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TLDR – How Simon Proposed

June 10, 2011

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This TL:DR comes at great timing since our 4 year wedding anniversary is coming up soon! On June 16th, 2011, we will have been married for four years! Yay! So here’s our proposal story:

Breakfast Burritos

Not an accurate representation of a breakfast burrito...

Well, it’s a bit of a lengthy story, but here goes! Simon decided to surprise me by proposing on our one year dateaversary, and he began the plan early in the morning. In cahoots with my mom, he surprised me with breakfast…more specially, breakfast burrito hearts. That’s when you take a burrito, cut it in a diagonal in the middle, and then rotate one half of the burrito so that, instead of being a straight bar, it looks like a heart-shape. It’s kind of hard to explain, but once you know how to do it you’ll never make a romantic burrito for someone again without making a heart out of it!

Anyhow, after we finished breakfast he told me to get ready because we had lunch reservations at a fancy place. While I got ready my mom headed out to get some groceries (but little did I know my mom and Simon were working together) and assured us she’d be back on time. She, however, was not back on time and Simon began to act worried and frantic. I didn’t know, however, that this was all an act. While Simon was feigning panic he surprised me with a limo! Bam! A limo pulled up to my driveway. Before we got in, though, Simon blindfolded me to prevent me from discovering our destination too early on. He even asked the limo driver to drive in circles in order to confuse my awesome GPS/photogenic mind.

We arrived at Hart House, a super old Victorian building which is part of the University of Toronto, and headed to the bistro upstairs. We had talked about how great it would be to have our wedding reception at that building since we met at University and spent a lot of time studying in that building together. Yes, we talked about our wedding long before we were even formally engaged. Anyhow, during our lunch at the bistro, Simon moaned and groaned about how he was a broke student and couldn’t afford to buy me an engagement ring until the summer, and I nodded with agreement and understanding. Little did I know he had already formally asked for my hand in marriage from my parents, and bought an engagement ring with my sister the week before.

After a delicious full course meal, Simon had bought tickets to see a movie. We watched “Thank You For Smoking.” After the movie, we grabbed a coffee and went for a leisurely walk around Toronto. Simon suggested visiting our old classroom where we first met and taking some pictures. That’s when something weird happened. We didn’t mention this in the video because it was a bit too long to get into. Simon had secretly booked the classroom in advance, and had one of his friends decorate the classroom, so that when we walked in it would be all beautiful. His friend, though, had to confirm how long it would take for them to arrive to the classroom. So, she called Simon on his cellphone. He couldn’t say out loud “oh we’ll be there in ten minutes” because I would easily guess that something was planned for the room. And so, when she called Simon, all I heard Simon was was “Hello? Who? Wrong number”

Little did I know that this was a secret code. The amount of times Simon said “Who” was the length of time we were away from the classroom. The pattern (Simon explained to me afterwards) went like this:

“Hello? Wrong number” = 5 minutes
“Hello? Who? Wrong number” = 10 minutes
“Hello? Who? Who? Wrong number” = 15 minutes

I asked him afterwards who they asked for, and he said “somebody named “Trajan”” and went on to say that it was a really weird but cool name. I was totally suckered, and Simon’s friend had received the information she needed.

We moseyed on over to the classroom and when I opened the door I was totally floored. The room was covered in candles and rose petals, and old poems were scattered all over the tables and chairs and a huge romantic poem was hand written all over the board. It was not the poem we mentioned in the video. “Remember” by Christina Rossetti is a sad poem. The one Simon recited was called “I wish I could remember that first day;” Here’s how it goes:

I wish I could remember that first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or Winter for aught I can say;
So unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.
If only I could recollect it, such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;
If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand – Did one but know!

Simon told me to sit down in the chair I used to sit in. He came over and told me, “When we first met I called you Martina, then I called you Sunshine, then I called you Snuggleduck, and now I’m hoping to call you my wife.” Out of nowhere he whipped out a gorgeous blue box with big chocolate brown ribbons and there was a gorgeous engagement ring. I was totally shocked. I burst into tears and of course, replied yes! Before I could process what happened, Simon grabbed my hand and rushed me upstairs. There was another limo waiting for us and we hopped inside.

