Every August for the past five years, I’ve always been asked by Rowjie what gift I’d like to receive on my birthday. I asked for shoes, shopping spree, and a lot more material things. I did like what I got. This year, I visioned of something intangible. I shouldn’t be blogging this but I am just so ecstatic not to express what I feel. I have been posting about my nonsensical rants so why not write about this one?

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Forty packs for forty people.

I asked Rowjie if he can help me organize an activity where other people would benefit from. I thought of visiting a charitable institution for male teenagers and bring them afternoon snacks. I got two younger male siblings and my heart really breaks when I see people (of the same age as of my brothers) beg for food and money, even those who work their arses off just to help their starving families. I just couldn’t bear the idea of my brothers going through the same burdens.

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Jake and Peter while packing the food.

Ironing out that big of an event would be difficult for me. I know it’s selfish to do this on my own as I have a lot of friends who can contribute but I don’t have plans of letting other people know as well. I need not to brag about helping other people, it’s our obligation. To cut the story short, I don’t have that much financial resources to successfully do this. Then I remembered Che Guevarra and his motorcycle diaries.

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Thank you Peter, Jake, Ivan, and Badie!

So Rowjie and I asked our friend Peter to cook spaghetti for 40 people. He did all the hard work (from buying of ingredients to washing of the dishes) but props to Jake, Ivan, and Badie for helping us pack and distribute the food (spaghetti, cupcakes, and juice). Then off we went to the streets and wandered around Mandaluyong to hand out all 40 packs to those who we thought are in need.

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Kuya Peter handing out the first two packs.
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I can say we made them happy. They thanked us several times.
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I got no decent images as I was really ashamed to take photos of them.

Spaghetti may not be of big help and relief to those who hunger but I feel the happiest and blessed person right now. Perhaps, the best birthday I had.

I am not going to promote this post. Should you land here accidentally and see this entry, do not share this but share your blessings no matter how small they can be.☺

Rowjie, thank you for making this possible. I love you.

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It is more blessed to give than to receive. — Acts 20:35

 Indeed, a ride to remember.


  1. Every little effort still counts. You’ll be blessed more! Happy Birthday!

    1. Hello. Thank you for the kind words. I wish to inspire other people with this small deed. 🙂

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