The following piece was written in 2002 just before I started blogging. It was hosted at Geocities for the website that I created and dedicated to Wuan. It has since been taken down when I began to blog. Seeing that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought it would be timely to republish it here.
I am not encouraging the tradition of giving roses on Valentine’s Day as it has been over-commercialised. The price of roses on this specific day is simply too exhorbitant. A basic bouquet of twelve rose that usually sells for around RM80 is now being tagged at RM180. I know many ways I can use that amount of money to pamper Wuan with.
Roses speak the tacit language of love. Where elucidation fails, roses prevail. A solitary stalk speaks volume of our innermost desires. Many a heart had been set fluttering by the gift of a red rose.
The beauty of a rose is in its simplicity, yet it is the ultimate symbol of perfection for those in love. Its velvety petals and heady fragrance is a sure recipe to invoke an atmosphere that inflames passion.
The Language of Roses converses in colours. Each colour has its own significance. Red conveys deep love while yellow celebrates the joys of friendship. Be sure to impart the correct message by sending roses of the right shades.
Red rose signifies love and passion.
Deep red signifies unconscious beauty.
Dark pink rose signifies gratitude.
Light pink rose signifies gladness.
Yellow rose signifies joy and friendhsip.
White rose signifies purity and innocence.
Peach rose signifies desire and enthusiasm.
Lavender rose signifies love at first sight.
Because I shower Wuan with love and show my appreciation the other 364 days too. Valentine’s Day is over-hyped and over-commercialised to deceive us into parting with our hard-earned money in the name of love. Does an overly expensive bouquet of red roses really prove love and devotion? Not for me, not anymore.
I guess age has a hand in all these. Having been made guilty for not buying a present on this day for many years, I am now more the wiser. Wiser, not miser. I buy Wuan gifts whenever I come across something that I think she will like, not only on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year.
I just checked the price at an online florist. They charge RM250 for a bouquet of two dozen red roses plus delivery when it would only cost RM120 on other days. The day when I spend twice the amount for something will be the day I need to see a psychiatrist. I can think of many other ways that I can sensibly spend the extra amount on.