(SPOT.ph) Ahhh, to spend your 20s in the aughts. For most of that decade, it was removed from the popularity of Facebook or the real-time thrill of Instagram, and the best way to reminisce was to actually talk about it. If you’re fortunate enough to still be friends with some of those you met 10 to 18 years ago and still be able to laugh and recall with them the fashion faux pas, bad alcohol decisions, and emotional roller coasters that brought you to the here and now, you’ve got yourself a proper #throwback.
Speaking of throwbacks, we find it funny—and alarming, but that’s just us getting old—that everything new and cool in the aughts is now the stuff of archives. Moony and Bonnie Bailey, women of “Dove” and “Ever After” fame respectively, recently got together in Manila to perform for this decade’s cool titos and titas instead of a pack of young, sweaty clubbers. Anton Ramos, the DJ behind the time’s Chillout Project series, no longer releases CDs but is now a great resource of party playlists on Spotify. (Look for his vintage Chillout Project compilations and the newer, 80-hour Bank Bar Manila playlist under antonramos_.) Even Jennifer Lopez remixes—among them, “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny”—are now part of “classic” set lists on the radio that share air time with Donna Summer and pre-The Bodyguard Whitney Houston.
One such stand out from that era that we all had the chance to see first-hand was the birth of the Pinoy superclub—only once a vision of Temple Bar owner Erik Cua who, according to a common friend of ours in university back in the late '90s, has always wanted to run a place where people “can dine, dance, and chill out.” That vision, eventually shared with the likes of Tim Yap, Fern Aracama, and GP Reyes, became Embassy—the legendary Fort Strip establishment where one could dine (Embassy Cuisine), dance (Embassy Superclub), and chill out (Embassy Cafeteria, which aptly served post-drinking breakfast meals) in the same compound indeed.