Anybody who spent their childhood in 70's and 80's Manila should...and I mean SHOULD drop by the website, Nostalgia Manila.
Remember Voltes V?
Game and Watch?
I think I spent an entire day just reading all the entries. It has everything..from pictures of the old QUAD to Weng-Weng videos (I swear...isnt this camp heaven? haha)to articles written by THE Nicholas Stoodley..the site has it all.
I basically grew up in the seventies..when life was much simpler. Weekends meant eating out with my family, then watching a movie. Movie theaters back then were just that...movie theaters. No fancy shmancy DOLBY Stereo, or seats with cup holders. Just a plain movie theater that was divided into 3 levels..orchestra, lodge, and balcony. I never really did understand what the difference was...we were all watching the same movie, werent we??? All I knew at that time was...orchestra was for those with less money, lodge was for the sossy, and balcony was for those who wanted to get it on. Yes, I was young, but heck...i already had a filthy mind.
Popcorn was also... just popcorn. Varied flavors were not an option simply because, at that time...we didnt even know that popcorn could be "flavored." Popcorn with salt..yes, from the big salt container with the word "SALT" written on the blue label. That was the only way we had it.
I miss those days. Sometimes I wish that my son grew up in that era..only for him to appreciate the simpler things in life. Surely, technology has its positive points but you really cant deny the fact that in our constant drive for near-perfection and comfort, we've forgotten how it is to just chill, and take things as they come. We've become too indulgent, too spoiled, and as a result, our kids have become shielded from life's adversities. Everything nowadays is sanitized, user-friendly, bug-free, zipped, delivered, and so on...w/c isnt always a good thing.
So..what's a parent to do?
I did the next best thing and bought a complete set of Voltes V dvds for my son, ofcourse. What better way to appreciate the past than to watch Steve, Big Bert, Little John, Jamie, and Mark go head to head with Prince Zardoz and his Boazanian minions. Things may have changed over the years..but Voltes V will always be the perfect compromise.
Here are some more images from the 70's...
Our favorite Game and Watch ofcourse..Octopus!!
Sigmund The Seamonster
Black rotary phones with the obligatory partyline, crossline, and phonepal
Pong!!! The very first computer game!
Candy Candy and Anthony..every young girl's favorite..and every young boy's well-kept guilty pleasure
And last but not the least...
Aren't you glad you survived the seventies?