Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

POTD: Valentine’s Day 2014

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s Valentine’s Day today. This year, it coincides with Chap Goh Meh – the fifteenth and final day of the Chinese New Year – which many consider the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Here’s wishing all lovers a most romantic day/night!

Lots of lovey-dovey couples here, in the form of hugging salt and pepper bottles. I took this photo at the Hakaniemi Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland in summer. There were plenty of such charming craft stores for tourists and local Finns. Taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Lots of lovey-dovey couples here, in the form of hugging salt and pepper bottles. I took this photo at the Hakaniemi Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland in summer. There were plenty of such charming craft stores for tourists and local Finns alike. Taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

In many places in the world that celebrate Valentine’s Day, boys buy flowers, chocolates and gifts for their girlfriends, wives, mistresses or lovers.

Sometimes the girl reciprocates.

In Japan, it is the girl who buys for the guys.

I know – because I received plenty on Valentine’s Day when I was in Japan.

The tradition in Japan is for girls to buy white chocolates (called giri-chocos – 義理チョコ) and give them to the guys.

This does not happen just between couples that are in a relationship.

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Infographic: SAP crunches the numbers on Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

SAP wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day!

SAP's infographic for Valentine's Day.

SAP’s infographic for Valentine’s Day.

Below are six interesting findings highlighted by SAP.

  1. Singapore is the biggest importer of flowers in comparison to 8 other markets, topping the list with an average spend of USD6.85 of flower imports per capita.
  2. Singapore tops the list again for the highest cocoa imports for chocolate and food preparations, with an average spend of USD 12.60 per capita. Separately, did you know that SAP customers produce 70 percent of the world’s chocolate and distribute more than 71 percent of the world’s food?
  3. Korea consumes 14.8 liters of alcohol per capita, the highest in the region ahead of Australia (10 liters) and New Zealand (9.6 liters). Also, SAP customers produce 64 percent of the world’s ice cream and 72 percent of the world’s beer.
  4. Hong Kong residents are the biggest spenders on tourism per capita ahead of 9 other markets.
  5. Korea has the highest divorce rates per person (2.2%), followed by Australia (2.2%), Singapore (1.9%) and New Zealand (1.9%).
  6. 62% of Indonesians have started retirement planning while only 29% of Japanese started retirement planning.

This infographic is created with the generation Y consumers in mind who are more inquisitive than ever before.

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Logitech

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Thinking of what to buy for Valentine’s Day?

Range of Valentine's Day gift ideas from Logitech.

Range of Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Logitech.

Logitech has put together a list of gadgets for the tech-savvy couple.

UE BOOM portable wireless speaker (S$299)

For the music-loving mum to enjoy her favourite tunes.

UE BOOM portable wireless speaker (S$299)Play soothing music to accompany that special home-cooked candle-light dinner.

With its 360-degree design, the UE BOOM projects your soulful tunes in every direction, no matter where you are.

It can also be paired with another UE BOOM unit for a larger sound.

Available in white, black, red and blue.

Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard (S$299)

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse (S$135)Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard (S$299), Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse (S$135)

A good gaming mouse and keyboard makes the avid gamer’s lifemuch easier.

Just as the gaming mouse and keyboard go hand in hand, take this chance to test how well you can work with your Significant Other in the virtual world and you might just discover a new side of your relationship.

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Valentine’s Day 2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day today. Here’s wishing all lovers a most romantic day/night.

Just in case you haven't bought that Valentine's Day card yet, here's one you can use as a gift tag. Just print it out :-)

Just in case you haven’t bought that Valentine’s Day card yet, here’s one you can use as a gift tag. Just print it out 🙂

I took this photo in a pottery workshop in this little Japanese shire called Takamori (高森), nestled in the caldera of Mount Aso (阿蘇山) in Kyushu (九州).

Loved the pottery pieces in the workshop. Knew at once it would go into the February 14th post for 2013.

* Taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens.