Tuesday, August 14, 2007

nakaka-senting Lolo LO...

yes, i can't help but feel sentimental as i gathered the ephemera i needed to do this layout (LO). like many things in my life, once they are out of sight, they are also out of mind. so when i stumbled upon this picture of me and my lolo (which also happens to be the title of my LO entry for the Kaya challenge blog), haay...i can't help but sigh at our quaint poses and our fingers touching. i was suddenly besieged by nostalgia which was reinforced by handling these "Bagong Lipunan" bills and coins (even if i disliked the national leader whose signature appears on them)...ahhh, those were the days when the 1-peso and the 5-peso currencies were paper bills and not coins. if i had a 5-peso bill then, it was like having perhaps the equivalent of, ummm, a P50 bill, maybe even more. i remember being able to buy goodies with a 5 centavo coin and if i had several 1 centavo coins, i could still go to the nearby sari-sari store with them and come home with some candy. peso to dollar conversion rates in the 60s were around $1.00 to P2.00... makes me wonder for a moment, how did we get this way?---no more 1 centavo coin, valueless 5 centavos, obsolete 10 centavos...heck, the cost of minting these coins are worth more than their value so now we have foreigners who smuggle the coins out of the country so they can sell it for more---and then i remember the answer, we were plundered.

can you blame me for yearning for those old golden days?...of course...sans the memory of the dictator who also imposed Martial Law for 20 years and called it Bagong Lipunan...ok, i have run on too long and am wading into things beyond scrapbooking...maybe this topic is for my other blog already :-D

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