A letter of memories to my Ninang Arlene

Dear Ninang Arlene,

Today is August 1, 2013. We all know one thing:
IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY!
I still remember memories of you. You were the one who sent us balikbayan boxes. You would always think of sending books.
You were the one who gave these books:
1. Dear Tooth Fairy
2. The Night Before Easter
3. The Night Before the Tooth Fairy
4. Toy Boat
5. Don’t Squash That Bug!
6. Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels 1-3
7. Diary of A Wimpy Kid 2 and 3
8. Days with Frog and Toad
We always Skype to stay in touch with each other when you are there in Chicago. You often ask us about our current events. Mom would tell you the latest news. You often tell Mom the latest news in return.
I remember the time when we stayed in Manila Hotel. It reminded me of your last day in the Philippines. Staying there was also a birthday gift to Lola Belen. It was a grand hotel in Manila. Me, Gabrielle and Bash had fun there.
You were the one who sent me the five GAP shirts. They have been my favorite shirts for 4 years now (or five? My mom can’t remember). I’m gonna clarify one thing. Out of the five shirts you gave me, three shirts were my favorites.
You always treated us (me and Gabrielle) like gold. I just want to say one thing.
Happy Birthday! I love you from the bottom of my heart (or should that be hypothalamus? It controls the emotions)

Your Nephew,
A. Garrett O. Lubag

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