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Earth Hour Vancouver 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011 — 9:29am PDT
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Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund initiative, began four years ago in Sydney, Australia when millions turned off their lights, electronics, devices to show the impact of our power usage on the planet particularly with regards to climate change. The campaign has continued to grow and last year 128 countries took part as global monuments went dark for a single hour, on the same day, for this single cause. With over 1 billion people participating, it was the largest voluntary action ever witnessed on the planet.

Parliament buildings, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - lights off © WWF-Canada/Patrick Doyle
Parliament Hill, Ottawa – Earth Hour 2010. Photo credit: Earth Hour Global on Flickr

Earth Hour 2011 will take place Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30pm (local time, wherever you are) and when you get so many people shutting off unnecessary lights for 60 minutes, it’s amazing to see the impact. It may seem like a small gesture but it is a great reminder (even if it’s annually) to be aware of our power usage.

There are many ways to participate and the Earth Hour website has everything from downloads and social media tips, to badges and buttons to help you get involved.

In Vancouver, many organizations, individuals, and businesses have taken part over the years. For 2011, I have partnered with the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (2 of 64 participating Fairmont Hotels around the world) to promote their Earth Hour initiatives and offer up two special prizes for my readers.

Fairmont Waterfront
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Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar will host the “Green and Glow” event for Earth Hour March 26th. The candlelit dinner menu options will include Cornmeal Oyster Sliders, Grilled Chanterelle Mushroom Flatbread, Cedar Plank Pecorino Cheese with Roof Top Honey, B.C. Spot Prawns and Qualicum Bay Scallops, Sweet Corn Applewood Bacon Risotto, and Milk Chocolate Slice, Earl Grey Ice Cream. Executive Chef Dore uses sustainable seafood as a part of the Ocean Wise program. They will also offer signature cocktails like the Green Eco-tini and Roof Top Honey Caiprioska that feature concoctions infused with herbs plucked from the kitchen’s rooftop garden.

Locals and visitors alike can take advantage of Earth Hour perks such as 20% off room rates (March 25-27) and hybrid vehicle owners enjoying complimentary valet. The Fairmont Waterfront will also donate $20 in the guest’s name to the World Wildlife Fund (“WWF”).

Contest prize: $150 gift certificate to enjoy Herons at the Fairmont Waterfront on March 26th during Earth Hour.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
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As the lights go dark for Earth Hour, Vancouver’s ‘Castle in the City’ will switch to candlelight and acoustic music along with menus that help support the WWF. Griffins Restaurant will offer a $23 three-course raw decadent chocolate fondue and 900 West Lounge will have Piper-Heidsieck champagne specials. 10% of the raw menu and $1 from every glass ($5 for every bottle) of champagne will go to the cause.

Contest prize: Chocolate fondue and champagne in 900 West Lounge, valued at $150.

Eiffel Tower during Earth Hour
Eiffel Tower, Paris – Earth Hour 2008. Photo credit: Earth Hour Global on Flickr

Here’s how you can enter to win one of these two Fairmont Earth Hour prizes:

  • Leave a comment on this post about Earth Hour – How have you participated in the past or how would you participate in general? (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter – copy/paste (1 entry)
  • I entered to win 1 of 2 $150 @EarthHour dining packages from @FairmontHotels & @Miss604

    I will draw two winners at random from all entries on Tuesday, March 22nd at 9:00am. Gift certificates for each experience are to be used on Saturday March 26th, 2011 for Earth Hour at either the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Fairmont Waterfront downtown. If a selected winner cannot attend on the 26th, a new winner will be drawn.

    Follow Earth Hour on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, the official blog, and YouTube.

    Update The winner of the Fairmont Waterfront gift certificate is “au” and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver gift certificate goes to @louisemlynch.

    Current contests on


    1. Sarah says:

      This year, I’ll be participating in Earth Hour by getting together with a number of other students to dine in the dark.

    2. Paul says:

      I haven’t participated in this yet but we will this year!

    3. Kelly says:

      A few years back, we played Mafia with candlelight. Spooky and fun!

    4. tania says:

      Last year we played card games as a family by candlelight.

