jamglam was a Filipina in Manila looking for a worthy pen-pal to exchange email correspondences with. An experienced participant of long-term, long-distance relationships, she didn't let proximity get in the way of true love, wherever that is. She was also tired of dating Filipino guys, who don't seem to "get her". She went on the dating website OKCupid to meet a man from a different place, to learn a different culture, to have a friend in another country she can visit in case her dreams of traveling the world come to fruition. Also, she was new to online dating and was terrified of potential creepers, so she focused on people outside of the Philippines instead, just to be safe.
jfk32 was an American in New Jersey who only came there to claim a free boat he found on Craigslist. He really didn't know anyone in the area, and since he went there with a work-from-home job in the middle of winter, he had very limited opportunities to meet anyone new. He's had a few girlfriends in the past and has tried casual dating for a while, but none of them have gone the distance or have been successful in keeping him interested in the long run. He went on OKCupid with the hopes of finding gals to hang out with, armed with a firm resolve not to take anyone seriously just yet. Hey, a man's got to have high standards, ya know.
For some reason, jfk32 landed on jamglam's profile, and she happened to be online to catch that view as it happened. Right away, she checked out his profile, liked what she read, and sent this message:
A discussion about life, the universe, and everything sounds awesome.
I was checking out your profile and I think you're an interesting guy.
Lemme know if you want to get a correspondence going—easier to ramble on about life and anything like it if you have the option to compose it before sending :) Chatting is fine, too...I'm not here on OKCupid that often, but if you reply it'll get to me and I can give you my email address or skype/YM handle if you'd like.
Hope to hear from you soon!
If you want to talk, you should tell me about one dream you have for yourself. I don't even care if you make it up, or you haven't taken one step to get to it. I'm just interested in hearing what people have to say :-).
My dream is to sail around the world, stopping at as many countries as I possibly can, and staying in them as long as I can. I don't care if it takes me 10 years to get around the globe. I want to crack open coconuts with rocks and drink the sweet water inside, I want to jump off high cliffs into deep pools of crystalline water, I want to hike across deserts where nomadic herders still roam, visit cities and villages and no-man's-lands, meet people who challenge my American view of the world, and just get lost in life. It's crazy, it's over the top, but I think about it every day.
Anyway, get back to me if you want to talk!
In a span of a month, they went through all stages in the Getting To Know You phase of any online relationship. Epic emails of a thousand words each turned into daily text chats on Skype. Then voicemail mp3s sent by email. Then finally, video calls.
Fact: If you meet someone you can talk to every day and every night and still find the energy to email five times a day and not get sick of each other, then that's probably a great sign.
I think they both realized that early on. He first told her how he felt by sending a Youtube link to "I Think I Love You" by David Cassidy. She eagerly answered him with "If I Fell" by The Beatles. A month and a half later, he arrived in the Philippines (after traveling 17,000 miles) to come be with his girlfriend for two weeks. That was enough time to make him realize that she's the one, the one to make him go back to the States, sell all his possessions, quit his job, and come back to be with her.
After a full year of adventures visiting new places in the Philippines and Asia, she returned the favor and said yes to coming to the US with him to continue the dream.