Happy Monday everyone!!!
Sooooo…five days to go before Valentine’s Day! Planned anything yet? I have often heard that plenty of couples skip this special day because they find it baduy. Guys, your girls may have told you the same thing. But I swear to you, deep inside a girl’s heart is a longing to be swept off her feet on this day. I know because I’m like that, too. I often tell Randy to skip all the hoopla on Valentine’s Day, but when he tells me that he doesn’t want to be like a jaded couple whose romantic bones have died, I would feel a certain kilig, and I beam with pride that my husband is like that.
Although we did nothing on Valentine’s Day 2014, and I was sincere in not wanting to do anything. Why? We were buried in work and Valentine’s 2014 was a Friday, so kumusta naman ang traffic n’yan ‘di ba?
But this year, we are planning to do something. Something ordinary that will be made extraordinary by us. Charot! Sana matuloy, because we haven’t yet found time to book and buy!!! Waaaah! But this plan is really simple, as in Alabang lang.
So anyway, I asked some of my friends and acquaintances to share with us their most memorable Valentine’s Day dates.
Guys, be ready to take down notes! You may just get a Valentine’s date idea here! May time pa!
The Perfect Boyfriend
It was our fifth Valentine’s Day, a horrible Friday pay day and a traffic Armageddon in EDSA. It didn’t help that I was PMS-ing and had a backlog of cases to read by the end of the week. So for the first time in five years, I took a rain check for Valentine’s Day.
After a two-hour drive from school, I was longing for a good night’s sleep. But as I parked my car, I saw my boyfriend in the garage, hugging a grocery bag. He canceled client meetings to grill some steak for dinner. “Aalis din ako kagad, pagluluto lang kita!” he told me. I felt that he was guilt-tripping me. Then I thought, this guy runs his own company and has so much responsibilities to attend to ― yet he made time and I didn’t.
Hence, no candlelit dinner in a fancy restaurant, no Instagram-worthy photos, just lots of smiles and awkward silences in the kitchen! It was quiet and simple. Maybe I wouldn’t call it a “memorable” Valentine’s Day; instead it was a reminder.
I realized I was hell-bent on becoming a lawyer that I almost forgot what matters in the end ― relationships. I was too busy waiting for the big things to happen, that I took the little moments for granted. — Christmas Astronomo, law student
(Eh kasi kung kasing-pretty naman ni Christmas, dapat talagang effort kung effort si boyfie!)
The Pang-asar Husband
Waaah. Parang wala yata akong mashe-share sa ‘yo kasi si Khan ang taong walang katamis tamis sa katawan to think na sobrang lapot ng dugo niya due to diabetes ha! Hehe. Anyway, basta Valentines, expected na talagang masama ang loob ko. Kasi either deadmakels siya, aasarin niya ako kasi sinasadya niyang hindi ako bigyan ng flowers (that, or magnanakaw siya sa kapitbahay para ibigay sakin) or he’ll give me money to buy myself chocolates or go shopping. Kaasar diba? Haha. Sorry, bitter lang. Ay teka, last year pala he gave me a bouquet of flowers. Feeling ko nga umabot diyan sa Laguna ang hair ko! Pero sabi niya after 10 years na raw ako ulit makakatanggap ha. Hehehe. – Myra Michelle Tiquio, work-at-home mom and founder of M+K=A
(OK lang ‘yan Em. At least sure ka that after 10 years, may bouquet of flowers ka uli! Hahaha! And, may sense of humour si Khan!)
