I could imagine the scene as it unfolded for Till: the perfect weather, waves crashing all around, the sand on his feet, the heat on his pale skin, the midday sun flaring away at his view…and across the shore, someone that would catch his attention. Someone he had never hoped to see but was there anyway—like a vision. Except this vision was on a surfboard catching swells and riding waves.
Marriage never entered Mira’s mind while on that fateful trip. In many ways, it was the farthest thing on her mind as she anticipated a close relationship with the sea and working on her tan. Bali on her birthday was a perfect way to unwind and the only thing that she was supposed to remember that day was that she celebrated her birthday there. It so happens that now, the sun, sand and surf are mere details to what happened next.
Enter the tall, dashing gentleman from Germany who was also on with a trip with his best buds. After the two met, they decided that they would carry on a long-distance relationship. Every two months, one would visit the other and taking a cue from how they met in another country, they both continued to explore the world together. These trips eventually strengthened their trust in each other and days turned into weeks and weeks into months. You could say that they went out of their way to make things work. Mira couldn’t say no to her gentleman’s charm and the true-blooded German in Till couldn’t ignore a woman who worked for San Miguel.
It’s amazing how in hindsight, random acts don’t seem random at all. How this one person—when we finally meet them—makes sense of everyone bad who happened to us. A random place can turn into a landmark for your heart and an ordinary birthday can also be an origin for a love story. Amazing isn’t it?
There is a brilliant law that states for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the confines of the observable scientific world, these reactions are mostly known. However, in the mercurial realm of romance, there are times that one does not know what to expect when they do something. Sometimes, a strapping young lad falls in love with their seatmate in college while in another time, a girl is smitten by the love of her life inside a coffee shop. It is with great fascination that I listen to love stories over and over—however different they may all be. For Till and Mira, who knew that planning a trip to Bali would cause them to find each other.
Cause and effect.
Sometimes, in order to find what you’re looking for, you have to take risks, move mountains, plan trips, meet people—anything. Although there are times when all that is necessary for you to meet the love of your life is to be patient, and wait while there are other times, when you just have to move–go against the flow of everything normal and ride a wave of faith.
Makeup: Pia Reyes
Hair: Dave Lopez
Venue: Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa