My husband and I would have reached our 12th year as boyfriend and girlfriend had we not decided to make it official /legal earlier this year.
In a moment of nostalgia, I started going through old pictures and recalling memorable moments. With a jolt, I suddenly realized, holy crap. We’re an ancient couple.
I never fully digested how long we’ve really been together until I started looking back at pop culture way back when started dating in 2001.
1. Our first picture was a neoprint. In Enchanted Kingdom. Nuff said.
2. On our first “monthsary”, he took me to Tagaytay, to have dinner in Gourmet Café. Our total spending? A whopping 500 bucks. That included gas. #nottooshabby
3. We used to text each other a lot. I had a NOKIA Charlie’s Angel phone (Nokia 8210). He had the model that appeared in the first Matrix (7010). He had to get my number via IR. Not even Bluetooth. Thru Infrared. We had to align our phones in a certain way for the data to come in . It was much easier to dictate stuff ofcourse, but the technology was new. So getting info via IR was way cooler
Our main means of communication. Both phones had a black & white LCD screen complete with the funky graphics. Plus, you can play snake when you’re bored. It can also store 30++ messages and more than 500 contacts! Wow! (Photo of Nokia 8210 grabbed from http://www.forum.comeonbro.com & Nokia 7010 came from http://www.jamesoff.net)
4. Aside from phones, the hip gadget was a palm pilot. My first one even had a black and white screen. It didn’t really help much with my studying, I just used it for “Dope Wars” in between classes. He on the other hand, was considered a “techy” because he was one of the first ones to own a laptop. His pacute move? He offered to make my collage page in the yearbook with (insert gasp) no less than Photoshop.
Our must-have gadgets. My ever-trusty palm pilot complete with the bulky charger. And Moe’s first ever laptop. It can probably store what…50 songs? 🙂 (Picture of Palm one from ebay.com. Old sony vaio laptop from www.hwsw.hu)
5. I think only Ateneans can relate to this. He claims he first saw me in that pathway from Colayco to the lib. We officially met in Colayco. We went back to both places for our prenup pictorial only to find out that these structures don’t exist anymore. . Oh, and to top it off, we had our “study” dates in Beanhoppers. Sometimes, we would stop by Zagu near Dunkin’ Donuts, in between breaks too. Can you say obsolete? 😛
6. When we first started dating, there was no such thing as social networks. Infact, we were way into the relationship when “Friendster” came up. Kinda feel wistful that I didn’t save any of his testimonials.
7. Rebonding did not exist back then. I had my hair relaxed at least once a month. Problem was, it would return back to its poufy self after less than a week. It’s a wonder he still noticed me even with the helmet I called my hair.
8. PoNaNa was still the place to be. (To the young ones, you know that condemned building in Libis? The one that they turned into a tailor shop in “The Mistress”?? That used to be a thriving bar, I kid you not.) I used to go clubbing a lot with my best friend. I first had an inkling that I liked him, when in the middle of all that “fun” (why we found it fun to stand in heels and listen to blaring music, I have no idea), I realized that I was more excited about our Sunday brunch than hanging out in the bar and drinking. So I went to the bathroom, called him up and we ended up talking for 10 whole minutes…
9. Which brings me to ninth point, calling via celphone was expensive back then. We had none of that unli crap. A 10 min call would cost around 8-10 php per minute. A fortune for college kids. We did have free text though. But the networks were so clogged that you had to wait at least an hour before the recipient gets your message. 😛 Those were the days when landlines were still indispensable.
10. We had to make do with dial up internet. So chatting via IM was not fun. Not only were messages delayed, the internet would get cut everytime someone lifts the phone…
11. Our first theme song? “Passenger seat” by Stephen speaks. 😛
12. Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto were still an item. As a matter of fact, we were on our first out of town trip together when Rico Yan passed away. Tsk, tsk. #anyareclau?
So to my husband, cheers to how “cool” we were back then (mockery intended). I look at our life now and realize that we’ve only gotten more baduy over time. Props to us for surviving the complications of more than a decade’s worth of of dating.
It’s been a long journey for us. But it’s actually true what people say; when you’re spending it with your best friend, difficulties don’t seem as insurmountable and a lifetime doesn’t seem so long.