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Life before wifi, Part 2
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In 1997, God gave me the best birthday present: I met Jeroen.
Sixteen years later we are still together as married best friends with three boys.
Jeroen had just arrived from Sydney, Australia and decided to stay after meeting me.

Jeroen when I met him
Jeroen at a friend’s house in Mandaluyong, 1997

Luckily my sister was just opening Dôme Café at the Shangri-La Plaza and needed a foreign chef.
Jeroen got the job. Soon after, we got him a pager too.
On his free time he would visit me at home and play Super Mario or watch movies on LaserDisc, which were rented from a store on Mabini Street, San Juan.
When I told our son Ben this story, he asked me to show him what a LaserDisc looked like.
“Oh my God, that’s huge!” Ben gasped, when I showed him this video:

Life was awesome. Here’s Tony Hadley on LaserDisc:

You’ve got mail

Jeroen and I got married on November 25, 2000. He moved in with me, which shocked the hell out of my baby sister when she saw him sleeping on my bed one morning.
“Natulog dito si Jeroen!” she came running to my parents, very upset.

I was already subscribed to a Tri-Isys dial up account, which needed a few tries before getting connected.
The thrill of listening to your dial-up connecting is something today’s kids won’t ever understand, said my Twitter follower.
I still have fond memories of personally going to the Tri-Isys office at Robinson’s Galleria to pay my monthly bill.
We were billed by the hour back then, so we didn’t spend the whole day and night online. And after I went online, I would ask Jeroen, “Do you want to use the computer?” before logging off. Because sayang the minutes!
It was during this time, the year 2000, that I started blogging.

(To be continued)

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We must end poverty

From a woman’s point of view, is it better being married to a caucasian rather than a filipino?

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Aileesa Lim

We also used to rent laser discs from that same place in San Juan!

I taught high school English from 2003 to 2005. One day I brought my laser disc copy of Les Miserables’ anniversary concert to show a snippet to my class. When I pulled out the disc, the whole class gasped and there were choruses of “Teacher, ano yan??” “Ang laki ng CD!!”

I felt so old and outdated. Like the laser disc. Haha.

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I always enjoy reading your posts since I can relate to your experiences like the Tri-Isys thing and the the sound of the dial up tone..and that long..buzz then you know that you got connected…and at that time Shangrila was the best mall at that time and Dome is one of the places we used to tambay after work…and that pager..he he Motorola was the in thing then ..:-)

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We used ISP Bonanza prepaid card! Bawal gumamit ng phone pag nagiinternet kasi mapuputol connection!

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LOL Tri-Isys! 12 hours for 100 pesos!

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love this entry, cant wait for the continuation. i remember pldt’s infocom ISP and the prepaid inet dial up! doon nagsimula ang internet days…… 😀

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Aisling

software, apps…
generation gap…
I asked my niece to look for “corelle (dinnerwares”) I left in their house….she said, “Tita, hindi ko makita yung corel..” I insisted it’s just there, wala daw…I asked her, “saan mo ba hinahanap?” she answered, “sa computer, ‘di ba software yun…”

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cute

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soleil1031

i wonder if he was also the chef at dome in (the old) greenbelt sometime in 1995 or 1996.

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CVS Reply:

yes he was

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walang kupas si Mr Jeroen. he was…and still is my BIG crush since i stumbled on your blog ages ago. so there!!!

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I am so excited about the continuation!!! it’s super bitin your love story!! i don’t know if i should feel good or bad about it since it’s also exciting to be left hanging (depends on the situation of course hehe) and this makes me look forward to something! 🙂 There’s something about me and good suspense. for instance, you’ll know I really like a TV show because I don’t watch them all at once (let’s say they’ve been downloaded already in the computer), I really savour each episode and “save” them! hahaha. i even sometimes watch a 40 min episode… Read more »

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Gosh! I remember dial-up days… I use to wait for like 12midnight cause that is when the connection gets better… ICQ chat rooms were cool then… you get to know people not by their looks but as them… too bad nga lang, when meet ups happen that’s when the whole bolahan happens! hahaha

My husband and I got together ng mga Year 2000… I guess, this year was a good year for almost everyone who had a relationship then 🙂

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Friends house in Manda?? kina Abalos??

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Pldt dial-up connection :). Then we got a kick out of looking at our bill – which are voice calls and which are Internet dial-ups. Spandau Ballet, yes! Love Duran Duran, too.

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Dial-up Internet….LOL! I remember my first job, they were subscribed to Pacific Internet Dial-up account! We have a schedule connecting to the internet, everyone will queue in all their emails first. If you missed the scheduled connection, your email will be sent on the next connection. =) We also use Winpopup to communicate to anyone who has a computer within the network.

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Ang sweet naman ng romance ninyo. 🙂

Dial-ups! My family subscribed to PLDT and Globe dati; the Globe landline was used for internet connection so that the PLDT line could be free for calls.

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In the era of the LaserDiscs were also the 5 1/4 and 3.5 floppy disks which can accommodate less than 100 MB of data. We even need to place a sticker on the 5 1/4 to write-protect it 🙂 The bootup of the computer and connectivity of the dial-up can sometimes take so long, you can even take a snack while waiting.

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Ana Maria Zamora

Ateeeee :-)))))))

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Sweet story. I met my hubby May, 1997 and we married in May of 2000.:) We’re very happily married as well. Those must have been good years!;)

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Oh dial-up dalys! And if a phone call came through, you’d get disconnected instantly! And if somebody else needs to use the phone, you have to log off din.

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I had tri isys dial up too! I would surf past midnight when it’s already unlimited. Ah that sound of getting connected gives you a sense of satisfaction!

Oh and I <3 Tony Hadley!

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i have tri isys dial up too! i would spend hours on IRC, chatting LOL. That’s where I met hubby 😛

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lmao i remember the dial up days, very awful lol

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I find it cute that your little sister got upset when Jeroen slept at your place! Reminds me of the time I told my niece that my boyfriend and I are getting married, the little girl got so upset! 🙂 Turned out she thought she will never see me again.

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CVS Reply:

my sister didnt speak to Jeroen for the first 2 years 🙂

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Two years?!

She’s not used to western culture kasi.

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I love this series!! Yes, I do remember that dial-up sound! During that time, we had two landlines: one for voice calls and one dedicated for internet because my mom is telebabad, haha!

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You met Jeroen on your birthday? 🙂 That’s sweet! I met my husband on my birthday too almost 11 years ago. I think of him as my Lola’s gift to me. She passed away the year I met him and on her death bed, I whispered to her that I want her to look for someone special for me. [Reply]CVS Reply:April 11th, 2013 at 3:26 AMi met him 11 days before my birthday 🙂 [Reply]Jude Lopez Mancuyas Reply:April 11th, 2013 at 2:42 PMI remember seeing Jeroen at your birthday party in Old San Juan. Fun times (and Better Days) :-).… Read more »