Every year, the Peranakan Association holds a dinner where everybody eats, drinks, dances and has a generally ‘gala’ time. The theme this year was Phoenixes and Flowers and comedian Victor Khoo was the MC. There was also a surprise performance by Dick Lee himself (‘surprise’ because he didn’t expect it either :).
Our beloved ex-President of Singapore, Wee Kim Wee was also there, with his wife. And so were Peranakans from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia (Malacca and Penang, true blue), and guests from Taiwan and even Germany.
After refusing to join me and my dad on the dance floor (mum fractured her toe so she couldn’t ‘gelek-gelek’ with us), my sister was hauled up on stage for a youth competition. It was hilarious. Our table clapped and hooted for her, but she didn’t win the loudest applause, which went to a cute little six year-old very appropriately called Vanessa.
Wonderful choice of name, said my mother afterwards. The parents had good taste, I told my mother.