In Korea and Japan, 14th February is the time when sweet young nubile kawaii girls would personally hand make chocolates and give it to the guys they like.
The couples, obviously, go out and do the things normal couple do.
For unattached guys, this is the day they find out which girl (or girls) is having a crush on them. The popular guys would get tons of boxes, while the not-so-popular ones would have to buy chocolates for themselves so they don't look like losers.
If the feeling is mutual, then a month later on the 14th March, the guys would buy white chocolates for the girls in return. They can start dating, and take the relationship on from then on if they want.
Things are different in Malaysia. Over here, 14th February is the day when stupid guys like us get suckered into buying OVERPRICED roses, OVERPRICED soft toys and OVERPRICED chocolates from some opportunistic money-minded vampires to give to the girls who'd just sit there acting like a rich TaiTai wanting to be pampered like a spoilt princess.
Why? Because we want to me her feel SPECIAL. Because we know that if she sees all her pretty girl friends getting all these fancy chocolates and cards and roses and teddy bears, while she gets nothing more than a "Oi, when are you gonna come back and cook dinner", you BET she's gonna wither away and melt in a green pool of jealousy.
What do the guys get in return?
NOTHING. NADA. ZILCH.
There's absolutely NO requirements in Valentine's Day tradition for the girls here, single or not, to do ANYTHING for the guys at all. Tell me, what's a girl supposed to do for a guy on Valentine's Day?
More importantly, what CAN girls here do for their guys on Valentine's Day? Brush his teeth?
Heck, the girls here probably don't even know how to make chocolates at all. They just expect you to buy them stuff, stuff, and MORE stuff. Too spoilt. It's the same story EVERY Valentine's Day. Men are always on the losing end.
WHERE'S OUR SWEET YOUNG NUBILE KAWAII JAPANESE GIRLS?!
WHERE'S OUR GODDAMN HANDMADE CHOCOLATES?!
One month later all our hard work, money and meticulous preparation will conveniently be forgotten because hell, she just had this tsunami-sized bitch fit with you! And it probably stemmed from something sooooooo small, such as us playing too much computer games and not paying her enough attention.
BAH! Hate feeling unappreciated!
It's sad. I'm almost about to join my brudders in protest and take the first flight out to Japan. It's too much hard work being a man celebrating Valentine's Day in this increasingly kiasu society where sincerity is no match for money.
But you know what? Despite how expensive things are, all the bitching and all the whinging, we guys still give in to it.
Yea, guys are suckers like that.
It doesn't matter how we're treated, we'd still buy the most expensive roses, the biggest soft toys and sweetest chocolates in the world, just to be able to share THAT MOMENT looking into each others' eyes and smile. And when that happens, it's as if our world is finally, finally complete.
Man, this love thing is evil.