Take me back to the 80s!

Thursday 13

Back in the day when I didn’t know better and never thought of how horrific or baduy I would look 10-20 years after, there was an era called THE EIGHTIES. I’m sure you all know what I mean! Am I hearing Gasps and Oh Mys and Eeeks? Hehehe! A few days ago, we took a trip down to memory lane and watched old family videos. The hilarious moments are what triggered this blast from the unforgettable eighties. It wasn’t all that bad. A lot of good stuff came from there too! And so for this weeks Thursday 13, I listed down 13 things that just scream EIGHTIES to let you reminisce with me!

1. Teased Hair and Aqua Net. Oh who could ever forget about this?! This environmental nightmare allowed the cool ones then to have tidal-wavish hair that would not budge even if the most horrific typhoon came. I’m talking BIG BIG BIG hair. And yes, I had my share of THAT too, unfortunately. I have memories of stepping into the girls bathroom in school and becoming intoxicated with Aqua Net fumes until they actually banned it in school. Hahaha!

2. Madonna. A material, a material girl! Ohhhhh boy! Everyone wanted to copy her. Everyone sang her songs, wore her outfits, copied her hair! We had a proliferation of girls wearing cross accessories, lacy gloves and clothes and everything else that screams Madonna.

3. Huge pads. Seriously, did everyone have to look like they were football players?! Teehee! 😛 I was too young to have been dragged into this fashion statement but my mom sure wasn’t. Don’t kill me mom! But I actually liked it then because I thought it was so comfy to rest my head on my mom’s shoulder every time I got sleepy! Instant pillows!

4. Arcade Games and Family Computers. Good grief, I can’t even begin to imagine how much time I spent playing Super Mario Brothers on the family computer! Hahaha! Even my mom, my dad and my nanny used to play this with me! See, the music is ringing in my head right now. Like I said, the eighties weren’t all that bad! We also had PacMan, Space Invaders and Galaga! Now I can proudly say that I can beat the crap out of anyone in Galaga! Heck, I was Galaga Queen! Hahahaha!

5. Exaggerated Tops. From big sweaters to those wide knitted tops or those trapezoid shaped shirts that I don’t even know what they’re called! Horrible! Not to mention all those neon colors (which I had some of!) Hehehe! I think pretty much everything about the eighties were about EXCESSIVE OVERABUNDANT OVERFLOWING EXAGGERATION. 😛

6. A whole bunch of other must mention 80’s Artists. Oh who can talk about the 80s without even mentioning their version of Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears? None other than Tiffany and Debbie Gibson! Of course there was also Boy George and the Culture Club. I was so into them for the longest time and my cousins and I would even dance to their songs during family parties. Okay, did I just admit too much? Karma Chameleon, Church of the Poisoned Mind, and hold you breath … Do you really wanna hurt me?! Hahaha! Then there’s Rick Astley … Together Forever! Never Gonna Give You Up! so who’s singing now? Good luck with last song syndromes! 😀

7. Menudo vs Duran Duran. Oh I know you guys are out there! If You’re Not Here in my blog by tomorrow, I will throw a Cannonball at you so Please Be Good To Me and leave a comment. Nyahahaha! Even as young as I was then, I was already admiring Ricky Martin’s bonbons. Hahahaha!

Although I was a huge Menudo fan (fine! I admit it okay?), I was also pretty much hung over Duran Duran too. Mostly because of John Taylor and Nick Rhodes. Hehe! They even shot a film here in the Philippines I remember but unfortunately it was in some far off island I couldn’t go to. I remember watching their MTV’s projected on a widescreen with my cousins and screaming our lungs out for John Taylor. We were having the concert-y feeling. Hehehe!

8. High-cut Reebok Shoes. Okay, THESE I most definitely had! Oh and I had my share of Keds too!

9. Blazers ala Pretty in Pink or Miami Vice. Oh I’m sure you remember Miami Vice AND Pretty in Pink! Blane and Don Johnson wannabees! Both inspired this whole ridiculous blazer trend! Everyone wanted to wear blazers over anything! Thank goodness I never tried to do THAT! Hahahaha!

10. Work-out clothes. Thank you very much to FAME, girls paraded around with leg warmers or scrunched up socks! And boys (oh you boys can admit it!) had a thing for wearing those fishnet-ish work-out tops! Think Sean Astin in 50 First Dates (Drew’s brother). Hehehe!

