Do you remember the time when we used to play hide and seek with the other kids in the subdivision? Hiding inside vacant houses, running up and down the streets, the whole neighborhood became our playground.
Do you remember the time in elementary when we used to go to a small burger stand along Mango Avenue on Fridays after classes? You used to order a cheeseburger without ketchup while I had a hamburger. There were times when we would share one bottle of Coke since that was what we could afford at that time. While Orange Brutus was only just around the corner, we used to frequent this place since their burgers tasted better. Can you recall the name of the place? I seem to have forgotten it, probably since it has been a long time ago since we went there.
Do you remember the time when we used to hang out at Merry Mart on weekends? That building right across Redemptorist Church that looked like a castle complete with embrasures, merlons, and towers. You used to collect those green pieces of paper each time you picked a prize from a fish bowl after your parents bought groceries. Those green pieces of paper were our tickets to a fun afternoon riding the bump cars at the place.
Do you remember the time in high school when we used to have lunch at the Yum-Yum Tree in Rustan’s on Saturdays? Their spaghetti with meatballs was to die for. After lunch, I would drag you to the basement so I can check out the latest comic books on display. We would also hang out at Orange Brutus watching people pass by as the sun set over the horizon.
Do you remember the time when you would wait for me at Mister Donut after classes? We would stay there just before the night turns dark talking about anything and everything under the sun. I miss those talks.
Do you remember the time when you would look for me at that computer arcade behind D’ Three Brothers’ Billiard Hall on Saturday afternoons? While you were not really into video games, you would just wait for me to finish before we headed out to that disco place close to Foodarama. I cannot seem to recall the name of that place, can you still remember it?
Do you remember the time in college when I would sit at the shed outside your school waiting for your last class to end? We would grab a bite to eat at the dimsum place in the downtown area. We would have a bowl of steamed rice each along with crab pinchers.
Do you remember the time when we first ate the shawarma a Ric’s BBQ close to Robinson’s? It was probably the first place to offer shawarma in Cebu. These days, you can see stalls selling shawarma all over the city.
Do you remember the time when we used to hang out at Bukid? We would hitch a ride with a friend and stay there singing, laughing and simply having the time of our lives. One time we were left behind and we had to walk all the way down to JY since there were no jeepneys passing through the area that early in the morning.
Do you remember the time when you left for the US after you accepted the job offer in Texas? I would send you some knick-knacks and pasalubong items from time to time just to fight off your homesickness. I remember you loved the Peanut Browas, Toasted Mini Mamons, and Butterscotch of Lola Pureza. You said their products gave you a feeling of Old Cebu, which interestingly is their catchphrase. These would be on the top of my list whenever I would send something to you through a relative who was going abroad.
Do you remember those times? I do.
Lola Pureza's Peanut Browas, a taste of old Cebu.
Available in leading supermarkets and pasalubong shops.