Although Valentine’s Day has become a universal celebration of love and romance, it’s not every year that we have Valentine’s Day coincide with Chinese New Year where red has greater significance than just an auspicious colour. Valentine’s Day is by and large celebrated with roses, lots of roses, and a romantic night out in town. With so much chemistry and electricity in the air, perhaps we could toy with the idea of a national candle-lit evening (it just makes sense!).
While roses tend to overwhelm the senses, no Valentine’s Day celebration is ever complete without a good hearty meal. Reminiscing a year ago today, I took the entire afternoon to get my surprise ready—the gifts and the food took about 6 hours of preparation, from memory and because we decided to dine-in, Japanese cuisine was high on the radar. This year, however, with so much food we’ve had this Chinese New Year not forgetting just last night at Kaizen Sushi celebrating my son’s birthday, my wife said she’d love to have me cook her favourite Cha Soba (Japanese Cold Green noodles for the uninitiated). Sobas we had together with not-so-little Jewel who also digs Japanese food.
In continuing with my little tradition of roses and Ferrero Rochers, I came up with this surprise this year. Two big petals red roses (third rose for my mom, also an annual tradition) from a trusted florist, I found the heart-shaped gift box and the FOREVER pendant completes the theme! I think there’s nothing more meaningful than personally creating a gift specially for your loved one!
The timing couldn’t have been better. I had the gift styled for a short photography session before setting it up on her dressing table. I had the blinds drawn to keep the sunset rays out and switched off all lights leaving just that one spot light on the box. Just as I was about to wrap things up, my wife walked in and her reaction was simply priceless!
In 6 months from now, we’ll be celebrating our 12 years anniversary. Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Two week later after the roses have dried out, I had them spray painted gold and they ended up with a bronze effect as you can see in A GOLDEN TOUCH.
All images © Jan Shim Photography