The Things We Do For Love: M’sians Share The Most Ridiculous Things They’ve Done For Their Partners

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When we think about romance, we think about movies, TV shows and Marvin Gaye.

But the pairing between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook is not the peak of romantic couples. These people are…

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Since it’s the month of romance and JUICE loves listening to your stories, we have compiled a few that we feel perfectly encapsulates that feeling of being hopelessly in love.

Here are their stories… Spoiler alert: Some may make you swoon while others may make you cringe.

P.S: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the respondents.

“Boss! Satu red wine. Ikat tepi”

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Rachel and her girlfriend are homebodies and despite the pressure to go all out on Valentine’s Day, they decided that they wanted to stay in when February 14 came along.

So, the two lovebirds planned for a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant the day before actual Valentine’s Day to avoid getting bombarded by other loved-up couples making TikToks.

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They made a dinner reservation at a famous restaurant and decided to treat themselves with steak and alcohol, specifically red wine.

Normally, the pair despised the taste of alcohol – they much preferred drinking juice (thanks for the support, ladies) – but since it was a special night, and they had already ordered steak, they decided, Why the hell not?

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As soon as the wine hit their tongues, they were immediately unimpressed by its bitter flavour, so Rachel’s girlfriend ordered a mocktail to save them both from the agony. Quick thinking!

But of course, they had just spent money on that dreadful wine and no true Malaysian would let anything go to waste, especially at a fancy restaurant!

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“Do you know what she did with the remaining bitter red wine? She decided to become a freelance mixologist on the spot and mixed it with her mocktail… but it doesn’t stop there,” Rachel said in our chat.

After paying for the meal, Rachel’s girlfriend insisted that they tapau-ed the drink because I think we can all agree, her concoction was too good to waste.

“I thought she was kidding because I jokingly said to her, ‘Imagine getting your wine tapau-ed‘. She looked me dead in the eyes and said, ‘Yeah, why not? Go ask them to tapau my masterpiece please,'” Rachel said. What a queen!

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The two ended their night with a RM2 plastic cup filled with the red wine and mocktail concoction and safe to say, it was definitely a memorable experience for the couple.

We can only hope to be as shameless and money conscious as these two queens!

Scented-candle seance?

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Sometimes, our expectations look far more romantic than reality and that was definitely the case for Madison’s Valentine’s Day surprise.

At 15 years old, most of us channel our creative energy into devising the most romantic plan for our significant other because well, we have nothing else to do at that age.

So, that is why Madison decided to surprise the girl she was dating on the most romantic day of the year.

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The girl was a little older than her and she had been pursuing Madison for about a month, but she just couldn’t pull the trigger when it comes to making the relationship official.

Frustrated by the situationship (God I hate that word), Madison thought F*ck It and hatched a plan to make things official herself. Before the fateful (or unfateful) day, she went shopping. This was her shopping list:

  • A diary
  • Tealight candles x 12
  • Plushie

Because we’re living in the age of social media, she even recruited a friend to film the whole thing. You can tell she was pretty confident with her idea.

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With her items prepared, she headed to the girl’s workplace to place everything in what she thought would be a romantic arrangement.

She placed the diary by a window and opened it to a page where she had a sketch and entry about her while arranging the candles in a heart shape in-front of it.

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She then texted the girl saying, “Come meet me at the staircase. It’s an emergency!”

As a final touch, she queued some romantic songs, hit play and rested the phone on the stairs as she waited for her girl to come down.

When she arrived, her jaw dropped and she was practically speechless as Madison hugged her and asked, “Will you be my girlfriend?”

What do you think the response was?

For a full idea of how the scene looked, here’s a chilling photo:

According to Madison, “I didn’t fully catch this at the time, but she actually stammered no before changing her answer to yes LMAO! I don’t know, I thought it was pretty romantic at the time but in hindsight… It must’ve been pretty funny.”

‘Funny’ is an interesting way to put it…

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“It wasn’t the secret staff stairs or anything, just a normal publicly accessible stairway, so if someone walked in on us for a smoke, they might’ve thought we were trying to do a seance or something.

“My phone at the time was also cheap, so the song was warbling and echoing against the walls awkwardly.

“Also my friend’s parents made her bring her baby sister along and she had to just stand in the back with no idea what was going on,” she explained.

Well, the more the merrier, right? But maybe in Madison’s case, having lesser witnesses to something that terrifying would’ve done her more favours.

For our final story, I’m going to let this screenshot speak for itself…

So, there you have it. Take that Nicholas Sparks!

Malaysians can be pretty romantic sometimes, even if their romantic intentions were not received as such.

I’d personally love to see all of these scenarios in a romantic-comedy some day.

But before I start writing that script, I guess I’ll just have to settle for writing about them in this article for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day from us at JUICE!

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