I've known Patricia Cruz Jamandre since she first moved here from the Philippines during elementary school. I was her first friend in America and after high school, I didn't see her for eight years. After I moved to NYC we reunited in Brooklyn's Bushwick area where she hosted a holiday party.
If it weren’t for Thanh, I probably wouldn’t have moved to New York City. The one thing holding me back from moving here (vs. San Francisco or Los Angeles) was that I wouldn’t know who to room with. But one day I decided to message Thanh on Facebook Messenger asking for NYC housing tips and he said the fated words, “Come live with me!” Right then and there I decided I’d be moving to New York. It was the last “go” I needed to make the jump.