We didn’t actually say this part in the video, so here are some more details: I tried to call my family, but no one would pick up the phone. Simon was encouraging me to call them, and I was getting flustered because everyone’s phone was busy. I didn’t know that Simon had beforehand told them to all turn off their phones at around that time. ARRGGHH!! It totally got me distracted when we pulled up to the restaurant in my Baka’s (<---my grandmother) neighbourhood. My Baka had passed away recently and Simon wanted to include her in the celebration. I was surprised (again) to see my family waiting for me at the restaurant with a bottle of champaign! Wow! We hugged and cried a lot and enjoyed a delicious supper. Since it was our one year dateaversary , I had prepared a gift for Simon…which seemed a little lame after what Simon had planned. It was a mix CD with some hand-drawn doodles on the cover... *cough* Anyways, the whole family piled into the car and enjoyed my mix CD as we all drove back to my house together. Yay! Hopefully that wasn't too long and boring for you to read, and hopefully it wasn't a let down, either. I think we might have hyped up the proposal in last week's TLDR video. It wasn't news-worthy epic and mind-blowing, but it was really special and really nicely thought out, and...yeah! It's one of our fondest memories together.

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  1. Yay!

    4 years ago
  2. Where is MY Simon??? :( Oh well. I’ll wait until my third year of college. Hahahaha xD 2 years to go!

    5 years ago
  3. I had a question but I wasnt sure how many people could relate and whether it would be popular enough to request it as TLDR thursdays but I thought I’d try anyway. I am hispanic (my parents are from el salvador) and I was wondering if you guys know of any place in korea that serves or offers latin american foods like pupusas (not just fake me out mexican places lol). I was just wondering if I were to go to korea, would it be likely for me find a place that offers latin american foods or even encounter latin american ppl residing in korea. Sorry if this is so long. Thanks for your time and I LOVE YOU GUYSSS~ <3 Hwaiting!!

    6 years ago
  4. THIS IS SUCH A CUTE PROPOSAL OMG I WANT ONE JUST LIKE THIS.
    well not just like it but. yeah. SIMON THAT WAS AMAZING :O
    and you two are suuuuuuuuuuch a cute couple ^^

    6 years ago
  5. wow, I was like aaaawwww, and  awwwwww, and aaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! and wow, Simon, that proposal was really amazing, and sweet. That was like really over the top, I like this couple form the first video, but know I have to say, I love this couple and I am so happy that you guys met each other, you are like perfect for each other, and the coolest thing is that you are best friends, wow, I hope that when I get maried the relation between my husband and I would be as great as yours!!!

    6 years ago
  6. What are you talking about? That was totally completely news-worthy epic and mind-blowing! You just don’t meet guys like Simon on a regular basis. Both of you are so lucky to have each other! I hope I’ll find someone as great as him when I get married (: 

    6 years ago
  7. very sweet :)  I love proposal stories.  Happy anniversary guys!!!

    6 years ago
  8. I just love watching you guys !!! so lovely :D

    6 years ago
  9. Gaaaaaaaahh! Simon! *sniff* That was so sweet! One of the best proposals ever! Plus, I loved when you went “you’re beautiful” to Martina when she was talking about just waking up!

    I bet every girl is now looking for their Simon!

