Thought of the week:
"Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine! "
-- Thomas Hood
With that lame attempt at sounding profound out of the way, here's hoping that the global day of love will inspire the people in power to stop being at loggerheads and work together to solve their problems. That goes for political leaders abroad as well as at home. This planet could do with less warfare and human dispute, and more of peace and co-operation.
In our Valentine/Spring special we explore the season specials with Maherin and Durdana, while Shayera's back with more DIY goodies. It's mushiness galore with a Valentine special Shout out and Anime's hottest couples. Tashmia, our princess of vogue shows us to add some sparkle to your spring style, while Jennifer helps you find out what kind of romantic you are. Finally, Ajmee's got eye-candy for the Fast and Furious fanatics on backpack.
Anyway, I'm planning to go shopping for music soon..anyone got any recommendations? We could make a quick poll out of it. So write in and tell me what you're listening to.
Till next week, take care, Shubho Pohela Falgun and Happy Valentine's Day.
your polls, opinions, and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or
By The Girl Next Doo
What kind of romantic are you?
Your idea of the perfect Valentine's Day gift is:
Key components of your ideal wedding include:
A good time for a marriage proposal is:
You show your man/woman you love, by:
To make your anniversary special, you're most likely to wear:
On the perfect date, you will:
If you and noney man had a song, it would be:
11-18 POINTS: For you, romance is being practical. Your love physical activities like biking, dancing, etc. You're concerned about the nitty-gritty of daily life and can't bother wasting time on 'useless romance'. You have a matter-of-fact approach to love, and believe in being sensible. Yet, lets remember, that being tender, romantic and even dreamy sometimes never hurts.
19-25 POINTS: You're affectionate and cuddly by nature and don't hide it from your partner. For you, romance is to share and to be able to count on each other. You believe in having a good time, without engaging in boring candle light dinners.
You believe in doing things which are important to BOTH of you, and that shows that you are considerate about your partner's feelings as well. There's no need for you to change, you're perfect!
30-32 POINTS: While your free spirit is to be praised, it's also important to remember that true romance goes much deeper than mere physical attraction. So before you get too starry-eyed, make sure there's something of substance behind all that unbridled passion.
Do it yourself
Being that day of the year again when Cupid's arrow hits pretty much everyone you know (!) there isn't a better way to express your undying love for someone then by "making" them the gifts yourself. Not only does it tell him/her about the magnitude of thought you've put behind the gift but it also shows creativity, uniqueness and a lot of patience that you thought you never had.
A basket of love is something everyone wants! So this year make the basket yourself. This "basket" could be wooden, plastic or even made from thick paper or tin foil! It simply doesn't matter as long as it's distinctive and represents the understanding that you two share (which may seem eccentric to the rest of the world!).
Colour is very important in gifts. A red napkin would be the obvious colour of love but if you think there's a better colour that reflects your adoration for each other than find it and use that to level the base and the surroundings of the container.
Let's face it, heart shaped chocolates and flowers are like granny's grey hairs. It won't be a surprise find out that even her lover gave her chocolates and stuffed teddies once upon a time as well! So these can be fillers in-between all the other presents.
Make him/her a card. If you can be creative then paint on it yourself. If you're making your own card and want to stand out then please DON'T make it rectangular! Cut it out in odd shapes and sizes or maybe even fill up the entire basket with mini-cards that have a different sentence written on each of them about him/her. Trust me s/he will never see it coming!
Get him/her a CD of their favourite songs, which shouldn't necessarily be all love songs. If possible record these songs or burn these songs onto a CD yourself. Remember, the basket has to show how much effort you've put in and how much you appreciate the other person's likings. If you don't know or remember all the songs (hey no one said you had to remember everything s/he said!) then get a CD with only the musical background of jazz or blues.
Candles of all shapes, his/her favourite perfume and movies or books are other suggestions. If you're really serious then why not go as far as jewelleries, rings or watches. You can even get him/her a watch or piece of jewellery with an engraving of a special date or a few sweet words! This of course all depends on (ahem) the size of your wallet/purse and how much is usually kept inside it! Still so, these are just a few ideas where the main part is to just simply articulate your love with all that you have. (If all else fails then you can try wielding your vocal cords and sing "It's only words" by Boyzone on Valentines Day!) Happy V-Day everyone!
By Shayera Moula
The first is surprise.com, a site featuring gift ideas submitted by users themselves. Gift suggestions can be searched according to occasion, recipient, hobby etc. The other site is findgift.com, which also allows users to have an email reminder service to help them remember important dates. The catch: most suggestions posted in these sites are pretty useless since they're hard to find in the country, unless you are useful with your hands. However it's still helpful if you can't think of anything and don't want to stick to traditional shelf items. I'll end my babbling right here and go straight to your special shouts!
guys! What's up?
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