Today I went to the opening of the newest branch of SM, its 60th. As it is just a tricycle ride from our place, I had the chance to witness how people flocked to the shopping mall, jostled with the crowd waiting outside. I got curious. There was traffic near the place since a lot of vehicles were turning right to occupy the parking spaces still left open at the SM City East Ortigas Mall. There were high-end shops inside much like you see in their bigger branches. The first thing I went to though was at National Bookstore. This was more organized than their previous one in this same place.
I bought some books for our little one and browsed over their bestsellers displayed at the shelves. I saw books by Lang Leav selling at P799 each. Have you ever had any penchant for pens and pencils? During my college days, I was enamored with colored pens which I used to plot curves and lines, bar graphs and pie charts in my Economics course. I still love collecting them until now. Just this morning, I saw this lovely image on my news feed. I am not sure where it originated but it was such a perfect way to demonstrate how it was years and years ago when personal computers were still unheard of.
We all learned the art of writing words and our alphabets through this, right? The ever reliable pencil with an eraser at the tip. I remember when I was in grade one, we used to write with those black pencils as big as my fingers. At some point the eraser comes off because we bite it during those hard times when we can’t follow instructions from our teachers. Now erasers come in different sizes, in different colors and even in different scents. They look like candies to the untrained eye. The pencil as we know today comes in a protective casing made of wood or plastic and painted in different colors. Those various shapes and colors of sharpeners are a dream too. Despite the modern technology that we have now, this popular writing tool is still being used. It’s our first computer, so to speak.