Happy Valentine's Day!
I am dateless this Valentine's - and on all the past ones boyfriend or no boyfriend - so I'm not moping. I am used to it. Public relations work and PR writing does not leave much personal celebrating on "important" days of the year. My "public" (always) awaits. I have had to write press releases pre-, during, and post-event; attend other people's parties, be alert to any PR worthy stuff or else, as corporate affairs officer, manage mine.
I once went on a Valentine date - pick up at home; drive through horrendous traffic to some fancy fine dining place; equally horrific time looking for parking space- all borne politely and resolutely for a mellow, hopefully romantic evening ahead. Too mellow - my eyes closed for I don't know how long. A few seconds? Minutes? I was too mortified to ask. He just joked about being boring.
I had to counter with it isn't you, its me. Hmm. Seems like all I have energy for is cake and coffee, at off peak and seated in a corner with a view. I like to hole up and gather my thoughts these days at Seattle's Best Coffee at Greenbelt, Makati and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Eastwood, Libis.
Then there was the boyfriend who thinks Valentine' s smacks of entanglement and great expectations besides inducing traffic; wads of money wasted on flowers and such; demands one-upmanship (over Christmas) on creative gifting and (possibly) proposing. Oh, he also thinks (sometimes I do, too) it unfairly mandates that no one be seen alone on V Day (whatever you do, don't eat out or go malling on V Day).
P.s. 2: I have been doing beadwork (a new talent!) on some gowns for a wedding to help out my designer friend who was busy doing clothes for a fashion show. I'll write about that next time.