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Do you keep notes? I do. Not everything, but those that touch my heart.
Many years ago when letter-writing was part of life, I actually accumulated one balikbayan box full of letters.
But when Jeroen and I moved from Greenhills to Pasig, I decided to just throw everything out, no regrets.
Very recently I found a note my friend Penny had written to me on my birthday, only six weeks before she died.

Note from Penny

“I should keep start keeping notes and cards,” my friend Patrice said regretfully. “I never do.”

I love giving gifts. And because I do, the gifts always come back.
This week alone I received so many. My sister once again designed the notebook for Taguig, given for free to Taguig students under Mayor Lani Cayetano’s incentive.
This was Ana’s design in 2013

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And in 2015—this year Ana included my sons—Ben, Markus and Christian—among the characters. (Markus and Ben are on the upper right corner, first and second rows)

From Ana

She always leaves the cutest notes

From Ana

My neighbor and makeup artist Apple Faraon brought me a rosary from Jerusalem and a special cloth from Medjugorje. I love them.

From Apple

When I was in Tokyo last April, Sayoko, Patrice and I walked into an art gallery in Omotesando.

Yuka Osada

I was charmed by a small painting by Yuka Osada, which hangs in my office today. I love finding art from trips abroad.

From Yuka

I was really surprised to receive a letter from Yuka, since I didn’t even meet her when I purchased it.
Yuka sent a postcard of the painting and a letter

From Yuka

What beautiful handwriting!

From Yuka

I wish my sister Ana could meet her

From Yuka

My heart nearly burst when I received a box of chocolate and note from Ralph Relucio, the boy who survived a freak accident earlier this year in a school/camping activity.

From Ralph

This note also belongs to Penny and Patrice and all the donors who contributed to Ralph (the chocolate is mine though, hehe)

From Ralph

Do you keep notes? I do.
Some of my favorite notes are stuck on the inside of my desk cabinet—mostly from my kids.

Notes

But one note popped out as I was looking at them tonight. It was from Penny.

From Penny

It means the world to me.

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Mag Landero

Hi Chuvaness, I am down with depression for months now, and I am glad that I am back in reading your blog because it helps to me shift my mind in to positive things and opening my eyes to the life of other people. The other day, I did not noticed that I was already reading your blog for 4 hours already and it helped me forget my anxieties that time. Keep it up and I wish your blog more success and to stay forever! I also wish you and your beautiful family the best! 🙂 [Reply]CVS Reply:November 11th, 2015… Read more »

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Toshi Witheringwater

The last photo made me tear up. You are so lucky to have a friend like Penny, Ms. Cecile. I should also start keeping notes I get from friends.

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thank you 🙂

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Mark Canizares

This post has touched me. We forget to treasure the simplest things as we are too busy keeping up with our rapidly changing world. Those simple notes remind us to breath in and out, and enjoy every single moment with the people you love because nothing is permanent.. Sigh.

Love you, Ms.C

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thank you Mark 🙂

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This post is really heart-warming on this gloomy weather.(: I pray letter writing will be an “in” trend again. Miss those days 🙁

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I keep my husband’s notes…. and letters too. I get sentimental reading them. It makes me realise the bumpy road that we had to go through… which by the way was all worth it 🙂

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I do keep notes. I love rereading them. I love sending notes/letters too.

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