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Memorial created 07-29-2008 by
her husband, Alain Reyes
Angelica M. Reyes
January 6 1984 - July 3 2008


 

 

 There’s a special memory I have because of this letter that Angie wrote in her own handwriting.

Este es un especial recuerdo, porque esta carta la escribio Angie con su propia letra.

 On the day of Angie’s burial, with all of our family and friends gathered around, Angie’s brother Hugo surprised everyone, including me, and handed out envelopes to everyone. Inside was a copy of this letter. He proceeded to read the letter out loud for everyone to hear. After he was done reading, he went on to say something to me in front of everyone. I can’t remember the exact words but I do remember him thanking me for making his sister so happy, and that he was jealous of me because I could say that I was the one that gave Angie the best day of her life, and not him.
 
 En el entierro de Angie con todos nuestros familiares y amigos alrededor, Hugo, el hermano de Angie, nos sorprendio a todos incluyendome a mi sacando unos sobres que tenian dentro la copia de esta carta y procedio a leerla en voz alta para que todos pudieran escuchar. Despues de que el termino de leer, me dijo enfrente de todos, yo no puedo recordar las palabras exactas pero si recuerdo a el dandome las gracias por haber hecho tan feliz a su hermana, y me dijo que estaba muy celoso porque el hubiera querido ser quien le hubiera dado a Angie el dia mas feliz de su vida, y no yo.
 
Needless to say it was a very emotional moment for everyone. I remember even the videotographer was wiping tears from his eyes. It was by far the nicest gesture anyone has ever done for me.
 
Tengo que decir que ese fue un momento muy emotivo para todos. Yo recuerdo que hasta el señ or que estaba tomando el video estaba enjugandose las lagrimas. Esto que hizo Hugo fue el mas bello gesto que alquien haya hecho por mi.
 
 So I decided to share this special day with the world. There was a great deal of stress on my part hoping everything goes as planned because I remember deciding long ago that if I was to propose to Angie, I wanted to make it unforgettable.  
 
Entonces yo decidi compartir con el mundo este dia tan especial. Ese dia yo estaba muy nervioso porque yo esperaba que todo saliera a la perfeccion. Yo lo estaba planeando desde mucho tiempo atras para que este dia fuera inolvidable para Angie.
 
Looking for the perfect ring was a mission. I must have went to at least 20 jewelry stores including the diamond district in NYC three times because It’s not easy trying to decide which ring was going to be the symbol of my love for Angie, until I finally found it. It was a very good quality certified ring, and when compared to other rings it just stood out and looked flawless…… just like Angie. 

Buscar el anillo perfecto fue una mision y visite por lo menos 20 joyerias, incluyendo el distrito del diamante en New York City tres veces, porque no me era facil decidir cual anillo seria el mejor que representara un simbolo de mi amor por Angie, hasta que finalmente lo encontre. Un diamante que comparado con otros diamantes lucia espectacular, exaclamente como Angie.

 

Day 1:

Angie’s birthday fell on a Sunday so I decided to make it a special birthday weekend. Since Angie’s favorite hobby in the world was shopping, her first surprise was that I took her to the King of Prussia Mall (http://www.kingofprussiamall.com/) in Pennsylvania, the largest shopping mall in the United States. Her eyes lit up when I told her and she went shopping that Friday all afternoon. She didn’t buy much that day, but I accompanied her to every store and held all her bags, including her purse. She was like a kid in a candy store so excited to go to all the different stores and try on different outfits and shoes. It was obvious we couldn’t do the entire mall in one day so we left and then came her second surprise. We went to the Radisson Hotel , (http://www.radisson.com/kingofprussiapa) not too far from the mall and I surprised her with a fantasy suite. The room was the Caesar’s Palace suite and she loved it. I remember telling her I’m going to get my camera from my suitcase to take pictures, but my true intentions were to open my suitcase and let her see two wrapped gifts. Well, my plan worked and she went nuts because one of the gifts was a 6 X 6 box from Tiffanys, so she automatically assumed jewelry, maybe a necklace judging by the size of the box. I then played it off like I was upset because she wasn’t supposed to see them and I put the gifts away and told her they would be her last surprise to be opened Sunday night. She got annoyed like a spoiled kid, but she also loved the idea of anticipation of what was in the boxes, especially the Tiffany box. I remember telling her that I can only hope that she liked what I bought her from Tiffanys because it cost me a fortune. That night we went to the Ice Nightclub on the ground floor of our hotel and had a great time just partying and dancing the night away.

