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Valentine’s Day Confessions

Shoemaker Bugle readers send in their Valentine’s confessions and anonymous messages

Complied by Em Holy

I wish you knew how much I love you,
I wish you knew how much you mean to me,
I wish you knew how much I appreciate you,
I wish you knew how much I dreamed of you,
But alas, we don’t always get what we desire,
As much as I wanted you by my side,
I’ll never know what it’s like to hold you,
And as lucky as he was to win your heart,
I’ll forever hold you in mine,
Even if I never held yours…

— Anonymous

“I was once in a field of dandelions searching one to pick, but the ray of the sun landed on you.”
And that’s how I asked my girlfriend out. She really loved the poem.

I like Andrew Donis so much: his greenish eyes, his style… There’s a lot more to it, I just can’t say it on here lol

— Anonymous

I really am in love with a very handsome boy. Every time I see him I start to think if he feels the same as me; and I want to know what his response is when I gave him a letter. I love my boy, Eric. 🙂

My feelings for you are the same as they once were. I love you through thick and thin and hope to talk to you again.

— RS

I fell in love the day we met, two lost souls found one another. The laughter and smiles we share day after day are like medicine to my broken heart. Your love keeps me going. Con mi corazon abierto te digo que te amo. – 04/03

Anonymous Confessions

Milestone Worries

I’ve been going through a lot and I’m afraid I wont have a good Valentine’s Day, especially since me and my boyfriend are about to hit a milestone in our relationship.

Just Friends?

I still wanna be with my best friend but I can’t tell him because it’s not what he wants right now.

2nd Period Confession

I like a person who likes me back, but I don’t think they know I do… We have classes together, but I feel like I really know him during 2nd period than in any other time.

Forbidden Love

I’m still kinda in love with someone I shouldn’t be in love with

Sweet gentle giant, how your smile lit up the room,
What I would give to have made you smile through gloom.
Although time torments as you’ve earned your wings and halo,
I know for certain you’re not surrounded by kalo.
Your favorite day to celebrate is coming up soon,
I still remember the flowers you used to swoon.
Although I can’t spend it with you,
Although you aren’t here,
My heart will always be yours,
You don’t have to worry dear.
Sweet gentle giant, how I miss you so,
Soon I will ascend to you, where we’ll both glow.

— Anonymous

I wish there was an easier way to tell you that I love and want you.

— Anonymous

From Yanni

Hi Em I love you so much your maybe probably cute ❤

Em you might not know after 3 years but I might have a crush on you

Em I’m glad we made it out high school together I told you we’d be the 2%

That was the only math class I liked going to

Top Ten Gifts You Should Get for Her and Him

By Giselle Ortiz and Destiny Padilla

Are you wondering what types of gifts you should get your loved one? We’ve got you covered!

1. Does your partner love flowers but hate that they get old? 

You should buy some Lego Flowers. Not only does it last forever, you two can build together!

2. Does your partner love words of affirmation? 

Write your partner a love letter. Who doesn’t like heart warming love letters of how much you love and adore them.

3. Does your partner love stuffed animals, but you don’t know which one to get them? 

Go to Build-A-Bear. You can both pick what type of animal, outfit, and name! You get to have a lot of options in Build-A-Bear.

4. Does your partner love art or love to draw? 

Buy them a coloring set with paints, colored pencils, and canvases.

5. Make them a gift basket.

You can fill it with all their favorite things. Such as candies, drinks, chips, candles, or skin care products.

6. Do you and your partner love jewelry?

If so, a perfect gift for them would be a necklace or bracelet with your name. Once another person spots your name on them, they will know their heart belongs to you!

7. Is your significant other Disney obsessed?

There isn’t any other flower that compares to an everlasting one. Purchase a Beauty and the Beast enchanted rose (with the case).

8. Do you and your partner love wearing hoodies?

The ideal gift will be customized hoodies with either a graphic design you both love or each other’s initials with a heart on the sleeve.

