Onion rings, not engagement rings – A Valentine’s day survival guide…

By Shannon Jones & Faye Vlietstra

It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, where everything becomes overpriced and love seems to be the only thing in the air, and not just Port Talbot.

If you’re single you probably hate the thought of it, actually, if you’re in a relationship you still probably hate it, unless you’re one of *those* couples. Nevertheless, here are our tips on how to enjoy and embrace that loving feeling.

Tips for couples

There is no need to be OTT. We get it; you’re in a relationship so there’s no need to ram it down everyone’s throats. Making an effort is always appreciated, however the whole movie romance plot isn’t always necessary or realistic. As long as your significant other knows you’ve put in the effort, they’re going to be happy.

Call us crazy on this one, but please, no proposals! It’s such a cliché to propose on Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or any other holiday. If you’re going to do it, make sure it’s special, and that it’s something you really want. However, if you’re still thinking of going down the jewellery route, there are always earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The only ring you need on this day, are the onion kind.

Food food food! Yes, flowers are nice, but the real way to someone’s heart is food. There are so many nice places to go and eat in Swansea, so pick one and take your significant other out on a nice romantic date. Heck, if you’ve got the skills then cooking for them will earn you major points.

Tips for singles

Take the lemons out of your mouth and stop being so bitter. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, grab your friends, go out and have a good time. There’s no better date than one with the friends you already love.

It’s just another day. Some people make a massive deal out of Valentine’s Day, and you may see hearts everywhere, but that doesn’t change the fact that you still have other priorities such as work and deadlines. Get up, and just carry on as normal, before you know it the big day will be over and everyone and everything will carry on as normal.

Food food food! Yes, you too can enjoy a nice meal. Pick up the phone, get on the Internet, because takeout is your friend. Treat yo self!


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