How would you spend valentine’s day with your other half? A year may seem short compared to other newly-weds, or even those recently engaged, but would they spend this day differently?
Today, we speak to three couples, hoping to shed some light on how they spend this very special day.
One Year Together
Cherlyn and Kenneth have been dating for approximately one year and things have never been sweeter for them.
“Our first Valentine’s Day, we picked a memorable celebration over a fancy one. L’entecote Steak & Fries @ Duxton Hill, may not be the best place for steak but sure is filled with memories. This place reminds us how and why we fell in love, and the days we dated secretly. Afterall, Valentine’s Day is meant to be an intimate moment with each other.”
Kenneth loves surprising his date with those ‘hipster’ flowers wrapped with brown paper. He prefers arranging and wrapping his own flowers than buying it straight from a florist because a small hand bouquet looks pretty pathetic.
“Plus”, he said. “Your date might appreciate a specially handcrafted bouquet more.”
“This year we are planning to return to the same place to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to reminisce how the year together has been.”
The couple said the way to keep the romance in a relationship is to take each other out for surprise dates, not just on special occasions like Valentine’s Day.
“To us, Valentine’s Day is definitely not a day to compare who had a more glamorous bouquet and dinner,” the couple added.
On the other hand, Wei Chen and Li Shan just got engaged on Christmas Day and this beautiful couple will be wedded in the coming year.
The couple shared that they usually don’t make a huge deal out of Valentine’s Day, but it is always a good excuse to appreciate each other.
“He wanted to send me flowers the previous Valentine’s Day so he went to find out my office address. But he got the wrong address so it ended up at another department. The office staff had to look for my name in the entire office directory to redirect the flowers to my office so my surprise was memorable in a funny way,” she said.
“We won’t be planning for anything romantic this year. It used to be a bit of a pressure on the guy to celebrate it but this time we want to do it differently – going shopping for the upcoming weddings we need to attend.”
The couple shared that the things they do on a day-to-day basis for each other matters more – Valentine’s day is just another Tuesday anyway. They always make it a point to shower each other with random gifts and encouragements to keep things between them sweet.
As for Shan and Philip, this couple tied the knot just this past November after dating for a couple of years, and are still very affectionate till this day.
The very first Valentine’s Day they spent together was in Johor Bahru. It was a mini getaway and a full day of activities filled with lots of eating and shopping.
“He goes to great lengths to plan an entire day for me – even my outfits. All these is done while maintaining the surprise factor. The day ended with a nice dinner at Ion Sky Bar”, she gushes.
“Philip has been super excited about preparing a Valentine’s day surprise for me this year. I think he’s cooking an elaborate meal. He even took half day leave and said he’s going to send me lots of Instagram stories to unveil the surprise slowly.”
To the newly-wedded couple, every day together feels like Valentine’s Day. From random hugs to quick encouragements, life has never been better for them.
As we leave the lovebirds to their happily-ever-afters, their stories remind us that whether a celebration is simple or extravagant, what matters most is doing it your way together with the one you love most.