    5. rino says:

      We dined out at a restaurant in Yaletown. The lights were out and candles were everywhere.

    6. Tyler says:

      Last year I think we turned off all electronics (unplugged them from the walls too) and turn out the lights.

      I wanted to head up to Cypress Lookout and take a photo of Vancouver, if the weather is nice, I’ll try it this time too

    7. Vanessa says:

      I have participated before with my family.

    8. Mariella says:

      last year we had dinner in candlelight. very romantic!!

    9. Laurel says:

      I was cleaning my parents home while they were out of town and turned all the lights off (save one, for visiblity in that room) as well as all the other electronics (TV/radio, etc). Their home has a view of the Lions Gate Bridge, and it was cool look over Vancouver and see the lights of the bridge turned completely off for Earth Hour.

    10. Alicia says:

      Bubble bath by candlelight!

    11. Erica says:

      I played scrabble by candlelight with the in laws!

    12. Tracey Flattes says:

      We always turn out the lights and have a “flashlight” picnic. The kid loves it!

    13. Sascha says:

      It’s always cozier to be at home with all the lights off and to read with candles on.

    14. Jessica says:

      For the past two years, I have turned all the lights and electronics off, and just sat in the dark with my boyfriend having a nice conversation, free of distractions. This year, I think we might do a really special candlelit dinner at home!

    15. Robin says:

      I always try to turn off unneccessary lights, but the promo around Earth Hour reminds me of other things I can do like unplug chargers and appliances not being used. I love the idea of a candle-lit dinner this year.

    16. Sandra Ho says:

      Typically turn all electrical appliances and lights off. We play board games or go up to Burnaby mountain to get a view of Vancouver. Going to do some thing different this year, not sure what yet! So excited for earth hour this year!

    17. Brenda says:

      We turn off everything and usually just hang out at home for an hour. The time goes by real fast.

    18. David Darling says:

      I haven’t participated in the past but would love to this year!

    19. stephanie says:

      Would love to go to this.

    20. Dilara says:

      My husband and I usually have a romantic candlelit dinner at home. One year we went out to a participation restaurant and dined there.

    21. Gina says:

      My whole family is going to participate in this event by turning off lights and everything. Then we’ll light up few candles, drink hot chocolates and just have a very nice family time.

    22. Saranna says:

      I try and participate every year. I won’t be home on Sat March 26 – but will try and participate at another time. Candles are an excellent way to make a nice relaxing mood at home.

    23. maria says:

      Last year i participated for a dine in the dark.

    24. valerie says:

      I always do the candles-at-home thing for Earth Hour.

    25. Mavis Dixon says:

      We often have a candlelit dinner with the kids…. and keep the light, computer and all electronics off through until the next day.

    26. Lori says:

      I participate every year.

    27. lav says:

      i haven’t participated before, but I will by having computer and tv free time!

    28. darcy says:

      We turn all the lights off and enjoy whatever we are doing by candle light.

    29. Elizabeth says:

      I have only ever participated from home, and it’s been a lot of fun. Looking over to downtown and the North Shore from the West Side of Vancouver and seeing so many lights turn off at the same time, and remain off for an hour, is incredible. I’d love to experience one of these dining packages!

    30. Natalie M says:

      I love Earth Hour! I think it should be a monthly event! Great excuse to relax and enjoy the moment.

    31. lindzwillson says:

      last year we had a couple glasses of wine by candlelight!

    32. Oana says:

      Candlelight dinner, all the way!

    33. LisaB says:

      I love being home and unplugging everything and just having a quiet hour to chat or read by candle…. though I’m always sad at the sight of so many lights on in the buildings around me (West Enders need to participate more!).

    34. Robyn Smith says:

      I think Earth Hour is awesome! I have never been out to one of the restaurants that participate before, but think it is great that they do!

    35. nocal says:

      Good One.

    36. Pooya says:

      Havent heared of earth hour before. But i will participate this year

    37. Grace says:

      Haven’t participated in the past, but will be breaking out the candles this year!

    38. Randy says:

      Earth Hour is a good habit to have. To the simplier things in life that can help to make our world a whole lot better.

