Friday, September 25, 2015

The Story of Us: NinJay

"I used to think one day, we'd tell the story of us, how we met and the sparks flew instantly, and people would say, "They're the lucky ones."

I think it is only fitting to tell "the story of us" now that EJ and I are celebrating our 6th month together. I know couples will understand when I say, months and years feel long when you're in a relationship. It feels so good to be celebrating milestones and just looking back at how far you've gone together.

Six months.

But honestly, our story started way longer than that. Specifically, two years ago.

It was August 1, 2013 when I received my first email from him. The subject was, "Hello". It was short and sweet, and like how I tease him about it now... business-like. 

We were brought together by EJ's godmother, she was trying to pair us but he's in Canada and I'm in the Philippines, so in my head, no way was it gonna work. But I didn't mind gaining a new friend, so what the heck. We were emailing each other for about 3 months, added each other on Facebook but really didn't think it would go anywhere than that. Around that time however, the email exchanges started to get longer, we became more interested in each other's lives and for some weird reason, I developed the biggest crush on him. Still, it was a difficult set up so again, I didn't think it would go any further than a crush.

November came however, and I got a black box delivered to my office. It was so freaky cause it was around Halloween but when I opened it, I found these inside:


It was the first time that I kinda considered the possibility of an "us". It was so surprising for me to have someone court me all the way from across the world. He was far from me, there was the time difference (his morning is my evening) and there was just no way he could do it. Right? Well, I was definitely wrong. He started courting me with gifts during occasions (where I first learned all about shipping and customs regulations in the Philippines haha)


 

And he started this random campaign on Instagram "Why Ninin Should Visit Canada"


I reciprocated by sending him gifts as well and we were doing all the courting online.



We moved from emailing each other to Viber-ing everyday. Despite the distance, we grew very close until after more than a year of talking, he finally booked himself a flight to Manila :)


We finally met in March this year. It was one of the most emotional periods in my life but that experience made me realize how much I love him and distance, time or any other obstacle can't stand against us. We both took a leap of faith with each other, it was moving and definitely life changing. We both never had relationships before. I was 26 and he was 30, but on March 24, 2015 we decided to lose the "no boyfriend/girlfriend since birth title" and took that once-in-a-lifetime chance with each other. Here's a little video I did to capture our first moments as a couple:

NinJay from Ninin Sampiano on Vimeo.

Thank you EJ for the wonderful 6 months! I am beyond grateful for this moment here... to be telling our story and remembering all that we're gone through together. Happy 6 months, pangga! Here's to many more for us! I love you!

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