Makati On My Mind
SM Makati on a Saturday Afternoon
Makati City, July 2004
Although memories will fade
Time will never take them away!"
Human Nature, When We Were Young
Thirty-somethings are invited to walk with me along memory lane.
This was what I did last Saturday afternoon. I retraced the steps when our family would have our cherished and long-awaited visits to Makati. When it meant at that time: shopping at SM Makati, having lunch at Max's Greenbelt and Ice cream at the Magnolia Ice Cream House.
o Angela Arcade, which had stores from Tesoro's to Kimpura, is now the lower level of Glorietta 4, from Outback to Rustan's.
o Rizal Theatre, where our favorite Disney cartoon movies came to life, is now Shang-rila Makati.
o Northmall was where the present Mercury Drug is located. In fact, aside from Mercury Drug; Goodwill and Cinderella are almost on the same spot as they were 2 decades ago. Although not connected and not under one roof to Glorietta.
Just the same, there are still places that have stood the test of time.
o Yum Yum Tree is still at the lower level of Rustan's. Aside from their spaghetti and hamburger steak which rivalled that of Makati Supermarket, they now have buffet lunch and dinner.
o National Bookstore at the corner of Quad and infront of National is still there, still serving the needs of students to yuppies to thirtysomethings like me.
o Goldcrest has retained some of its stores, although the G from its name doesn't light at night (can't even keep its age a secret, even in its own signage)
o Dunkin Donuts at Park Square 1 is still there. The favorite 24-hour jaunts after disco nights at Rumours, Jaloux to ritzy Faces or to sober up from sessions at Tia Maria's.
Of course, memory lane should include noting that New World Hotel was a bus station with Caltex at the corner, Greenbelt 2,3, and 4 were Marvin Arcade, and Makati Supermart only a few years ago. Ok, but where the hell is Ayala Museum and my favorite dolls, errr, dioramas?
Parking was a lot less difficult, in fact it was for free. Sales ladies were more helpful, policemen more visible, security guards don't frisk you and ask you to open your bags. Hayyyy, life was so simple then, di ba?