This is another repost from Multiply.

Date: May 1, 2009, Friday
Venue: Trinoma, a local mall that has become one of the crossroads of assimilation, stomping grounds for opinion and an unfolding drama of telenovela proportions

“Kayo na ba?”

Followed by faces dying to know the answer, this was the million-dollar question people have been asking/nagging me of sooo many times before like a broken record. Hanging them by their tails, I just shrug them off with a smile—every time.

Upon reaching Trinoma [at 3PM], Louie pulled out a big plastic bag from the car front seat. When asked, he said that it was a birthday gift for a friend we’ll be meeting at around 9 or 10PM. I thought to myself, “Ang late naman, di ba uwian time na un?” Nevertheless, I didn’t utter anything back and instead countered with a second thought: “Sige na nga, okay lang… siya naman kasama eh.”

As he had not eaten enough for lunch, he first quenched his hunger by eating a regular-sized shawarma. Then, we strolled along the crowded passages of the mall, talking about anything under the sun as usual, with topics ranging from the stolid to the sentimental.

When the clock ticked to 20 minutes past six, we moved our way to T.G.I. Friday’s for dinner. After dinner, we’ve carried on with our sweet nothings and some random things—until 9pm came. He asked me if I wanted to see the gift (in the plastic bag) before he hands it to his friend. I said okay, and before I knew it, he had torn down the scotch tape and removed the staple wire plastered on the bag. Whoa! How would he repack the gift and return the plasters back in place when he had not brought any of the materials for packaging?

With a devilish look on his face which seemingly tells “O! Na-trick na naman kita!”, he said that it was actually a gift for me. Again, I was caught by surprise.

He let me guess what the box contains. I had no idea. Like a cake box, it was square, colorful, bright and girly. I was sure the gift was neither edible nor easily perishable because he had been carrying it the whole time. After shaking the mysterious box, I felt that it contained something like a book. I wondered what book he would he possibly give me after letting me read a copy of Les Misérables. One thing I was certain: as much as it was interesting, the gift was something special as he had made it with myriads of shades of heightened swirls and convolutions.

Keyed up, we opened the gift together.

It was a scrapbook of our memories—page by page harking back from the day we had our first conversation (January 11, 2008) and recollecting the events and moments we’ve shared, until the very last page which was marked “May 1, 2009, the day where it all begins.” To cut short, the last line read that it was time. Time for what?

This would be better described if I use his words:

“Surely, this was time for something. Then, Louie moved closer to Roch. This was definitely the time for it.” Finally, Louie asked…

“Will you be my girlfriend?”

“Yes.”

And the rest was history.

92 Comments

ipili
ipili wrote on May 2, ’09
hehehe. i’m happy for you,roch 🙂

frrraaan
frrraaan wrote on May 2, ’09
Aww, Roch 🙂 So happy for you! 🙂

andrewmelliza
andrewmelliza wrote on May 2, ’09
whoaaaa grbe louie is that you??? hahha wow congrats sa inyo dlwa hehe ang sweet

andrewmelliza
andrewmelliza wrote on May 2, ’09
CONGRATS ROCH AND LOUIE heheh akalain mo yun si louie hahaha

blissfulangel
blissfulangel wrote on May 2, ’09
aww, congrats!:D:D:D

paperstainer
paperstainer wrote on May 2, ’09
Congrats Roch!

dboogeyman
dboogeyman wrote on May 2, ’09
YEEEESSSSSS……. sila na ohh….! BAGAY!!! congrats! :))

kae44
kae44 wrote on May 2, ’09
wow!! congrats!!! 😀

sheramf
sheramf wrote on May 2, ’09
after the long wait….natalo niyo pa ata wedding nila juday at ryan e.. :)) wish you all the best!=)

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

CONGRATS ROCH AND LOUIE heheh akalain mo yun si louie hahaha

haha di nga akalain :))

