BEST VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION IDEAS- THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Love is in the air…!!!

It’s the time of the year, when we want to pamper our beloved the most. On Valentine’s Day , couples plan something special to make the day a memorable one. Be it showering our Valentine with gifts or going for an intimate dinner date. A romantic gesture on Valentine’s Day, is all it takes to create a strong bond in a relationship.

Everyone wants to spring the best surprise on their loved one. And these days it’s not about how much it costs, but how unique is your idea! So, we have come up with a list of fun and romantic, yet out of the box ideas on how to best celebrate this day. And yes, we have kept your budget in mind too!

Valentine’s Day Special (Under $100):

  1. Knock them Down:

Pump up the jam with glowing lights, luminous balls and pins together with some disco music. Yes, we are talking about cosmic bowling! Orchid bowl outlets have created a glow in the dark atmosphere for you to get romantic with your Valentine’s date.

ten pin bowling

 

  1. Get in the Groove:

Dance the night away to spicy Latin American tunes with your Valentine. Book a session of Salsa and get into the sensuous mood on the beat of bongos.

Salsa dancing

 

  1. Ride into the Sunset:

If you are into outdoor activity, why not try a horseback ride on Valentine’s Day. Situated at Pasir Ris, long trail provides ample opportunity for a romantic talk amidst nature.

Horse riding

 

  1. Go Green:

Why not plan a romantic picnic amidst the lush greenery of Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic basket with a bottle of champagne, some cheese and crackers. Create a playlist with romantic songs and watch the starts lying on your picnic mat.

romantic picnic

 

  1. Celebrate Love by the Beach:

A breezy evening by the sea will add more romance to your dinner date. Celebrate your love by heading to S andBank. They have special 4-course meal for this Valentine’s Day, which includes oysters. And we all know, oysters are an aphrodisiac. For a perfect ending try or shall we say smear the chocolate paradise cake and lick it off each other.

Valentine’s dining

For Your Valentine (Between $100-$300):

 

  1. Dorn the Apron:

What can be better than cooking with your loved one by your side! This Valentine’s Day, Cori ander Leaf offers a 7-course cooking class. So, take this opportunity to enroll yourself for this class. As, they say “Couples who cook together stays together”.

 

  1. Scent of Attraction:

We all know there is a strong connection between scent and sexual attraction. So this Valentine’s Day created a special perfume unique for each other. At  Jetaime Perfumery, couples will be asked few questions. Then they will create an exclusive fragrance for you and your loved one. Each couple will get around 210 ml of their own personal fragrance with your own unique formula!

 

  1. Paint your Love:

If you like working with you”h ands” then why not showcase your artistic side on a canvas. Tea lounge Arteastiq offers this therapeutic experience while savouring a variety of teas . Bring out the inner Picasso out from you while sipping on some gourmet tea with your loved one. It is a quiet activity for couple looking to spend some quality time together.

 

  1. Dine with a View:

Take your loved one for a 5 course meal at 1919 WaterboatHouse. Soak into the panoramic view of MBS and the surrounding Heritage buildings. End the dinner date with Valentine’s Day special with a delicately plated Mon Cheri – a luxurious chocolate ganache served on a bed of Italian zabaglione and topped with caramelised banana, liquid passion fruit, and c andied ginger.

 

  1. Hire a Private Chef:

In the comforts of your own home, enjoy a private dinner for you and your loved one. So, hire a private chef this Valentine’s Day. Let the chef prepare dinner for you two, while you can gaze into each other’s eyes or simply enjoy a romantic movie at home. Club Vivre offers ample options from various cuisines for a 3-course meal. Depending on your favourite food, you can select your menu.

Indulge with your Valentine (Price No Bar):

  1. The Ultimate Relaxation:

Pamper you and your loved one at the six-times Forbes Five-Star Auriga Spa, Capella. Enjoy a rose scrub body massage, a romantic c andle-lit bath followed by cocktails at Bob’s Bar. Also, the packages offer an afternoon’s tea at Chef’s Table.