    6 years ago
  10. OMG, Simon is a romantic guy afterall. O_o Sorry for that, it’s just that when Simon comment harshly every KPOP MONDAYS, I never knew there is the VERY soft side of him. Congrats and may you both be happier everyday. :D

    6 years ago
  11. Much congrats guys! And congrats to Spudgy for his SBS 8 o’clock news debut! (But did they ask you beforehand? Looks like they just randomly picked up the butt-dancing video via the net to ah, spice up the “Hallyu Conquers Europe” story ;-)

    http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_read.jsp?news_id=N1000928705&article=HN (video link)

    6 years ago
    • Lols!  No, they didn’t ask us about it at all.  Just found out about it now through your link.  Hrrrmmm…

      6 years ago
  12. congrats you guys! i hope you have a lot more good times together :)

    6 years ago
  13. this is sooo sweet! :) and very touching! :D happy anniversary Simon and Martina! <3

    6 years ago
  14. In no way was this “too long and boring to read”!!!! oh and HAPPY FOURTH-VESARY you guys!!! :D

    6 years ago
  15. I was reading/watching this in the library and sort of disturbed my fellow librariers with my fit of joy. This story is touching and squeal worthy. ^_^ Just so meaningful and perfect. I wish you both the best on your fourth anniversary! 

    6 years ago
  16. So amazingly thoughtful. I consider this an epic proposal T^T. Beautiful. Best wishes on your 4th Anniverasry and on the bajillions more that you must have in the future :D.

    (P.S. Irrelevent sidenote: when did the email+name(only) comment posting disappear?)

    6 years ago
  17. Wow. Amazingly thoughtful. I consider this an epic proposal T^T, so beautiful. Best wishes on your 4th anniversary and the bajillions that you must continue to have in the future.

    6 years ago
  18. I truly believe that THAT WAS AN EPIC PROPOSAL!!!! very worth while :D thanks for sharing!!! now gives us tour of your house :D

    6 years ago
  19. This is easily the best proposal i’ve ever heard of ;) 

    6 years ago
  20. it’s soooo romantic >< 
    simon : you're AWESOME !!!!! And smart ^^ 

    martina : you're sooo lucky 

    6 years ago
  21. Wow!! >_< 

    6 years ago
  22. My parents’ anniversary is also on June 16!!! (but many, many years earlier) So Happy Early Anniversary!!! 

    6 years ago
  23. I don’t know what you guys are talking about, that was absolutely EPIC ^_^ One of the better proposal stories I’ve heard ;)!! Thank you guys for sharing with us ^_^

    6 years ago
  24. oh wow how can you be THAT handsome!! really…wow! that’s totally amazing!!!! :D

    6 years ago
  25. I liked how Simon proposed awwww it’s just SO SWEET. <3

    6 years ago
  26. You guys are so freaking adorablee. gah. Cutest story i’ve ever heard, <3 hehe xD

    6 years ago
  27. Isn’t it spelled champagne? Champaign is wrong. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself since after all, you guys ARE English teachers LOL. 

    6 years ago
  28. Soooooooooooo cute! That proposal is like a dream only found in fairy tales! ^.^ You two make the best couple EVER~

    6 years ago
  29. Hahaha!  We sing that song out loud also (like you saw in the Japan boobs video).  

    6 years ago
  30. Don’t worry guys! I think that the proposal was beautiful and super cute. You guys are such a unique and awesome couple, I would never expect something overly predictable. This was a GREAT story (that made me tear up a little >_>…) and I am happy that you guys have allowed us to view your family. Your videos make my day and make me smile (I am not just talking about Music Mondays, I watched the blogs before Music Mondays existed).

    Even though I know I will be heading to Korea alone, I hope to have a life even just half as wonderful and uplifting as yours. <3

    6 years ago
  31. Awww that was really romantic and sweet, Martina and Simon you guys are like a match made in heaven.

    BTW: it baka Korean for grandmother? cause in Japanese it means idiot.

    6 years ago
  32. its so so super romantik now I just want to be 10 years older and have a boyfriend who wants to propose me *dream* :D
    so jealous so nice from you simon! thumbs up

    6 years ago
  33. Aww..so romantic…*cough* so simon this is romantic side.:D bless you guys..Be together Forever :)

    6 years ago
  34. oh spudgy!

    6 years ago
  35. oh spudgy!

