how we met
We were both engineering students at San Jose State University. Ariet was a 3rd year and I was a first year student. Within the engineering department there was this program called the MESA Engineering program. It was meant to academically & professionally prepare engineering students. One part of the program was for incoming freshman students to be assigned an older student mentor to meet with monthly. Ariet was assigned as my peer mentor for my freshman year. We met for a few meetings and Ariet had already liked me. But it wasn’t until an engineering conference in Oakland in October where we were able to get to know each other and I fell for him.
how they asked
Trying to break tradition, we decided to go shopping for my engagement ring together in the early summer of 2018. After picking out the ring, I knew he would propose sometime that year but I didn’t know when or how. I always told him I’d want the proposal to be intimate and just something between us not a whole show for everyone. We were on vacation in Japan and Ariet made a reservation at Nobu in Tokyo. We had eaten at a few Nobu’s back at home and we really enjoyed them. During the whole dinner Ariet was extremely nervous and barely talking. I went to the bathroom and when I came back to sit down he stood up got down on his knee next to me and said many romantic things and proposed. After we continued our dinner and I was happy that it wasn’t a huge scene in the restaurant. However, after our meal, the waiters brought out a large dessert platter with candles. All the chefs and waiters in the restaurant came out and started clapping. I don’t like to be the center of attention so I got nervous but it actually turned out to be a great experience.