Mere and Nemo

How We Met

Nemo and I are both doctors and we’ve been together for almost 3 years. I was an incoming third-year Internal Medicine resident when he was accepted into our department as a first-year resident in December 2012. It all started out with a few small talks in the medical wards which soon turned into study dates and later on into real dates. We became a couple in March 11, 2013.

The teaser

How He Asked

We went to Valencia, Spain for a medical convention. But of course we just had to go sightseeing as well! It was both our first time to set foot in Europe, and we both agreed that the Sagrada Família is a must-see so arrangements to visit Barcelona were made along with our dear colleague Bea (who later on turned out to be the accomplice). We took the Barcelona City Tour and already passed by the basilica in the morning. However, being a photographer, he said that we should return in the afternoon for better pictures. I didn’t suspect anything unusual at this point. After lunch, we went back to the Sagrada Família to take pictures. After a few shots, Nemo requested Bea to take another solo shot of him. He started taking something out of Bea’s extra bag (the accomplice had been lugging this all along, which I also did not suspect to contain anything out of the ordinary). He had a hard time pulling out a black object out of it. At this point, I was already feeling nervous. I was like, “What is he doing?!” Then, out came a small blackboard with the question “Will you MERE me?” which he had worked on before leaving Manila. And the rest is history.

Note: Mere is my nickname and my fiancé is a big fan of corny puns.
The corny pun
The proposal

Special Thanks

Bea Uy | 
Photographer
Girlie Merdegia | 
Engagement ring