Proposal Ideas for Vday

Valentine’s Day is near and love is in the air.  Lots of people have anniversaries during this time and some find it, oh so romantic, to make it even more meaningful by popping the question – those 4 little words that can change the lives of 2 people forever (unless you’re a celebrity, of course).

For all those hopeless romantics, myself included, who aren’t made cynical by this popular holiday, here are some cute and creative proposal ideas.  Even if you aren’t planning to pop the question just yet, or not for Vday, you can still consider these ideas 🙂

Proposal Ideas – not in any particular order

  1. Wedding Reflection
    Buy a fancy mirror, a relatively large one, like the size of a painting.  Now get a veil, either real or fake, and paste/attach it to the top of the mirror, leaving an ample opening for her to look through the veil and see her own face.  OK, now wrap up the mirror like a present.  You want her to unwrap it and see her face through the veil in the mirror.  Then come behind her while she sees her reflection, wrap your arms around her with the ring in your hand and pop the question.  How cute, now watch her swoon or gasp in shock.
  2. Scavenger Hunt
    This one is a little more fun for the adventurous or nerdy type.  Tell her you got her a gift.  Leave her notes and clues that lead her to other notes and clues.  Pick and choose what clues you want to give, maybe silly ones or sentimental ones, keep her guessing.  Take her to the fridge, under the bed, in the closet, in the car.  You pick the final destination to reveal the ring.
  3. Key to My Heart
    OK, this one is a little cheesy, but she’ll love it just the same.  Purchase a heart-shaped box that comes with a key. For Vday, give her the key “to your heart” and when she opens it, immediately kneel down and pop the question.
  4. Propose with a Card
    It’s the 21st century, why not propose with a personalized greeting card?  This one would take her by surprise.  Personalize the front with something unique – you can choose whether it’s sweet, sexy, sentimental or funny.  There are lots of choices to choose from on Tiny Prints.  Don’t write the question on the front, but put it on the inside.  The moment she unfolds the card, that’s your cue to get down on your knees!
  5. Photo Book Love
    Lots of men nowadays use photo books as a prop for proposing.  Why?  It shows that you actually want to cherish the memories you have together and would take the time to capture all of that in a keepsake.  Girls love it when their men show how much they appreciate having them in their life.  Use this to your advantage and end the book with a bang – like a simple catch phrase “We’ve had so many beautiful memories together, I can only envision how much more beautiful it will be with you as my wife.”  Then, get down on your knees.  I know a few people who proposed this way.
  6. Mystery Flavor
    If you’re dating an Asian girl who loves buns (like me), go take her to a special shop or bring a bun to her.  Tell her that it’s a mystery bun (or say it’s a special bun made with her favorite topping that can’t be store-bought).  Heck, go ahead and said you read a cook book and learned how to make amazing buns and you just filled it with the most amazing, delicious topping and see if she can guess what it is.  Of course, the bun is empty inside, except for a ring lol.  She’ll be impatient, but tell her to keep eating and she’ll taste the topping soon 🙂  Oh, and of course, the bun would need to taste decent, so she would actually “bite” into the idea.
  7. Hidden Fortune
    What’s up with me and Asian food?  I’m Asian and I love food, that’s why! 😉  Anyhow, sweet tart hearts are lame, but fortune cookies are cool.  Why not put in a slip of “will you marry me?” or “your boyfriend will do something unbelievably stupid right now.”  Then watch her gasp as you go down on your knees.
  8. Box of Chocolates
    Forrest Gump’s mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  So buy her a box of chocolates, like a normal Vday gift.  Within that box of chocolates, replace one of them with a ring and watch her surprised expression.
  9. Express Yourself
    Are you in love with a creative girl or are you a creative guy that she’s in love with?  If so, then you must express yourself through a video.  Do something you’re good at.  Dress up and act, sing, dance, read a poem, do some comedy.  Make her laugh, smile, chuckle, then turn it up a notch and say how much you love her.  End it with a bang as you get ready to do the signature kneel.  Make it a little personal by giving her a DVD or CD with a specially designed cover and case that can be purchased at your local Target or Office Depot, so she can watch it at home and have a keepsake to hold on to forever.  Or, if you’re daring, post it on YouTube for all to see, or just host it on your private account. 🙂  I know one person who proposed this way.
  10. Dinner + Dancing
    Not up for many of the modern ideas that I proposed?  How about the traditional way of taking her somewhere fancy for dinner and dancing?  Dress up all nice and when she least expects it, under the beautiful scenery and magic, get down on your knees to make it a night to remember.

Those are just some of my random ideas.  Some other ideas that REAL people have done:

  • Proposed on a rollercoaster and timed it so it’ll get captured on film.
  • Proposed outside the church where she had always dreamed of being married at
  • Proposed at a place where they first met
  • Proposed on a cruise
  • Set up an object to be auctioned, purchased it for his girl, and inside the object was the ring

Want to share your idea or story?  How did you propose?  How did he propose?

 

The Joys of Womanhood

Ever since I was 12, there were always certain days that I didn’t feel blessed to be a woman.  I would sit there and stare up at the heavens wishing that I was born a man instead.  I had one of those moments this past week, in the middle of the night, always in the middle of the night, when I wasn’t happy in my own skin.  Why?  Well, nothing would describe it better than this poem I wrote, almost four years ago today, in which I was in the exact same scenario.

XX

Gnawing, grinding
stretching, chewing
me inside out
as I thrash
from side to side
twisting and turning,
I catch my breath,
only to claw
at my nightmare
with eyes wide open,
ready to rip
my intestines,
my ovaries,
to be free
of the pain
as I sink
into my pillow,
and close my eyes
to pray,
but I find
myself
laughing
in frustration
wishing
I could turn back time
and be a boy instead,
trade my extra X
for a Y.

