Posts tagged ‘valentine’s day’

12 February 2019

I’m not into Valentine’s, but…

by misslampa

20190209_152924Skies were overcast and it was snowing last Saturday here in the lovely hipster town of Higashikawa, but I geared up, headed out, and went cross-country skiing anyway.

It’s not that I’ve fallen in love with the sport, but classic クロカン (read as kurokan and short for “cross-country”) skiing is beginning to have the same effect that running had on me when I took it up about seven years ago. You step forward with your left foot and then with your right and then again with your left and soon enough, your head is clear and that immediate next step is all you think about. I’m not there yet, but I imagine cross-country skiing will have a similar meditative lightness to it.

I’ll also be joining my first cross-country skiing race in less than a month, and I have every intention to progress from waddling to sliding before then. Because given that I signed up for the shortest course (only 1km long!) and will be skiing with babies and toddlers and their parents mostly, my motivation to become better is fueled by this burning desire to not fall and squish little people come race day.

I guess I was too focused on that while I was out skiing because I was already back in the parking lot when I realized it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and all I have for company are my skis and all this vastness around me.


That thought stayed with me during the drive home, and I remembered what my best friend suggested I tell people when they pry into my (lack of a) love life: that skiing keeps me busy.

It can be your alibi, he told me in jest.

This, after he also just reminded me to be more open to romantic love instead of saying no to possibilities even before exploring them. Several chat lines after, being in love has suddenly turned into a crime but thanks to cross-country skiing, I can enter a plea of not guilty?

It amused me, his not-so-subtle use of reverse psychology. So I smiled while insisting I didn’t want an alibi because this time, I’d rather find and be found.

I wanted to listen to Jollibee and have faith in love, I said.

It was cheesy and all, but he was kind enough to laugh. And then we ran out of things to say, so we just left it at that.

14 February 2012

It’s V-day and – of all things! – I’ve got a Spice Girls song in my head.

by misslampa

So the fancy birds at UQ Lakes think it’s time to free their minds of doubt and danger.


And this pair thinks they now have to be for real and stop being strangers.


Even if they’re not really of the same feather, these ducks seem to be asking each other to come a little bit closer, baby.


And all these bring me to the citrus bugs in the garden of the share house I live in, who must be loving the fact that they can get it on, get it on.


So is tonight the night when 2 Become 1, then?


Beats me.


But if there’s a cruel joke or subliminal message in all these for me who’s happy (I think) and single (this, I’m sure of Ü) at 28, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t get it.


Still, if the universe – in all its infinite wisdom – ends up throwing me a Valentine who’s sweet and funny and romantic and witty even after this overly commercialized V-day ceases to be, I may just consider confessing that I need some love like I never needed love before, that I’ve had a little love and am back for more.


(You just went ♫ wanna make love to yah, bey-beeh– ♪♪ in your head, didn’t ya? =D)


It sure seems like the Spice Girls know what they’re talking about anyway. NOT, haha! I really just wanted to post some pictures of the not-so-wild wildlife here in Brisbane. that’s all. Happy V-day, everyone! Love. love. love!




Here’s a special shout-out to snap-happy Denise and Eleanor for the pictures!