9. Do you want the world to know your significant other has a boyfriend or girlfriend?

Yup, you do! Purchase a “I LOVE MY BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND” shirt! Even better if there’s a picture of you on it.

10. Are you hesitant about going overboard with your gift, wanting something simple yet sweet?

A great purchase would be a scent that reminds you of the moments you’ve spent with them. Whether it’s a candle, cologne, or a scented gift, the thought of you thinking about sweet things that remind you of them, will make them feel overjoyed.

JGHS Teacher Proposal Stories

By Stany Hernandez

While proposals are often one of the most magical times of your life, they may also require a lot of planning and coordination. Here are some great proposal stories from JGHS teachers.

Mr. Niemann had been dating his wife for four years before asking the big question. At the time, she lived in the Philippines and he popped the question on a trip there. Originally, Niemann was planning to ask her parents separately and on a later date with beautiful lighting and historical backdrop. However, the day came with a lot of frustration and stress.

If it went as planned, Niemann would have proposed to her in the ruins of a mansion, waiting for nighttime as its beauty grew, and for the diamond to sparkle as it basked in the night. Together, her family and Niemann visited some ruins of a mansion, but her family was getting exhausted as too many other people were around in the usually desolate location. He followed his gut and just proposed to her there and then, where her mom said yes for her. She did accept the ring and the proposal and they have been together ever since.

Typically, an engagement is one big event, however, Mrs. Lorenzana-Bobic experienced hers in two parts. During a trip to the Philippines, Mrs. Lorenzana and her husband were staying in a resort overlooking the water. At this point, they were 25 and had been together for nine years when they began dating in high school. One night during their stay, he gave her a card about growing old together and proposed to her. However, he did not have the ring on him. Mrs. Lorenzana recalled the proposal being more meaningful because it was private and personal, rather than being in a crowded and loud place with peering eyes.

She would get her ring on the second leg of their trip, when they went to Maui. Her husband’s family lived in Maui and went to dinner together. During the dinner, he had put the ring in her champagne flute and as they raised their glasses, everybody looked at her expectantly to celebrate their engagement, but Mrs. Lorenzana had not even seen it yet! It was a funny experience for her to have to drink the champagne in order to get her ring.

Poems for Valentine’s Day

By Destiny Padilla

Love is flowing delightfully in the air, and there’s no other way to show your affection to a special person than to fill their hearts with a heavenly poem. 

this morning
i told the flowers
what I’d do for you
and they blossomed

— Rupi Kaur , The Sun and her Flowers

Annabel Lee
By Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,

   In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

   By the name of Annabel Lee;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

   Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

   In this kingdom by the sea,

But we loved with a love that was more than love—

   I and my Annabel Lee—

With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven

   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

   In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

   My beautiful Annabel Lee;

So that her highborn kinsmen came

   And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre

   In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,

   Went envying her and me—

Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,

   In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

   Of those who were older than we—

   Of many far wiser than we—

And neither the angels in Heaven above

   Nor the demons down under the sea

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,

   In her sepulchre there by the sea—

   In her tomb by the sounding sea.

My heart cries longing for thee

              commitment of a 

              harmonized sync

       Melting into you, never for how you look

Always for the way you look at me

       whenever our eyes meet 

       Shivers from trusting, yet flutters from 


  Evangeline I wish for more time in your melody 

             I wouldn’t mind being intertwined 

                                  with you

                   for a lifetime

Flower Language

By Leslie Cardenas

Writing a letter is one way to show your affection to someone, another way to show love is through flowers. 

Around Valentine’s Day, many people show their partner affection through the gift of flowers, but did you know that these flowers all hold specific meanings? It’s called flower language and it’s been around since the 1800’s. “Le Langage des fleurs” by Charlotte de la Tour was the first popular book published on the subject. The book offered many, many different meanings to specific flowers to be used in making bouquets. 

With that in mind, here are 15 flowers you can use in your bouquets this Valentine’s day.

