It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and you’ve been playing it cool, not wanting to make a big deal out of yet another retailer-fabricated holiday but now you’re starting to sweat a little because you just received the “What are we doing tomorrow?” text. So, what’re you going to do? For the sake of your relationship, we think it’s best to give the “Anti-Valentine’s” agenda a rest. With regards to plans, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. After all, we’ve all been there too. Here are 5 quick and cheap date ideas that will ensure your partner feels she is loved and appreciated.

1)      Homemade Dinner

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but we’re pretty certain the same can be said of women too. It doesn’t matter if your Pasta Puttanesca ends up looking like a mass of noodles swimming in tomato ketchup. What matters, however, is the gesture. Incidentally, if you’re really that horrible in the kitchen, some pre-dinner cocktails may put her in a more forgiving mood. If you’re looking for a recipe to try out, we suggest this Vietnamese noodle dish by Illi Sulaiman. It’s easy and light, yet chock full of flavour.


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2)      Drinks at a Speakeasy or a Whisky Bar

If you and your partner enjoy the occasional tipple, this plan is perfect for you. Whisk her away after a long day of work to a quiet bar where you can just kick back and enjoy each other’s company over some sinful bar bites and more importantly, carefully crafted cocktails. A few of our favourite bars include:

The Flagship

20 Bukit Pasoh Rd

Employees Only

112 Amoy Street

The Belljar

18 N Canal Rd

Quaich Bar

390A Havelock Rd


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3)      Karaoke

This plan is one of our favourites because it’s fuss-free and hella fun. If you’re anything like us, you may need a little liquid courage to get things rolling, but you’ll soon be belting your favourite guilty pleasure tunes all night long, from Disney hits to Bon Jovi ballads.


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4)      Netflix and (hopefully) Chill

Obviously, this is a no-brainer. A bottle of champagne, some strawberries, and a playlist of your partner’s favourite movies is a fool proof plan for a great date. If executed to perfection, you may even get yourself laid. We think the secret is navigating the delicate balance between rom-coms and slasher films.


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5)      A Work-out Session

If you and your partner are a couple of fitness junkies, a work-out session may be a great idea. Hell, even if you are a pair couch potatoes, it’s a good idea to get out there and work up a sweat. It’s a known fact that exercising causes the body to release chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body, not unlike the effects of morphine. The list of activities you can do is endless, but here are a few of our suggestions:

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