He said ‘Yes’

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


EIGHT months ago, Jam Truelda, an independent and career-driven young woman in Cebu, knew that if she wanted something to happen in her love life, she had to do something different. She had never done it before, but decided to sign up to a dating site. “If I have to join a dating site to find my soul mate, then I will.”

In Australia, Andy McWhirter had planned a two-month vacation to Southeast Asia. He saw an online ad for the Philippines and thought it would be a good idea to find someone to show him around once he got here. On a whim, he decided to sign up to the same dating site.

A week later, he found Jam’s profile, and sent her a message: “You are so beautiful that if you were born during the Persian empire, the battle of Troy would have been fought over your hand in marriage. I, on the other hand, was so ugly that when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother.”

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Jam thought it was hilarious, but Andy certainly had her attention. For the next two months, they communicated regularly on Skype and Facebook. There was no intention to get into a relationship quickly, and in the next few months they grew to become best friends.

Soon, Andy arranged a visit to Cebu, to hang out with Jam over a few beers, no expectations. But hours into their first encounter, they shared a kiss, and fell crazy in love over the next two weeks that Andy was here. For the next few months, they continued their relationship long-distance, with Andy coming to visit as frequently as he could.

They went to Thailand on vacation together, which took their relationship to the next level. They talked about getting married, and knew that they hated the pain of having to say goodbye every time they shared a few weeks together.

“It’s 2014 and I love him,” Jam thought. She knew they both didn’t want to just let things happen, but make things happen. She decided to propose.

When Andy was set to come back to Cebu earlier this month, the word “Marry” was put on the car picking him up, and then Jam emerged holding the word “Me.”

“It’s hard to describe, but when you meet ‘the one,’ you just know,” said Andy. “I knew within a few days of meeting Jam.” She is moving to Australia to be with him, and they both can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together as lovers and best friends.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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