Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Piso

Earlier today i was in the bank to deposit a cheque. While waiting for my receipt, i couldn’t help but notice and old woman seated in front of the manager's desk.

"Gusto ko pong magdeposit ng wan handred, " handing over her deposit slip. I thought she meant one hundred grand because the person before her just withdrew hundreds of thousands of pesos. I looked at her a second time and saw that she was holding two fifty peso bills.

"Puwedeng puwede po. May laman pa ba tong bank account nyo?" the manager inquired.

"Meron pa pong konting laman yan," the old woman smiled shyly.

The manager then went to punch some numbers into the computer and then sad, "Ay, meron pa ngang laman. Piso."

*****
Flashback. when i was in elementary, P1 was enough to buy a stick of banan cue with 3bananas and lots of brown sugar; or 8pcs of the sweet Texas bubble gum (2 for 25cents); or 8pcs of bond paper; or get me to school and back via a tricycle (but of course i walked);or 8pcs of fishballs; or a supot of green mango (or pomelo, or any fruit in season for that matter); or bribe my brother to be on my side when i fought with my sister;

What can 1 peso buy today?

now i'm sounding like my dad..."nung bata ako, ganito, ganyan...."

18 Comments:

Blogger gypsy said...

you are... uhhmmm..... old.

bwahahahahahahha!!!

1:42 AM  
Anonymous miwa said...

kawawang piso. now smaller both in size and value.
*t.y. for dropping by my blog.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous mei said...

hihihi!!!*giggles* pareho kami ng naisip ni gypsy...piso for tricycle? you ARE old! hihihi!!!!
fish tayu!:P

2:55 PM  
Blogger kramer said...

circa 70s yan, no?

silent movies pa nung panahon na yun, di ba?

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

matanda.
matanda.
matanda.
matanda.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

por da pers taym kakampihan kita...
banatan mo sila ng "older not old" na linya.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am visitor 7474. and you are old.

6:07 PM  
Blogger atticus said...

wala na ngang mabibili ang piso. liban na lang sa "dip sea.". iyong super alat na chicharon na ulam ng mga pobreng pinoy sa episode namin. siya, shameless plug ulit. :)

8:03 PM  
Blogger kero said...

nung bata ako, ang piso, nilalagay ko sa alkansya para pag napuno may P200 ako at pakiramdam ko, ako na pinakamayamang bata sa buong mundo.

11:52 PM  
Blogger lumpianghubad said...

gusto ko itong kwento mo. napaghahalatang matanda na ako. kasi reminiscing ang dating.

paborito ko rin yang tarzan. hanep sa tigas pero kapag nakapagpalobo ka, hanep din sa laki. parang big boy!

6:07 AM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Ay, you know Duke, yung Texas bubble gum na lang ang gawin nating example so you will have an idea how old I am. When I was a kid Texas bubble gum was TWO FOR FIVE CENTAVOS! LOL, ooooh, hard to believe no?
But when I was younger, I never thought that I would also someday say "in my time, if you had one peso ..." (A bottle of softdrink, by the way, was 25 centavos so I couldn't afford it ... no ba-on.)
P.S. I already posted the link about old women making "singit" in queues in the comment portion of They Had It Coming.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous van said...

mano po.

ahehehehe

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Megane said...

Huwaat? Piso for a tricycle?!?! When was that?!?! The biggest thing I bought for 1 peso is a bond paper. But that was just 1 pc of paper....

Ehehe, yep, my parents always talk about when they were still young, and that 1 peso can buy a plate of Palabok, a bottle of softdrink, a pair of sandals, and a ride home....

Now that's a LOOOONG time ago... ago... go... o...

9:51 PM  
Blogger teripotz said...

"kopong kopong days" pa yan ano?

Now I could hear my parents' voice in my head..

"noong bata ako andami pang nabibili ang piso...blah blah"

sabe nga nila, "those were the days." ,napaghahalata edad mo ha! =)

10:15 PM  
Blogger duke said...

gypsy, so are you.

miwa, onga, kawawa ang piso.

mei, yung piso na yun, 50c papunta, 50c pabalik.

kramer, di noh, 80s kid ako. ulul, matanda lang ako ng isang taon sayo. hahaha.

anonymous, sinu ka? heheh. older nga ako. not old.

atticus, dip sea? ano yun?

kero, nung bata ka e di pa ata nililigawan ng tatay ko yung nanay ko. lol.

lumpia, oo nga, tarzan, big boy with komiks pa yun. matanda ka na din.

bugsybee, omg, ok, wala akong laban sayo. you sound like my mom. lollers. btw, i've been to your post. u always have interesting stories. i guess they come with age, eh? hahahahaha.

van, oi, bless u.

megane, kala ko babae ka. hahaha. bata ka pa hijo. piso isang bond paper? parang yan pa din presyo ngayon eh.

teripotz, napaghahalata ba. pero i'm sure iba pa din ang tono ng parents mo saken. di hamak na mas bata ako sa kanila. hehe.

5:01 AM  
Blogger kramer said...

talantadu ka. isang taon din yun. nung panahon ko, candy na lang ang mabibili ng piso. hehehehehe!!!!!

9:59 AM  
Blogger kero said...

duke, di ba bazooka ang may comics? ala naman comics ang bigboy ah.
fyi, mag-asawa na nanay at tatay mo nung pinanganak ako! =P

4:33 PM  
Blogger duke said...

kramer, prehu tayu talantadu.

kero, onga no? bazooka joe yung comics. yung big boy pala yung sobrang tamis na bebel gam.

9:27 AM  

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