Forty Winks of Flashback

Standing at the front porch of our house while sipping a cup of ice cold coffee, I was daydreaming about the good old days in high school and my first year in college. It sure was five whole years of a really exciting joyride. So exciting, that I do not even know how all of it started.

Everyday wasn’t really a hassle back then – we even had time to do homeworks and review sessions while already inside the school premises. Homeworks can easily be done, thanks to the nerds who kindheartedly shared their blessings to the lazy yet humble (I suppose the phrase to be positive enough.) people – those who ‘forgot’ and ‘did not have time’ to finish them at home (If you’re going to ask, I am not one of them. :P) Even quizzes, group activities and reports were of no exception. Everyone’s helping each other out – problems are solved hand in hand, jobs are divided into simpler ones and then shared among the class. That bonded us together.

Even professors were fun, either literally or figuratively. Some are entertaining enough to motivate us to work hard in his/her subject, some may have the looks that captivate the eyes of girls, or boys in that case. Yet, most of the time, some display funny expressions visible enough for the whole class to laugh and joke about. Mean enough? Not only professors, but even faculty members were of no excuse, thanks to a Foundation Day/Week (depends on the mood of our principal then) that we celebrate, a time when everyone gets a chance to say what he/she has to say – through plastic balloons filled with water.

We even had time for play, as if education and student life were actually the ones disrupting our time as joyful teenagers, instead of the other way around. Early dismissals, thanks to some lazy professors, were turned into additional gaming time, as to avoid getting caught by the dark while still in the busy streets of the Metro. Though playing the games were actually influencing our study habits, amazingly we’re still able to muddle through periodic and those crucial achievement exams, to help protect the pride of our beloved high school. That’s one proof that we still had the time and energy to study, despite certain distractions that we encountered during our stay in high school.

College, as some people say, may be that difficult, but during my stay as a freshman, I still had fun. Though the block was not that close yet at that time, I was sure enough that after three years, it would be like everyone’s not a stranger at all. I had to say thanks to special shows, events and games held in our college, our block managed to climb its way up to imaginary fame. In just a short span of time, friendships were built, and issues flew everywhere in the four corners of the room – issues which made class discussions more fun and interesting. I couldn’t ask for more, and I couldn’t thank my blockmates enough than to have them as subjects in select entries at my old blog. College was actually the reason behind my blogging, as I have told during the early times. I still have more or less two years to struggle my way through it, by the way.

Well, many things have happened during those five years. And I’ve experienced enough to face the reality that these things will never happen again. The good thing though, was that it did happen once. That would be more than enough for me. And whenever I think about it, I guess living a normal student life isn’t that hard after all.

It’s been a while since I last did this ‘reminiscing moments’ thing. Mind you, my nose ran out of blood already, thanks to those exams that I recently took this week. Now you’re expecting me to have tears running down my cheeks? Forget it. What I want is a good night’s sleep, just one – and I want it now.

But my alter-ego says: “If you want to get some sleep, why are you sipping a cup of coffee, and why are you here, writing this entry?”

Actually, he has a point there.

16 Responses to “Forty Winks of Flashback”


  1. 1 sherma July 21, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    oh… na-miss ko na naman ang high school life ko… kung ikaw ay five whole years, ako… hmmm… ayoko! mahahalata ang age ko! hahaha! about 7 years… (sasabihin din pala…)

    “Even professors were fun, either literally or figuratively.”

    you mean teachers, no? nung nag-college ako, professor din ang tawag ko sa mga teacher ko nung high school… hahaha!

    i love the name of your blog… zantetsuken…

  2. 2 sherma July 21, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    ay! nakalimutan ko… wala na akong trabaho!!! waaaa!!! huhuhu… di man lang ako nakapagpaalam sa eroplano mo… ='(

  3. 3 Arnel July 21, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    sherma – hahahaha. mag-ooperate pa rin siguro ang airlines paminsan minsan. buhay pa rin yun kahit paano.😛

  4. 4 Emo Sevenfold July 21, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    those five years were the most wonderful days of your being a teenager. i could say that you have been through a lot of things within that long period of time.

    fourth year high school means parting. first year college means new beginning, new environment, new people to deal with. friendship are sure to bloom as days go by.

    as we reminisce those days, we can perfectly say that those days are over. but then again, we don’t junk those days, for those days are part of our lives. those days made who we are right now.

    this post made me think. as i am thumping keys on my laptop, tears are starting to run from my eyes. i cannot deny the fact that melancholy has devoured me already.

    those days are over.
    let me sigh.

  5. 6 Jhed July 21, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    It’s fun to reminisce the good times. Minsan nga, napapangiti na lang ako kapag naalala ko ang high school life ko.😛

  6. 7 Arnel July 21, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Emo Sevenfold – based on your comment, your experience in high school surely was worth remembering.

    Padre Salvi – ahoi! salamat!🙂

    Jhed – patunay, na matanda ka na. LOL.😛

  7. 8 YNA July 21, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    We only have memories to treasure. The experiences and all that comes with it would be forever embedded in our beings to be remembered. Ang saya ng ganun, di ba?

  8. 9 Dan Hellbound July 22, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Those good old days maybe over, but it can surely make us flash the smiles on our faces. They are all worth remembering.

    *nostalgia*

  9. 10 karla July 22, 2007 at 11:37 am

    guess who’s back back back. Back again -gen-gen-gen. Arnel’s back.. back-back-back tell a friend -end-end-end. Arnel’s back. Arnel’s back. arnel’s back. tanan tan tanta ntan.

    :)) yehey! Buti naman totoo na ang pagbabalik mo sa blogging. *kurot*

    School would be no fun if you dont have friends, that’s for sure. It gives us a motivation to go to school everyday, and to study well since we dont want them to think we are a lazy daisy. :))

    Goodluck! you still have 3 years to go!

    Thanks to this post, im actually looking forward now to college.

  10. 11 Arnel July 22, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    YNA – quotable quotes? pero seryoso, maganda yang sinabi mo ha.😉

    Dan Hellbound – surely brings back memories.

    karla – wrapper ka talaga karla. hahaha. napakagandang statement naman non. good luck din sa yo pag college ka na.😛

  11. 12 chuchay July 22, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    ei! thanks for dropping by my blog!

    ^_^ pareho pla tayong UPM.🙂 Hope to see you there.

    May kilala ka po plang Ian? OT rin sya eh🙂

  12. 13 rowjie July 23, 2007 at 9:07 am

    haha. i was also like that when i was in first year college. i really miss my high school days. but college days are fun too isn’t it? it’s hard to compare them because they are different in many aspects.
    i wish you the best in your college life!🙂

  13. 14 Donya Quixote July 23, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I miss high school, and how I thought everything there was stressful, but in actuality, it was nothing compared to what I have to deal with now. Haha.

    MATULOG KA NA!😛

  14. 15 Davao Outsource July 23, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Remembering the past is always a good time, not only for me but most people too. Likewise when I was in college, blood has flowed from my nose and ears because of tight a** deadlines in theses and exams on minor subjects, but despite the hectic schedule it cannot hinder our DOTA playing times, it was such a good experience though, playing instead of studying, I would have wanted to go through with it again, LOL…

  15. 16 Arnel July 23, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    chuchay – haha, small world. YM conversations answered your question, yes?😛

    rowjie – you bet they are. thanks for the encouragement.🙂

    Donya Quizote – you’re right. kahit nga ako, second year pa lang stressed na eh. ang sarap ng tulog ko kanina, haha!

    Davao Outsource – I am a DoTA player myself, and playing while studying is inevitable.😛


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