“I met my fiancé in Bahrain. We hit it off instantly and spent almost a year together. It felt magical. But most magic is short lived. Soon we decided it would be better for him to go back home to the States and I’d join later. I was in the middle of my visa process, when the most unexpected thing happened. COVID hit. The world was bombarded with many different containment measures and travel restrictions. It was a hard blow for us as we now had to stay apart until things cleared up again. Nevertheless, our families showed us constant support. This lifted our spirits. We are still working out plans to see each other, but the pandemic has left us in a state of unpredictability. Technology has been a blessing. Although the time difference factor exists, we adjust our schedules and call each other. We’ve made long term plans that include when and where we will see each other next. Through creativity and determination, we try to give new meaning to the phrase, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ – no matter the distance and uncertainty, we will find a way to make it happen.

Mixed nationality couples are often criticised for their differences. People may see our differences but they cannot see how we feel for each other. We believe that love is not restricted by boundaries or language. As long as the two people have a connection, things are bound to work out. My fiancé calms me down whenever I get upset and helps me understand that what others say doesn’t matter. We only live for ourselves. Giving up is not an option, and we constantly need to prove our fears wrong. We have been through thick and thin and I am so happy to have him by my side. He is my partner in crime, my gear of war partner, my calm on a stormy night and my future husband.”

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