Essay

Bottled water

By on September 23, 2009

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One afternoon, thirteen years ago, my sister bought me my first bottled water. I requested her to buy me one for two reasons. First, I would like to find out how water that is bottled would actually taste compared to our version of it at home. Her school has also sold it in their cafeteria earlier than in where I was studying at that time. My sister was then first year in highschool while I was still in grade six.

However, I did not experience ripping off its plastic sealing because she already drank half of its contents when she got home that afternoon. I drank the remaining contents anyway, and in a manner that is similar perhaps to eating your first blueberry cheesecake: as slowly as possible so as not to miss any new sensation or distinct aftertaste. I still remember that it tasted something like diluted coconut water. Her saliva could have contributed as well, but its effect to the original flavour is very minimal, if not entirely negligible.

It was not only the taste that I could recall up to now. I also remember that that experience cost my sister a significant portion of her daily allowance. Bottled water in 1996 is quite pricey probably because it was not yet declared a basic necessity by the school cafeteria management. Today, it is as ubiquitous as your Facebook profile and as disposable as most, if not all of your online friends.

This blog entry is then dedicated to that memory. I find it imperative to thank my sister for that and for every sacrifice she made at my expense: an overhyped coffeeshopโ€™s planner, the mobile phone that I lost in a taxi some years ago and the two pairs of shoes which I am still using to this day. She could have bought something for herself every time, but somehow she saw it as an inescapable responsibility to look after a brother that may be numerically smarter but who is also a social moron in more occasions than one.

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Sometimes I wish I had a pet elephant in her place. But perhaps God deemed it better that I have a female sibling to talk to. We may lack the experience of the finer things in life when we were still kids, but looking back, I realized that our growing up years have taught us what it is to be in need and what it is to have plenty. All those experiences have made us appreciate what life has to offer for now and have made us strive harder for everything else later on.

If my sister is reading this paragraph now, please accept my long overdue gratitude for bringing me home that bottled water. That experience, no matter how ridiculous it may sound now, has rightfully earned itself an indelible space in my heart.

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23 Comments
  1. Reply

    brinee mae

    September 23, 2009

    ummm.. wanna cry.. huhuhuhuhu!! i love this! tenchu dear!

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    Anonymous

    September 23, 2009

    ang sweet naman.swerte cguro gf mo no for having you.

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    Bagz

    September 24, 2009

    ang swerte nga ng GF mo… XD

    hi Brinee…

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    baktin

    September 25, 2009

    te, do you want my new Christmas wish list now? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Reply

    baktin

    September 25, 2009

    anonymous, swerte nga ng gf ko. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    baktin

    September 25, 2009

    bagz, see you soon.

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    Anonymous

    September 25, 2009

    Just curious.what's the brand name of the said bottled water?

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    baktin

    September 26, 2009

    anonymous, I forgot already.

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    Keith

    September 26, 2009

    baktin, thank you for the post.

    Here, you can buy buko juice in a can for 50- 100 php (1-2 USD) for a 322 ml serving.

    bottled water can be as expensive as gasoline

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    baktin

    October 1, 2009

    keith, where are you based right now?

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    jr3

    October 4, 2009

    i can relate to the memory of the bottled water tasting like "diluted coconut water." that's what i remember about the early batches of bottled water — the term then was mineral water. there are still some bottled water brands that have water that taste like that which is why i prefer the distilled ones.

    nice article, bren. can relate pud ko sa reaction sa imong ate.

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    celeste

    October 6, 2009

    hi ya bong! so sweet naman. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    baktin

    October 6, 2009

    thank you val for the kind words.

    i've been trying to keep this blog as updated as possible. (because I only have two posts for 2009!)

    oh well.

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    baktin

    October 6, 2009

    les, stay away from my site. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Reply

    me

    October 7, 2009

    sweet lang kay ate niya, not to the gf kasi wala. . ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Reply

    peenkfrik

    October 11, 2009

    A memoir worth reading. Elder sisters always have that soft spot for younger brothers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Reply

    baktin

    October 23, 2009

    to me, si margaret gf ko! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    baktin

    October 23, 2009

    kim, the apples are delicious. I'll buy the grapes next week.

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    me

    October 29, 2009

    margaret who?

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    LouiePac | A Nomad's Perspectives

    April 13, 2013

    sa matinahurong brader sa iyang sister, cheers!

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      baktin

      April 13, 2013

      Hi Louie, welcome to Baktin Corporation! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for the kind words!

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    Jessica Cabiles

    August 30, 2015

    Ang papayat Brennan ๐Ÿ™‚ Sweet sweet post. Very heartfelt dear.

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      brennan

      September 1, 2015

      Thank you for the kind words dear!

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokรฉmon GO or not.

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