Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Every year on valentines day i put up a post on what my view on valentines day is. there was one year i went virally cynical and was reminded by one of my juniors that valentines day is not just for love between two people, it's for love in general. any kind of love, the best kind and the worst kind. then there was the year i deemed it a money hungry scheme where $1.50 roses became $8 a stalk. and everywhere dining restaurant in the world was finding some way or another to package some kind of couple experience that they usually would not have. usually throwing in some perks like complimentary rose and chocolates for the lady. however, since the age has come to such reliance on the internet and we find ourselves having to unsubscribe from mailing lists that we never even joined, i decided to browse through all the valentines dining deals this year that i was receiving in my mail. i found my favorite deal, no doubt it is only for the extremely wealthily well-endowed, it served its purpose for greater amusement.
Did you know that Swissôtel The Stamford had a helipad? i sure as didnt. this whole helipad deal becoming a little bit overrated, no?
So what do you get on this helipad date, almost a date in the sky, or close anyway.
you get to spend time with your other half at 226m above ground (scary much? i hope the helipad had handles to hold on to). now comes your first perk, you get a glass of champagne while you gaze at singapore's stunning skyline (at that height, you could probably see indonesia's or malaysia's skyline too depending where you're facing). this happens only for one night, which is kinda funny because valentines day is a tuesday night, so you would think that they would extend it a few more days to make money, then again, if you can afford this, you probably dont have to go into work on wednesday. so moving on, you get a 12 course set dinner by chef julien royer, i'm assuming if you can afford this, you would probably know who he is because they say his name like his food is a selling point. more perks, two bottles of Dom Pérignon Champagne (thats a bottle a person), a bouquet of 99 roses, jewelry set consisting of a diamond necklace, a pair of earrings and a bracelet worth $5300, one-night's stay at the executive club room (so go get drunk, you dont have to go home tonight). you also get a 120 min couple spa treatment at willow stream spa (again, it is said like its supposed to be a selling point), and lastly, limousine transfer to and from the hotel.
so i'm pretty sure that your eyes nearly pop out when you saw the price of the jewelry, and i'm sure all of you know what it cost to get 99 roses that you did not put together yourself, so you must be dying to know how much all this cost. a smashing $9999. look at that, at least it's less than $10000! (i'm actually rather surprised they didnt throw in a tiara somewhere, since it's all about making the woman feel like a princess. heh)
but as the website says, fret not, if you feel its too much to spend on what night, or your date's just not worth all that, you can opt for a 9 course set dinner instead, cooked by an unknown chef apparently, at the restaurant itself, JAAN. its just a few floors below the glorious helipad, and you get a complimentary glass of champagne. thats it, just one glass. all that for $660.
you could say that i'm cynical because i cant afford it, but i'll be damned with myself if this was my idea of a date if i could. money or no money, i stand by the law that watching movies at home and eating microwaved pizzas are the way to go. but dont let me stop all of you with the money for it, just remember to bring some of that champagne back and let me know how it went, without all the gruesome details.
finally, it's been 8 years since i last had a boyfriend on valentines day, and as much as society has overrated the occasion, i still very much feel for it and its beginnings, looking forward to giving bunny his present and spending the 18th with him, even if we just stand and stare at each other the whole day. (yes, we cant celebrate on the 14th because like i said, it's a freaking tuesday)
sending love to all of you. whether you're a double or a single, you're allowed to celebrate as long as someone loves you. and if no one does, then i do, just so you don't feel too sad today. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY <3<3<3
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