 

  1. Wind beneath your Wings:

One does not get to see the skyline of Singapore from helicopter every day. So, this Valentine’s Day book 30 min rides for you and your loved one. You will fly above the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, CBD, Northern coastline, Southern Isl ands and much more, while the pilot gives you a live commentary via the stereo headsets.

 

  1. Top of the World:

Surprise your loved one by taking them to a sky-high dinning experience at the Equinox. Indulge into the five or six course dinner the restaurant offers. End the dinner with on a sweet note by savouring Elderflower Jelly with Peach Ice. You will also take home a box of pralines.

dine on top of world

 

  1. Romance by the Bay:

Pamper your loved one by a luxurious stay at the Fullerton Hotel. The room will have rose petals strewn across the bed and bubble bath for the tub. There will be a complimentary bottle of wine or sparkling juice to get the romance flowing. This offer also includes – an intimate in-room 4-course meal just for the two of you. Next morning, linger over a complimentary breakfast for two at Town restaurant for the perfect finish to your lovely little celebration.

 

  1. Eat-Swim-Drink-Repeat:

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city enjoy a luxurious stay at the W Hotels, Sentosa Cove. This Valentine’s Day the hotel offers an exclusive glamping option for just 8 couples. Enjoy the night by gazing into the stars with a meal prepared by the hotel’s chef. You can go for a dip at the iconic WET pool or go for a long romantic walk along the cove. Don’t miss enjoying some Instagram worthy cocktails at the Woo Bar.

Additionally…

  1. Why not kick start the day and pamper your loved one with a chauffeur driven limousine pickup to your favourite Valentine’s day spot. You can throw in a surprise with sparkling champagne and a bouquet of red roses to make Valentine’s Day truly memorable.

 

  1. You can also go for a movie night at Screening Room. The place is screening some romantic movies at their boutique theatre. So, cuddle with your loved one and enjoy an evening of romance.

 

Hope these suggestions help you add sparkle (without breaking your bank) to your Valentine’s Day celebrations . Do share, if you tried any of our ideas or if you have some interesting suggestions of your own, in the comment section below.

 

Author Bio:

Author Gauri

Gaurangi Verma is a freelance Content Writer residing in Singapore with her husb and. She is an avid reader and a Netflix junkie. Originally from Dehradun, India, she misses the cool and breezy mornings of her home-town.

10 STRANGEST VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

valentines-day

Celebration of Love

Valentine’s Day as we all know, is celebrated on the 14th of February around the world. Romanticism in movies and marketing promotions by leading global br ands have made it an integral part of our life. And celebrations start from a week before the D day.

Today, Valentine’s Day is multi-billion dollar industry. Just on this day, over 1 billion cards are purchased. Making it, the second largest card-sending day after Christmas.

valentine's day card

February the “month of celebration of love”……

There are many legendary stories related to this day. One belief is, it began in ancient Rome, where Emperor Claudius felt that single men will become better soldiers. As they will not have any distraction from their wife and children. So, he prohibited men from marrying, but Saint Valentine continued to perform marriage ceremonies for lovers in secret. But when Claudius discovered this, he immediately ordered his execution. Thus, Saint Valentine was martyred.

Valentine’s Day today is celebrated with much gusto, where couples spend hundreds, even thous ands of dollars on dinning out, giving flowers and gifts or even taking short holidays overseas to show how much they love each other!

But not everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day in the same way. So, let’s look at 10 strangest Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world.

 

  1. South Korea

In South Korea, people celebrate Valentine’s day month i.e. on 14th February then 14th March and on 14th April. The difference is that on 14th February women give gifts to their men. But on 14th March it’s the men who surprise women by giving them gifts. But on 14th April all the singles women and men mourn their lone status by eating a bowl of “jajangmyeon”, or black bean – paste noodles!!!

