This is how you can spend Valentine's Day happily without spending money!
The most romantic (or so it’s said) date of the year is just around the corner once again. Though, have you seen the price of that bouquet?!
We understand that the usual romantic dinners and dates out may be a tad over your budget, so we’ve compiled a list of ten things you could do in Singapore to make the day special - with your significant other, with friends and family or simply on your own!
Instead of heading to the cinema for their romantic love bundles (we know they have plenty), save some cash by organising your own movie sessions in the comfort of your own home. Make sure to bring the shades down and prepare some light bites so you can have a comforting few hours.
As much as Singapore is believed to be a concrete jungle, we do have some fantastic spots for picnics with a view. Try the famous UNESCO World Heritage site Botanic Gardens for a few hours in nature, or any of the quieter parks such as Labrador Park and Bukit Batok Nature Park to get away from the crowds.
The city skyline is utterly stunning, but most observation decks require payment to enter. Why not then try ION Orchard’s observation deck, ION Sky, up on its 55th floor, if you’ve spent $20 in the mall already? If not, the Esplanade Rooftop Terrace is free to enter, if not as high up.
Small gigs and concerts happen all the time if you know where to look. Arts hub Esplanade has free music events at their concourse or outdoor amphitheatre all the time, including on Valentine’s Day itself!
Near the end of the day, you can head to the beach side for a relaxing stroll as the sun sets. We recommend the Changi coastline, where you’ll be able to see the sun go down over the horizon at the westernmost point of the boardwalk.
Don’t rely on the digital - go for something more analogue this Valentine’s Day, such as busting out old board games. They’re great for passing time and conversation, as you won’t be having your eyes on your phone. Just a tip: Don’t pick Monopoly, it’s known to cause intense rivalry!
Creating something together is not only about the end product, but also the process. Maybe a cake for dessert, or a scrumptious meal? If you and your beau aren’t fantastic chefs, just a simple few dishes would make your meal extra special.
A quiet time perusing artworks can be pretty fun, and Singapore has quite a few you can stop by. One is the ION Art Gallery (yes, ION Orchard again!) on level 4, which has changing exhibitions every few months in its cosy corner. Another is, of course, the Singapore Art Museum, which houses a huge variety of contemporary paintings and sculptures.
Did you know there are eight museums in Singapore with free entry for citizens and Permanent Residents? Under the National Heritage Board, hop from place to place including the National Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Reflections at Bukit Chandu and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Simply flash your proof of identity to enjoy!
The older estates in Singapore are rich with culture and their own colourful past. As such, taking a stroll down one of them to learn more (or simply enjoy the buildings of days past) could wind up being an informative (and Insta-worthy) time. Those neighbourhoods include Tiong Bahru and Toa Payoh!
Now that you know Valentine's Day won't be burning a hole in your pocket, go all out and enjoy yourself!
(Image Credit/s: Awesome Memories Photography, Quora, ION Orchard, Esplanade, UnTourist Singapore, Club 31 Women, India.com, ArtHop, Visit Singapore)
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