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LoveByte 14 Day Challenge

love challengeWhat’s the secret to a loving relationship?

There is no secret. It’s effort :) It might be helping out your partner with an errand, writing a love note to let them know they are loved, or doing a simple activity together. At LoveByte, it’s about keeping the romance alive and showing appreciation for each other.

We’re inviting couples to embark on our 14 day challenge (yes, let’s start with 14..). Do it for yourself and feel for yourself how your relationship has improved by the end of the fortnight.

Here’s how it works: The both of you can start the challenge anytime. For the next 14 days, check off an item from the suggested list of things to do every day. You don’t have to do them in order; simply choose to do what fits your schedule, as long as you complete one each day! It’s OK to skip a day, but remember to make up for it!

  1. Share a sweet memory from childhood.
  2. Dedicate a meaningful song for each other.
  3. Share an ice cream.
  4. Plant 15 kisses on different parts of each other’s body.
  5. Experiment a new recipe together.
  6. Give each other a compliment and mean it.
  7. Snap a picture of yourself with a pose your partner picks!
  8. Go for an exercise together. eg. yoga, running
  9. Add 3 things to your shared To-Do List on LoveByte.
  10. Turn on some music and slow dance.
  11. Spend a fruitful day at the animal shelter.
  12. Have a picnic in your own living room.
  13. Try on new clothing styles and model for each other at the mall.
  14. Write a letter to each other to open only 1 year later!

Feel free to print the below and paste it somewhere visible. Keep track of the progress by using the hashtag #lovebyte14daysand share it with us on Instagram! Get started now!

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Stay loving,
LoveByte Cupid <3

LoveByte is a mobile app for couples to record their happy memories to form a meaningful, love journal containing favourite photos, notes and dates. Get it on iOS/Android: http://lovebyte.us/getapp.

I Went to Suburban Malaysia to Meet my Future In-Laws

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Months ago, my boyfriend reasoned that it was high time for me to meet his parents. It was something that I had been delaying, but he had already met my family on two occasions, so I couldn’t put off the dreaded day any longer. On top of the usual nerves about whether they would like me or find me an eyesore, I had a pressing problem: They only spoke Chinese. My spoken command of the language was dreadfully poor, limited only to ordering food and answering questions about the weather.

Oh, and did I mention that his parents live across the Causeway? Yes, I’m dating a Malaysian, and his parents live in Skudai, Johor Bahru. It’s a good 30 to 45 min drive from the checkpoint. Here’s a few key points that I got out of my experience that you can hopefully learn from.

#1 Make sure you’re 100% prepared before the actual day.

My parents drove my boyfriend and I in on that day, approximately a week after the start of the Lunar New Year. They dropped us off at a bus stop outside his place, where his brother was supposed to fetch us. Then, this happened:

“My brother said that my father sent the car for a wash. So my father will be fetching us instead.”

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NO WAIT WHAT I HAVEN’T REHEARSED MY NEW YEAR GREETINGS YET W-W-WHAT?

I had planned to practice my new year greetings, and think of conversation topics along the way. But because of this unforeseen turn of events, I ended up sitting in a car with my boyfriend’s dad in (rather awkward) silence.

#2 Be prepared for different customs and traditions, even if you’re of the same ethnicity.

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I never thought that our dining culture could be so different that it would pose a problem, but I was proven wrong. There was a lack of ladles, and they used forks and spoons instead of chopsticks. How was I supposed to cook my food in a hotpot with a fork?

Dining culture aside, I was also unprepared for the extreme amount of spice in their unassuming looking chilli sauce. Upon trying a tiny portion, I didn’t even say anything, I just ran for my mug of water on the coffee table and emptied its entire contents into my mouth. MY MOUTH WAS ON FIRE. Everyone laughed heartily.

#3 Try not to let the age gap get to you.

My boyfriend is seven years older than me, and about to graduate from university. He’s the last to graduate amongst his group of friends, all of whom are already working. In fact, quite a few of them are married, and some even have kid(s) in tow. The age gap was pretty palpable. I felt really out of place, with the general discussion being centered on jobs, marriage, finances and even insurance.

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#4 The Malaysian accent will throw you off.

It’s perfectly alright when you’re talking to a few people, but when it’s a group of fourteen people laughing raucously with multiple conversations happening at the same time, you’ll definitely be stunned. I even thought that they lapsed into Hokkien at a point in time, but apparently not.

#5 Suck it up.

