- 7 years ago
My boyfriend and I were vacationing on Boracay Island in the Philippines last week. It was about 4:30pm or so when he asked me if I wanted to rent a kayak and watch the sunset from Puka Beach! I had a little incling that maybe, just maybe a proposal was in the works, but I didn’t get my hopes up, just in case! I decided I wouldn’t play detective and would go with the flow! (If you know me, you KNOW that this is really hard for me to do!)
I tried, really I did, but it was too obvious that he was trying to plan something! He and the hotel manager were wispering by the bar and when one the bartender took off his shirt and flailed it around in the air on the deck to try to get the kayak owners attention out in the water, I knew something was up! Nobody works that hard to get a kayak… not around here at least.
So, with the kayak ready and our red waterproof bag all packed up, we jumped on and headed around the island to Puka Beach on the north side! The weather was gorgeous, with blue skies and a cool breeze the whole way!
I love to kayak and love the ache in my arm muscles after we’ve been paddling for a while, but he told me I could stop and enjoy the view and that he would paddle for us! SCORE!
As we were kayaking, we passed a couple small secluded beaches, one of which a middle aged naked man was lurking around by himself! When he saw us, he quickly ran and hid behind a rock… classic!
After about 40 minutes, we had made it to Puka beach and pushed our kayak onto the sand. There was no one around for as far as the eye could see! I immediately knelt down and started collecting shells…while my boyfriend snapped a couple pictures of the kayak on the water. Unfortunately, after about 10 minutes, a group of Philippino teenagers came out of nowhere and started kind of lurking around the kayak, checking out what we had inside, then literally sat about 15 feet from us! Talk about a mood killer!
So, we jumped back in the kayak and headed to one of the small secluded beaches nearby (to the east). My boyfriend set up the camera on his tripod so we could take some pictures in the water and by the kayak… Then… as I was kneeling down on the sand, picking up shells… he said to me, “Love, come on lets watch the sunset out in the water!” and guided me out into the ocean. Once we got about waste deep, I pulled him in to hug him and noticed that his heart was beating out of his chest! I said, “Babe, your heart is beating so fast!” His response, “Maybe because I’m holding this” and showed me the ring, which he had been holding in his hand! THANK GOODNESS HE DIDNT DROP IT! Then he asked, “Will you marry me?” Which, of course I said “YES!”and jumped on him, Koala bear style! We hugged and kissed out in the water as the sun was setting! Then he slipped the gorgeous ring on my finger and told me to look over there… He had set up his camera and had videoed the entire thing! It was a gorgeous and romantic moment as we stood there in the water, in our own little secluded piece of the island, watching the sunset and basking in our engagement!
He said we had to hurry back because we had a dinner reservation at 7pm! I immediately thought, “Wow, there’s more?!” So, we jumped in the kayak and paddled away into the sunset… literally!
We got back to our hotel around 6:40pm and climbed the ladder out of the water! We were met with cheers and lots of “Congratulations” from the staff! With 20 minutes to go until our reservation, I showered, got dressed, threw my wet hair up, and headed towards the beach with my new fiance! As we were walking, I noticed that a bunch of candles and tiki torches had been set up on the sundeck of the resort next door. As we got closer I noticed that a table had been set up next to the water amongst all of the candlelight! I smiled and said, “Wow! Look at that! He grabbed my hand and said, “It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s for us!” WHAT??!! He led me down the isle of candles and rose petals leading to the table for two on the water! It was covered with a white table cloth, 3 candles, 3 roses, white plates and 2 wine glasses. There candles everywhere and tiki torches surrounded the area! Three servers, dressed in all white, were waiting for us to arrive, and promptly served us some white wine (which Aaron had found earlier in the day, unbeknownst to me! He bought my favorite, Moscato!). It was straight out of a scene of the bachelor (which we love to watch for the trainwreck factor)and we laughed about how it seemed just like one of their romantic dinner dates! He grabbed a rose from the flower arrangement on the table and asked if “I would accept this rose!”… as a joke, of course! I loved it! The set up was beautiful, classic and romantic, and knowing that he had planned every detail of it with the manager just made it that much more wonderful.
Earlier in the day, when I was gone to get a pedicure and manicure (good timing, eh?) he was apparently planning! He had gone to the resort and talked with the restaurant manager and had everything set up! He asked for the sunbathing chairs to be removed on the sundeck and for it to be decorated in a “simple, classy and romantic way,” which they NAILED! Then he picked out each menu item!
It was the PERFECT night, and the two of us are still on cloud nine about our engagement!
FOR PICTURES, check out my blog at: http://theothersideofthemoon2009.blogspot.com/2012/02/big-day.html