My original plan in proposing to her was bringing her, alone, without her and my family, to Eco Park (a huge garden - nature thing place, located at the northern part of Manila, Philippines). And I'll bring her to the top most part of that park and I got one or two photographers hiding somewhere ready to capture the emotions and reactions of my fiancee as I recite my message to her and as I kneel down in front of her, taking out the ring out of my pocket and ask her. That plan never happened, first, she mentioned to me that if ever I have a plan to propose to her, she wants her family to witness my proposal, oh crap! What now!?
The plan above I mentioned was still going on my head, and I've been telling myself and my colleagues that I will stick to that plan, I will just bring my family and her family and pretend that we will have a picnic together, but I just realised, days before the 999th day, that that plan sucks! That plan will never work, I realised that I hate that plan. Roxy, my colleague, a front-end web developer, came to help. Ever since that girl knew that I will be proposing to her, she was there to help me and she's been very excited for me. Anyway, Roxy suggested so much things, information overload lol. I told her that I hate my plan, long story short about Roxy, she suggested one thing. I should bring her and her family, and my family, to a restaurant. What a brilliant idea! Although, to others, it maybe an old fashion way to propose, I still love her idea. I like all of Roxy's suggestions, from the flowers and to whatever.
|Roxy's message to me, days before the big day, such a nice friend.|
3 days left. I called out to Meril, our boss in the office, to confirm if the price of the chopper for rent he mentioned to me is correct. He gave me the website of the company that offers a chopper ride. I was kinda desperate at that time because I really need to change my plan and time is running out.
QUICK Trivia: Did you know that there is a difference between a term chopper and helicopter? 
I was thinking to rent a chopper, thinking that I just need to bring our go-pro se4 and propose to her when we reach the sky. But it's so damn expensive! You can experience a chopper ride for only 5-damn-minutes, just be ready to pay P11,000.00 (approx 250 USD). I mean, I could pay for that but it isn't so practical and besides, I didn't want to jeopardise our lives just for this quick wedding proposal, needless to say, I disposed of this idea.
2 days left before the 999th day, I 100% dumped my original plan - the Eco Park thing. I told Roxy that I will take her suggestion, a dinner with my family, my fiancee, and my fiancee family. At that time, I didn't have the plan to play a song with a guitar and bring flowers as part of my wedding proposal. I just wanted it to get done, I just wanna get engaged to my fiancee (back then, of course, she was my girlfriend, but let's stick to the term fiancee . During this day, I was still deciding what restaurant should I choose, cause Roxy and Dan (our new colleague) suggested many places, hours passed, I decided to choose the Romulo Cafe in Jupiter, Makati City. I didn't check that place thoroughly though.
After the office hours, Roxy called the restaurant. She reserved seats for me, I think she was very excited than I was at that time. She mentioned as well that there's gonna be a song to be played when I kneel before my fiancee, and that song would be A thousand years - Christina P. The dinner would be at 7:00 PM, Sunday.
Friday before midnight,
When I came home, I was thinking if I should play a song using a guitar, and what song I should sing. I am a terrible singer and have a unpleasant singing voice, believe me. I chatted some of my friends on Facebook and asked them if they have a guitar and if I may borrow it. They all said that they have no guitar even though I was willing to pay for the rental fee. Here comes Bryan Lingat, my former classmate in college, and a very good friend of mine. He was willing to borrow a guitar from someone and give it to me. Alright, so all things were set at that moment. About the flowers though, I was still undecided.
Saturday night: 9:45PM
When I mentioned to my family that I will be needing a guitar and that I am renting one via my friend Brian, my cousin named Cazandra overheard it and told me that she got an acoustic guitar and it produces sounds better than my old-shitty sounded Fernando small acoustic guitar. I then sent a message to Bryan immediately to not bother borrowing a guitar from his friend anymore and I was very thankful that he tried to help me. Before the clock reached 10:00 PM at that night, I contacted the Romulo Cafe via phone to double check my reservation, the lady found no reservation under my name and told me that I was calling the Quezon City branch of that restaurant, she then gave me the Makati City branch telephone number. So I called that number and to my surprise, the lady of that branch told me that there's no reservation under my name. I panicked. I told Roxy what happened, and she was ready to contact the restaurant on Sunday morning to double check it.