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09
thanks all 😀

iszhatot
iszhatot wrote on May 2, ’09
omigod.. kilig!! 🙂 im so happy for you roch! 🙂 congrats 🙂

okelli
okelli wrote on May 2, ’09
congrats ate roch and kuya louie! 😀

katetung
katetung wrote on May 2, ’09
congrats roch! sweet nmn nia!=)

moochiedg
moochiedg wrote on May 2, ’09, edited on May 2, ’09
congrats!!!!!! God bless you two!!! power couple! cool!!!

jacqchin
jacqchin wrote on May 2, ’09
OMG! had goosebumps while reading this. dalaga ka na talaga. we couldn’t have been more happier than atsi dolly. hehehe. basta cherish every moment, especially yung many firsts together- the kilig moments. (yuck) cause pretty soon, the “kilig” stage will wear off so enjoy it while it lasts. have fun together!dapat pala hinuli ko kayo sa trinoma! hehehe.anong tawagan nyo? bikoko din ba? hahaha

ainetherese
ainetherese wrote on May 2, ’09
roch!!! ang sweeetttt!!!:D:D congrats!:D how are you na?:D

hautechick
hautechick wrote on May 2, ’09
SOOOO CUTE!! The genius and cute couple! 🙂 I didn’t know that Louie can be so sweet! HAHAHA. Roch inferno, your love story’s written as if it’s an article ready to be published on our school newspaper! HAHA.

hautechick
hautechick wrote on May 2, ’09
And meron pa talaga “Bitin” factor, nasa ibang blog pa. HAHAHA. I’m so happy for you!! 🙂

gwatsmiles
gwatsmiles wrote on May 2, ’09, edited on May 2, ’09
Rochie ah!! hahaha di mo ko binalitaan, ngayon lang rin ako nakaonline. But before anything else…..CONGRATS Louie-Roch! 😀
Sabi na nga ba eh…hahaha nahulaan ko na! I’m so happy for both of you! 🙂 Also, the idea of the gift is very romantic 🙂

jamiee
jamiee wrote on May 2, ’09
haha katuwa naman =)

wilexander
wilexander wrote on May 2, ’09
gratz2x.. Godbless sa inyu.. =)

stargazersss
stargazersss wrote on May 2, ’09
awwww… so sweet 🙂 Congrats Roch and Louie! stay happy 😀

ongr
ongr wrote on May 2, ’09
haha i couldn’t believe louie could be like that hahaha be happy just don’t get married to early hahaha

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

OMG! had goosebumps while reading this. dalaga ka na talaga. we couldn’t have been more happier than atsi dolly. hehehe. basta cherish every moment, especially yung many firsts together- the kilig moments. (yuck) cause pretty soon, the “kilig” stage will wear off so enjoy it while it lasts. have fun together!

dapat pala hinuli ko kayo sa trinoma! hehehe.

anong tawagan nyo? bikoko din ba? hahaha

haha wala, by name lang 😀

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

SOOOO CUTE!! The genius and cute couple! 🙂 I didn’t know that Louie can be so sweet! HAHAHA. Roch inferno, your love story’s written as if it’s an article ready to be published on our school newspaper! HAHA.

haha grabe school paper. haloo tls, di eto for publishing ah :))

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

roch!!! ang sweeetttt!!!:D:D congrats!:D how are you na?:D

thanks. i’m fine. ojt na. yee onga ang sweet :))

negative8
negative8 wrote on May 2, ’09

haha grabe school paper. haloo tls, di eto for publishing ah :))

Sayang naman kung di natin ipupublish! Haha, joke!Napa-“awwwww” ako sa kwento mo. Good luck sa inyo! 😛

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

Rochie ah!! hahaha di mo ko binalitaan, ngayon lang rin ako nakaonline. But before anything else…..CONGRATS Louie-Roch! 😀
Sabi na nga ba eh…hahaha nahulaan ko na! I’m so happy for both of you! 🙂 Also, the idea of the gift is very romantic 🙂

kahapon lang un. sobrang antok na ako kagabi para magbalita sa bawat isa :)) thanks, g. miss you na! wahaha

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

Sayang naman kung di natin ipupublish! Haha, joke!

