I am a writer doing my best to look at Sydney every day with tourist eyes.
Published March 25th 2012
Backstreet Boys. Source: Wikipedia.
1. The Look: Ladies make sure you are looking your best with your Lipsmacker glossing your lips, body glitter smudged on thick and hair mascara streaked through your hair just so.
Guys must have their hair spiked, the cargo pants or baggy jeans that hang low, baseball cap and Converse All Stars sneakers.
2. The Music: Block out the sounds of dubstep that screech out of the radio today and put on the pop music. The Backstreet Boys, Aqua, S Club 7, Spice Girls, 5ive, Savage Garden - pretty much any boy band/girl band/belly shirt-wearing singer whose catchy pop tunes got stuck in your head for days. Extra points for playing them on your discman. Lock yourself away in your room and dance your heart out or head to the Retro Hotel in Sussex St, Sydney where the best of 90s music is played every weekend.
3. The Fads: Develop a brief interest in marbles, and then move on. Same goes for yoyos, Goosebumps books and finger knitting. Spend a bit more time completing your Looney Tunes Tazo collection that you ate way too many packets of chips in order to obtain.
4. The Games: Forget the millions of games you can now download to your phone/DS/laptop/iPad. Spend the day trying to finish Sonic the Hedgehog, Donkey Kong, Streetfighter or Mario Kart on your Nintendo 64 or Gameboy. Just like the days when you didn't have the luxury of a save button.
The once extremely popular tamagotchi. Source Wikimedia Commons.
5. The Ultimate Toy: It's time to get excited about the Tamagotchi again. These portable virtual pets gave you and your friends so much entertainment in the 90s and your school teachers hell trying to figure out whose Tamagotchi was beeping this time because it needed food or a shower. If you can't find where yours got to you can still buy one on Ebay.
6. The Parties: Don't dread your birthday, celebrate it 90s style. Top choices for parties are rollerblading/ice skating, all you can eat Pizza Hut, Timezone or McDonalds. Make sure to take lots of pictures with your disposable camera.
7. The Sugar Rush: Bypass the expensive lollies at the candy bar before you go into the cinemas and head straight to Uncle Petes/Kmart or your cheaper confectionery selling store of choice. Pick out all your old sugar-high inducing favourites: Nerds, Warheads, Gobstoppers, Poprocks, Hubba Bubba bubble gum, Killer Pythons, Wizz Fizz. Regret your over-zealousness later.
8. The TV Shows: The things that stood between you and your homework after school. Captain Planet, Powerangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Round the Twist, Rugrats, Full House and Bananas in Pyjamas will get you started. You can still find most of these on Amazon or Ebay.
9. The Movies: Watch anything that has Macaulay Culkin, Jean Claude van Damme or Jim Carrey in it, or other classics like Toy Story, Jurassic Park, The Lion King, Clueless, The Mighty Ducks or superhero films like Batman and Superman. Remember to rewind the tape when you are finished.
10. The Researching: If you need to research something, do not pass Google, do not collect the answers from your smart phone; go directly to encyclopaedias, or actually go inside a library. Or for a more advanced approach, fire up the Encyclopedia Britannica on your computer.