Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The iLL proposal

Before I begin let me say, for all of my lovely ESL friends, "ill" means good.

So last Sunday in Korea was what is called "White Day." Traditionally, on Valentines day, the girl gives a present to the boy. Then on White Day, it's time for the boy to give a present to the girl. Now enough with the traditional stuff and let's get to the juicy part.

As some of you may know I was thinking of a nice and original way to propose to my lovely girlfriend (now Fiancee'). Getting the ring was easy enough since I have such great great taste:) (At this time I would like to give a shout out to Markens Jewlers, who also happen to be my second family, the Strauss's, for helping me out. Also my cousin Annah for coming with and trying to make me spend more money!) But it's hard to think of a way to propose while still being original because it's been done so many times before. Now, my way might have happened before, and it will def happen again after, but I have never heard nor seen it...so if you have, shut the hell up.

I sneaked out of bed in the morning, while she was sleeping, and went to the bag where the ring was hid. The bag was about 2 feet away from Jin's head. Luckily she sleeps like a log, but I was still very nervous she would wake up. The zipper on the bag opens up to where the handle of the suitcase is stowed, so it's a very small compartment. The zipper itself is maybe 10 inches in length but it still took me about a minute to open. All the while I was looking back to make sure she didn't wake up. No noise, success. I then went to get the ring, which was in a case, which was in a box, which was in the noisiest plastic bag in the world. As my luck would have it, the ring was really wedged in there. I wrestled with it for about a minute before I got it and then immediately ran into the bathroom to hide like a kid stealing a cookie from the jar. That is the downfall of living in a smallish studio apartment with two people. You hear EVERYTHING.

I took the box out of the bag, the case out of the box, and the ring out of the case. I put the ring on my pinky finger facing inwards to my palm. I walked out of the bathroom and got back into bed. She was facing away from me so I snuggled up next to her. I don't think I've ever been that nervous. My heart was beating as loud as I've ever heard it. I kissed her on the cheek to wake her up but she wasn't having any of that. She obviously still didn't want to wake up on her Sunday morning off. Finally she started to come to and I told her I love her, and she said it back. I asked "are you sure?" She made a noise that I knew to be yes. With her eyes still closed I told her "Then I have a question for you." I slipped the ring on her finger and asked her if she will marry me. Her eyes opened wide and she giggled, hugged, and jumped on me. After about 15 seconds...I just wanted to make sure...I asked her "so is that a yes?" And, of course it was. I found out later it wasn't my voice or my kissing her cheek that woke her up. It was my heart beating. She felt it AND heard it. She was a little curious what was going on.

After we woke up, both of us still in disbelief, we went downtown to eat our favorite food. We went shopping for some stuff we needed for the apt, and then came back home to spend the rest of our Sunday together as an engaged couple. All in all, an excellent day.

SNAGS: When I got to Korea she unpacked all of my things and I thought she found the ring. She didn't. I also watched a movie called "The Time Traveler's Wife." It was one SHE downloaded...and in the movie he actually proposed to his girlfriend very very similarly to what I wanted to do. The movie came out in Oct of 2009. I've had this idea pre Sept 2009 and I have proof! So I was just scared that she watched it. That would have ruined everything. I knew she didn't because I asked her all sly like the night before if she saw it yet.

So yeah, that is the story. Sorry for the length, but you asked for details. There they is ya'll. Stay cool, PEACE.


Renan said...

Hey man! I'm sure no matter how you did it, it will still be memorable for Joren. Joren and I were good friends back in college and in the early "band' years. She is very special and I am very glad shs is having the time of her life, good career and especially a wonderful lovelife...I enjoyed reading your blog...I can tell of a genuine love that both of you shares...



Jane said...


That is the most beautiful story. I am so happy that you shared it with all of us.

To be honest with you, when I read this I started to tear up. I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your engagement!

I cannot believe out of all of us, you are now the first to get married.

Just by reading your blog, I can see that you both truly do love each other. Jake, I am really happy for you.

So, as your childhood friend, old neighbor and my old school companion, I wish you and Joren nothing but the best.

Congratulations Again!

- Jane

P.S: Very nice ring ;)

Cinder Block said...

Thanks to you both for reading and commenting. I appreciate it. KEEP READING!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the story, and the way you proposed is so unforgettable... Sooo detailed that I am able to visualize what actually happened ;)You should consider writing as a 2nd career... and forget the drawing... lol!

I asked Joren on how you proposed and she gave me the link to your blog... so cute and really sweet of you to do all those things to my friend.

Stay sweet and I wish you and Joren all the best...


Cinder Block said...


Anonymous said...

jake, you just caused my mascara to run! freaking wonderful, now i gotta run to the bathroom on the other side of the office to fix my face! lol...
simply adorable