8 Things We Miss from the Early 2000s

That We’d Love to Have Back

By Kyzia Maramara

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Times have changed, and it has both giveth to and taketh from us. It gave us innovation, ways to make our lives easier and more entertaining but at the same time it has taken from us things we really loved. I might just be sentimental, but wouldn’t it be nice to have these things back even just for a month?

Playgrounds in fast food chains

Going for a meal at fast food chains as a kid was so exciting because we knew we could spend a precious 20 minutes by the playground and make a friend just for that duration of time. As a kid, the best feeling in the world is playing and then eating your favorite meal afterwards!


Cinemas on loop

It doesn’t matter if you arrived late at the cinema and only got to see half the movie, you could always stay and wait for the movie to begin again. Heck you can even stay in the theatre the whole day and you won’t be kicked out!


Less to no traffic at all

A congested road especially when the holidays are nearing is a total nightmare. On a bad day you could get stuck in traffic for 3 hours one-way! That’s minutes of your life you can never get back but how we terribly wish the wide and calm roads of the past were carried to the future.


Tattoos and comics in junk food and candies

Finding a tattoo in junk food packages and candies is such a pleasant surprise that made children so happy. Small comic strips could even be found in bubble gum wrappers!

Pinoy outdoor games

Before technology got the better of us and to play games meant to download and tap at screens, there were authentic Pinoy outdoor games. Children would often meet after siesta and begin a rowdy game of patintero, tagu-taguan, tumbang preso, and many more. How simple those days were!


Educational shows every morning

When children woke up then, they would be welcomed by educational shows in the morning such as Sineskwela, Hiraya Manawari, and MathTinik. Nowadays it’s a Facebook feed children see when they wake up.


The toys from childhood

Remember when yo-yos were everywhere and beyblade was at its prime? Kids would create tournaments with their beyblades fighting in huge plastic bowls. If you knew a lot of tricks with the yo-yo you were deemed as cool. Sometimes you only ever needed colorful cardboards called pogs to enjoy with your friends!


Video rental shops

Before we mere humans discovered the convenience of illegally downloading movies, video rental was what we lived for. We used to go to Video City and pick four or five CDs at a time, even discreetly looking at the adults section to see what shenanigans are in the shelf!
Now tell me, if you could bring these back, would you?


What else do you miss from the early 2000s? Share it with us below!


  1. Hanging out with friends. Live bands and playing basketball. Nowadays people are just contented to stay home and get engrossed with their smart phone apps and social media. They don’t socialize as much as before.

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