13 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day for under $100

Would you believe some are even free?

Fancy a cheap date?
Fancy a cheap date?
06 Feb 2019

Fancy a cheap date?

You don’t have to break the bank to have a good time on Valentine’s Day. In fact, there’s quite a number of things you and your S.O. can do for under $100 that are equal parts thrilling and fulfilling. Pick from any of these 13 date night ideas. You can thank us later!

Experience i Light Singapore
Experience i Light Singapore
06 Feb 2019

Experience i Light Singapore

Your nights this month are gonna be lit with the biggest edition of i Light happening this year. Held in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial, the free festival now on till February 24 will feature 33 light installations in four zones: Marina Bay, Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning Park.

Aside from art installations, there are also walking tours, movie screenings, live music, roving performers, a sustainable flea market, food festival and the always exciting, Marina Bay Carnival. Yoga lovers: Do attend a one-night-only Mass Yoga event on Feb 15, 7pm, free at The Lawn @ Marina Bay.

And if that’s not enough, there’s also a Silent Disco held every weekend from 9pm – 1am, at the ArtScience Museum. Three DJs will be spinning simultaneously and party-goers will be able to flick between the different channels on their individual headsets. Tickets at $30 person inclusive of 1 standard drink.

Take The Little Prince tour … blindfolded
Take The Little Prince tour … blindfolded
06 Feb 2019

Take The Little Prince tour … blindfolded

If you have 15 minutes to kill, head to Singapore Philatelic Museum on Feb 16 to explore unique glow-in-the-dark sculptures of The Little Prince In The Dark Collection. They were created by French artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga, and will be on display in a customised dark room with low-powered UV LED lights, where you will be led blindfolded by visually-impaired guides. How fun! The tour is free and you can join any of these slots: 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.00pm & 4.30pm

Catch the Chingay Parade
Catch the Chingay Parade
06 Feb 2019

Catch the Chingay Parade

You have to set aside some time to catch the Chingay Parade on Feb 15 and 16 at F1 Pit Building. This year, it celebrates a special Bicentennial Edition entitled Dreams Funtasia.

Be enthralled by a kaleidoscope of floats, cultural communities, including cheerleaders, unicyclists, gymnasts, stilt walkers and freestyle lions on high poles plus a 49m LED balloon dragon. Get ready to be blown away as riders on different vehicles – Go-Karts, Harleys, vintage rides and Vespa sidecars – take to the streets in a convoy. Tickets to Chingay range between $28.50 - $50 per person.

Don’t forget to check out the Chingay Carnival from Feb 15 – 17, 3pm – 10pm, at the open space behind the Singapore Flyer. The area transforms into a whimsical Chingay wonderland of various zones offering family-friendly activities, Insta-worthy art installations, exclusive Chingay merchandise, delicious nosh and a movie under the stars (Feb 17).

Photo: Passion Chingay Club

Meet A-list celebs at a Captain Marvel fan event
Meet A-list celebs at a Captain Marvel fan event
06 Feb 2019

Meet A-list celebs at a Captain Marvel fan event

Whether you’re a huge Marvel fan or just want to meet the cast of up-coming Captain Marvel – Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Gemma Chan (Minn-Erva) – here’s your chance. There’s an exclusive fan event on Feb 14, 7pm at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event is free, but due to venue capacity limitations, you have to register in advance and in person on Feb 10 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level B2, Hall F for a non-transferable ticket. We trust the trouble will be worth it!

Watch a Gold Class movie
Watch a Gold Class movie
06 Feb 2019

Watch a Gold Class movie

Luxuriate in first-class comfort at Golden Village Gold Class cinemas where you can catch a flick on cushy Nappa leather-clad recliners with provided blankets. You can choose to dine-in and savour a delish Western dinner in the dedicated lounge, or have it served right to you in the cinema at the mere push of a button. Prices for a movie ticket range between $29 (weekdays) to $42 (weekends) per person.

Photo: Darren Bloggie

Play a game of modern mini golf
Play a game of modern mini golf
06 Feb 2019

Play a game of modern mini golf

We’re not sure if being inebriated may give you mad putting skills, but this newly-opened mini golf bar seems to think so.

