As couples busy themselves with Valentine’s Day dinner reservations, gift shopping, and flower deliveries, 14 February is just another day for those of us without a significant other.
However, instead of resigning to a Netflix marathon and begrudging couples their celebrations, you can take Valentine’s Day as a day to honour love of all kinds, and choose activities that allow you to shower your loved ones and most importantly, yourself, with love and appreciation.
Here’s a list of 12 fun and meaningful activities that are best done alone or in a group to prove that couples aren’t the only ones who can have a great time on Valentine’s Day.
1. Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl
Single and ready to mingle? Join the Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl by Singapore Pub Crawl for drinks and a great time with other single souls. The pub crawl will take you to three different bars with drinking games and free shots, and end the night at a nightclub with VIP entry.
When: 14 February 2020
Where: 80 Raffles Place, UOB Plaza, Singapore, 048624 (meeting place)
Time: registration from 7pm to 8pm
Admission: from SGD35, booking fee excluded
For more information/ booking: Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl
2. Be your own dinner date
If you feel like eating out but prefer to avoid weird looks from the waiter at your “table for one, please” request, Japanese BBQ restaurant Yakiniku Like is just the place for you. Each diner will have their own individual electric grill so you no longer have to feel conscious about having BBQ at a big table by yourself!
The best thing is the prices here are rather affordable, too, starting from SGD7.80 for a set including meat, rice, soup and a choice of kimchi or salad.
Yakiniku Like: 10 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Quarter #B1-28, Singapore 409057
3. Go for a run
We’re not talking about a jog in your neighbourhood park (although you can, of course, do that if you want). We’re talking about the Marina Run 2020 which takes you through a scenic route at the Marina Bay area, through iconic landmarks and beautiful nature at Gardens by the Bay and Marina Barrage.
You can choose to take part in any of the four categories: 5km Fun Run, 10km & 21km Half Marathon and 30km. Regardless of your experience level, you are in for some sweaty fun!
When: 15 February 2020
Where: Gardens by the Bay East, 1 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437440
Time: 5:00pm (5km Fun Run), 6:00pm (21km Half Marathon & 30km), 6:30pm (10km)
Admission: from SGD48
For more information/ booking: Marina Run 2020
4. Pamper yourself
V-day is all about celebrating love, romantic or otherwise, so show some love to your most loyal partner in life, the one who has been there for you every time you need them: your awesome self! Spend this day spoiling yourself rotten with a pampering session for every part of your body. From facials, haircuts, massages to manicures and pedicures, head to your favourite salons and let yourself be lovingly taken care of all day!
You can find a salon deal here, so you don’t have to break the bank while indulging in a well-deserved pampering sesh.
5. Attend a concert
Music taste is a personal matter and sometimes it isn’t easy to find someone in your social circle who likes the same artist or genre that you do. Don’t just stay home and miss out on all the fun! Attending concerts by yourself not only will allow you to enjoy the music you like but is also a chance to meet your fellow fans. And who knows, you might find a new friend to accompany you to your next concert.
If you happen to like jazz, definitely check out Nerd Lounge by local jazz band The Steve McQueens where they will be performing brand new music from their upcoming projects.
When: 14 February 2020
Where: Esplanade Annexe Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Time: 8pm – 9pm
Admission: SGD30 (free standing), booking fee excluded
For more information/ booking: Nerd Lounge by The Steve McQueens
6. Thrift Shopping
Let’s face it, shopping with a partner is rarely fun if you don’t have similar taste in clothes, or if your partner is simply not interested. Being single means you can shop at whatever store you like, take however long you need and pick out whatever items you fancy. It’s your money, after all!
And for a more ethical and sustainable way of getting that retail therapy fix, head to a thrift shop where your money, or part of it, will go towards helping those in need. Check out our article on where to donate used items for some recommendations of thrift stores in Singapore.
7. Sign up for a workshop
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Instead of spending the day moping about in your house, why not pick up a new skill that you have always wanted to learn? There are tons of classes and workshops held in Singapore every weekend, from painting, pottery, latte art to gardening. You won’t have any difficulty finding one that suits your interest no matter how obscure it might be.
8. See a Movie
Many people make the mistake of thinking it’s weird to see a movie by yourself, but film buffs will tell you that’s actually the best way to enjoy a movie. To spice up your movie experience even more, opt for independent theatres such as The Projector, which regularly shows arthouse or indie films that you don’t find at big cineplex chains. Or head to Oldham Theatre for their screenings of Asian cinema curated by the Asian Film Archive.
9. Visit a Museum
Or two. Or three. Spend the whole day feeding your curious mind with knowledge and culture at various museums in Singapore. From National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, to ArtScience Museum and many more, there’s a museum for whatever you are interested in, be it art, science or history.
10. Declutter your living space
Yes, we are asking you to clean your house on Valentine’s Day, but hear us out. It doesn’t matter if you believe in the Marie Kondo method, but creating a clean, well-organised living space will indeed bring you peace of mind and even, dare we say, joy. And isn’t that also a form of self-love, allowing yourself to live in an environment that benefits you physically and mentally? Plus, the process of tossing out old things can be incredibly therapeutic, too.
11. Bake a cake
Spending the day in the kitchen may not be the most glamorous way to spend Valentine’s Day, but a slice of your own homemade cake would be the sweetest way to show your friends and family how much you love them. And it beats all the overpriced, generic Valentine’s Day cakes at the bakeries during this time of the year.
12. Travel solo
Travelling with other people can give you a headache if your interests don’t align, be it during the planning stage or during the trip itself. Rather than waiting for the perfect travel buddy to come along, pack your bag and go for a short getaway by yourself this Valentine’s Day weekend. Solo travel can be an incredibly liberating experience that will give you all the freedom to explore the place, learn about the culture, and meet other solo-travellers.
13. Acroyoga at NomadX
Take your BFF on a yoga date with Acroyoga at NomadX. Combining acrobatics and yoga, this 60-minute therapeutic session will leave you and your bestie feeling recharged and energised, ready to enjoy the weekend to the fullest.
When: 16 February 2020
Where: 68 Orchard Rd, Plaza Singapura, #01-67 & #03-65 to 69, Singapore 238839
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am
For more information/ booking: Acroyoga at NomadX