  1. Aster- Symbol of Love & Daintiness

2. Red Camellia – You’re the flame in my heart

3. Carnation – Fascination, female love, & Mother’s love

4. Red Chrysanthemum  – I love you

5. Daisy – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll never tell

6. Forget-me-not – True love memories, do not forget me

7. Gardenia – You’re lovely, secret love

8. Honeysuckle – Bonds of love

9. Jasmine, Yellow – Grace; Elegance

10. Morning Glory – Affection

11. Rose, Red – I love you, love

12. Rose, White –  I am worthy of you

13. Salvia, Red –  forever mine

14. Tulip, red – passion, declaration of love

15. Tulip, yellow – Sunshine in your smile

How to Lose a Valentine in 10 Ways (Satire)

By Iris Buckley

With Valentine’s Day coming up, and the soul-sucking trait of social anxiety, kindly rejecting a Valentine can be hard. Fear no more! Here are 10 ways to lose a Valentine before they ask! 

1. Mixed Signals

To start off, giving or receiving mixed signals can be so confusing that some people just give up. We need to make sure the person giving up is you-know-who and not you! Whenever they text you never use any capital letters, always type in lowercase letters. Even with exclamation points, always use a period. Now when you are both together in person, talk at the loudest level possible, even yell if you want to freak them out more! This will result in them confused and half-deaf!

2. Bad Hygiene

No one likes bad hygiene, so let’s make sure you have the worst! If you already feel dead inside, fantastic, you’re already halfway there. Now we need to make you smell as dead as you are on the inside on the outside! Skip showering — who needs it anyway? Brushing your teeth has been done so many times, you should lead the way by putting that toothbrush down! Don’t bother with your hair either, it’s as stubborn as my will to live. Now when you see you-know-who, stand super close to them until you see their nostrils shriveling up! Once they start gagging, you can leave. Mission Accomplished!

3. Bad Communication

When you’re around someone you like, you want to learn more about them. It’s a heartfelt connection with someone when they can really see you. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen! If you’re asked a question just stare into their soul until they are weirded out and look away in fear. Then giggle like the maniac you are — don’t be afraid to embrace it! This way, no one can understand you or know what you like.

4. Get Too Close/Touchy with Other People

Someone who likes you will be nervous when you’re touchy with other people. This is a natural human response when we like someone. We need to make sure they not only feel nervous but discouraged too! When you are with you-know-who and a friend, make sure you are leaning all over that friend. Grab their arm, rub your heads together, and make sure to latch onto their legs so they can’t run away when they’re freaked out! This will definitely make you-know-who discouraged!

5. Flaky

No one is flakier than Frosted Flakes so for this step, you want to come to school in a life-sized Frosted Flakes box. Make sure to cut arm and leg holes, then strut your flakes like the cereal you are!

6. Wear Too Much Perfume

After taking absolutely no care of your hygiene (refer to Step 2), now we want to make you-know-who’s nostrils shrivel up again from a different scent. To start this step off you’ll need to obtain at least 15 perfumes, and if they’re different scents, even better. Now fill a bathtub with perfume and no water. Then take your relaxing bath (it helps to have a gas mask on). Once you finish, dry off and spray some more on. Now when you go to school, you’ll be sure to not only scare you-know-who away but also make everyone you walk by pass out!

7. Lack of Responsibility

A lack of responsibility can make someone lose trust in you. This gives you the best opportunity to show them they cannot trust you in the slightest! If you have a bat or brick, perfect. Make sure to get their address, don’t mind the scared looks from the people you ask, it’ll pay off in the end. Once you get their address, break into their house and smash everything you can. Be sure they are watching as well. Then give them the weapon and say you have no idea why they would smash their own things. If they try stopping you in the process, whack them too, just to add insult to injury!