The Never Say Die Couple
On Valentine’s Day 2014, boyfriend and I decided to go to Davao, overnight. We did not anticipate that we needed to do restaurant reservations kasi it’s Davao naman, unlike in Manila na super siksikan. We ended up driving in circles for 1.5 hours looking for unoccupied restaurants and calling up friends in Davao for restaurant recommendations. Then we went to a Chinese restaurant that offers eat all you can crab/seafood. E ‘di super ready na, ayos na ayos eh. When we got there hinarang kami ng sguard asking if may reservations kami. Sobrang nakakahiya, kasi wala! Back to zero! We just went to Abreeza Mall, and good thing we were patient enough to line up—I lined up at Friday’s while boyfriend lined up at Italliani’s (opposite Friday’s) to be sure! But Friday’s won because it was the first to have a vacant space! Our plans to have drinks afterwards went down the drain, because we were so tired! After that, we just slept. – Dominique Nichole Murao, entrepreneur
(Well that was definitely a memorable date you had there! Hahaha!)
My then-boyfriend (now husband) proposed to me the day after my birthday (4 days before Valentine’s Day) and it was our first Valentine’s date as an engaged couple. It was special and kinda sad ‘coz he was heading back to Sydney the following month.
Anyway, we almost didn’t make to our dinner date ‘coz it was raining so hard when he picked me up! I lived in Bangkal (Davao) back then and he booked our dinner at Damosa. Sobrang lakas ng ulan at baha-baha pa sa daanan. We dressed up for the occasion but were soaking wet pagdating sa dinner location namin. When we got there that’s when I noticed the backpack he was wearing. Sobrang distracted ako sa ulan na hindi ko napansin na may dala pala syang bag na sobrang luma at sobrang dumi na ‘coz that’s the one he would use when he goes on mission and camps in GK Villages. Sira ang porma!!!
After dinner, he took his bag and started pulling out stuff. It was a thick photo album and 4 small ones all filled with our photos from the moment we met, our ligawan stage over Skype (him being in Sydney and I in Davao), our travels together, our missions together, and every date night we did. One photo album wasn’t complete and I asked him why. He told me that we may have to be separated by distance again, but we have all those memories to go back to when we miss each other and the empty spaces (in the photo album) to fill in with more memories in the future.
Cheesy but it really meant a lot to me at that time! – Catherine Guiloreza Palomo, Gawad Kalinga volunteer and soon-to-be mom
(It’s not cheesy, Cath…it’s sweet!!!)
The Hidden Flowers
Every February is the Feb Fair in UPLB, and we had an org booth (tambayan) for the visitors that year. That Valentine’s Day, my friends told me not to go up to our tambayan because the flooring wasn’t stable and we might slip or fall. I believed her and just sat on the grass. So I didn’t insist and stayed on the grass instead. But later, a girl friend held a bouquet. I was curious who gave her the bouquet, but I was suprised when she told me that the bouquet was actualy for me! The reason they did not want me to go to the tambayan was because the bouquet was hidden there. It was the first bouquet I’ve ever received! It was very special because I’m usually the one who pland surprises. So nung ako naman ang nasurprise the feeling was surreal and i thought it was one special ‘Valentines Day’ for me. – Astrid Amboy, quality control analyst
(Yes boys—flowers seal the deal!)
A Cinderella Moment
Valentine’s Day is always special to me because it so happens that my birthday falls on the day before V-day! So the husband is always required to celebrate the cheesy occasion, whether he likes it or not! Haha! We would usually go out for a dinner date on the 13th, my birthday, avoiding the traffic and lovey-dovey crowd.
One memorable Valentine’s date for me was the first we spent as a married couple. It was also the year I turned 30! The husband reserved a table for two at Manila Hotel’s Champagne room, and we feasted on a fancy three-course meal (their foie gras was ah-maaazing!)
It was special because I had just gotten married, I had also just quit my regular job, and I was just settling in as a wife, a helpmate, and a house manager. That day, I did chores – I remember being in my pambahay, cleaning and cleaning and cleaning but by 5pm, the husband told me to dress up so we could have a good dinner. So I fixed my hair, put on makeup, and wore a little black dress.
I felt like Cinderella! I didn’t have glass slippers, but I knew I already found my prince! – Abi Ong, freelance video producer
(And yes, we love being taken to fancy restaurants to give us an excuse to primp up and feel like princesses! And whoever takes us there are princes in our eyes!)
Have a happy Valentine’s this 2015, you all!
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