I spent one of world-celebrated festival i.e. Valentines’ Day in Limbang this year, meaning today is the 14th of February 2013. I am single for years and thus like many other singles out there, I am used to no-doing-anything-special on this particular day. I was scratching my head wondering what I should write today, and eventually, I got my aha moment of writing about news and highlights that I stumble upon on this Valentines day. And on my mark… get set… go!
About Valentines’ Day
I decided to start from reading from Wikipedia about Valentines’ Day for Wikipedia is always one of my great virtual teachers, libraries to information I wanna to know.
Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote her a letter “from your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. Article courtesy to: Wikipedia
It is so wonderful to know how this beautifully named day on the 14th of every year is celebrated. Wanna know more? Click here to fulfill the urge of obtaining more ‘knowledge’ about the Valentines’ Day, enjoy your reading ey.
However, some don’t seem to celebrate this day as a happy day but a day to ‘punish’. A news that shocked me from Facebook earlier on about a death fall at Berjaya Time square Kuala Lumpur. Article that was posted at malaysiandigest.com:
KUALA LUMPUR: Shoppers at Berjaya Times Square were shocked when they stumbled upon the body of a woman on the ground floor of the shopping complex.
Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainuddin Ahmad, who confirmed the incident, said police were alerted by the public at 11.25am.
He said initial checks showed the woman, identified as Choo Czek Yeng, 36, was believed to be leaning against the railing on the sixth floor of the east wing about 10am before falling off.
“She is also believed to be receiving treatment for a mental condition and staying with her family in Bangsar.
He said police have yet to identify any witnesses of the incident. The area, he added was not covered by CCTV.
“We found no visible physical injuries on the body,” said Zainuddin.
The body has been sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for post-mortem.
Meanwhile, comments and photographs of the incident began appearing on the social media networks in the afternoon.
On Twitter, as at 4pm, Berjaya Times Square is still on the trending topic list.
I been through bitter moment in love life before thus I do know it is not easy yet, to the extend of willing to end own life, I personally think it is so unfair to herself, the world is still a pretty place, more to explore and experience, we can really find hopes from the beautiful mother nature (this is one of many reasons I am developing this website, for many would find hopes from info I am posting, maybe and why not right?)
And, I then stumbled upon another sadder news, a Valentine Day prank turned into fatal accident (from my very personal point of view for Oscar Pistorius would have no reason to kill his Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, top model and “child of God”, a perfect girl friend.
News extracted from www.guardian.co.uk:
In her own words on her Twitter biography, Reeva Steenkamp describes herself as: “SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God.”
As recently as Wednesday Steenkamp was active on Twitter, and in response to an invite from friends asking her to visit and share cakes on Valentine’s Day, she said: “I’m there like a bear!!! Yayyyy!!!! X”
The 30-year-old model, who with Pistorius formed South Africa‘s equivalent of Posh and Becks, also expressed her excitement for the big day on Twitter, saying: “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay”
In response to someone else’s plans, Steenkamp replied: “That sounds amazing! Wow that’s what it’s all about! It should be a day of love for everyone 🙂 may it be blessed!”
On 1 February she tweeted to Pistorius telling him he was “beautiful”. She wrote: “He certainly doesn’t need more followers but he’s beautiful to look at & says some smart stuff too ;)”
This weekend, Steenkamp was set to star in the South African reality television series Tropika Island of Treasure, in which celebrities and ordinary people compete in remote, exotic locations in a variety of daily challenges.
On the show’s website, a tribute to Steenkamp says: “We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva’s family and friends.”
The website also carries a profile of the star, describing her as someone who “prefers to read a book on her off days”.
It says Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and moved as a child to Port Elizabeth, where she continued her studies and graduated with a degree in law.
Named the first face of the cosmetics giant Avon South Africa, according to the profile, she has since featured in some of her country’s leading campaigns and commercials, and was working on some “major projects”.
The website adds that she was also focusing on “smaller TV roles as well as a lead in a new reality TV show”.
It continues: “Reeva has a passion for cars and cooking and prefers to read a book on her off days and spend quality time with friends and family.”
Steenkamp’s publicist Sarit Tomlinson described her as “the sweetest human being and an absolute angel on earth”. She added: “She was the kindest, most unbelievable girl.”
She told Sky News: “It’s shocking. No one knows what happened. We’re waiting for information. There are people we are waiting to speak to, to validate some of the stories.”
She added: “There was so much in the pipeline for her. She was just about to explode into the media. A very talented, very bright young girl. It’s a huge loss for everyone. It’s just too shocking for words.”
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