valentines day 2016

My boyfriend Jono and I have kind of made it a tradition to spend valentines day together at home. I admit I do love eating out theres no question about that.. but I think as time as gone by I feel like valentines day is overrated… I’m not even sure if i’m using ‘over rated’ correctly. I do love the idea that people appreciate their significant other alot more on this particular day, however it gets me thinking about why people don’t show their love like this on normal days when it isn’t valentines day? Roses and flowers are about triple the price, you need to book weeks and possibly months ahead for restaurants and perhaps you need to buy a special gift. Maybe I’ve just become old and boring or something but I don’t think I really like the idea of my boyfriend spending tens or even hundreds of dollars to please me on one particular day. I think I am just happier spending my valentines day at home.

For the past three valentines day Jono and I have spent it together. Excluding our first valentines day in 2013 when we were in Singapore, for the past two he’s always cooked me dinner. This year was no different! Jono is a pretty busy guy. I know he works INCREDIBLY hard. Along with his five day a week full time job (where he leaves the house at 7:45am and gets home at 7:45pm), he also helps his father at a plant stall in Kings Cross on Saturdays. SO basically his only one day off is the Sunday. That is the day where he tries to fit in things that he wants to do. It’s not always easy to do that what with family commitments and trying to spend time with me as he’s a pretty DIY person. He loves making things and building things and never wants to waste a single minute of a day. This is why I really truly appreciate all the time and effort he put into choosing what food he wanted to cook, having to go out early to buy it all in between going to work and going to the gym and going to work on saturday and overall making sunday a really really fun day!

Jono got me this super cute heart shaped succulent!

During the day, Jono gave me a really sweet typed up letter that he wrote in addition to the cute succulent and we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art. I registered to become a member! (YAY FREE ENTRY TO FUTURE EXHIBITIONS!!) … we checked out the new exhibition by Grayson Perry which I enjoyed even though I’ve never heard of him before. I even had a really good experience at the MCA cafe! basically they had really good service when my food wasn’t cooked properly and they gave me a new dish free of charge.. I think we stayed at the museum until about 4 or 5 and then headed home.

Jono prepared a feast for me with a three course dinner! In the span of two hours he cooked three amazing dishes! Entree which was an Ottolenghi nectarine salad with almonds and beetroot dressing, a main which was quail with burnt miso butterscotch and pomegranate salsa and dessert which was a strawberry, meringue and pomegranate smash! Can’t believe he was able to smash that out in a couple of hours… It would have probably taken me double the time! Here are some droolworthy pictures below!







In the end I couldn’t finish the dessert because it was just soooo fillinnggg but I enjoyed every single thing! I had a really really fun day just hanging out with him and having fun and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I tried convincing him that I will cook for him next year but he won’t let me because he says ‘its a tradition he wants to continue’.

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  • Candace Shiflet

    Awh I am so glad you had such an amazing Valentine’s day with your lover! πŸ™‚ Jono sounds like such a sweet boyfriend!! That heart shaped succulent is so cute and so thoughtful with that letter he wrote for you! And how sweet he wants to cook for you every year as a tradition!! Looks like he is a chef with all of that yummy food πŸ™‚


    • Susy M

      Thankyou Candace! I hope you had a wonderful Valentines day too! (I’m about to read your blog post about it πŸ˜› ) yes I think I’m pretty lucky to have him haha. I’m excited to see what other food he may cook for me in the future. Ye I didn’t really want roses this year .. its nice to get something different every now and again! I wish he was a chef! I’d probably make him cook for me every night hahaha

  • Yuka Suzuki

    Hi Susy πŸ™‚ First of all thank you for commenting on one of my posts. Couldn’t help but stop by your blog and have a little browse and notice that we have so much in common! I’m currently in Sydney too – studying at UNSW.

    I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend, Erdal, for almost 4 years now too. We’re doing long distance (he is in America for Uni) but in so many ways (from what i’ve seen) Jono reminds me so much of him- sweet and loving. I’d really love to get to know you bettterrr! Hopefully we can stay in touch as we blog and maybe even meet up one day. Take care! xx

    P.S seems like you had the loveliest valentines day!

    • Susy M

      Hey Yuka! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! OH awesome!!! we live in the same city! hahaha I’m currently studying at USYD! what are you studying?

      AAwwww! you and your boyfriend are so cute! Jono and I have almost been together for 4 years! How long is he going to be in America for? Did he do anything for you for valentines day? I’d love to get to know you more aswell!! πŸ˜€

      • Yuka Suzuki

        Ahhh! I know a couple of people studying at USyd! I major in Linguistics and Business Management πŸ™‚ I’m also a part time professional fashion design student.
        Haha, thank you! I love finding other long time couples online – like you and your boyfriend! Erdal is in America for a little over 1 and a half years more until his Uni is over – same with me for Sydney! We both actually live in Singapore and so do our parents so I guess after Uni we are both going back home to Singapore to be together again. But yeah i’m so glad you replied and I’m so, so glad I found your blog!

        P.S I also may have read your about page and saw that you like Lana Del Rey and I am a huge fan of her. πŸ™‚

        • Susy M

          oh wow! I’ve been to singapore for a holiday and it’s AMAZING! I LOVE IT THERE! we went and ate so much cheap food and went to sentosa island and omg i miss travelling πŸ™ hopefully we get to meet each other some time in the future? we could do a blog meet hahahaha. Aw you and Erdal are so sweet! I bet you’re counting down the days until you see each other again!

          Uni starts for your next week right? I’ve started this week already! I’m in my second and final year of nursing!