Category Archives: Friend

The Soap Collection 

Late last December, my cousins gave me some specialty soaps for the Holidays. It turns out that this project was long overdue. My aunt, Thelma V. Leelin, their mother, had spent most of her life a revered dermatologist in Manila. … Continue reading

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We Will Miss You, Scott

Two weekends ago, we made our way to our old stomping ground in Toronto to be with some dear friends.  We wanted to bid a friend farewell.  More importantly, we wanted to spend time to revel in his life, his … Continue reading

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Nanette And Me, In Three Parts

“Together” is a word that best describes our friendship.  Nanette and I went to elementary school, high school and college together. We shared the same little corner of the world for many years and did a lot of happy and … Continue reading

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The Cavite Field Trip

Early on a clear Saturday morning, we all met, the six of us, on the lobby of what was once our stomping ground more than 30 years ago. We and all agreed to take this trip outside the city to … Continue reading

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It’s Vanna’s Birthday!

Today would have been Vanna’s 52nd birthday.  She may have planned for a quiet celebration with close friends and family at a favorite restaurant, where she would dress festively and take particular care in ordering the food and the wine. … Continue reading

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Dinner and Strategy

Image via Wikipedia On a cold and windy evening last March 25, 2011, four women gathered at Il Fornaio.  The mood was somber in spite of the warm welcomes and friendly anecdotes about family and friends.  They were old friends … Continue reading

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