    39. Piotr says:

      In past years we not only turned off all of our lights, but also went around the house and unplugged any unnecessary items.

    40. Scott says:

      This is the first I’ve heard of Earth hour, maybe i’ll try it.

    41. Marga says:

      I would love to experience the Fairmont in the dark!

    42. Jennifer says:

      My method of observing Earth Hour is to go to bed early! ๐Ÿ™‚

    43. Rabbie says:

      Last year my roommate and I had some friends over for wine by candlelight. We had the lights off all evening since dim lighting was just so flattering! Pemberton ended up being one of the communities for which Earth Hour had the biggest impact in reducing energy consumption.

    44. Joyce says:

      Turn off the light, perhaps light a candle to make it more romantic?

    45. chrissy says:

      stayed outside and took in what natural light was left!

    46. Kevin Baggs says:

      Dinner by candle light is always our tradition.

    47. alana park says:

      We as a family turn off the ipod’s tv’s & computer for a 24 hour period…

    48. Julie says:

      Settlers of Catan by candlelight!!

    49. missdanimartini says:

      I support this initiative every year, no matter where in the world I am, it’s restful to the soul to have a moment to just chill and reflect on our planet. I notice which companies do the same and give them my business.

    50. matt says:

      I’ve always forgotten and missed it in the past. I will be participating this year.

    51. Shauna says:

      I want my children and grandchildren to have a future that includes the option of turning off lights. I think it is up to all of us to leave this world in better condition than we found it, so don’t just do this one day out of the year, do it one day out of every week! Candlelight makes us all glow!

    52. Kerri Sullivan says:

      Last year we played a family board game by candlelight, it took my brother away from the video games and we all had a fantastic time.

    53. Teresa says:

      I participate by turning off lights.

    54. kristy says:

      I heart the earth by unplugging my phone charger when not in use.

    55. brent bowker says:

      Acoustic music at Bridgehead coffee in Ottawa!

    56. Katie says:

      I’m looking forward to dining by candlelight

    57. phy says:

      Chatting w/ loved ones by candlelight w/o distractions

    58. Iain says:

      Stroll the neighbourhood and rediscover the constellations.

    59. Linda says:

      Haven’t participated before. Caught the tail end of the Earth hour conversation last year and thought… only if I’d known earlier. So this year I’m looking forward to my first. Thoughts of candlelight dinner for sure…will think of a fun game and ask family or friends to join us.

    60. Jas says:

      Read a book by candle-light ๐Ÿ™‚

    61. Melissa E. says:

      Candlelight is our Earth hour tradition!!!

    62. DeeAnn says:

      Turn out all the lights, light some candles, have a bath, and drink some wine!

    63. Leane says:

      Turing out the lights and all of the power sources… like the computer!

    64. Michelle.M says:

      I have been doing a candlelight dinner at my place with my kidsรฃโ‚ฌโ€š
      This year, I maybe going to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver???

    65. Gerald says:

      Last year I read a book by candlelight for an hour. It sure made me appreciate electricity!

    66. A.J. says:

      It’s a little shocking at how tied our lives have become to electronic. So for earth hour I try to get a little old school and do a bit of reading by candlelight. Amazing stuff if you manage to find a perfectly silent place to do it!

    67. Rebecca says:

      I haven’t participated before, but will try to do some candlelight activities this year.

    68. Brenda says:

      I usually just turn off all the lights and sit around and chat with friends!

    69. Abigail says:

      For the past 2 years I have participated. I was managing a restaurant, and although it was busy, most of the team was great helping to get tons and tons of candles out. Guests loved it as well!

      This year, If I’m not the winner of one of the contests I will either read or play a board game by candle light.

    70. Andrew C. says:

      Read a book by wind up flashlight

    71. Linda says:

      i turn off all my mobile devices and the tv and just spend the night laying in my room w/ a good book and a flashlight

    72. Brian says:

      we burn candles every year and turn off all electricity… this year, i’ll be going to a bike powered music concert!

    73. Brenda says:

      I turn off all lights and unused electronic devices.

    74. Christine says:

      I’ve participated in the past in Toronto from the top of the CN Tower.

    75. Cliff says:

      Watch TV in the dark

    76. Areta says:

      Dine in the dark!

