Love trumps anxiety over virus


Sweets for my darling: Fong holding a chocolate bar bouquet.

PETALING JAYA: For one day at least, love trumps all – even anxiety over Covid-19 (novel coronavirus).

Florists have reported healthy sales for Feb 14, despite this year’s day of love occurring in the shadow of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“When it comes to romance, no one will be terribly bothered by the virus because Valentine’s Day is a special day for everyone.

“People are willing to spend on their loved ones, ” said Marie Phang who has been running her business for more than 30 years.

She added that business was not disrupted because of Covid-19.

“Many of my customers made advance orders for Valentine’s Day. But I will mostly get walk-ins.”

Red roses remain the clear favourite, Phang said.

“However, we do receive other requests like for black roses, sunflowers, tulips and hydrangea pots.”

She highlighted the significance of the choice of blooms.

“Sunflower means you are my sunshine; pink hydrangea shows heartfelt emotions; and a colourful bouquet of a variety of flowers signifies wishes for a colourful year ahead.”

Another florist, Esther Fong, 53, said most of her customers had placed their orders earlier this week.

“What I get now are mostly walk-ins” she said at her outlet yesterday.

Fong noted a particularly “sweet” order she received this year for a bouquet filled with a variety of chocolate bars.

A florist who wished to be known as Janette said her business had peaked since Wednesday and most opted for red roses because the flower “is a symbol of love, after all”.

Covid-19 or not, cupid will be celebrated.

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