One of the smallest and simplest (but somehow amongst the most inconvenient) thing about living outside the UK is the inability to get Channel 4 On Demand and BBC iplayer on your computer! Apparently you can get a Proxy on your computer so the IP address think it’s in the UK, but I am a tech-phob / absolutely useless at computers so I’m missing all my favourite shows… Desperate Housewives, the Apprentice, 90210, Glee, the Inbetweeners…. okay so I don’t have great taste, but these are just little things that are part of my daily routine at home (throwing on an episode of something; waiting all week for the next one to come out; the hype when a new series starts) and its such ‘home comforts’ like this that you have to forfeit on exchange. I even missed the Royal Wedding, and all the hype and build up to it. As a milestone in Britain history, I do feel I’ve missed out slightly.
The worst bit of all is coming back from a full on day at the library and not being able to throw open your laptop and show on a mind-numbing TV show for some escapism and to give your brain a rest. Similarly, being in halls we don’t have a TV in our living room like we would in our flat back in Edinburgh, so I can’t just watch normal TV either. I’m just living off DVDs and box-sets when I feel like I need some rubbish to watch. I know downloading is a possibility, but again, I’m useless with finding legit sites, and the laws on downloading in Singapore are suuuuper strict… so if anything, I’m just a wee bit scared.
Maybe I should invest in a KIndle or some books, or try listening to Singaporean radio to send me off to sleep at night… hmmmmm