Jellyace Comes Back to Haunt Me

jellyaceIt’s the third week of March once again.

It has been fifteen years since I graduated kindergarten. And I am here standing at the product shelves of a grocery store, staring blankly at the jelly candies in front of me. I thought of buying a dozen as part of my dinner-dessert routine.

Isn’t it nostalgic~ staring at something that is part of your childhood? Well, I realized that I am forgetting a lot of things. (And when I say a lot of things–I really mean it.) Because I cannot remember  stuff about my kindergarten days. From my teacher’s name to the rules in one of the board games I used to play. I can’t help it. The years grew weary and I wanted to expedite my “growing up” process mainly because I want to experience high school. I wanted to reach ‘my’ teen years. I wanted to be an adult.  

But one day, I woke up and found out that the world had sunk in oblivion. High school came in a flash. Then, I finished my university program. Before I knew it, I was promoted at work. And in an instant, it has been 15 years since I graduated kindergarten.

Time may have been a bit cruel.  Still, I am happy. Why? Because I am living my life. I would enjoy a movie once in a while. Would often stare at the Moon while I watch the clouds hide the stars’ luminosity. Would always walk my dog early in the morning–All in all, I am doing okay. Or so I knew. Because awhile ago, my memory betrayed me by letting me remember my childhood moments~ all at once after its 15 years of passing.

Way back, there are only eight colors and there are rainbows after each rain. Everybody would play and everyone have their own lunchboxes full of stuff. I remember my teacher reading fairy tales in front of the class–stories about a prince, a princess, and their castle.

But my trip to remembering did not stop there.

I still remember lucidly about this girl classmate of mine who favored me to open her jelly candy. She pleaded me in her sweet voice–I became annoyed and told her I couldn’t open it. But I knew that if I tried harder, I can break open the darn candy. And so my girl classmate looked for someone who will. It’s as if she was searching for the right prince who can open the magical jelly candy that she was holding in her hands. And as she walked away from me, she was, no doubt, stunning and ethereal. The search did not take long when she approached another guy classmate who was able to open the jelly candy for her.

That was the first day my teacher read the Cinderella story in front of the class.

Next day came and I excite myself for our class’ break time. My girl classmate brought again some jelly and she approached the same guy classmate whom she asked to open the jellyace for her yesterday. That was the exact moment that I realized I had fallen in love with the idea of falling in love. Staring at them makes me remember happy endings.

And I wished that they were meant for each other.

But summertime came fast approaching. I realized school days were over and goodbyes were uttered by everyone including my girl classmate bidding farewell to my guy classmate.


And now I welcome you to the present timeframe. I am eating jellies right this moment. Actually, I have forgotten what a jelly tastes like so I opened one. It still tastes the same though. You might be interested how life turns out. Yeah, I thought so, too. I thought my girl classmate is meant for my guy classmate–I am wrong. My girl classmate had her teen pregnancy. She was now happily married. My guy classmate horribly died in a heart attack. He is somewhere there, 6 feet underground.

So I am sharing these three things to the world.

(1) That time is our enemy. It ticks, it runs. It will leave us behind and no matter how harder we chase time, we will lose the race. (2) The battle of opening a jellyace is torturous. Not in the physical aspect sense. It is excruciating to open a kid’s candy realizing there’s no one you can share it to. (3) Lastly, grown ups forgets priceless things.


83 thoughts on “Jellyace Comes Back to Haunt Me

  1. i love this post ax. but the thing is, you do not chase time, you savor it as it comes and goes. also, not everything is meant to be shared right? lastly, i do love jellyace so much i still eat it till now!

    and yes, i am meant for someone. i am getting married soon too. LOL


  2. i am meant for someone,but i still dunno who that someone is..

    and ang favorite kong flavor dati yung green apple or strawberry,ngayon lychee na tas may nata sa gitna..yumyum


  3. ouch.i love this post, really.

    nostalgic..*medyo nahihirapan ako magisip ng mga tamang salita.* babalik nalang siguro ako ‘pag alam ko na ang dapat kong sabihin.

    *magpupunas muna ng luha. hehe.*


      1. nagbabalik..kahit hindi pa alam ang tamang salita. may tamang salita nga ba?

        anyway, ayun. NOSTALGIC. yung kindergarten days, yung classmate, yung fairy tale.

        the sad part it we all have to grow up and leave them all behind. sana ganung kadali balikan ‘yon no? pero hindi eh.

        bibili ka ng jellyace, makakakita ng mga bata, at maaalala mo lang yung dati, simple pa ang buhay. at katulad ng palagi kong binubulong sa sarili ko, “moments. they are just that.”

        haha. hindi ako EMO. ninamnam ko lang ang pagkocomment. haha.