The turmoils
of womanhood –
yearly heartbreaks
and monthly cramps.
Hiding tears
behind laughter,
we always hope
for better days,
better nights,
so we wouldn’t
be sitting here
listening
to the clock,
writing this poem
at 3 am.

Who Wears it Better, Stitch or Bobby Jack? Vote Here.

Happy Chinese New Year!  In celebration of CNY, I dressed up Stitch and Bobby Jack in a cultural Chinese shirt.  Who do you think wears it better? 🙂

In my opinion, I think Stitch wears it better as he is more masculine and the contrast in colors makes it visually appealing, but I will let you vote on that!

The Photo Ventures of Luffy & Zolo

Itching for the touch of the keyboard against my fingertips, I wanted to reach for my laptop, but my eyes and brain were crying “stop!”  Strained and tired from release night last Thursday, my eyes and mind really needed a break from additive light, whether it’s from a computer screen or a television.  It’s amazing that most indoor solo activities in the 21st century requires the use of your eye or brain, from movies to video games to reading to blogging.  Even my cell phone beckons me to go on Facebook.

Alas, I abstained and found some dominoes to build a structure.  Then I found a Luffy to destroy the structure.  Next, I grabbed my SLR to capture this random moment and the photo session began 🙂  With two One Piece action figures (Luffy and Zolo) which I received from a Secret Santa exchange in 2008, pages from my “Simple Moments of Beauty” Shutterfly calendar as backdrops, and my camera in hand, I brought the world of Luffy and Zolo into life.  Boy, did this remind me of how much I enjoyed toy photography, bringing little figurines into life and something that we can relate to.  I hope you enjoy this random collection of photos!

 

Brie, Like the Cheese – Pet Photography

Any pet photographer would say the key to taking good photos is speed, as animals move extremely quick.  You only have a few seconds to aim, frame and shoot before they strike another pose.  Sometimes you can just snap, snap, snap and worry about the outcome later.  It’s a very fun and spontaneous activity.  This is what I learned and experienced at my first impromptu pet photography session at my friend’s house with his dog Brie.

Brie is a very active and intelligent dog with lots of interesting expressions.  The best expression can be captured if you are face-level with her, but you can have some good shots from other angles as well.  She has two signature moves, the “classic beg” and the “kung-fu palm,” both of which are captured in the images below.  She also has beautiful eyes and long lashes, or as I like to call them, “eye whiskers.”  I hope you enjoy these whimsical shots! 🙂

Not Even the Trees

*Be inspired with The Inspirational Circle.  As an example for this month’s theme of reflection – here is a poem I wrote a while back that was inspired by Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Not Even the Trees.”

Not Even the Trees

Steel-toed boots, high-heeled shoes,
K*Swiss, Nike, Doc Martins

Soles on wet pavement
taking step after step,
long-legged strides,
some in jeans, some in skirts.

Soles on reflected orange lights,
shimmering green, flickering yellow.
What does it mean?
The meaning is lost.

Owners of soles
on the same path.
North, South, East, West,
they converge and diverge,
but it’s still the same path.

Through raindrops on wet pavement,
passed storefronts and passing cars,

longing for merchandise,
longing for the past.
Heads bowed down
staring at puddles
of memory,
ripples
of emotion.

The soles walk on,
seeing but not seen,
seen but not seeing,
in the dark, dark night.

The wind whispers
to the trees
and the trees
whisper back,
pondering, contemplating
the meaning
and the meaning
is lost.

* Like what you see?  I will be posting more poems and images with the theme of reflection, along with other talented artists and writers.  Have some work you would like to submit as part of the circle?  Come join us on Facebook or post it on my WordPress blog! 🙂  I invite you to be inspired!

Inspirational Circle #1 – Reflection

Remember being given a word, an idea or a theme and using that as inspiration?  Remember the excitement that ran through your mind and traveled to your fingertips as your idea came to life?  You’ve probably experienced this during your critique sessions from various creative classes.  Remember the nervous anticipation that traveled through your spine as you wondered what others would say about your work?  The rush of inspiration and adrenaline doesn’t need to stop after you graduate.  As everyone grows farther apart in their physical locations and busy lives, there are still two things that connect us as artists – the desire to create and be inspired AND the world wide web.

Here, on this blog, I will create such a community called The Inspirational Circle.  Let go of your creative block, and let the Inspirational Circle inspire you.  Each month I will post a theme along with some inspiring examples and all creative people are inspired to share their work based on that theme.  All creative work will be considered – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, prose, mixed media, sculpture, etc.  All prose and poetry can be directly submitted as a comment and all images and other media may need to be submitted via a link to your url.  At the end of the month, I will respond to that thread with my work in relations to that theme and also highlight my favorite submissions.  Then I will start a new theme for the following month.

To kick off 2012, the theme for January is REFLECTION.

Think literally or figuratively and make it your own.  Have fun with it and be inspired.  Need some inspiration?

Read about the various meanings of the word reflection on Wikipedia

Listen to the famous Mulan song Reflection or a similar one by Christina Aguilera

Some religious poems here: http://silentreed.hubpages.com/hub/Poems-of-Reflection

Since I couldn’t find a really cool poem about reflection online, I shall inspire you with one of my old ones: Not Even the Trees

As for imagery, here are some cool ones that I found online 🙂

Alright, go speculate your ideas and make some art!  I shall do the same and will post back here around 2/12/11.  I will send twitter updates, so hope to see your work start piling up. 😉

You can also participate through the Facebook Page! We have 9 creative people already involved in the fun!

~ Jenuine Inspiration