I was very amused with the results of my Valentine’s Poll so far. I didn’t think I would get such a wide mix of responses when readers were asked what they REALLY wanted to get for Valentine’s Day, if anything. Somehow, I wasn’t surprised with a massage topping the wish list. One of the best material presents I have ever received is a portable, foldable professional massage table from Hammacher Schlemmer, it is wonderful. So I get the massage wish. The second most popular request was Marketman’s mangosteen jam. Hahaha. You are all such kind hearts. Flattery will get you everywhere, so more on the jam in the next post. Red roses came a relatively weak third, obviously a cliche, but really, I think it’s more that florists have really taken advantage of consumers and charge exhorbitant prices for flowers during Valentine’s Day… besides, I personally think in this day and age it might be more appropriate to give a living rose bush than cut flowers… but you can’t carry it so easily on a date… I’m glad chocolate ranked fourth, and I see many still wish for an equally outrageously priced Valentine’s night meal…
Actually, I am so aghast by restaurant pricing policies on February 14th, that for many years we (Mrs. MM and I) have refused to eat out. Instead, we have held several “Anti-Valentine’s” Valentine’s Dinners in our home over the years. Unfortunately, we don’t have one scheduled for this year. Essentially, we invite several couples or friends to dinner, usually 12 in all, and we do an over-the-top meal at home, avoiding the restaurants and eating better and more economically than if we got caught up in the commercial brouhaha. Often these meals have a RED theme, like lobster, shrimp, tomato soup, rare meat, etc. The dinners are well attended, and everyone heaves a collective sigh of relief that they don’t have to battle for a reservation or table at one of Manila’s chi-chi restaurants. If I am particularly industrious, I will also have lots of red roses in the house, and folks can take home what makes them happy… Maybe next time we do the dinner I will have masseuses and masseurs on standby as well!
At any rate, for this post, I had this bizarre idea that I would have the kid photograph a very edited portion on my arm/back with the top picks from the Valentine’s poll. Let’s just say it wasn’t a particularly pretty sight, so bag that idea! Hahaha. :) Instead, the top photo is a very tame version of what could have been… In the second photo, I assembled some of the poll favorites and if I had to give each and everyone of you the Valentine’s Grand Prize, you would receive a soothing Swedish massage, slathered with mangosteen jam (ewww, pretty gross), over a bed of red rose petals and when that was over, have a few ripe strawberries in between chunks of dark chocolate and sipping some champagne. You would then have a dinner cooked by your spouse and he or she would rush to do the laundry…while you inspect your silver heart bracelet and try and figure out if it is from Greenhills or the real magilla.
As for flowers, we do them in a big way. But I do them about 5-6 days before Valentine’s day. It is at about this time that I also have two sisters-in-law who celebrate their birthdays so I am being practical when I hie off to Dimasalang and bring home a Valentino-sized hoard of Valentine’s flowers. Here in the pails above are 22-24 DOZEN red roses, purchased wholesale. About 14 dozen roses were arranged simply but en masse in 2 glass vases, that were then wrapped up and placed in “delivery crates” so they didn’t spill before they got to the birthday celebrants. Then for the house, we made several arrangements ranging from 16 roses in a recycled box for The Kid, to about 20 roses floating in a glass vase. Long-stemmed roses were also placed in taller crystal vases…
I won’t divulge the cost of all these roses as 2/3 or them were given away as presents and the recipients may read this post, but I can proudly say that despite the incredible abundance of having 250+ blooms, I spent less than many folks will spend on Valentine’s Day for just a couple of dozen roses from a top florist!
Happy Valentine’s to all of Marketmanila’s readers, unless you are one of 47 who picked “I can’t stand Valentine’s, so I don’t want anything…” :) As for the mangosteen wish, stay tuned for the next post!