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Inside a 90s backpack


1.Sticker albums

Remember that old Glorietta store called Stick ‘Em Up? During the day, my schoolmates flocked to that store to purchase these felt stickers to add to their growing sticker collection. You’re not allowed to use the prized babies though because they’re only meant to be ogled at and be envied. Fights ensued over whose sticker collection is better. My friends swear that up to this day they have albums tucked away in their closets. This calls for a sticker convention…any takers?

2. Stationery

When girls my age got sick of stickers, they switched to collecting stationery. In elementary, we collected those rose-scented sheets with matching stickers and envelopes. The collection, however, evolved to note pads after Tickles opened. I remember being part of that craze, going to the store week after week to look and buy their notepads to suit my teenage letter-writing mania.

3. High-tech pencil case

We marveled at this mechanic thing that stored paper clips, a sharpener, staple wires, erasers, and pens.

4. Trapper Keeper

We didn’t need this back then but kids got one because it was a great place to store their stationery and stickers in.

5. 128 Crayon Case

Hot pink and electric blue were my favorite colors from the Crayola briefcase. It was so fun to color the activity books because of the numerous shades to choose from.

I was territorial with my crayons because kids who would borrow from me would either: break the good colors in half or make the sharpest end dull.

6. Books

I used to bring coloring books to school to pass the time. Eventually I moved on to real books. I began reading Archie, then the Sweet Valley series (from Kids, Twins, High, and Senior Year), Nancy Drew, the Babysitters Club, and R.L. Stine.

8. All-in-One Pen

I suspect that the mechanical pencil case fad faded because of this writing instrument. The All-in-One pen boasts of inks from the rainbow.


October 22, 2007 at 5:38 pm 2 comments

Pencil Case Showcase

Pop out pencil case--a hit amongst kids in the 90s

This used to be a competition amongst girls back in grade school. The one with the most number of crayons wins. The one with the prettiest watch becomes the toast of town for at least two weeks. Lastly, the one with the most number of compartments for a pencil case will be crowned as Miss National Bookstore. 

Behold, the pop-out pencil case. This particular case boasts of a pencil sharpener, a kisses holder, a small container for paper clips, a calendar and it’s in bubble gum pink. What more can you ask for?

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April 26, 2007 at 9:58 am 6 comments



Ok, hold your horses people! I’m pretty sure you know who Arthur is (i.e. if you have cable and all – i channel). This was one of my favorite shows because it just tells you what a kid goes through during his childhood. Fighting with your siblings (and getting along with them!), having friends, fitting in school, raising parents (hehe!), and just dealing with whatever kids deal with! In the show all of the characters were animals, can u guys identify what types of animals were there (without using Google ah!)?

Well, that’s kinda hard. Since I wouldn’t know either. Hehe. But I really loved this show. 🙂

March 15, 2007 at 10:30 pm 13 comments

Hit me baby one more time!

Who can ever forget this hit song which started in the late 90’s? It’s all time favorite Britney Spears with her 1st hit song “Baby One More Time”

March 15, 2007 at 3:31 pm 14 comments


5up.jpgThis was the show that made my Saturday mornings substantial and interesting. I was able to learn a lot of things that were helpful, not only to the school/academic stuff, but they made the idea of learning cool (probably one of the reasons why I became a nerd. Haha). They featured places, people and new stuff in a manner that was really relate-able to kids, since their anchors were kids. Hmm. I even know a few people who only watch 5andUp because of a certain cutie. Hehe.

Anyhoo, if you wanna get updates on the show and its members, you can find then at this site: You can even be a contributor to their site and add articles, that is if they approve of your membership. But if you were and Upper or an Uppie you can easily be a part of the site. 🙂

March 14, 2007 at 9:35 am 22 comments

It’s Crash Bandicoot time!

If Sega had Sonic and Nintendo had Mario, back then, Sony had CRASH BANDICOOT. Crash Bandicoot was one of the first platform games which rocked the world. The game had cool levels, outrageous enemies, and lots of FUN. What was cool about it was that Crash had the ability to become invincible with some mask he needed to wear. (Aboombaga!)

March 13, 2007 at 11:12 pm 11 comments

It’s Parappa the Rapper time!

Kick, punch, it’s all in the mind. If you want me to teach ya, I’ll do ya fine. Chop, chop, chop! –Master Onion

These are the famous lines in one of the most popular casual rhythm-based button-mashing addicting game of all time – Parappa the Rapper! This first rhythm-based PS1 game had a simple story with the easiest mission: press the corresponding buttons at the correct time.

By doing so, Parappa, who happens to be a paper-thin rapping dog, would progress in the story and complete his mission of winning the heart of his lover, Sunny Funny. Oh my gosh! HAHA! Simple as it may sound, this game is best remembered for its unique gameplay, cool graphic design, outrageous characters, and crazy plot.

Check the first challenge song out with the Chop Chop Master Onion!

March 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm 11 comments

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