7 Years Together & Yes We Are ENGAGED!

I don’t really talk much about my personal life on my blog – not my relationship. Honestly I don’t ever remember writing about it here, in plain terms anyway – there are of course plenty of cryptic mentions here and there.

Kim and I have been together for 7 years today, December 6th 2004 was the day we first met and started dating and I’ve never looked back since. It’s our 7th anniversary today and also a very special month, the month we finally got engaged.

This is one of the first pictures of us together that I could find, take on December 24th, 2004 at the Christmas Party we used to have regularly back at KY’s place.

Xmas Party 2004

It’s a pretty typical picture of us, with me looking like a complete idiot (yes I’m not very photogenic). Here’s another example from 2006..

Idiot and Beauty

We’ve been on a lot of trips together, this is about the earliest I could find from September 2005 when we went to Redang with the whole gang. It was an awesome trip, and something we tried to recreate recently with the Koh Lipe trip (even though not everyone was there).

Redang Trip

You’ve probably grasped the theme by now, me looking like a tool and Kim looking hawt – welcome to my life.

I was traveling a lot at that time for work so we didn’t actually get to spend that much time together, which sucked obviously. We did get around Malaysia quite a bit though when I was back, with Penang being our favorite spot back in those days.

I did look back through Facebook for old pictures, but I think we only started using Facebook properly in 2007 – so there are only pictures from 2007 onwards.

Anyway back to the point, we have of course discussed marriage before and it’s something we’ve both agreed that we want. We just weren’t sure how, or when or whatever – so it got pushed back. Especially until the house was fairly well sorted, after all the house did look like this when we first started….so it took a fair amount of work.

The House

The house was a huge step for us, a large commitment that we were taking together (both financially and in life). The next logical step of course, was to get married.

Marriage can become a very technical matter if you let it, something for the family, something for society and something to ‘get out of the way’. I didn’t want to let that happen, I started reading a lot about diamonds..they are after all a girls best friend – whatever your girl says…she’d love a big rock. Of course I’ve watched Blood Diamond and I’ve read about the inflated prices and whatnot, but sometimes life is not about being logical, or doing things which make sense.

Sometimes it’s just about romance, and pleasing the person you hold most dear in your heart. At least that’s what it was for me, I wanted to get the very best diamond ring I could find (and afford of course).

Let me tell you one thing if you’ve never been down that path, it can get very complicated….I ended up dizzy after reading about diamonds for a while. Colour, cut, clarity, dimensions and so on..after extensive research and considering shipping a rock from the US (http://www.bluenile.com/ if you’re interested). It was hard work getting the ring sorted out ‘undercover’ without Kim working out what I was up to, I managed to order it without arousing suspicious – but then collecting it was another problem.

Thankfully we went for dinner in Gardens with a friend of ours (ohai Lainey), and I pretended to go to the toilet after we’d finished eating. Actually, in reality, I was running downstairs to DeGem to pick up the ring and make-sure everything was ok. Lucky I was wearing my trust cargo shorts so I could shove everything in the pockets without being noticed.

In the end, I think the result was totally worth it. I thought it was very apt to propose at an island (it’s more ‘us’) than in a restaurant or somewhere traditional, I didn’t go for anything complicated or elaborate – my goal was complete and utter surprise..which I think I achieved. Judge yourself – the proposal video is here:

Koh Lipe was beautiful, it was an amazing trip with amazing friends – here are all 9 of us:

Koh Lipe Gang

A perfect place to propose if you ask me, on a beautiful tropical island amongst our nearest and dearest friends. Here we are minutes before the proposal:

Nov 26th - Best Day EVAR

Happy anniversary Boo & congrats on getting engaged ;) Yah, I put a ring on it :D

For reference – here’s a post from Kim’s perspective: A special 7th anniversary :)

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26 Responses to 7 Years Together & Yes We Are ENGAGED!

  1. blink4blog December 6, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    congratulations Gerald!

  2. sotong December 6, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    +11111111111111111111
    Sweetest post evar!!!! awwwwwwww……. ;)

  3. suanie December 6, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    congratulations! Hugs

  4. Thara December 6, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Awwww :) :) :) Congrats Gareth & Kim! <3

  5. Serge Norguard December 6, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Hey Mate,

    congratulations.. though i probably have said this too many time on twitter and such.

    yet for something like this, i don’t think that too many congrats will kill.

    as always, it is an honor to know you dear friend.

