Is your love for that special someone waning like a weak flame in damp wood? Let this breakup guide be your light to the end of that dark, loveless tunnel.
Love can either make or break you. And if you’ve been leaning towards the latter, the idea of a breakup has probably been gnawing at the back of your mind. We’ve all been there before; it’s not the most enjoyable thing to do. But hey, we say it’s time to blast your favourite anti-love tune (may we suggest Taylor Swift?) and nip your relationship in the bud. Whether you’re looking to get back in the game or escape to a faraway city, first you need to, in the wise words of the legendary ice queen Elsa of Arendelle, let it go. To make the painful process a little easier for you, we’ve crafted a guide to the best places for you and your partner to say goodbye.
Disclaimer: We’re not responsible for any after-effects, just like how we don’t hold Rose responsible for letting Jack freeze to death in the saddest love story of all time: Titanic.
East Coast Park
This east-side beach is perfect for cycling, rollerblading, jogging, kite flying…and breaking up. But hey, if you’re not willing to make the trek out, you can always pick a park closer to home. Picture this: It’s a windy day, with grey skies and rising tides, which makes it almost poetic when you deliver your breakup speech. You can even check the weather report beforehand, and just when it’s about to pour, take your leave in the most dramatic way possible.
What better way to end your relationship with your lover than on a bridge, where you can walk away in the opposite direction – a metaphor to going your separate ways – like you’re the leads in a cheesy rom-com. We might not have the most majestic of bridges, so the Helix Bridge will have to do. Plus, it helps that the stunning skyline acts as a picture-worthy backdrop. As you walk away, hold back the tears and listen to “Gotta Go My Own Way” by the high school couple that everyone used to root for, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron.
This is a practical choice, especially if you think your soon-to-be-ex is one for creating a scene. Keep the breakup hush-hush (literally) by doing it in a library. It’ll be quick, too, so you can get it over with and move on from the drama. But before you leave, browse through the shelves of self-care books, ‘cause you’re going to need help navigating your way through the first few days of singlehood.
In front of a mall
Breakups are tough, even for the ones who initiate it. So, speaking from experience, retail therapy can do wonders for a broken heart. Pick your favourite mall to do the dirty deed, and right after you’ve spilled your guts out, you can run straight into the arms of the ones who truly love you: Shops. Remember what the prolific shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood once said? “You see, a man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater.” Go find that cashmere sweater that will keep you warm on a lonely night.
Looking to get back into the dating game posthaste? Bid a tearful farewell at the drinking bridge that leads to the party town that is Clarke Quay. Duck into the restroom for a quick touch-up, and you’re all ready to paint the town red. Even if you happen to see your ex in the nightclub, just go over to the DJ, request “Promiscuous Girl” by Nelly Furtado and throw some shapes on the dance floor to get ’em all hot and bothered.
Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
Going for an amicable split? Why not take one last stroll together at this serene spot for a walk to remember. It’s a three-and-a-half kilometre stretch, so just make sure your journey down memory lane and your subsequent goodbyes are long enough to avoid awkward silences in between. For the final act, catch Spectra, the light and water show at Marina Bay Sands, for a little razzle-dazzle (and perhaps one last smooch).
This scenario needs a little work but if you live for the drama, it’ll be worth it. Book a ticket to your preferred destination and on the day of your flight, send a cryptic text to your partner about an urgent meet-up at the airport. After you’ve said your piece, dash through security and live your well-deserved “Eat, Pray, Love” experience.