LWS Media played a big role in our love story. First, of course, that was where we met and second, all the noontime drinking escapades with officemates paved our paths to intertwine.
Jaycelle began chatting with me one morning asking for my photography portfolio. I was a hobbyist who liked to document memories thru photographs and Jaycelle wanted to build her modelling portfolio. She asked her friend in LWS Media (the company where we worked) for my Yahoo! Messenger ID and that was the beginning of months of unproductive work.
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:26:37 AM): hi
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:26:38 AM): hello po
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:26:50 AM): ask ko lang wer can i view your profile?
Brian Sahagun (4/28/2007 3:26:52 AM): hi
Brian Sahagun (4/28/2007 3:27:00 AM): profile ng?
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:09 AM): portfolio
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:11 AM): i mean
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:13 AM): hehe
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:26 AM): sori
Brian Sahagun (4/28/2007 3:27:31 AM): folio ng design?
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:34 AM): sluggish nako
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:36 AM): hehe
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:27:38 AM): yup
Brian Sahagun (4/28/2007 3:28:31 AM): Ok.. intlred.com
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:30:35 AM): got it
Jaycelle Playda (4/28/2007 3:30:38 AM): thanks
Jaycelle Playda (5/1/2007 6:13:56 AM): u want water?
Jaycelle Playda (5/1/2007 6:14:05 AM): ill get some at the pantry
Brian Sahagun (5/1/2007 6:14:17 AM): tapos buhos ko sa ulo ko?
Jaycelle Playda (5/1/2007 6:14:43 AM): ndi nga
Jaycelle Playda (5/1/2007 6:14:47 AM): yaw mu?
Brian Sahagun (5/1/2007 6:15:12 AM): gusto
Reminiscing about our conversations reminds me of the initial thought that came in me during our first chats – why is she chatting with me?
By the way, here’s our LWS friends:
We’ve been playing Step-No, Step-Yes for so long… and Tag! You’re It, too. We may have discovered the right balance to some of our pet peeves, likes and dislikes but just like other couples, we have our individual pride and we make the same mistakes over and over again.
It is how I am around her – I seem to switch into another persona – at my best in the freedom of being goofy and clunky. We’ve created a world of our own wherein she is in the same way – childish and carefree.
We’ve learned to ride on the funniness of each other, on the brand of each other’s witticism – we’re both a fan boy and girl.
Laughter even in sarcasm – I spend all my credits until she thinks it’s not funny anymore. But all in all…
I love how Jaycelle laughs at my jokes.
It was our first real connection. Not when she entered the room for an interview at LWS Media one day in April of 2007; she was wearing her hair in a bun, golden shawl around her shoulders – I was certain, I saw a young Imelda Marcos walked by.
Certainly not when she was introduced to a small group of office mates working at midnight; everyone looked up except I – I was real busy computing in the computer. Not when she snagged my Yahoo! Messenger ID from someone and chatted me away without asking, “ASL?” Not when we randomly sat in front of each other during a midnight lunch in Jollibee at Emerald Ave.
One night, we both happened to adjust our break schedules and then suddenly we were having lunch together for the weeks that followed. A topic of family started our friendship.
I love how Jaycelle loves her family.
More and more each day we discover ourselves behaving and liking the opposites of things. If I like the door closed, she likes it open; if a room is too hot for her, it’s too cold for me; if the sink is already full of dirty dishes, well, I wash them.
I love how Jaycelle and I meet in the middle.
Our relationship survives pleasantly because of our willingness to compromise.
At first I really didn’t understand my father every time he told me that relationships are “give and take”. This was his advice whenever I would come up to him with a bruised heart.
And so I learned – love is when you come out of a wreckage scathed but alive and stronger – ready to go through it all again with that person.
Only nine days to go and it will be our first anniversary since we got married. It’s been busy since we started preparing for the big day and little by little we slowed down to unwind and enjoy this new chapter of our lives together. We take it easy building our dreams, discerning which roads to choose and which way to turn to. It’s us in this journey.
I love how Jaycelle balances my sourness with her sweetness.
I can be very rigid at times – with all the things that’s happening in my life in the pursuit of dreams and career, it undoubtedly turned me unimaginative. But there is Jaycelle with her uplifting attitude to make me look into the brighter side of things; there she is to plan for short trips and all the fabulous adventures only a girl could think of. I roll my eyes then I enjoy the ride.