Whether you’re romantically challenged or single by choice, our guide to Valentine’s Day will make sure nobody’s left binge-eating chocolate alone at home.
Tell any one of your attached friends that you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone and they’ll probably respond as if you said your cat just died. But hey, flying solo on the world’s most commercially lucrative holiday is no excuse to mope around at home. So get out and prove that membership at the lonely hearts club ain’t nothin’ to scoff at!
Fun things to do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day
1. Check out new attractions around the island
There’s always lots to do on our island, just check out our list of new attractions for your solo itinerary. We’re seeing some of the most interesting events popping up and who says you need a hot date to check them out? Pick a weekend to brave the crowd and snap some pics for your Instagram. You can always revisit these spots again with friends, or on a date when you find yourself a new boo.
2. Do something good
If you have an old box of your ex’s clothes that are still in good condition, don’t burn them – give them away to local charities. You can also put your love out into the world in a different way by taking the time to volunteer and help those living in challenging circumstances or underprivileged homes. Consider yourself an animal person? Send some care and affection to the animal shelters in Singapore. If you’re ready for the commitment of being a pawrent, go the extra mile by adopting a pet of your own to give them a better home.
3. Throw a singles’ mixer
Chances are, some of your friends are just as single (and ready to mingle) as you are. Throwing a singles’ party is a great way to meet potential mates without the pressure and expectations of a one-on-one date. Planning a singles mixer is a lot less daunting than it seems. Just invite a few friends and get them to bring their unattached friends as well. Don’t sweat the party prep; save yourself the hassle and sort out the food situation with food delivery services. Plus cocktails and wine!
4. Staying in can be fun
The stereotypical dinner-and-movie date may seem trite and overdone, but enjoying a good meal and watching a new movie is a completely different experience when you’re on your own. If you want to go the traditional route, classic Valentine’s Day movies may offer some comfort and catharsis. You can also opt for feel-good flicks for a heartwarming evening. Or, subscribe to a streaming platform for binge-watch content.
Before you sink into the couch, treat yourself to a proper meal, complete with drinks and snacks. Prefer the cinematic experience of a big screen? Check out alternative cinemas in Singapore with a friend instead! Psst: bookworms will love our Honeycombers Book Club series for good reads and recommendations.
5. Pick up a new hobby
Diving into a new hobby is a great way to take your mind off whatever’s bothering you, be it work or your relationship status. Try some hands-on action (of a different kind) at craft workshops in Singapore. Create a mini indoor garden, make jewellery, try watercolour art or design your own leather pouch – the choices are endless.
If you’re the type who wants to bake your cake and eat it, join a beginner baking class. Want to unleash your creativity? Sign up for an art jamming or rug tufting session. Who knows, you might even meet another eligible single going solo on Valentine’s Day.
6. Treat your skin well
Valentine’s Day is more of a celebration of love than romance. So if you happen to be single, grab the opportunity to pamper yourself. Take a load off and go for a tension-relieving body massage. Want to really treat yourself? Go for the works at indulgent head-to-toe spas or get rid of those dark eye circles with a stellar facial or beauty treatment.
7. Step outside for the weekend
Escape from the throngs of couples by going on a hiking or walking trail to clear your head. Wander the city with heritage trails, book a staycay at a boutique hotel, explore secret parks and hidden gardens, or soak up the sun at a fancy beach club. Or plan a getaway to Bintan and Batam for a few days! If that doesn’t work, fake a “holiday” at places in Singapore that look like overseas destinations.
8. Take yourself out on a date
If everyone else is heading out for a date, why shouldn’t you? Valentine’s Day is one of the best excuses to treat yourself. There’s nothing better than going on a solo date, having a meal or a coffee by yourself, and doing a bit of people-watching. If you’re more of a night owl, hit up the bars! Pick a seat at the counter and order yourself a cocktail (or two) as you enjoy a chat with friendly bartenders.
Going solo on V-Day doesn’t have to suck. Just follow our fab guide on how to spend Valentine’s Day alone and don’t look back!