DUSTIN + ANGELINE'S STORY
An Answered Prayer
HOW WE MET
She says....(Angeline's story)
It was in January 08, I decided to pack my bags and move from coast-to-coast ( from Los Angeles to New York). I didn't know what's ahead of me in the Big City. But I did it anyway since I wanted to move on and get over a failed relationship. I was heartbroken. I wanted a new environment...meet new people...start a new life! I was sharing an apartment with this girl named Jenny, who's also a Filipino like me.
One day, our neighbor approached Jenny and mentioned that he works with a Filipino guy named Dennis, who plays in a band. Our neighbor invited us to go see him and gave us Dennis' business card. At the same time, he asked for Jenny's number to give to Dennis. The Filipino community in NY is small compared to other ethnicity, but one thing that sets us apart....Filipino community is a close-knit community...we try to help each other if we can. Jenny and Dennis started talking and Jenny mentioned to him that I was new in New York, don't have a lot of friends yet and SINGLE. Dennis on the other hand, responded that he has a nephew around my age who happens to be single as well. His name is DUSTIN. So the two agreed to introduce us, just for the sake of me having a friend and who knows if it will lead to something special. Jenny gave my number to Dennis.
I, being this new girl in the City. I always go to St. Patrick's Cathedral every Saturday or whenever I have time.I mentioned before, I was heartbroken. I always pray for guidance in my journey and that one day, I wish that I get to meet the person that God wants for me. I always pray to God that "whatever His will, be done."
Sometime in February, I received a call from Dustin. I wasn't surprised when he called me as I was told by Jenny. According to Dustin, he was reluctant to call me 'cause he wasn't really into Filipina women. He doesn't know any Filipinos other than his family. But when he saw my picture which was emailed by Jenny to Dennis and from Dennis to Dustin, (ahem) he said he thinks I'm cute.
Going back to that first phone call, one of the most unforgettable lines he said during that conversation goes like this:
Dustin: You know, I don't do this all the time. I don't make random calls to girls.
Angeline: (at the back of my head) Yeahh right!
Days passed, Dustin and I would exchange text messages and phone calls but not that often. Dennis invited me and my roommate to watch his band so Dustin and I can finally meet but we always end up not coming. We were invited twice or thrice but never showed up. The fourth time we were invited, I texted Dustin that Jenny and I are coming to see Dennis' band and asked him if he's coming as well. He said he'll be there.
It was May 10, 2008 (Saturday), Dustin and I finally met at Perlas ng Silangan, a Filipino restaurant in Queens. I went there with Jenny and Jenny's friend. I was so nervous. I can't remember the last time I met up or went out with a guy. Dustin, on the other hand looked calm. He looked cute with his red-striped shirt and dark gray sweater. He approached our table and introduced himself. I invited him to sit with us since his cousins were also in Perlas that night. I handed him the Emergen-C that I brought him.
(The Emergen-C story: One of the conversations we had before we met--he mentioned that he has the worst allergies. I, myself had the same problem whenever the season changes ---allergies! That's one thing we have in common. I told him that I've been drinking Emergen-C which relieves my allergies and prevents me from catching flu and colds. Having that conversation in mind on the day we're scheduled to meet, I decided to bring him some of my Emergen-C in stock.)
After exchanging questions and answers, getting to know each other, Dustin asked me if I wanted to go to the City for drinks so we can have our private moment together. We left Perlas and headed to Bleecker St. We talked and learned a lot of things about each other. I realized we have similarities and differences. We went from one bar to another, drank tequila, greygoose and margarita. We danced the night away. One thing's for sure: we enjoyed each other's company.
Before we parted ways, Dustin invited me to have dinner with him the very next day (Sunday) at Sushi Samba. From then on, we've been seeing each other 3-4 times a week. He was consistent and persistent in courting me. A month after we met, we became officially a couple. Ordinary days turn out to be extra-special whenever we're together! Each day spent with him is priceless!
After a year of being boyfriend/girlfriend, he said I was the One and proposed to me. He told me that he was praying to God for a long time to meet a girl like me. I asked when did he realize I was the person he's been waiting for...He said, "I knew it the moment you gave me the Emergen-C, the first day we met".We got married through a civil ceremony in July 2009. We've been married for 2 wonderful years now. As we move forward to our journey as husband and wife, we seek God to bless our marriage. We're having our Catholic wedding in December and I can't wait to say my vows in front of our families, friends and God above.
I thank God for having Dustin into my life--- MY HAPPY ENDING, MY DREAM COME TRUE, MY ANSWERED PRAYER, MY LOVER AND MOST OF ALL, MY BEST FRIEND, ALL WRAPPED UP IN ONE!
HOW WE MET
He says...(Dustin's Story)
February 2008... My uncle, Tito Dennis, sent me a picture of this girl he wanted to introduce me to. He said something about how he knows a guy at work, who is neighbors with this woman and this woman's roommate is the girl he sent me a picture of. He also said that they would be coming to one of his shows at this Filipino Restaurant we always go to.
After 3 months and some broken plans, he sends me this girls number which he got from her roommate. He says "Call Angeline, she is expecting your call and they are coming to see my band" Now, I dont call random girls...ever, I feel creepy and stalkerish but since I thought she was cute I finally called. Ill never forget the awkwardness of the first thing I said.
"Hi Angeline, this is Dustin...my uncle gave me your number.... he said you and your roommate are coming to his show next week..." How is that not creepy!?! I felt so awkward, what made it worse is that she made it seem like she had no idea what I was talking about. (Which I found out later was completely FALSE)So after painfully explaining the circumstances on how I got her number and why I was calling, we had a normal conversation, if you define a normal conversation as incredibly awkward pauses where nobody spoke and when someone did say something it would be at the same time as the other and you would say something like "Oh im sorry, what were you saying?" Thats when I found out that she had really bad allergies like me and she drank Emergen-C to fight it off.
So after a couple of days of texting and emailing each other, Angeline and I finally met. We were at this restaurant called Perlas, My Ninang (Godmother) and my cousin (Marie) were also there. She invited me to sit at her table. Before dinner, she gave me a box of Emergen-C for my allergies. That is the moment I knew she was special. I remember they ordered some drinks and all of my favorite Filipino foods. I also remember not eating a lot even though I was STARVING because I didnt want her and her friends to know that deep down I am still a fat boy. haha
After dinner, we hopped in a cab and headed to some bars downtown on Bleecker St. We had some shots of Patron, some margaritas and just had a good time. I showed her my dance moves (Which consists of a dance I call "The 2-step" and is precisely 2 steps, one to the left and one to the right in rhythm of course. haha)I also made dinner plans with her at Sushi Samba the very next night.
Since then, Angeline has grown to be the love of my life. She makes me the richest person on the planet. God has truly blessed me. I get to spend everyday with my soul mate, my best friend, my love, my EVERYTHING!
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