Random phone call leads to 46-year marriage for Winnipeg couple
Finding love may not be easy, but for Winnipeg's Tomas and Carrie Yudai, it was as easy as picking up the phone.
"When I was calling people, I wasn't looking for someone to get married," Tomas told CBC, remembering the day he met Carrie.
It was in November 1967. Tomas had moved to the Manitoba capital a week earlier, and after growing up in the Philippines and getting a second degree in California, it was the first time he had ever seen snow.
"After a week or so I had this idea that maybe I should find some new friends or get connected with other people," Tomas said. "I thought, 'Maybe I can find other Filipinos here,' so I went through the phone book looking for Filipino names."
After a few misses — the people he called turned out to be Portuguese — a Filipino woman picked up.
They didn't agree on a time, so Tomas remembers he showed up around 6 p.m., though Carrie says it was more like 5 p.m.
"There was no party yet. The first thing I know, I have Carrie coming out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel and that's how we met," Tomas said.
Party for doctors, nurses
Carrie worked at the nearby Health Sciences Centre, and the party was for doctors and nurses — and that meant a lot of women and only a few men.
"Lots of single nurses and doctors [arrived], and he started flirting with all of the nurses," Carrie recalled, but Tomas said he doesn't remember that.
"I just remember there were a few guys there, and they were mostly doctors," he said.
Carrie was dating a doctor at the time, and Tomas says she "didn't even register," but the two kept getting together for dinners.
Tomas and Carrie Yudai now have 2 children and 4 grandchildren — including DNTO executive producer Iris Yudai — all thanks to that fateful phone call.