44 Things to do in Brisbane on Valentines Day

Saturday, January 16, 2010

So as you all know (or should know), Valentines Day is nearly upon us. Some do a little, some do a lot.  Some pretend they don't care about it, some wish others cared more. And well, the forward thinking romantics among us are starting to rack our brains for the perfect Valentines Day celebration - whether big or small, expensive or not - Brisbane has something for everyone. Here we go.

1. Take a picnic and check out the Moonlight Cinema - New Farm
2. Grab a pizza from Arrividerci's in Milton and head up to Mt Coot-tha lookout
3. Head out to Redcliffe for some fish and chips at sunset.
4. Take a bottle of wine and some cheese and sit by the river at Rocks Riverside Park
5. Go for a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane at Southbank.
6. Bring out the Spaniard in you at Pinxto at New Farm (hello Sangria and tapas!)
7. Head to The Lark on Given Terrace for some cozy cocktails on the couch.
8. Enjoy some seafood and a chilled bottle of wine on a gondola on the Brisbane River
9. Take your partner to new heights - climb the Story Bridge together!
10. Stroll through the Southbank, Riverside or Redcliffe markets together.
11. String up some fairylights in your backyard and put on some music and order some gourmet food.
12. Head to The C Word at Nundah for smoked salmon bagels for breakfast.
13. Drive out to a winery and do a wine tasting (and maybe lunch?). Sirromet is highly recommended - as are the winerys on both the Gold and Sunshine Coast hinterlands!
14. Hire a luxury car from Sports Car Rentals, Hendra.
15. Get a soothing Reiki massage from Anita Katajamaki at Cannon Hill.
16. Take a River Queen Valentines Day cruise!
17. Take a dance class together!
18. Share a decadent dessert at Milany's Gelato Caffe in Ascot
19. Roll dinner and a movie into the one occasion at the Blue Room Cinebar!
20. Cocktails by the river at Byblos, Portside.
21. While you're at Portside - head upstairs for the most incredible Japanese food at Sono (also overlooking the water!)
22. Hire a romantic movie, and do your own Sushi night!
23. One word - Skydiving!
24. Hot Air Balloon over the city (or again, in the Gold/Sunshine Coast hinterland!)
25. Follow that with a champagne breakfast. (Actually I think that should be mandatory, no matter what you do!)
26. Book a creative, artistic photo session for the two of you.
27. Make a short video, declaring why you love each other and store it for those not-so-romantic times.
28. Plant a tree together.
29. Stroll along the boardwalk at Southbank.
30. Visit the Valentines Day Orchid show at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.
31. Head to the Brisbane Botanical gardens for a free concert.
32. Rent out a fabulously extravagant hotel room at the Stamford Hotel
33. Drive up to Mt Tamborine for some exotic food and wine (don't forget the fudge!)
34. Do the Tree-Walk at O'Reilly's rainforest retreat.
35. Head over to Stradbroke Island for a romantic picnic on the beach.
36. Go out for fabulous Barramundi at the Breakfast Creek hotel.
37. Enjoy tapas and a great atmosphere at Liquorish in Bulimba
38. Surrender to death by chocolate at 16th on Park at Milton
39. Love is in the Air - concert on the Manly Esplanade, Manly.
40. Go for a bike ride.
42. Check out the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
43. Listen to Live Music at the Treasury Casino
44. Check out some smooth Jazz at the Caxton Hotel

Magic and Moonlight at the Powerhouse.

Someone was obviously listening when I said "I miss that open-air cinema they had in Brisbane a few years back..." I literally squealed when I heard that Ford (and a whole other bunch of associated sponsors) were bringing a heap of films (some recent - some less so) to New Farm Park for their "Moonlight Cinema" sessions. Now granted, I won free tickets, so I needed no further incentive - so last night, blanket in tow, we headed over to the Powerhouse for their showing of "Mao's Last Dancer".