    77. sue says:

      I’ll be reading bedtime stories by candle light , should be very effective ๐Ÿ˜‰

    78. ruby says:

      we normally turn off all the lights and enjoy some great conversation but this year i think dinner by candlelight sounds fun.

    79. JA says:

      We have participated for the past few years. We turn off all the lights, have some candles going and play board games!

    80. Jen says:

      We spend the time at home with candles and cuddle up on the couch. If the weather is not too bad, we also walk around our neighbourhood and see if others are participating too ๐Ÿ™‚

    81. John says:

      I turn off as much light and electronic devices during earth hour =)

    82. Lisa says:

      Our family participates each year by turning off the lights, computer and TV and sit in the living room and tell stories by candlelight.

    83. Jax says:

      I am in! This is a fun event.

    84. melissa says:

      I turn off all the power in our house and we (my husband and two kids ages 4 and 2) eat dinner by candle-light and play shadow puppets. They LOVE it!!

    85. alex says:

      Turn off the lights and watch ‘2 and a half men’

    86. Jaclyn says:

      Nothing better than turning off the lights, gadgets, iPods, and stero followed by passing my guitar around the room with a small group of friends. Simple pleasures.

    87. Brad says:

      I’m new to participating this year!

    88. Lynda says:

      We will turn off everything including computer and fill the house with candlelight!

    89. Paul says:

      Have never participated,but it is now time to

    90. Marianne says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever officially participated in Earth Hour before, but I would definitely shut down the computer, tv, cell phone, and anything else not necessary, light a candle, and read a book for awhile. It’s great to get to unplug like that!

    91. Vanessa says:

      Earth hour has been a great way to raise awareness about energy conservation – I’m looking forward to participating again this year. Thanks for the heads up!

    92. Ann says:

      I haven’t really participated before, but I will participate this year by lighting our wood burning fireplace and having some wine in front of it with my partner ๐Ÿ™‚ and cell phone’s off!

    93. Aileen R says:

      Last year we had a BBQ with friends in the backyard. Great fun, tons of laughter.

    94. Carol says:

      I am going to participate by dining in the dark.

    95. Jim says:

      I am going to turn off all the lights and just enjoy and evening in front of the fireplace chatting with friends.

    96. Jodi says:

      In previous years, I turned off everything I could and lit candles for the hour.

    97. ming says:

      In past years, I turned off all the lights, unplugged the laptop, and watched a movie on the laptop. This year, weather permitting, I think I’ll make a bowl of soup and sandwich, and eat it in the park across the street during Earth Hour.

    98. Scratchy says:

      Last year, I turned off the lights, went for a walk to see a less lit up downtown vancouver. Stopped at The Keg for a drink by candle light

    99. Ennie says:

      We played board games in the candle light.

    100. Tooth Fairy says:

      We will just be keeping cosey, in our “Home Sweet Home” with candles lit and a roaring fire! As children we loved to built forts with chairs and blankets indoors and bring out flashlights during “power outages”!

    101. Tracy says:

      went to a participating restaurant and had dinner there

    102. Ally says:

      turning off the lights and taking a nap! ๐Ÿ™‚

    103. Janet says:

      I took part in Earth Hour for the previous years by playing cards and board games with candle light!

    104. Dianne Chow says:

      I’m not home that much – does that count.

    105. Parker says:

      Its always been a great reason to go for a walk with a hot tea through the neighbourhood, and I plan to do the same this year!

    106. Manuel says:

      I will probably just hang out with my wife, maybe go for an evening stroll with the dog.

    107. Neville says:

      One year I change all my light bulbs to CFL’s!

    108. Erin says:

      For Earth hour, my husband and I turn off all the lights and read by candle light!

    109. Richard says:

      I’ll be sure to turn off ALL the lights and unplug any non-use appliance and electronics.

    110. Heather says:

      Participated with my students while teaching in Korea last year! They even had to turn off their cell phones!

    111. Debbie says:

      we always participate by turning off all the lights, and the TV. We use the time to have a glass of wine by candlelight. So romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

    112. Kathy says:

      Yes, I have participated in the past. I went to Oru last year for a candlelight dinner. It made for a memorable, intimate meal. More businesses & restaurants should participate in Earth Hour.

