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a stupid thing I believed in when I was a kid

I always spend my summer vacations in an indoor pool near our home (Manila Downtown YMCA Binondo). Me and my best friend (also my childhood/neighbor) have a year round membership that we abuse every summer, we swim daily after having lunch. Come school days we swim on Saturdays.

The pool of my childhood summers. Photo taken from

The pool of my childhood summers. Photo taken from

Summer Days we will swim from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm everyday. Looking like a prune was something we found cool, smelling like chlorine is something we also love. (eww, I know) I also have my default swimming fashion, for some reason I always feel more grown-up when I wear black. Hence the all black swim gear. 

swim gear

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly sometimes even a medley of those are pretty much the norm in a day. We even play our own pool games like tag or the “surfing”- the surfing is actually something we made up. We try to stand on a kickboard and hold on to the gutter for dear life. The kickboard tries to float, making standing up wobbly as hell your body should keep it stable or else the kickboard will slip and float to the surface and send you toppling over. Whoever stays standing on the kickboard wins. We also have another version of this sitting on the kickboard. 

A kickboard

A kickboard

But that is not all that there is to our pool adventures.

We usually spot this “certain cool teen-aged girl” just because she always wears a bunch of silver charm bracelet to the pool.  the bracelet caught our attention. Being 9-year olds back then, we thought the charm bracelets (metal) would “sink” in the water and fall to the pool floor, and we (my best friend and I ) will have the liberty of getting one (for each of us) silver charm bracelet too. Back then our motto was ‘finders keepers’.

This looks like our glittery "dream" bracelet Photo from

oooohhhh shiny! This looks like the charm bracelet we covet.
Photo from

We earnestly searched every summer.

We found a lot of other stuff like: band aids, goggle straps, swim caps, a bra strap, hair pins, earplugs, shampoo etc. But we never did find anything of value in the pool floor.

But its okay. We developed strong lungs diving to the bottom of the pool. We had pretty awesome memories.


And we did get our happy ending: By the time we finished high school and our Mums got us our own charm bracelet.

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filipino friday 2013 (3): The Pinoy Book Drop

The third part to my Filipino Fridays post is a week late. Like really late-late.


I was actually looking for Jerry Spinelli’s  Stargirl for my bookdrop.

But the timing clashed with planning Kei’s birthday last Saturday *that failed miserably*.

Stargirl book photo from the internet

Stargirl book photo from the internet

I wanted to give it because I liked that book. I thought the one who gets it would like it too.  I have it as an e-book.


Went to look for a copy of the said book at the mall near our office. They have two bookstores there. Booksale and National Bookstore. Rummaged though the piles in Booksale, no luck. So, I headed to National hoping to find the book there. Still nothing.  So, The answer to the question Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? is a sad NO.


So,  these are the questions I have to answer. 

– Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience.

Normally, when looking for books I just go for the one/s that catches my attention and look at the back of the book for a teaser of the story. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t do book hunts, maybe save for the said experience in looking for Stargirl. (*where I am really looking for a specific book* So, this was a memorable one as this was my first?)


 Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place?

I found one at my dad’s toolbox. while it is not unusual to find a book at a toolbox, the subject of the book makes it unusual. It is a beginner’s guide to swimming book.

Expected books would be manuals or books about how to repair something… but that one. A swimming book in a toolbox, I don’t see the connection. *I took the book back to him and he kept it on his drawer. He said he was looking for it, a misplaced book. 


If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? 

*Grins* Definitely take it home to read. then if I like it, it would be staying on my shelf, if not… maybe it will be given to an orphanage come Christmas time.


Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

Both are fine with me. I still go to bookstores  and look for books there. But, e- books from the internet are my main source of reading materials. I love the printed books but I hate it when they get old and turn yellow/torn pages…and when my mother decides that the “old” books be sold in one of the book stands in Recto. So, to save myself the stress, storage issues and heartbreak over the books, I go for the e-books from the internet.


“Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?” ― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl