(Sorry, this post has been sitting as a draft for the longest tine cos I couldn’t find time to complete and publish it)
I know, I know, this was more than a month ago. Unfortunately, being engaged doesn’t relieve me of my busy schedule. In fact, I’m even busier now with our wedding planning and house hunting – not to mention our coming Korea trip and the fact that my company is understaffed for our new website, which is currently just me overseeing. Anyway, I’ve already set the countdown timer to the end of my 2-year bond. I just celebrated the end of 1 year, so it’s a REALLY long way more to go.
Okay, so back to the topic: the engagement. Well, let’s just say I knew it was coming, but I just wasn’t too sure when. D has been joking about it for the longest time, always asking me to marry him at the most random times. In the couple of weeks leading up to The Day, he asked quite a number of times if I would say yes if he did. So, it was like he was already paving the way to the ‘big surprise.’
Anyhoo, here’s how it rolled out:
18 April 2014, Friday
It was Good Friday; it was a public holiday. I guess the day went pretty well ‘cos we weren’t stressing over work and the people above us (my manager) or under us (his employees). We were having dinner at Irodori, the always-packed Japanese buffet place we just love. During dinner, I was constantly amused at the rather odd questions he kept shooting at me. You see, I was supposed to attend 2 baby showers – one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Totally unlike him, he kept asking about details like what time they were starting and ending, what we’ll be doing there, how long it’ll take, etc. Usually, it’s just a “ok, since you end at this time, I’ll meet you at this time.” It got me wondering if he was up to something, but I guess it wasn’t ‘obvious’ enough for me to question further.
So, he sent me home that night. I recall so clearly the last thing he said to me before he left. He said, “if I ask you to marry me tomorrow, will you?” It would’ve sounded pretty obvious to any other girl, but I laughed it off, thinking it was just one of his countless attempts at being funny.
But I’m so glad now that I didn’t take it seriously or the entire surprise would’ve been ruined.
That night, he was back at his place and I was back at mine.
His goodnight text came in at 5 plus am.
19 April 2014, Saturday
His good morning text came in at 10 am; I was still in bed and my first thought was “did he even sleep?!” He told me to meet him at VivoCity at 4pm, which was another shocker for me. He has never once, in our 5 years together, made any decision just like that. Never.
I just went with the flow. I kind of knew something was going on, but I didn’t want to set my hopes up.
I arrived at VivoCity and well, he was there with nothing but his DSLR. Weird ‘cos I thought Facebook said he was listening to Spotify just 10 mins before we met. But hey, Facebook screws up sometimes too.
He never offers to take pictures of me, but this time, he did! *Jaw drops*
He said it was going to be a simple dinner. And il Lido does not count as a ‘simple’ dinner. Of course, at this point, I was still suspicious about the entire thing. I kept giggling and turning around, thinking someone’s gonna surprise me from behind.
This came complimentary. We don’t know what it was, but it tasted soooo good. There was a very strong hint of mushroom, which made us believe it was some kind of mushroom soup at first. But the texture was more foamy, rather than creamy. From my personal cooking experience, I’m guessing it was mostly made of beaten egg whites to give it that foamy texture. Taste wise, clueless – but I LURVED it.
For their full menu, click here.
Even though I was pretty much at the edge of my seat during the entire meal (like I literally kept turning behind me to make sure no one was behind), I really loved the whole experience. The food, ambience & company – everything was si magnifique!
At the end of our mains, the waiter asked if we would like any desserts. I did want some, but the look on D’s face told me he was hoping I’d say no, and so I did.
The view from where we were seated at il Lido was so amazing, I wanted to just sit and enjoy the evening breeze, but like a man on a mission, he called for the cheque and off we were.
I kept asking why he looked so stress, picking at the fact that I knew he had something up his sleeves. He kept denying it, but his little nervous giggles were complete giveaways. Even an idiot could tell he had something planned. By this time, I was 99% sure he was going to pop the question – I just wasn’t sure how he was going to do it.
So, after a short bus ride within Sentosa, we ended up here.
We ordered some ice cream and he excused himself for the gents.
I kept myself busy with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 10 minutes went by and the ice cream had not arrived and he was still nowhere in sight.
For some reason, I expected his family and mine to just appear from somewhere. I was so prepared for that to happen. Haha, how stupid.
I continued scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. And Spotify gave it away AGAIN. Spotify posted saying he was listening to Bossanova there and then. I immediately texted D and told him to switch off his music and come out from wherever he was. Haha.
5 mins later, he returned to the table looking visibly disturbed. I laughed and asked him what was going on. He ignored me and walked up to a waiter at the other end of the restaurant with what looked like a complaint. He walked back to our table and I told him the ice cream hasn’t arrived. He told me to forget about the ice cream, grabbed my hand and we walked out of the restaurant.
Looked like a scene right out of a Korean drama. Lol.
He got me to close my eyes, which I did. He then brought me up the hotel and guided me to a room.
When he told me to open my eyes…
At this point, I was already starting to cry. I mean, I kind of knew this was going to be it, but I just wasn’t sure know how the night was going to roll out for me.
I guess the tears were simply brought on by the overwhelming buildup of emotions. It meant so much to me that he had spent the day prepping for that night. The effort, the setting and every little detail of it – wow.
I turned to him, lost for words, and there he was kneeling in front of me with the ring in his hands. Can’t remember word for word of what he said, but it was something like, “… 5 years spent together has brought us up to this day… will you spend the rest of your life with me?”
And this was my answer…
Yes, I am officially engaged to the love of my life! ^^
And now letting the wedding planning begin… If you guys have any suggestions for good wedding venues or connections that can get us better rates, please be nice and share them with me. Lol.
Okay, sorry for the photo spamming.
(And in case you’re wondering what happened to my ice cream, well, it turned up eventually as room service.)