Romulo Cafe opens at 10 AM I think, but I called them a bit earlier than that because I was anxious to know if there's no really a reservation under my damn name. The lady over the phone confirmed my reservation and I told her to make it 14 persons instead of 10, also, I told her that I will propose to my fiancee.
At this time, I was very nervous, in a few hours, I will meet her and both of our families will meet each other. Damn. I prepared very well, I brought the engagement ring to my bag, brought money as well - Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I decided to buy a bouquet.
|I sent a photo of the bouquet I bought, to our Viber group|
I was running to the flower shop in Cubao, Quezon City, where you can find affordable flowers, and not to mention, fresh and beautiful. I bargained with the flower girl in that place although I was a bit late. Again, the dinner is at 7:00 PM. 5:40 PM, I told Roxy and my other colleagues that I was really scared and I would play a guitar song. I was fckin scared, nervous, anxious, although I was 99.9% sure that my fiancee would say YES. I was feeling all these because I would have to play a song with a guitar in front of many people including our families, and to remind you, I am a very bashful / shy type of a person.
I arrived in Ayala station / Makati, I was waiting for my Uber. My photographer, named sir Kiko arrived at the venue at exactly 6:00PM, wow! I was still at the train at that time. There are reasons/things happened to me at that moment that could have f*ckd up my wedding proposal.
1. Uber drivers didn't bother to call me to know where the hell I was.
2. I didn't have a load or any way to contact the two or three Uber drivers I tried to have a book with.
3. I mistakenly placed the arrow in Uber inside a builder, that arrow indicated where I was.
4. After 3 unsuccessful attempts, I was already freakin late and this damn Uber banned me from booking for a certain amount of time.
5. I then tried booking using Grab. The driver I tried to book with was far. So I went to a taxi area and damn, it was a wrong taxi area, the taxis in that place are heading to the non-Makati places.
6. I went to the other area where taxis are bound inside the Makati. I was freakin late at that moment! My family, my fiancee my fiancee family, and my photographer were already there at the venue and here I was at the long line of people waiting for regular taxis. Okay, time came, thank you Lord for giving me a cool taxi driver.
To make the long story a bit shorter, I arrived to the place. Thanks to the driver, he knows the place. When I left the taxi, the receptionist noticed that I got a beautiful bouquet and asked me if I was the man who's going to do a wedding proposal, and I said yes. I then explained to that lady and to their "technician" the plan:
I will go to our table, greet the family members and my fiancee will excuse myself pretending that I will need to go to the comfort room at the 1st floor, but the truth is, I was going to get the guitar and the bouquet. We had our dinner at the 2nd floor, the nicest part of the restaurant. I brought my cousin, the owner of the guitar at the 1st floor and I took a quick practice of the song. Thanks to the Lord God for not letting my fiancee go down to find me haha! Alright, at this moment, my heart was pounding out of my freakin chest. But I was already there, #YOLO! My cousin was holding the flowers, and I put the guitar's belt on to my shoulder and we went upstairs.
Here myself comes, damn, I talked to my photographer quickly before I entered the dinner place, talked about the plans on how he will take photos of my fiancee I already discussed to him that I hired him, sir Kiko to just capture the emotions and reactions of my fiancee during the event. My fear wasn't able to hold me back and bam! I walked straight to our table, in front of her, I started strumming the guitar and started singing the song: Grow old with you - Adam Sandler.
|Her reactions, her face during my presentation.|
During the refrain part of the song, which is the "I'll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold, need you, feed you, even let you hold the remote control..." I cried. I couldn't help it but to fckg cried during the performance. Some of the family members nearly cried, or cried too. haha! After singing the song and playing the guitar, the song A thousand years played and I asked for her hand and walked her into the spacious part of the floor, gave her the bouquet, kneeled before her, brought out the ring, got her other hand, and asked the question: "WILL YOU MARRY ME?". She then replied: "OO NAMAN (Yes of course)." Bam! Next song: Saving forever for you - a man version from Spotify. Then I kissed her quick, and hugged her really tight while still crying and then I heard the whole crowd clapping their hands. It felt great! Some people after the dinner even congratulated us. Wooo! Thank you mahal. I love you so much!