Remembers when scrapes and wounds on the knees and elbows (and the eventual “nana” when they got infected) were normal occurences. Being treated with merthiolate, agua oxinada, Teramycin, Leukoplast, and Band-Aid was a regular part of every kid’s day. I wonder if kids nowadays still go through this.
Ricky remembers those mini firecrackers on a string that would let out a small pop when you pull on it from both ends. You can buy them from your neighborhood sari-sari store and they would come in a box smaller than a matchbox. Does anybody remember the name of this kid-friendly firecracker?
Ricky remembers when Puerto Azul was the premiere beach resort destination for the citizens of Manila. He even remembers that Puerto Azul t-shirt that almost everyone went home with after. It was white, with the Puerto Azul logo at the back, and the logos of the sports activities that you can engage in while you were vacationing there. They had tennis, bowling, golf, swimming, and many more.
Ricky remembers those Vicks Vaporub commercials where the mom would apply Vicks on her child’s chest to relieve him or her of nasal congestion.
Ricky remembers when people would call a kid whose name they didn’t know “Bata”. As in, “Bata, bata…” or “Huy bata!”
Ricky also remembers that in Ateneo, it was more upscale. They would call each other, “Pal”.