A Humans of New York Love Story – Part 2

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last post on this! It was a crazy week at work, and much as I would like to just continue writing, there just wasn’t enough time. Yup! It’s back to reality now! LOL.

So where was I? Ahh. The Viber messages and devotionals. 🙂

After months of these conversations and emails and prayers, came an opportunity to finally see this guy in the flesh. I had a business trip in Florida in January 2014 and I decided to take a quick vacation in New York. I didn’t want to tell Warren right away, I wanted to surprise him, but somehow the news just slipped. Yeah, I couldn’t stop myself. Haha. One time he was excitedly sharing an achievement at work, and he said, “If you’re here we’ll go out and celebrate.” So I said, “Okay… next week then?” He replied, “Yeah. Where? In Fort?” (Fort Bonifacio is a place near my house and my work, and one of the places in Manila that he remembers). I said, “No, there, in Central Park.” He said “WHAT???? IS THIS SERIOUS???”I think he fell off the couch when he read that. Haha. Gotcha.

So off I went to that business trip in sunny Florida and a week after, went to see the City that Never Sleeps. On the first night I finally got to see Warren, he brought me a Moscato, my favourite wine. I am pretty sure I never mentioned this to him, so I was lightly surprised. Most of the time we went out, we were surrounded by friends, until he finally asked if he can spend time with me “without an audience”. To fulfil his promise, we had our very first date at the Central Park. <3

First Date

The first date: Central Park. I specifically requested he takes me where Chuck and Blair got married. Haha.

My friends have asked me then, “What did you do to this guy? He’s glued to his work. But since you came, he’s taken half a day off and is getting out early everyday to see you! OMG he is sooo into you!” And I didn’t know whether to believe this or not. I didn’t know whether to like it or not. But I knew then there was something brewing already. I just didn’t want to because it’s bound to be another long-distance relationship, and I’m just really tired of being left alone after promises of forever.


All bundled up! Subway, somewhere in Manhattan.

Still, I also couldn’t stop spending time with him. I just told myself to just enjoy what’s there and cross the bridge when we get there. Until my last night when we had the dreaded “talk”. He said he is very sure of how he feels, and that he knows that I am the person he has been praying for. He just seems so certain, so determined that it almost got me convinced this can work. I asked if this was something we are really going to work on, because we know each others’ history in LDRs. He said, It’s risky, and confusing, and there are no guarantees. I don’t know how it will work, and I can’t explain, but I’m just sure that this is what I want.

After he went home, I had plenty of time to think since I didn’t want to sleep, so I can sleep through the flight. The next day, at the airport, I received a call. He was on his way and needed to tell me something. I guess you already know what happened then. 😉



Thank you, Skype! Hahaha!


True to his promise of doing his part on making this work, and thankful to modern technology, we continued to talk everyday, send devotionals and prayed together whenever we can, video calls, photo sharing, and just consistently made quality time even when we’re apart. He also came home last April for 3 weeks to “formally” ask me to be his girlfriend (with a very long speech haha).





I never prayed for a perfect partner or a perfect relationship. I only prayed for someone who will be willing to stick it out with me. It was after my last relationship that I decided to pray for the specifics: someone whose goals are similar to mine, whose heart is similar to mine, and a man who’s closer to God than I am. It was pretty scary to ask at first, as I really thought I wouldn’t find anyone outside the seminary who’s really close to God (on the standards that I had in mind). But I found him. I found my Warren. And I know I’m keeping him. <3


nyc mnl

From NYC to MNL. Yup, I think we’ll beat the odds. 😉


I know we still have a loooong way to go, and there’ll be bumps on the road. But I think what keeps me assured about this one is not just our age and experiences. It’s not just what we have gone through in the past that shaped who we are and how we operate today. It’s the assurance that I found the one that I had specifically prayed for, no compromises, not bending of any sort. When you entrust everything to God, you’ll find that somehow, the universe aligns everything for you. He does take care of everything, you only need to be still.


  1. With Love everything is possible. And we have the Bible to prove This. Thanks for sharing your store, I know Im not the only One Who reads this and finds inspiration and patience for a real romance.

  2. Out of all the girls
    You my one and only girl
    Ain’t nobody in the world tonight

    All of the stars, you make them shine like they were ours
    Ain’t nobody in the world but you and I
    You and I
    Ain’t nobody in the world but you and I

    You stop the room when we walk in
    Spotlights on everybody staring
    Tell all of these boys, they wasting their time
    Stop standing in line, cause your all mine.
    I love you

  3. Such a sweet story! I was smiling the whole time I was reading this 🙂 *kilig*
    I wish you guys all the love and happiness <3

  4. Humans of New York brought me to this blog and I am so loving this. I like the prayer you prayed and I think I’m gonna pray the same prayer too. Happy for the two of you! Inspired!

    • Thanks so much, Moyo! Your words inspire us too. Yes, I highly recommend praying for the specifics! Haha! Take care!

  5. As I read this, I didn’t even notice I was already tearing up. So kilig! Thank you for sharing your story. In this bitter and cynical world, it’s amazing how you two have found each other. So inspiring how you’ve entrusted everything in God’s hands.

    Good luck!

  6. Hi, Janina! I’m so glad you find your God’s best. 🙂 Your love story inspired me to wait for mine, too.

    I love this part, “When you entrust everything to God, you’ll find that somehow, the universe aligns everything for you.”

    Hihi. God bless!!! <3

  7. Hi! I found your blog through HONY. (Sorry, i guess i was already semi-stalking) Your love story is so beautiful and inspiring. In fact, the last two sentences moved me to tears. Your story inspired me to wait and pray for my love, too. I wish you all the best. And please continue inspiring others through your stories. Godbless! 🙂

  8. Got my way into your blog through HONY. I got so hooked with your amazing love story with your Warren 😉 I feel like I’ve known you guys for too long through your writings. I would say, you both deserve each other. <3

  9. Janeyna!!!! I have tons of work to do today that I’m tired already. 🙁 Can I just say your blog keeps me going! Naiyak ako (ulit) sa Part 1 and 2 posts na’to even if I have read these a couple of times before. Feel na feel ko! I just caaaaaaaan’t!!!!! hahaha! I know I told you already just how happy I am that you have found your God’s best. You deserve Warren. And Waway deserves nothing less also. And I’m super elated that he has you. 🙂 Looking forward to more kilig posts soon! Para mejo bawas pagkamiss.. *wink* hahaha. love you!

    • Hahaha! Grabe ka Gel! :p Thank you– it means a lot coming from someone who’s been in my life for more than a decade now. Can’t wait to see you again soon– with lotsaaa chikas. Hehe! Love you!

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