The Red Panda and the Puppy: Our Happily Ever After

This week’s guest post comes from Katrina. She writes: 

My fiancé and I met on February 4, 2013. It was the first day of my semester at a technical college that was doing a partnership program with my high school.

I started the program thinking, “Well, it beats being in history class.” (The kids who did the program weren’t required to do history, but I ended up having to do it later on anyways because I couldn’t do the second part of the program.)

I figured I would take Culinary Arts, because it sounded fun.

Panda and the puppy share your story happily ever after guest post katrinaMy fiancé in his chef uniform.

We met on the first day of class.

Well, sort of. More like, I admired him from a distance because I was too shy to say hello. There was a really cute Chinese girl beside him (he is also Chinese), who I could have sworn was thirteen (and that I thought he had a crush on when he obviously didn’t because I’m like that), and I decided I would pass her a note, which would have to go through him to reach her.

We became friends, and I asked him his name.

Later on, the day before Valentine’s Day, he sent me a text and asked me out. My heart almost exploded.

We went skating on our first date, and I found out he didn’t know how to skate, so of course I was determined to teach him. We pretty much ended up hugging on the ice until one of us (him) slipped and almost fell. It was kind of funny. Kind of a lot.

Panda and the puppy share your story happily ever after guest post katrinaMe and my fiancé on our first date. I was really nervous.

Throughout our whole first date, he would do the sweetest gentlemanly gestures, like, holding the door open for me, carrying my bag, and letting me sit on his lap when we took a break because the bench was too cold (⍲‿⍲).

Our first date ended with a perfect kiss, (except for the screeching train in the background… Oh, the joys of Winnipeg) and he asked me to be his girlfriend. I said yes.

We spent a while dating secretly, which was tough. But it was definitely worth it in the end.

A year and a half later, we are happily living together and we just got engaged! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ).

We’ve had a lot of tough times, like the time when I told my parents about us being together and he thought they would make us break up, or the recent break-in, and then there was the work permit application (which a friend ended up helping us with because I just could not understand).

We’ve also had a lot of good times, like when we spent our first Chinese New Year together, or when we went to my family reunion this summer. We’ve been through it all, together. Which is really sappy, but that’s just how I am.

Panda and the puppy share your story happily ever after guest post katrinaAt a beach! (It’s on the other side)

We’re a really awkward (some might say cute) couple who does everything together. We fight (a lot), we laugh (too much!) and once in a while, we even cry (well, mostly me, but sometimes he does too).

He drives me crazy, and I confuse him, but that’s the way we like it.

And the best part is, I’ll always be his red panda, and he’ll always be my puppy.


About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

7 Comments on The Red Panda and the Puppy: Our Happily Ever After

  1. What a lovely story Katrina. Thank you for sharing. May you have many happy years together and I hope we get to see wedding pictures.

  2. I can feel lots of happinesses when i was reading it. U two went through the hard time together, now getting more closer and love each other much much much more. I’m so glad that u two get engaged, then continue the happiness, I’d like u share this with me!

  3. Aww! What a sweet story! :) It’s always so inspiring to me to read about LDR’s working out in the end.

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