Napa-“awwwww” ako sa kwento mo. Good luck sa inyo! 😛

kakatuwa ka naman. thanks. miss ko na rin tls, jeff!, and ikaw! haha di na ako makabalik ng school 😐

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

And meron pa talaga “Bitin” factor, nasa ibang blog pa. HAHAHA. I’m so happy for you!! 🙂

syempre para maiba naman haha. thanks nadj. 🙂

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

YEEEESSSSSS……. sila na ohh….! BAGAY!!! congrats! :))

mukhang tuwang tuwa ka glenn haha :))

hazecie
hazecie wrote on May 2, ’09
yeees dalaga na ang anak kooo!! ^_^
stay happy =)

andrewtan10
andrewtan10 wrote on May 2, ’09
hay nako late na ako pero i have 2 comments!
1. anak ng tokwa hahahahha nambitin ka pa hndi pa tinuloy!!!! ahahhaha
2. Well grabe super astig kayo! hahaha Ingatan nyo isa’t isa ha 🙂 o ang Pride will always be here for the TWO of you haha 😛

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09
wow thanks naman andrew :)) di ka pa late nuh haha ung ibang Pride mas late

jcbi7
jcbi7 wrote on May 2, ’09
yikee kakilig uber hehe. 😀 god bless and congrats hehe. stay happy and grow more with each other! hehe. 😀 nakakakilig tayu kayu hehe. may bitin-bitin pa hehe.

whattamenjapo
whattamenjapo wrote on May 2, ’09
ouch.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA =))congrats sa inyo 😉

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

ouch.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA =))

congrats sa inyo 😉

ouch? awww jp :)) hahaha thanks

whattamenjapo
whattamenjapo wrote on May 2, ’09

ouch? awww jp :)) hahaha thanks

di ko inexpect eh. nasurprise ako mxado.biglaan sobra. HAHAHAHAHA

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09

di ko inexpect eh. nasurprise ako mxado.biglaan sobra. HAHAHAHAHA

haha kaya pala un ang status message mo??

whattamenjapo
whattamenjapo wrote on May 2, ’09

haha kaya pala un ang status message mo??

hahaha yup yup! ako n lng single sa group! :(( hahaha

patty02
patty02 wrote on May 2, ’09
congraaattss roch! 😛 kinikilig ako for u. HAHAHAHAHA 😛

milts
milts wrote on May 2, ’09
Congrats Roch and Louie!Antayin ko nalang yung weddding invitation nyo ha? Hahaha!Wish you all the best! God bless!

germaineteh
germaineteh wrote on May 2, ’09
Wow congrats Roch! XD

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 2, ’09
okelli said

congrats ate roch and kuya louie! 😀

thanks dcee haha kuya louie lang, hindi “ate” roch 😛

pochiquieng
pochiquieng wrote on May 2, ’09
stay happy=P

omimiw
omimiw wrote on May 2, ’09
yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. : )
pakilala! : ))

1anism
1anism wrote on May 2, ’09
really great story 😀 weeee!

febieznayn
febieznayn wrote on May 2, ’09
awww, cuuuute! congrats 😀

dumdee
dumdee wrote on May 2, ’09
Very thrilling yng narration may pabitin pa with the link =p haha Congrats to you both =) Haven’t met you yet Louie pero heard a lot from ure cousins (Siocos) nakoo matutuwa mga yun =) This will be a story that I’ll follow =)

jeffesperanza
jeffesperanza wrote on May 2, ’09
Congratulations!!!Andrew & Roch: Magpapa-HelpDesk Announcement ako sa DLSU… hahaha

falconite
falconite wrote on May 3, ’09

Congratulations!!!

