Simple Yet Effective Romantic Date Ideas

Dating is nerve racking without the supplementary strain of consistently coming up with new, innovative & romantic date ideas. If you’re married it could be even more complicated, because the 2 of you have settled into a routine. So you must be wondering how to spend some good time alone? Well, the key to a fruitful romantic date night is to pay attention to your date & to the romantic details. Few small things can bring her very close towards you.

Nothing romantic like a banquet right at your table. This dinner should be arranged by none other than you for it to be especially amorous. Go all out. Lighten up the candles. Serve your finest dishes. Put flowers in an attractive container on the dining table. Take a bath & put on your finest outfits. Also, ensure you smell good. A bottle of wine is great if your partner like it. Don’t tell your partner ahead of time. Keep it as a surprise, but tell her to dress up something romantic. Have some light music playing in the backdrop. Write her a note telling her how special she is and what she means in your life. Though this’ll take some planning, but it’s well worth the effort.

A picnic could be a good option as well. Though a picnic is old fashioned, but if planned properly it can be one of the best romantic ideas to employ. Your picnic doesn’t have to be fancy. You can simply plan your location. A location by the water is always great. Ensure that there’s adequate privacy for the 2 of you. Don’t forget to bring a mat to sit on. Sitting on the ground is undoubtedly much more amorous compared to sitting at a picnic bench.

Romance doesn’t need to be pricey every time. Simple & sweet say a lot more regarding your character than you possibly realize. Your genuine efforts to be amorous won’t go unnoticed. Your lovable thoughtfulness will speak louder than you.

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Thermes
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Image by Miradortigre
Stone and water in the Vals Thermes by Peter Zumthor Architect

Interior de las Termas de Vals, del maestro arquitecto Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor designed the spa/baths which opened in 1996 to pre date the existing hotel complex. The idea was to create a form of cave or quarry like structure. Working with the natural surroundings the bath rooms lay below a grass roof structure half buried into the hillside. The Therme Vals is built from layer upon layer of locally quarried Valser Quarzite slabs. This stone became the driving inspiration for the design, and is used with great dignity and respect.

“Mountain, stone, water – building in the stone, building with the stone, into the mountain, building out of the mountain, being inside the mountain – how can the implications and the sensuality of the association of these words be interpreted, architecturally?” Peter Zumthor

Creative Aand Cheap Date Ideas

Whether you have dated a lot of people casually or you have been dating the same person for awhile, you may be looking for some creative date ideas. Dinner and a movie every time you go out can get a little bit stale, but there are some fun things that you can do to spice it up a bit. Even if you enjoy the dinner and movie tidbit, you can add something else in there every once and again to keep things interesting!

Do Something Creative
Many times we think about dating and we want to be entertained, by why not entertain yourselves? Why not create a painting together or pottery, or even make a sculpture out of recyclable goods? This is something that you can do together or you can even have a contest to see who can finish their project first. This can be very sensual or just a new and different way to connect.

Get Exploring
Want to do something fun and exciting on your date? Why not agree to go hiking or for a walk or bike ride to an area that neither of you has been to before? Skinny dipping, swimming, river rafting, scuba diving, these are all things that you could do along the way and it will allow you to see the person in a whole new way!

Do Something Good
Make time to do something good on a date. Instead of visiting the same restaurant and the same movie theatre, why not join forces on a date and do something good. This could be visiting an old folk’s home and cheering up the residents, helping with cleaning up a local park, volunteering, etc. This will bring out the best in both of you and it will set a good precedent.

Work with Animals
Animals can bring out the best in all of us. Get together and be a part of a pet adoption day or just bring your own pets to a dog park or something of this nature. This will have both of you laughing and sharing in a way that most of us do not on a first date, or on any kind of date.

Thinking outside the box for a date really will spice things up. The person that you are dating will thank you for your creativity as they will find that dinner and a movie is not all that is out there for them to do. Dating should be fun, it shouldn’t be something that you do automatically, instead it should be something that you put a little bit of thought into, always keeping things interesting.

Rodrigo Rehn is a Relationships Expert, Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance online dating for singles.

introspective
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Image by mayeesherr.
I feel like I’m top of the world! Except I have acrophobia so with that feeling of top of the world comes feelings of nausea and dizziness haha.

Last few days have been totally mental. Started off with me finally getting the results from my Masters exams – PASS! That was a shock because I was really ill during the exams, got panic attacks every single day, heavily drugged up and couldn’t complete the paper for two of my courses. When I saw my statement of results, I was so shocked but grateful, I burst out in tears 😀

Then it was end of Ramadan (which was sad) and beginning of Eid (happy) – frantic family gatherings and eating coma-inducing food. Asian gatherings = food feasts so at some point I started feeling sick and because I’m a hypochondriac, I was convinced I had diabetes so I spent a few days refusing to eat food and generally freaking out haha. But after a few days of regular training & avoiding sugar/carbs, I felt back to normal just in time for my birthday cake 😀

Back in London, this time coincided with my aunt coming over from Desh so we had another gathering / birthday celebration. I’m at that age precipice to the Asian date-of-expiry (Adoe) for girls so I didn’t even realise that it was already August and slowly creeping up to my ageing-day. Anyway, I’ve decided I’m going to be at this age for the next 6 years so problem sorted.

