night someday if I had such a clock.

  • Xiao Wang :

    You responded very well.

    I want to say resolutely, we should be anxious about those pictures showing still unchanged needy. Yes, when you get improved life, please do not forget such people who lag behind you. That remind me of our beloved premier Wen Jabao’s saying : ” I can not get to sleep well unless I know every single Chinese has been able to lead a better off life. ” Salute !

  • You are really cool to be able to turn your smartphone to receive video streaming.

    Can this only be done in a smartphone using Smartphone OS or it can be also done on Microsoft Mobile device like the XDA II?

    Michael Hor

    Penang, Malaysia

  • When you can get a TV set for USD10, it means that the people who are putting the set together is severely underpaid. Something is not right.

  • The best time to look for discount living room furniture is when a furniture company has a factory discount sale. One then visits this factory to choose one’s required living room furniture.

    Some companies like “Rooms To Go” are offering discounts these days (40-75% Off). You can save a ton if you just simply shop around…

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