Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Some people have been preparing for this yearly affair months in advance, securing reservations at the top restaurants to impress their significant others. But let’s be honest: A dinner while simple and fuss-free, has been done to death and will be nothing but just another blip when we look back at 2018 (if any of our partners are reading this, take note).

If you want to truly impress your date come 14 February, you have to think out of the box. Our little island might be small, but there is a horde of activities at your disposal. You can combine two activities into one magical date, or just head out to a far flung corner of Singapore for some cosmic bowling.

Let’s not keep you waiting. Here are 6 things you can do on Valentine’s Day that’s a world away from your typical dinner.

Art Jam at Arteastiq

For all the budding creatives out there who have wanted to try their hands at freestyle painting, head down to Arteastiq and join one of its Art Jam sessions. The name is a portmanteau of what Arteastiq is: A boutique tea house and social painting studio. Each Art Jamming session lasts three hours, and you’re given a 50cm by 50cm canvas, an unlimited supply of acrylic paint to express your heart’s desires, and a drink from Arteastiq on the house. If you’re feeling uninspired during your session, just glance to your side and look at who makes your heart aflutter.

(Photo credit: Sia Shin Lei via Arteastiq)

Diva to the Death

Okay, we know we said dinners are boring. But what if your dinner is an affair that will transport you into the worlds of jazz and getai? That’s what Diva to the Death is all about: A super immersive theatre experience with song, dance, and smart dialogue that will have the cast interacting with guests at the bayfront restaurant Monti.

Unfortunately, Diva to the Death isn’t showing on 14 February, but as it’s held on most dates throughout February (and the first two days of March), you aren’t limited to just a special occasion to take your date out for a memorable night.

Go on a food crawl

If you ever ask your partner “What do you want to eat?”, chances are you’ll get only get “You choose, lah” in response. To curb this problem of fickle-mindedness, you can always arrange a food crawl across the island to sample all the culinary delights that our little red dot has to offer. From East to West, or North to South, there is an abundance of eateries, restaurants, and quaint hole-in-the-wall joints that will no doubt satisfy yours and your date’s inner glutton.

Cosmic bowling

The greatest feeling at a bowling alley is when your almost-gutter ball curves back into the lane and knocks down all 10 pins with a satisfying crash. Throw in some funky tunes and laser lights, and you’ve got yourself an out-of-this-world bowling session that is Instagram-friendly to boot. Here’s hoping that the euphoric sensation that comes after a scoring a strike will last all the way home. Cosmic bowling is available at select Orchid Bowl outlets.

The Fragment Room

If you sense that your date has some tension that requires imminent release, then a trip to The Fragment Room should be on your agenda. It is a rage room that serves as a form of anger therapy where you can unleash your suppressed anger by smashing bottles and defunct electric appliances with a baseball bat, or throwing them at the wall. Safety gear will be included, and you can even plug in your own rage-induced playlist to the room’s speakers to better channel your inner frustrations.

(Photo credit: The Fragment Room)

Netflix, dinner, and chill

If you’ve been on the Internet in the past two years, you would know the catchphrase “Netflix and chill” is a euphemism for something much raunchier. But this activity isn’t just your typical booty call. Valentine’s Day is all about romance, after all, and a good way to win over the heart of your loved one is to make them a home-cooked meal. So whip out your apron, put on one of the best TV shows to binge watch, and just have a cosy night at home without all the fuss needed to dress up. Because after proving your stellar culinary skills, you might be dressing down instead.

Josiah Neo
Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.