We gather here today to celebrate the life of my great great grandmother, a mentor and also my closet friend, Tino Dinh. She left us after 120 years contributing wisdom and contagious passion to this world. If life were a horror movie, great great grandma would be that weird Asian one, who figured out who or what the killer was. Despite the unusual talent and logical reasoning, she would still be the second to last to die and gave everyone a good laugh in the movie, because of her natural willingness to sacrifice for others.
When she was young, many people said Tino looked like the actress Angelina Jolie… except for the face. Well the truth is, she had the same birthday with Angelina Jolie and the same birth month with Marilyn Monroe. I guess that should explain Tino’s gorgeous teeth. Most of us remember her as one of the most generous female CEOs who donated her whole shares of the Dinh Pharmaceutical Group to the Human Brain Research Center, but to me, she was and will always be my loving great great grandmother. She had been very helpful and supportive to her family. Tino loved troubleshooting. Seriously. We never had an Internet problem for too long because she hated slowness and hated not being able to solve the problems. With that being said, Tino finished what she started and genuinely dedicated to all of her work.
One thing unique about my great great grandma was, she loved mysteries so much that she became one to me. She said it was her flaw for being too curious and excited for something. I remember how joyful she was when we investigated the situations and experimented new things together, including taking risks and breaking mommy’s rules. I am glad to inherit her adventurous and creative blood. Some of her famous detective publications like “You don’t mess with the graveyard,” “The unfinished bloody marry,” and “8 hairy marinated spiders” have enormously encouraged me to pursue my writing career.
Thank you Tino for always