- Posted August 13, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics
Simple and quiet stress-free life in 1980s
I was born in 81.
I remember She-Ra, He-Man, Metallica and Bon Jovi.
I remember the fashion then was big hair, big shirts over leggings, glitter makeup, ponytails and big earrings.
The neighborhood was simple. The kids spent most of the time doing household chores. We fetched water in the neighborhood or even kilometers away because there was no water supply in our place.
I remember the roads were rough. Only a handful few had discovered our tourist attractions like the Chocolate Hills and beaches in Panglao Island.
There was no traffic in the city or downtown. There were few cars and public transportation. There were no big malls. Since there were few cars then, we learned to play in the street especially during summer where we spent the whole day playing native games.
Technology was slow then.
I remember my aunt bought a black and white TV. Since we didn’t have TV at home, we went to our aunt’s house to watch TV. Sometimes, we went to our neighbors to watch our favorite TV programs like Oshin, a Japanese soap opera dubbed in our language. Then, years later, we saw cartoon in color.
Remember cassette tapes? Before mp3s and Ipods, we recorded our voices and songs on cassettes. We had Walkmans. Justine Bieber was not known in our generation since our music then was pop and classical.
We didn’t have DLSR. We’re just lucky that we had photos of our childhood from foreigners who came to our place and took pictures and videos of us. Though not all loved the camera and video, there were some kids in the neighborhood who were afraid to smile to the camera. (By the way, the video was taken in 1987 by Japanese couple Yokoi Kokichi and Yokoi Hideko who documented our lives when we were small.)
There were no internet cafes and wifi but we had play stations for our Atari and Super Mario. We didn’t have Smartphones but still kept in touch. We managed to come on time to attend functions and activities.
..but nevertheless we had a great time.
Time has a way of changing days. Everything has changed. But the values I’d learned from those years made what I’m today. My childhood experiences make me pragmatic and comfortable of what I have now. I knew how to live in moderation.
If I could turn back the hands of time I’d love to experience again the 1980s. However, life is a journey. Let's remember the past and look forward to our future.