It really takes them back, they say.
Singaporean couples from all walks of life who are out and about on Feb. 14, 2015 celebrating Valentine’s Day via extravagant public displays of affection and avarice, announced that this one day in the year really takes them back to their early days of dating where they were free from relationship problems.
One couple attributed this new love feeling on this day to the fact that the two people in the relationship have little choice but to behave civilly in front of other couples out and about on V Day, who are also keeping their instincts of lashing out at their significant other in check.
Tao Yan Ni, a local man, said Valentine’s Day is the best day for him as he gets to keep his disdain for his girlfriend of four years under wraps by subjugating those feelings of natural disgust he has for her under the guise of playful pre-pubescent gushing: “Valentine’s Day is great because it is the one day in the whole year she has to behave civilly towards me in public and keep up with appearances.”
“You have no idea how liberating it is on V Day to push back these impulses of raising my voice and telling her I had enough of her antics and self-centredness like I do every other day.”
“I’m pretty sure this feeling is mutual.”
Other couples said delaying blowing up and quarrelling in full view of others until February 15th is what makes Cupid’s Day so special for them.
Lai Sio Pah, a Singaporean woman in her 30s, said: “A lot of seething anger goes unresolved on February 14th every year, but this day really takes your mind off fighting because me and my boyfriend acknowledge it as the internationally recognised day of truce.”
“It really allows each of us to mull over our own hatred for the other person in private, instead of shouting it out loud and throwing things on the floor like we usually do.”
“Plus, it is amazing how reminding ourselves that others are watching us as we head out in public can turn both of us into lovey dovey 20-year-olds all over again.”
However, this experience is not restricted to couples who are still dating and not married yet
Having had several extra-marital affairs behind her husband’s back and being found out once, Neng Tuah Liap said Valentine’s Day spent with her spouse in public now still takes her back to the days when they first got together, lost in each other’s goo goo eyes and smiles and without the guilt: “Having our unresolved problems accumulated over the years put on the backburner on V Day has given us a glimpse of what it is like to be really in love, something we’ve not felt in ages.”
“This is what I imagine truly happy couples to feel in their day-to-day lives.”
At press time, truly happy couples who are really in love are reportedly avoiding putting up a front on Valentine’s Day and staying clear of the crowds outdoors by staying in and pampering their significant other with home cooked food, a massage and being playful under the sheets, like they always do the rest of the 364 days a year.
This is to help everyone fall in love on Valentine’s Day:
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