11. Cool TV Shows. There was a whole bunch of shows I loved watching during the eighties. There was 21 Jump Street, Miami Vice, A-Team, Alf, Perfect Strangers, The Cosby Show, Full House, Growing Pains, Murphy Brown, Moonlighting, Doogie Howser, Charles in Charge, Murder She Wrote, MacGyver, Small Wonder, Saved By the Bell and oh my god! Punky Brewster! 🙂

12. Michael Jackson. Oh crap! I almost totally forgot about him! Michael and his jerri curls which by the way were so popular then too! Curl activator anyone? I don’t think I have to elaborate on Billy Jean and Thriller. Not to mention those black leather jackets!

13. 80s cartoons. Oh there was GI Joe, Thundercats (I wanted to be Cheetara), Voltron, Care Bears, Smurfs, The Snorkels, Glow Worms, Strawberry Shortcake, Fraggle Rock (although technically they weren’t cartoons!), and Cabbage Patch Kids!

So I hope it was a nice trip down memory lane. Get out and admit you were part of this wonderfully ridiculously fun era! I’m sure there a re a whole bunch of fun stuff I forgot to mention. But then again, I was limited to 13! Happy Halloween! 😀


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November 1, 2007 at 2:01 am 7 comments

Weekend Snapshot: My Fairy Princess

My Fairy Princess


My Fairy Princess

We attended the Scaredy Cats and Dogs Halloween Pet Event organized by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). It was held at Eastwood City last October 27. I was actually not planning on bringing Mika because that would mean that I’d have to go there coming from my shift at work, meaning no sleep for me for at least 24 hours (and indeed I was up for close to 30 hours!) :s But it was such an exciting event that we just couldn’t miss it, sleep or no sleep :p So I got Mika to dress up as a Fairy Princess and off we went to Eastwood!

Well, thank goodness we went there because we were in for a big surprise!


Woohoo! I didn’t even know til today that’s it’s the Grand Prize! Toink! We weren’t even planning on joining. I just wanted her to mingle with the dogs and join the trick or treat. In fact, as the awards were being announced, we were getting ready to go home and so I took her outfit off already. She was so sweaty from running around and I wanted to change her clothes. Right after I took off her dress, they called out her name! I must have screamed oh my god like ten million times! We were frantic! She wasn’t dressed and she was ALL SWEATY from running around the plaza! So I quickly put her dress back on, no time left for the wings and we ran to the stage to accept the award. Nyahahaha! When we were on stage, that was the only time I realized that she looked really funny with sweaty and messy hair. Bwahahaha! :s The judges were probably thinking, “are you sure she’s the one?” Hehehe!

As my uncle said, hey, it’s her first beauty title! Nevermind that’s it a halloween title. Hahahaha!

It was a successful event. A lot of pets attended with their humans 🙂 There were sooo many of them in such cute and creative costumes! I can’t wait til next year! 🙂

More pics at my multiply site 🙂

October 31, 2007 at 5:32 am 10 comments

Photohunt: Pink

The Theme: Pink

Mika and Princess

Mika and Princess wore matching Pink and Silver outfits to the Scaredy Cats and Dogs Pet Halloween Event sponsored by Philippine Animal Welfare last weekend. Aren’t they the cutest? 🙂

October 31, 2007 at 5:20 am 4 comments

PhotoHunt: Practical

The Theme: Practical

Mika's Tub

Eversince Patoochie turned turned 2, we’ve been using her bath tub less and less. She would only sit there for a few seconds and then get up and try to get in the pail (which obviously held more water).  So in the end, we finally gave up on the bath tub and had it sent away. We bought a non-slip matt for the bathroom floor to prevent slips and allowed her to enjoy a bigger bath space and the pail. Now Patoochie enjoys baths even more because she gets to dunk herself in a pail full of water! 🙂 Of course this also mean MORE splashing and wetter parents 😛

October 21, 2007 at 7:29 am 22 comments

Patoochiecake Adventures: The Negotiator

Crazy MikaEarly this evening Mika and I had a really funny conversation. Yes, I can actually have conversations with her already but they are usually more like negotiations rather than actual story sessions. Hehehe! Mika, brush your teeth first THEN you can watch tv. Mommy, jello BEFORE take a bath. You get the picture, right?

This evening, right before dinner, she wanted milk. Since I knew it would spoil her appetite, I tried to convince her by dangling her favorite part of any meal: RICE (yes, she is a rice-lover like her father!) Unfortunately, this didn’t work. So I bargained.

Kris: Let’s eat first then I’ll give you milk.
Mika: No, dede first Mommy. Then eat wice.
Kris: Fine. (finally giving in … but only a little bit) But only 2 ounces okay?
Mika: No. (complete with furled eyebrows)
Kris: Huh? How much do you want?
Mika: One only. Ayaw two.