We have three weddings coming up so this is also a time for the familial flocks to all gather from America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and of course Bangladesh! HOUSE-FULL. This would normally be great except FrAsians (fresh Asians) have no concept of private space and I’m an only child, I NEED my Space … so not so great.

I also finally turned on my phone after a month of being dead and was attacked by a bunch of happy/concerned/angry texts over the course of time so I’m in kind of a tricky situation. On top of that, this dissertation creeped up on my arse and now I’m freaking out because I HAVE NO TIME LEFT! I mean, I thought I had time, but I didn’t take into account the family and the weddings so I’m feeling a bit frantic.

Things at work are picking up, which is both a good and a bad thing. Its good because it means funding money yay. But its bad because it means that my usually dormant role has become more active right when I’m feeling scarce in terms of time. I also have to juggle in a trip to Taiwan and I’m worried I might not be able to make it (already cancelled Vietnam/Singapore)!

So, as you can see if you’ve read this, feeling top of the world pretty much goes hand in hand with feeling nauseous, dizzy and overwhelmed. I also feel really really tired, I have no idea why but its really exhausting, feeling so tired 🙁 anyhow I suppose this is good-bye because I think I’m going to have to take a break from Flickr as well (I’ve already shut down the blog / FB / Twitter / etc.). I’ll see you when I see you (you better miss me and notice my absence peeps) 😀

Ciao for now! ox

Fun First Date Ideas That She’ll Love

Congratulations! She’s agreed to go out on a date with you! Whether you’ve been trying to get her attention for minutes, months or millennia, it’s a great sign that she’s agreed to spend time with you. Now, the most important thing you must do is plan out that time. No matter how well or how little you know someone, first dates can be awkward. You need to work to mitigate that feeling and can do so by considering some fun first date ideas.

There are options that you can consider for your first date that range anywhere from low key to extremely extravagant. You have to carefully consider what relationship you may have already built with the woman of your dreams as friends, coworkers or acquaintance and plan out your first date to be based not only on that but on anything you already know about your new friend.

Some terrific and fun first date ideas include low key settings like the beach or a concert or to play pool. By not taking her into an intense environment, you are giving both her and yourself permission to relax and really get to know each other in a casual setting.

If want to attract this woman, you can tailor the date to her interests. If you know what kind of music she likes, a concert can be a good first date because you can have a shared interest to concentrate on and limited times to feel awkward in between. Playing pool may bring out your competitive sides and leave you both feeling good about your date. And who doesn’t love going to the beach ‘ assuming one is nearby, of course! Rays, waves and dates ‘ they all fit together nicely.

For a first date that includes more one on one attention, consider packing a picnic lunch and heading off to a peaceful setting. This will give you time to really talk and get to know each other without the pressures of the outside world intruding.

And if you run out of topics of conversation, you’ve packed plenty of food to enjoy together. One of the most fun activities you can participate in on a picnic date is spreading out a huge blanket and laying back to simply watch the clouds roll by. With any amount of luck and a bit of chemistry thrown in, you’ll be holding hands and even more by the end of the day.

If you want to show the new lady in your life how special you think she is – and how much you want to pamper her, you’ll want to choose a high end first date that is extravagant with a capital ‘E.’ Instead of a sightseeing tour around your city, instead arrange for a hot air balloon ride.

Expensive, but well worth snagging the woman of your dreams! Among fun first date ideas, arranging all transportation by limo service is near the top. You can take a limo anywhere ‘ even to the park for a picnic lunch. But how romantic of you to arrange to ride in luxury!

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Marvin, Mabel, and Ike Yourdon – the General Sherman tree, in Sequoia National Forest?
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Image by Ed Yourdon
I’m pretty sure the people in the photo are Ray’s brother Marvin Yourdon, and his parents Mabel and Ike Yourdon.

On the bench, you can see the word "General," and also what seems to be the letters "AN". And it certainly does seem to be a giant sequoia tree in the background.

So I googled "Sherman sequoia" and found this page:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Sherman_(tree)

According to Wikipedia, the tree is 275 feet tall, has a diameter of 25 feet, and an estimated age of 2300 – 2700 years.

Meanwhile, I have no idea who took this photo, nor when it was taken….

I put in an arbitrary date of 1935, but I have no idea if that is correct…

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To the best of my knowledge, most of the photos in this Flickr album were taken by my grandmother, Mabel Yourdon, during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Most of them depict scenes of everyday life in mining camps and small towns near the Utah-Colorado border. Some of them show hunting, fishing, and camping trips in unspecified parts of the American west. It appears that a few of them were taken in southern California, when Mabel and her husband Ike traveled out there to visit relatives.

I have no idea what kind of camera Mabel used for these photos, nor what kind of film. There probably wasn’t that much variety available in the 1920s, and she was not a “professional” photographer. So it may have been a Brownie and whatever B/W film Kodak was selling at the time.

