Thursday, December 20, 2012

An open letter to my travel and life partner on our 5th year.

Hon, 

Five years have gone by. But it seemed like it was only yesterday when we first laid eyes on each other. Starting out with an impromptu date with a group of people, which eventually lead to just us two -- sharing sentiments and crazy ideas over hot cups of Caramel Macchiato drinks. I will never forget that official first date. It was a mark of a new and blessed beginning. 

December 2007

I know you can attest to the fact that our first year wasn't a "walk in the park". We had our moments. We had our struggles. We had our misunderstandings. We had our own dose of break-ups along the way. Then again, what's a relationship without those few bumps on the road, right? 

Puerto Galera, April 2008

But one thing's for sure.. we most certainly had that kind of strength and love that kept us from being astray from one another. It didn't take long for me to realize that it was you who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. You are "the one", as others may put it. You will always be THE ONE, no matter what. 

CWC, Camarines Sur, October 2009

Thank you for sharing my passion for traveling. I never imagined journeying off to different cities and towns, and even to Asian countries without you by my side. Seeing the world one step at a time has been more meaningful ever since we went on our first out-of-town trip to Puerto Galera. It has been a constant and enriching adventure since then. I really can't wait to explore the rest of the world with you! 

Macau, May 2010

Thank you for your patience, for I know that it may be hard to keep up with my quirkiness, craziness, bitchiness all at the same time. You actually deserve an award or a trophy even, for being the boyfriend-who-kept-his-sanity-this-long. You are a winner to me! A great catch even more. 

Thank you for your generosity, for I know that I may not always have the means to constantly provide for fancy dates, fancy gifts and such. So thank you --- you never ask for anything in return. 

Thank you for your time, for I know how much your job takes a great toll on both your health and body. Thank you, for you still make time for me despite being sleep deprived. Thank you for never making these trials as an excuse not to spend time with me. You are a keeper. 

Enchanted Kingdom, Laguna, January 2011

Thank you for your understanding, and for loving my every strength and weakness. I may not be able to give you what you want in life. But rest assured that I will be able to provide you the kind of love that you will never get to experience with anyone else, ever again. That is a promise. 

Saigon, Vietnam, November 2012
Always know that you're one of my greatest sources of joy. You have been my rock, my best friend, my love and my life. The past five years have been absolutely one of the best ones for me because you exist to be at my side. 

So, here's to half a decade of love and happiness.. and a few more decades to come! Thank you for a journey well spent, hon. I love you! Cheers to our accomplishments! :) 

Here's to more travels!!! Japan next year, perhaps? :P

Always & Forever, 

Mai

71 comments:

Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com said...

So sweet naman! *kilig* If I can find such a travel partner, I'd willingly forgo being a solo traveler too haha

Mai_Flores said...

I'm sure maraming nakapila for your hand.. ikaw pa! But make sure to pick the fairest of them all.. parang Disney Princess lang ang peg! Hehehe.. :P Thanks again, Aleah. :)

lovemindanao said...

kinilig ako promise !!! hayyyyyyy. i can only wish ...:D

Mai_Flores said...

hihi! Thank you, Dennis! :P

Jherson Jaya said...

Congrats!!! Sana naisasama ko rin yung THE ONE ko sa mga travels ko....

Mai_Flores said...

Thank you! And....... Why not, Jherson? Sama mo na siya next time.. mas masaya yun. :)

Franc Ramon said...

You've been together for so long and been to so much travels already. I somehow hear wedding bells. =>

Noria P. Adam-Lim said...

Amazing how our travels can bring us to places and events in our life we never thought five years ago will happen. I had the same thoughts this new year and I was doing the same brainstorming with my sister. Congratulations on your 5th year and may you have more than 5 years to come...

Rochkirstin Santos said...

