05 Jan2011

Unadulterated Fun…

by Marketman


Several crew members brought their kids to the beach last week. Along with the Teen, there were 6 youngsters in house total. Just before leaving for the beach, we hunted for a couple of inflatable boats to paddle around in, but unsuccessful, the Teen suggested water guns instead. Let me first say that I do not typically endorse guns for kids play, and the Kid never had play guns growing up. But for some twisted reason, water guns elude the “ban”, and we have had many a good water gun fight in the garden, pool or beach over the years. So for this trip, we decided to load up on 6 fairly advanced super-soaker type water machine guns for a bit of old-fashioned unadulterated fun…


You only need to look closely at the top photo to realize that the waterguns were a huge hit! The youngest of the 6 was the one voted “most destined to be the next Rambo” upon reaching adulthood. There is something about the youngest and the most “oppressed” striking back on a level playing field with unlimited ammunition (pool water), and an unrelenting, unforgiving fusillade of squirts. Honestly, the two oldest players, the Teen included, surrendered sooner rather than later.


Despite the requisite t-shirt in pool attire to cover exposed areas of skin to dull the sting of hits, the girls battled gamely, though soon enough tired of the silliness, leaving the youngest member of the group to gleefully torment them for several more days…


The older ones thought they would get smarter and come up with defensive shields, but as you can see, fearless sneak attacks made short shrift of those plans. :) Of course the kids went home with a water machine gun of their choice. Just another memorable and semi-violent holiday at the beach. :)



  1. Jessy says:

    Adorable! I’m curious–how is the young boy who made many trips to the ice cream cart during a holiday party? Is that him up top?

    Jan 5, 2011 | 7:03 am


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  3. Bijin says:

    How fun! You’re a good, fun and generous boss! thanks for blogging almost everyday! like I mentioned before ur in my google reader so I get ur recent entries all the time.

    Jan 5, 2011 | 8:19 am

  4. deirdregurl says:

    fantastic! i certainly would’ve joined them… :D

    Jan 5, 2011 | 8:32 am

  5. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    Let me tell you that as a high school dragon boat coach, that the addition of super soakers is a great addition to our training…until they train their streams at you.

    Jan 5, 2011 | 9:13 am

  6. millet says:

    that first pictures says it all, and should be the theme for everyone on this blog -fun! fun! fun!

    Jan 5, 2011 | 10:44 am

  7. Marketman says:

    Jessy, you have a pretty darned good memory. Actually, the kid with the bottomless stomach for ice cream is based in Cebu, and is doing well. The kids in these photos are based in Manila…

    Jan 5, 2011 | 11:09 am

  8. tonceq says:

    Reminds me of my younger years when my mom discouraged us from using toy guns of any sort… but kids are persistent and parents love their children so much that they find it difficult to deny them of these simple pleasures! so we usually had it our way! :)

    Jan 5, 2011 | 7:56 pm

  9. marilen says:

    Kids love water – any pool, any stream, any river, any beach, even the bathtub! What fun, MM – and it is has been a while since I have seen water pistols – aba – on steroids na pala at high-tech!!

    Jan 5, 2011 | 9:40 pm

  10. andrea says:

    that’s a good idea, Mr. MM! we are heading to the beach this weekend, where did you buy the hi-tech water guns?

    Jan 6, 2011 | 12:20 am

  11. Jessy says:

    This post reminded me of your school meals programs. There was no call for donations during the holidays; has the program been discontinued?

    Jan 6, 2011 | 1:14 am

  12. Marketman says:

    Jessy, the public school program continues to provide nearly 700 meals every single week of the school year and is fully funded until March 2011… We will probably have well breached the 100,000 meals mark by now. And no, I have not put out a call for donations since Typhoon Ondoy 16 months ago… :) I have, in fact, stopped actively soliciting for donations as I think this will be the last year of the feeding program that has run 4 years straight. I want to see if there is something else we can do in the years ahead… andrea, landmark or SM toy departments should have the waterguns.

    Jan 6, 2011 | 9:25 am

  13. Susan says:

    Haha love this post!

    Jan 6, 2011 | 1:40 pm

  14. Betchay says:

    Always love the water guns! it spells FUN

    Jan 6, 2011 | 8:32 pm


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