Valentine’s Day 2011

Valentine’s Day came and went in the Big Mango in a manner that would make you forget that the holiday is an American import.  On the Skytrain, ladies carried roses from their lovers.  In the mall, men swamped the chocolate counters, leaving shelves nearly bare.  This is one import that has grabbed the hearts of Thais.

Some celebrate the day, others deride it as “Singles Day”.  I thought Val made a good point when she wrote on Sunday, “…I feel compelled to remind [everyone] that it was not meant to be a day for couples but instead a day to remember the love we receive from all quarters and in all forms and to return that love.”

Amen to that!

For our Valentine’s celebration, Tawn and I traveled to the old city to watch a film.  The annual French-Thai cultural festival la fête presented a screening of the French romantic comedy Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

The screening was held outdoors, on the lawn behind Museum Siam.  The setting was gorgeous, the weather perfect, and eating a picnic of salami and goat cheese sandwiches, grilled vegetables, olives, and chocolate cake with ice cream (the cooling wonders of dry ice!) was the perfect way to spend the evening.

A brief video to show you the lay of the land just as the show was starting.

0 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day 2011

  1. Wow, you & Tawn did have a perfect Valentine evening! I noticed that Philippines & Thailand had so much in common. The Filipinos celebrated Valentine’s Day watching Valentine concerts, lunch or dinner dates, and of course, flowers and chocolates are always part of it. Back here in Taiwan, I didn’t feel any romantic atmosphere.

  2. awww love love loveee!!!! honestly chris. one of the things i love da most about you and hubby is that you both appreciate “simplicity” = know how to enjoy life (quality of life). a nice home cook meal. an outdoor movie w/ your homemade picnic basket etc. who says… good quality of life = spending lots of money?! it doesn’t have to be extravagant….. ::sigh:: it’s just simply wonderful. i heart u both so much! hope you had a lovely and fun v-day!

  3. @Passionflwr86 – @Cestovatelka – Amelie is such a fantastic movie, in the meaning of the root word “fantasy”. It is fun, vibrant, and full of life. Well worth a watch.@turningreen – Picnic consultant – my new part-time gig. =D@Dezinerdreams –  Well, there are those who don’t seem to love it, but generally it is well-received everywhere isn’t it?@Sinful_Sundae –  Thanks, very nice of you to say. I had to think a little about how “simple” we keep things. In some ways, not simple at all – witness the $20 worth of picnic ingredient, which by Bangkok standards is pricey. But in other ways, yes, I think we do a good job of finding joy in simple pleasures in life. Joie de vivre and all that.@eRicSpellsRice –  @yang1815 – @agmhkg –  Thank you, thank you. Hope you guys all had a pleasant Valentine’s Day, too.@Fatcat723 – @jace1982 – @Southeast_Beauty – It really was.@CurryPuffy –  The admission? Free.@icapillas –  There are plenty of parallels between the Thais and Filipinos, I think. Not the least of which is their romantic streak. =D

  4. love love love love more and i agree… besides, $20 is for 2 ppl; yes mayb a lil pricey but imagine living in da states w/ hubby and how much more that experience will cost you cost of living/traffic/awful weather (guess it depends on where you live) etc. anywayyyy…. it’s not entirely about money if you know what i mean PROPS to “Joie de vivre and all that” xoxoxo – truly an inspiration… to me. just like u.

  5. Chris,First off, amazing post. I never get tired of any of them. You get so many followers and feedback from your posts; just how do you do it? Any words of advice?

  6. @Swiftonik –  I’m glad you enjoy the posts; thanks for your comment. Over time, I’ve built up a modest following mostly by spending a lot of time reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the size where it is hard to follow up with everyone’s blogs anymore. But that process of building connections has helped me make many Xanga friends.@ElusiveWords –  And the fact that the weather was quite decent after a warm day was a very pleasant surprise!@ZSA_MD –  Well, in a capitalist society there isn’t anything that we won’t attempt to commercialize. But we each have the ability to put a limit on how commercial we’ll let something become.@icepearlz –  There’s a fair number of outdoor film screenings that happen in the city, mostly in the winter months. I’d like to see more of them occur as I think it is a fun way to enjoy a film.

  7. @Swiftonik –  Chris’s advice is spot on. Find blogs that you like, subscribe to them, comment on them and eventually people will start to notice you. Post regularly if possible, I find this to be challenging. If a comment on one of your favorite blogs catches your eye, check out who wrote it and if you like their blog, subscribe to it. Over time, you’ll start to build a decent size of subscribers. Good luck.

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