By Magdelena Long
Remember those times when people had to climb a hill just to get coverage? Yeah, those times. Now combine that with today’s era, with coverage everywhere – and a penniless student. Tadaa, no internet! Let me tell you my journey to the west… I mean my journey to find internet.
Few days ago, I lost all my ability to connect to the internet. Why you may ask? Well, being a perpetually broke student who uses mobile prepaid plans and lives in a cheap rented apartment without wifi, having no internet access is possible. Having no internet access as an intern, away from the comfort of my parent’s home is hell. Downright hell. Our work is all done and stored in Google Drive so we won’t lose the documents and progress. I can barely use Microsoft Word because my laptop is a ticking time bomb! Apart from Internet frustration, I have to deal with the condition of my dysfunctional laptop.
As a temporary solution, I packed my bag and went to the office on a Monday where it was actually closed. Yeah, everyone is still in the Raya mood. So I sat outside the office door, typing and internally crying (just me being extra). I spent hours sitting outside the office typing and then, guess what? My battery died! Was I pissed? No my friends, no. I found a plug just beside office so I just PLUGGED IT IN! In the end (singing this out like Linkin Park), I still had to leave because there might be a Makcik selling Nasi Lemak at the 6th floor window. Now what? Here’s where my real misery begins! Though, at least I didn’t have to climb a tree or something, right?
Basically, my first targets are always restaurants or cafes with plugs, good wifi and waiters that don’t mind a customer hogging the seats. Starbucks? Oh hell naww! Too broke for that shit! So I found solace in the Colonel – a beautiful KFC (the Curve). They have AC, some fried chicken and most importantly wifi. I went in and bought myself fries, asked for the wifi password and sat till my ass hurt. By the time I finished, gazed in front and realized that it was already night time and yes, time for the wonderful people of KFC to get off from work. Yet again, I found myself abandoned by the internet.
Where in the world (or Damansara specifically) can I find a place to abuse their wifi? As the sad pitiful broke Mags that I am, I walked home like I lost my expensive Ferrari to a poker game because I couldn’t even afford a freaking Grab (I live nearby anyways, I’m just being extra). RM10 was the only thing I had in my wallet so I sacrificed it to the gods of consumerism and bought a RM5 reload card. I dashed home, typed in the numbers, subscribed to another internet plan and my Internet is back, baby!
My happiness ends after 24 hours is gone because apparently RM5 of internet only lasts for a day. Well, it’s fine since the office door opens the next day and surprisingly, my parents sent me money! I totally could cry a river. So now, my misery temporarily ends but I’m sure it’ll come again.
As sure as winter is coming.