I'm happy for your 5-year relationship. Many couples are now falling apart when they reach their fourth or sixth, and I don't know why. Nagkakasawaan daw. It's just nice that you have your traveling plans with you to also keep your relationship alive. There's always something new to meet along the way. :-D

Daquio Janine said...

you guys are cute couple. bagay na bagay. stay stronger! alam mo ang pag travel together, parang un ung pinakamasarap na mararanasan ng every girl with her man, noh? haaay!

Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons said...

omg so sweet! its very nice when you already found that special one for you. I feel for you! My life is complete already I have a good loving husband and a daughter. I couldnt ask for more! xx

Noks Sosa said...

You already found the BEST travel buddy in the whole world. Every travel will be special when you are together. Happy 5th anniversary!

Earl Pablo said...

So sweet! Keep the romance alive as always. This letter confirms the fire love you both shared. Pictures are great and so the memories are. Thanks Mai for sharing this to us.

Demi Barbra Angeles said...

Awwe, that's so sweet! I hope to find someone who will be more patient and understanding. Somehow I miss having someone whom I can share my stories with..


Stay stronger, more travels and more years to come! God bless! :)

jsncruz said...

Aww this is too sweet :) It's great to see how much a person can grow via travels and the experiences enjoyed through these trips.

Green Monday said...

our journey becomes memorable because of the people we have beside us. such a nice travels, i hope we can travel outside the country too.

Jo-Ann said...

Kakakilig, two people will always be together through love and commitment. Happy to see that both of you have those strong positive feelings. keep it up!

Donald Pagulong said...

Thank You Mai for sharing your cute and inspiring love story. :) A relationship lasts when 2 people agree by heart to live with their differences.

mark pogi said...

Traveling together can really make one's relationship with his/her beau grow stronger and better. And this would be the first time I saw someone express one's love for her partner. ^_^

Ron Leyba said...

Sweet and sincere message! Congrats on your long and sweet years together Mai!

Arlene said...

I've never been a traveler all my life but I'd love to tour around the world if I can do it with the love of my life. Unfortunately, he's not much into travelling, too. You know, every place becomes more memorable, every experience becomes unforgettable, if you share it with someone you love. Congrats on your 5th year, and many more years to come!

Maria Gemma Defeo-Hilotin said...

So sweet! THank you for sharing your story to us! I'm glad you've found your soul mate!!! Wedding bells next?:)

Teresa Martinez said...

I'm sure you know by now that the simplest things can get very special when you do it with the person you love. Even in your travels, the one thing that will stay with you longest is not the magnificent scenery or sensational activities, it will always be what you did with your loved one in each and every place you visited. Your relationship is young and exciting, enjoy every moment of it while you stack on memories which you can talk about in your golden years. I wish you both the very best.

Rossel Encarnacion Dacio said...

It feels great to travel with the most important person/persons in your life. Every moment is precious that must be treasured forever. Happy 5th year!

Myrns Geronimo Roman said...

Congratz! Great love ! true love that you have for each other enough for you two to be thankful in life! Wishing you more years to come, more blessings, more travel together!

Ephramar Telog said...

Travelling to other places is a truly a fun experience. But travelling with your special someone, makes your travel experience special.

Mai_Flores said...

Ako naririnig ko din.. pero parang mahina! Lol!

Franc Ramon said...

Baka Jingle bells palang sya.

Mai Flores said...

I couldn't agree more. And thank you Noria! ;) I really hope for more years to come...

Mai Flores said...

I really believe that part ng isang relationship yung magkasawaan along the way. Believe me, it has happened to me a few times with him. But it's really just putting in the work and the right kind of love that will make relationships last. :)

Mai Flores said...

Korek ka jan sis! It's always a different kind of high when you're traveling with the one you love. :) And thank you sa compliment!!

Mai Flores said...

I'm happy for you sis! Hopefully, mine goes full circle real soon, just like you. :)

Mai Flores said...

Indeed! Thank you Noks. :)

Mai Flores said...

My pleasure, Earl. And thank you for reading and leaving a heartwarming message. :) We appreciate it!

Mai Flores said...

