Archive | November, 2013

My First Mix Tape Ever!

27 Nov

IMG_2605Dug this out of a box the other day. It was my first Mix Tape I ever made.

I called it Picks… But I spelled it with an X… To be cool.

It was assembled by the 45s I bought at the mall and a cassette tape of the Miami Vice soundtrack.

Here’s what was on it:

Side A
We Built This City – Starship (Hands down my favorite song in 1985)

Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
Take On Me – Aha (The only song that still seems to get rotation.)
Never – Heart (I totally forgot about this song.)
Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
Lay Your Hands On Me – Thompson Twins (Another forgotten gem. I don’t even hear it at Karaoke ever. People only to do “Hold Me Now.”)
You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey
Say You Say Me – Lionel Richie (I guess it didn’t give much thought to how the songs flowed into each other.)
Election Day – Arcadia
When the Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean
Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer (This song made it on the tape because I still had space on this side but it wasn’t long enough for a full length pop song.)
Side B

Dancing in the Streets – David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Smuggler’s Blues – Glenn Frey (Miami Vice gave me the padding I needed to fill 90 minutes.)
Sun City – Artists United Against Apartheid
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) – John Parr (The only song that could unseat We Built This City)
That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick and Friends (I guess to kill any momentum from the last song)
Sisters are Doing it for Themselves – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
Kyrie – Mr. Mister
Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
Sanctify Yourself – Simple Minds
Digital Display – Ready for the World
Secrets – OMD (Big finish?)
Now that I look at it,  I think the song order was determined by which record I bought next.
Now to convert this into a Playlist.
(With some edits.)

Got A New Favorite Item

17 Nov

at Vinh Loi TofuIMG_2446

Having been vegetarian for a while and “off island” even longer sometimes I find myself yearning for the familiar flavors of Hawaii. So when I saw this “Seaweed Roll” on the counter at Vinh Loi amongst the other impulse items I had high hopes. It looked a lot like Hawaiian food you find in convenience stores and delis. My guess (or should I say hope) was that it was going to taste like the queen mother of all Hawaiian heat lamp food: The Spam Musubi.


So I took it home and warmed it up in the toaster oven to create the full effect. And… Pay off. Move over Spam Sub the Seaweed Roll is my new favorite food at Vinh Loi Tofu.

I don’t know how it would hold up against a real Spam Musubi to a meat eater. But for me it has brought me back to the time I had my first at  pre-Don Quixote Daiei. (This reference may be too inside or mainlanders.)