The other Valentine's Days you never knew about
Love is in the air! A celebration of love and affection, Valentine’s Day or also known as V-Day for short, is seriously hyped up, especially in the economically developed countries where buying a load of presents (not forgetting flowers!) and dining at nice, fancy places is the new norm.
Valentine’s Day 2018 or Vday 2018 falls on 14 February 2018, Wednesday - just two days before 2018’s Chinese New Year!
Valentine’s Day is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, and originated in year 496 at a Roman festival. It's also commonly being referred to as Vday in Singapore, short for Valentine's Day. And the celebration of love has just been getting increasingly extravagant each year!
Did you know that people in Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong celebrate something called White Day? White Day is celebrated one month after Valentine’s Day - which means 14 March 2018.
White Day is the day meant for men to treat their ladies like Queens. Meant as an ‘Answer Day’, boys and men will express their love by gifting their significant others with cookies, white chocolate, marshmallows and even white lingerie.
This is because Valentine’s Day in Japan is typically celebrated by girls and women who present gifts to the men. This is unlike Singapore, where gifting occurs between both parties on one day! #themoreyouknow
Other than White Day, the Chinese also have another tradition called the Qi Qiao festival, also known as the Qixi festival. This Chinese Valentine’s Day 2018 is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is a traditional Chinese festival that celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology.
Wow, the world sure is in love with love.
Going out on dates in Singapore can be expensive. Especially if you’re in Singapore, where the prices are marked up by as much as 40% during Valentine’s Day!
It is not easy to see beyond the fancy wine-and-dine that is popular in recent years but if you put your heart to it, something simple and sincere might score you even more points with your sweetheart. The amount of money that you spend on Valentine’s Day shouldn’t represent the love that you have for your significant other. Sometimes the simplest and most unique ideas might end up being the most romantic.
Need some Valentine’s Day ideas? Read on.
WINE-&-DINE UNDER THE STARS
Something as simple as a picnic can really make a girl swoon. Jazz things up with a nice picnic set and best of all, you get to choose whatever kind of food you like. Fear not, a plethora of places offering packed picnic baskets will be right up your alley. You can even get your own wine without all the extra costs!
Marina Barrage is a great destination to make things work. With the sprawling green field and the gorgeous view of the city skyline, it’s easy to make things romantic.
Perhaps you can get fairy lights from Lazada Singapore for decorations? A quick Google search led me here, where fairy lights which run on AA batteries are going for just S$3.42. That’s a real steal, and will make your picnic set-up all the more romantic.
Pro-tip: request for add-on logistics like frisbees, kites, card games, polaroid cameras, paint sets, etc. for an extra fun outing.
A day spent at some of Singapore’s attractions might prove to be fun and romantic bonding for both of you. How about some good old fun at Universal Studios Singapore or cosy up to the wonders of the sea at the S.E.A. Aquarium? Take it a notch higher and feast on a 4-course dinner under the stars with Cable Car Dining for just S$55/pax! Check out the latest promotions and book these wonderful couple experiences at great prices with Klook here.
A COOKING WORKSHOP
Go on an Italian adventure together and learn how to make pasta and tiramisu from scratch! Prefer local food? Dine under the stars with an authentic Nonya/Peranakan Food Experience over at BonAppetour for a medley of experience and memories with your Valentine!
For the couples who are in need of some pampering, what better way to spend time together than a couple spa session? These luxurious sessions can get a tad heavy on the pocket so we recommend making your bookings via Vaniday for the ultimate pampering session at sweet prices.
Even though Valentine’s Day can be a sore point for singles in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be lonely! Don’t need to mope around being miserable, here’s a suggestion on what you can do if you don’t have a date for 14 February. Look on the bright side! You can gather with your friends or family instead!
SPEND TIME WITH... NETFLIX
There has been no lack of quality television programmes on Netflix in the past few years. One of my personal favourites is Black Mirror. With a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I promise I’m not biased when I recommend it. Black Mirror is essentially a show featuring satirical themes that examine certain trends in modern society. It focuses on the unanticipated and often negative consequences of new technologies.
While it might be a little dark for Valentine’s Day, but at least it’ll get you thinking about stuff other than pink sparkly hearts and mushy sweet nothings. Another popular choice which has been all the range is Stranger Things, which just released its second season in 2017.
EXPERIMENT WITH COOKING & CHILL OUT AT HOME
Avoid the hoards of couples at the malls by cooking your own meal at home. This lets you customise your meal to your own preference, and you won’t have to fight with the throngs of people for a table at a restaurant.
I would recommend using the Tasty app, which is produced by Buzzfeed. With their one-pan dish recipes, you won’t even have to do that many dishes (just eat out of the pan, I won’t tell anyone!)
We hope that you’ll have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day 2018 this year! Do remember to check back on Cardable for any Valentine's Day discounts and promotions.
If you are feeling generous and will like to take your date out for a nice dinner, do check out the restaurants here with some wonderful deals. You might just find one with a lovely Vday Dinner menus that will make Valentine’s Day 2018 a memorable one. You might just be able to splurge on an extra fancy restaurant with some of the great Valentine’s Day credit card promotions featured!