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Valentine for singles: A primer
« on: February 08, 2009, 06:27:17 PM »
Valentine for singles: A primer

By Wanggo Gallaga
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last updated 17:43:00 02/06/2009

WEARING black on Valentine’s Day to show protest against a day meant only for those lucky in relationships, is so passé. But going to a singles bar is just a little desperate.

However, if you couldn’t hit it off with someone before Valentine’s, then the singles bar, with its communal feeling of misery, might be the best place for you. It may also be a good place for a nookie. But honestly, that would just give you problems—such as trying to remember the person’s name the next day, and having to remember why you met in the first place.

There’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. I say this with no bitterness. I am, after all, a pro in this, having spent 28 of my 29 years dateless on V-Day. Dateless, you can always go for the best explanation—“I’m picky and choosy. I don’t settle and I just haven’t found the right person yet.”

Let’s just hope it’s true and you’re no loser. And don’t sound bitter when you say it. Say it with a little frustration—that sounds more genuine. The point is not to stress out and don’t let it get to you.

There’s a whole lot of fun to be had on the day meant for couples as long as you remember that when two become one, the more the “many-er!”

There are 365 days in a year. So you missed out on one that had all the best promos for eating for two, but who cares, really? Once you find that person, it will be magic, but while you haven’t, it’s best to avoid the horrors of Valentine’s: all the good restaurants are fully booked; movie theaters running romantic flicks are filled with lovers; flowers and chocolates are very expensive—and traffic is horrible. Finding parking is even more horrible.

So gather all your single friends and take advantage of the wretched Saturday by turning Valentine’s Day into the best “gimik night” your friends ever had. Because if marriage is an institution, then being single means being part of a fraternity.

Valentine singles party ideas

Hole up at home. Since V-Day starts on Saturday, make it a long weekend in someone’s house. Get there Friday night and leave Sunday afternoon when the carnage of Manila traffic is over. Do movie marathons or play Rock Band. Just stay out of the way of pesky couples and their demented idea of rubbing it into your face that you’ve no date. Best choice for a movie marathon—a horror/slasher film. Stay away from romantic comedies!

Go out of town. Leave Friday night and come back on Sunday. February is usually cold so it’s best to put up a bonfire on the beach. The pictures are going to be so gorgeous their going to make your couples-friends green with envy. Too bad they were never invited.

Do karaoke. Take the barkada to your friendly neighborhood karaoke place. Sing mushy love songs or your favorite break-up ballads. Make that your way of pointing the dirty finger to all the two-less-lonely-people-in-the-world.


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