It was absolutely lovely - the weather was perfect, not a cloud in sight, and after awhile we forgot that we were lying in the middle of New Farm Park - the sound and the picture were both excellent. When we arrived, we decided that a blanket wasn't enough - we HAD to roadtest their funky "Moonbeds" (think bean-bags but WAY cooler). $6 each to hire - we considered that worth it! And they were!

If you're looking for something a little bit different but still romantic as hell (seriously - wine, food, picnic, stars, blanket, films.....why haven't you bought your tickets yet?), Moonlight Cinema is your place. It's only running until March - so you don't have long - but why not take advantage of the warmer months while they're here? 

  • Summary: Cinema under the stars. 
  • Tip:  1. Bring your own food. The food is extravagantly overpriced (in my opinion). I paid $15 for 3 dips in plastic containers and some toasted turkish bread. Apparently you can't bring your own alcohol - but everyone else did - and if you want to avoid the $30 bottles that they're selling - do1 it. Bring a blanket - even if you're going to hire a moon-bed - it's good to have somewhere to stash the food.  2. Get there early. Gates open at 6pm - you don't want to be any later than that if you want a good spot up the front. :)
  • Transport: Buses go to New Farm Park and the Powerhouse from the City. Parking is excellent and right next to the cinema-setup.
  • Where: New Farm Park (Powerhouse end), New Farm.
  • When: Wednesday-Sunday nights (until the 21st of February). Gates open at 6pm and the film starts at 7pm.
  • Cost: $13 a ticket online - $15 at the gate. Moonbeds are $6 to hire each (with $10 deposit ea.)
  • Website: http://www.moonlight.com.au
  • Perfect for: Romantic evenings under the stars, something a little different, night-time picnics.
  • Watch out for: Overpriced food. Some of the younger "promotional" staff haven't been trained well in customer service, and I witnessed some interesting encounters where they were quite rude to customers. Again - just avoid the catering van and you'll be right. The staff on the gate were lovely.

Romance a 'given' in Paddington.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Lark Food and Drink (let’s just call it The Lark from now on, it’s less of a mouthful) is on busy Given Terrace (go back and read the title - geddit now?) in oh-so-trendy Paddington, but from the moment you step inside, you might be forgiven for thinking you’d just walked into someone’s house – with a narrow staircase to the right and a lovely courtyard to the right. What gives it away is the very well stocked bar that greets you as you walk through the door (unless of course you have friends with well stocked bars – in which case, leave their address at the bottom of this post!).

The Lark is perfect for all manner of rendezvous’- whether it be a casual “get to know you” drink at the bar, a casual and relaxed afternoon/evening outside, with great music, or an intimate and cozy affair upstairs with its classy d├ęcor, dim lighting and comfortable couches. The wine list is fairly extensive but not cheap. Expect to pay around $7 for a bottom-shelf Pinot-Chardonnay with most wine by the glass averaging between $9 - $11. The tapas menu is of a considerable size, however again, be prepared to pay 5 star tapas prices. The chips with gorgonzola sauce are definitely worth the $7 – and oysters can be ordered solo if you prefer – rather than the standard ½ dozen (although for $3.50 each, I must say, I was scouting out what else to order). Many of the smaller accompaniments are designed to accompany the extensive wine and cocktail list and if you’re just that little bit more hungry, there is a menu to suit, also.

You pay for the up-market food and up-market atmosphere and Paddington location – but if you’re looking for a place that’s just that little bit special, with good service, a spectacularly classy and cozy atmosphere – The Lark is your place.

  • Summary: Intimate cocktail & tapas bar with two casual dining options - intimate/cosy upstairs and relaxed/laidback outside.
  • Tip:  No bookings on the weekend - so prepare for a wait or arrive in plenty of time!
  • Transport: Plenty of public transport to Given Tce - but be prepare for a LOOONNG walk if you park in Paddington. Of course -that's not a bad thing....
  • Where: 1/267 Given Tce, Paddington, 4064
  • When: Monday: Closed. Tues-Thurs: 4pm-midnight. Fri-Sun: Noon-midnight.
  • Cost: Upmarket tapas/wine/cocktail prices.
  • Websites: http://www.thelark.com.au/
  • Perfect For: Drinks, quick bites, cozy romantic rendezvous'.
  • Downsides: Is quite pricey (worth it - but don't go if you're on a budget). Can get VERY busy on weekends.

Ascot and you shall recieve....

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Remember that hiatus? Err....it'll start on Monday. Ish. Okay - I found another excuse to hit McDonalds up for their free aircon and free wifi - and hell, the mango smoothies aren't half bad.

Okay - I have found THE find of the decade. Um. The decade so far that is - which of course is just over a week old. I stumbled across this place by accident yesterday whilst strolling down Racecourse Road at Ascot.  It seems like only a few weeks ago that I prayed to the god of dessert and said "Please...PLEASE let there be some kind of late-night dessert cafe somewhere on the northside of Brisbane?"

Introducing Caffe e Gelato Milany - Prayer heard. Answered. And how! Not only does Milany's have a decent range of gelato available - but they also have a veritable smorgasmord of yumminess (Figuratively speaking.You still have to order from a menu!), most of which are perfect for sharing and include just about every combination of gelato, poffertjes, fruit - and even pasta. You heard me! There is also a wide range of gelato cocktails.

  • Summary: Gorgeous, decadent, shareable desserts. Authentic, amazing gelato. Heaven on earth. 
  • Tip:  Perfect for after dinner - or anytime really (do we NEED rules for gelato-time?). Order a shareable dessert (or two) - which of course means lots of gazing into eyes and feeding each other. OR - grab some takeaway gelato and wander down Racecourse Road towards the river. Lovely on Summer nights. :)
  • Transport: Racecourse Road is easily accessible by bus - and there is plenty of off-street parking if you drive.
  • Where: 4/53 Racecourse Road, Hamilton.
  • When: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-10pm
  • Cost: Single scoops will set you back around $3-4. Three scoops were around $6.50. Some of the more extravagant desserts hit the $20 mark - but don't forget these are huge and shareable - so all things considered, I think this is verrrry reasonable.
  • Websites: http://www.gelato-milany.com/
  • Perfect For: After dinner (hell - before dinner too!), late-night rendezvous', romantic summer dates, something a little bit different.
  • Downsides: I'm trying to think of some. Really...


Intermittent Hiatus.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hello from the ever-handy "Free Wi-Fi" hotspot at Maccas. Optus had the audacity to cancel my home internet, and short of blogging from Ye Olde iPhone (pimping Brisbane's best Romance Spots one tap at a time just takes too long, sorry!), I took the liberty of feigning interest in the food here and sat down to catch up on everything I've missed out on in the past 24 hours *whimper*. 

I start a new job on Monday - and since my prime blogging time will be at night - I may not be able to update until my new internet is connected. Bear with me! I promise I'll be back as soon as humanly possible!

In the meantime - if you have any places to recommend, or Valentines Day stories to share - email me at erica@dragonflysakura.com!

Ciao xo

Mt Cotton Guest House

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So, I bet you were thinking that in order to get away for a quiet rainforesty romantic weekend, you had to trek somewhere deep into the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast Hinterland, right? Well that's what I thought so too, until I saw Mt Cotton Guest House.  Situated (conveniently!) near the Sirromet Winery at Mt Cotton - The Mt Cotton Guest House has all of the perks of the Tamborine-esque getaways, but easier to get to - perfect if you can't spare much time.

The guest house itself is situated on 20 hectares of natural bushland and a stones throw from some beautiful secluded national parks. The guesthouse contains several large, comfortable rooms furnished with quality fittings and linen that include large LCD screen TVs and Wireless internet (not that you'd need either of those things on a romantic escape...would you?). The property also has a Balinese-inspired garden and hot tub (ooooooh) to be enjoyed by its guests. A sumptuous breakfast is included, which you can take on the main deck or on your own private verandah. Dinner can also be arranged if you prefer to eat in.
If you like the idea of a getaway but not sharing a guesthouse, 8 Eco-Cabins are also being built on the property, ready for some serious romantic getaways in 2010.

Rooms start at $160 per night for the standard "Garden" room and go up to $250 per night for the Tangalooma room. Several packages are also available and "couples massages" can be arranged for a truly relaxing, romantic getaway.

: All the perks of a romantic, relaxing retreat - without the travel to the hinterland!
Tip:  If both you and your partner can get the time off mid-week, it's worth booking during this time as the Guesthouse is considerably cheaper.
Transport: While buses run in the local area - they don't tend to go quite near the guesthouse. However if you are without a car, a taxi can be taken from the Sheldon or Springwood areas. If you are driving however, here's an idea of how to get there:
  • Where: Mt Cotton - Around 40-45 minutes from the City - obviously a lot less if you live on the South/East side of Brisbane.
  • When: Monday-Sundays with discounts for week-day stays.
  • Cost: Rooms start at $160 and go to $250 per night - with cheaper rates on week-days.
  • Websites:
    Mt Cotton Guest House
    Sirromet Winery
  • Perfect For: Romantic getaways, relaxing weekends, pampering, "re-connection", wine-tasting.
  • Downsides: I honestly can't think of too many other than the Eco Cabins aren't finished yet - so you may have to deal with some minor building noise - but I'm sure they would keep this to a minimum. It's not the cheapest of getaways but it is fairly comparable to many others so it's not overpriced per-se. The bottom line is - if you need to indulge and relax and don't have the time to travel far out of Brisbane, then this is your place. 

The best Mt Tamborine love shacks!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I promised a few posts ago that I'd update with a link of romantic getaways at Mt Tamborine - and especially with Valentines Day looming - I thought I'd better get onto it!

This is by no means and exhaustive list - there are many more to be found - however these are the most popular.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat
Relish the exquisite sense of calm in romantic, Asian-inspired surroundings. Gaze out over the tops of the trees while relaxing in your designer treehouse. Explore the five hectares of privately owned pristine rainforest. Spoil yourself with a spa treatment. Indulge in fine food and wine. Escape to Pethers - the Gold coast hinterland's finest hideaway.  
Editor: I have actually been here and it is STUNNING. I couldn't recommend it more.
Address:  28b Geissmann Street, North Tamborine, Qld 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 4577
Email: retreat@pethers.com.au
Website: www.pethers.com.au

Hillside B&B - Gumnut Cottage
Enjoy expansive views of the Coast from this private and secluded s/c cottage. Set in the forest with every comfort and spacious deck with barbeque. Breakfasts are served al fresco or a hamper of fresh produce provided. Pool and Spa. Attractions and restaurants nearby.

Address: 25 Leona Court, Mount Tamborine, QLD, 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 3887
Email: info@hillsidebedandbreakfast.com
Website: www.hillsidebedandbreakfast.com

Cedar Creek Lodges at Thunderbird Park
"Creek Lodges" - Spacious, self contained 2 bedroom architecturally designed lodges dotted along the banks of spectacular Cedar Creek, with wood fireplaces & 2 person spa bath.

"Bush Lodges", “Lorikeet Lodge”, “Mill Lodge” 2,3, 4 bedroom accommodation.

Address: Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mtn Road, Tamborine Mountain
Phone: (07) 5545 1468
Email: info@cedarcreeklodges.com.au
Website: www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au


Mountain Edge Studios with Kandinsky's Restaurant
Magnificent panoramic ocean and city views. Self contained luxury accommodation each with a spa or giant tub, log fire, T.V.& VCR, CD player, private patio and courtyard. Set amidst trees, birdlife and nature. Peace, romance and serenity 30 mins from the Gold Coast, 60 mins from Bris. A la carte restaurant open Thurs to Sun.

