A year ago, I held a Love Struck Writing Contest for my blog anniversary . One of the contestants, Mr Z got a place in the runner-up division. I first became aware of Mr. Z when Annalyn was unable to join us for a Boracay tour. Annalyn got stranded in Batanes for 8 days. Asian Spirit refused to fly over with the slightest hint of weather disturbance. I thought it was a perfect opportunity for them to discover more of each other as they wrap themselves in the beauty of Batanes.

I challenged Annalyn to join my blog’s Love Struck Writing Contest. I was in for a surprise. Annalyn “demurred, saying her new love story couldn’t hope to compete with the ““old-timers”, even though it was clear that she was intrigued by the offer.” Instead, Mr. Z joined. For the past year, it thrilled me to watch the progress of their love and finally… a marriage proposal. As Annalyn points out in their wedding site:

Who would have guessed we would hit it off so nicely? When there are pitfalls in communication, we would always jokingly say “so much for technology bringing people together.” But we do give credit to the fact that the great WWW has brought us together. We may be separated by distance, but thanks to the wonders of our modern digital age, we’ve never really been out of touch – for the 14 months or so that we’ve known each other.

Today, I witnessed as Annalyn and Mr. Z tied the knot. For both of them, this is their second time around. Annalyn and Mr. Z are a living testament that love gives us all second chances – the second one always better, stronger, more learned, the best it will ever be.

Annalyn and Mr. Z, I am so happy for you.

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About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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