Last weekend I went home to celebrate my mum and my sister's birthday, which I finally have time to blog about. On Friday, my mum threw a huge party for my sister as it was her 18th. In the Philippines, when you turn 18, you have what's called a 'Debut', and it is custom to have 18 candles and 18 roses (some also have 18 treasures, but we missed out the latter). So 18 of my sister's closest girlfriends, including my mum, took to the floor to light a candle for her and wish her happy birthday/ recall a fond memory from their friendship. There were tears and smiles and it was all very beautiful.
Then the boys stepped forward and one by one presented my sister with a rose and quickly wooed her round the dance floor. My little 8 year old brother was absolutely adorable, sweeping in on one knee, taking the rose out from the inside of his jacket and then removing his hat while he took her hand! Once the song had ended he made a far too cool for school exit from the dance floor with his Michael Jackson style moon walking!
The party was held on my mum's actual birthday so after celebrating my sister's turning of 18, we surprised her with a cake and round of happy birthday to ensure that she felt just as special. It was a lovely evening and I am looking forward to next weekend and leaving the library behind for a slightly longer visit home.