Primer dia:

El cumpleañ os de Angie cayo un Domingo y yo decidi hacerlo muy especial, celebrando su cumpleañ os los tres dias de ese fin de semana. Sabiendo que el pasatiempo preferido de ella era ir de compras, su primera sorpresa fue que la lleve al King of Prussia Mall (http://www.kingofprussiamall.com/) en Pensylvania, que es el mas grande centro comercial de los Estados Unidos. Sus ojos se abrieron asombrados cuando yo le dije que estariamos comprando toda la tarde de ese Viernes. Ella no compro mucho ese dia, pero yo la acompañ e a todos las tiendas cargando todas sus bolsas, inclusive su cartera. Ella estaba muy emocionada, parecia una niñ a yendo de una tienda a otra probandose diferentes ropas y zapatos, era como cuando llevas a un niñ o a una tienda de caramelos. Es obvio, no pudimos visitar todo el centro comercial en un solo dia, entonces nos regresamos al Radisson Hotel (http://www.radisson.com/kingofprussiapa) que estaba cerca para su segunda sorpresa y la sorprendi con un cuarto de fantasia. El cuarto era el Caesar's Palace suite y ella esto le encanto. Yo recuerdo que yo le dije, voy a buscar en la maleta la camara para hacer fotos, pero mi verdadera intencion era abrir la maleta y que ella viera adentro dos regalos envueltos. Bueno mi plan funciono y ella vio que uno de los regalos era una cajita de 6 x 6 envuelta en un papel azul de Tiffanys. Entonces automaticamente ella penso que era una joya, tal vez una cadena juzgando por el tamañ o de la cajita. Entonces yo me hice como que estaba enojado porque ella no estaba supuesta a verlos y puse los regalos lejos de nosotros y le dije que esos regalos eran para abrirse el Domingo en la noche. Ella se puso como una niñ a malcriaba porque queria que yo le anticipara que era lo que habia en los regalos, especialmente lo que habia en la cajita de Tiffanys. Recuerdo que le dije, solo espero que te guste lo que te compre en Tiffanys porque me costo mucho dinero. Esa noche nos fuimos al club nocturno que esta localizado en la planta baja del hotel y pasamos muy buen tiempo bailando toda la noche.

 
 
 
 

 

Day 2
We both woke up with slight hangovers but she was up and ready for shopping again. We spent that Saturday from morning till closing at the King of Prussia Mall. We did so much walking that by the end of the day, Angie was all “shopped out” and insisted we sit down for a while. I remember her sitting on top of me and falling asleep for a couple of hours on one of those lounge chairs in the middle of the mall while all the stores around me were closing shop and turning off the lights. When we got back to the room that night, it was straight to bed for the both of us to sleep.
 
Segundo dia:

Esa mañ ana nos despertamos con la resaca del dia anterior, pero nos arreglamos para irnos de compras otra vez. Estuvimos todo el sabado desde la mañ ana hasta que cerro el centro comercial. Caminamos tanto que al final del dia Angie estaba agotada y nos sentamos por un rato. Recuerdo que ella se sento sobre mis piernas y se durmio por unas horas en uno de esos bancos que estan en los centros comerciales y todas las tierndas a nuestro alrededor estaban apagando las luces y cerrando, entonces nosotros volvimos al cuarto del hotel y nos fuimos directamente a la cama, estabamos rendidos de cansancio.

 
 
 

 

Day 3 (the best day of her life)
All weekend I stressed about this day because if it was raining or it was too windy due to the winter climate, my plans would get ruined. I told her to bundle up because this day was going to be full of surprises and the first surprise is going to be an adventure, but it could get cold. Boy did I leave her wondering what I had planned.  When we met up with Scott from Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons (http://www.weflyhotair.com/)  she saw the truck with the picture of the balloon and she was ecstatic. We went on the balloon ride and she loved every minute of it. The good part about hot air balloons is that you feel no wind when you’re up there. It was so relaxing and peaceful, just floating in air. We even did our own little reenactment of that scene from the movie Titanic, “I’m the king of the world!” The plan was that Scott would give me the signal and I had this whole speech planned out of what I wanted to say, but I got really nervous, and my long speech turned into a short mumbling speech, but when I dropped to one knee and proposed she was blown away, and said yes! yes! yes!
When we got back to the hotel, I surprised her again because we had to check out of our room because I had reserved another room for her birthday, the Hollywood fantasy suite. She loved it.

