Thursday, September 19, 2013

Living out an Asian Invasion

Another week since I last blogged? This school thing just isn't working for me, is it? I really hate this because there is so much going in my life but there's just no time to record it all down! But for me this past week that I've been MIA (missing in action if you didn't know), my life has been dedicated to an asian invasion--in other words, I've been spending my time planning my first event for the Asian/Pacific-Islander Club (APIC).

My lovely officers & I! MIA Tammy

As I've briefly mentioned before, I'm the president of APIC. Since I've already advertised the club quite a bit throughout campus, then the craziness of running the club begins.

A goal that my cabinet and I had come up with at our first meeting was that we wanted to inform the school about our culture while also celebrating the amazing-ness that is being Asian/Pacific-Islander. So, for our first event we decided to have it center around the food and the people, the only things needed for a great Asian/PI party. Everything else is optional and just a plus.

Last Friday, I went shopping with my friends, Mele and Andy, who are also two of my officers, to buy ingredients for food and some minor decorations. It was pretty hard to buy because we were on such a tight budget, and I didn't realize how pricey Asian food can get. I had to finish shopping the day after because I had to clarify with my VP, Jared, that I wasn't getting anything I shouldn't have gotten, and how much meat to buy as well.

Sunday was spent actually making the food. The first (and most anticipated) dish? Lumpia. For lots of people at my school, it's the first thing they think of when I tell them I'm Filipino. It is also one of the most popular Asian dishes around here, so we decided to make them. What I didn't realize, however, was how long it would take to make them. On Sunday, it took 8 hours to prep, with the help of my friend Chelsea and Jared, who was only able to help a little in the morning. On Tuesday (the day of my event), it took another 4 hours to fry all those 240 pieces of lumpia. It was pretty exhausting, but it made me appreciate my family who has spent countless hours cooking and prepping for family parties when I was younger. I now feel their pain. My friends, and other officers, Tammy and Emily cooked the spam musubi the morning of.

I don't have the exact measurements of the ingredients because we bought waaay too much meat and estimated the rest of the ingredients, but here's what we got:

Jared's family lumpia recipe:

  • Ground pork
  • 2 packs of 30 sheets of rice paper (we cut them into fours)
  • 4 sticks of carrots
  • 2 heads of cabbage (not lettuce! I didn't know that at first. Whoops!)
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
Spam Musubi (we made about 32 pieces but cut them into fours):
  • 4 cans of Spam
  • Sheets of seaweed
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice

Despite the draining long hours it took to prepare all the food, I'd say it was well worth it. I learned how much meat it takes to make 240 pieces of lumpia. I learned how to stretch my money to spend a little to invest in something that will last and how to get a good quality anything for really cheap and a little creativity. I wasn't as worried about the amount of people who came more than how much they enjoyed the food. My team and I worked really hard on prepping it for everyone, so it's my only hope that they loved it, and so far, so good. No complaints, which is what I like to hear.

I'm so happy with the success of the first event; I'm so excited for more to come! I hope to accomplish the goals of this club this year and teach my peers about my culture and celebrate it at the same time. I don't know how God is going to use me through this club this year, but I also have my arms open wide to do whatever is necessary for his will to be done! Let's get on with this asian invasion!

Some more of my favorite pictures from the night!

Didn't I have a great hair day? [:

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Until next time,
Chau ♥  


  1. Hey girl! Just stumbled upon your blog from the HCBN facebook page. Finally someone from SoCal! It's funny because I used to go to UC Irvine, so I was pretty close to Costa Mesa :) Anyway, your blog is so cute - keep it up!

    1. Hi Sarah! Yeah, it's always so comforting to meet people from SoCal from the HCBN group! And that's so funny that you used to go to UCI cause it's like 10 minutes away from my school. Thanks for stopping by my blog [:


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