The Cambodian Television Network is probably the most boringest station out there! There’s nothing on it at all. If there’s anything on, chances are, it’s a repeat of something. There’s not a lot of varieties of shows, maybe just two types. I don’t know how Cambodian people would be entertained by watching any of this stuff.
During my week off, the only thing I could do was work on the computer and watch tv. I’d only be on the computers for minutes at a time and then I doze off again. When I wake up again, I usually turn on the tv and see what’s on. I’m not usually up that early in the morning, so I have no idea what airs on tv these days. I see the Power Ranger series are still running, I’ve ran into a few Teletubbies shows but that was all there was in the morning. When I ran out of channels to surf, I just handed the remote over to my mom and went to lie down on the couch to get some rest. My mom usually goes straight to CTN (Cambodian Television Network). Their slogan, “It’s your tv.” But you have to be Cambodian to laugh at the way they say it. It goes a little something like this, “CTN, TV labaugh lok neh.” Laugh, that’s damn funny!
So, here’s what I’ve seen on CTN lately. The news, music countdowns, game shows, freestyle battle and some more news. News seems to be a big this on this network there’s like three difference kinda of news. One has the anchor and co-anchor speaking in Khmer, the another has them speaking in English with a FOB accent and the last has them speaking in a more fluent English. Some of these accent are like thick FOB accent. And you can tell they’re reading off the teleprompter because during that reading, sometimes they go cross-eyed from all that eye movement.
Next, there are the game shows. I’ve tried to understand the concept of the games but I can’t figure out how they are play. There was one game where the hostess is asking a question to three contestants. The three of them are students from three different high school. The hostess asks a question about smoking and they answer. The first girl answers, but it looks like she’s been reading off a paper, the second and third does the same. So, I’m getting they were asked the question before hand and are given points on how through they answer the question. It was a boring game show. I had no idea what was going on, but I know there was a lot of clapping.
Next up, we have the free style battle between the old man and the old lady with the band in the background. The old man does his verse, with rhymes and everything, then the band plays. Their songs are something like that banjo battle, if you know what I’m talking about. The old man does a little break dancing and then stops. Now the old lady does her verse, the band plays the banjo music and she does a little break dancing. Again, I have no idea what’s going on here. To me, it looks likes like a free style battle because, the old man spits his lyrics, then the old lady spits her lyrics and they keep going back and forth. I don’t know if there’s a winner, but they part on good terms in the end. The lyrics might go a little something like this:
One day I went to the farm
Swung a haystack with my arm
Took it home and turn it into yarn
How can you turn hay into yarn
If yarn is made out of wool
Tell me straight or I’ll step on your toe
Okay, so I made that up, but it something along those lines. They just talk back and forth between each other with the help of the band. That’s about it. Needless to say, I change the channel every chance I get. I’ll flip over to PBS and watch the Bernstein Bears or something. There’s just nothing exciting on CTN.