I answered the phone and this is the conversation that took place (as I remember):
Sung Hyun: 'hey Jen, I love you so much'
Me: [I knew from the quivering in his voice that something was up] 'ummmm okay, Sung Hyun. Where are you?'
Sung Hyun: 'I'm in the toilet'
Me: 'why are you saying this to me on the phone from the bathroom, why don't you just come here!!!'
Sung Hyun: 'hey Jen, do you love me?'
Me: 'ummmmm yes, why?
Sung Hyun: 'because I want to live my life together forever with you'
Me: 'what the hell are you talking about, okay I'm hang up the phone now Sung Hyun'
Sung Hyun: 'hey Jen, look at me'
I turned around and about 20 feet behind me in the big path lined with trees was Sung Hyun stopped dead in his tracks. I could see he was holding something in his hands. I watched him, in tears, as he went down on one knee and held out his hand with the ring box.
I turned to looked at my friends and said 'did you know about this' as tears were streaming down my face. I got up and ran to him completely unaware of anyone else around me. I knelt down to give him a huge hug and remember just crying and saying 'are you kidding me? Is this real or just a joke?'
For those of you who know Sung Hyun, he's quite the joker. Loves to get everyone to laugh. I was waiting for the JUST JOKING!!!!!
I stood up and then he put the ring on my finger and said 'Can you marry me?'. And at this point I was still in shock and couldn't say anything. I remember him saying 'Do you say YES?????' And I replied with 'YES, how much do you love me?' (because this is our big joke.....when he tells me he loves me I ask him 'how much' and he always responds in money). He replied with 'shipwon' which means 10cents. We burst out laughing (see he's a joker). I said 'you want to marry me and you only love me shipwon?'
Here is the real deal. This picture was taken when I finally stood up and accepted the ring. Two things to note here. 1) The expression of both couples to either side of us (I love it). 2) I am holding my right hand just under my elbow. This is a Korean custom that when giving or receiving things from someone of higher status or age you must do so with two hands. I didn't do this purposely, rather it's just become quite natural.
l think we were both crying in this pic. Spent the next hour in a daze. I asked Sung Hyun if he talked to my father. I told him awhile back that if he wanted to marry me he must ask my father first. This kinda became a joke between me and my mom. Poor Sung Hyun was so nervous to talk to my father. So when I asked if he asked my dad he said 'no it's too scary' but then assured me he would say something when my mom called later that night for our weekly Sunday night chat.
Thanks to Shane and Yu Jeong for taking pictures of us for the next few hours ;)
Here's the re-enactment
On the drive back to Seoul we decided to stop at a restaurant that was also very significant to us. Just a week before we went to Nami Island for the first time 2 years ago, we went to this cool restaurant in the woods. That day at work I had gotten my boss to write a letter to him in Korea to explain that I was unable to extend my contract and that I would be going home in 3 weeks for good. I gave him the letter before we drove out to the restaurant and all he could say to me was 'his heart ached'. He was devastated that I would be leaving Korea FOREVER..........Little did we know 2 years later we would be engaged ;) Here's the story about the restaurant here and here
Picture of us on October 12th, 2008
Picture of us July 21st, 2006 (same place)
My mom called while were were eating and Sung Hyun asked to speak to my father but was sad to hear that he was still sleeping. So he told my mom about the good news and then called my dad 2 hours later once we had arrived home Sunday night. Sung Hyun was so nervous and his voice was quivering. When Sung Hyun asked my dad if he could marry me my dad's first question was 'well did you ask her already?'.....hehe. Of course my dad said yes and told Sung Hyun to 'look after me'.
We were both happy and went to bed exhausted from one busy day.
So there you have it!!!!
p.s thanks again to Shane and Yu Jeong for taking pics of us all day long ;)