  4. i like jellyace. and oh, marshmallows too!

    am i meant for someone?

    or is there someone meant for me?

    hmmmm… I really can’t answer that. Only God knows.


  5. ohh Fauxx the Grammar Nazi has been alerted. No ‘stuffs’ in this world Ax. BUT of course you can make an exception to your realm. sad thing i am not privileged to do the same in/at/on Multiply 🙂

    Great post. Kaso lang I am not sure kung sa abroad ay mayroon din same packaging for jelly aces or kung may jelly ace dun in the first place! Kasi baka hindi nila magets how cumbersome to open one.


    1. Ow, Fauxx the Grammar Nazi, sige ill change it! Salamat hehe.

      I think meron din, but they don’t call it jellyace. I just used the name as it is prevalent here in our country! Oo nga, baka di nila magets! hehe.


    1. Ah, meron palang jelly dyan! Hehe. Oo nga, nasa Germany ka at your resthouse! Ganda ng resthouse niyo dyan! Okies, enjoy lang the vacation. One month ka atang leave. Er, di ko rin alam kung ito na yung leave mo! Hehe.


  6. hmmmm…journeying down memory lane…galing naman ng mga lessons drawn from the past…
    I was meant for someone….until that that someone left the scene…er, maybe it was me…


  7. Hi Ax! may natira pa bang jelly ace? pahingi naman.. 🙂

    Am I meant for someone? hmmmmm..I am not meant for someone but for many 🙂

    Nice post! God Bless…


    1. marami ka palang soulmate. hehe. nakow, wala ng natirang jelly. pag gising ko inubos na nila. actually dalawang dozen ang binili ko kahapon, pag uwi ko wala na. nung isang araw bumili din ako, pag uwi ko wala na din! parang namiss din ng mga kapatid ko at pinsan ko ang jelly ace.

      ako, am i meant for someone? i dont know. but if i am, i hope i will be able to find that someone meant for me.


  8. I find it difficult to open a jelly candy too.

    to answer you question, destiny is what’s happening at the present. We really wouldn’t know what and who we’re meant to be unless we meet and experience it, would we?

    Sabi nga sa isang song;

    Que sera sera
    whatever will be, will be
    the future’s not ours to see
    que sera sera


      1. Yeah. If heroes bleed, villains have difficulty in opening a jelly candy. Fair enough. haha.

        Nah. I don’t think I’m really meant for someone. I’m more of a “present” person. You know, I’m not into those “futuristic” things. hihi. So whoever I’m with right now, they’re the ones who are destined for me. Then if they leave eventually, I realize they’re not. So I have to start all over again. haha. yeah. I’m kinda weird.


  9. favorite namin ng kids ko ang jelly-ace (the brand itself) lalo na nung nandyan pa ko sa pinas. there’s also jellies here in singapore pero taro ang tawag nila. not sure abt the taste. baka kasi di ko magustuhan sayang lang. namiss ko tuloy ang jelly-ace.

    about your question, yes i am meant for someone and i’ve already found him. despite all odds, di niya pa rin ako iniiwan 🙂


    1. si Norte, taro ang kinakain, pero i doubt it is the same taro we are talking! hehe. sige lang, try mo lang tikman baka masarap!

      huwaw! buti ka pa, nakita mo na siya! hope the happiness lasts! i know right.


  10. ax alam mo napaisip ako kung anu na bang lasa nyan kasi yearsssssssssssss na na hindi ako nakatikim e. ganun din kung ikukumpara sa other half ng buhay ko, sa tingin ko matagl ng patay un so i dont meant to someone (haha, ako ata nag emo sa bahay mo lol)


  11. Ax, on the reminiscing lane ka ngayon ah…
    Thanks for dropping by my site…

    Am i meant for someone… I thought so, till that someone married a foreigner old enough to be her father… Grrrrrrrr… haha!

    Buhay nga naman…


    1. oo nga! hehe. oks lang, dalaw ulit ako!

      you are meant for someone, naniniwala ako. and you’ll meet that someone a little before too late!


  12. am i meant for someone..?
    until a month ago..,
    akala ko…
    lipas na ako sa mga usapang pag ibig..!
    akala ko..,
    nagtapos sa tatlo ang bilang nang…
    aking minahal..!
    hanggang sa…
    dumating si…
    isang ruso na…
    akala ko…
    siyang “meant for me”..!
    ilang oras pa lang ang lumilipas..,
    naisip ko na…
    baka hindi talaga siya…
    ang siyang…
    itinakda para sa akin..!
    malungkot..! 😦


    1. baka hindi nga siya ang itinakda..
      para sa iyo..
      bilog ang mundo..,
      kahit saan ka pumunta..
      matatagpuan mo ang isang tao..
      na naghahanap din sa’yo..! 🙂


  13. wow naman. minsan nga makakain nga ulit ng jellyace para mapagtanto ko yan. hehe. lol. but my mom, lagi nya me binibilan ng jellyace.. kahit ngayon.. totoo kalaban natin ang oras, sana nga pwedeng ipatigil 🙂


    1. hehe! sige, kain ka lang ng jellyace. tapos bigyan mo ko ha! wala na akong pambili eh!

      pabayaan mo na si ‘Time.’ may sariling mundo yan!


  14. wow. i particularly liked this line:

    ‘That time is our enemy. It ticks, it runs. I will leave us behind and no matter how harder we chase time, we lose the race.’

    bigla ko tuloy naalala ang pompoms,chikadee,lala chocolate,bubblers,fanta at kung anu-ano pa.hehe


    1. tama, pompoms! hehe. meron pang lala chocolate, meron na nga tigpi-piso ngayon non! fanta parang wala na. chikadee at bubblers wala na din. bazooka wala na rin akong nakikita, pero meron pa nun.. minus the comic strip. hay.


  15. Waw, anu na nga bang lasa ng jelly ace?

    One would easily assume that they are meant for someone, and that somewhere, somehow, they’ll meet this someone. What people don’t realize is that as we all think we’re meant for someone, our ‘someone’ also thinks that there is someone meant for him. Most of the time, in this scheme of things, one will get hurt when the other finds the one for him. The universe seems to conspire against us, and the only thing we can do is to act for ourselves. When you think you’re meant for someone, then walk into his life, and be his someone. You can always prove yourself to be that somebody’s someONE.


    1. masarap pa rin ang jellyace!

      i believe likewise. be the someone for someone. be the one meant for someone. the universe seems to conspire against us, and to counter that, we have to prove that destiny is ours and isn’t made by the stars.


  16. na-miss ko na rin ang jelly ace at lala chocolate. hehe

    tama, time is our enemy! maraming chances akong pinalagpas at di na maibabalik pa. hahay! nakakahawa ang seriousness mo ah!


  17. o… natamaan ako.. nakalimutan ko na nga
    ang all-time peborit kong jelly-ace.
    dati tuwang tuwa pa ko
    pag kulay green at parpol ang nakakkain ko.

    enge naman o


  18. Ang saya naman ng post na ‘to. I can really relate. Lalo na sa katulad kong isip-bata. =)

    Sana makagawa din ako ng reader-catcher na post katulad nito sa blog ko.


  19. wow. jellyace. mahilig din ako jan. salamat sa visit sa blog. madami magagandang pinoy komiks ngaun. subukan mo maghanap ng UNSTOPPABLE sa komikons o kaya ung mga komiks ni Gilbert Monsanto sa National or kaya sa Comic Odyssey.


    1. hehe, walang anuman! oo nga eh, sa’yo ko lang nalalaman yung mga komiks na yun! kase yung iba, pambata. hehe. yung class mythology pambata ang dating sa akin! sige, search ko sila! hehe.


  20. WOW!
    I love your blog.
    I was just searching for a science project involving sugar in the jellyace and then I found this 🙂


    1. tama! grabe, lalo na pag mapawis yung kamay mo! ang nagaraya sarap na sarap din ako! nauubos ko yung malaki tapos papagalitan ako ni mama kase maalat daw yon!


  21. And here I am, feeling brokenhearted after I heard the story behind the jelly ace. It’s weird how we get to see other people’s stories come into being and then disappear like nothing really happened, and how we forget about the stories we ourselves should have had while we spent our time staring and watching other people’s stories.

    Am I meant for someone? I hope so. I would like to think that there is some uncontrollable and unexplainable phenomenon that is in charge of my future no matter how it can suck based on what I experienced before. Then I also get to blame that phenomenon if my future sucks harder. 😛


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