If there’s anything you’re unhappy about or discomfited by, try to leave it to after the day is over. Don’t create a scene on the spot. In retrospect, I’m glad that I put up a smile and readily agreed when his friends wanted to continue the round of CNY visits at another friend’s house during dinner time. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and you want to make sure that you do it right.

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All in all, my boyfriend’s friends and family were nothing short of welcoming and friendly, so there’s a lot to be grateful for. Committing to a transnational relationship and marriage requires a lot of thought and dedication. In my specific case, I also learnt to be conscious of certain different standards and biases, and to never ever be patronizing about the supposed city vs suburb divide.

My grandma predicted that I would break up with my boyfriend after visiting his parents in Malaysia.

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I’m proud to report back: not a chance!

Long Distance Relationships Can Work with Commitment and Trust

We are uncovering the love story of Syrene(s). It’s definitely our first time we interview a couple sharing the same name… very interesting! Also, they are in dating from two different places, Davao city and Dumaguete city.

Syrene Renacia & Syrene Villaverde

How did you both meet?
SR:
We met in elementary school when I was in grade 6 back then and she was in grade 4. She was a transferee and since our school was not so big and I was already familiar with all the faces of the students in our school, she immediately caught my attention. She was that kind of girl who can turn one’s head immediately; pretty, simple, and amazing! I asked her classmates, who happened to be my close friends, what her name was. To my big surprise, we shared the same name with the exact spelling!!

I was but a kid who knew nothing about love but I had always admired her.  They moved away and eventually, we lost contact. After 7 long years, her family has decided to have a vacation in our town.. I was walking and suddenly I saw her with her dad. That awesome feeling upon meeting someone from the past! It was amazing that I still had the same feeling I had for her a long time ago. We reconnected and started texting again and we agreed to meet up and visit our school. And our love story began.

We have been together for almost three years, even though we are in a long-distance relationship.

What’s one of the challenges you have faced so far?
We encounter a lot of challenges in our relationship but I guess the most challenging one is the reality that we are in a long distance relationship. It is hardest especially when we fight. We don’t have any other communication to talk things but sending long messages to each other, explaining things, arguing things until we settle things out and be okay.

We do not get affected with long distance – instead we beat it with trust, loyalty, and commitment. Despite our distance, we never doubted our love. We never had anyone else just to fight the feeling of emptiness caused by the distance between us. Lastly, the commitment that we just have to love each other no matter what helps us get through it. We quarrel a lot, we get jealous, we argue, but at the end of the day, we know we’re still gonna choose each other NO MATTER WHAT.

I am proud because after all the challenges we’ve been through we are still standing strong, ready to face any battle that we face. It is not easy but we are one of the proofs that nothing is impossible.

How does LoveByte help you in your relationship?
Syrene LoveByte
What amazes me with this app is the feeling of belonging in it. you see there are a lot of apps that we could use but LoveByte is kinda different because it’s the only app that we value the most.

When we fought, we have changed our relationship status and unfriended each other in Facebook, deleted some precious posts on it and even deactivated our account. But strange enough, both of us have never dared to uninstall LoveByte. It’s like it truly symbolizes the value of our relationship and there’s that weird feeling of feeling that deleting our LoveByte will end everything. LoveByte is the only app that connects us this way.

We use LoveByte for posting our special moments together. One reason why I love LoveByte because even though we posted the pictures later, the app still detects the date the photo was taken. We also use LoveByte by sending sweet messages using Secret Message and having fun using its cool stickers in chat. And we love counting the days of being together.

When we want to reminisce things, LoveByte is one of our best apps to remember good things in our relationship, like a diary of our love story. Every time we open it, all the bad thoughts in our heads will be erased. Indeed, LoveByte app has lot of functions for couples.

What’s the best advice for other couples?


Don’t you ever break the trust of your partner to you, because it causes a big disaster in your relationship. Be faithful. Be honest. If you done something wrong tell her, even if you know that she’ll gone mad at you. As what they say, “It is better to hurt her with the truth, than make her happy with a lie.”

BREAKUP is never the answer. You chose someone so better stick with him/her. When you are at the verge of giving up, think of all the sacrifices you had just to keep the relationship up until this very day. It’s easy to end a relationship but it is very hard to build a new relationship with someone else. Want a better relationship? Make your move and think about ways to make your partner happier rather than thinking about how it feels to have a relationship with someone else. Remember, happy wife, happy life…

We are really excited for the couple and we wish them all the best!

Stay loving,
LoveByte Cupid <3

LoveByte is a mobile app for couples to record their happy memories to form a meaningful, love journal containing favourite photos, notes and dates. Get it on iOS/Android: http://lovebyte.us/getapp.