6 Unique Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Singapore

02 February 2016
<p>Love is in the air!</p>

Love is in the air!

Take your Valentine on one of these outside-of-the-chocolate-box dates.

 

1. Two Words: Personalised Perfume

Craft a custom fragrance with your sweetheart at Sifr Aromatics, a family-run perfumery on Arab Street. Expert Johari Kazura will help you design the perfect blend based on unique ingredients from around the globe such as bergamot, musk, and neroli. All of the products – even the packaging – focus on sustainability. By appointment only. Prices vary. (42 Arab St, www.sifr.sg)

 

2. Puttering Out is a Good Thing

For a traditional date with a Singaporean twist, reserve a spot at Lilliputt. Each of the 18 holes on this miniature golf course look like familiar Singapore landmarks: Changi Airport, MRT trains and even hawker centres! Continue your love fest with a stroll along East Coast Park and dine at one of Parkland Green’s al fresco restaurants ($19.20 per adult). Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 8 pm (902 East Coast Parkway, www.lilliputt.com)

 

3. Because Dirty Dancing 

Dancing is a great way to grow closer, literally. Try out Latin salsa at Two Left Feet’s Chinatown studio – choose from a scheduled class (from $35 for two hours) or book a private sesh ($130 for two people per hour). (5B Trengganu Street, www.two-leftfeet.com) 

 

4. Islands Await

Spend the day on one of Singapore’s scenic Southern islands: Kusu boasts Malay shrines, a Chinese temple, tortoises and beautiful beaches, while St. John’s has great trekking, swimming and fishing. Singapore Island Cruises runs ferries to both ($18 per two-way ticket). See the site for schedule. (#01-04 Marina South Pier, www.islandcruise.com.sg)

 

5. Stargazing is Free

Every Friday night beginning at 7:50 pm, view the night sky at the Singapore Observatory. Take turns peeking through powerful telescopes with members of the Science Centre on hand to answer questions and point out areas of interest. (50 Nanyang Ave, www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/Stargazing.aspx)

[Related: Find out how you can see five planets at the same time in Singapore here.]

 

6. Food is the Way to the Heart

Five-star restaurant with romantic views? Been there. Done that. Why not learn something new while you eat your way around Singapore’s iconic hawker centres? Food Tour Singapore does walking tours where guests can taste authentic dishes while stopping at landmarks and hearing stories about the culture and traditions of the local food scene ($75 per person). Consult the site for tour times; you must book in advance. (www.foodtoursingapore.com)

 

Did You Know?

qixi

Qixi Festival is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day. The celebration, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, originated with a tale of two lovers, separated by water and forbidden to be together. Once a year, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the pair. Today, it’s mostly celebrated like Western V-Day, though some single people allegedly still toss offerings (such as fruit) into the closest river or lake to bring them a true love. This year’s “double seventh” festival falls on August 9, 2016

 

Compiled by Kathleen Siddell, The Finder, February 2016

 

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