Considering the fact that I celebrate every observance day in the calendar, including things that make no sense in Malaysia such as St. Patrick's Day, Bon Odori, Gokulashtami and Oktoberfest, it isn't very surprising that I am one of those who choose to celebrate Valentine's Day despite its crass commercialism and creation of unrealistic expectations.
Valentine's Day is to me a day to express love and appreciation to all who enrich my life. It helped that I was still on my Lunar New Year staycation, so I was able to spend time with loved ones and do all the things I love best.
An origami Valentine for my parents held a Starbucks gift card so CovertDad could take CovertMum out for coffee and sandwiches. Although I do not patronise designer coffee outlets, I think Starbucks has made good progress in its effort to be more ethical and responsible in sourcing fair trade coffee and supporting forest conservation programmes.
I made Aravind a badass Valentine ransom note to keep him on his toes. We can't have him growing complacent now, can we?
~ A jar of hearts for my King of Hearts. ~
This coffee jar holds more than a hundred paper hearts telling him all the things I love most about him.
My other gift to Aravind was the adoption/sponsorship of two terrapins under the Turtle Conservation Society's Terrapin and Turtle Adoption Programme. Aravind's terrapin's name is Ketupat, while my terrapin's name is Arjuna. I hope they both grow up big and strong and return to our beaches to nest when they are grown up.
Aravind got me chocolates, and just in case I haven't completely destroyed my diet plans, he threw in a bag of cookies as well.
I made the Rowdies a nice Meowlentine dinner to let them know how much I love them, and how much I want to make them happy even if I am not the purrfect cat mum. They loved it. They all had seconds. Pixie even had thirds.
Aravind giving my little Daisy some TLC. And they call it Papa Love...
~ Feel The Love! ~
Aravind and I got chocolates and made a Braille card for the staff of PB Blind Massage Centre, a socially responsible business that we regularly patronise. Our visually-impaired friends loved their Valentine.
... And this is what qualifies as a scrumptious Valentine's Day dinner, in my book. We had dinner at Gopala's, one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants.
My best friends and I decided to take advantage of a good online deal and went on a short jaunt to the backwaters of Morib, Banting, for a little post-Valentine getaway on the 18th - 19th of February.
Our decidedly nice suite at the Morib Gold Coast Resort.
A jacuzzi in the bathroom! As good a reason as any to shower with a friend!
The Resort calls this a "Water Theme Park", but really it's just a wading pool with a few fancy slides and playground equipment. Can't complain, though, it really was quite nice and cheap as heck.
We love the beach! Aravind says it has something to do with the salt content of seawater being the same proportion as the salt and mineral content in human blood. Further proof that our lives are intertwined with that of our seas and oceans.
Kites, mangrove beaches, mud, and funny bamboo thingamabobs on stilts in the sea. Could we ask for more?
Kite-flying. One of the vocationally useless things I am good at. I have had this kite, my Rainbow Stealth Fighter, since 2010.
Aravind flying the Rainbow Stealth Fighter.
We are not in swimming gear because there is not much swimming to be done in 5 inches of heavily chlorinated water.
Nicole doesn't want to go down the slide. So I sent Aravind up there to give her a push. Because that's what friends are for.
Going down the curly-twirly tube slide.
I can't get enough of water slides.
Go, Speed Racer, Go!
"You're facing the wrong way, mate."
On our way home, we found a kitten that had been hit by a car outside a mushroom farm & shop in Tanjung Sepat and decided to bring him home to our vet. The kitten, who we have since named Moglet, is doing fine (thanks to Nic's mad driving skills and Aravind's contributions) and recovering in my home. He was immensely fortunate to have escaped with just a dislocated hip and no internal organ damage.
Nicole's car, Old Girl, had a radiator gasket problem and we had to stop at a mechanic's workshop along the way. Here I am, keeping Moglet as comfortable as possible while we wait for Old Girl to be repaired.
I hope your Valentine's Day was as full of excitement as mine.
For further information, please visit:
Turtle Conservation Society
Become a member here.
Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia
56-2/1, Pangsapuri Cerong Lanjut,
Jalan Cerong Lanjut,
20300 Kuala Terengganu,
Massage by the Blind
Pusat Urut Tradisional PB
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Call 03 2274 5372 for an appointment.
MAB ( Malaysian Association for the Blind)
Off Jalan Sambanthan 4,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Learn more about Braille here.