Andrew & Roch: Magpapa-HelpDesk Announcement ako sa DLSU… hahaha

haha jeff, nasa maling site ka ata :))

falconite
falconite wrote on May 3, ’09
dumdee said

Very thrilling yng narration may pabitin pa with the link =p haha Congrats to you both =) Haven’t met you yet Louie pero heard a lot from ure cousins (Siocos) nakoo matutuwa mga yun =) This will be a story that I’ll follow =)

cousins? really? like who? haha

falconite
falconite wrote on May 3, ’09

thanks dcee haha kuya louie lang, hindi “ate” roch 😛

haha, bata pa ako 😛

rebanene
rebanene wrote on May 3, ’09
NAKS! Congrats to you both!! 🙂

naughtyallie
naughtyallie wrote on May 3, ’09
what else can we say… hehe.. CONGRATS!!!!
Stay happy!

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 3, ’09
omimiw said

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. : )
pakilala! : ))

haha maybe next time.

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 3, ’09

Congratulations!!!

Andrew & Roch: Magpapa-HelpDesk Announcement ako sa DLSU… hahaha

haha help desk? :)) nakakatawa naman eto.

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 3, ’09
milts said

Congrats Roch and Louie!

Antayin ko nalang yung weddding invitation nyo ha? Hahaha!

Wish you all the best! God bless!

thanks milts! matagal pa aantayin mo hahaha

andrewtan10
andrewtan10 wrote on May 3, ’09

ouch.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA =))

congrats sa inyo 😉

ow no JP??!! hahaha

allie22
allie22 wrote on May 3, ’09
aww.. ang cute naman.. Stay happy! =)

carouy
carouy wrote on May 3, ’09
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.kinilig ako! hahaha ganda ng pagkakwento! i’m soo happy for you! yeekiee!

migxz
migxz wrote on May 3, ’09
OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! honestly! kinikilig ako ngaun!!!! hahaha.. super! congrats roch!! haha.. sa inyong dalawa! haha.. wooohooo!! 😀

desjane
desjane wrote on May 3, ’09
awwwww 🙂 stay happy!! 🙂 miss u rochelle!

vanzmarco
vanzmarco wrote on May 3, ’09
I’m last again haha…well that’s coz I went out of town this weekend haha…no worries, I’m still one of the first to “realize” something existed bet. you two hahaha. Plus, formality lang toh…matagal na “kayo” hahaha 😉 There is only one thing left then…when will you give out the invitations on “YOUR” day? wahahaha

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 3, ’09
migxz said

OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! honestly! kinikilig ako ngaun!!!! hahaha.. super! congrats roch!! haha.. sa inyong dalawa! haha.. wooohooo!! 😀

haha naffeel ko nga pagkakilig mo migxz! kakatuwa ka :))

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 3, ’09

I’m last again haha…well that’s coz I went out of town this weekend haha…no worries, I’m still one of the first to “realize” something existed bet. you two hahaha. Plus, formality lang toh…matagal na “kayo” hahaha 😉 There is only one thing left then…when will you give out the invitations on “YOUR” day? wahahaha

hai vinci di ka talaga nagpapatalo ever hahaha 😛

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 3, ’09
ongr said

haha i couldn’t believe louie could be like that hahaha be happy just don’t get married to early hahaha

yes boss 😀 haha

chopin09
chopin09 wrote on May 3, ’09
speechless . . . . . . .

bebsy
bebsy wrote on May 3, ’09
wow! parang wedding proposal na!!! joke lang! that was sooo sweet! soo happy for you, you’re blooming! =D

alexiz428
alexiz428 wrote on May 4, ’09
hahaha atsi at last lumabot na heart u whahaha. Good Luck sa inyo. kay ahia louie dapat makilala ka na namin tsk tsk hahaha kami ba wla copy? whahahaa. so sweet naman! wish you all the best..

xtiandavid
xtiandavid wrote on May 4, ’09
hands down! lufet ng proposal!:)