    113. Perry McCulloch says:

      I will get the family to play a candlelit scrabble game from 8:30 to 9:30. Earlier if we have to go to the Fairmont.

    114. Mark says:

      Turn off the lights, encourage my family to do likewise!

    115. Gayle Harris says:

      I haven’t participated in the past but I do try to be pretty vigilant about turning off the lights! I like the idea of celebrating with candelight Scrabble!

    116. Tom says:

      Candlelight dinner at home

    117. Ian says:

      Ive participated by helping organizing the first Earth Hour here in Vancouver when I was in grade 12 and part of the WWF!!

    118. Grace says:

      We turned off all our lights in the house for the whole night and day

    119. Steven says:

      By taking public transportation and walking!

    120. Duncan says:

      Last year we turned off the lights, turned down the heat, and played charades by candlelight.

    121. Lori says:

      Stay offline!

    122. Liam says:

      Abigails Party!!!

    123. Meghan says:

      Last year we cuddled up on the couch!

    124. au says:

      In general, you need to participate. It’s not that hard to turn off our lights, computers, and other equipments not only for an hour but especially when not in use. Each of us will make a huge difference if we choose to do so. I’m doing it for always, why not do it too!

    125. Jeanie says:

      Play board games instead of surfing the internet.

    126. Jenny says:

      I love Earth Hour because I am a treehugger and I love darkness.. so I just lighting candles and playing some music and relaxing.

    127. Liz says:

      I’ve participated in Earth Hour in the past by having a nice candlelit evening at home. I expect to do the same this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    128. Dennis L. says:

      My wife always makes us a nice candle lit dinner and we enjoy each other’s company over wine afterwards.

    129. Ivy says:

      I always celebrate earth hour by candlelight just as everyone does but this year i will be reflecting of how lucky we are and will be thinking about Japan.

    130. Gazza says:

      candle light, wine, good food, and …

    131. Samir says:

      Board games by candlelight.

    132. Michelle Williamson says:

      Going to bed early with the one you love the most!

    133. Jennifer says:

      Eat by candlelight.

    134. Sherry says:

      Last year we turned out the lights, tv and other electric stuff, lit a ton of candles and read by candlight.

    135. JAK says:

      We will go out and walk around instead of having the power on at home

    136. Fawn says:

      I participate every year by turning the lights out and snoozing on the couch. (I seem to celebrate this every week…)

    137. photodreamz says:

      Would love to do something for my gf. This would be great.

    138. HeathDoi says:

      I have participated in the past just my turning out the lights and settling down with a good book! Some much needed time away from screens…

    139. Emma says:

      Dinner by candlelight this year!

    140. Danielle Scott says:

      Turned off all the lights in the house.

    141. Alissa says:

      Last year my sister and I played scrabble by candlelight for Earth hour! Too fun.

    142. Mary says:

      i haven’t participated before, but think it’ll be a night for good conversation

    143. Veronica says:

      We have a good chat and drink wine in candelight.

    144. Caitlin says:

      My boyfriend and I played cards and lit lots of candles

    145. Alysha Rohla says:

      Got together with all my girlfriends and had some wine and chats by candlelight ๐Ÿ™‚ .
      THIS year I’ll be going to Herons with the beau hopefully ๐Ÿ˜‰

    146. Wendy Jo says:

      I was in Las Vegas for Earth Hour; staring out the window of our hotel room watching as they turned off the lights on The Strip. Seeing Vegas no longer lit up was fascinating! It looked so… ‘normal.’ Compared to the amount of energy they use daily, it was a small savings — but isn’t it true that every “journey of a thousand miles begins with a sinle step.” – Confucius.

    147. Jenn K says:

      Read by candlelight!

    148. Colin McKenna says:

      A few years ago, my partner and I recognized Earth Hour for the first time, (in its 2nd year). It was amazing to watch downtown Vancouver start to go dark at 8:30, including Harbour Centre which we can see from our window. The best part was watching our neighbours. As we turned of our lights and lit candles, we could see others looking out their windows to see if anyone else was doing the same. It became a bit of a game, with those of us sitting in the dark watching (and sometimes encouraging) others to do the same. It was a really remarkable experience.

