Candle in the Wind

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"I may not have gone where I intended to go but I think I have ended up where I needed to be".

The Douglas Adams quote was the latest shout-out my friend, Zennia, posted in her Friendster profile. Alas, that woud be her last. Two weeks ago, a suicide bomber launched an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan's only 5-star hotel where Zennia worked as a spa supervisor. She was critically wounded, and soon passed away.

I've known Zennia since my elementary days - she was a batch younger than me, and a consistent honor student. We were bonfire-mates on some chilly Sagada nights. I remember her for her quick and witty comments.

We exchanged emails when she was in Afghanistan on Oct 2006. She joked that she was on a mission hunting an infamous fugitive in the Afghan mountains. She also encouraged me to visit the Burj Al Arab in Dubai one day, saying it would be a great experience for the kids. (Heck, if that visit was to happen, the kids with me would be my grandkids.) And, she did admit that they rarely venture outside the hotel due to bombings in Kabul. It was tragic that the hotel was not immune to the bombings which would soon cut short Zennia's life.

She greeted me on my birthday last year. I'm ashamed to say that I dont remember thanking her for that. I called my mother yesterday, and learned that Zennia's funeral just concluded. A batchmate of hers sang "You Raise Me Up" beautifully during the church service.

Our prayers and condolences go to the Aguilan family.

Links to:
GMA News Account on Zennia
Zennia's Friendster profile
Manja's Blog on Zennia

Complete Coverage on Zennia at: