Monday, February 15, 2016

Celebrating Valentine's Day From A Distance!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda - Isidro

the Mr. & Mrs. Salt and Pepper shakers are gifts from my friend May M. Rogers

Since our wedding day, Raymond and I had been inseparable 24/7 (except of course during that dreaded monthly red-letter day when I didnt't want to be with hubby lol!). We'll I mean, we have never been away from each other on an extended period and always been together in all our travels, anniversaries and important occasions like Valentine's Day! 

This year though is quite different, as we were not in the same place and time zone on February 14, 2016! But that's no reason for me to sulk or for us to not celebrate heart's day with each other! 

How we did it? We advanced the Valentine's celebration this year! 

As we were traveling together around the United States of America from December 14, 2015 until January 29, 2016, we look for the "heart" during the last week of our togetherness. 

January 25, 2016. Ralph's Supermarket in Goleta, CA

We stopped by Ralph's, my favorite supermarket, on our way to Seal Beach from San Francisco and found it with everything we need to say "I love you" and show how much we care. Then we bought his fave chocolate "ice cream" and munched it on a winter night to keep us holding on to each other for the rest of our trip to Seal Beach while singing ala Elsa "the cold doesn't bother me anyway"!

January 26, 2016.  Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.

Though we know that Disneyland does not really decorate "hearty" even on Valentines' Day, we chose to be at the happiest place on earth for our advanced V-day celebration simply because we "heart" Mickey Mouse and glad that we were able to meet him at his house and hang loose with him (see my hand sign!). And even without little romantic help from the decors, we were able to declare our sweet nothings for each other just the same while aboard Casey Jr. Circus Train, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and Storybook Land Canal's Boat among other attractions that we tried. Also it was Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration this year so we commemorated 60 years of Disney magic during the Parade of the Stars, and night time spectacular - Paint the Night Parade and  Disneyland Forever that visually took us into amazing adventures of timeless Disney tales like Simba, Peter Pan, Nemo and Frozen in fireworks display! Truly an unforgettable destination to be with hubby on our own Hearts' Day celebration, so what not to love?
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are FOREVER". - Walt Disney 

January 27, 2016. Micheltorena Stairs in Los Angeles, CA

Ok, I confess it was my idea to visit this hidden staircase in Micheltorena Los Angeles after I saw online the cute "hearts" painted on the stairs! I knew I cannot passed the chance without taking a selfie with hubby at this so - called "Stairway to Love". 

January 28, 2016. Benihana in San Francisco, CA

As a going-  away dinner since I fly back to the Philippines the next day, my BFF Dearie made reservations at Benihana in San Francisco for a party of four after our Los Angeles road trip. Benihana is known for its teppanyaki style of a chef cooking in front of you on a hibachi. Our assigned chef was funny, very entertaining and brought the house down with his cooking tricks. But he got a hearty thumbs up from me when he prepared a heart-shaped fried rice and let it thump and pump!! It was a perfect V-day surprise for our early Heart's Day celebration! 

January 29, 2016. We say it on tee!!! San Francisco

Of course, our advance Hearts' Day celeb will not be complete without our couple shirt staple. We got each other an "I HEART SF" shirt and dined at IHOP for a hearty breakfast just before my flight!

And since we have already advanced our "love day" celebration, we can be with other people who also matter in our lives - like families, friends, and those we work for on February 14! Besides, not beig together and living on a different time zones this year's Valentines Day means celebrating the Hearts' Day twice and getting two "hearty" phone calls (because of time difference!) which I never get to experience when we are together on Valentine's Day!