    149. NicholasPr says:

      While I have not participated in earth hour as such, This is what I do for mother earth. I have in a town house and for the past 3 or more years have not turned on the thermostat once. We use sweaters and occasionally an energy saver fireplace. Also turn off light and don’t needlessly use them. Also dim lights. Don’t have to be full on to see, read,watch TV etc…

    150. Laura says:

      Read a book in candlelight last year!

    151. Yvonne G says:

      I will be participating in Earth Hour. Every little bit makes a difference.

    152. Angela & Troy says:

      wow! My husband and I will incidentally be staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim that very weekend for our 10th anniversary! We’d love to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at Herons (just a short walk from where we’ll be)…and it would be lovely to win this gift certificate! But even if we aren’t chosen, we’ll still participate by turning off all electronics and lights in our room & enjoy the beautiful North Shore view ๐Ÿ™‚

    153. Vanessa says:

      Every year, I make sure all the lights are off in my house during Earth Hour, but on a daily basis, I only turn on necessary lights & don’t turn the heat on unless I really have to to preserve energy ๐Ÿ™‚

    154. Heather says:

      I participate every year! No TV, no lights – just candles, wine & conversation with my bf! Maybe a smooch or two too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    155. Helen says:

      I’m going to continue the tradition of having a candlelight dinner and playing some hide and seek with my little cousins.

    156. HEIDI says:

      Use candlelight for the evening.

    157. elizabeth says:

      back in Calgary, my husband and I spent a lovely evening reading by candlelight. Much to our chagrin, the city of Calgary actually had an increase in energy use during earth hour:( Happy to be in Vancouver for this Earth Hour!

    158. Bonnie says:

      It’s going to be Scrabble with wine and candlelight!

    159. Tiffany says:

      I’ve read by candlelight in the past.

    160. jaci says:

      Every year I try and get my work and friends and family to participate. We play board games by candle light if I’m home ๐Ÿ™‚

    161. Sharon says:

      I just turn off the lights!

    162. Sarah says:

      I always turn off the lights in my house, and work in the dark. ๐Ÿ™‚

    163. Ami says:

      I didn’t participate in the past..but for this year, i will turn of my electronics at earth hour. ๐Ÿ™‚

    164. anne marie says:

      I turned out the lights and looked for the stars.. local global thinking on this day..

    165. Lyndsey says:

      We always disconnect from everything: electronics, turn all the lights off, turn the furnace off, light candles and play board games with a glass of wine and talk about how nice it is to unwind, in silence and good company!
      It’s becoming tradition, and every year, it ends up that we are having such a good time, we surpass the “one hour without power” thing by far.

    166. Julia says:

      Enjoying a nice dessert by candlelight

    167. Elaine says:

      Always enjoyed my birthday dinner by candlelight!

    168. Tracy Martin says:

      Last year we turned all the lights off and the lit candles that were reflected in the water and glass in Vancouver were so beautiful.

    169. Alice says:

      Turned off the lights last year and read a book in the candlelight.

    170. NN says:

      Last year I celebrated Earth Hour at a friend’s place. She had a candle lit party.

    171. Adam says:

      reading by candlelight

    172. Ali says:

      Haven’t participated! But I will this year

    173. Maktaaq says:

      I turned off the lights, too. But I’ve been trying to be good for a couple of years now and turning off any lights I am not using and unplugging electronics when I can. (Can’t get to the microwave plug, though.)

    174. ping says:

      never tried it.

    175. Glenda says:

      I would love to try this!

    176. Don Foran says:

      I have participated in Earth Hour the previous 2 years by turning off all power & electronic equipment (except for the Canucks game).

    177. Linda says:

      Enjoy “au natural” – – no electricity; candles are so romantic.

    178. ADAM says:

      Earth Hour is a neat concept and I try to be self sufficient and eat raw food and go for a walk at Jericho Beach.

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    180. Rafaela says:

      We’ll have a romantic candle light dinner at home ๐Ÿ™‚

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