  6. eyeris December 6, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Time to start planning the wedding bar! :D

    I have to say though, you can make Kim do practically anything when she’s a little drunk. LOL.

  7. KY December 6, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    congrats dude, best story of 2011 :D

  8. TehTarikDrinker December 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    haha congratulations big fella! many happy wishes for the future wedding ceremony! :D

  9. Jolyn Goh December 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Congratz!!!!
    Wish you endless years of happiness!! CHEERS!!! ;)

  10. Huai Bin December 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Fuck man that is the best video EVAR!!!!!11

    It made me smile, it made me a little sad, it made me laugh, it made me nervous (when Kim looked back at you while you were rooting for the ring), but most of all it made me happy for you both.

    Congrats again and catch up with you both soon bro!

  11. Myhorng December 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    a big step to the new path… congratulation mate.

  12. laineylashes December 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    ohai g! :D

    iyooo so sweeeettt made me cry buckets wtf you two.

    wtf.

  13. FA December 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  14. aud December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    ya your proposal is so you both!!

    congratulations again!!!! and good thing horng took the video cos it’s epic hahahaha

  15. narrowband December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Epic robot dance, Kim! Congratulations to you and ST!

  16. WinnieKepala December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Congratulations!!! Again, for the millionth time. You guys are the cutest couple.
    So – now that you’re an expert in diamonds, I’m sure Kim will see more to come. Heheheeh.
    Also, well done on planning and sneaking off for the ring and planning the surprise. So sweet.

  17. Niki December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Win! So happy for you guys! Woot woot! :D

    Congratulations!

  18. James Cameron December 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Congrats! A very touching gesture

  19. kampungboycitygal December 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    congratulations gerald and kim! love the bling, so bling lol!

  20. Mellissa December 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Video made me tear a bit!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! So happy for you guys :)

  21. Jon Bailey December 7, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Hi G&K,

    Congratulations to you both I hope you’ll be very happy!

    Jon x

  22. Terenceg December 7, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Congrats to you two and thank you for having me as witness to your wonderful proposal. It was exhilarating and emotional :)

    Hope the road for you two is as ever interesting as it should be.

    cheers

  23. Lucky December 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    ((((WoW)))) its a nice & heart touching post great….

  24. sgrmse. December 8, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    awwww BLESS!! :D :D :D congrats, you two! i love reading the guy’s account of things. it’s very much different (less flowery / poetic / emotional) than the girl’s. it’s endearing in a way and definitely provides the balance to the scale (of life?? wtf. haha). kim’s post was like a mile long and so beautiful i could cry but then here it’s like, we met, we lived together, i popped the question. haha. LOVE IT!! may shaolin tiger and kimberlycun find, have and hold happiness through all the days of their lives together and apart (but never apart for long, i do hope!). you two are beautiful. CONGRATULATIONSSSSS

  25. mama bok December 13, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Congrats! tell kim i said congrats to her !

  26. ShaolinTiger December 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    blink4blog: Thanks, but my name is Gareth yah :)

    sotong: Hehe – yay thanks :D

    suanie: Thanks!!!

    Thara: Thanks!

    Serge Norguard: Thanks buddy! No such thing as too many congrats!

    eyeris: LOL yah…and yah!

    KY: Sure hope so haha, thanks!

    TehTarikDrinker: Thanks dude!

    Jolyn Goh: Thankyouuu!

    Huai Bin: Thanks bro :)

    Myhorng: Sure is, thanks man! And thanks for taking the video – it’s AWESOME!

    laineylashes: Hehhe – yay best!

    FA: HUGGSSBACKKK!

    aud: Thanks, and now congrats to you too :D

    narrowband: Thanks buddy :)

    WinnieKepala: Hehehe, thanks Winnie :) Thankfully Kim isn’t that much into jewelry so I’m hoping I might stay safe!

    Niki: Thanksss!

    kampungboycitygal: Heheh, thanks thanks :D It’s Gareth btw.

    Mellissa: Heheh – yay! And Thanks :)

    Jon Bailey: Thanks buddy! We sure will :D

    Terenceg: Thanks bro, and thanks for helping us to take pics :)

    Lucky: Thanks!

    sgrmse: Thanks so much :D Glad you liked the two perspectives haha, yah definitely much more to the point over here ^_^

    mama bok: Thanks, saw you wish her on her own blog too :)