8 Post-Valentine’s Trauma in Hong Kong

Hey boys and girls, I hope you all had  great Valentine’s Day? Maybe you enjoyed a romantic dinner with your important half, or you got wasted after going to parties for singles (did you find a date?), or that you spent your night working til late and then you realized your date had been waiting for you for 4 hours and all the restaurants had closed so then you couldn’t find any nice place to spend time with your date and so you went home. (Oh noooo!)

Good, I think you had a nice Valentine’s Day.

However, beware of the Post-Valentine’s Trauma. They can be very disastrous and frustrating:

  1. You found yourself paying for HK$800-1,000 for a bunch of flowers for your date and they faded after 2 days and ended up in trash cans with leftovers and toilet paper.
  2. You found yourself paying for a dinner for 2 heads that was equivalent to buy half of an iPhone 4GS. Or if you had dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you could actually have bought a whole iPhone 4GS (and probably a Hello Kitty iPhone case as well).
  3. Hong Kong girls complain about eating too much chocolate (i.e. 15g, equal to half of a chocolate bar) because everyone (including herself) was distributing chocolate at the office.
  4. Florists found themselves still having a big stock of unsold roses. (Note: I tried to help them clear their inventory by buying some roses around 11pm on Valentine’s Day where everyone had already got flowers, but they still did not slash the price and offered a rose at HK$100!)
  5. Hungover for work after loads of champagne and wine.
  6. Hong Kong girls share their V-day experience with friends and complain to their BF why the gift she got wasn’t as good (i.e. as expensive) as her friends’.
  7. The Hong Kong girl who got the biggest bunch of flowers at the office on Valentine’s Day got boycotted by other female colleagues.
  8. When you buy gift for your important half next time, you have one less choice.

What’s your post-Valentine’s trauma (or excitement)?

8 Comments on 8 Post-Valentine’s Trauma in Hong Kong

  1. natalia
    February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    Valentine’s day is overrated…and no, I’m not single, but after reading the post I realized how ridiculous it can be: there shouldn’t be a reason or an official day where you have to do something romantic with your partner, it can be ANY day. This can also save you a lot of stress, extra weight and save you some cash.

    • Jin
      February 16, 2012 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

      Can’t agree more!

      It can be any day. It’s just that Valentine’s Day is commonly recognized as the most “special” day. So then everyone rushes to do special things and eat at a special restaurant and buy a special gift.

      Social layer is frustrating.

      • Kenny
        February 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

        Among other things, my problem with Valentine’s Day is all the TV shows about “love” in the two weeks before. Three hours a night with nowhere to hide, turning a one-day celebration into a two-week marathon. As for work, this is the one day I’m glad I work mostly with guys (usually I wish there were more girls.)

        • Jin
          February 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm (2 years ago)

          The holiday of love is really commercial, you know. Glad that you work with guys, but then you miss the chance of getting chocolate from girls. :)

  2. zenlifefrugal
    February 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Yea……I am not much for Single’s Awareness Day. I usually just read or work. I found it’s just another excuse to spend money that I don’t have.

  3. BBC
    February 24, 2012 at 5:42 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve some of your posts, i have to say your perspectives are very childish and only represents the perspective of shallow immature self-absorbed young girls in HK who are wannabe kong lui Chrissie chau’s….and really need to need grow up.

    • Jin
      February 24, 2012 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment, BBC. If you have any sophisticated thoughts about the issues I discussed here, feel free to send me a guest post to my email: jin@hkgirltalk.com.



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