April 22nd

As promised in my last post, I delve deeper into our wedding story and the significance of our wedding date.

In case you missed the title, Alan and I got married on April 22nd.

We picked the date due to availability, and mostly because the 22nd was a day that we already celebrated since we started dating back in December of 2007. What’s the point of trying to remember another day, when this one was already set in stone?

If it works, just stick with it!

So we set the appointment and didn’t think anything about it after that. This would be the day that only the two of us would celebrate every year.

Come to find out, that wouldn’t be the case.

Caught up in our own wedding plans and the celebration of our new marriage, we had no idea that April 22nd is a day that the entire world commemorated. Mind you, we went an entire year not knowing anything about the exact date of this particular holiday.


As we enjoyed our little getaway in Santa Cruz during our one-year wedding anniversary, we noticed numerous people posting statuses on their social media, praising Mother Earth.

“Huh, we got married on Earth Day?”


I’m well aware of the holiday, but the definite date slipped my mind. It never occurred to me as I booked our ceremony a year ago, and it’s something that Alan and I now include as a part of our anniversary since then.

Instead of saying, “Happy anniversary!” to each other, we now say, “Happy Earth Day!”

I don’t know about y’all, but I think it’s pretty sweet. And to honor this distinct moment, we decided to do something special this year.

If you read Our Wedding Story, then you will know that I didn’t have a wedding band. In fact, I still don’t have one (but don’t worry – he’s working on it). Also, I thought I should mention that Alan didn’t stick with that cheap $20 ring that we got at the Clerk’s Office. I ended up buying him a legit wedding band a couple weeks later.

Since we really didn’t have any major plans this year, we went ahead and got matching tattoos.

We both agreed that we would never get a tattoo of each other’s name, and we were open to the idea of getting the number 22 in Roman numerals, but we stumbled upon a certain design that just made complete sense to us.

The alchemy symbol for earth.




According to the dictionary…


the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter.

  • a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.

“finding the person who’s right for you requires a very subtle alchemy”

Our relationship, our marriage, and ultimately, our love…it’s alchemy. Picking this date at random, and purely out of convenience just shows how special this day is for the both of us (and apparently for the rest of the world).

It’s fate.

Babe, our love is sustainable. Cheers to many more Earth Days to come!

Ink done by Orly Locquiao at Humble Beginnings Tattoo in San Jose.



  1. That’s a beautiful love story! Many more happy earth days to you both! Any the story continues with your son Everest! Mount Everest, the highest point on earth! Aloha to you all!

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