My Most Memorable Valentine's Day
With the day for roses, chocolate and kisses finally here, so many are already executing well-thought-out plans to pamper the ones they love.
But there are some who believe that Valentine's Day is either way too commercialised or idolised to be celebrated.
Outlook has asked a few of our readers to take a romantic stroll down memory lane and share with us their most memorable Valentine's Day moments.
My best Valentine's Day was when I sent my girlfriend at the time white roses. I sent them to her house and, when she got home, she saw them. I planned it with her mother so she didn't know anything about it. It was a good surprise.
- R.G., male, 28
What I love most about my husband is the fact that he makes Valentine's Day special for all his girls, so he makes sure we all get something. But the most memorable one is the one he forgot. And when he remembered, he went outside and brought me one of his potted plants and then spent the whole day making it up to me. He was at my beck and call until I told him I forgave him. After that, he never ever forgot again.
- R.K., female, 50
While studying in London, I invited a classmate of mine to dinner. Her birthday was February 15, the day after Valentine's Day, and I knew she would say no to a Valentine's date because she had recently ended a relationship. So I asked to treat her to a birthday dinner. We went for sushi at a great little restaurant named the Hare and Tortoise and I gave her roses and chocolates. She refused to let me pay for dinner, and I was hooked. We stayed together for three years after that - and I regard it as one of the best things that ever happened to me.
- A.R., male, 30
On one Valentine's Day, I got a call to get dressed, so I did. I got all dolled up and was picked up by my boyfriend. When we got to his house, I was greeted by a well-lit room, flourished with scented candles and red roses. We drank wine and danced to the music playing in the background. Then I was surprised with a beautiful dress to wear to dinner in the evening. We went to a hotel, and as I approached my table, I realised the path was red-carpeted, and when I sat down and looked at the menu, I saw my name, with my favourite dish labelled Teshy delight. After dinner which was nicely arranged, we went to a party uptown, chilled and when back home for dessert. *wink* It was a romantic day of surprises and my most memorable Valentine's Day.
- T.S., female, 32
We've been married for 12 years and honestly, we don't celebrate Valentine's the way it generally is, but we do celebrate our love. Our favourite gift is being with each other and we plan to do the same this year. We do the 365-day Valentine's, so she gets baskets outside of a special occasion for no other reason than to say "I love you, darling!"
- K.K., female, 55
I stopped celebrating Valentine's Day after the year my husband came home after 12 midnight to take me out for our Valentine's date. I later learnt that he had decided to take out his side girl first and she stalled him long enough to mess up his plans with me.
- M.A., female, 45
My then girlfriend woke up to roses and breakfast. I broke out the cookbook and made a real fancy dish, then she went to work happy (if you know what I mean). Then I had gifts sent to her workplace, in the morning, midday and evening. She was chauffeur-driven from work to a spa, where we had a couple's massage. We went to dinner after that, paid one of my single friends to be a waiter for me and indulged in delectable food by the seaside. Then we moved from there to a park, and then ended the night happily.
Did I mention that I bought a dress for her to wear to dinner? And ask me what I got: new lingerie for my viewing pleasure.
- D.R., male, 28