Address: 387 Henri Robert Drive, Tamborine Mountain, QLD, 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 3437
Email: jean@mountainedge.com.au
Website: www.mountainedge.com.au


With an AAAT 4.5 star rating our luxury retreat offers the finest certified accommodation and hospitality on the Mountain. They offer a choice of three award winning designer cottages for couples who seek that dream, romantic getaway or special escape and, in a separate guest wing attached to our single storey farmhouse; we offer the very best in Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Address: 322 Main Western Road, North Tamborine, QLD, 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 4380
Email: camelot.bnb@bigpond.com
Website: www.tamborineaccommodation.com.au  


Ambience Retreat Cottages & Rainforest B&B
4 large magical musically themed cottages, 4 beautiful B&B suites, spa, fire, 4 poster bed, verandah overlooking rainforest - TV, DVD, CD player. All accommodation comes with 4 course breakfast, afternoon tea, nibbles at Sunset - pool, library and entertainment area. Secluded but central to walks, to Gallery Walk and Restaurants. Robes and slippers included in stay.

Address: 25 Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain, QLD, 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 1766
Email: ambiencecottages@westnet.com.au
Website: www.mazsretreat.com


Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
Sometimes people need a break from it all - time to be surrounded by the forest; become immersed in beauty, indulge in fine food, relax and revive mind, body and soul. Songbirds Rainforest Retreat includes the multi-award winning Songbirds in the Forest Restaurant; six luxurious two person villas and more than 50 acres of pristine rainforest.

At Songbirds we take things slowly so guests have time to focus on the really important things - like getting ready for a massage; listening to the birds or choosing the wine to have with dinner.

Songbirds has acres of rainforest walking tracks so guests can enjoy the abundant flora and fauna at their leisure. Guests can soothe the senses and invigorate the body with an exquisite therapeutic massage, take an individual yoga class, relax and revive or explore a multitude of activities and experiences at Mount Tamborine.
Editor: This is next on my list - how amazing does this sound!!

Address: Lot 10 Tamborine Mountain Road, North Tamborine, QLD, 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 2563
Email: info@songbirds.com.au
Website: www.songbirds.com.au 
Restaurant: http://www.songbirds.com.au/restaurant (I just had to share this link with you too!)


Cottages at Witches Falls
Delightfully different self-contained stone gabled cottages tucked away on Tamborine Mountain featuring polished timber floors, raked bamboo ceilings, double spas, fireplaces and private courtyards. Bordering Witches Falls National Park and lookout (the oldest National Park in Queensland and the third oldest in the world) the cottages are walking distance to 3 Wineries, antique shops, galleries and many of the mountains attractions. Other specialities include our home-made bread for breakfast, picnic hampers and sumptuous BBQ hampers all prepared to make your stay that little more enjoyable.

Address: Cnr Hartley & Main Western Roads, North Tamborine, QLD, 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 4411
Email: chiefwizard@witchesfallscottages.com.au
Website: www.witchesfallscottages.com.au

Runneth over.

In all of my unpacking recently, I've been finding bits and pieces that I thought were lost forever (seriously - it's been like Christmas!) (err...x2!). Stephen was digging through a box the other day and he tossed a tiny book on my desk saying "Here...I think that's yours?". It was "Women Are From Venus: Understanding the Woman in Your Life" by John Gray (Remember when we all went crazy buying up John Gray books in the early 2000's, trying to improve our relationships? Or was that just me?). I don't know - as cliche'd as the books have become in recent years - I think his writings are still very relevant (I can almost see my friend Mel shaking her head at me in disgust for even admitting that I own the book, let alone wanting to blog about it).

So I tossed it back to him saying "Don't you think you'd better hang onto it?". "No" he replied. "I understand the woman in my life."

While some of the statements within it are a bit presumptious, I still love this book - it's kind of a summarised version of the "Venus" chapters in Men are From Mars Women Are From Venus. Now - let me run a disclaimer here - whilst my post may appear quite sexist - I'm only quoting the book because I own it. John also has another book all about the guys. Apparently. I don't own it. :)

Anyway. Here are a few favourite quotes:
  • A woman will have a hidden feeling that says 'I don't want to tell him what I need; if he really loves me, he will know'.
  • A woman never gets bored of hearing a man say 'I love you'. It allows her to feel his love.
  • Men and women express their love differently. It is difficult for a woman to believe that a man who forgets her birthdays or anniversaries could really love her.
  • When a man regularly brings romance into the relationship, it makes a woman feel cherished and reminds her not to give so much.

That last one really does it for me. Some are needier than others when it comes to relationship romance. Those of us who need the reassurance, the little thoughtful gifts, the texts, the notes, the cuddles and the creative dates are often branded "High Maintenance" - a title which I think is a little unfair. Maybe those people have been starved of romance and affection in previous relationships and they just need that little more.  Regardless if your romance cup is large or small, don't you agree that the world just gets that little bit better when it runneth over?

Lazy Afternoon Drives #1: Mt Tamborine

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Isn't this rain gorgeous today? Seriously - who doesn't love curling up by candlelight with your favourite person and a nice cup of tea? Well...normally. But today Stephen's busy setting off the smoke alarm with the Whipper Snipper. Don't ask. 

Yesterday we decided to un-coup ourselves from our holiday couped-uppedness and head out for a drive. We ended up at Mt Tamborine - which I try to get to at least once or twice a year for some much needed rainforest time. I tellya - if you're looking for a great roadtrip that isn't well, TOO far out of Bris-Vegas - Mt Tamborine is your place. It's just such a beautiful, spiritual place - and it's easy to forget all of your worries as you drive through the rainforest, and the birdsong starts and the temperature drops....ahhhh. 

Whether you're walking through the rainforest, or checking out the waterfalls, doing a tree-walk or visiting the copious amounts of wineries and restaurants - Mt Tamborine has something for all romantic budgets. It also has its fair share of rainforest cabin retreats - but note that these book up quite far in advance (so if you're getting ideas for Valentines Day - start calling NOW!). I might do a separate post on these soon. 

If you're just going for the afternoon - Tamborine has one of those streets that's just perfect for walking along hand, in hand and checking out the quaint galleries and shops on offer. There are some gorgeous cafes and restaurants - but expect tourist prices. Personally - Tamborine is one of my favourite Picnic Destinations - but yesterday was a get-out-of-bed-at-midday kind of day, so we ended up at the Tamborine Mountain Winery cafe where two gourmet pies and two drinks set us back around $20.  As a result, we can highly recommend the "Meatlovers" pie (yes - it actually tastes like a Meatlovers pizza - in a pie!) and the "Salmon, Lemon and Dill" pie. Divine.

We then set off on our annual pilgrimage to  "Fudge Heaven" (pictured). Simply sinful, simply gorgeous, creamy, full-of-fat-and-we-don't-care fudge in every flavour imaginable from caramel macadamia to lemon meringue pie, cherry ripe, creme brulee, jaffa, dark chocolate and more. There's also a range of "adults only" fudge. Oh stop raising your eyebrow at me - it's not what you....okay, maybe it is. With flavours such as "Orgasmic" and "CS Cowboy", Fudge Heaven is a whole separate range of alcoholic fudge and it truly IS to die for. They even supply you with a plastic knife for taking it away, slicing bits off and feeding your significant other. :) 

Tamborine has something for every romantic budget, is easy to get to and is full of beauty and wonder - perfect for exploring on lazy afternoons.
Tip:  Aim to get there earlier than 3pm - quite a few places close at 4pm and parking can be a bit of an issue too. The last tree-walk is at 4pm also. 

