ice drop

i sold “ice drop” when i was (probably) around 10 years old, (it’s been a long time, i hardly remember what year that was.)  me and my friends go to the house-factory that produces the ice drops and enlist our services with the owner.

he provides us with a wooden box with a removable cover and something like a leather strap to carry the box on our shoulders with; and inside, he would put the quantity of ice drops we order, with some dry ice.  an ice drop costs 5 centavos.  i order 20 pieces.  we get a 10 per cent commission of the total sales — that’s our profit share.

i shout out, “ice drop, ice drop!”  my friends and i had an alternate call, as a promotion, “ice drop, pitik, salat… pati peklat, sinasalat!

pitik” – if the buyer guesses the face — heads or tails — of the 5 centavo coin on three tosses, he gets the ice drop for free.  otherwise, he just pays for it.

salat” – feeling the underside (like in mah-jong) of the coin with your middle finger, to guess if it’s heads or tails.  three correct guesses gets you your ice drop for free.  otherwise, you just pay for it.

pati peklat, sinasalat” – this is a taunt, especially to girls who have coin-sized scars, we insert, when sales are slow, and we get tired and bored.  haha.

one night at dinner, my mom was telling me, that on her way home with my dad, in the car, she saw a boy who looked just like me, selling ice drop on the streets, and she told my dad; but that both of them said, “no, it couldn’t be reyboy; why would he be selling ice drop?

i told them, “it was me!

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