Love is within the air… and the beer… and the Prosecco

Origins of Valentine’s Day, with a Thai twist, by Barry Daniel

Saint Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for romance, flowers, candle-lit dinners and the whispering of candy nothings into the shell-like ear of the item of your affections. But in Phuket there could be different distractions!

History is unclear on whether or not any of The Beatles had journeyed to Thailand before they wrote their 1964 smash hit with its charmingly quaint lyrics… “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.”

Clearly the lyricist Paul McCartney had never had the pleasure of a wander down Soi Bangla around midnight on almost any night. Had he carried out so, he would have witnessed filthy lucre buying love… or one thing that looked very related, in any respect sorts of local entertainment venues along that febrile strip.
In equity, John Lennon did come to his senses a number of years later when he was quoted as saying, “Anyone who says that cash can’t purchase me love… isn’t shopping in the right locations.”

Possibly there’s some confusion between “love” and its close semantic and linguistic bedfellow, “lust” occurring here in Phuket. But after a few of the native Chang beers… it’s a case of; “Will you stop nit-picking? Can’t you see she’s irresistibly interested in me, that’s what it’s all about?”

Traditionally Valentine’s Day honors a sequence of ‘Valentines’ who have been in reality Christian martyrs. One martyr named Valentine particularly was secretly performing marriages around 270 AD at a time when the Roman Emperor Claudius II had enforced a regulation in which all young men had been to stay single in order that he may improve the quality and measurement of his army. This romantic fellow Valentine continued to secretly carry out marriage ceremonies, but was eventually apprehended, imprisoned by Claudius and sentenced to demise. So, what No risk of man Claudius was!

Forget about L’Amour, goodies and flowers… let’s get on with the slaughter.
Once Valentine was put in jail, fantasy has it that he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer and earlier than he was executed allegedly despatched her a letter signed “from your Valentine.”

Probably probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not centered on Eros (passionate love) however on Agape (Christian love) – Valentine was more than likely martyred for refusing to surrender his religion, rather than his scorching babe!

There’s little doubt that ‘The Pearl of the Andaman” holds ample opportunities for St Valentine’s romance, whether on a brief term, pecuniary foundation, or featuring the extra conventional and long-term manifestation of the phenomenon.
While acolytes of the former may flock to Soi Bangla and its ample fleshpots, the traditionalists can avail themselves of wondrous beachside dinners, bathed in Prosecco and moon glow, by which to plight their devotions… if they will afford the worth tab that is.
Local resort and up-market eateries are quick to leap aboard any advertising bandwagon whenever one comes trundling along and there are few better events for a male to lose his normal monetary sanity than in pursuit of L’Amour.
St Valentine’s is big enterprise in Phuket… regardless of how long the dedication is going to final.
Many a male has been so caught up within the romance of Phuket’s tropical island splendor, as to throw all warning to the monsoon winds and actually pop the query at mentioned beachside dinner on February 14th. So beware… Phuket is one place the place romance is definitely in the air, as nicely as the beer and the Prosecco.
In all this moon-gazing perhaps Dorothy Parker’s clever observation is a pertinent final thought. Acerbic as ever, she remarked that the distinction between love for love and love for cash is that love for love prices you a hell of lots more!

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