FEBRUARY. It's that time of the year again when flowers, chocolates and gifts abound. The difference of Valentine this year is that Chinese New Year falls on the same date. So expect something more special out there when celebrating both occasions.

Don't zap the romance out of Valentine's by running around town at the last minute looking for a place to dine and wine.

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If you are lucky, you might get a table at the far corner of the restaurant not exactly your idea of a cozy table for two.

Take the stress out of Valentine's Day by making early inquiries and reservations at your favorite restaurants and hotels. You can check out Grand Regal Hotel's Valentine Day event that dovetails with the Chinese New Year.

Take your loved ones to Grand Regal Hotel and enjoy their Valentine buffet, dubbed "Kung Hei Fat Choi with Big Love," on February 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 in the evening at the Luzon and Visayas Ballroom.

The buffet dinner is sponsored by Tanduay and will be spiced up with a colorful lion dance in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

For only P1,200 net for two persons, feast on their delectable buffet with salad and assorted Chinese cold cuts for appetizers, bamboo fit with chicken fillet soup, and beef with sea cucumber and vegetables, stir fry cutlets with Mandarin sauce, Lo Han Chai vegetables, and salted fish as main courses.

Dine in a plush and romantic setting, and hand your date a beautiful red rose courtesy of the hotel. With everything else taken care for you, you can direct your full attention to your partner for a loving tˆte-...-tˆte.

Couples who wish to spend special time together away from home can take the Valentine's Day room promo called "Just the Two of Us, A Romantic Night to Remember." For P3,300 net, the couple gets an overnight stay for two in a deluxe room with complimentary chocolates. The package is inclusive of the buffet dinner and use of their sauna, swimming pool, and fitness center.

You don't have to wait for Chinese New Year to enjoy biting into delicious Chinese delicacies. Grand Regal will open their Chinese Delicacy booth at the hotel lobby on February 8 until the 14th. Have your fill of assorted munchies associated with the Chinese New Year, especially the favorite, sticky Ticoy.

Get in touch with Grand Regal Hotel at 235-0888 for inquiries about check-in and check-out times and extension rates.

Remember, the earlier you do your preparations, the less anxiety you feel as Valentine's Day approaches. Without the stress, you can relax and fully enjoy this special day with your special someone