What She Really Wants

February 04, 2007


讓我們接受這個事實吧...



就算你有著超乎常人的纖細

永遠可以在第一時間知道他人的感受...並且做出適當的回應

而這樣的特質讓你在交友和工作上無往不利



不過其實到頭來

最讓你無法預測...最難以取悅...也最難將事先寫好的完美劇本順利apply的對象

往往就是那個身邊最重要的異性友人...亦即女(男)朋友



因為對方永遠認為你應該是世界上最了解他的人

因為對方永遠會在你面前跟你強調所有他覺得了無新意的伎倆

(其實這往往都是反話...嘴上說覺得送花很蠢的女友往往希望你三不五十耍笨一下...)

更因為對方也是最了解你所有花拳繡腿的人...可以在瞬間拆穿你到底為了這個"驚喜"花了多少心力

(還是抄襲上次一同到Barnes and Noble翻雜誌時在男性雜誌上看到的Valentine's Day Gifts 101...)



要成功的第一要件...

就是你得先承認失敗



我承認我是黔驢技窮了

(八年中Valentine's Day, 七夕情人節, 生日加上交往週年紀念日也至少消耗掉我32個點子了...)

這種事情雖然不能像PTT的鄉民所慣用的口頭禪

"讓開!讓專業的來"

不過至少可以透過臨時抱佛腳...KK報章雜誌的教戰守則來提升戰鬥力吧...



以下是一篇來自New York Daily News的文章



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What She Really Wants



BY WENDY KORN HEPPT

Published : February 4th, 2007 / New York Daily News




Of course, it's the thought that counts... good reason to start thinking now, since pickings are slim at Victoria's Secret and Hallmark on Feb. 13, the day most men do their Valentine's Day shopping.



Perfume and facials are no-brainers; roses and a Whitman's sampler can seem like afterthoughts. How can men really express their admiration? Start with loads of hugs, kisses and hand-holding, then add a gift that you gave some thought to. Don't know where to begin? Take some tips from these New York City women, who told us what they really want.





WHAT I WANT:

FOR MY BOYFRIEND TO PROPOSE AT ONE OF THOSE ROMANTIC PLACES YOU SEE IN THE MOVIES

Susan Simon, 28, insurance broker from Manhattan



WHERE TO ASK: New York is home to many of the world's most iconic locations, all perfect places for you to pop the question. Consider the top of the Empire State Building (350 Fifth Ave., 212-736-3100, www.esbnyc.com); Top of the Rock, the observation deck atop the 70-story 30 Rockefeller Plaza (212-698-2000, www.topoftherocknyc.com); the Brooklyn Bridge, or in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park (approximately $34 for the first half hour).





WHAT I WANT:

TO BE WINED AND DINED

Nina Kaufman, 41, attorney from Murray Hill



At press time these romantic restaurants still had a table for two: Manhattan: What's more romantic than a meal you can share? Dip Bar & Lounge's three-course fondue dinner includes Champagne or wine for $60 per person (416 Third Ave., 212-481-1712, www.Dipnyc.com).

The Bronx: Le Refuge Inn, a French restaurant and bed-and-breakfast, has a three-course Valentine's prix fixe for $65 per person (586 City Island Ave., 718-885-2478).

Brooklyn: At Saul, owner/chef Saul Bolton, formerly of Le Bernardin, is serving a six-course tasting menu for $85 per person (140 Smith St., 718-935-9844, www.saulrestaurant.com).

Queens: Manducatis, a famed Italian joint in Long Island City near the Midtown Tunnel, has a special Valentine's Day à la carte menu (13-27 Jackson Ave., 718-729-4602, www.manducatis.com).

Staten Island: Angelina's Ristorante is offering its regular menu and giving ladies a New York Lottery ticket as a Valentine's Day gift (26 Jefferson Blvd., 718-227-7100).





WHAT I WANT:

TO FEEL SEXY AND ROMANTIC

Vicky Morales, 27, salesgirl and aspiring model from the Bronx



WHAT TO BUY HER: Fantasy Island in a Box, a 300-thread count, queen-size sheet monogrammed with the word "love," rose petals, a heart-shaped candle, a lace garter belt and a romantic music CD in a fancy red box. $109 at www.femailcreations.com.

Or head over to Victoria's Secret, for its lace-trim baby doll and panty (in red, turquoise, ivory or black) - it flatters whether she's rail thin or voluptuous ($24.50). Pair it with the store's Valentine's specials, such as Sexy Little Things Eau de Parfum Spray (the box whistles at you when you open it, $39).

At Roxanne in Forest Hills, red satin and black lace baby dolls run in sizes S-3X for $49 (105-11 Metropolitan Ave., 718-263-2526).





