Sandi’s 23rd

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I’ll be honest, I am a very hard person to please. I think that the life lessons I’ve learned over the years have hardened me as a person. I know exactly what I like/dislike, what I am capable of and most especially, who I choose as my friends. Thankfully, the universe was kind to the angsty, pre-high school me by introducing Sandi into my already-hard life.

Sandi and I have literally been through thick and thin together (we met when I was still a chubby kid but who’s to say that that stage is over?). We graduated grade school, high school, moved to Manila and entered DLSU together. She’s been there for me since the first heartbreak and I’m glad to say that I’m still around for her first love. So many things have happened to us over the past 10 years that fitting them into one post simply isn’t possible.

Sandi was always one for helping others. Probably the most caring person I know, she’s dedicated her life to the betterment of the community. She’s a firm believer in her faith and has been a servant to the poor for as long as I can remember. She and her whole family are so inspiring because all of them share the same values. So when we met up for dinner the week before her birthday, I was not surprised at all that for her 23rd, she decided to plan a special Mural painting Out-reach program with U! Happy Events. The event was at Ospital ng Makati on the 25th of July (yesterday).

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3 weeks prior to this though, I got a Facebook notification that her boyfriend, Ryan, had made a group with all her friends and family. His plan was to collect pictures and messages for everyone and compile them into a super surprise for her. He asked me to help him conceptualise how to present the collected dedications and I suggested that we make them into cards that double as fridge magnets. He gave it to her when we met up at the MRT, right before leaving for Ospital ng Makati.

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Leave it to Sandi for making me come out of my comfort zone and meet new friends as well as reconnect with old ones. I got to spend the morning with Mike and Dianne, her block mates from DLSU that I used to be close to. I was smiling and laughing the whole morning with everyone else. All the good energy definitely uplifted the whole hospital because parents and other children from different rooms were coming to take a peek at the activity.

These pictures were taken by Mike (check out his work here!)  and I just post-processed them for my Twitter account. Still contemplating if I should grab the rest of his pictures and make a full blog post of the day’s events.

Happy happy birthday to my bestest friend! Words can’t describe how much love I have for you. Your light inspires me to shine brighter each and every day.

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