Hahahaha! It sounded so funny! and she flashed a HUGE smile like she absolutely won! I guess she thought I meant 2 bottles of milk. Hahaha! So anyway, we both kept our word. I gave her 1 ounce of milk and she ate all her food during dinner. Beat that Kevin Spacey! 😛

October 19, 2007 at 11:57 pm 8 comments

Thursday 13: Movies I’m Dying to See

13 Movies I’m Dying to See!
(in no particular order)

1. Sex and the City the Movie. Woohoo! I so love these girls! But then again, who doesn’t?! Target release date: May 2008

2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Harrison Ford is back everybody! I can’t wait to see how they will pick up from the last installment and how Harrison Ford will portray the role that made his super duper famous! Target Release Date is May 2008.

3. Sweeney Todd. Yay! Johnny Depp has been a dream guy since 21 jump street days. Sigh. And he’s so perfect for these dark roles, don’t you think? The set reminds me a bit of the attic in Edward Scissorhands. Target release date is January 2008.

6. The Dark Knight. Oooooh … I so loved Batman Begins with Chritian Bale. I hope this one is just as awesome 🙂 Target release date July 18, 2008. Lots to look forward to next year!

7. Wolverine. Thank od it’s still gonna be Hugh Jackman! I think he’s perfect for the role. Wolverine is one of my all-time favorite X-Men characters since high-school! I would just love to see a movie about him! I hope they make it true to the comic book though :p Target release date is sometimes 2008.

8. Beowulf. Neil Gaiman is the screenwriter for this which is in itself something to be excited about! Not to mention it stars Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie (which I’m suremy hubby will be happy about. Nyahaha!) Target release date is November 16, 2007.

9. The Power of the Dark Crystal. About 2 decades after the original fantasy “The Dark Crystal” the Jim Henson Company finally started producing the sequel. The original movie was one of my favorites when I was young. That didn’t just give away how ancient I am, right? :p With all the advancements in animation now, I wonder how great this one will turn out. Target release is sometime in 2009.

10. Fast and the Furious 4. I’m a sucker for fast cars and races, what can I say. I was so completely disappointed with the 3rd installment of F&F that I am practically doing cartwheels now that I heard Vin Diesel and Paul walker will be back for the fourth installment. No target release date yet so this will most likely be a long wait.

11. Dragonlance: Dragon of Autumn Twilight. This is most likely the best fantasy series I’ve ever read in my life and the fact that it’s finally going to be in the big screen is just making me hyperventilate! Hahaha! This will be an animated film though. I’m sure it won’t be as good as the book, but I would love to see it on film. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are making sure that the movie is true to the story. Thank God! No release date yet but it’s in post-production already.

12. The Assassination of Jesse James. Brad Pitt. Let me say that again. Brad Pitt. The end. Hahaha! But seriously, it has been said that “Pitt gives the most tortured, endearing, and frightening performance of the year thus far”. Target release date is this month! Yey!

13. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Uhm. Need I say more? Target release date is November 2008.

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October 18, 2007 at 9:43 pm 16 comments

The Long Weekend :)

We had our very first Mommyhood Playdate last Saturday and boy was it fun! I’ve traded stories with these girls about our kids and whatnot, we’ve been friends forever, seen each other’s kids grow up in pictures and videos but most of us have never seen each other’s kids or seen each other in years. Finally, we were able to pull off our very first playdate last Saturday and everyone had so much fun! I wish we could do this on a more regular basis though. It would be a great experience for both moms and kids 🙂


Funny how the internet allows us to keep track of everyone so conveniently. We can share pictures and videos and little snippets of our lives. You get to share (at least virtually) each other’s experiences in a click of a mouse. God, I love the internet! Otherwise it would be hell to keep in touch! Can you imagine sending disks of videos and printed pictures via snail mail? Oh boy!


Anyway, the rest of the week was full of bumming on the couch, watching Alias and some new shows like Heroes and Smallville with bowls of unlimited popcorn to munch. We haven’t started watching everything else yet because I wanna wait til I have at elast 6 episodes worth to watch. My hubby and I are HUGE TV show addicts, what can I say?

I can’t wait til the next LOOOONG weekend! That would be around halloween til sunday. How exciting is that! I’m hoping we can spend it in the house in Tagaytay for a nice R&R with family. Not to mention mahjong and pig-out sessions too! 🙂

I hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend!

More playdate pictures here.

October 17, 2007 at 5:43 am 2 comments

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