I'm sure you will find the right man for you soon. Just keep the faith! And thank you for the well wishes, Demi. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Jason! Ikaw? Kelan ba kami makakabasa ng love letter mo for your special someone? :P

Mai Flores said...

What's stopping you from traveling, Green Monday? :)

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Jo-ann! :)

Mai Flores said...

Indeed, itay! Thank you for sharing those enriching words. :)

Mai Flores said...

Nice to know that Mark! Hehehe. :) Sulat kana din ng love letter sa wife mo. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Ron! :)

Mai Flores said...

Hi Arlene! Why doesn't your beau like to travel? (If I may ask..)

Mai Flores said...

Hahaha.. hopefully soon Ms. Gemma?

Mai Flores said...

Thank you Ms. Teresa. :) Indeed, the best investment in being in a relationship aren't material things. It's the experiences spent being together -- wherever, whenever.

Mai Flores said...

Indeed! Thanks Ms. Rossel. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thank you po Ms. Myrns. :) Well wishes your way. :)

Mai Flores said...

I couldn't agree more, Ephramar! :)

Mai Flores said...

Traveling is a rewarding and fun experience, traveling with the one makes it more worthwhile.


- Wanderer Juan

Mai Flores said...

Siguro mas malakas na yung bells ngayon. More years to come. Sana may picture kayo together 5 years ago vs now. Let's see ano changes.

Mai Flores said...

Nakakatawang suggestion yan! :P Ang laki na ng 'nilaki' namin ni Rubel through the years! :P

Mai Flores said...

What a lovely, romantic letter I ever read... Your love story is worth sharing...

Mai Flores said...

Wow kilig much :-), anyway CWC, Camarines Sur is one place that i want to visit in the near future!

Mai Flores said...

Wew ang sweet Mai! More years to come :) more travels with your travel buddy and soon to be forever partner :)

Mai Flores said...

Don't bother... :(

Mai Flores said...

Ka-tamis naman ng letter na ito. Though I am surrounded by people mostly in long term relationships I still get giddy with stories like this. It's like a glimpse of random people's relationship and I think a perfect way to balance the separation I've been seeing in a lot of couples these days.

Mai Flores said...

this letter is giving me a toothache! it was too obvious that you are so much in love with this guy + from what you have noted in your letter, it is also a giveaway that he loves you dearly! nothing beats the feeling of finding the "one" + here's hoping you have more years of exploring the world together!

cheers to 5 years + more! ^_^

Mai Flores said...

What a wonderful and uplifting experience when you travel together with your partner in life. You both enjoy and even share together the burden just in case there is... meaning everything seems easyp. and trouble-free. Keep on traveling together... there is more fun and life is brightened up. :)

Mai Flores said...

Awww... thank you for those lovely words, Jared's Mum! :)

Mai Flores said...

Thank you Gene. :) I really aspire for this letter to give hope to couples who may find themselves struggling in keeping the love alive. Finding true love is indeed possible. :)

Mai Flores said...

I like the "soon to be forever partner" =) Thanks Jeffrey. :)

Mai Flores said...

Indeed, Joshua. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thank you! :)

Mai Flores said...

Do visit soon, Lanie! You'll enjoy it there, especially if you're up for some fun adventures. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thank you Sir Gil. :)

Mai Flores said...

True sis! :)

Mai Flores said...

Two souls bound with the desire to travel. what a great relationship! Ang sweet naman ng thoughts mo. Lucky is your man. May the good Lord blesses more the two of you.

Mai Flores said...

Thank you and may God bless you more, Tay! :)

Mai Flores said...

aww. that's plain sweet. i want someone like that - similar indulgence as mine. it would be a match made in heaven. ^___^

Mai Flores said...

Thank you dear. I'm sure you will find your prince charming, if not sooner, then later. :)

Mai Flores said...

aww... super sweet couple.. Happy Anniversary! :) more fun travels to come I'm sure! :)

Mai Flores said...

Indeed. Guess we are some of those who got lucky with our life partners. ;)

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