By Sara Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
Flowers, chocolate and teddy bears, oh my. Valentine’s Day is upon us once again!
The onslaught of Valentine’s promotions and ideas can be overwhelming and confusing. No worries though, I have the ladies’ guide to the perfect Valentine’s Day thanks to the ladies of CSUSB.
First, we need to be realistic but bold!
Odds are you and your significant other both have hectic schedules and let’s face it, limited resources. Don’t plan for a mini adventure in the second week of February. We have midterms, ladies.
Instead, think of something local, affordable and enjoyable for both of you. This could range from dinner to paint ball shooting. Try something new together, have an open mind and a good attitude.
“Something different, just not boring movies,” said student Amanda Mendoza about planning her Valentine’s Day.
Need some suggestions?
CSUSB’s Wellness 2U Medical Associates & The Body Shoppe are offering free gifts for pre-scheduled Valentine’s Day chair massages at a $1 per minute. This is quite a deal!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Sushi, located on University Parkway, has a new “Lover’s Connection” roll that has been created especially for Valentine’s Day.
The roll consists of spicy tuna, crab, shrimp tempura, cream cheese and is topped off with spicy mayo, eel sauce, green onions and masago, which is definitely a must try. Just a few minutes away from school, it is ideal for students with only a few hours free on Valentine’s Day.
Many couples have Valentine’s Day traditions. “Each year we alternate between who picks the restaurant,” said student Chante Pagan. She said this adds an element of surprise to the day and they have the opportunity to try new tastes.
Second, be sweet.
The biggest terror of Valentine’s Day can be picking out the perfect gift.
“Don’t put too much pressure or money into one day,” said student Valerie Rodriguez.
Rodriguez continues by saying gifts should really be heart-felt and thoughtful.
“I’ve been working on a journal for the past year, I write letters to my boyfriend,” said student Briana Sedano.
A nice home-cooked meal or dessert can be just the right gift also.
Third, what do us girls want?
“I’ve always wanted a blue rose,” said Nanette Sicairos.
A number of the girls I interviewed emphasized the gifts don’t have to be large or expensive.
The ladies mostly want to spend time with their significant others.
Also, remember Valentine’s Day is a single day! Don’t have impossible expectations.
This holiday is a single day in the year. Show the ones you love how you feel everyday.
“You can do tiny little things all year round. Like getting their favorite Starbucks drink or picking a flower from the garden,” said student Lucia Venegas.
Lastly, what does Valentine’s mean to you?
“Valentine’s Day is a happy day to be with the person you love the most,” said student Janay Palicte.
The day is about “showing your loved one how special and thankful you are for them,” said Mendoza.
If you’re single don’t sweat it. Have a girl’s day, get a manicure and go shopping.
End the night with a nice dinner and dessert with your girls.
Enjoy your day with the person of your choice and have fun!