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Thursday, July 25, 2002

It's been a long time since I wrote something here. My wife forwarded me the following e-mail some time ago, and most of the things written in it are soooo true. For those of you who are in my age bracket, you'll really relate to this:


1.) You have scars on your knees and elbows
2.) You owned a bike
3.) You had a barkada around your neighborhood (all of you had bikes)
4.) You loved climbing on your house's roof (and your neighbor's roof as well)
5.) You went inside an abandoned house in your neighborhood just to see what it looks like inside
6.) You ate all the aratilis in your neighborhood
7.) You plucked all the gumamelas in the area for soap bubbles
8.) Your parents forced you to take afternoon siestas with the threat that you will not be allowed to play outside.
9.) You are never found in your house in the afternoon. You are often found playing in the street with your neighborhood friends.
10.) You loved exploring vacant lots for hidden knick-knacks
11.) You just can't resist jumping in a sandpile
12.) You know all the street games (patintero, agawan base, langit-lupa etc., etc.)
13.) You owned a family computer.
14.) Your hand-to-eye coordination is terrific due to family computer.
15.) You'd rather go outdoors in the afternoon than play family computer.
16.) You gleefully boast that games today are so easy because of the character's life bar (remember when we used to play Mario? we died the minute a goomba hit us)
17.) You know this code by heart: UP-UP-DOWN-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-B-A-B-A-START (select-start for 2 players)
18.) You owned a superhero costume (especially a superman costume)
19.) For the girls: You dressed up like Punky Brewster, Madonna and Debbie Gibson. For the boys: You dressed up like David Hasselhoff's knight rider, David Bowie or had Clarke Kent's little bang. And now you think that the 80's had the suckiest dress sense.
20.) You had a denim jacket
21.) You had a sticker book especially that Age of Dinosaurs sticker book.
22.) You were addicted to rainbow brite, carebears, my little pony, thundercats, bioman, voltes v, mazinger z, daimos, etc., etc.
23.) You played pc games like tapper, moonbugs, alley cat and prince of persia.
24.) Ms Word did not exist in your vocabulary but Wordstar did!
25.) You love 80's music even if you don't want to admit it.
26.) You've climbed up mango trees to catch salagubang, tie a sting around its neck and let it fly around in frenzy
27.) You've spent hours in the afternoon catching tutubi... yellow-green was the easiest to catch, blue being finicky, and red being a rare
28.) You used to take Flinstones vitamins (which you didn't mind 'cause it was yummy) and Scott's liver oil
29.) You know the catoon show, Beverly Hills Teens
30.) You know Kuya Bodgie from Batibot
31.) You watch Uncle Bob's Lucky Seven Club
32.) You used AQUA NET to fashion ur 4-inch-high bangs.
33.) Your blouses had paddings.
34.) You owned wide studded colorful belts.
35.) You watched some of your favorite shows on betamax or even UHF 17 (the channel from Clarke Air Base - or was it Subic?)
36.) You collected and "swapped" perfumed stationeries with your classmates and friends, but followed the unwritten rule that you never write on them.
37.) The only place you go to for summer vacation is BAGUIO !
38.) On that note, camp john hay served BEST ice cream
39.) Most of us were brought to the EDSA revolution
40.) You remember what Ricky Martin used to look like back then
41.) ...when you think that Julie Vega is a better actress that Judy Ann
42.) You get confused playing playstation because of all the buttons on the keypad (nintendo only had the direction pad, a & b buttons and the start & select keys )
43.) You know all the Bagets and Ninja Kids
44.) You got to ride the train ride at greenhills shopping center
45.) Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were the players at the time
46.) ...when you know more 80's music than the song "Buttercup"
47.) You were allowed to bathe in the rain
48.) You were taught to comb your hair one-sided
49.) You've collected matangpusa and mongo beans so you can have ammunition for sumpit
50.) You knew who madam bola and sitsiritsit and alibangbang was.
51.) Every Christmas you anticipate going to BIG Bang sa Alabang- with the giant slide.
52.) You know the Ewoks
53.) You had Mighty Kid shoes and Greg shoes.
54.) You know what Time Space Warp means (and you know who Fuma Lae-Ar is)
55.) You and your barkada had a specific Bioman name.
56.) You sucked all the nectar from the santan plant hence your mother got really pissed at you for destroying the santan plant.
57.) You played with marbles and text (yung cards ha!!!) And you count cards like this: I-SA, DALA-WA, TAT-LO, A-PAT... walo na iyon!
58.) For girls: You wore denim miniskirts with rubber shoes. For guys: You had those bitin na pantalon which you wore with high-top rubber shoes!!!
59.) You loved cheezels and chicakdees because of the great prizes it had! (remember sticky hands, bear popups, and the stick on tattoos which were "banned" due to drugs daw?)
60.) Puffy cone still existed!!!
61.) Sosy ka if you bought a Magnolia drumstick
62.) Twin Popsies were meant to be shared with a friend.
63.) Ice Drop was the cheapest treat.
64.) You have those disney bow biters for your rubber shoes
65.) You know who Alf is.
66.) You're familiar with the show "Perfect Strangers".
67.) Idol mo si McGyver.
68.) Thats Entertainment" ang "the bomb" nung mga panahon na yun.
69.) Sikat ka kapag alam mo ang wordstar at lotus 1,2,3
70.) Six digits lang ang telephone number niyo dati.
71.) Tatlong .25 cents lang eh makakatawag ka na sa pay-phone.
72.) Cute pa si Aiza non sa Eat Bulaga.
73.) Si Amado Pineda pa ang nagbabalita ng panahon
74.) You drank Chocolate milk from the Magnolia glass bottle which you kept for holding water in your ref.
75.) Brown Cow tasted better than Hersheys!
76.) Shake Rattle and Roll 1 was the most horrifying movie for you then.
77.) The most comfortable shoes for you is still Sperry Topsiders.
78.) Dress shoes mo eh loafers pa rin.
79.) The best movies of all time are pretty in pink, breakfast club, 16 candles and some kind of wonderful
80.) You show off your pencil case which have hidden compartments that pop-out at the press of a button...
81.) You have Bensia pencils which are refillable...
82.) Fiesta carnival was the place to be (kumbaga enchanted kingdom sya ng 90's)
83.) Takot kang mag-year 2000 ksi baka magunaw ang mundo.
84.) Masarap ang Goya and Serg's.
85.) Nakakasakay ka pa sa kotseng walang aircon.
86.) You know the lyrics ng "Tinapang Bangus" at "Alagang-alaga namin si Puti" ng Batibot.
87.) You know these commercials:
a. YCBIKINIBRIEF - remember this one? Ycbikinibrief / ycbikinibrief / ycbikinibrief for the man who packs a wallop / YC had fashion / YC has style...
b. RA Homevision - those guys from cash and carry makati couldn't have done it better. Sports. Adventure. Cartoons. Award Winners and More. Featuring the voice talent of Frankie Evangelista. I will never forget the creepy hand at the start of the ad. Parang ET na nasa spaceship!
c. Arthur's Legaspi Towers - nuff said.
d. La Germania Mama Mia commercials - ditto
88.) Bumibili ka ng caramel candy, texas or bazooka bubblegum, tira-tira at tootsie roll sa tindahan
89.) Naabutan mo pa na korteng flower ang singko
90.) You're familiar with this song: si nena ay bata pa, kaya ang sabi niya ay um-ah-um-ah-ah. hanggang patanda siya nang patanda at pabastos ng pabastos hehehe!

