Her mom, my best friend Ela, rightly named her Zoe Ysabelle. One of a kind. Hints on fun and wonder. Like a character in a fairy tale book. Just like her.
I met her for the first time last year during my vacation in the Philippines. They flew from Singapore, where they live, to spend time with me in Manila, Dumaguete and then in Siquijor Island.
We warmed up to each other right away. She called me Tita and told me stories of all sorts. Some stories about her friend Alonzo in Singapore. Some stories about the books and movies she love. She loved the girly girl stuff too like frilly pink clothes, make up, nail polish, ribbons, Disney princesses……
While in Siquijor she danced at the beach, observed the tiny crabs that came out from the sand, searched for starfish and sang. She made our Siquijor trip more worthwhile and I grew so fond of her that I miss her all the time.
There was a swing in front of our cottage which she loved. We would swing together while staring at the beauty of the beach and I hummed along while she sang songs from her kindergarten class. I was lucky to have been able to take a photo of her while on the swing. Oh cute Zoe!