IS ROMANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY POSSIBLE? – VANESSA TAI

On a recent blind date, the guy surprised me with a bouquet of fresh flowers. While some people may think it’s cheesy, I actually thought it was really sweet! It made me warm up to him immediately, and I became more interested in whatever he had to say.

But that’s just me. I prefer small, meaningful gestures over grand displays of romance, any day.

Some women like showy gestures of affection; the bigger the better. “I know it sounds princess-y, but it just makes me feel more loved,” my friend, Pat, said. Over the years, her boyfriends have really gone the whole nine yards … from painstakingly folding her 999 paper hearts in secondary school to whisking her to Greece for their first-year anniversary celebration.

Do kisses taste sweeter in Paris?

Thankfully (for the guys out there), my other friends tend to be more practical when it comes to love and romance. “A handwritten letter or card every once in a while never fails to make me fall in love with him all over again,” says one. Another friend muses, “Actually, just the fact that he travels down from Pasir Ris every night to meet me for dinner in town, where I work, really goes to show how much he loves me.”

So it looks like the general consensus seems to be love is more about the little actions, rather than big, loud gestures. I guess it makes sense, especially in a pragmatic society like Singapore. In this time-strapped era, where our primary focus tends to be our careers, romance often takes a backseat. We don’t have time to pen heartfelt songs to serenade our better half with, nor do we have the patience to “run through the rain together, laughing and kissing” à la The Notebook.

However, that’s not to say romance is dead! Most people would agree the effort that goes into the action is way more important than the amount of moolah splashed. Whether it’s a handmade card or a home-cooked meal, a little sincerity goes a long, long way.

If you’re reading this and wondering what your next little act of romance can be, how about taking your partner to Shakespeare in the Park – Twelfth Night? This hilarious tale of a bizarre love triangle will have you in stiches. And since laughter helps produce those feel-good hormones known as endorphins, I’m sure you and your guy will definitely feel that added closeness!

Even if you’re not coupled up, don’t worry; you won’t be left out. In fact, there’s an even better deal for you! Exclusively for ladies, every four tickets purchased to the Wednesday night performance grants you four free passes to Avalon nightclub on Saturday. What’s more, ladies who attend the Wednesday night performances get a free copy of Cosmo (limited copies available, so go early!) If that’s not a great deal, I don’t know what is!

Get your tickets at http://www.sistic.com.sg now :)

T&Cs:

1. Promotion is valid from now till May 15 2012, 10pm
2. Promotion is only valid for tickets purchased for Wednesday performances on May 9 and May 16, 2012
3. For every four tickets purchased for Wednesday performances, four entry passes to Avalon will be given
4. Entry passes to Avalon are strictly for ladies only and strictly on a first come first serve basis
5. Entry passes are valid for the Saturday corresponding the week that the Wednesday performance is purchased for
6. All four ticket stubs must be presented upon redemption of passes. Passes can be redeemed at the Gothic Gate at Fort Canning Park
7.  Promoter reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without prior notice

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