10 uniquely Singaporean ways to impress a girl

Teddy bears and roses? ZZZZ. How chili crab, Chinese dialects, and even durian can help you get the girl.

10 uniquely Singaporean ways to impress a girl
10 uniquely Singaporean ways to impress a girl
11 Mar 2015

10 uniquely Singaporean ways to impress a girl

Are you living in Singapore? Is there a girl you need to impress? Then you should take advantage of this country’s chili crab, kopi, and even durian to win her heart in the most patriotic way possible. A million guys have declared their love using flowers, teddy bears, and mix tapes. Chances are, the girl of your dreams has a few leftover from her boyfriends in secondary school. But what most guys forget is that doing something as simple as remembering to order extra chili with her fishball noodles can speak louder than any S$100 bouquet.

Need some ideas for your next gesture? Keep reading. 

1. Crack open her chili crab
1. Crack open her chili crab
11 Mar 2015

1. Crack open her chili crab

Some girls are pros at cracking their crabs and peeling their prawns. Others (like us) are so clumsy that the crab inevitably slips from our fingers and falls back into the waters where it came from. As time-consuming as it is, you should forgo your hunger to show her how it’s done. (Bonus points if you offer her the meatiest parts of your own). 

2. Book a hotel room in Marina Bay Sands just so that the two of you can access the infinity pool
2. Book a hotel room in Marina Bay Sands just so that the two of you can access the infinity pool
11 Mar 2015

2. Book a hotel room in Marina Bay Sands just so that the two of you can access the infinity pool

Everyone and their mother, father, and grandpa longs to swim in the world-famous pool at the top of MBS. But alas, it is only accessible to guests. What’s a guy to do when his girlfriend admits that she’s never been to one of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks? Why, you kiss your savings goodbye and book a room at the hotel just so she can use the guest pass. 

3. Travel from Tampines to Boon Lay on the weekend just to buy her Nasi Lemak
3. Travel from Tampines to Boon Lay on the weekend just to buy her Nasi Lemak
11 Mar 2015

3. Travel from Tampines to Boon Lay on the weekend just to buy her Nasi Lemak

Or from Outram Park to Choa Chu Kang. Or from Holland Village to Punggol. Show her you’re willing to go the extra mile (quite literally) just to give her something that she doesn’t have time to buy for herself. But if you want to level up even higher…

4. Drive to a plantation in Johor Bahru just to pick up her favourite durian
4. Drive to a plantation in Johor Bahru just to pick up her favourite durian
11 Mar 2015

4. Drive to a plantation in Johor Bahru just to pick up her favourite durian

Major, major, MAJOR points if you do this despite hating the King of Fruits. As proud as we are of our own durian eateries in Geylang, everyone knows that the juiciest, most fragrant specimens lie across the border in Johor Bahru. And unless you’re a durian connoisseur, you’ll likely have to spend at least an hour testing the fruits for ripeness and quizzing the durian uncle on how many hours it’s been since the fruit fell from the tree. The gesture might seem a bit “mah fahn,” but make the effort, and she’ll find the scent of your elusive durian even sweeter than the scent of a dozen roses. 

5. Remember how she takes her kopi
5. Remember how she takes her kopi
11 Mar 2015

5. Remember how she takes her kopi

Remembering someone’s Starbucks or McCafe order is a breeze compared to remembering how she takes her traditional coffee. It’s one thing to remember that she prefers flat whites over lattes (and to pretend that you know the difference). It’s another thing to remember that she takes a kopi siu dai at Ya Kun, a kopi siu-siu dai at Toast Box, and kopi gau when she needs to work overtime. Get her order right, and you’ll be one step closer to making each other coffee every morning for the rest of your lives. 

6. Queue at Krispy Kreme for two hours just to buy her and her family a box of donuts
6. Queue at Krispy Kreme for two hours just to buy her and her family a box of donuts
11 Mar 2015

6. Queue at Krispy Kreme for two hours just to buy her and her family a box of donuts

What, did you think we’d stop at “queue at Krispy Kreme for a girl”? To up your game, you’ve not only got to throw in the element of surprise, but you’ve got to charm the people around her. Don’t try TOO hard, though. If she asks why you bothered buying a dozen, when she only stomach one, tell her you wanted to give her a dozen options for flavours. Then encourage her to share the rest with her family. If you’re going to queue for that long, you might as well kill two birds with one stone by impressing her loved ones as well. 

7. Help her kill cockroaches in the middle of the night
7. Help her kill cockroaches in the middle of the night
11 Mar 2015

7. Help her kill cockroaches in the middle of the night

If a girl SMS-es you after 11 pm saying “HELP THERE’S A ROACH, COME OVER,” well, you should do what she tells you. You might as well be a knight on a white horse slaying a dragon. Not that the woman’s a damsel in distress – if anything, she likes you enough to let you act “manly” and rescue her. Otherwise, she’d simply sleep in another room (or call another friend). 

8. Let her use your cards during GSS so she can take advantage of the rewards
8. Let her use your cards during GSS so she can take advantage of the rewards
11 Mar 2015

8. Let her use your cards during GSS so she can take advantage of the rewards

Okay, maybe this is pushing it a little. The last thing you want is to start feeling like a sugar daddy. The point is, it’s pretty much expected of guys to accompany their girlfriends while shopping. But to do something a little extra – say, let her borrow the card that allows her to get an additional 15 per cent off her purchase – that shows willingness to go beyond what’s required. And what girl doesn’t appreciate that? (Make sure you put a ring on it if she actually offers to pay you back). 

9. Learn Hokkien just so you can converse with her parents
9. Learn Hokkien just so you can converse with her parents
11 Mar 2015

9. Learn Hokkien just so you can converse with her parents

Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Malay – name the language, and her parents might just name you their future son-in-law. Learning the girl’s language will show her family that you’re entering her world, not removing her from theirs. You’ll not only have the love of a good woman, but you’ll have an additional language under your belt. Now that’s what we call a win-win scenario. 

10. Book her a Suite ticket on Singapore Airlines
10. Book her a Suite ticket on Singapore Airlines
11 Mar 2015

10. Book her a Suite ticket on Singapore Airlines

Everyone wants to experience flying in those swanky A830 suites with the fold-out beds, Givenchy bedsheets, and gourmet dining. The only way you could top a gesture like this one is by getting down on one knee and proposing upon arriving at your destination. In which case, you win at love, at life, and at being a romantic in Singapore.

 

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