Last Monday was the first day of the annual UPLB FebFair. Since we had plans for February 13-14, we went to the Feb Fair right away. Raviv has been looking forward to the perya rides and games, while Randy and I have been looking forward to the cheap food trip we were gonna have. One of the things that caught my eye were the carnation roses on pots being sold. It’s the first time I’ve seen such, and I was amazed by how pretty they were. I wanted to buy, but Randy said next time na raw.
As we were walking back towards our car away from the FebFair festivities, memories of my last sad Valentine’s Day came flooding back. It was 2003—a Friday—and my last boyfriend (before Randy) and I have just broken up a week or two ago. I thought it would be a happy Valentine’s because was invited by my crush to the Open House of their dorm (which was just across the UPLB Grounds where the FebFair was happening)–in your face, EX! But crush had other guests whom I did not know so I left early.
The night was young, the breeze was cool, and lovey-dovey couples were everywhere. I was alone with a huge lump in my throat. I thought it would be my first Valentine’s with someone, but I was wrong. I wanted to linger, because I was hoping against hope that I wouldn’t be alone on this night when everyone is happy. On this Friday night.
I texted my two sets of best friends: my dorm mates and my DevCom friends. My dorm mates were either on dates or in their org booths in the FebFair with their orgmates. My DevCom friends, on the other hand, were Los Banos residents. So those who didn’t have significant others stayed at home with their parents.
Running out of options, I knew I had no recourse but to head back to our dorm. True enough, I was the only one staying in. Valentine’s on a Friday—what was I expecting, right? I don’t know how I got through the loneliness of that night, but I did.
Anyway, that was my last lonely Valentine’s because a few months after that I met Randy. 🙂
The romantic movies list I gave you in my previous post is perfect for those who are in happy relationships, like I am now. But what about to those who are like me in 2003, ‘di ba? So if you’re #TeamBahay and #TeamAlone and you’re thinking what to download watch tonight, here’s another list. These are the movies I’d have wanted to watch on that sad Valentine’s 15 years ago.
These movies will not make you feel bad about love, nor will make you hate love, I promise. If anything, they will make you hopeful and give you different perspectives. These are probably in the Rom-Com genre, but not quite.
Here’s my list, with synopses lifted from IMDB.com:
#5 Ten Things I Hate About You
Why I Love This: I’m definitely not a fan of rom-coms, especially teen rom-coms. But Heath Ledger is just so charming here. Watch it if only for his rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, and Julia Stiles’ rundown of why she hates Heath Ledger’s character. 🙂
#4 The Wedding Singer
Why I Love This: Drew Barrynore and Adam Sandler’s chemistry sizzles! Plus the 80s extravaganza! It also shows that you should not let your boyfriend/girlfriend treat you badly. And oh yeah, the “Grow Old With You”song. 🙂
Why I Love This: This movie is an oxymoron in the sense that it’s a fairy tale that is realistic! It will make you remember those fairy tale movies you so loved as a child, but it also slaps you back to reality. This movie will make you realize that Giselle is the ultimate Disney princess: smart, badass…and enlightened about love. 🙂
#2 He’s Just Not That Into You
Why I Love This: If you can watch only 1 movie, then let it be this. This star studded movie shows different relationships, and makes you realize that there’s no formula to snag a guy or to have the perfect relationship. Movie critics gave this a thumbs-down, but I loved it! It shows true relationship and dating struggles of regular people. It’s not cliched, and it is also funny without trying so hard to be.
#1 My Girl
Why I Love This: Young love, sweet love. This movie will suck you in. At first you’ll think it’s a snooze fest, because nothing bombastic is happening. But everything about it is so endearing that you will find it difficult to tear your eyes away from the boob tube. Vada’s relationships with the people around her are quietly riveting, especially her friendship with Thomas J. While this movie is just one of my most favorites when I was young, it is also the only one that still is my favorite until now.
I hope my list will refresh your perspective on love. 🙂
PS: Today after our staycation, Randy told me to look for the flowers he got me. I looked and looked ad looked, but I could see no bouquets. Then I peeked outside our bedroom window, and saw this:
Happy Valentine’s Day! If not this year, then the next ones. 🙂