As the most lucrative holiday for lovers approaches, flowers are suddenly priced like gold and cuddly stuffed toys multiply like red gremlims. The Internet too becomes a hotbed for all things dewy-eyed and lovestruck. Check out SIM’s top sites to visit this Valentine’s Day.
1. Deal Grocer (http://www.dealgrocer.com)
Last year, luxury group buying site Deal Grocer wowed potential Romeos on a budget with extravagant but surprisingly affordable offerings like romantic dinners at popular hotspots and scenic helicopter rides. It’s enough to sweep a woman off her feet, and this year’s deals are no less grand.
2. How About We (http://howaboutwe.com)
The keys to a long-lasting relationship are mutual attraction and shared interests. A homebody Mary will eventually tire of hiking for the nth time with outdoorsy Jack. How About We, an interactive dating site’s premise is built on mutual interests – by posting a “How about we go to the mall and watch a movie?” or “How about we skydive?” you’re sure to end up with someone who likes the same things as you, making sure you don’t run out of things to talk about.
3. Send an e-card (http://www.123greetings.com/events/valentines_day)
If you’re too shy to tell your co-worker how you feel (inter-office relationships, permitting), then Valentine’s Day is the perfect in for you through a cheesy e-card. If she ends up not liking it, you can always brush it off as you trying to be ironic.
4. Make your beloved swoon with these love quotes (http://1-love-quotes.com)
If sending quotes via SMS is more your thing, 1-love-quotes has over 450,000 quotes ready for your nimble fingers to type and send to as many girls/guys as you can, you Casanova, you. Choose from quotes from great poets, movies and songs, ranging from cute to serious to funny.
5. Send flowers online via Philflora (http://www.philflora.com)
If you are based abroad and want to surprise your long-distance sweetheart here in the Philippines, or if you’re simply tired of haggling for a dozen long-stemmed roses at the Dangwa bus station in Sampaloc, let Philflora come to your rescue. This online flower shop lets you choose among different flower arrangements (just make sure you’re not in the “Sympathy” section), and even offers combos like flowers with jewelry or flowers with pillows, cakes, cookies, and of course, the ubiquitous teddy bear. Payment options are varied and ordering is simple.
6. Send a singing telegram (http://wu-singingtelegram.com)
Western Union pioneered the singing telegram in the 1930s and now they’ve brought back a limited digitized version – the online singing telegram lets you select from artists like Snoop Dogg and Timbaland, where you can upload your photo to blend with the background, and poof, you’re serenading your loved one online. It’s Pinoy cheesiness at its finest and you’re bound to elicit a sigh or a laugh. Either way, you’re golden. •