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 4, ’09

hahaha atsi at last lumabot na heart u whahaha. Good Luck sa inyo. kay ahia louie dapat makilala ka na namin tsk tsk hahaha kami ba wla copy? whahahaa. so sweet naman! wish you all the best..

at last lumambot heart? haha bakit di ba? :)) tska anong copy?

gwatsmiles
gwatsmiles wrote on May 4, ’09

kahapon lang un. sobrang antok na ako kagabi para magbalita sa bawat isa :)) thanks, g. miss you na! wahaha

so panu ba yan, next na pagkikita natin…dun dun dun….hahaha as couple na kayo! miss you too! 🙂
yahooooie =p

collectivity
collectivity wrote on May 4, ’09
ok.. as usual.. late na nmn ako sa balita.. hahaha! congrats roch!.. and give my regards to louie n din.. =D

starbfly
starbfly wrote on May 4, ’09
awww.. late ako sa balita.. HAHAHA.. congrats sa inyo!!! God bless..:)

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 5, ’09
@steph and lee: ok lang nuh. thanks! God bless 😀

vanzmarco
vanzmarco wrote on May 5, ’09

hai vinci di ka talaga nagpapatalo ever hahaha 😛

YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT wahahaha…when I’m right…I’m left haha…ok I know it’s corny but you know what I mean 😉

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on May 5, ’09

YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT wahahaha…when I’m right…I’m left haha…ok I know it’s corny but you know what I mean 😉

yes of course i know you well 😛

mkaryl
mkaryl wrote on May 6, ’09
nasira ko ba moment nyo nung ginulo ko kayo? :))
super dikit na dikit si louie sayo nun ah! hahahahaha!

henshel8
henshel8 wrote on May 15, ’09
Congrats, grabe.hehe:) buti naman at kay louie napapunta si roch.hehe:)) good luck sa inyong two! sobrang dami ka ng ikkwento sakin roch. grabe.. spill more details ah.haha:)) see you!

bumibumi
bumibumi wrote on May 28, ’09
suspense naman ung click here to read more =))
sobrang natawa ako dun ha hahaha :))

bumibumi
bumibumi wrote on May 28, ’09
oh shucks ang sweet pala ni louie >:) =))

peterpiper00
peterpiper00 wrote on May 28, ’09
Congrats! hahaha

falconite
falconite wrote on May 29, ’09

oh shucks ang sweet pala ni louie >:) =))

yah, you should know, ur my avp 😛

lextra
lextra wrote on May 31, ’09
Hahahaha Roch-ang..sorry ngayon ko lang nabasa itong blog mo! Ngayon ko lang naalala! Haha….schweet ha!!! =) You finally found THE guy…took u yrs, sweetie! I’m happy for you! Malapit na birthday mo! Let’s meet up so i can do a house call or something. =) Miss u!

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on Jun 1, ’09

oh shucks ang sweet pala ni louie >:) =))

haha sweet din naman kayo 😛

rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on Jun 1, ’09
lextra said

Hahahaha Roch-ang..sorry ngayon ko lang nabasa itong blog mo! Ngayon ko lang naalala! Haha….schweet ha!!! =) You finally found THE guy…took u yrs, sweetie! I’m happy for you! Malapit na birthday mo! Let’s meet up so i can do a house call or something. =) Miss u!

sure haha miss you too

somethingfishy
somethingfishy wrote on Jun 7, ’09
hi roch. I’ve always wondered cause I’ve been seeing his pic. as your ym avatar. i was just too shy to ask. haha. kinilig ako sa nabasa ko. :> congrats, roch! (late na naman ako as usual). 😛
rochkirstin
rochkirstin wrote on Jun 7, ’09

hi roch. I’ve always wondered cause I’ve been seeing his pic. as your ym avatar. i was just too shy to ask. haha. kinilig ako sa nabasa ko. :> congrats, roch! (late na naman ako as usual). 😛

haha ok lang nuh. thanks ice 😀

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