10 low-key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
Don't be a cliché
Let's be honest, Valentine's Day has a reputation that isn't always the coolest. We prodded our pals — both single and attached — and the responses aren't exactly favourable. While it's a known fact that single folk aren't the biggest fans of V-Day, some couples are also hesitant to display elaborate acts of affection on a day that's publicly dedicated to celebrating romance.
Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to go about celebrating the cheesy day without well, being cheesy. Below, peruse these ten suggestions if you're in the mood for love.
CHANNEL ARIANA GRANDA
V'Day might trigger some memories conceived on the romantic occasion. Why not call up all your exes and say thank you next?
GO TO IKEA
It's always exciting fantasising about the future together. Remember that adorable Ikea date that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel had in 500 Days of Summer? Renact that, and while you're at it, pick up something for your BTO that's still a work in progress.
MAKE GOOD USE OF THE KITCHEN
Skip the fancy eight-course dinner and the company of other couples, and eat in instead. To make the occasion extra special, whip up something delicious as a couple with the help of these recipes.
Instead of scrolling through a major spam of V-Day mush on your feeds, give yourselves the better option — deactivate your social media accounts for the day. Out of sight, out of mind. Plus, you'll both get some quality time together out of it.
You don't need to have problems before signing up for couples' therapy. Most experts believe that therapy can be an important part of your relationship; plus it could be a good opportunity to talk about your partner's hideous soccer jersey collection. #DealBreaker.
SWEAT IT OUT
The couple who works out together, stays together. Plan a quiet evening jog at the Singapore Botanical Gardens or try out a new class at the gym (we recommend signing up ClassPass). You'll get to burn some calories, have fun and be with each other. Triple-win.
NETFLIX AND REALLY CHILL
This might seem like a polarising choice, compared to the last point. But c'mon, lounging about in your jammies and embarking on a movie marathon together? Sounds about right.
GET FRISKY IN THE BEDROOM
We don't have to say it twice — get into your birthday suit, pop some of your finest champagne, put on some Marvin Gaye tunes, and get it on.
COMPETE AS A COUPLE
If you and your partner both thrive on a competitive spirit, then a trivia night is where you need to be. Pubs like Brewerkz Clarke Quay and Prince of Wales hold weekly quiz nights where you'll be schooled on topics like literature, fashion, American politics and other general knowledge.
MARIE KONDO IT UP
There's nothing sexier than a man donning on rubber gloves for a major scrub-down — preferably wearing nothing else. In exchange, you'll get that spanking clean apartment you always wanted. Marie would be proud.