In addition, it used to be that you were either a Spandau Ballet fan or a Duran Duran fan. And does anyone else remember that restaurant called "Big Daddy's" in Makati? Seems only me and my siblings remember it. Weird.

Thursday, July 04, 2002

Just saw the Jessica Soho report last night about local komiks. The komiks scene here is pretty much gasping for air right now. Some of those interviewed said that the decline of komiks was due to TV. But for me that's not a really valid reason. Come on, TV has been around for decades. It didn't affect komiks then, why should it now?

It was sad to see what befell of komiks novelist Pablo S Gomez. He quickly found fame and fortune during the heyday of komiks (which they placed around the 70s-early 90s) but lost everything. he opened his own publishing house, even bought a mansion. But the publishing house went under, and he was forced to sell his house just to make ends meet.

One reason why komiks can hardly find an audience nowadays is that you can hardly find them. They had this story of this old guy from Antipolo who has to travel all the way to Cubao to buy komiks. Even I have a hard time tracking down komiks. The newsstand where I buy my copies recently closed (in Edsa Central) because they closed the whole Edsa Central compound.

And this one artist for Funny Komiks just proved Gerry's point about being original. He draws in an anime inspired style, and when Jessica asked him if he felt bad that there was no trace of being Pinoy in his work, he said yes, he felt bad, but the Japanese style sells so that's why he does it. Really sad.

It seems the komiks lost touch with it's audience because it has lost its Pinoy flavor. Used to be, you can relate to the characters, the stories, because they were firmly set in our roots. Most komiks selling before were dramas, action, comedy etc. that reflected everyday Pinoy life. I think we need to go back to that, instead of pandering to what we think will sell.

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

I went out with my college friends last night. It's been a really long time since we all last saw each other (years, actually). We went to the National Sports Grill at Greenbelt, and the place only had a few people. Maybe it was because it was a Monday.

It's really interesting to see how much some people stay the same, and how little they've really changed. We were all basically the same bunch of guys and gals, except now some of us are married and some of us have kids and all that. And it's also amazing how much fatter some of us have gotten (myself included).

My ex was also there, since we were part of the same barkada during those days. We didn't talk much, just the usual "hi" and "hello." One of my friends asked me what it felt like seeing her again, and I honestly didn't feel the same way I felt about her. Of course, I shouldn't, since we broke up several years ago and I'm married to someone I love very much. If I had any feelings about seeing her again, it may be some small measure of guilt, since I was the one who broke up with her, on a day that no person should ever break up with a girlfriend or boyfriend.

I really would like to get together with these guys again because I had to leave early last night. So I didn't get to talk with everyone the way I wish we could have talked. At least it's gonna be easier now, since we all exchanged calling cards and now know where to contact one another.

Thanks to Melvin for organizing the whole thing. Let's do it again soon.