8. Lack of Sympathy

Being with someone with a heart feels great. The comfort and care they give is unconditional. Let’s make sure you come off as heartless as the person writing this article! Firstly, you want to watch American Psycho at least 3 times. Make sure you take notes! When you go back to school, imitate Patrick Bateman so much that you become him. Don’t be afraid to assert your dominance! Perfect reason for them to re-think asking you! 

9. Narcissistic

It’s hard being around someone who is too into themselves, so we need to make sure you act like you’re the only person on earth. The first thing you want to do is break into their house again (refer to Step 7) and spray paint all their clothes and accessories a reflective silver. Now when they come to school, they will not only look like a disco ball but also a human mirror. This will be sure to tell them how much you love yourself and not them!

10. No Attention Spared

When you feel ignored by someone you like, it can be very disheartening. We’re going to make you a human ‘No attention to spare’ sign. Grab a stop sign located in your neighborhood. You’re going to spray paint it black and then write with a bright colored marker ‘Do Not Disturb.’ After you do this, attach it to suspenders and wear this around school. This will be sure to show that person that you have no attention to spare!

Once you have completed this last step, you should have scared off you-know-who so much that they won’t ask you to be their Valentine. If you exceeded the expected outcome, you should have no Valentine for as long as you attend that school! Great job, now you can keep planning your romantic day for one!

Making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

By Marleane Trujillo

If you want to make a simple & special treat for Valentine’s Day, here is what you need:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate bar or chocolate chips
  • A bowl

How to make it:

  1. Warm the chocolate in a bowl by putting it in the microwave for 2 minutes, or until it is melted and hot. Stir it every once in a while so it doesn’t stick to the bowl.
  2. While the chocolate is melting, wash the strawberries and tap them with a paper towel to dry them. They need to be very dry for the chocolate to stick.
  3. The chocolate needs to be hot and should be good to dip the strawberries in, quickly one-by-one.
  4. Put the chocolate-dipped strawberries on a plate with wax paper and decorate them with sprinkles if you want to.
  5. Put the strawberries in the fridge for a day to get the chocolate shell nice and firm before you eat them.
  6. Enjoy!

Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day

By Andrea Alfaro and Laura Gomez

We’ve created a collection of romance movies for all those singles, couples and inbetweeners who just want to sit down and watch people fall in love. From the fantastical to the everyday, this list has it all, so we hope you enjoy and have a Happy Valentines Day!

The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | Romance/Adventure

A grandfather tells his grandson about the story of the Princess Bride. Full of action and adventure where once upon a time a man in a mask embarks on a mission to save the young maiden, Buttercup. He faces a variety of foes all while giving one-liner after one-liner and looking good doing it. It’s a RomCom adventure poking fun at the fairy-tale genre. It’s a perfect watch for everyone, even the singles.

Before Sunrise (1995)

R | Romance/Drama

An American, Jesse, meets a woman, Celine, who is returning to her school in Paris on the train. He has a flight to catch in the morning, but he convinces her to get off at his stop in Vienna and they explore the streets, forming a bond all before sunrise. This is a peaceful movie that is actually the beginning of a trilogy. It’s a simple romance of two strangers talking about everything yet nothing that all takes place one summer day.

Me Before You (2016)

PG-13 | Romance/Drama

A classic instance of the right person at the wrong time. Louisa becomes the caregiver of the wealthy Will Traynor, who was paralyzed by an accident two years ago. He’s a pessimist who challenges Louisa’s optimistic outlook on the world, but soon these complete opposites end up forming a friendship as both their lives and hearts change. Warning: tissues are needed, and ugly crying will happen. We are not liable for any heartache you may face after your viewing.

Juliet Naked (2018)

R | Romance/Comedy

Criminally underrated film where a British woman, Annie, is cursed with having a boyfriend, Duncan, obsessed with former rock musician, Tucker Crowe. One day a demo appears in the mail after she breaks up with Duncan, leading her to forming a friendship with her boyfriend’s idol.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

PG-13 | Horror/Action/Romance

This is the classic tale of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet on the big screen, but with a twist. This enemies-to-lovers story takes place during a zombie apocalypse and Ms. Bennet along with her sisters are trained in martial arts and weaponry. This is an interesting addition to the iconic story of Pride and Prejudice. Something about classic literature and zombies just creates something so delightful.