 

 

 

Tercer dia: "El dia mas feliz de su vida"

Yo estaba muy preocupado acerca de ese dia porque si estaba lloviendo o con mocho viento, debido al clima porque era invierno, mis planes podian arruinarse. Yo le dije a ella, levantate porque este dia va estar lleno de sorpresas, y la primera es ir a una aventura, pero abrigate porque puede hacer frio. Yo le dije a ella maravillada de lo que habia planeado. Cuando nos encontramos con Scott de la compañ ia Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloon (http://www.weflyhotair.com/)., cuando ella vio el camion con la foto del globo ella se quedo estatica de emocion. Cuando volá bamos en el globo, ella amo cada minuto de esto. La mejor parte de los globos de aire caliente es que tu no sientes el viento cuando tu estas alla arriba. Esto era muy relajante y con mucha paz flotando en el aire. El plan era que Scott me daria una señ al para que yo dijera todo el discurso que yo habia preparado, pero yo me puse tan nervioso que ese largo discurso se convirtio en un corto tartamudeo. Pero cuando yo me doble en una rodilla y le dije "quieres casarte conmigo?" ella no lo esperaba y se emociono mucho, pero me dijo "si, si, si!" Cuando regresamos al hotel ella volvio a sorprenderse porque tuve que registrarme para salir, porque habia reservado otro cuarto para el cumpleañ os, llamado Hollywood fantasy suite que a ella le facino.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

We then set off for another little surprise I had for her. I told her that Philadelphia is home to the most romantic park in the world. It was so romantic that the name of the park is called the Love Park because it had the world famous Love Statue. Well, when we got to the park, it wasn’t really romantic, mainly because it was so dark and we saw so many homeless people hanging out in the park. I remember how much we laughed and joked about how “romantic” it was. But seeing the Love Statue was a special moment for us because I told her how couples from all over the world come and visit this statue, some people with hope to find true love, and others that hope their love lasts a lifetime.

 

Despues nos preparamos para otra sorpresa que yo tenia para ella. Le dije que Philadelphia es el lugar que tiene el parque mas romantico del mundo. Es tan romantico que su numbre es "Love Park" (parque del amor) porque tiene la mas hermosa estatua del amor. Fue un momento muy especial porque yo le dije que muchas parejas del mundo vienen a visitar esta estatua, algunas parejas con las esperanza de encontrar el verdadero amor y otros con la esperanza de amarse para toda la vida.

 
 

 

 

We then left because I had reservations at a restaurant that I guaranteed she was going to love. When we got to the restaurant, she was puzzled because it was four star Cuban restaurant called Alma de Cuba, (http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/) and she knew my favorite food is Cuban cuisine, not hers. I then told her that she should wait until we see the menu before judging. When she saw the menu she starting laughing because there it was, her favorite dish, Ecuadorian Shrimp Cerviche. She loved the drinks, appetizers, dinner, and then came the dessert. The restaurant knew in advance that I would be celebrating her birthday and our engagement and they bought out the desert with a lit candle and congratulated her, sang happy birthday and everyone in the restaurant applauded.

Despues nos regresamos porque yo habia hecho reservaciones en un restaurante que yo le garantizaba que le iba a gustar mucho. Llegamos al restaurante de cuatro estrellas, un restaurente cubano llamado "Alma de Cuba."  (http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/) Ella estaba decepcionada porque sabia que mi favorita comida es comida Cubana pero no la de ella. Yo le dije espera hasta que veas el menu antes de juzgar. Cuando ella vio el menu, ella se enloquecio porque alli estaba su plato faborito, Ceviche Ecuatoriano de camarones. A ella le encanto las bebidas, los aperitivos, la comida y cuando vino el postre, yo le habia dicho de antemano al restaurante que yo queria celebrar su compleañ os y nuestro compromiso y ellos trajeron el postre con una vela y la felicitaron y le cantaron "feliz cumpleañ os" y todas los del restaurante aplaudieron.

 
 
 
 

 

 

The very last surprises of the day were her gifts. She realized these gifts were really just decoys to distract her from my master plan but she was still anxiously waiting to open her gifts. The first gift she opened was yoga toes http://yogatoes.com/. She always complained about how her feet hurt so I thought these would help her. Then the next gift she opened up was the Tiffanys box. She laughed because although it was something from Tiffanys, it was not what she expected. It was a blue passport cover but she loved it and put it to use immediately because she used her passport a lot for ID purposes.
 
La ultima sorpresa del dia era abrir los regalos, obiamente esos regalos eran para distraerla del gran plan, pero ella estaba anciosa esperando abrir los regalos. Un regalo fue un "yogatoes." (http://yogatoes.com/ Ella siempre se quejaba de dolor de los pies, entoces pense que esto le ayundaria mucho a ella. Cuando Angie abrio la caja de Tiffanys se rio mucho porque era algo de Tiffanys pero no lo que ella esperaba, era un estuche azul del passaporte pero le gusto mucho y puso inmediatamente el passaporte y sus identificaciones. Despues pasamos toda la noche amandonos.
 
We then spent the night away just loving each other. I had so many amazing nights with Angie, but I will always look back on that night and remember it as one of the best nights of my life.

Despues pasamos toda la noche amandonos. Yo tuve muchas noches admirables con Angie pero mirando atras y recordando, esa fue la mejor noche de mi vida.

 
 

 

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