Six months ago, I visited Ran at a hospital in Ortigas. A month after, we saw each other again for dinner in Boni High Street. That time, he already resigned from his call center job and was under medication.
My friends and I after a scrumptious dinner at Slice.
In less than 4 months, Ran was hospitalized again with a very serious illness. My friends and I were able to visit him a couple of times before he passed away yesterday. He was supposed to turn 32 on December 3 and prior to his hospitalization, not knowing that his chance is recovery was small, I started planning our year-end, slash Christmas party, slash birthday party.
You know, I've never been this sad for a friend. We met in college and shared a lot of memories together. We practically learned a lot together, went through passing a subject and boycotting a professor (we were that bad) together, and later on, job hunting until we found our respective careers, etc.
I miss him. I miss those times that we used to attend English classes. I missed those times that we used to commute from the school in Taguig where we used to work (as teachers) to University of Makati where we both took graduate units.
Above all, I miss his jolly personality, his smile, his jokes and all the funny stories we shared. It is so sad but I know God has a better reason why He took my friend this early. I am somehow relieved thinking that Heavenly Father did not allow him to suffer anymore pain.
For you my dear friend.. I love you and God be with you till we meet again.