For the couple who enjoys an alcohol-laden night out, head to Holey Moley at Clarke Quay (formerly Shanghai Dolly) where you can test your hand-eye coordination skills while intoxicated at 27 Insta-worthy putting zones. We’re talking Alice in Wonderland, Jaws, Back to the Future, Game of Thrones, ET, The Simpsons, and more. There’s also an upside down hawker centre, Pac Man room, and a Lego Marina Bay Sands with a Godzilla to boot!

If you get a little peckish, there’s a menu of generously-sized bar bites like salads, pizzas, burgers and hotdogs, plus wacky cocktail creations that are too pretty to drink. To end the perfectly insane night … live music by DJs spinning the decks. Putting prices range between $20 to $50 per person (party packages charged differently).

PHOTO: 8 DAYS

Immerse yourself with art
Immerse yourself with art
06 Feb 2019

Immerse yourself with art

Singapore Art Museum will be closed at the end of Feb for a major revamp. So before we bid a temporary goodbye, SAM will be opening its doors to the public for free on Feb 16 and 17 to celebrate all things art.

Enjoy multimedia, immersive and Insta-worthy activities on every level, plus homegrown band performances and DJ sets after sunset. There’s also a pop-up bistro opened daily from 11am – 10pm at 8Q Plaza by The Local People, serving yummy nosh and refreshing beverages.

PHOTO: The Local People

Have a laugh with Kumar
Have a laugh with Kumar
06 Feb 2019

Have a laugh with Kumar

Book a date this month to catch Singapore’s iconic drag queen comedian, Kumar, who will entertain you with side-splitting material on everything from politics to sexuality. Head to Canvas at The Riverwalk for his one-hour set. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm with one intermission. Strictly for those 18 years and above. Tickets range between $25 and $290.

Try out a cooking class
Try out a cooking class
06 Feb 2019

Try out a cooking class

Instead of dining out, how about whipping up a meal for each other in a cooking class? ABC Cooking Studio at Westgate teaches the Japanese art of making traditional wagashi, bread, cakes and savoury dishes, and more. Classes are kept intimate in a spacious, zen-like environment and you have the option of enrolling yourselves in a trial lesson at $35 per person, or basic or master four-month courses.

Get a “shiok” foot massage
Get a “shiok” foot massage
06 Feb 2019

Get a “shiok” foot massage

Voted one of the top spas by various bloggers and websites, Feet Haven offers foot reflexology and various body massages (including gua sha and cupping) for the well-heeled crowd. Try the signature treatment Shiok Feet Reflexology ($42 for 60min). Currently it’s offering a special on its relaxing Body Massage at just $50 for 60min (U.P. $68). Good things must share!

Photo: Evil Bean

Do partner yoga
Do partner yoga
06 Feb 2019

Do partner yoga

We all could use a person to literally push us further into that yoga pose to stretch out those hardened muscles. Well, here’s a Hatha class that requires lots of buddy work. Discover some unusual poses that test your stamina, and work certain acupressure points to relieve stiff back and shoulders. We guarantee you come out feeling more bonded as a couple! This one-off session is held on Feb 16, 2-3pm at Yoga Point Singapore at $15 per person. Get your tickets here.

Enjoy a 2-for-1 deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice creams
Enjoy a 2-for-1 deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice creams
12 Feb 2019

Enjoy a 2-for-1 deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice creams

In The Name of Peace, Love & Ice Cream (that’s the promotion name), Ben & Jerry’s is spreading the love on Valentine's Day with a 2-for-1 deal on all of its ice-cream flavours. Create the perfect combination of flavours together to make your date night a sweet one!

Attend a love talk
Attend a love talk
06 Feb 2019

Attend a love talk

Find out the true meaning of love, so the next time your other half asks “why do you love me?” you’ll have the answer! This secular session on Feb 14, 7pm at Tai Pei Buddhist Centre will be conducted by Ajahn Brahm, a British monk who graduated from Cambridge University in Theoretical Physics, and bestselling author of many self-help books. Tickets to ‘What does it mean to love someone?’ are priced at $10 per person.

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