It was raining hard as I got to the guardhouse of Naval Base Cavite
early that afternoon, about 5 years ago. I was on my way to the base
hospital to visit my mom, who got confined for a hip fracture which she sustained when she
slipped in the kitchen.
The Cavite Naval Base, as it was known during our time, holds memorable pages of
yesteryear, a total of almost 15 years of my growing up years spent
here. As I waited for a trike, I looked around, and further beyond, to
see what had changed after 35 years. Suddenly, nostalgia set in,
especially after I noticed that some things close to my heart were
either gone, or no longer in the same condition.
On my way home
that evening, I toyed with the thought of writing my memoirs of my
growing up years. This website - Memoirs of a Navy Brat - is the fruition of that idea.
My growing up memoirs would cover a span of almost two decades, from my
early childhood of the 50's, to my teenage years of the entire decade
of the unforgettable 60's, up to the time I was to embark on my own
professional career. The description of the environment, the summer
learning fun and activities, the rare adventures and experiences, the
near tragic events, and the shattered hope and dream, are chronicled in
Though my search for early photographs
unfortunately yielded only two results, I did not allow this setback
to deter me from writing my memoirs. Present generations are indeed very fortunate for they can preserve their memories in digital scrapbooks
, treasures which they can later pass on and share with future generations.
I have integrated a blog
in this website as a provision for writing down further thoughts relative to its contents, and for posting comments that you might have.
have divided my growing up memoirs into several pages. A link to the
next page is provided at the bottom of each page. I now invite you to
proceed to the pages
link to start reading my memoirs.