I would like to raise a toast today, not just for Raya, but to DMJewelle! If it were not for her, I would not have participated in the first CAFKL as part of Prose-ACK, landing the dubious honour of being a pair of writers in a SEA of comic book artists and illustrators. If it were not for her, I would not have dared to fly to Hokkaido to catch Angela Aki on a whim and walked back to my hotel as the sun rose after a long night of karaoke. If it were not for her, I would not have dared to submit my writing for publishing, to push myself out of the comfortable rut I was in for so long.
So here’s to one of the best human beings I know (even if she says otherwise). Thank you for pushing me to my limit, and thank you for your faith in me. Congratulations on completing another revolution around the sun, and Happy Birthday!
PS: This was directly inspired by Denise telling us you wanted to know the kind of effect you had had on people, so hope it fits! :D