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March 15, 2008

A Sad News

I normally don't receive a phone call from the Office or from a colleague during weekends so I was suprised when my colleague's name, who happens to be my immediate superior, registered in my mobile phone. I took the call with a happy voice as always. After the usual greetings, my colleague said "there's a problem." I'm not sure if I heard it right but I quickly thought of what could have gone wrong with my projects. As my colleague continued, I realized the "problem" was worse than I thought. I really wasn't prepared to hear a very sad news. Our new colleague, who just arrived about three weeks ago had a heart attack and passed away. He is only about 50 years old.

I'm still shocked as I write this. A few hours before his passing, we were in our usual company get together. We went to a nearby public beach and had some barbeques. In fact, he had a healthy meal before leaving the group - green salad and grilled chicken breast although I saw him with a can of beer earlier.

I felt sad. I was looking forward to work with him in our future projects because I know I can learn many things from him. But in just a snap, we lost him - his family, relatives and friends lost him :( I just hope that he is in peace now.

Once again, I was reminded that life is short and we must live each day as if it's our last!

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