Transport: Short of a bus tour , transport is predominately by car only.

  • Where: Just inland from the Gold Coast - under an hour's drive from Brisbane.

  • When: It's a mountain - it doesn't go anywhere! Most shops close between 4pm-5pm however.

  • Cost: Gourmet pies (mentioned above) were around $7.50 each. Fudge is around $4-$5 a block - or you can do what we did and get 6 for $20!
  • Websites:
    Fact Sheet: Walking Tracks
    Mt Tamborine Winery
    Fudge Heaven

  • Perfect For: Long drives, rainforest and waterfall walks, secluded picnic spots, romantic lunches, wine and cheese tasting, sinful chocolate tasting, relaxation.

  • Downsides: Many of the cafes close at 4pm. Can get a little pricey - so if you're on a budget, consider a picnic. Watch the roads in the rain also!

Relationship Resolutions

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy new year! It's that time of year again, after we pick ourselves up from our hangovers (possibly resolving never to drink again), or cringe at ourselves in the mirror and swear that THIS year will be the year that we're going to stick out that gym membership no matter what the cost. Perhaps some of us are recovering from relationships, promising to ourselves to never get our hearts broken again. Perhaps we are in new or even languishing relationships. Either way - we always seem to forget about matters of the heart when we're making those infamous resolutions for the year.
“...medicine, law, business, engineering - these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love - these are what we stay alive for.”
- Robin Williams

If love is so important to us, it amazes me that we don't cherish it more. But we put it on the backburner claiming that we'll "get around" to nourishing it. Somehow other things in our lives become more of a priority - our jobs, our employers, our family - meanwhile the love we have with our partners wilts with neglect. We stop respecting it. We stop honouring it. We stop thinking about the other person and start thinking more about ourselves.

So without further ado - here some relationship resolutions we all might want to consider for 2010!


Relationship Resolutions

1. Maintain that Intimacy. After my post the other night - you might have noticed that touch is a key part of a relationship for me. Sometimes we just forget to do it. Sometimes it's just not in our nature. But let not our everyday lives put physical intimacy on the backburner. Remember - you can say a thousand things with just one touch - and not to mention put those inner-monologues to rest.

2. Forgive. No matter if it was an overspending issue, or not putting the rubbish out. There are just some things that you have to forgive - and while you're at it - forget. That's not to say that some relationships don't have bigger problems, and I'm not saying that every offense is forgiveable - far from it. But some things you just have to...let go of.

3.  Say "I Love You". Don't think you're being cool like Swayze in Ghost by murmering "Ditto". If you love them - tell them. And tell them every day. Don't hang up the phone without saying it. End every text message and every email with it. Think it's getting boring? Insert another word or three for "Love". I adore you. I can't live without you. I appreciate you. I see you.  Find different ways of delivering the message - you don't have to write a love poem every week - there are other simple ways. Tracing a heart in the shower screen. Writing in whiteboard marker on the fridge. Type it on the computer screen. Arranging things on the kitchen bench - you get my drift!

4.  Take Chances. Don't you get bored doing the same thing week in and week out? Complaining that the magic has left your relationship? It hasn't. Your relationship abandoned it first. Magic doesn't happen on its own - YOU make it - day in and day out. It's your choice to be the most amazing, loving, wonderful, creative, spontaneous partner ever. Go on some really well thought out dates, take some long drives - go and explore something you've never explored before. Go and make memories - beautiful, incredible, legendary memories. (And of course - watch this space in 2010 for help on how to create said memories...)

That's about it for me - stay tuned for Project Romance's first official year. I look forward to helping you make incredible magic in your relationships in 2010. Don't forget - if you have any suggestions (especially in the Brisbane/S.E QLD area) - please comment - and I'd be delighted to pass on your recommendation or check it out on your behalf.

Stay safe!