The Single’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day: Do’s and Don’ts / 單身自救小秘訣:如何幸福地度過單身情人節?

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Tis’ the season of love! To your left, couples are hugging. To your right, couples are holding hands. Anywhere your eyes roam, you just can’t avoid the public display of affection. Your eyes burn, you feel trapped. It’s okay, dear friends, we single people should unite to defeat this plague called Valentines Day.

I am here to help you survive valentine’s day without being a complete mess.

Do’s:

  1. Splurge on (discounted) chocolates

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It’s okay, your scale understands. Diet starts tomorrow, anyways. You are allowed to buy as many Ferrero Rocher as you want. Splurge on those Hershey’s! Indulge in those sweet gooey goodness called chocolate because you need extra TLC today. We got your back.

  1. Netflix (and maybe chill?)

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Dive into your cheesy chick flicks movie marathon. Bawl your eyes out to The Notebook or any other sappy Nicholas Sparks movie. Realise that there are 60 million other people doing the exact same thing like you today. You’re not alone! Hoorah for single people around the world!

  1. Stay in

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It’s freezing outside! Why even bother going out? Restaurants will be occupied with couples and you would probably have to wait (in the freezing cold!) to get a table… for one. Spare yourself the effort and order a take-out. Better yet, stay warm inside your blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your me-time.

  1. Swipe away

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Your best friends might be out with their S.O. and you have no dinner plans. Who’s telling that you can’t swipe away on Tinder today (or any other day) really? You might get an impromptu date or even just find friends to hang out with.

Don’ts:

  1. Drunk dial your ex

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It’s okay to feel lonely, but once the booze kicks in and you feel the utmost urge to dial your ex, stop. A quick ‘hi’ will turn into an ‘I miss you’ and nothing good ever comes out after that. You don’t need that extra drama in your life, trust me.

  1. Wallow in self-pity

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All jokes aside, it’s great to be single! We have the freedom to do whatever we want. We don’t have to worry about gift buying, planning surprises or picnic dates. We don’t have to spend time on Pinterest, searching for the most creative heartfelt gift that takes ages to make. We literally just saved our self all that hassle. And honestly, you don’t require anyone to make you happy. Make yourself so happy so that when others look at you, they feel happy too.

  1. Complain on social media about how ‘single’ you are

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Don’t be a party pooper. Instead call your loved ones (family, friends, cousins, pets… and the list goes on) and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. Don’t be salty about being single and not receiving love, when you can be spreading love elsewhere.

As cliché as it sounds, spreading love shouldn’t be a one day occasion. Especially with all the pain in the world right now, one of the things we can do to help is to keep spreading love and positivity, not only to your significant other but also the world.

I hope you have a great valentine’s day because I sure will!

Writer:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images:   Pinterest

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春天是戀愛的季節!走到街上,右邊是對擁抱的情侶,左邊是對牽手閒逛的,視線無論掃到哪,總能看見一對在你附近放閃,感覺眼都快瞎,讓單身的你很是無奈,也很是唏噓。情人節轉眼便到,這節日更是你的大敵,但沒關係,還有千萬個單身朋友與你共敵這可恨的放閃節!

今日我們就來說說作為單身人士能如何渡過情人節吧!

應做:

1 吸收大量(減價)巧克力

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沒關係,減肥永遠是明天的事。你需要大量的糖分助你度過這天,有千萬個單身的我們為你撐腰!

2 Netflix

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是時候開始你的電影馬拉松了,選擇一套淒美的愛情電影或一套愛情喜劇,然後抱著電腦渡過這一天吧。你會發現今日有六千萬人正在和你做一樣的事,你並不孤獨!單身萬歲!

3 別出門

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外面天氣冷,情人節人又多,何苦到街上與一眾情侶搶餐廳位置?叫個外賣,吃完飯裹上棉被,泡杯熱巧克力,做你想做的任何事,在家中休閒地過一天吧。

4 滑交友apps

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你的朋友們可能都有約了,所以情人節的晚上你很有機會要獨自用餐。這時候不妨到交友apps上挑一兩個感興趣的對象,可能會有意想不到的人陪你共進晚餐,甚至交到一位與你投契的新朋友。

不該做:

1 喝醉了打電話給前任

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通常喝醉了打電話給前任,一聲「你好」漸漸就會變成一句「我想你」,隨之衝口而出的是一堆酒醒後你希望自己從未說過的話。相信我,你不會希望你的生活變得跟連續劇裡面的深情女主角一樣悲催,所以喝醉了還是趕緊讓朋友扶你回去,洗洗睡吧。

2 自憐自艾

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單身其實沒什麼不好的,單身的生活也能過的很充實。情人節還不用挑禮物,或花大量時間手作禮物,籌備驚喜。我們只為自己而活,讓歡樂填滿生活的每一頁,身邊的人看著也會感受到你的正能量的。所以單身不要自憐自艾,也不用依賴別人帶給你歡樂,我們才能為自己的快樂負責。

3 在社交網站訴苦

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不要在社交網站上無病呻吟,埋怨單身或無人愛你。反之,打電話給你愛的人(家人,朋友,親戚……),告訴他們你很感激命裏有他們在你身旁,給予扶持。不要只顧散播負能量,想想自己怎麼做才能把正面的訊息傳遞出去吧。

世人為生活奔波,很容易便視身旁的一切為理所當然,可能我們需要一個節日為理由向愛的人表達心意。但表達對別人的愛或關懷,又何必只限於情人節一天?又何必只限於對身邊的人?現今世界太多苦痛,也太多無奈,倘若心中有愛,而且樂於以愛為名,為別人生活帶來一絲改變。就算你是單身,每天也會是你的情人節!

文:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)
圖:   Pinterest

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