Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Goodbye, Friend

"The hardest part of any
friendship is when it is time to say goodbye.
As much as we might like
things to stay the same, change is an inevitable part
of life. There is a
secret that only real friends know and it is
this. All the mountains and
valleys in the world cannot separate friends
whose hearts
e as one."

Last Sunday we had a despedida picnic at Ala Moana Beach for my dear friend, Angelyn and her family, who left Hawaii on Monday for Houston, Texas.

Angelyn and her aunt, Daisy, were my first friends in Hawaii. We met back in August 2007. We both come from the same province and belong to the same church. The Lord is really good because He paved the way for me to meet Christian friends in a place where I do not even have family. I consider Angelyn and Daisy not only my friends but my family, as well. Through them, I was able to meet other good friends.

Angelyn and I used to hang out together because she lives in Kapolei which is near our place. Every Sabbath, she and her husband would pick me up and drive me home from church. On weekdays, we would go out to the mall or do our grocery at the Filipino market. When we are not hanging out, we are on the phone or chatting online. We're bestfriends!

Her husband, Mark ( a namesake of my bana-bear), is a "haole" (Hawaiian Pidgin term for "white" or "Caucasian") but a 'Filipino' in a lot of ways. I easily got along well with him.

Mark, Angelyn and their two kids, Alex and Andy, my 'family' here in Hawaii, may be miles away now, and we don't know when we will be seeing each other again, but they will always have a special place in my heart.

Dang, thank you very much for your friendship!

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