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10 low-key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

10 low-key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

Don't be cliché

Text: Janice Sim


The anti-hearts-and-flowers guide

Let's be honest, Valentine's Day has a reputation that isn't always positive. 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 10 suggestions if you're in the mood for love.

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.  

Low key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

GO OFFLINE
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.  

PARTY HARD
Make a date with your favourite gang, whether it be hosting a mini drinking session at home or heading out to party. The more, the merrier.

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 highly recommend Absolute Cycle). You'll get to burn some calories, have fun and be with each other. Triple-win.

Low key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

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 Black Mirror or Friends marathon together? Sounds about right.

Low key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

GET FRISKY IN THE BEDROOM
'Nuff said. 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.  

Low key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

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.

DECLUTTER TOGETHER
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. 

Low key ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

LAUGH ABOUT ROMANCE
Love making fun of V-Day? You can laugh about it openly at a stand-up comedy — that is, if you can dish it as much as you can take it. Look to hotspots like Hero's for Comedy Masala and Canvas, where you'll find Kumar serving up a few brutally good laughs.

VOLUNTEER 
Clear out your calendar and spend the day with your significant other by doing something meaningful. There are many organisations that could use an extra helping hand — you'll just have to find the one that's best suited for you.

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