As I scan through my yahoo email, I happen to retrieve this blog entry that I wrote like 5 years ago… and so, this gave me the urge to have a major throwback today. Once again, this made me smile. This has been way back 2009 yet it was a nice feeling reminiscing this memorable day.
This is not about an entry on how to bake a special blueberry cheesecake it’s just that I am writing this because from now on, this type of cake will be forever significant in my entire life. I am not actually a fan of sweets and desserts and I find it so odd that a blueberry cheesecake would make a big relevance. ;)
Saturday, January 31st (of this year of course) one memorable event happened that I least expected the most to occur. Not a single hint crossed my mind, it’s like I was indeed totally clueless which made everything a major surprise. That blueberry cheesecake I am telling you was so vital in the scene. It was a busy day for us because we were already in a rush for Doc gem’s 30th birthday bash. There were tasks in line that we badly need to finish. Invitations, the pictorial (for the AVP, invites and tarp) the souvenirs and many other details for the party including the wardrobe that we have to wear for her western cowboy inspired party were all our main concerns that day. The whole day that we were together (Alex, Gem and Alvin) was basically on the birthday party preparations that I swear I didn’t notice any unusual gestures from my friends except the dinner that shella was trying to set at 7:00 pm. Later on, after gem had her pictorial wrapped up, we submitted a photo to Hanz Graphics for the tarp layout and decided to separate ways before the dinner. Gem has to go home first and alex too. Both were insisting that we should go ahead to Ayo so that I and Alvin could spend some time together.
Venue: Ayo Café
Apitong, Tacloban City
Accomplice: Doc Gem and Alex
Special participation: Waiter of Ayo, the manager and the rest of the crew
Cheer Leader: Doc lotlot
Main actor: Alvin Dave
So then, I was convinced. At eight o’clock I and Alvin were already on our way to Ayo Café. As expected the rest of my friends are not around yet when we got there so we decided to take a table for two (because Alvin was insisting even if already wanted to get settled in a bigger table). I happened to ask him if he knew the waiter who welcomed us because I noticed the waiter was smiling at him like as if they have already known each other for a while and he replied “nope”. The waiter handed us the menu. I told him we still have friends coming over and that we will order for food later, but Alvin again insisted to have dessert. “Dessert?!” I hyperactively jested (that is supposed to be taken after dinner, I just thought). The waiter interrupted trying to persuade me that it would be better to take dessert first while waiting for our friends to come and he said that a piece of cake would be perfect. Oh well I guess, this is the only fine dining resto which offers dessert first instead of an appetizer (whatever). I didn’t want a cake so I told Alvin to just have a single order and maybe I’ll just share with him. He gave me the privilege to pick for a flavor and after a couple of minutes of selection I decided we’ll have a BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE.
It took for about 30 minutes before the cake was served that it gave me the chance to whine about waiting. And then there you go… Blueberry Cheesecake was on the center of the table. I promise I was still so clueless. The cake had a perfect presentation and just by the looks of it, the sweetness beckons that it was surely deliciously tempting. But hey… was this thing on the top? It is a part of the presentation or should I say the design? This was the exact words that I asked when I get to notice it; “ hala, kay ano may singsing?!” (Oh, why is it that there is a ring on it?) I swear I still didn’t have an idea, I thought it was just a part of the design. And there my boyfriend smiled… he was sweetly looking at me on the eyes then held he my hand and asked me; “ baby, will you marry me? “.
I couldn’t believe it was happening. I was actually in the state of shocked. Hehe. Though I was laughing, I became speechless. I didn’t know what to say…I was just laughing maybe because I was very happy… or I was having a mixed emotion… I can’t explain. Then he took my hand, got the ring on the top of the cake and slid it on my left ring finger.
A marriage proposal happened that night and it was actually the second time that he proposed. The first proposal happened when he was still in Vietnam and that was also a surprise. I never thought it would happen again. He explained that he of course wanted a formal proposal that he did efforts to make it something special and “romantic” with the symbol of his pure intention that has sealed the engagement: the ring. And speaking of efforts, this is where my friends came in. They (gem, alex, devi (in the US), shella, lotlot) all have their parts in the conspiracy. Hmmm… Let’s try to rewind how all of them connived narrated to me after the proposal.
Devi anne: the first person whom he contacted to ask advice on how he would execute the proposal. They had several conversations about it. Devi then suggested Alvin to contact shella.
Shella: the “ring- on –top- of- the- cake” thing was her idea. She said it was actually her dream proposal but she decided to give it to Alvin. It was also shella whom Alvin asked to get my ring size. In a Sunday afternoon coffee date with them she told us she is selling silver jewelries (rings, bracelet and earrings) and that maybe we are interested to order. It was gem whom she is trying to convince that she asked gem to fit her ring and right after she also asked me to fit it. And there she got my size, 5. (and she reported it to Alvin through YM)
Gem and Alex: they were the ones who set the reservation at AYO. They talked to the restaurant manager about the plan and fortunately got the approval for the participation of the restaurant’s crew. They also revealed that plan B was Mc Donald and they actually have talked to the manager who also approved but still have opted to pursue at Ayo. It was alex who was in constant communication with the resto that day for updating.
Doc Lot was the cheer leader…hehehe… the one who has the major “kilig”. She was also there one Wednesday night when they had dinner out together to finalize everything. So basically all of them knew what was going to transpire.
It wasn’t a full production proposal just like the one you see in the movies or in the internet but of course for me that was the best. What makes it unique was it appears to me so naturally. It happened with no traces of clues that it served its purpose: to surprise me! In movies, wedding proposals usually happens elegantly but it didn’t gave me the chance to atleast dress up. But it was an extraordinary feeling. It might be that “kina-career” and creative like the way I conceptualize things (peace, baby!) but I should say it’s the most kilig of all.