Warm Bodies (2013)

PG-13 | Romance/Horror

Speaking of classic literature and zombies, this film is an undead take on the classic Romeo and Juliet story. A zombie apocalypse has left the population divided into humans and zombies, but one zombie named R is unlike his other walking dead brethren. His quirks lead him to saving a girl named Julie and they embark on a journey that leads to a chain of events and a love story that can change the world as they have grown to know it.

Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | Fantasy/Romance/Adventure

A fairytale full of adventure and a star studded cast of characters. Tristan is determined to win the heart of the materialistic Victoria. So he decides, like any other normal person, to go on a conquest to bring her a fallen star. Instead of the usual five spiked star we’re all used to, he finds the shining Yvaine. But others are also after the star and he goes through a change of not only courage but love.

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | Romance/Drama

A surprisingly true story of a family man cop turned gay con man starring Jim Carrey and Obi Wan Kenobi. Steve Russell was always trying to be someone else, but one day he decided enough was enough. His decision to go off and live his gay luxury dream ended up with him behind bars where he met the one and only Philip Morris. They fall in love, but Russell’s identity issues lead to many bumps in the road for this couple.

Pretty Woman (1990)

R | Romance/Comedy

An oldie but a goodie tale that will make you laugh and angry at the same time. Edwards is a businessman, who takes his job seriously and never has time for love. Vivian works as a prostitute, and she enjoys her life as she goes and always gets what she wants. Edward needs an escort for social events, he hires Vivian from the streets and makes her a deal. They both accept, on the condition that they always keep their space between each other only to realize they need more than each other’s company to survive.

Tangled (2010)

PG | Family/Musical

The childhood princess with the golden long hair that every girl wanted to have. Rapunzel spent her life locked away in a tower since she was captured as a baby by the evil Mother Gothel. Her magical golden hair has the power to provide eternal youth that Gothel takes advantage of. Her life changes once a runaway thief, Flynn Rider, stumbles into her life and changes her world. She discovers that she is the long lost princess of the kingdom Corona.

Best Date Spots for Valentine’s Day

By Adriana Zaragoza and Carlos Lopez

Are you trying to figure out where to go this year for Valentine’s Day? These are the top ten best places to take your Valentine, both affordable and expensive. Picked by yours truly at The Shoemaker Bugle.

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  • A dinner for two at Olive Garden
  • A bookstore date (Barnes & Noble)
  • A picnic for two, with a side activity (painting, flower lego sets, We’re Not Really Strangers card game)
  • A day at the aquarium (Aquarium of the Pacific, around $40 per person)
  • Sweethearts Night at Disneyland Resort (ticket price starting at $129 per guest)
  • Heart-shaped food date (Chick-Fil-A brownie or mini sandwich heart trays; heart-shaped pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen; donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts)
  • Night at the movies (AMC Norwalk, Harkins Cerritos, or Regal Cerritos)
  • Evening at Golf N’ Stuff
  • Picnic at the park or beach of your choice
  • Evening at a upscale sit-down restaurant

Who Is Saint Valentine?

By Destiny Padilla

Saint Valentine, the original Cupid, originated in Rome during the third century. There are two popular legends that surfaced from this time. As one of the famous legends goes, he was originally a priest and physician until he got put behind bars. He not only healed his jailer’s daughter from blindness, he also befriended her. As he wrote letters to her from jail, he always signed, “From your Valentine”.

The second legend states that Saint Valentine secretly married couples so that the husbands were not forced to go into war, this defined the Emperor’s orders. Emperor Claudius ll executed Saint Valentine and another man who shared the same last name. Their execution was on February 14, therefore people worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day on that day.

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