Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so us here at Car Club have prepared a list of activities – where to go, what to eat – to kickstart your 2018. Book a car with Car Club (psst! Watch out for our Vday 30% rebate!) and drive you and your love to any of these romantic restaurants, cafes, or places. Happy Valentine’s Day in advance!
1. Indulge in the arts at National Gallery Singapore
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Know your Monet from your Renoir? Drive on down to the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, and visit the world’s largest collection of modern Southeast Asian art. Don’t miss the Gallery’s super special exhibition, titled Century of Light. Comprising of two distinct selections, Colours of Impressionism deals with fancy European fare like Édouard Manet, while Between Worlds showcases works from two prominent Southeast Asian artists, Indonesian Raden Saleh and Filipino Juan Luna.
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Or simply relax with your sweetheart and take a selfie or two. Hey, the $532 million in restoration works has got to count for something right? It is even home to eight different restaurants. Yum.
Tickets are $15 each, but admission to the museum grounds is free.
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: Sat to Thurs: 10AM – 7PM, Fri: 10AM – 9PM
Telephone: 6271 7000
2. Stroll through the woods at Coney Island
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Tired of work? Us too. Grab a car and visit Coney Island. Not the one in Brooklyn, but the one on our shores – Pulau Serangoon. Escape the concrete jungle and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. Over 80 species of birds can be found at Coney Island, due to the wide range of habitats it supports – from “coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves, [to] casuarina woodlands” (source).
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Trying to walk the entire park may seem to be a futile exercise, so we recommend that you rent a bike and cycle your way through. Remember to take photos along the way. It could sustain your Instagram feed for weeks!
Admission is free.
Opening hours: 7am to 7pm (Gates will be closed at 7pm)
3. Get your love fortune read at Yueh Hai Ching temple
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Chinese mythology has it that every pair of lovers can be identified by a thin, red thread of fate spun around their little fingers, tenuously tying them together. This Valentine’s Day, why not pay a visit to Yue Lao (lit. “moon elder”), the deity-in-charge of lovers, at Yueh Hai Ching temple?
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Although there are at least two other temples housing Yue Lao in Singapore, rumor has it that Yueh Hai Ching boasts the highest rate of success, with two pairs of successful relationships (resulting in marriage!) making it to national news. Make a small donation to the temple and receive a red thread which you may then place around the deity’s neck. P.S. Bring flowers, fruits or traditional Chinese pastries to get into the deity’s good books!
Admission is free.
Address: 30B Phillip St, Singapore 048696
4. Secure your love at Clarke Quay Central
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Did you know there is a place in Clarke Quay Central for couples to hang their love locks? After securing their locks with a polaroid, name tag, or even just carving their initials on it, the key is then thrown away to symbolize a love that is forever. Remember to bring your own padlocks and memorabilia or spend a few dollars to get one from the capsule machine nearby. In some countries, the phenomenon is so widespread as to cause structural damage to bridges, fences, and even, yes, a tree.
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And for lovers of K-drama, in the recent hit series, A Korean Odyssey, a romantic scene was played out against a backdrop of love locks at N Seoul Tower. A plot device involves time freezing, magical snow, and of course, a love lock. While sunny Singapore may not offer much in terms of snow, at least you too can lock you love, and be the star of your very own K-drama.
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
5. Go down the rabbit hole at The White Rabbit
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Romantic dinner ideas? How about fine dining in a restored chapel? Stare into the eyes of your beloved while being surrounded by lofty ceilings and stained-glass windows. As you artfully sip your champagne, get transported down the rabbit hole into a different time and age at The White Rabbit.
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Check out their Valentine’s Day 2018 dinner menu, which includes oysters and rose sorbet to get you in the mood for love. Poached strawberries anyone?
Address: 39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541 Opening hours: Tues to Fri: 12PM – 02:30PM, 6:30PM – 10:30PM, Sat & Sun: 10:30AM – 3PM, 6:30PM – 10:30PM, Closed Mondays Telephone: 6473 9965
6. Dine among the rainforests at Corner House
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Escape to the woods for a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner at the gorgeous Corner House restaurant. Their Valentine’s Day special menu includes sea urchin and Nordic king crab, plus an endearingly titled dessert named Precious Love (honeycomb, yogurt, lemon, mascarpone,and lemon thyme).
Address: 1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore 259569.
Opening hours: Tue to Sat: 12PM – 3PM, 6:30PM – 11PM, Sun: 11:30AM – 3PM, 6:30PM – 11PM, Closed Mondays
Telephone: 6469 1000.
7. Cuddle up at Neko no Niwa
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Snuggle with your furry friends at Neko no Niwa. Featuring 13 different kitties, this café is the place to go to get your feline fix. All of them were adopted, not bought, and are solid proof that a little love goes a long way. Order a cup of hot chocolate and sit by the window ledge just overlooking picturesque Boat Quay, while waiting for one of the little critters to brush past you. Café guidelines state that you should not attempt to pick up any one of them, although you may approach them to pledge your fealty.
Rates start at $12 for first hour, and $5 for subsequent half hour.
Address: 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843
Opening hours: Mon, Wed to Fri: 11AM – 10PM, Sat & Sun: 10AM – 10PM, Closed Tuesdays
Telephone: 6536 5319
8. Affordable fine dining at Tanuki Raw
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Tanuki Raw is one of those must-try dining places that has gone viral purely through word of-mouth recommendations and social media presence. Their signature dish – Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku Donburi – has claimed the Instagram feed of every self-proclaimed foodie. A slab of seared foie gras lies atop a bed of butter rice, while being surrounded by slices of US black angus short rib and an oozy onsen egg. Just typing that made me hungry.
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While the beef was of the melt-in-your-mouth variety, the rice to ingredients ratio was disappointing for me. Everybody raved about the signature rice, but frankly it was just rice drizzled over with soy sauce and furikake (flakey Japanese rice toppings). The egg and foie gras were each good in their own way and complemented well with the truffle sauce. All in all, a place worth returning to, with an unforgettable taste that will leave you craving for more. They do serve other donburis and have a well-equipped bar, so do check their website out for more details! Make your reservations in advance, as I foresee that the place will be crowded come Valentine’s Day.
Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku Donburi starts at $23.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, 04-01 Orchard Central, 238896
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Telephone: 6636 5949
9. Forget the staycation and go “glamping” instead
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Staycation for two? A candlelit dinner? Please, that is so passé. Introducing “glamping”, a combination of “glamourous” or “glam” for short, and “camping”. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. Grab a tent from Glamping Society and head under the stars for some private time between you and your beau.
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Packages even provide décor and food, so just bring yourself (and your date) down for an adventure well within your comfort zone! These stunningly picture-perfect tents make for an amazing Instagram feed, and may even trick the less astute into thinking you went overseas for a mini getaway. What’s not to love?
Telephone: 9789 7022
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