We have come to the conclusion that Valentine’s Day is a painful day.
Why? Simply because of this little thing called expectations. Or rather, failure to meet expectations. Expectations of a wonderful surprise, expectations of a delectable dinner, expectations of a day well-planned. Failure to meet them might result in feelings of under appreciation, sadness, and general huffiness.
This is why we decided to tackle this challenge head-on and address the above expectations. Here’re our “play, eat, and be entertained” Valentine’s Day suggestions for you.
For: Nature lovers and air-con lovers.
What to do: Wonder at the world’s largest aquarium, which recently had its first marriage proposal. Home to over 100,000 marine animals of over 800 different species, it’s a great opportunity to go on a journey of discovery with your partner; just like how it was when you first met.
Impress-your-date tips: Secretly read the Marine Life Park blog and brush up on some marine life knowledge before your date. Artfully and randomly offer up tidbits of information when the both of you are at the aquarium at the relevant habitats. Watch him/her marvel at your intelligence.
Universal Studios Singapore®
For: Thrill-lovers and sun-seekers.
What to do: Plan your mode of attack; grab the park map here and decide which rides you want to tackle first. We suggest arriving before the park opens, so you get first dibs of the ride that’s top of your priority list. Hold hands and run there together – a sure fire way to induce the giddy childhood feeling of adventure.
Impress-your-date tips: Buy a fridge magnet from each of the seven theme zones. Get a whiteboard and affix the magnets on it and present it as a token of 2013 Valentine’s Day spent at Universal Studios Singapore. Or make sure that you both take on all the thrill rides, like Revenge of the Mummy or Battlestar Galactica – the more you scream together the better your day: true story.
ESPA at RWS’s Valentine’s Day package
For: Stressed individuals, or if you’re into luxiurious pampering
What to do: Other than booking your appointment, choosing between a 60-minute Hammam ritual OR a personalized massage (at either the tranquil Beach Villas or the quiet Garden Spa Suites), you don’t really have to do anything. The fuss-free package includes a healthy and romantic dinner at Tangerine Spa Café that comes with a complimentary glass of champagne. You’ll also get an ESPA gift set with $160. This is great if you want to settle things with a short phone call and minimal planning.
Impress-your-date tips: Take note of the product or scent that your partner chooses for his or her massage and purchase it at the end of your date as an additional gift.
Available from 1 Feb – 28 Feb 2013
$550 ++ for 2 persons
For reservations, call 6577 8880
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
For: Fans of Cat Cora, hearty Mediterranean fare, and aquariums
What to expect: Lush Mediterranean flavours set in the cool, tranquil atmosphere of the Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora. It’s very calming watching the marine animals glide majestically past your table, so the two of you might have to allocate five minutes to just gawk at them. When your food comes though, your stomach (and nose) will draw you to the Char Grill Medallion Angus Tenderloin served with rich red wine juz, Oven Roasted Cod served with Lemon Beurre Blanc and the ‘After Eight’ Mint Variation with Chocolate.
Impress-your-date tips: Because flash photography is not allowed – you don’t want to daze the marine animals with blinding lights – bring along a camera with good light sensitivity (ie, high ISO levels). Since the restaurant is rather dim, this will allow you to take relatively well lit photos without using flash. Your date will be impressed with your photography know-how *wink wink*.
Valentine’s Day set dinner is available on 13 and 14 Feb 2013
$158++ per person
For reservations, call 6577 8888
Authentic Tuscan Valentine’s Day at Palio
For: Lovers of pasta and Italian fare at a relaxed atmosphere
What to expect: Hearty, flavourful, aromatic creations from Chef Davide of Palio, with ‘Afrodisiaco’, a 5-course menu that includes a choice of a succulent seafood main OR pasta with langoustine (a type of lobster) and caviar. Polish off with a Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau with Lemon supreme accompanied with raspberry compote and yoghurt sorbet. The set menu comes with a complimentary glass of Kir Royale (a cocktail made of blackcurrant liqueur and champagne) and a cuddly teddy bear.
Impress-your-date tips: Brush up on some Italian food terms here, to play a little “did-you-know” over dinner. And ask for grated cheese – you can’t go wrong with grated cheese on Italian cuisine. If you’re asked if you’d like more grated cheese to go with your pasta/pizza/entre, the right answer is always yes. In any case, there’re so many opportunities for cheesy pick-up lines with cheese (pardon the pun).
5-course ‘Afrodisiaco’ dinner is available on 14 Feb 2013
$148++ per couple
For reservations, call 6577 8888
An Australian dinner at Osia
For: Fans of fresh, ever-quirky Australian cuisine.
What to expect: Asian influences with strong western culinary techniques. Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay of Osia has specially crafted a creative menu for Valentine’s Day. Choose from either a 4 or 5 course set dinner that comes with a complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier Brut NV. The champagne highlights the flavours of the dishes like Essence of Chicken with Red King Crab Curd and Black Truffle Oil, Hokkaido Scallop with Jamón Serrano Mantle, and a choice of tender Hay Smoked Black Angus Beef Tenderloin OR fresh Atlantic Cod.
Impress-your-date tips: The dress code’s smart casual; so bring your date shopping for a something special to wear to dinner prior. Nothing beats the feeling of being taken care of.
4-course/ 5-course set dinner is available on 14 Feb 2013
$190++/ $210++ per person respectively
For reservations, call 6577 6560
Classy chic at Joël Robuchon Restaurant
For: Lovers of exquisite French fine dining. At its finest, mind you.
What to expect: Chef Robuchon is launching Menu De La Saint Valentin, a 9-course meal featuring dishes like Pan-fried scallop with fegolas on a coral emulsion and grilled beef. Set aside two hours for the meal because it truly is an experience. A polished server will introduce each painstakingly created course to you and your date.
Impress-your-date tips: If you’re already dining at a 24 Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant, you don’t really have to do much more to impress your date.
Menu De La Saint Valentin dinner is available on 14 Feb 2013
$380++ per person
For reservations, call 6577 7888
For: Magic/acrobatic show buffs
What to expect: Pretty much what is summed up in this Incanto Blogger’s Day Out post. Crazy illusions, pyrotechnics, death-defying stunts, and energetic dance sequences. They’re edge-of-your-seat exciting, so you’ll get to exchange a lot of omg-did-you-see-that astonished looks. Great for a fun ending to your night.
Impress-your-date tips: Volunteer when headlining magician Joe Labero asks for audience participants. You’ll have something to really remember and your date might get a little embarrassed, but he/she’s secretly glowing inside.
Incanto runs till early March. Book your tickets here.
For: Fans of light and water shows. And if you’re really tired and full.
What to expect: Held nightly at 9pm, make your way there at least 10 minutes earlier to get good seats (and to comfortably digest your dinners). Catch some sea breeze before the performance which tells the story of two 30-metre cranes falling in love, moving to an original score with colourful LED lights, digital art, water effects and pyrotechnics.
Impress-your-date tips: Buy a refreshing drink to share, and hold his/her hand while watching it together. Sometimes simplicity is gold.
Inspired yet? Let us know what you plan to do on V’day in the comments below!