My stepfather, Ray Yourdon, was born in 1922; and his older brother, Marvin, was born two years before that. You’ll see photos of Ray and Marvin when they were young boys, when they were in high school, and when they went off to join the Navy and the Marines to fight in World War II.

Somewhere around 2005, I asked Ray if he could tell me the details of some of the photos; where possible, I have included those details in the notes for the photos. Some of the photos obviously evoked pleasant memories, and I heard stories about minor day-to-day events in his life that I had never heard before. But we rarely got through more than a few pictures before he ran out of energy; and so many of the photos have no explanation at all.

At this point, my parents and grandparents are all gone. I have cousins who grew up in the same area where these photos were taken, and one or two of them are still in that area. They may be able to fill in a few of the details; otherwise, you’ll just have to accept these photos as a glimpse of what life was like nearly a hundred years ago …

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How to Plan a Green Date: Eco-Friendly Date Ideas

Running out of date ideas? Are you tired of the usual dinner and movie night outs? Why not impress your special someone by having an eco-friendly date? Aside from having a fabulous time together, a green inspired activity is a great way to minimize damage to the environment.

Here are some clean and green date activities to help you pull off a fun and earth-friendly date:

Forget the car – A little sacrifice goes a long way. While driving is convenient, it creates air pollution. Try walking tours instead and save on fuel consumption while partaking the beauty of your local architecture. Plus, you can lose some calories, too. If walking is such a pain, then opt for public transportation, such as buses and trains. Or better yet, take the bike, which is the most eco-friendly way to get around.

Dine at a local restaurant – Green your dining options, too! Browse your local events guide and check for restaurants in your area that practices green hospitality and cook meals using lesser energy consumption. You can also look for a dining establishment that supports local agriculture or serves organic cuisine.

Visit the farmers market – As going to the farm is rather inconvenient, instead, meet your date on a Saturday morning at a local farmers market and shop for some homegrown produce. Try an organic wine, bread or cheese if you please. A lot of farmers markets are popping up in communities, and visiting one is a wonderful way to support the local agriculture. You will be even surprised to know that these farmers markets not only offer a wide selection of the freshest and luscious fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, but they also have delectable recipes to share!

Have an earth-friendly picnic at the park – With all those locally grown products you bought, you should consider planning a green picnic at the park. Stay away from plastic utensils and other disposables. Bring your favorite china, silverware, wine glasses, and cloth napkins instead. Whip up some fresh salads, sandwiches, a bottle of wine; pack them neatly in stainless steel food containers, and you’re all set for a hearty meal. Spread the tablecloth or blanket; get cozy and enjoy the fresh air.

Give back to the community – Pledge your date time to a local non-profit organization. You and your significant other can either support a cause by donating or volunteering. For instance, you can serve meals at a soup kitchen or help out a retirement facility. Most big cities also have green projects that you can be part of. Just find something you both enjoy, and beneficial for the community.

Check out the outdoors – What is green dating without heading outdoors? The best earth-friendly date is involving Mother Nature! And your options are simply infinite–hiking, swimming, rafting, skiing, kayaking, sailing, surfing are all fantastic green date ideas that allow you to enjoy nature’s beauty, and each other!

If you are into green living, arrange a perfect date that minimizes carbon footprint and contributes to earth preservation. Just refer to the green dating ideas above, and surely, your date will appreciate you even more. And he or she might be inspired, too, to start a green lifestyle!

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Man feeding chicks?
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Image by Ed Yourdon
I don’t know who this man is, nor exactly what he was doing when the photo was taken.

There appears to be a chicken on the right side of the photo, and perhaps two little chicks near the man’s hands.

Aside from that, it’s a mystery.

I put in an arbitrary date of 1935, but I have no idea if that is correct…

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To the best of my knowledge, most of the photos in this Flickr album were taken by my grandmother, Mabel Yourdon, during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Most of them depict scenes of everyday life in mining camps and small towns near the Utah-Colorado border. Some of them show hunting, fishing, and camping trips in unspecified parts of the American west. It appears that a few of them were taken in southern California, when Mabel and her husband Ike traveled out there to visit relatives.

I have no idea what kind of camera Mabel used for these photos, nor what kind of film. There probably wasn’t that much variety available in the 1920s, and she was not a “professional” photographer. So it may have been a Brownie and whatever B/W film Kodak was selling at the time.

My stepfather, Ray Yourdon, was born in 1922; and his older brother, Marvin, was born two years before that. You’ll see photos of Ray and Marvin when they were young boys, when they were in high school, and when they went off to join the Navy and the Marines to fight in World War II.

Somewhere around 2005, I asked Ray if he could tell me the details of some of the photos; where possible, I have included those details in the notes for the photos. Some of the photos obviously evoked pleasant memories, and I heard stories about minor day-to-day events in his life that I had never heard before. But we rarely got through more than a few pictures before he ran out of energy; and so many of the photos have no explanation at all.

At this point, my parents and grandparents are all gone. I have cousins who grew up in the same area where these photos were taken, and one or two of them are still in that area. They may be able to fill in a few of the details; otherwise, you’ll just have to accept these photos as a glimpse of what life was like nearly a hundred years ago …