Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ama!

One of the things that are making our side of the family excited these days is the upcoming 90th birthday celebration of my grandmother. Her real birthday was yesterday though, so we went to have misua at her house. We also lighted a couple of red candles to mark the occasion.

Ama's grand birthday celebration will be held in a hotel. Guests are not really required to conform to a dress code. The invitation says "come as you are" -- you could anything from business attire to school uniforms to hip hop clothes and you'd still be welcome, if you are an invited guest. Guests are also asked NOT to bring any gifts since this is simply a celebration of our Ama's long life. Of course, we, the family have to adhere to our own dress code, which is to show up in RED attire as a sign of our respect and celebration.

A few of us grandchildren are also going to perform. Me and my cousins are going to sing a Chinese song and we've been practicing the past few weeks. While we are somehow pressured, these practice sessions did turn out to be a great bonding time for us cousins. Somehow, since life has been much busier for all of us with work and family concerns, we don't really get to do things together, and the fact that we had to come up with a performance gave us an excuse to renew ties with each other.

I hope Ama will enjoy it. I know my uncles and aunts have spent and prepared for this. I am excited for her. It's going to be the first time that she would be having a grand birthday celebration honoring her alone (her past birthdays were overshadowed by my grandpa's when he was alive. I'm not really sure why they didn't put too much importance on her birthday then).

Happy birthday, Ama!