For the past 20 years of my life, I have been blessed with only one pair of grandparents. Needless to say that I have not been blessed to see my grandparents from my father side, my only grandparents have not been disappointing! In fact, I consider myself lucky to have my lolo and lola (grandpa and grandma) by my side ever since I was born.
A little fact about me is that my provincial address goes way up north in the sunny province of Baliuag, Bulacan, where it has been said that the ‘most beautiful’ of all Filipinos came from. Now I don’t know about that last fact, but I think my genes from my mom side can attest to that. (Yes, more self-appreciation. Sorry for having a big head).
My grandma or Tita Ganda (The Beautiful One) as most of her friends call her, has been my mentor to most of my life’s challenges whenever my mom is not around. She would be the one who would tell us funny and embarrassing stories about my mom and her brother when they were little. She’s very nostalgic and truly one of a kind! In fact, she even kept several memorabilias of my brother and I when we were little. From letters to drawings to cards! She was the one who gave me beauty advices too! In fact, my secret to smooth and supple skin is all thanks to her! She used to scrub Eskinol all over my body when I was little after I take a shower during summer break. I even recalled her telling me, “Kailangan talagang magtiis kung gusto mong maging maganda.” (The only way for you to be beautiful is to suck all the worst things that goes along with it.). That’s my first recollection on how we Filipinos call it, “Tiis Ganda!” And she is right! From high heeled shoes to wearing beautiful clothes, you always have to pay the price on being beautiful.
My grandpa on the other hand is where I think, my intelligence and artistic side came from. He’s very academic and very artistic. Even up to now! He would dress up belens during Christmas, and he even decorated our car when I was in a parade in our province. What I love most about my grandpa is the way he cooks his meals. Every time my family and I go home to Bulacan, we will always expect a number of viands and drinks. He is always prepared for a feast. And every year, he will always hold a party in our house where almost everyone is invited and he is the one who prepared everything! I have to admit, at first I was pretty scared of my grandpa when I was little because I always recalled him always shouting. But one thing that has been stuck to my brain was the fact that he never tells a lie. I even remember him whispering to my mom, “Tignan mo nga naman oh! Gumanda din si Celine” (Would you look at that, Celine became beautiful). When my mom told me that I was OVER THE MOON. Yes, I know I’m not the prettiest one, but I guess I’m not all that bad. :)
Now, last Saturday we celebrated my beautiful grandmother’s 70th birthday at the Manila Hotel, Cafe Ilang Ilang where we had a buffet feast! I have to admit, I suck at buffets because I eat very few which explains why I have this very petite, thin frame. I stand at 5’1″ so if ever I go beyond my limit weight, I will not look nice. For now I am healthy at 100 lbs, and just toning my body to develop muscles and not fat. I do have a very high metabolism which explains why even if I eat a McDonald’s Cheeseburger for today it would not affect me much. But of course, I do try to limit what I eat. For this occasion however, I did try to go over my usual amount of food and finished only at 4 plates. BUT in my own defense, I ate most of the desserts, which has more calories than your usual smoked fish or ham. Anyways, we had a blast eating our hearts out. And yes, I’m that girl wearing a cheetah print dress from Zara as if I am the one celebrating, but you have to at least work it you know! I may never get the chance to wear this dress again once I start working.
Anyways, to all the fabulous grandmothers out there, keep on being fabulous! And to their grand children, always love and appreciate your grandparents! They ALMOST ALWAYS have the BEST ADVICE on EVERYTHING.