  1. China

Legendary story China

In China, there is a legendary story of Zhinu, daughter of heavenly king and Niulang, a poor cowherd. They both fell in love, got married and had twins. When the King came to know about this affair, he sends the Queen to bring Zhinu back. But Niulang and the children cried their hearts out on hearing this. So, the King allowed them to meet once a year on Qixi. Qixi is equivalent to Valentine’s Day in China. It falls on the seventh day on the seventh lunar calendar, each year. During Qixi, single women offer melons and other fruits to Zhinu, hoping to find a good husb and. Couples go to the temple to pray for happiness and prosperity.

  1. Philippines

mass-wedding Philippines

Philippines shares the same traditions as westerners on Valentine’s day like exchanging gifts and cards. But recently Filipinos have started getting married on 14th February. Mass weddings take place on Valentine’s day. Also, married couples choose to renew their vows on this day.

  1. Taiwan

People in Taiwan celebrate the festival of love twice a year i.e. on 14th February and 7th July. Giving flowers to your beloved is very important in Taiwan. Red roses are preferred over other flowers. Number of red roses given to your beloved are significant. For example, one red rose means “an only love”, while eleven roses mean “a favourite”. Larger the number of red roses, better it is. Ninety-nine roses mean “forever”, while one hundred and eight roses mean “Marry Me”.

  1. Denmark

    Gaekkebrev- Denmark

Danish people have started celebrating Valentine’s day recently, from 1990’s. They have twisted the traditional a little bit. Instead of giving fresh roses to their Valentine, instead, they give pressed white flower called snowdrop. Also, on Valentine’s day men give women “gaekkebrev”, a joking letter consist of funny rhyme or poem on intricately cut paper. Also, they sign the paper with some dots. If the woman is successful in guessing the sender of the letter, she receives an Easter egg later that year.

  1. France

France is considered as one of the most romantic countries in the world. On Valentine’s Day, men and women go to the houses that face each other. Then they call out to each other turn by turn, thus pairing themselves. If the man is not happy with his match, he can leave the woman for another one. All the unmatched women gather together and start a bonfire. In this, they throw photographs of the men who left them. Also, cursing and insulting them. This tradition became so popular and uncontrollable that French Government had to ban it.

  1.   Italy

Italy - walk with beloved

In ancient Italy, Valentine’s day was celebrated as Spring Festival. Young people gathered outside, enjoying poetry and music and then taking their beloved for a walk. In another tradition, single girls used to get up early before dawn and try to spot their future husb and. And the first man they see after waking up, should be the one they get married within a year. If that’s not possible then at least the future husb and should bear a resemblance to that person. Creepy!

  1. Wales

The Welsh people celebrate Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers on 25th January. The Welsh men carved patterns and symbols on a wooden spoon. These intricately designed spoons are given to the women they love. The patterns and symbols carved on these spoons bear a significance. Few examples are horseshoes, which st and for good luck; wheels, which symbolise support; and keys, which symbolise the keys to a man’s heart. Nowadays, these carved wooden spoons are also given as a gift on auspicious occasions like wedding, anniversary, and births.

  1. South Africa

South Africa - heart on sleeve

Like the Americans, people in South Africa exchanges cards and gifts on Valentine’s day. But in some part of the country, the women literary “wear their heart on the sleeve”. They write the name of their love interest in a heart shaped paper and pin it on the sleeves. This way the men come to know who their lover or secret admirer is.

  1. Brazil

Brazil Valentine’s Day

The Brazilians celebrate their own version of Valentine’s day on 12th June known as Dia dos Namorados”, or Lover’s Day. People usually exchange cards and gifts on this day. In addition to that, they also have dinner with their friends and relatives. In some parts of the country, the women perform “sympathies ritual. Hoping that Saint Anthony, a patron saint of marriage, will find them a husb and.

Last Words….

No matter which country or culture, message of Valentine’s day is to spread love.

So, tell us which Valentine’s day tradition you liked the most? And feel free to comment on your idea of celebrating Valentine’s day.

Author Bio:

Author Gauri

Gaurangi Verma  is a freelance Content Writer residing in Singapore with her husb and. She is an avid reader and a Netflix junkie. Originally from Dehradun, India, she misses the cool and breezy mornings of her home-town.