Marianne and Victor

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How We Met

We shared a common friend who had been dying to set us up. He was in New York and I was leaving for Sydney but we both happened to be in Manila at that same time. We both told our friend that we’d be happy to meet up while we were both still in Manila.We had our first sort of ‘blind date’ for dinner in Manila on November 2011 and the rest is history.

I didn’t think any of the three of us thought that the ‘blind date’ would turn out to be what is almost a 7-year long distance relationship and now happily engaged.

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how they asked

We first met in 2011. He was from New York and I was leaving for Sydney – we had a mutual friend who thought it was a good idea for us to meet. So we did. And our friend was right because we really connected and got along so well. We have been in a long distance relationship since 2011. We have been taking turns flying to Sydney, New York or somewhere in between and new. On November 17, 2017, he took me to Acadia National Park because hiking is one of the things we enjoy doing together. We drove for almost 12 hours from New York. We spent 3 days in the park – exploring its beauty and magnificence. It actually felt like we had the whole national park to ourselves (and his cousin) because it was practically empty. On our first day, we hiked the difficult and dangerous Precipice Trail. It was one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we’ve done together. And on the next day, he said he wanted us to hike the top of Cadillac Mountain (the highest summit in the park). It took us 2.5 hours to reach the very top and, it was so windy and freezing.

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He pulled me to a nice spot at the very top and said he wanted me to open a tiny pouch on his necklace. It was so funny because I was even scolding him – telling him that because of the wind I didn’t think it was the appropriate place or time to be opening little bags. I was so afraid that his necklace would get blown away by the wind – this necklace was special because it was of his late father’s. He convinced me to open it anyway and when I did – I was shocked to see a diamond ring. He knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

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With his cousin taking photos whilst everything was happening. And now, we are engaged. After the wedding, we will be ending our long distance relationship and starting our life together, in the same city, country, and continent. Our relationship is very much like our proposal. There were a lot of challenging roads and hikes we had to do but in the end, it was always worth it. My proposal story is simple, sweet but perfect – I wouldn’t have changed any bit of it.

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