A Valentine’s Day Survival Guide
Valentine’s Day simply isn’t for everyone, even the most hopeless romantic could cringe at the crass commercialization of love.
However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t somehow survive, or even enjoy it. Whether you’re single, coupled, or somewhere in between, it’s all about how you celebrate love in all its glorious forms.
For the Friends
Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for lovey dovey couples in matching outfit, it’s also a day when friends come together and enjoy a day of catching up and spontaneity.
Sing Your Heart Out at a Karaoke
If you or dear friend can’t run away from reminders of a relationship-that-could-have-been, instead of pretending that it’s all okay, head to the nearest Karaoke place and unabashedly belt out songs of love and loss. Cry if you want to, and open a bottle of whiskey or let honey lemon tea be your balm of the night.
Wine and Dine
The fancy restaurants are all probably fully booked by couples and the Valentine’s day menu sounds too much of a rip-off. What do you do?
Wine and dine in style at home! Who says family and friends can’t have a candlelit dinner with soft jazz in the background? A weekday potluck dinner party is a great way to punctuate the work-week with love and celebration.
For the Couples
Dinner Date with a Twist
Either impress your date with a home-cooked dinner, or have a dinner date out with a twist. For some reason, Valentine’s Day dinner seems to be the domain of restaurants serving classy European cuisine. Step out of the trap give your senses a surprise. Mexican? Caribbean? Russian? Peruvian? You may just find your new date night place.
If you’d rather stick to the tried and tested, check out these places and take advantage of great credit card deals.
Create your Staycation at Home
Staycations are a popular choice for time-starved Singaporeans who want a break but just can’t afford the time to hop on a flight. Create your very own romantic and luxurious staycation in the comfort of your own home.
Tidy up, spruce up the sofa with new cushion covers and sofa throws, get mood lighting and replace the rug. You can even put up a giant hammock to get cozy and surprise your lucky other half with your effort and creativity.
Go for your First Dance Class
Tango, salsa, waltz and kizomba are calling. Get in touch with yourselves and with your partner through dance and feel the chemistry and the sizzling heat. Get rid of your fears of having two left feet and lose yourself in the music with your partner. Need some inspiration? Watch Dirty Dancing.
You can even make it a yearly ritual to make Valentine’s Day a day to try something new as a couple.
For the Singles Who Relish Being Alone
Forget about a partner, or even friends. Date yourself this Valentine’s Day! Book yourself a two-hour massage session, a facial, or a complete hair makeover. Stop procrastinating and finally head to the yoga or Pilates class that you’ve always wanted to try.
Make sure you head off work early, especially if you have a long bath and precious reading time ahead of you. Whatever it is that makes you feel good, indulge and do it for yourself today.
Go for a Long, Long Walk
Nothing clears your head and heart than a really good and long walk. There are plenty of options to choose from in Singapore, thanks to the beautiful park connectors islandwide. The Punggol Waterway Park is great for sunsets. You’ll likely bump into smooching couples. Wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day instead of scurrying away.
For Those Who Want to Spread the Love
Expand your circle of love to include the community. Regardless of your relationship status, bask in joy and warmth when you lend a helping hand. Look out for volunteer opportunities in your own community and neighborhood, or even initiate your own for the day!
You don’t even have to be part of an organization to do good on Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is to observe your environment and you’ll see plenty of opportunities to help, whether it’s elderly folk who need help walking or someone struggling with too many bags.
If you want to do more and start volunteering regularly, sign up with an organization that fits your interests. There are many NGOs in Singapore that could do with more helping hands. Check out SG Cares, a portal that helps you search for an organization.
Whether you’re going solo or happily coupled, have a lovely Valentine’s Day!