Quirky Things That Prove

‘90s Kids’ Creativity

by Shara Mae Balce, May 20, 2019 4:50pm

Art by Dani Elevazo


Quirky Things That Prove ‘90s Kids’ Creativity

by Shara Mae Balce, May 20, 2019 4:50pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

Remember how excited we get every summer vacation? We couldn’t wait to knock on our neighbors' doors and ask them to come out and play—skipping siestas because afternoons are dedicated to playing Chinese garter, tumbang preso, and alike.

Back when we’re not yet glued to the screens of our smartphones or laptops and when the internet was not as accessible as today, we spend our free time with creativity and resourcefulness. Our entertainment was based on our curiosity—we did the most mundane things to keep ourselves busy out of school or even to pass the afternoon by. If you grew up in the ‘90s or early 00s, bet you’ve done at least one of these things.

Make accessories out of coconut leaves

The jewelry we all could afford then. Don’t you feel extra special when your childhood sweetheart made one of this for you?

Coin tracing on paper

The artist in us is shaking! The best thing about this is how we could practice our competitiveness with our friends to make the neatest and best shade.

Sing in front of an electric fan

Doing this helped us channel the spirit of an orchestra singer at home—thanks to the electric fan, the vibrato comes naturally in our voice.

Making a fort out of blankets

We’ve basically used our imaginations to make labyrinths out of blankets—the best materials to build a fort with and the fastest option to get our moms reaching for the nearest tsinelas.


Remember when we served the best ~air~? Or even when we gathered all the leaves and dirt in our backyard to serve as our “ingredients.”  No one could ever judge our cooking skills except our imaginary friends.

Temporary tattoos made from snack packaging

We make the most out of lumpia and pompoms packaging by making temporary tattoos—a peso-worth snack and tattoo in one!

Sip Santan nectar

As the summer blooms, so do Santan flowers. It’s a dual purpose source of entertainment; you can sip the nectar for a sweet summer treat, and make accessories out of it.

If you remember all of these, congratulations! You’ve had a great childhood experience. Share in the comment section below other weird and funny things you have done as a kid!


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