WHAT I WANT:

AN ALL-DAY PLAY DATE

Terri Lewis, 47, restaurant manager from Staten Island



WHERE TO TAKE HER: a day trip to Woodbury Commons so she can pick out her own gifts. Board the Express Trails charter bus at Penn Station, $30 round trip. (www.expresstrails.com/schedule).

Does your lady love celebs? Go Hollywood in New York with an On Location tour of famous New York sites. Visit more than 60 famous spots, including Grace's design studio on "Will & Grace," the "Friends" apartment building and more. Meets daily at 11 a.m. in front of Ellen's Stardust Diner, 51st St. and Broadway. $32, 31/2 hours, reserve at (212) 683-2027 or visit www.screentours.com.





WHAT I WANT:

SOMETHING SWEET THAT WON'T RUIN MY DIET

Janice Taylor, 53, weight-loss coach from Harlem



WHAT TO BUY HER: The "I Taste Like Sugar" miniature lip gloss set is a dessert for her lips. Twelve shades smell and taste like sugary cookies. $28 at Sephora stores. Or ditch the heart-shaped box and pick up some CocoaVia Chocolate Snack Bars. They're only 80 calories each, plus they've been shown to lower cholesterol levels in a recent American Dietetic Association study. The magic ingredient is plant sterols. Five-pack, $4.99; a case of six five-packs (30 bars) is $24.99 at drugstore.com.





WHAT I WANT:

MY HUSBAND TO HELP MORE AROUND THE HOUSE

Sherlinda Medina, 37, legal secretary from Woodhaven



WHAT TO BUY: Do her a favor and do the dishes! Then make it last with the iRobot Roomba Red Vacuuming Robot. This vacuum actually counts as a gift because the Roomba (one of Oprah's favorite things) cleans on its own. $149.99 at www.irobot.com or Circuit City.

Up the ante with a gift certificate for Maid For You New York, ranging from $100 to clean a studio to $125 for two bedrooms. Valentine's Day special: Buy five cleanings, get the sixth free. 1-888-361-6243, www.maidforyounewyork.com .





WHAT I WANT:

SOMETHING IN "THAT LITTLE BLUE BOX"

Lorraine Jackson, 51, mediator from Brooklyn



WHAT TO BUY HER: Relax, you can pick up a bauble bearing the Tiffany stamp for under $200. Tiffany lock charms clip onto a chain, a bracelet, even your jacket or purse. Styles include the Return to Tiffany Heart and Tiffany Blue Box, starting at $100. Paloma Picasso's Tenderness heart ring is $190, the Two Heart pendant is $150 and Elsa Peretti Open Heart drop earrings are $195.





WHAT I WANT:

TO FEEL PAMPERED

Georgi Fruhling, 67, personnel manager from Forest Hills, Queens



WHAT TO BUY HER: The Basic Purification Program at the Juvenex Spa is a great deal; it includes the igloo sauna, herbal steam, rainforest shower, Japanese soaking tub, baked-clay detox, salt glow scrub, hair treatment, gentle facial cleansing, cucumber mask plus a 30-minute massage (two hours, $145). Open 24 hours (25 W. 32nd St., 646-733-1330, www.juvenexspa.com).





WHAT I WANT:

TO DO SOMETHING BESIDES WATCH TV

Margie Rodriguez, 42, human resources director from Glen Oaks, Queens



WHERE TO TAKE HER: Ice Skating: Central Park's Wollman Rink is open until 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day ($9.50 per person, 212-439-6900, www.wollmanskatingrink.com).

Roller-skating: Wednesday is Roller Disco night at The Roxy, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $18 per person, $5 skate rental (515 W. 18th St., 212-645-5156).

Bowling and billiards: Play, a lounge in Elmhurst, has 17 pool tables, four bowling lanes with glow-in-the-dark pins, a deejay and dance floor (77-17 Queens Blvd., 718-476-2828).

Dancing: Learn to dance like stars at Zack's Dance Loft. Zack teaches all types of steps, from swing to salsa. Private lessons, $69 per couple, with complimentary cocktails (35 W. 38th St., 212-731-9632, www.zacksdanceloft.com).

Cooking: Register for a couples cooking class at ICE (Institute of Culinary Education), $85-$200 per couple depending on the course (50 W. 23rd St., 212-847-0770, www.iceculinary.com).

Cruise: Spirit Cruise's Valentine's Day Celebration sails NY Harbor with dancing under the stars, a candlelight dinner buffet, Champagne, roses, truffles and two souvenir glasses: 6:30-10:30 p.m.; $270 per couple departing Chelsea Piers; $220 per couple departing from Lincoln Harbor, N.J.. (212-727-2789, www.spiritcitycruises.com/ny/valentines_day_cruise.jsp).













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