    6 years ago
  36.  i normally don’t like this stuff, either, but usually it’s so contrived and superficial and done for the sake of being some over-the-top proposal to out do the next guy…
    what simon did, all his planning and really thinking over what he needed to do, shows just how much he really knew about martina and that he listened and paid attention and really cared for her. all the places and what was said all had a special meaning. everything was very important. i think that’s why we all love the story so much….because it really meant something honestly special.

    6 years ago
  37. that’s just a super romantic and thoughtful proposal. so much meaning to everything. the poem made me weepy and what simon said, the “i called you martina, then i called you sunshine…” part, i think, has got to be the sweetest thing to say ever!! 

    as always, the use of spudgy throughout the video was hilarious!!

    here’s to forever together you two!! happy anniversary!!!!

    6 years ago
  38. Awwwwwwwww… So sweet!

    6 years ago
  39. LOLL you proposed in new college?! thats awesome! WOOOOOT FOR UOFT!! im glad you guys got married, such an awesome couple! XD 

    6 years ago
  40. That definitely lived up to the hype and EXCEEDED it. Wow, now my expectations for my future husband are set impossibly high, LOL. Martina, you’re so lucky to have someone like Simon. That sounds like an amazing proposal, and what really gets me is that he knew you well enough to plan out the little details like the driving around in circles. 

    6 years ago
  41. “I had prepared a gift for Simon…which seemed a little lame after what Simon had planned. It was a mix CD with some hand-drawn doodles on the cover… *cough*”
    That line is so funnnnny! That was a cute gift though! 

    6 years ago
  42. it really is epic!! my goodness Simon, now any other proposal just seems mundane!! i hope, when my turn comes, that i would not be disappointed!

    6 years ago
  43. Ahaha I see Martina in her goth days! XDD -completely off topic-

    “When we first met I called you Martina, then I called you Sunshine,
    then I called you Snuggleduck, and now I’m hoping to call you my wife.” You know what Simon, best proposal lines EVER ;_;

    The entire proposal was planned out so METICULOUSLY, Simon you covered every aspect of it. You could practically predict everything that Martina was going to do – that’s the mark of a true couple, and it just goes to show how you two are perfect for each other ;___________; AWWWWWWWWW.

    Damn, now I have unrealistic expectations for my future proposal. CAN I MARRY SPUDGY :D ? (On second thought, I’ll not intrude upon his love for Teh Bunnaye Cushion. Yeah.)

    6 years ago
  44. ohhh such a great love story!!!  I also went to U of T and I’m OT8, so we might have bumped into each other without knowing it:):)
    I’m pursuing a law degree in the US now, but I go to Korea at least once a year to see my parents!! If I see you guys this winter in Korea, I’ll say big HI~ lol

    6 years ago
  45. my gosh i cried! i can feel that crazy joy! simon…. man.. you just set the bar WAAAYYYYY HIGH.

    6 years ago
  46. You guys are toooo precious!!  Thanks for sharing that!! Simon you are such a STUD!!!!  WOOT!

    6 years ago
  47. LJ

    cute story! pretty much the best day to get married too, that’s my birthday :D

    6 years ago
  48. This was lovely. Also, I love the little touches you put in your vids. Loved the modem tone!

    6 years ago
  49. That, good sir, is awesome.

    6 years ago
  50. Did the new apartment come ready decorated with all the cute stickers????

    6 years ago
    • english.gmarket.co.kr
      the decals are from there (martina mentioned in the comments of another post when someone else asked)
      you’ll have to search around. there are TONS AND TONS AND TONS of them and each page will load ALL of the available ones for a company, so it takes a little waiting. BUT you can “tab” the ones you like and, across the top, you will be able to hit the tab and go directly to the ones you marked.

      6 years ago
  51. EA

    this is pretty much the coolest proposal story i’ve ever heard. and congrats on your upcoming anniversary! :D

    6 years ago
  52. awwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! so sweeeettTTtt!! *O*

    6 years ago
  53. awww <3 that was so cuteee
    I hope my future proposal would be just as awesomeeee :3 <3

    6 years ago
  54. that’s cute =3
    New kitchen with cupcakes stickers *o* ♥

    6 years ago