Happy Valentines Day..Or not..

What’s it all about anyway, can’t we show appreciation for our lovers/boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives every day of the year?

A few people have[/url] expressed their thoughts on this matter, really it’s just commercial bullshit isn’t it. Much like Christmas has become a time for showing who can buy the most expensive and flashy presents, this is not the point…I personally can’t stand commercialism and all the beautiful original meanings of the mostly pagan celebrations it has destroyed.

The true origin of Valentine’s day and it’s history is pretty much unknown, there is a lot of speculation and ideas, but there’s no fact. It’s been around since Roman times and seems to have mixed Roman/Christian roots.

What happened to St. Valentine is also unknown and how the festival actually came about, but in Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.

Some interesting facts according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Cupid is often also associated with Valentine’s day, the child like winged cherub with the bow and arrow of love. The son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. In Greek mythology Cupid is known as Eros, son of Aphrodite.

In UK when I grew up it was mostly known as a day where you send secret messages to those you admire or wish to date, good for those shy people, apart from the fact that the cards are sent anonymously, so the receiver doesn’t know who they are come. Those ‘popular’ boys and girls at school always used to get hoards of cards, for those sad kids, you just got 1….from your MOM. I like this concept, it’s kind of cute.

Nowdays those it’s just become another hugely commercial affair when roses cost 5 times the normal price, dinner costs you an arm and a leg and at the more expensive resturants you probably need to sell a couple of internal organs on Ebay to finance your food. It’s lost it’s true meaning, I learnt a good lesson when I was young. My mom told me she would scold me if I ever bought her flowers on Mother’s day, why because they are 5 times the price of any other day. She said she’d much prefer if I bought her flowers now and then through-out the year. It makes sense really, when I was small I used to make her a card from stuff lying around the house and perhaps pick some flowers from the garden, with hindsight I can see this is a much more meaningful thing anyway, I didn’t waste my money and I put some though and creativity into the process. For those aspiring romantics, heed this advice for valentines day too. If your S.O. (Significant Other) doesn’t appreciate this, then dump em…if you have a girlfriend expecting a Gucci bag or something expensive just because it’s valentines day, well it could be social convention or peer pressure..but it’s still a bad thing right?

Seriously get a grip.

Let’s show appreciation for each other everday, boycott commercialisation and if you really must do something, be creative, be imagination, be truly romantic, spending a lot of money on something tacky isn’t the way forwards, honestly.

The moral of this story is, Valentine’s day, STICK IT UP YOUR ASS.

More at: Anti-Valentine.[/url]

Cheers!

P.S. Chinese New Year report coming soon..

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14 Responses to Happy Valentines Day..Or not..

  1. hanyi February 13, 2005 at 10:12 pm #

    well said st … well said 🙂

  2. Fireangel February 13, 2005 at 10:41 pm #

    Vday? huh? what vday? wtf is that? does it tastes good? 😛

  3. michaelooi February 13, 2005 at 11:22 pm #

    valentines day … the day wimps wipe their girlfriend’s ass with cash bills

  4. Vader February 13, 2005 at 11:51 pm #

    hahaha tosser 😉

    Did u get mucho ang pows ??

  5. ShaolinTiger February 14, 2005 at 12:36 am #

    Will post a CNY lowdown soon…ang pows received and evaporated..

    Watch this space, and update your blog you fag.

  6. kimberlycun February 14, 2005 at 3:16 am #

    read thestar today…some nerdy dumbasses bought the flowers for RM300 a pop and beaming with pride….kinda like a competition who gets the cheapest bouquet now. dumbasses

    happy valentine’s day *slurps*

  7. Dabido (Teflon) February 14, 2005 at 3:23 am #

    V-Day stands for Vegetarian Day doesn’t it. The day we all buy vegetarians a pizza, or something.
    I must be ugly, even my mother wouldn’t buy me a Valentines day card. 🙂 Then again, I have had lots of girls on Yahoo wish me one.
    In Japan only women buy the men something on Valentines day. The men reciprocate the event on White Day, when they basically give the same sort of present back a month later. Talk about being unimaginative! Why not give the women back something more expensive? In return, you get your balls back.
    Oh well, guess it’s a different culture in Japan. 🙂

  8. carolyn February 14, 2005 at 4:15 am #

    well said…damn luckily Vday is not V week..we might go broke!
    But I damn salute those married couples still celebrate V-Day!!I think it is damn sweet and prove they still very loving..heheh
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. TheGreatFaggot February 14, 2005 at 5:27 am #

    V day dinner in chow yang = The Pawn !

  10. kaikon February 14, 2005 at 6:36 am #

    Dont kill my florist business please.

  11. kimberlycun February 14, 2005 at 7:30 am #

    dinner at beragas = the pawn (but chicken wings not there -_- )

  12. Fiona February 14, 2005 at 8:40 pm #

    V-day = Stress-day

    Stress for the guys = $$$ for everything (flowers, dinner, presents are all ridiculously priced)

    Stress for the girls = wondering if their bfs remember to get them ANYTHING or SOMETHING… whether their flowers/presents are better than their other female colleagues/friends/sisters/etc.

    And.. oh yeah.. not to mention the pressure on those who are unattached (best way to make them feel left out!)

    Happy Valentines’ Day as well to all.. :p

  13. Ted February 15, 2005 at 1:02 pm #

    Those antii-VD cards rock! Finally, something to allow bitter, twisted, loners to appeciate the day! w00t! I killed some time yesterday sending Anti-VD greetings to a whack of people I know, concentrating on the ones that always seem to go on about their relationships.

    Oh, yes – and I’ll second your sentiments regarding the day…

    Cheers,

    Ted