Hello my friends… hope you’re all well. This is a rather long, photo journal type post and more of a personal post than normal since some of my family members are in the photos.
Do you love the 80s? I do I do! While I was born in the early 80s, some might say that I would be a child of the 90s, but I beg to differ. I would prefer to listen to 80s music any day over the music from today – well, okay, maybe not all of today’s music. But there’s just something so fascinating about the 80s which is why I love it so much. Okay, not to get too nostalgic, but come on, how could you not love to hate those daggy shoulder pads, leg warmers, hair spray (tons of it), big hair, synthesizer music, Back to the Future, Breakfast Club, Karate Kid (my fave 80s movie! Go ahead, laugh). I can go on and on about this non- stop :p
What did or do you love about the 80s?
Anyway, the reason I’m blabbing on about this era is because last Saturday, we celebrated my sister in law’s 40th birthday and it was an 80’s themed party. I was so excited when they told me about this because I’d get the chance to dress up and listen to 80s music all night long. Yay!
Heh, I tried to edit the photos to make them look like they’re from the 80s. That’s my little girl on the left there sporting “short” shorts over her grey leggings complete with leg warmers. The leg warmers were an old pair of socks where I’ve chopped the toe parts. That’s me on the right complete with fingerless gloves, Adidas fluoro warm up jacket and Nike air max. Of course you’ll need to complete the look with a sideways ponytail. Hubby wore a decepticon printed shirt under his other collared shirt (we couldn’t find an autobot printed shirt- yes, we are totally with the autobots). Transformers, the original cartoons of course, was a fave of ours back then.
On with the food.
Fried Rice. Yes, we asians love our rice!
Embutido. These are rolled meat loaf. For my recipe, click here.
Spring Rolls. For easy, basic and step by step spring rolls recipe, click here.
Crispy Calamari Rings! Couldn’t help but take one every time I walked past it.
Chicken BBQ. Fresh off the BBQ, these were sooo good. Thanks for the awesome BBQ-ing skills from some of my in-laws. :)
Lumpiang Sariwa – “Fresh Spring Rolls”. The pastry is made of very, very thin crepe. This is then filled with lettuce and sautéed mince and crispy vegetables – potatoes, carrots, beans. It’s topped with crushed peanuts and is accompanied with a garlic brown sauce – soy sauce, sugar, garlic and corn starch.
Cake pops! Freckle, speckled star cake pops. Especially made by a close and dear family friend.
Cassava Cake. Cassava is a starchy type of root. You can read more about it here. This is a very popular Filipino dessert, unfortunately, cassava is not readily available at any asian or green grocer. As far as I know, they are only available in Filipino grocers. It’s not a very sweet dessert, but because it’s starchy, it’s on the heavy side. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find cassava cake in the fridge section of your Filipino Grocer :)
The birthday cake. Pretty huh? Cute story behind why Marissa’s (the birthday celebrant) hubby chose this cake. Firstly Marissa looooooves chocolates and secondly, the cake was ordered from the same place they ordered their wedding cake and since they never actually got the chance to eat their own wedding cake, this was a great opportunity to go back again. 80s theme was chosen also to bring back those days of yore so the celebrant could feel young again.
Birthday girl! Hair and make up courtesy of yours truly :) … Heh, we thought that pink square was in the way of the photos and asked to remove it. Turns out, it’s part of the cake. lol
There was a voting of “Best Dressed Male”, “Best Dressed Female” and “Best Dressed Child Under 12 years” that took place during the night. There were people there that truly looked like they never left the 80s. Some wore wigs, head bands and leg warmers.
Tina Turner to the left, won the “Best Dressed Female” and Blondie (Debby Harry) in the middle, 2nd place.
Fame head band on the left, 2nd place and “Roy Orbison” (I’m sure he was from the 50s to the 80s era, rather than just the 80s era) in the middle took out the price for “Best Dressed Male”.
And finally and if you’re still reading, my little one took out the title for “Best Dressed Child under 12 years”. w00t. The leg warmers were the hubby’s idea.
So to sum up the night – It was a totally, awesome, radical and righteous night man! So totally going to do that again soon. Yo! Peace out!