Forget the boring dinner and movie (or shopping) date night. By Deborah Lin
Budget date ideas on Orchard Road before Valentine’s Day. (Photo: Peggy_Marco / www.pixabay.com)
Orchard Road isn’t just for shopping. There is plenty of stuff to do on date night – and not just the boring dinner and movie combo. Here are six date ideas for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Best of all, they’re free!
1. Pick a house
Along Emerald Hill. (Photo: Instagram/@elsacool)
Stroll down Emerald Hill and take in the ornate features and different architectural styles (particularly Peranakan) of its shophouses and terrace houses. The area was formally recognised as a conversation area in 1989, and has been featured in several novels by Singapore authors. With up to 10 restoration projects winning the Architectural Heritage Award by Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, picking a favourite might be harder than you’d expect.
2. Declare your love
Snap a wefie for a chance to see you and bae up on the big screen. (Photo: Singapore Press Holdings)
Lovey-dovey types will really like this public display of affection. Snap a wefie with your significant other in front of the huge LED screen at 313@somerset, post it on Instagram with a caption in less than 10 words and hashtag #wefie313vday. Photos will be selected daily to appear on the screen. Plus, the five most creative posts get to win fine dining vouchers! The contest ends on February 6 (Saturday).
3. Hit the road
The scene at Orchard Road Pedestrian Night five weeks back. (Photo: Instagramfirstname.lastname@example.org)
You can’t afford a vacay out to Hong Kong or Japan, but you can replicate the feel on walking down their touristy Mongkok or Shibuya shopping belts with our own Pedestrian Night on Orchard Road. The event happens on February 6 (Saturday). No word yet on whether another round will be up, so this might possibly be the last time to run amok on the road sans honking cars.
4. Enjoy the cityscape
Ion Sky is the perfect for that wefie. (Photo: Instagram/@lisha_ong)
Have a bird’s eye view of Orchard Road at Ion Sky, which is located at the 56th storey of the glitzy mall. You and your partner get to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounds in air-con comfort, or peer through telescopes for a spot of people-watching from way up. From now until February 12, visit Ion Sky in its Valentine’s finest and snap and post a picture with your man on Instagram, with hashtag #MyLoveDeclaratION. Top five entries get to snag goodie bags worth over $200 and invites to celebrate V-day at Ion Sky! Public access is only available between 3pm and 6pm, with last entry at 5.30pm.
5. Appreciate art works
A peek at the K+ Polkaros exhibition. (Photo: Instagram/@kplussg)
Situated in Scotts Square, pop-up K+ Gallery is a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy Orchard Road shopping belt. On top of the eclectic exhibitions, which change each month, the space also has a retail space and conducts workshops. This February, check out the hyperrealistic resin art works of Keng Lye (until February 29) and the cute range of lifestyle clay pieces by artist Ros Lee (until February 21).
6. Have a picnic
Last year’s Istana Open House. (Photo: Instagramemail@example.com)
Come February 9, pack a picnic basket and head to the presidential grounds to bask in the gardens of Istana. Yep, the same gardens that featured in the love story of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mdm Kwa Geok Choo. The Istana Open House (in celebration of Chinese New Year) will be open from 8.30am to 6pm that day, with free admission for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs.