I finally found a micro-cassette recorder and could savage my work! And I want to say a BIG thank you to Lydia!
I woke up yesterday morning and spoke to my editor, who said she used to have one of those recorders but needed to search for it and could only let me know by today. In the mean time, she asked me to ask around as well.
Then over lunch as I was ranting over this incident, my uncle said out of the blue that he has one lying at home! One that he bought `just for fun' and hardly used.. But I could only collect it later at night when he is home.
Suddenly in the afternoon, I received an email from Lydia who read about my `recorder crisis' in my previous post. She offered to lend me hers, and gave me her number so that I could contact her. It was a little of a surprise and I thought it was so nice of her.. but I thought I didn't need to bother her as my uncle has one already.
After choir practice and a meeting with friends, I went to uncles' home close to midnight. The recorder looked pretty new and my uncle was so sure it was working, so I thought the problem was solved..
How unlucky I was again! On the way home as I tried it out I discovered the recorder was faulty! The `play' function did not work although I could forward and rewind the tape. I tried it so many times and I had to give up. In desperation, I shot Lydia an SMS at midnight.
The sweet lady replied in the morning and said I could pick the recorder up from her in PJ as she would be there. She even took the trouble to walk a distance to pass it to me so that I didn't have to park my car.
I was still a little worried as I wasn't sure whether my tape can be heard on hers.. so imagine how happy and relief I was when it played loud and clear!!
And I spent a good part of the afternoon transcribing the interview...
So, I didn't manage to get help from any of the people I know but instead was `saved' by one good Samaritan.. and indirectly my blog :p